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  • Sheri’s latest is The Strandwanderer scarf knit in Miss Babs Zombie Apocalypse yarn.
  • PJ has designed what could be the best neckline for a baby sweater which is almost complete. Look closely at the photo and you will see that the back shoulders lap over to the front leaving a flexible rolled cowl for the neckline. I am thinking that every parent will appreciate how easy it will be to dress their child in this gem.
  • Alice had many things to show and tell a couple weeks ago….
    • …..the recently completed Christmas stocking which is chock full of stitch detail.
    • ……the beginnings of a new vest project – Laurien Vest
    • ……the Lineau Shawl knit with Art Yarns Milano.
    • ……the multicolored scarf was knit in Madelinetosh fingering weight, and the pattern is “Watchet” from the book Curls.
  • I recently gifted my niece Betsy with the Lacey Arches Infinity cowl that I knit from yarn in my stash…whoops don’t remember the brand but it is wool. I added the rose brooch to brighten it up.

As Elizabeth Zimmerman said……”Knit on!”

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We have been together as a knitting group (Friday Morning Knit Group – thus FMKG) and friends for years! We began this year’s celebration with the “white elephant” gift exchange….you know the one where each person takes a number……then the person can either select from the unwrapped gift or bump someone who has unopened their gift. We put a limit of 2 on how many times a gift could bumped/stolen. What do you think is best…..2xs, 3 xs or unlimited?

In the midst of gifts, eats and champagne some knitting was accomplished. At noon we took our celebration to Skates on the Bay.

 

Now photos from Skates!

Karen H was so kind as to take “mug” shots…..and thanks to Jan for the above table photos.

 

 

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We are quickly moving into gift giving season (either for your loved ones and in some cases ourselves). If you are looking for unique jewelry, cards, and knitted items…..mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec 5 for the Annual Kimberly and Janie Boutique hosted at Skein Lane Studio. The event is from 1-5 at  208 Carmel Ave, El Cerrito. Looking forward to seeing you.

Some samplings….

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Years ago….19 to be exact…. while visiting family in Geelong, Australia I bought an Australian themed jersey-type fabric to make a quilt for newly-born nephew Daniel. That material stayed stored in a safe place for the right time….this year I decided I must do something with it. It was a little late for the baby quilt but what about a pillow case? I happen to know that he likes themed things and I thought this idea might be a go (it was). That simple thought was the impetus to create themed pillowcases with French seams for this year’s Christmas gifts.

The first round of pillow cases did not include Daniel’s as I had to get five done and in the mail before Christmas….made it with two days to spare. Four were for my Idaho nieces and nephew. The pillow case for each was the same color with the cuff themes being girly for my nieces and a western theme for my nephew.

My life-long friend Mary (who lives in Colorado) is often on the road and I thought she needed a special case for her well-traveled pillow. She is a Western kind of gal. She is the friend who first “borrowed” the horses that we rode in high school. It was years before I figured  out where she borrowed…and I did get some help from Mary with that!

Alrighty… five done and seven more to go as well as one requested apron (for my niece Honara to use in her RV kitchen when they are camping). Here’s that line up.

I see more pillow cases on the horizon! It’s a lot of fun to “theme” them. While Betsy’s doesn’t look particularly themed, it compliments one I made for her in the spring. I added a lace floral piece to this pillow case.

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’tis the season to share….and there is much to share given that there are many postings in the Skein Lane lineup. I asked Jan for some details on what she literally just finished at this past Friday morning knitting group.  Jan says….

  • Pattern: Verybusymonkey (all her stuff can be found on Ravelry, bought via download) – “Irish Moss Shawl.”
  • Fiber:  a Blue Moon (Fiber Arts) yarn that I found at the show in San Mateo – Marine Silk Fingering.  100 grms/3.5 oz/487 yards.  The colorway is Sky Blue Pink, and you really do get a shimmer of pink through the yarn as light reflects from it.
  • Content: 51% silk, 29% merino, and 20% sea cell rayon.
  • Gauge: 28-32 sts per 4 inches on size 1-3 needles.
  • Washing instructions: hand wash or dry clean.

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“The pattern version used a 435 yd skein of yarn and therefore my skein of 487 yds should have been sufficient, but it wasn’t.  Most likely my gauge was the culprit.  In any case, the pattern fortunately suggests where to bind off if you’d like the shawl to be shorter n the back or if you’re short on yarn.  I thought it might be obvious that I cut it off 4 rows early, but it’s not. The dark purple shawl that I did before this one is also a Verybusymonkey pattern.  I LOVE her stuff!”

A couple footnotes from Carolyn here: I did take a couple more photos of Jan modeling her beautiful shawl….but they are nowhere to be found….better hire a new photographer. I just checked out the Verybusymonkey site…..on my….there are many beautiful shawl patterns!

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Saturday’s knitting workgroup celebrated the season with a brunch of fruit, baked oatmeal, cheeses, See’s peanut brittle (my favorite) and in the midst of that was another of my favorites – salt and pepper potato chips with Diane’s clam dip. What a mix of flavors and quite tasty with champagne. We ate, we knit and we were treated by Katie to glitter tattoos! We missed PJ, Margot, Carol C and Shari at this celebration!

ps…..the Baked Oatmeal has become a traditional serving….I discovered this recipe several years ago….it tastes great and the vanilla and cinnamon in that dish creates the best aroma while baking.

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The blessings of the season have been on my mind…….and one of the many are the friendships that are shared throughout our knitting groups. Friday morning knitting group aka FMKG celebrated at Skates on the Bay (Berkeley) yesterday….there were 16 of us there (only one was unable to make it….we missed you Rachelle). We shared years of friendship, a meal, drinks of course, and a “gentle” white elephant gift exchange. I was #1 on the exchange…..and I am pleased to report that I love my gift….and the giver was happy that I received it! Look below for some flashbacks to our previous celebrations!

We knit….we celebrate!

Kimberly and Jan knitting!

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