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Natasha Marsha Elliot and Nina

Natasha Marsha Elliot and Nina

What an excitement loaded morning….designs, sharing, laughter and baby Elliot came with his mother Natasha. Once again….you’d think we’d never seen a baby….so many oohs and aahs! And he really is a lovely baby and so glad that Natasha can be with us. Some of the other highlights: Eleanor shared her Sock Summit experience (you might also want to check the Yarn Harlot’s blog), Terry shared another one of her creations, Cathy – a truly left-handed continental knitter – shared her latest translation of cable instructions as well as a baby sweater for her grandchild, Rebecca just completed a hat, Maurie is working on her adult surprise sweater, Susanne is finishing a cape stole, Diane has finished her Moderne Baby Blanket and is now working on the completion of her top-down sweater, Marsha is working on an adult Moderne Blanket, and yes…Natasha can still knit – she is working on an Feather Ripple Afghan using deep rich red and rust colors, Katie is knitting away with her gift scarves, Nina is on her rendition of MaggiKnits La Alhambra design, and Margo is making progress on her blue sweater…a lace design.

Margo was having a problem reading which row she should be on as she shapes the curves on the neckline. She thought she was on row 9 and I finally discerned that she wass on row 11….and that the first shaping on the right side of the neck was off….but I said “It’s not obvious so I might let it go.” Where upon Margo says looking at the rest of the group, “If she doesn’t care, then I don’t! (She usually does!) Let’s move on.” It’s hard to express Margo’s wonderful delivery of words and expression…but it is great and she makes us all laugh.

And a knitting tip from Cathy…as you are trying to remember names…use word association. This came up because Terry was trying to remember the name of the stitch pattern…you know the one where you just keep knitting…well it was garter. And here is Cathy’s tip: Gunsmoke – Miss Kitty wore garters! Another round of laughter.

One more tip from Eleanor which came from Charlene Schurch, instructor at Socks Summit and author of Sensational Knitted Socks….when you are swatching and changing needles in the same swatch (which is what I recommend that you do rather than casting off and starting a new swatch..simply change needles) use yo’s as separation between needle size swatches….this will control the tension between the different needle sizes used within the same swatch.

And now some more photos! Enjoy!

Coming next: works from Tues, Thurs and Friday.

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Karen - Beautiful in her Alaca Stole
Karen – Beautiful in her Alaca Stole

Karen is an enthusiatic knitter and a part of the Friday knitting workshop group. She fell in love with this MaggiKnits design, The Alaca Stole, at this past Stitches West.  And now Karen has just finished knitting this design. The Alaca Stole pattern is from MaggiKnts Book #11, Squares and Frills and Karen made the smaller version – same number of squares…just smaller.  The stole is knit with MaggiKnits Linen – a 3-ply yarn made up of 52% Cotton and 48% Linen. The color she chose was Natural. Karen sent these wonderful photos.You will also be able to see more photos at Kimberly’s Craftini soon

Don’t both Karen and the stole look stunning!

Karen - Alaca Stole
Karen – Alaca Stole
A close up of Karen's Alaca Stole
A close up of Karen’s Alaca Stole

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As I was reading Kimberly’s Craftini this morning I saw the post re: The Colbert Report…knitting…and Chellie Pingree….and North Island Designs. What a coincidence that just this past week one of the knitting group brought Maine Island Classics by Chellie Pingree for show and tell. And I reminded myself  that I have one or two of her books in my knitting archives. I chose these books many moons ago because of the warmth of the designs, the writing, the historical background, and the ease of knitting. I have a real love of the country and the designs in Maine Island Classics have great appeal for me…intarsia of sheep, chickens (my whole kitchen is dedicated to chickens and roosters), sailboats, trees, and sailboats. This is complimented with some aran designs. I’m reminded that I still want to knit one of the designs. The question remains…will I live long enough to finish all that my knitting fingers desire. I’m working on it!

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Hot Knitting Tip

Early in the summer Darlis came to our Saturday morning knitting workshop. As she settled in, she brought out her supplies…and she had, and still has, the most unique way for storing stitch markers. You might just like this yourself!

Another use for a stitch holder

Another use for a stitch holder

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You would think we’d never seen a baby before….we were all so excited to see Natasha with 2 1/2 week old Elliot…a beautiful baby with beaming mother and grandmother. Here’s Elliot!

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The socks - yeah they are done!

The socks - yeah they are done!

Now I’ve knit several pairs of socks in my knitting life…and who would think it would take four trys to get the round toe knit correctly  on the second sock of this pair.  Clearly…or maybe not clearly….I was fog- headed as I approached those last few rows…either the toe was too long… or I dropped stitches…you name it. And finally there was success. That’s really good because these socks almost bit the dust before I finished that last sock yesterday. By the way, I really do love the round toe technique for toe shaping instead of the decrease toe shaping on each side of the foot that finishes with kitchner stitch. No kitchner in the round toe technique.

Coming next: photos from this last week’s knitting workshops including a visit from Natasha and her baby.

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Cotton Chenille Wash Cloths

Cotton Chenille Wash Cloths

Just the other day Marsha from our Saturday morning knitting workshop laughingly said, “I’ve made great progress…I’ve graduated from sweaters to wash cloths.!”  And it’s interesting that so many of us have done the same thing….Susanne, Eleanor, Diane, Terry, and myself to name a few. The wash/dish cloth that is garter and knit on the diagonal is a quick and comforting knit….great for those moments when you want to knit but can’t concentrate because of conversation. I’ve just completed four. Check out Terry’s….she bought cotton chenille and a week later she had enough to decorate a bathroom and then some.

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