Posts Tagged ‘Silky Wool’

Some of you may recall that for several years I have modeled garments that I’ve knit in the Home Economics Club of Contra College’s Annual Fashion Show. Last June I modeled three garments….and arrived home with two. The item that did not return with me was the Rebozo Stole that I knit in Sandy’s memory. This stole was extraordinarily special to me….I helped Sandy pick out the yarn for this project and it was still in her “to-do” stash when her health took a turn for the worst..and she passed away with several of us by her bedside. I knit this stole with such fond memories. I was so proud to model it….I loved it and I loved the memories behind it.

I knew as soon as I got home at the end of the day that the stole was missing. I was so annoyed with myself thinking that I must have dropped it in my haste to get back to the day job. I called the Center where the show was…no there was no stole. I was possessed and drove the 10 miles back to the Center to look for myself. It wasn’t there. For these many months past I’ve often had the “missing stole dismay” pass by me. How could have I lost the stole…how could I left it behind…did I?

Yesterday Lucille of the Home Ec group called wanting to set up a time to meet…we chose 5 pm today. She came with a gift  offered because the Club felt so bad about my stole. What I learned today is that I did leave it at the Center and it was seen after I left….but it did disappear later in the day. This random act of kindness from this wonderful group is because they felt bad for me that I left something precious to me behind. Their gift is heartfelt….I am so grateful for their thoughtfulness. It’s been on my mind to purchase the same yarn to knit the stole again. I loved it then and now it would be an extra special memory.

Diane and Carolyn in their Rebozo StolesDiane and I wearing our Rebozo’s in 2009

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Marsha in her self-designed sweater

Doesn’t Marsha (from Tuesday knitting   workshop group) look great in her self-designed sweater?

She knew that she wanted a simple sweater…and we designed it together. She chose Elsbeth Lavold’s Silky Wool. We took her body measurements….added the ease…she knit her gauge swatch. She then used this information to calculate how many stitches to cast on….she cast on and she was off knitting in the round.

It all went smoothly…trying on every so often to be sure that our math was working. Every step of the way the sweater looked great on Marsha.

And then there was the neck….it was too tight! Back up…. we decided that she needed more depth on the collar and a different cast off – P2tog…a wonderfully elastic cast off!

Here’s the cast off: P2 tog, *slip resulting stitch back to left needle, purl it together with the next stitch”, repeat until 1 stitch left on right needle. Cut yarn with 6in length. Thread yarn through last stitch and pull tight.

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The Rebozo StoleThis is a wonderful design from Cheryl Oberle featured in Folk Shawls. I helped Sandy pick out this yarn, Silky Wool and Silky Wool Tweed, for a stole for one of her relatives. And then Sandy’s health condition got worse…she wasn’t able to recover and she left us in March 2006. I inherited this part of her yarn stash….I loved the project itself and had such fun helping her to pick out the yarns. And then I had the fun of knitting  it ….a special memory of Sandy.

…..Silky Wool is available through Skein Lane Studio; Silky Wool Tweed has been discontinued.

Diane also knit the Rebozo.  She used Shetland Wool. After wearing it a couple of times, she discovered that the yarn had broken on her cast-on row. She didn’t remember what method she used, but it was taut….and it continued to break and break along the cast-on row.  Finally, we cut that black edge off…..oh, yes, it was black! We picked up the stitches and then bound them off. Another success story…with a few choice words along the way. But the end result was that we were both very happy for Diane.

….reminder to double click photos for up and personal look!

Coming next: The Saga of the Stoles – Part 5  (We’re almost there!)

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