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Which came first the purl or the knit?

I don’t know if I can do our last meeting justice. It was very active. (I’ll have the rest of the pictures up in a day or so, the internet was slow to upload and I got impatient.)

Michelle is knitting this purple sweater for her daughter-in-law, it’s knit in Crystal Palace Puffin yarn. A wonderful fleece yarn. I only wish it came in more adult colors! Michelle is knitting a raglan sleeve sweater with a front pocket like a hooded sweatshirt. So it looks like a hoodie without the hood. The top picture is where the front, top of sleeve, and back meet. After sewing in the other sleeve Michelle will be picking up stitches to knit the collar.


I don’t know if I can do our last meeting justice. It was very active. (I’ll have the rest of the pictures up in a day or so, the internet was slow to upload and I got impatient.)

Michelle is knitting this purple sweater for her daughter-in-law, it’s knit in Crystal Palace Puffin yarn. A wonderful fleece yarn. I only wish it came in more adult colors! Michelle is knitting a raglan sleeve sweater with a front pocket like a hooded sweatshirt. So it looks like a hoodie without the hood. The top picture is where the front, top of sleeve, and back meet. After sewing in the other sleeve Michelle will be picking up stitches to knit the collar.

We were so happy to have Michelle back. We also worked on a gauge for the “On the go” shawl from Knitting Central. She and I are both knitting the in Tahki Torino bulky yarn. I am loving working with this yarn. I green lighted her gauge and off she knit.

The beginning of the shawl is knit in seed stitch and we got the differences of how you work the stitches/rows between ribbing and seed stitch. Simply put, with seed, you knit your purls and purl your knits, in a ribbing you knit your knits and purl your purls. This of course led to a philosophical discussion of which came first the knit or the purl. We did not come to any conclusions.

Mary continues to make great progress in her Miter-Meter Maid sweater (aka crayon box jacket). We worked out how to give it more length. I’ll have you know Mary, that my sister started the Modern Quilt Wrap that I made which is knit in striped mitered squares. She’s now calling in miter-meter squares!

Robin made great progress in her Be Sweet Shawl knit in Kid Silk Haze. Her goal between this week and next is to have it nearly done so we can check the length before binding it off to do the crocheted border and fringe. You will make the gift deadline, Robin.

Here is a picture of a toddler cardigan Robin is knitting in Cascade Ecological Wool.

Bettina brought in a beautiful poncho knit in white Debbie Bliss alpaca and silk. The collar came out too tight so I took it back two rows and bound off loosely on a larger needle. She’s also working on blankets for her daughters knit in Berroco Lullaby and trimmed in Plush. She’ll finish it with a ribbon.

Shelly finished the heel flap and began turning the heel on her first sock and began her second sock.  We look forward to seeing the finished socks!  The socks are knit in “knitcol” yarn.

Towards the end of the chat Mary brought out two blanket patterns we’d been talking about. One is a pattern from the Design Source “Seasons” Booklet and the second is from Lion Brand. Michelle got all excited about both of them and had Mary jumping back and forth trying to explain the differences between each blanket. The Lion Brand Spiral blanket begins on double pointed needles and Mary, in trying to explain this shouted out “chopsticks! we have to start on chopsticks!” I think in the end we’re going to start the Design Source Blanket. Mary is going to knit hers in a collection of soft cottons, solid and variegated. I’m going to make mine in Manos. This will be the next knit-a-long. (Elizabeth, you are in no way committed to another blanket. You are exempt from all blankets for as long as you choose).

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