I don’t know if you remember last Tuesday, but it was cold and raining like Noah was going to get his ark. That being said, I had four dedicated souls turn up for Stitch and Chat.
Trammi is working on her husband’s sweater. She finished the back and needed help with the tubular cast on.
Her customfit sweater is on the back burner while she finishes her husband’s sweater. She found a frayed stitch on the back of her customfit. We think it was one of those random tight knots you sometimes find in a skein. It must’ve come apart. We recommend cutting those knots and retying your yarn. We put fabric glue on it to keep it from straying further like an act of triage.
Trammi also finished two Marian Cowls in Malabrigo Rasta (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 90 yards).
Allison was working on her customfit sweater knit with Kid Paillettes (Lace: 42% Mohair, 40% Polyester, 18% Silk, as well.
Jane finished her second Burberry inspired cowl and was ready to learn the Kitchener Stitch. Her first Burberry Cowl, she hadn’t done the provisional cast on so we improvised. Jane was positively delighted with learning something new. It made trekking out in the rain worthwhile.
For most of the fall I’ve been knitting holiday gifts and other projects that fall under the category of “deadline knitting”. Since I’m a selfish knitter, I get bored knitting holiday gifts and when Malabrigo Rasta arrives, I’m ready for a break. It’s time to knit something for myself.
I had the colorway Abril at home. I was able to complete this project in an evening. Although it is styled as a neckwarmer, it does make a great headband, and not just for dogs.
One of the colors we got in is called Purple Mystery. It is my IDEAL purple. I tried to be strong and admire it from afar. The gravitational pull was too strong and I succumbed. I knit Marian with this color.
As if that wasn’t enough, I knit another neckwarmer, Kostroma in the Wales Road colorway
This was another quick knit. I really like this accessory. It’s fun to wear.
Several years ago we had a knit-a-long for the Ponchini. It has remained a very popular shop pattern. Mary knit hers with Debbie Bliss Milano (Aran: 40% Wool, 28% Nylon, 18% Silk, 14% Other, 105 yards). She was looking for something with a little interest to the yarn and she got it!
Susan designed this terrific poncho! It’s her first personal design. She used pattern stitches from our house sampler blanket and created big squares of pattern blocks and then picked up stitches on the sides to work the rest of the squares. Then she picked up stitches around the neckline and winged it. Well done! The yarn is Cascade Eco Plus, a terrific powerhouse of a yarn (Bulky: 100% Wool, 478 yards).
She is going to knit the Nola Cloche in Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Merino, 128 yards) and a variegated yarn. The bow will be in pink (Added for Michelle’s memory.)
Michelle is also knitting the Third Rail Cowl in madelinetosh Vintage (Worsted: 100% Merino, 200 yards).
Calann is knitting her first pair of socks and came in to turn the heel of her sock and pickup for the gusset. It seemed a little daunting at first, and she did a terrific job. I don’t know what it is that is so satisfying about a turned heel. It’s a beautiful thing.
Eleanor needed a refresher for the provisional cast on and began another Burberry Inspired Cowl with Lornas Laces Shepherd Worsted (Aran: 100% Merino, 225 yards).
She finished Angelito in Malabrigo Rasta (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 90 yards). It took her 2 hours to knit, she didn’t beat my time of 55 minutes. However, 2 hours to complete a project is terrific, especially if you’re short on time.
Jane finished knitting her Burberry cowl in madelinetosh Vintage. Since we were not sure how she worked her “provisional cast on” I was afraid to pick it out. I ran the risk of ruining her project. Instead she crocheted it closed.
She’s going to knit another one in Kid Silk Haze Eclipse held double (Lace: 66% Mohair, 27% Silk, 4% Polyester, 3% Nylon, 219 yards). Time for some bling in a cowl for herself.
Trammi’s husband doesn’t believe she’ll finish his sweater, so she’s going full steam ahead to get it done. She also cast on to knit the sleeves of her CustomFit sweater at the same time.
Trammi experimented with different needle sizes for her Eyelet Cowl in Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky (Bulky: 100% Alpaca, 108 yards).
Allison added a stitch in her CustomFit sweater ribbing and it threw her ribbing off.
She also finished her Fallen Halo Cowl and happily wore it out. She’s wearing her “I’m wearing cashmere smile”.
Elaine decided to rip out the sweater she was knitting for her grandson. She just wasn’t happy with it. For now she’s going to knit # 049 Silk Alpaca Lace Scarf with yarn from her stash.
We had a whole Thanksgiving discussion: to brine or not to brine.
Everyone agreed that cooking it upside down for an hour was a good thing and use turkey claws to turn it. (From person experience, make sure your hands aren’t buttery.)
Allison’s family did a taste test one year and brined one turkey and the other turkey was not brined. Brining was definitely better. She get’s a brining kit from Balducci’s. Trammi makes her brining mix from scratch. Maybe next year I’ll try brining my turkey. I didn’t feel adequately prepared to do it this year.
Karine didn’t know what pattern to use for her gorgeous Tanglewood Fiber Creations Beaded Cashmere Silk. She searched Ravelry, her own patterns, and finally settled on the Tanglewood pattern, Neck Candy. This simple feather and fan stitch pattern shows the yarn off to it’s best advantage. She absolutely loves how it came out and is thoroughly enjoying wearing it. It’s light enough to wear in varying temperatures and the right size to wrap herself up if she’s chilly at home.