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Archive for January, 2010

A Surprise Visit

Last Saturday our knitting workshop was already pretty animated when Natasha and Elliot arrived. Now you might remember that Natasha had a baby a few months ago…and we were all so excited for her. Natasha, an avid knitter,  was able to knit for a few minutes while we all took turns holding her lovely baby boy. I might add that I had too much fun holding him…before I “handed” him off to other knitting “Aunties”.

All babies are a special joy…Elliot feels extra special because his parents waited a long time for him. He is really lovely…his smile for his mother makes your heart melt.

We will teach Elliot how to knit soon…just as soon as he has his walking shoes on.

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Marsha in her self-designed sweater

Doesn’t Marsha (from Tuesday knitting   workshop group) look great in her self-designed sweater?

She knew that she wanted a simple sweater…and we designed it together. She chose Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. We took her body measurements….added the ease…she knit her gauge swatch. She then used this information to calculate how many stitches to cast on….she cast on and she was off knitting in the round.

It all went smoothly…trying on every so often to be sure that our math was working. Every step of the way the sweater looked great on Marsha.

And then there was the neck….it was too tight! Back up…. we decided that she needed more depth on the collar and a different cast off – P2tog…a wonderfully elastic cast off!

Here’s the cast off: P2 tog, *slip resulting stitch back to left needle, purl it together with the next stitch”, repeat until 1 stitch left on right needle. Cut yarn with 6in length. Thread yarn through last stitch and pull tight.

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Posting today was a little fussy! The pictures didn’t want to set up right…so called it a day around 5pm and came back to it just now. There are a couple more photos from Friday that I want to share. Patricia has been knitting on felted slippers but this Friday she returned to her scarf. She will be sending the info (yarn and pattern stats) shortly. In the meantime, here are the photos. Be sure to click through on the photos so you can see a full shot…particularly the one of Patricia.

Jean was wearing a window-pane patterned vest that she made some time ago. She is describing the “steek” for us.

The next photo is me in a non-knit…but wearing a Christmas gift from my nieice and it got rave reviews from the Friday group. Thanks a bunch.

And I am excited to report that I have completed two projects this past week…a basic black scarf for 15-year old nephew Dan and a slouch hat for soon-to-be 12 yr old Sam. The photos will follow in the next few days! Yeah…I can hardly wait to pick up the needles of another UFO.

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This past week plus has been one of celebration of a birthday and one of many finished projects. Let’s start with Kimberly’s BD….would like to share a lot of photos about this gathering for drinks and some of us stayed for dinner. She was so excited with her new I-phone that she was taking photos left and right. I tried to get one of her but apparently I was having too much fun myself! Apparently, I thought it was not a good photo…it’s gone! So just trust me….she was having a good time!

The following Friday we gathered at our ususal knitting workshop time and as usual many items on the needles…come done…and some in process. Here are just a few of those items.

Jean used Crystal Palace’s Merino 5 (which she purchased at K2tog in Albany) and she used Ann Norling’s Kid’s Basic pullover pattern. The animal faces were from Interweave’s “Knitted Gifts… a great book says Jean!

Jean and Sarah showing Jean's "twin" sweaters

Jean and Sarah showing Jean's "twin" sweaters

Sarah was wearing a sweater that she made some ago….and we were all enthralled. Sarah tells us, “The pattern is from a Manos del Uruguay booklet – the Design Source Collection # 1. This one is called The Pinstripe Jacket”. She looked lovely in this lovely (yes…I know it’s a play on words) design. Notice her face is not showing…she did say she doesn’t like to photo pose…but the design is so great that we must show. And here’s Sarah!

The back of the "Pinstripe" Sweater Jacket

The back of the "Pinstripe" Sweater Jacket

Sarah in her "Pinstripe" sweater jacket

Sarah in her "Pinstripe" sweater jacket

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 ”Isn’t he adorable? ” asks his great-aunt Jan. Ditto from me.

The pattern is adapted from “Baby Afghan” – project #2 in the “Knitting Basics” book by Betty Barnden (Quarto 2002).  The yarn is worsted, machine washable Berroco Pure Merino(the color is “Glacier” but that may be discontinued now – the closest is “Bluebell”). Note: Pure Merino available through Skein Lane Studio.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

….to another year of knitting and wonderful friendships!

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