Archive for June, 2013

Some intriguing shawls in this post….I now my needles are struggling to knit all that I see…just keep knitting!

For the Knit of It

I love shawls. They’re the perfect pieces for adding just a touch more warmth on chilly nights (or in chilly offices). You can use almost any technique/style with them – from cables to garter to lace. It’s lace, really, that I’m loving most right now.

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This idea has been hovering in my mind for the last couple weeks…..Spring Roundup – a bit like Blast from the Past featured in Dec 2012…..time to share those photos that didn’t make “center stage” yet. The only reason they haven’t is that often my ambitions are greater than my time. Now having “whined” about that, here’s the deal. I am going to post photos of Skein Lane knitters….I invite each you featured to pop back into the blog and make comments about your project or activity. This will be truly the personal touch. Here goes!

The “dress alikes” have appeared here before…..but they are so much fun it’s hard not to post again.

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It's Hip to Knit

It’s Hip to Knit

Check out this newspaper article! Skein Lane was featured in Trends of Bay Area Living in 2001. (angnewspapers.com) I remember the photo shoot well….it was a lot of fun.

We worked hard, we played hard, we knit!

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What do these all in have common? Last Saturday morning was abuzz with projects and techniques.

Betsy just finished one her gauntlets…..a bright spring green that matches her zest for taking on life’s challenges. She has decided to move back to Kentucky….she will be greatly missed. The good news is that we have the pleasure of her company through the summer. Love that gauntlet Betsy!

Recently Katie finished a beautiful scarf….the ever popular multi-directional pattern. I believe her yarn choices came from Art Fibers. This past Saturday found her making major progress on her first sweater….Noro yarn and Noro pattern. It will be lovely.

The cardi/cape/poncho knit with Cascade’s Pastaza (now discontinued) that Nina has draping from her needles is another beautiful piece….that beauty came with some pain. She began this project at a time when her time was stretched thin with work and home care responsibilities….and she knit! She was nearing the end last month when when she discovered she had one panel too many on one of the fronts…….the solutions available were to rip it all out – an option that was not okay….so we opted for the practical solution – to isolate the stitches so there would be no more knitting on that end piece/section. Then what? Steek….that means sew and cut. Nina sewed along the section…I then crocheted next to the stitching…and I cut! It was a miracle solution…Nina will be modeling the finished garment soon. By the way, I actually love to cut as a solution for knitting problems. Hmmmm…..think I’ll tell the story soon (for those who have not heard to talk about it) about cutting an elephant out of a sweater.

One more story tell from this past Saturday…..Marsha arrived wearing her stunning purple MaggiKnits Linen Sweater. Marsha was inspired by a sweater in her closet….that became the pattern. I helped her design from that model. Now Marsha has knit this sweater almost twice…she got off in the setting up in her false seams…and uhoh the fronts were off. There was not steeking option here! She and Susanne ripped it out about 6 weeks ago….and I would Marsha had that cardigan reknit in a month. We call her the marathon knitter. Notice Marsha’s matching shoes….she has the best and most interesting color coordination. Her next project is another cardigan knit with Shaefer’s Cotton Laurel (love this yarn now Shaefer is closed/retired)….the yarn is wound and is already on her needles.

It’s been a fun knitting month!

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When PJ and her husband Marty travel they always take great photos….here are two that are particularly special for us knitters! (This particular photo takes me back to when I visited my relatives in Napier in the early 1990’s. Could it really be that long ago?) Thank you for sharing PJ!!

PJ says this last week or so…..


Taken just for you in February 2010. Never too late!


Store Front - Ireland 2010

Store Front – Ireland 2012

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