Archive for November, 2009

Janie joined one of our knitting workshops a couple of months ago. She not only embarked on a sweater but it was her first…..and it’s done. Her inspiration for her garment came from  Creative Knitting Magazine, Sept. 2009.  It’s called Short-Sleeved Cardigan and the skill level is just a bit harder than “Easy”. Janie is not sure that she agrees with that description.

As I often say, use the pattern as the beginning of the road map for the knitting trip and then feel free to take diversions. In this case, we changed the yoke pattern, the placement of the top buttonhole and the yarn. The yarn that she chose was Brown Sheep’s cotton fleece…an old time favorite of mine. Back to the yoke pattern for a moment. The designer of the pattern had in mind that the yoke would be the Trinity stitch…sometimes known as the Bramble Stitch. Janie has a shoulder injury that was not compatible with this pattern. I suggested that she use the Pebble Stitch aka Sand Stitch I didn’t find a good link for that …so here is the reversible stitch pattern. This is a 2-row pattern – Row 1: Knit; Row 2 – Knit one, purl one. She is really pleased with the results!

Congratulations to Janie for a job well done.

An aside for Janie…..she not only knits, helps with her grandchildren, she designs jewelry. Check out her website.

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So many choices…so many knitters….great designs! Where to begin…this will be a random sampling of projects in process or finished over the last few months.

Given that I attached descriptions directly to photos in this post…I will list some of the links here for you.

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Just recently Debbie, a Thursday night knit workshop knitter and a regular Skein Lane retreater, shared her most recent excitement. She just purchased a home on the coast that she really…really wanted. The first thing to share here is that the clincher that closed the deal. Debbie is the kind of person who is quite financially sound and has chosen not to have credit cards. This  actually created a challenge for her lenders to the close the deal…they were looking for info about her payment patterns. She called me in a panic and requested a letter saying that she had been a customer of Skein Lane for a number of years, paid her bills on time, and had no outstanding balances. (All of which is true!) Can you believe that the letter from her knitting enabler was the decisive factor in granting her the property loan? Go Debbie!

More about Debbie….she is an avid crafter. She knits, beads, spins, dyes…that is just a bit that I know. Her excitement about fiber arts is so inspiring….I still am enjoying her glee when she was  sharing  her fiber arts experiences at our recent retreat. I am in awe of how much Debbie accomplishes…not only does she craft at the handcraft (not homemade) level, she “runs” a school and finds time to spend with her husband.

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Debbie sharing her dying results with her teachers - Marlee and Mimi

Debbie has given me permission to post her latest sentiments. ” All in all a great collection of photos and precious moments at the retreat. The pleasure of knitting and crocheting has brought so many special moments into my life as well as the very amazing beach house soon to be filled with fiber art projects and accomplishments. Thank you so much.”

Debbie so warms my heart! And now thank you to Debbie.

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Sally, Carolyn, and Nancy

So long until next year! Sally, Carolyn and Nancy


We are so fortunate – Sally and Nancy are returning for next year’s retreat….same place – Marconi Conference Center and the date is Oct 1, 2 & 3.

We are considering adding an extra day…let us know your thoughts.

You can sign up now at the Skein Lane website or call 510.525.9276

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It was the night before retreat and a call came from Ariane…”I know this is a last minute question…but would there be any space available for the retreat?” As it turns out we had one unfilled bed. And what a joy to have Ariane join us. I was fortunate enough to share a room with her and Carrie.

Here’s Ariane’s show and tell …. her own private fashion show. The pattern came from a class that she took…she will tell us more…the yarn was Knit One, Crochet Too, US dk 100% wool.

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Ariane - the detail

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