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Stone Point – Done!

I finished this lovely piece a little over a week ago and have worn it. I love the drape and style of this knitted fabric. We all know I do not need one more knitted garment … or for that matter any garment … in my closet but that does not stop me from casting on again and again for new projects. My version of Stone Point came about simply because I saw a model on display at my favorite LYS – Avenue Yarns.

You all know that once the last stitch of the knitted garment is completed, there are a few more things that need to happen.

  • Weave in all the loose yarns created when a new ball of yarn is attached.
  • Try on for final fitting and then measure piece.
  • Block it. I prefer the wet block method. I load my top loading washer with lukewarm water and add Eucalon according to instructions. Next drop garment in water to soak for 20-30 mins. DO NOT RUN THE WASH CYCLE or RINSE CYYLE. Move the setting to SPIN. I then let the SPIN run until almost done. I do this so the garment is not spun out so much as to create wrinkles. I then take the garment to The multipurpose table in my studio and lay it out to measurements in a towel in table. After I have smoothed /pressed the garment with my hands, I cover the garment with another towel. It is ready to wear (or use) when dry.

I am very happy with this latest…I know i will wear it a lot….it will be one of my favorite go to’s to wear.

Tip: I find it much easier to stay on track with multiple stitch repeats in the pattern to use markers, i.e there were 12 stitches per pattern over 24 rows. I placed markers every 12 stitches and then I would count when I completed a set to be sure I was on track. Of course, after a bit of knitting of a pattern it becomes imprinted in my knitting fingers and brain.

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Stone Point

Lovely day for knitting and reading while enjoying time on deck. This lovely cape throw (Stone Point) will be complete this weekend. Stay tuned for final viewing and details of the project.

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This shawl pattern caught my eye ….

“Mucha”, in reference to the artist Alfons Mucha, is a half-moon shawl, knitted from top to bottom. Most of the pattern is very easy to knit. The body of the shawl is in stocking stitch, interspersed by a few lines of garter stitch to give a rhythm to the
— Read on www.kitterly.com/nadia-cretin-lechenne-mucha-shawl-pattern-7475.html

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As Bill and I were watching Jeopardy this past Monday I was struck by the beauty of the scarf/shawl that contestant Leslie was wearing. I checked my Ravelry library and I did not have this pattern. As Thursday night knitting rolled around I was still thinking about this shawl. No sooner than having just mentioned it fellow knitter Helen found conversation on google about it. I looked at design….yep that was it…….the Vintage Fremont Shawl  designed by Jami Byrnildson. I didn’t delay … I ordered. At Friday morning knitting I told the story of Jeopardy, the contestant wearing the beautiful shawl and Helen’s Google find. Now it was Shari’s turn to google….this shawl has generated so much interest that the pattern has been offered at 50% with coupon code “Jeopardy” through June 10. I contacted the seller re my enthusiasm for shawl and the coupon code. I received a credit of 50% back from my purchase. How much fun that this pattern has generated so much conversation in our knitting communities. You too can buy it on Ravelry.

Guess what I will be knitting soon?

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Marsha was one happy knitter as she finished her cowl. She  creatively figured out how to add the yarn from her cast on tail to the cast off yarn. Without that cast on tail, she would have needed to unknit one round to have enough yarn for the cast off. Like many of us Marsha is on a mission to use the yarn in her stash….she was successful….all used and only 3 inches left.

Now she has unearthed knitting that is to be felted slipper socks. I helped her get reacquainted with her pattern and now she is knitting the gusset. Go Marsha!

 

 

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Pillows (envelope style), pillow cases and one blanket…..the theme for this year’s (well past year) for belated wedding present and Christmas presents. My sewing machine was really stitching but as so often happens with me my creativity dreams do not match my available time.

My youngest sister LaBerta and Dustin celebrated their life together – they married on July 4, 2017 in Flager, Colorado. It was a joyous outdoor wedding that was a couple days after the annual Pugh Family Reunion in Stratton, Colorado. I love cowboy theme things….so the I found the perfect fabric to carry that theme from their wedding to a pillow and pillowcases.

LaBerta gave me some clues as to the themes/colors in each of the four kids rooms.

First up….here is Jade’s. Teal is her color so I think this compliments.

 

Abby coloring

Next up is Abby’s….each child got a “coloring” Christmas card and Abby shared hers. Wish my coloring was a good as hers.

 

 

I heard that Carson was resting on his pillow first thing….

 

Bella asked for a knitted blanket…..she got a gift certificate for this design. My needles are clicking….clicking!

 

These were and are fun projects.

 

 

 

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Update to this morning’s post…..I don’t know quite how I did it but I wrote content and deleted it….best part is that I didn’t realize it until I checked back later in the day.

So here goes again. Our Saturday Knit Group likes to celebrate the season with a potluck and sixteen of us gathered to do just that. This group really likes to cook…..some of the great dishes included: two egg casseroles; roasted cauliflower; stewed fruit; a fruit bowl; scones (gluten-free and who would know the difference…they were delicious); baked oatmeal with syrup, brown sugar, cream, and/or butter (my traditional offering); salt & pepper chips with clam dip; cheeses and baguette; desserts galore – brownies w/mint and some whiskey; chocolate cake; chocolates, peanut brittle, tart and more; and drinks – eggnog with our without rum, juices and sparkling waters.

We missed Reiko who was traveling as well as those who have been absent from the knitting table for a while.

My photo skills were not so hot …. several photos that I thought I took were not on the camera. But I dived into the archive of photos and have a shot (taken sometime) of everyone who gathered to celebrate friendship and good cheer! We were delighted that Susanne popped in….she was a regular before she and her husband retired to Chico two or three years ago.

Cheers to all!

 

 

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