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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baby, it's cold outside!

We Chicks have been working hard on warm items to donate to The Romero Oncology Office in Latham, NY. Up first, Barbara made a lovely gradient hat and scarf set. The denim colors will be perfect for casual wear with jeans! Her Mistake Stitch Scarf took up so much yarn she had to hold her breath right to the last bound off stitch! She was left with only a few inches of yarn. I love when it works out to the very end!
 She also finished a darling confetti colored cowl that is sure to lift someone's spirits. She couldn't find the ball band so we don't know what the fiber is but it sure is soft!
 Barbara's next hat is from the One Skein Wonders book.
 She started it today and is already a good way through the lace band. It's really a two in one pattern. You can knit the band only and make it an earwarmer or continue up the crown and make it a hat.
 Elaine finished her scrunchy hat and had enough yarn left to start...
 another hat. This too, is a very soft fiber.
 I started the Cushy Cowl two days ago and finished it up today.
 It used to be a free pattern on Ravelry but it was deleted by accident. So here it is if you'd like to make it.
104 yds Chunky yarn 
Size 10.5 circular needle, 16” long 
Cast on 68 sts (76). Place marker for beginning of round and join without twisting. 
Rnds 1-2: *K1,P1* repeat between * to end of round 
Rnds 3-4: *P1, K3* rpt between * to end of round 
Rnds 5-6: *K1,P1* rpt between * to end of round 
Rnds 7-8: *K2, P1, K1* rpt between * to end of round

Work pattern 5X (40 rounds)
Bind off loosely.
 Maureen picked up this yarn from my stash on Saturday and has already knitted so much. The pattern is really nice but do you think I could remember it? If you think back to last week, she was making the cheerful yellow scarf but when she thought about it, she knew she could never finish it before her busy season took over at work. So she looked up this hat and VOILA! She's almost done!
 Carole's hat has grown many inches since she started it last week. But she was getting bored going around, and around, and around so....
 She picked up her Hitchhiker scarf. It's going to be nice and long considering how much yarn is left in the skein.
 The Birthday Cowl I showed you last week is done and blocked. This is Paton's Classic Wool Tweed and I like how it turned out. It's gender neutral and the yarn blocks beautifully.
 I found this hat pattern during one of my surfing expeditions. It was a good mindless knitting project. The cuff is double thickness so it is nice and warm. The yarn is from Berroco called Comfort. It's a nylon/acrylic blend which is very soft next to the skin and machine washable too.
My weather app says it feels like 23 degrees outside tonight so I think I'll make a nice warm cup of tea and cuddle into a warm blanket. Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Holidays and knitting

Christmas time is for making memories and my grandson and I made a good one. I showed him a Youtube video of a woman shaping loaves of Challah bread and after watching it once he made perfect braids of bread. Can you tell he's proud of himself?
 His younger brother was thrilled that he received new clothes for Christmas.
Whew! I'm glad that was a success! 
 And I received some beautiful baby alpaca yarns straight from Peru, thanks to the generosity of my son and his partner from their recent vacation to Machu Picchu. Now what shall I knit? I need to pat it and cuddle it for a while to know what it wants to be.
 Two Saturdays before Christmas Eve I visited Karin's studio and fell head over heels for this gorgeous deep red silk/merino blend yarn and knew immediately that it HAD to become 
Childhood Memories. I wanted to wear it to a Christmas Eve party so that meant I had to knit it and block it in two weeks time. I started it on Sunday, December 11 and worked like a crazy lady every day. I kept saying to myself, "I'll never get this done." But by the morning of the 24th I had bound off my last stitch and dunked it for a bath. With the fireplace going, two fans blowing, and 212 T-pins, I did get it done and was able to wear it to the party! I love it and I'm so happy I made it.
 The afternoon Chicks had conflicts today so it was the evening group only. Beth showed us her Hitchhiker scarf she made with Periwinkle Sheep yarn. It's hard to tell here but it's a tonal blend of browns and beige which make it a warm and cozy wrap.
 And that's all that was left of the yarn when she finished!
 Beth's next project is a pair of these socks.
 And more Periwinkle Sheep yarn. That's a gorgeous blue!
 Maureen started this shawl tonight and felt she needed a cheery color to pick her spirits up on this gloomy weather day we've been experiencing.
 I'd say this is cheery!
 Carole finished her hat and cowl, all blocked and ready to wear.
Now she's ready to cast on for this pretty cabled hat.
This yarn is very soft and will show nice stitch definition too.
One more row and then the bind off row and I'll will finish the Birthday Cowl
I'm using Paton's Classic Wool Tweed yarn.
While we were on a break for Christmas I finished a pair of fingerless mitts and...
a Handbrake cowl. The mitts were made with DK weight yarn and the cowl was worsted weight.
I love these smaller projects. They work up quickly and they are satisfying to make. I think I'll go  stash diving for some more worsted weight yarns to make some more quick cowls. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Joules the kitty get presents from Santa too.
She loves the toys I knit for her!
They are just the right size for attacking and carrying around the house.
In fact, that's how she lost her first toy I knitted for her. This one is a little fatter so maybe it won't fit under the furniture.
My hopes and prayers for peace and happiness to everyone...
Now and always! Sending love!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas is 5 days away!

Some of us are making the last ditch effort to finish Christmas gifts in time so we didn't all knit donation items today. Barbara found a yarn called "Team Spirit" and is making a scarf for a family member whose favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers (at least I think that's what she said. I'm not a big sports fan). We all thought it was a bumble bee! LOL! Anyway, the yarn comes in slow color changes so you don't have to tie and knot new colors. It just happens, like magic!
 Debbie pulled up her sleeves and readied herself to dive into her hat pattern.
 There was a bit of tinking and slipping stitches but she's back on track and working along.
 Cinzia finished a slouchy hat which was inspired by the Spiral Hat pattern. The yarn has some angora in it so it's really soft.
 Then she pulled out the mermaid tail she's crocheting for a friend's daughter, which has to be done before Christmas. 
 The whole body of the tail is crocheted in Crocodile Stitch. It uses a BOATLOAD of yarn! But it's going to be epic! I wish I could see the expression on the little girl's face when she sees this on Christmas morning.
 Yes, we were a busy bunch today.
Tonight's group was just as busy once we were finished looking at photos of Beth's new grandson. Oh what a cutie pie! And his cheeks!!! Kissably cute is an understatement!
Carole picked up on her Minty Bricks with a lovely variegated blue fingering weight yarn.
And Beth worked on a Hitchhiker with an older edition of Periwinkle Sheep Rhinebeck color.
Dorah finished the first mitten with another Periwinkle Sheep yarn.
I might have to buy this pattern after seeing....
how cozy Beth's shawlette is.
Last week I told you about the shawl I wanted to make for myself to wear to a Christmas Eve party. Well, I'm about 1/3 of the way through and not sure it will be done in time. It has to have time to block too so it might become next year's shawl. As the Chicks reminded me, it's not like I don't have others to wear! LOL!
Since my shawl requires rigid concentration, I put it aside to work on a Miss Winkle that I started in October. The mohair blend yarn has a nice halo and fuzziness that softens it.
Cinzia's daughters made each of us a Christmas star for our decorations using an origami technique. They are such talented girls. So on that note...
Let me wish you all a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See you next year!