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Years ago….and I do mean years (I was 10) I learned to shuttle knit. Somewhere over the years of knitting I heard that it was the Scottish Shuttle but don’t recall where I read that. Today the Irish Cottage Knitting is exactly the way I knit. It’s the method I prefer because I can knit faster and I also think my stitches are more consistent than other methods that I might use.

If you are wanting to learn more about this, you just might want sign up for the class that I will be teaching at Avenue Yarns. You can see an earlier video of me knitting on the  Skein Lane website.



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IMG_1002This wrap,  knit in Simply Fine yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery,  started out to be the Gillette Wrap. I saw the pattern and wrap at Stitches West 2013….loved the yarn and thought I liked the pattern. But……after casting on the needed 277 stitches and doing the short row shaping and starting the lace section, I realized this was not the design for me. First off, I read the short row W&T (wrap and turn) too literally…..I short rowed but didn’t wrap. I know better! I was past the garter  design and into the lace pattern when I decided that I had to start again. Not only was I fussing about the W&T’s , I now thought the original lace section was too froo froo for me.

There was no way I wanted to cast on 277 stitches again so I “frogged” to within a couple rows of the cast on. As long as I was that far back I could add another design element; thus eyelet was incorporated along the edge. Already I was liking the design better. I kept the short row part the same except I knit the wraps from the W&T’s as I knit across all of them. The results were much better. As long I was changing the pattern I kept dreaming….probably more fair to say obsessing about each “next” section.

I poured over Melissa Leapman’s new book “The Knit Stitch” and chose “Slip Stitch Bands (page 230). Then on to more garter with clear beads added with the crochet hook method. I poured over my books again for the last two sections of this wrap which are the Indian Cross Stitch, Garter, Eyelet and Picot Bind Off Edging. Done…….. with just a little yarn to spare. Now to the blocking board.

The Knit Stitch

Slip Stitch BandThe Picot Edge




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Jean wearing her Taygete Shawl

While it’s only been a few days since I posted about Jean and her stealth knitting, this post is about more of her work. The same day that we saw the ribbon sweater she was wearing a new shawl/scarf – Taygete – a design by local artisan Rosemary (Romi) Hill. I loved the design and the colors. I asked Jean more about her yarn choice and here’s what she had to say.

Taygete Shawl close up

“Probably the best thing to say is that I had a skein of her (Lisa Souza’s hand-dyed sock) solid colored yarn that I bought at Stitches and decided to add another color for the scarf.  I asked Lisa Souza if she would select a variegated color to coordinate with it.  She sent me one that I just loved!”

I’ve had a skein of Lisa Souza’s sock yarn in my yarn collection  for at least a couple of years that I too bought at Stitches. Jean’s creation has caused me to act. I now have the pattern, I’ve contacted Lisa for a solid yarn to match my variegated Paprikash. I couldn’t find a solid to match…I contacted Lisa…of course she knew which red was used in the variegated….it wasn’t listed as one of the colors on her web-site…she is hand-dyeing a skein for me tomorrow. I am so excited….is that the best customer service?!

Jean - Trinity Stitch Cowl/Scarf

One more thing! Jean was inspired by a cowl scarf that she recently saw. We were able to recreate the pattern…I knew it was a trinity stitch pattern (a multiple of 4 sts)… and Jean knew the size – 5 inches x 56 inches. I love this pattern stitch…..for little effort it creates a beautiful textured fabric.

The pattern:

Row 1 (right side): Purl.

Row 2: *(Knit 1, purl 1, knit 1) all in the same stitch, purl 3 together. Repeat from * across.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: *Purl 3 together, (knit 1, purl 1, knit 1) all in the same stitch. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

Any yarn can be used for this lovely design. Simply work a swatch and determine your stitches to the inch, multiply that number by the width that you want…and round to nearest multiple of four stitches.

You can finish the project with a kitchner stitch or a 3-needle bind off. While I don’t particularly love doing the kitchner stitch join I do think it’s the best for this project.

There’s still time to knit gifts for this magical spiritual season! Tomorrow I will post about a simple, quick cowl that many of us have on….and in some cases…off our needles.

Happy clicking!!!

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Gardening and reorganization continued to claim time from blogging and sharing this summer. We’re back once again! Fall is here and the needles are clicking!

This morning as I was surfing through my emails I stopped to read the latest from Berroco…their knitting tidbits this morning included some unique videos featuring…what else but knitting, yarn and textures. One of the videos is of the knitter  Last Knit who kept clicking….this was went around a few years ago. Enjoy….the Last Knit

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