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Stone Point – Done!

I finished this lovely piece a little over a week ago and have worn it. I love the drape and style of this knitted fabric. We all know I do not need one more knitted garment … or for that matter any garment … in my closet but that does not stop me from casting on again and again for new projects. My version of Stone Point came about simply because I saw a model on display at my favorite LYS – Avenue Yarns.

You all know that once the last stitch of the knitted garment is completed, there are a few more things that need to happen.

  • Weave in all the loose yarns created when a new ball of yarn is attached.
  • Try on for final fitting and then measure piece.
  • Block it. I prefer the wet block method. I load my top loading washer with lukewarm water and add Eucalon according to instructions. Next drop garment in water to soak for 20-30 mins. DO NOT RUN THE WASH CYCLE or RINSE CYYLE. Move the setting to SPIN. I then let the SPIN run until almost done. I do this so the garment is not spun out so much as to create wrinkles. I then take the garment to The multipurpose table in my studio and lay it out to measurements in a towel in table. After I have smoothed /pressed the garment with my hands, I cover the garment with another towel. It is ready to wear (or use) when dry.

I am very happy with this latest…I know i will wear it a lot….it will be one of my favorite go to’s to wear.

Tip: I find it much easier to stay on track with multiple stitch repeats in the pattern to use markers, i.e there were 12 stitches per pattern over 24 rows. I placed markers every 12 stitches and then I would count when I completed a set to be sure I was on track. Of course, after a bit of knitting of a pattern it becomes imprinted in my knitting fingers and brain.

Stone Point

Lovely day for knitting and reading while enjoying time on deck. This lovely cape throw (Stone Point) will be complete this weekend. Stay tuned for final viewing and details of the project.

This shawl pattern caught my eye ….

“Mucha”, in reference to the artist Alfons Mucha, is a half-moon shawl, knitted from top to bottom. Most of the pattern is very easy to knit. The body of the shawl is in stocking stitch, interspersed by a few lines of garter stitch to give a rhythm to the
— Read on www.kitterly.com/nadia-cretin-lechenne-mucha-shawl-pattern-7475.html

Jeopardy and Knitting

As Bill and I were watching Jeopardy this past Monday I was struck by the beauty of the scarf/shawl that contestant Leslie was wearing. I checked my Ravelry library and I did not have this pattern. As Thursday night knitting rolled around I was still thinking about this shawl. No sooner than having just mentioned it fellow knitter Helen found conversation on google about it. I looked at design….yep that was it…….the Vintage Fremont Shawl  designed by Jami Byrnildson. I didn’t delay … I ordered. At Friday morning knitting I told the story of Jeopardy, the contestant wearing the beautiful shawl and Helen’s Google find. Now it was Shari’s turn to google….this shawl has generated so much interest that the pattern has been offered at 50% with coupon code “Jeopardy” through June 10. I contacted the seller re my enthusiasm for shawl and the coupon code. I received a credit of 50% back from my purchase. How much fun that this pattern has generated so much conversation in our knitting communities. You too can buy it on Ravelry.

Guess what I will be knitting soon?

Kids Crafting

Not only have I have been knitting and sewing but have just added kids crafting to my list. How did that happen? As many of you know I started working part-time at JoAnn Fabrics about 8 months ago and recently have been added to the teaching roster. I was asked a couple weeks ago if I could sub for the Kids Crafting session on this past Saturday. There were a few delightful young people who stopped by to make Mother’s Day cards for their moms. For me…..a whole new world of Washi tape designs has opened up. I have to laugh at myself because many of my crafty knitting friends have been using Washi tape for designs for a long time….I held off….but watch out now. And I think I have a new project for my 2 1/2 year grand niece. She is a very busy young child…..this will be so fun!

By the way…..Kids Crafting at JoAnn’s in El Cerrito is every second Saturday. You can check it out here.

Marsha was one happy knitter as she finished her cowl. She  creatively figured out how to add the yarn from her cast on tail to the cast off yarn. Without that cast on tail, she would have needed to unknit one round to have enough yarn for the cast off. Like many of us Marsha is on a mission to use the yarn in her stash….she was successful….all used and only 3 inches left.

Now she has unearthed knitting that is to be felted slipper socks. I helped her get reacquainted with her pattern and now she is knitting the gusset. Go Marsha!

 

 

All but two (my personal work aprons for JoAnn’s) of these reversible aprons were gifts. I loved combining the fabrics and more in the works.

My great grandniece….

 

Aprons for Bill’s great granddaughters….

 

My work aprons…..

 

Gifts….

 

Gift for my niece Chloe…..

 

Gift for my niece Honara…