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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!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

This is the scarf that never ends

Elena surprised us with her blue hair this week! It looked great! Now I want to go out and get a color streak in my hair. Somehow white just doesn't cut it, you know?
That huge Easter Egg sitting in her lap is a ball of acrylic which she is crocheting into large granny squares which will become a blanket. The colors are so cheerful!
 Debbie had to give her hands a rest this week but she joined in the conversation. Liz worked on what started out to be a triangular shawl but when she discovered there wouldn't be enough yarn to make it a decent size she switched to Plan B and it will now be a cowl with a bandana front. All she had to do was knit the shawl until it was wide enough to fit around her neck and then join in the round and continue the increases on the center spine only. It's looking good! Elaine is trying really hard to consume that huge egg of a yarn ball and she still has enough for another blanket.
 Barbara made a lot of progress on her Faux Cable Cowl and has decided that pattern would make a great looking hat as well. So I think that will be her next project.
 Cinzia has mastered the magic loop method and is working on a hat to match the sweater jacket she finished last week. Those colors look so nice together.
Do you remember this song?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz6OGVCdov8
If you substitute scarf for the word song you get my sentiments about this scarf.
 I keep knitting and knitting and knitting and feel like I'm no farther than when I started!
 Liz added a collegiate looking cap to the inventory.
 Barbara added a powder pink child's hat and...
 Elena added a bright, cheery, child-sized crocheted scarf.
 Tonight Carole wove the ends in on her Girlfriend Cowl, a free Ravelry pattern. This was the perfect pattern for her variegated yarn. It makes a heavily textured pattern which looks lovely with yarn that tend to pool the colors.
 Maureen started her Nottingham Hat for a child.
 And Margaret completed the Fair Isle portion of her hat and is at the decreasing crown now.
 Dorah is back from a great trip to the Pacific Northwest with her daughters and is well on her way to a pretty pink Zoe hat.
My grandson is visiting this week so that means I've been keeping very busy feeding and entertaining him. Last night we sat on the deck until almost 10PM doing art work, he colored Disney The Descendants characters and I worked on stenciling greeting cards. So as soon as I post this entry it's bedtime for me. Have a great week and keep those needles clicking!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hats Galore

Liz finished her Copenhagen Calling inspired hat using a Cascade yarn.
 The yarn is a blend of wool and acrylic with a tight twist which gives such great stitch definition and a crisp, clear pattern.
 Her other hat was made using up scraps from the stash. These hats are great for using up ends of a skein so there is no waste.
 Barbara started a cowl this afternoon with Berroco Vintage in a pretty burnt orange. This yarn is so soft that it will be a cozy wrap around the neck.
 Debbie struggled with the brace on her wrist but she made good progress on another hat.
This sweet cap was one she finished last week using a creamy white worsted weight yarn.
Cinzia's baby jacket is finished except for the blocking. Here she worked on the last few stitches of 
I-cord at the sleeve edge.
Her daughter Elena brought us a lovely crocheted child's hat which she made without the use of a pattern! She is as talented as her Mom.
She also added an infinity scarf, also crocheted.
Do you remember last week when Beth was concerned she wouldn't have enough yarn to finish her cabled hat? Well, this is all that is left.
She actually did have enough to finish this beautifully cabled hat.
Now she is working on a pastel variegated hat.
And Margaret's Fair Isle hat is progessing quickly. The star pattern shows up nicely now.
My scarf is a bit longer but doesn't really look any different. I'll work on it this week and hope to finish it for next week. So I better say goodbye and get back to my needles!