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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shopping's Done, Time to Work and Interview with a Chick Part 5

We had fun this week comparing notes on last Saturday's field trip to WEBS. Karin and Kathleen are talking about wrapping up their current projects so they can dive into the new stuff!
Barbara started a gauge swatch with her new yarn to make a cardigan. Sheila will be making a baby hat using double pointed needles for the first time.
Karin's neighbor, Linda, had lots of prep work before she could start another hat.
Joyce is working on one of four baby afghans that she wants to make for the upcoming arrivals of newborns this summer.
Judy chose a baby hat and Maureen picked up the baby sweater she started before tax season swallowed up her free time.
I finished a donation shawl using a free pattern from Ravelry
It sort of looks like a sting ray! LOL!
The construction of it makes it sit nicely on the shoulders without slipping.
Our interview is with Barbara this week. She jumped right into knitting after years of making other handcrafts, including quilting.
Interviewer: At what age did you learn to knit?
Barbara: My grandmother tried to teach me when I was 7 years old but the stitches were so tight on the needle I couldn't move the yarn.
Interviewer: Who taught you to knit?
Barbara: Jody taught me when I joined the group five years ago, although I remember making a scarf for a boyfriend when I was in college. I still have the knitting needles but I don't remember the pattern or how I made it.
Interviewer: What was the first item you completed and for whom did you make it?
Barbara: The first thing I finished was a diagonal baby blanket in Homespun yarn by Lion Brand. It was the first thing I donated too.
Interviewer: What was your favorite item knitted?
Barbara: I loved making those "Infinity Scarves". I used chunky yarn and big needles so they knitted up quickly. I made a blue one for my sister, a marble grey and blonde for my son's girlfriend, and a cream colored one for me.
Interviewer: What was your most challenging project?
Barbara: The Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket. I keep thinking I might like to make it again.
Interviewer: What took you the longest to knit?
Barbara: I made a short sleeved coral cardigan sweater - TWICE! I didn't like it the first time I made it and Elaine suggested ripping it out and starting over. It would just have sat around otherwise. I made an alpaca lace shawl with some beautiful yarn my son bought for me. It had blues and greens with a hint of purple. He gave me one skein and I liked it so much I called the store and bought two more so I could make a good sized shawl. But I had to be absolutely ALONE to make it so I could count the lace pattern.
Interviewer: What do you like to knit now?
Barbara: I like baby sweaters because they are quick and fun to knit. I like to imagine what cute baby will wear them.
Interviewer: What is your favorite fiber to knit?
Barbara: I like the acrylic/wool blend yarn from Plymouth called Encore. I like the feel of it and knowing it's easy care and won't shrink in the wash.
Interviewer:Where is your favorite place to knit?
Barbara: I have a comfortable tub chair in my living room that sits right next to the window.
Interviewer: Where is the most unusual place you ever knitted?
Barbara: Poolside in Destin, Florida on vacation.
Where is your favorite place to knit? Leave your answers in the comments section so everyone can see. Keep those needles clicking!

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