I’m beginning realize that the knitters in the Skein Lane knitting workshops are knitting faster than I can post. At tonight’s, Thursday knitting workshop, there were several beauties. To share a few of them – Phyllis was just finishing up a caplet for her daughter, Laura showed two intarsia hats, Debbie showed a cable sweater in progress, Diane showed her blanket/afghan, Jean is working on an eggplant hat for a neighbor child, Linda is working on a sweater vest for her son…..and I am now 36 rows away from being done with my afghan – the heat got in the way.
Fire Captain Terry also showed her latest and we were able to capture that on camera.
The sleeves are for the sweater Lava
designed by Jane Slicer-Smith
and featured in Swing Swagger Drape.
A knitting tip here: remember gauge is all important. Terry chose four brilliant colors of a lovely yarn. Tonight she mentioned that the sleeves were too long.
Note: the rows to the inch is critical to this pattern with its different intarsia depths. The gauge of the yarn that Terry had chosen did not match the yarn called for. She needed 7.25 rows to the inch and she was getting 6.9 or so. One might ask, “What’s the big deal?” This difference in row length for an intarsia design caused the sweater to be at least 2 inches longer than it should have been. Well….Terry is the ever adventuresome knitter…and she says no problem, I will select a new yarn. Stay tuned for what her sleeves look like next week…she will be using Cascade 220
for this design.
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I received this message from Maurie…….you’ll see in a moment what a small world this can be!
“I had to send you this.
I took the day off and went to the orchid show at Ft. Mason with a couple of friends from my old job. I was walking around knitting. Some ladies couldn’t believe that I could look at orchids and knit and another lady wanted to know how I could look at anything but the orchids. I also got an invitation to join the knitting guild in San Leandro. She gave me the phone number of the vice president. She had a “potato chip” scarf on that she had made.
There was a young woman pushing a buggy-thing with a baby in it. The baby’s name was Ian. His grandmom was there taking pictures with a fancy looking camera, pictures of him flirting with me. There was a blanket in that buggy that I recognized, turquoise squares and multicolored blocks with hearts kintted in. Ian’s mom said that Terry Bloomberg knitted it. She said it’s his favorite blanket. She was pretty pleased with it. Isn’t that fun? Maurie”
Another creation from Terry
Terry and Maurie both attend the Skein Lane Saturday morning knitting workshop.
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Saturday morning had the last of the celebrations. Brunch which consisted of yet more great food and, in particular, Maurie and Diane outdid themselves with gluten-free desserts – brownies, gingerbread, and biscotti – delicious! Marsha brought an unusual fruit combo – pomegranite seeds, avocados, and grapefruit sections. I think we can look forward to a Skein Lane Holiday cook book with recipes from all of our gatherings. No modesty here – we are as good as any TV food station. “Twas” a great time.
Not only did we eat…but we celebrated some knitting projects. Shari just finished her self-designed sweater. She was inspired by a Margaret O’Leary design that she had in her closet and loved. She used a different yarn…added some tucks in the mid-section to create shaping in the waist. This shaping was done with left and right twists.
Shari and her first sweater!
Terry and her new knit!
Detail of Terry’s knit
Terry sent along this info re: her newly finished shell. “The stitch is called Cartridge Belt Rib. I got it in my Encyclopedia of Knitting. It is a two-row pattern that calls for multiples of 4 plus 3. I added selvage stitches on both ends. The first row (RS) is shown as knit 3, slip 1 with yarn in front, K 3. The second row is knit 1, slip one with yarn in front, K3, slip one with yarn in front, K 1. The slip stitches happen on the middle stitch of the K3 on the other row. It is a reversible pattern. The yarn is Cheesecake (silk and merino) from Art Fiber in Pinole.
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View..early morning on the way to breakfast
I love Saturday mornings at retreat…we’re settled and a new day is beginning. For me, an early riser, I often get to see the sun rise. On this particular Saturday, there was a little fog in the early hours (6:45 am) and I loved it…a sense of calm before the day’s activities began. I love breakfast and in the “country” setting it is even more special…strong coffee, good food, and early morning conversations with friends and knitters.
After breakfast we headed off to our class rooms for our 3-hr classes…1/2 of us to Knit to Flatter and Fit by Sally Melville and Estonian Lace by Nancy Bush. (I encourage you to look at the class review by Kimberly at Craftini.) Two of us headed off to Buck Hall to set up for the evening events…the customer fashion show as well as a showing of yarns from Skein Lane...this year the offerings were MaggiKnits yarns. More about those yarns in a future post…I have several projects that I want to share with you.
After our classes…we had a little time to wind down before heading off to dinner. Then we were off to the Customer Fashion Show at Buck Hall. Participants are invited to show their knitting in categories and those were: Shawls, Stoles, and Scarves; Sweaters; Accessories; Sweaters and Jackets; and Blankets and Afghans. I believe the greatest showing was in the category of Shawls, Stoles, and Scarves.
There were many beautiful shawls…and the first to be featured is that of Terry….one of the photos was at retreat….and the close ups were taken at Saturday morning Skein Lane Knitting Workshop. It is truly a beautiful garment. The yarn, a mohair blend from Art Fibers, worked up beautifully in this Faroese Shawl pattern featured on page 38 in Shawls and Scarves from XRX.
A close up of the detail appears first. I know after I tried it on I want to knit yet more shawl…it was stunning and what a great drape! Have to say that these photos don’t do justice to the beauty of the garment…but trust me, it’s beautiful. I heards lots of oohs and aahs both at retreat and knitting workshop.
Terry modeling the shawl for her future daughter-in-law
The Shawl from Terry
Carole modeling Terry's beautiful shawl
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Terry is another prolific knitter – always has several projects on the needles. This week she showed some of the projects – and here is one of them that is very near completion. It’s the Botanica Medallion cardigan featured in the Summer ’09 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine. Terry is knitting her version in Laurel from Schaefer Yarns. She is going to add sleeves to her version…and she says that is a wonderfully easy and fun knit!
Terry also showed her completed Annie’s Scarf Stole.…this has been a very popular stole in our knitting circles. Her version is knit with Cascade 220.
Beginnings of Terry’s “Botanica Medallion”
Terry’s Botanica Medallion Cardigan
Terry’s Stole – Annie’s Scarf Stole
…..Laurel and Cascade available through Skein Lane Studio
Coming next: It’s Thursday and Eleanor has 4 scarves to have ready by Mother’s Day. Did she make her deadline?
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