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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A good yarn is worth your time

Last time we met I finished a scarf using two tones of violet. Kathleen was kind enough to knit a hat to match the scarf so we can donate an ensemble. The yarns are machine washable, one is Plymouth Encore and the other is Berroco. 
 In addition to the hat she made a cowl using the Feather and Fan Stitch. It's the same cowl that Liz tried out last week and ended up frogging it in favor of a mistake stitch scarf. This looks pretty and the buttons look like shells. This yarn is also a wool and acrylic blend making it machine washable.
 Or maybe tortoise shell.
 Now Kathleen is working on a no-purl ribbed scarf. The heather blue yarn is beautiful! For people who don't like to purl, this is supposed to be the same stitch as a mistake stitch scarf but without the purling. Frankly, it might as well have purling because you still have to bring the yarn in front of the needle to slip a stitch. But it's pretty just the same and warm!
 Liz finished the Liberty Wool Mistake Stitch Scarf. This was the yarn she used to make the above cowl Kathleen knitted but the yarn didn't like the pattern and refused to cooperate. On to Plan B!
 Liz had some pretty sock yarn but didn't want to spend weeks knitting on small needles so...
she combined it with a worsted weight solid yarn and...
 look at the pretty results! That's two birds with one stone! A good way to use up lots of yarn on one project is to combine the strands together and make a totally different look.
 Liz decided after all the donation knitting that she would like to make something for herself. This is the cowl she has chosen and...
 this is the yarn. The pretty periwinkle blue is Berroco Comfort Chunky.
 Dorah brought in her Eden Prairie for us to see. It's beautiful Dorah! And she finished it in time to wear to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at the Duchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend. This annual festival is a tradition for many knitters and other fiber artists. If you are in the area and have the time it's worth a stop. But take you time, you don't want to miss anything!
 Here's Dorah's hat showing progress. I love her markers!
Maureen is still working on her cowl but it will be done soon. It's a pretty deep red but the color here looks too burgundy. One of these days I'll figure out how to get the color right.
 I finished the Boomerang Scarf. It can be knitted using any weight yarn with the appropriate sized needle. I used Zauberball sock weight with a size 4 needle. The slow changing colors of the yarn make an interesting pattern.
 Now I'm working on a Chevron Tube Cowl, which is a free pattern. The yarns are Berroco Vintage in worsted weight and a size 10 needle. At the halfway point the pattern changes to wide purple stripes and narrow green stripes and then the ends are grafted together with the Kitchener Stitch.
 Kathleen knitted this cute little poncho quite a while back and is just getting to donate it now. The yarn is a pretty pink cotton but is very warm. And it's one size fits almost all!
Just two more weeks and we'll be done with this project and ready to donate everything. Now comes the time when we put our heads together to find another group for whom we can knit. Any ideas?

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