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Well, well! Even a seasoned knitter can blow it. I love this new cowl I am knitting…even though I do not love doing the cluster stitch which makes the Wildcat Canyon Cowl so appealing.  But the real issue issue is…..after completing the 8 rows of the edging I discovered the infamous not-wanted mobius. How could this have happened?? I have started this beauty now going to be the 4th time. Two of the times have been the mobius issue and one was ….oh who remembers? But I think this is a blessing as I kept thinking the fabric that my size 7 needle (called for in pattern) and my fingers was producing was too tight. Here’s a snapshot of what not to do…..now I start again. Glad I love the vision of this cowl and Rios Malabrigo yarn. At least I am getting my money’s worth in knitting this wool.

Rippppppppppppp! Hey! I think I will change color now. I love the teal but I am ready to try a color (in Rios) that will show the beauty of the stitch better. Oh, yes I can dream of another pattern for the teal. I think I just renamed this cowl….”The Never Ending Cowl”!

Note: the cluster stitchP3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle and onto the right needle (designer’s instructions). I would change this to read…..P3tog, K3tog, P3tog into the same stitch before dropping them off the left needle. There will be 3 new stitches on the right needle when you drop the 3 being purled tog 3 times.

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diane-and-carolyn-rebozoSeveral years ago Diane and I knit the Rebozo Shawl. Since our original showing/sharing mine was lost a few years ago at a fashion show where I was modeling my shawl. I have hated the loss of that shawl which I knit in memory of knitting friend Sandy. I knew that I wanted to knit it again but knew it would make me too sad to knit in the same color but I did knit it again in a different colorway…. in the memory of Sandy and the original shawl.

 

The beginnings of my replacement Rebozo inspired fellow knitter Susan from Saturday knitting workshop to knit one. We both used Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. Today we modeled the old and the new……Diane’s two renditions (modeled by Diane and Jan) and the latest from Susan and me. Susan is so happy with hers that she has already embarked on her second one. Note that each shawl has its own unique creativity…..besides colorway and yarn differences each shawl striping pattern is slightly different.

Even though there is/was a lot of knitting in these shawls…..each row on mine was 400 stitches on size 6 needle it is a pleasure to knit and so fun to have the finished results. I know you will see us about town in our shawls.

Below you can see from needles through blocking to finished garment. I generally do a wet block which means I wash (soak) on gentle cycle on my old washing machine in a non-detergent soap. I do not rinse but do spin it dry. Then the damp garment is taken to the studio table to be hand blocked….I literally use my hands to press the garment out. It is laid on towel(s) and covered with towel(s). Once dry….it’s done and looks so gently blocked. I love the results.

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Wow! The last couple months have flown right bye with a variety of activities.

The first quick announcement is that a wonderful customer pointed out a color of Cotton Fleece that was not on my online store…..CW382 Spring Sage Green. It is now listed and I think both the customer and I will be adding it to our personal stashes. I always have a vision or two of what I want to knit with this lovely cotton.

I have recently returned from a whirlwind trip with my sister and niece to Eastern Colorado….the land of my youth. Seven days (actually five once you knock out days dedicated to getting there and back) included dinner (known as supper in Eastern Colorado) with cousins the night of arrival; a dinner reunion with old classmates and friends; a family reunion of cousins (of which I have many – there were 60 or so in attendance), and my two aunts (the remaining siblings of 10 children who grew up on the homestead 13 miles northeast of town); one of our cousins brought old family photos which I always love; a trip to the old homestead; a trip to neighboring town to visit our school teacher Dorothy who is now 104, Old Town Museum and the Kit Carson County historical carouselmy youngest sister’s country wedding on July 4; and a couple nights in Limon with some favorite cousins. It was a great trip.

 

I barely knit while I was gone…..well, I probably didn’t….it was so hot and we were on the run for sure. But my needles are clicking again. I am working on the Rebozo Shawl – a design by Cheryl Oberle. More to follow about this.

img_1114I have a cute story which serves as a reminder to us all when we send knitted gifts. My 15-year old niece really loved the cowl that I sent for Christmas. After many wearings she  decided that she needed to wash it……I forgot to include washing instructions in the gift package. I bet you can guess the rest of the story. Yep, she threw it in the regular wash and it felted. She, of course, gets a new one and it will be in the mail on Monday. Her 13-yr old sister had another story to share. She loved the beanie cap that I knit her but the puppy got it….she was resourceful and turned it into a headband.

Back to the knitting needles!

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy Spring Savings this week…..May 22 – May 29…..40% off Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (must be in stock) and 30% off Brown Sheep’s Lamb Pride’s Superwash …sales price reflected in price @ Skeinlane.com

Many projects have been knitted with these two lovely yarns. I am thinking that I will start another Moderne Blanket.

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I have been dreaming about knitting Jody’s Modern Shawl since I saw her wearing it while she was working at Avenue Yarns. It’s simple but elegant with a lovely lattice edging. I was possessed to use yarn from my stash and not go shopping….well I did both. In my stash were two skeins of Silky and Plied from Knitted Wit (225 yds each) which I am sure I bought more than four years ago. What to add for that third skein? There was nothing in my enormous stash that was a satisfactory complement to the lavendar and rose pink skeins. Off to Avenue Yarns I went….came away with a lovely purple and then decided that I didn’t like it with this project…so back to Avenue Yarns. This time I really loved my choice….Malabrigo Rios color Plomo. This comp0limentary color has subtle gray color changes with just a hint of pink. I am now dreaming of the next project for the purple yarn.

The shawl was finished this past Wednesday and wet blocked on Thursday. I love the results.

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Even though the wonder of spring calls many of us outdoors, the knitting continues. This is a quick post to share some of the latest. Knit on!

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IMG_0191 2Mayra (of our Friday Morning Knit Workshop) has really been clicking her needles. Here is her latest beautiful knit…..the Parish Toujours shawl designed by Isabel Kramer. Mayra chose to knit this beauty with Madeline Tosh DK in Grasshopper and Plymouth’s Baby Alpaka DK in Grey.

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