Fri 31 May 2013
Diane took the Knit, Swirl sweater class this fall. She knit the Plum Perfect coat with Plymouth Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards) and Mountain Colors Twizzle (Worsted: 85% Merino, 15% Silk, 250 yards).
She also finished her Shakespeare Cardigan knit with Tahki Donegal Tweed (Aran: 100% wool, 183 yards). Diane was please with the fit of both sweaters, especially the sleeves, which we were worried about in class.
Wed 29 May 2013
Cathy knit her son golf club covers as a gift. I think she would’ve prefered jazzier colors, but he stayed firm on black and white. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards).
Mon 27 May 2013
At the second class in the Destinations Top Down Sweater, the students reached the point where they could join in the round. It was an eye opener, because no one really could envision how the v-neck manifested itself until we joined.
The yarn is Tahki Rosa (Aran: 100% Cotton, 93 yards). It’s a lovely slubby yarn. I’ve knit myself two sweaters, one in white and one in black (that I left as a sleeveless shell). The only difficulty is when the thinner strand lurks behind the big slubby puff.
For the first time in one of my classes, each student has chosen a different color to work with. There are no duplicates It will be wonderful to see how all the different colors of Rosa look when knit up.
Sat 25 May 2013
It never fails. The minute I pack away my winter woolies in moth balls for the winter, the weather turns. I really thought that by waiting until mid-May I was safe. But no, I find myself freezing this morning. When I woke up the real temp was 45 degrees F, but the weather app said if felt like 34 degrees. I agree.
Of course to make matters more interesting, I had no hot water this morning. So now, chilled from cold water, I scrambled around to find something warm to wear. Thankfully I remembered that I hadn’t packed up my ponchini. As a back up to this, if I’m not warm enough when I get to the shop, I have my Knit, Swirl sweater waiting for me. One of the benefits of working at a yarn store, there is always something to put on if you’re cold.
Today is a perfect day to sit and knit. You could even light a fire in the fire place! It feels like March or November. You know, those raw, in between season days. As I type, my fingers are cold. G-d only knows where my fingerless gloves are and I thought I was being so methodical when I packed things away. I should’ve put lists in the bags with the clothes.
If I were you, I’d throw on some warm comfy clothes and knit (crochet) the day away. Maybe finish something leftover from this past winter or start a holiday gift. It’s that kind of day.
Thu 23 May 2013
Posted by beth under Knit Along
Joanne test knit the Not Just Plain Jane Mystery KAL. She couldn’t wear hers until the last clue came out (May 4th). I was so excited to see it live and in person.
I had peaked at the last page and knew it was a poncho, but that still left a lot to the imagination.
This is a close up of the side seam.
Seeing Joanne’s “?” has totally motivated me to get cracking on mine. I’m up to the last page!
Wed 22 May 2013
I was watching the movie “King Arthur” the other day, the one with Clive Owen and Kiera Knightly. Kiera plays a reinvented, warrior Guinevere, one who can brandish a broad sword, shoot arrows with deadly accuracy, and snarl in the face of the enemy all the while looking like she stepped off the runway of a Thierry Mugler fashion show.
If you are wondering at this point what the heck this has to do with knitting, hang with me here.
As totally implausible as the movie’s scenario was it got me thinking: do I have that kind of steel core, could I too laugh in the face of danger? I had to be honest with myself. I have a spine of tapioca, which has me cowering in the face of most challenging situations.
When it comes to knitting I am as intrepid as Amelia Earhart and Sir Edmund Hillary combined. This has been true since the beginning. I have never said “I can’t do that”. I may have said “I don’t want to do that” or “Wow, that looks hard” but I have never let the difficulty of a pattern daunt me. That’s the fun stuff about knitting, whether it’s cables or colorwork or stitch mania (hello Jane Elliott!) there are so many areas to explore. I really find it hard to believe people who have only done scarves, endless scarves. Jump in! Try something new! Stretch yourself! As much as we love it, we have to be able to say to ourselves “It’s only knitting”. What’s the worst that can happen? You would have to rip it out. Some people look at that as a waste of time but everything is a learning experience and just because you ripped something out once doesn’t mean you will rip it out again. Plus you’ve added to your experience level, which you can now apply to yet another project.
So brandish those needles! Stare that pattern down! Laugh in the face of short rows! Because we want the end of this story to read
“And they all knit happily ever after”.
Tue 21 May 2013
Cheryl is knitting an afghan she designed for Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% superwash merino, 220 yards) for her daughter going off to Penn State.
Sari is knitting a baby blanket she designed with Filatura Zara (DK weight: 100% extra fine merino, 137 yards).
She knit a football toy and football bunting/hat set with Cascade 220 Superwash to go with the afghan.
I love the creativity in the designs these knitters chose for their blankets! I had better start thinking about my daughter’s college afghan. I hope she has an easy mascot to draw/knit!
Mon 20 May 2013
Mallory is knitting a baby blanket for her third daughter. The pattern is Finest Kind Baby Blanket. She used Cascade 220 Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Wool, 220 yards).
She worked a spell of ribbing (k1, p1) instead of seed stitch. We unknit those couple of stitches and reknit them in seed stitch.
Fri 17 May 2013
There are natural disasters and manmade disasters but no disaster hits so close to home as a knitting disaster. One such disaster recently happened to me involving a travel mug, what seemed to be an inordinate amount of coffee for said mug to contain (was there a secret compartment in the darned thing?), and knitting bag.
In an effort to save money and avoid donut temptation (much to the chagrin of the local DD franchise) I was determined to bring my own coffee to work. I had a travel mug that my thoughtful husband had bought me but as usual he had bought the most high tech one he could find, which meant that it defied my attempts to screw the top on or off on several occasions. I had just had such an occasion where it took a snow drift, boiling water and the best muscular efforts of my husband and son to remove the lid. So the next time I took out the mug I made sure that I screwed the lid on just tightly enough so that I didn’t have to detonate the lid to get at my coffee.
As happens, the next time I took the travel mug to work the day was over before I have even finshed a quarter of the contents. So when it came time to leave I tightened the lid and threw it in my knitting bag.
Here’s a tip: never throw a travel mug full of coffee, no matter how supposedly trustworthy the mug, into a knitting bag.
When I got home I found that this time I had not twisted the lid tightly enough so that in the space of the 10 minutes it took me to drive home the coffee had filled my entire knitting bag. In case you don’t understand the repercussions, this meant 5 SKEINS OF HAND-DYED YARN SOAKED WITH COFFEE, including a couple that had already been wound into balls and some of which was ALREADY KNIT. So there I was ripping, unwinding, soaking, and winding around hangers to dry approximately 1500 yards of yarn, (that’s almost a mile of yarn, people!) all accompanied by – shall we say - colorful language. My kids hid in their rooms and my husband skipped the glass and simply handed me the bottle of wine.
Well, I’m not sure all the coffee came out but the yarn was a brown-based variegated to begin with so no harm done. The new gray hairs can be dealt with and the burst blood vessels have healed and I have learned a very valuable lesson:
Don’t try to save money.
P.S. lest you think Pam was dumb enough to throw a travel mug full of coffee into a knitting bag this post was written by Julie
Thu 16 May 2013
Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting a birthday party for 8, 9 year old kids (there was one boy in the group). They each received a skein of yarn and needles as part of the birthday package.
Bridget had them all knitting happilly by the end of the two hour party. Our customers were charmed by the group of cheerful kids learning to knit.