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Diane knit the Chickadee Cowl with one skein of Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky (Bulky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).

She said it was a quick knit and will make a great gift.

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Susan happened to come in the same day we got in our Rasta.  It was barely out of the boxes.  She told us about a StevenBe pattern, Wooly Mammoth Super Shrug.

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There are two sizes.  She chose to knit the larger size which uses four skeins of Rasta

(Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 90 yards). She made a couple of modifications,

like adding some length and working reverse stockinette stitch at the neck to create a roll collar.

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Sylvia knit a “Frozen” hat for her granddaughter.

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She used Rudensk and knit it tosh dk (100% Merino, 225 yardds) and used sparkly yarn for the snowflakes.

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Eleanor wore her Knit, Swirl jacket into class today.  It looks great.  She bought a Jul closure for the front that complements it perfectly.

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She’s enjoying knitting  the #15 Garter Triangle Scarf on the cover of Noro Magazine Issue 5 in Silk Garden (Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards), colorway #395.

Jane and Eleanor both left last weeks class excited about knitting the Burberry Inspired Cowl.

Here were their “takeaways” from knitting it:
*Easy knitting; it took longer to cast on provisionally and graft it closed.

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*Are holes from cable normal? Yes, to some extent.

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*The importance of using a contrast yarn when working a provisional cast on.

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Eleanor learned the kitchener stitch and grafted her cowl while in class.  The beauty of grafting is the piece is seamless and the join is invisible. Since we all like history, we googled the origin of the kitchener stitch.  It’s an interesting article, the kitchener stitch was created during WW2.

This segued us into an interesting memory of Jane’s.  During WW2, Jane’s mother taught her sister and her how to knit. They had rituals like pasting stamps for the war effort and knitting squares for afghans to be sent to soldiers.

After the war, she didn’t knit until she was 20.  Much to her surprise, when she picked up her needles, she began to knit easily.  It all came back.

She had a similar experience recently when she picked up her crochet.  The physical memory came back and it didn’t take her long to regain her confidence in crochet.

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Elaine has been working on a sweater for her grandson.  When she tried it on him, it didn’t fit – it was too small.  Her gauge got tighter. I suggested that she soak and block sweater bigger. Then reknit the sleeves on larger needles. 4.5 vs 4.75 made the sweater about 2″ smaller.

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She decided to knit a Roo sweater.  Incidentally, I just put a class on the schedule for the winter to knit a Roo Pattern.  The class is called Child’s Intarsia Sweater.

 

 

 

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The Scandinavian slipper sock class is a blast and the students are surpassing the teacher! Everyone has been excited to learn all the different techniques: two-color knitting, twined knitting (and twined purling!), the “figure 8″ cast on, the sewn bind off and even a small taste of steeking. This project has it all! We all love adventurous Liz who is a very new knitter and who has clearly chosen to dive in the deep end.

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We had two friends, Barbara and Susan, visit the shop this weekend and they shared the wonderful cowls they were wearing and knitting. The cowl above is from Koigu Magazine 6, #28 Colourscape Cowl.

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This is the #28 Mobius Cowl knit with neon colors.  It’s electric!  I love it.

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Laura’s four students were friends who shared their joy of different crafts and thought they’d try their hand at weaving.

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Cathy knit her granddaughter this hoodie sweatshirt.  I love the look on her granddaughter’s face as she inspects the sweater!

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Deidre started Fallen Halo in Frog Tree Llambrosia (DK: 100% Llama, 115 yards). However, she didn’t read the pattern and her row count was off. We took it back to the beginning. I know I’m often guilty of selective reading.

She fell in love my Sunrise, Sunset sweater knit with Rowan Brushed Fleece (Bulky: 65% Merino, 30% Alpaca, 5% Nylon, 115 yards). She might knit a scarf with it.

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Eleanor loved the #15 Garter Triangle Scarf on the cover of Noro Magazine Issue 5.

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She chose to knit it in Noro Silk Garden (Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards), colorway #395.  We also worked on doing a provisional cast on for the Burberry Cowl.

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Joan knit L’Enveloppe in Tahki Zona (Aran: 35% Cotton, 28% Wool, 26% Acrylic, 11% Nylon, 119 yards).  This continues to be a favorite accessory in the shop this fall.  Very wearable.

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