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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy 12th Anniversary to Us!

Who would have guessed that a kernel of an idea which popped into my head in the year 2005 would have blossomed into this group of wonderful ladies which lasted 12 years?!?! We had our annual dinner gathering for which everyone pitches in with a dish. This year the evening group decided to be silly and have breakfast for dinner (inside joke). Barbara brought the makings for Bloody Mary Cocktails. It's been years since I've had one and we all agreed they were good!
Carole and Margaret caught up on current news while...
Dorah munched on her celery stick. 
We shared yogurt and fruit parfaits, fruit kebabs, and fruit chunks. There was also French Toast, Spinach Quiche, crispy bacon, zucchini muffins, and a coffee ring. Not only are my Chicks good knitters, they are all excellent cooks too!
Debbie's kebabs had little jack-o-lantern picks for decorations.
                                      
Unfortunately, we are missing two Chicks. Maureen was getting ready for her son's wedding and Cinzia arrived later because she has teens and well, they have a busy schedule too!
After dinner we adjourned to the family room to label and organize our current inventory which will be going to HATAS, Homeless and Travelers' Aid Society. Cinzia made it in time to work but we let her take some time to have dinner first.
We had quite the collection this time around with a whopping 120 items that filled five very large shopping bags. There were hats, socks, mitts, scarves, cowls, sweaters, blankets, and earwarmers.
A great big THANK YOU to my Chicks for your hard work and dedication to my dream over the last 12 years. I am ever so grateful to have found you ladies and I hope you know that you are making a difference in someone's life because of your talents and willingness to share them. God bless you all!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We're baaaack!

I was away last week for a quick end of summer vacation. My husband and I took the grands and our daughter to South Yarmouth on Cape Cod. We had really nice weather when we wanted to be outside. It rained a couple of times either at night or before everyone was ready to start the day so it was perfect timing.
 And we found a couple of great beaches for sea shell hunting and just enjoying being together.
 Today is my husband's 70 birthday so last Friday we got together with my son and his partner and Amanda and the boys to have a joint celebration for our 40th anniversary (which was in July but we couldn't get everyone together then) and Ron's birthday. Our cake had a golf green and a ball of yarn with knitting needles. I'd say it was appropriate for the occasion!
 And now for the knitting portion of our show.... I finished a couple of hats during the week. This one was using up the green yarn long before I had enough length so Plan B was to add another color.
 And this hat is the reason I didn't have enough yarn for the previous hat. I made this one first which left too much yarn to throw away but not quite enough for another whole hat. But it all worked out in the end.
 Barbara finished her Present Cowl with the Berroco Vintage yarn. I wish you could feel the softness of this yarn.
 Cinzia finished this cute little baby hat to match the sweater she has blocking.
 Elaine bound off the last few stitches on her baby blanket and added it to the inventory. Debbie worked on her hat and Barbara on hers.
 Since Cinzia finished the hat she took some time to search through my books for a baby sweater using that pretty pink yarn beside her.
 Sofia finished weaving ends on her baby sweater and just needs some buttons.
 I started a hat on Sunday with leftover russet yarn and had to search the stash for a complimentary color. I improvised a pattern from ideas I remembered from other patterns.
 We had a full house tonight too.
 Beth finished her smocked hat and it looks beautiful. She said it was not at all difficult to do the smocking stitch. She just had to be aware of her tension so the stitches would be uniform.
Carole finished her Barley hat
And is now working on her Girlfriend Cowl which uses a stitch technique to make the fabric look woven.
Beth started a Last Minute Cowl and will be adding a warm berry yarn when she runs out of grey.
Dorah and Margaret compared their hats. Dorah's Zoe hat is on the right. And Margaret had enough yarn to make another Easy Ombre Slouch Hat.
Her first one turned out great!
Maureen's Nottingham hat is coming along nicely too.
Next week we celebrate our 12 year anniversary so be sure to check back for pictures of our dinner. In the meantime, keep those needles clicking!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We had help from our four legged friend

The afternoon Chicks were off to a running start today.
 Barbara brought her finished Faux Cable Cowl in that beautiful russet color.
 She said the pattern is a cinch to knit and the yarn she used made it so soft and drapey.
 Elena finished the colorful crocheted blanket and felt like it needed a bit of an edging.
 Luckily, I found a bright purple yarn that was the perfect accent.
 Cinzia put the finishing stitches on a pretty crocheted scarf.
Sofia finished her Cabin Fever jacket. It needs to have the ends woven in and then a bit of blocking will give it a professional look.
Barbara cast on stitches for a Present Cowl with more of that russet yarn.
And Liz cast on stitches for another cowl just like....
this one which she finished and blocked in time to add to this week's inventory.
I started a Spiral hat because...
I finished the Swirl hat from last week.
Carole's two hats from last week are ready to go into inventory.
And Beth made a pompom for the hat she completed during the week.
Now it's ready to add to inventory. The pompom was the perfect addition.
Dorah couldn't make it this week so Joules took her place and kept the seat warm for her.
But I guess knitting was just too much for her!
I think I'll join her and turn in for the night. Have a good week and keep those needles clicking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Finishing before you run out of yarn

Liz finished her cowl which started out as a shawl but as you can see by the little ball of yarn in her hand, she never would have had enough yarn to make a shawl. That's the great thing about knitting...you can always go to Plan B! Now she needs to block it and we'll have another cowl to add to the inventory.
 She also finished a scarf which was a real stash buster project.
 Liz used two different yarns to achieve this lovely texture. One yarn is a standard worsted weight wool and the other is a novelty ladder ribbon yarn. Alone the ribbon yarn is pretty open and loose but paired with this wool it's a nice accent to an otherwise bland yarn.
Beth finished a Martina Behm scarf called Trillian. She bought the yarn in the little yarn shop in North Carolina where she spends her winters. 
 The pattern states to save 7% of your yarn to finish the last four rows and bind off but she decided to save 8% and it's a good thing she did! This is what she had left!
 Her current project is a baby hat in a color changing yarn. I think it might be Plymouth Encore but I was in a different conversation when she mentioned the name.
 And Carole is making a hat with a similar color changing yarn.
 Margaret decided to knit another patterned hat.
 It's going to start with this pretty heather rose and to it she will add a creamy white.
 Dorah has reached the portion of her Zoe hat where the single stitch cables start. Instead of fumbling around with a cable needle she will be trying her hand at Right twist and Left twist stitches.
 Maureen's Nottingham hat is just beginning to show the cable pattern.
 Margaret finished her Fair Isle hat and it looks great!
 My never-ending scarf is ended! I love how it looks when it's finished but it seems to take forever! Actually, I think I started this only two weeks ago. It just seems like a lifetime ago!
While I was working on the scarf I decided to start a hat to break the monotony. It's the Swirl Hat on Ravelry.
                                      
On a side note, some months ago I bought myself a Turkish Spindle to try my hand at spinning. I had some fiber of unknown source in my stash that I envisioned making thrummed mittens but spinning seemed like a more entertaining endeavor. Well, after soaking, drying, and un-kinking here is my very first skein of hand spun yarn. It's not perfect but all the spinners I talk to say they wish they could still spin a thick and thin strand like their very first skein.
I might just keep it as a reminder of how much fun it was to learn spinning.
Until next week, keep those needles clicking!