I Can’t Remember Your Name Either

Elizabeth and I collect pins. I brought some back for her from TNNA. 

We had a good laugh over this one.  There should be an app for remembering names.  A hidden microphone or something to record names when you meet new people.  Personally I’m great with faces, names go out of my head.  I need to find a way to retain names better.  If anyone has a trick that works, please let me know!

Elizabeth hasn’t worked on her swatch for Rosalia since we last met.  The bottom half of the swatch was a #4 needle, above the straight line she tried a #5 needle.  Her gauge was still really tight.  She’s going to tried a #7 next.

Today while looking over the pattern she realized that the sweater is knit in the round.  She’s been knitting the swatch flat.  I also wondered about washing and blocking the swatch.  Needless to say she’s got her homework to do. The timing is right to work on the sweater; if she works on it this summer, she can wear it this fall.

 Eleanor had a few projects with her.  She started the Keene Toddler Vest for her grandson who is going to be in a wedding. She’s knitting it with Creative Focus Linen (Worsted: 50% Cotton, 50% Linen, 220 yards).  She’s right on with gauge, however she doesn’t like how uneven the knitting looks (because it’s cotton/linen).

Lately I’ve been using a smaller needle for my purl row to get gauge.  I picked up that tip from a class with Melissa Leapman. This helps negate the random acts of loose stitches that happen in stockinette.  The purl row is slightly looser than the knit row. 

Eleanor is going to rip back to the ribbing and begin using a needle one size smaller (than the needle she got gauge with) to work the purl row.

She picked up 4 skeins of Cephalopod Traveller (DK: 100% Merino, 280 yards) at the Westport Yarns Trunk Show last week.  This color is so rich and gorgeous!  She’s knitting the Easy Folded Poncho.

On a side note, Eleanor and I were talking about sweaters we knit that ended up too big (for whatever reason).  I told her that I put a sweater coat I knit in the washer to shrink/felt.  It worked like a charm for me.  Eleanor tried it and it worked for her too. This is definitely a “buyer beware” kind of tale though.  It can become unwearable.

She finished the knitting of her Knit, Swirl Jacket. We pinned it together so she could try it on.  The sleeves are just a wee bit long, so she won’t wet block the sleeves.  She will wet block the rest of the sweater to get it to the finished measurements.

Mary finished the back of her Kersti Baby Cardigan knit with Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe (DK: 100% Merino, 114 yards). I love how this yarn knits up.

Her swatch was right on for the Debbie Bliss Boat Neck Sweater knit Cashermino Aran (Aran:

55% Merino, 33% Microfiber,12% Cashmere, 98 yards).
Linda came in singing “Give me one more chance”.  She got off pattern in her Basketweave baby blanket while watching Bones and 24.  They were particularly exciting episodes. Not a big issue, we just took it back a few rows to get back on track. The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash (Bulky: 100% Superwash Merino, 128 yards).

I don’t know how this came up in conversation, Linda told us that the CEO of Levi Strauss does dont wash his jeans.  Nor does Tommy Hilfiger. Here is a link to the article 

Here is an excerpt from the article:


In 2011, Levis Strauss introduced a stone-washed denim brand smoothed with rocks but no water, its cleaning instructions urging customers to wash their jeans rarely, if at all, and put them in the freezer instead.

Freeze cleaning doesn’t remove dirt or dust, and certainly does not remove stains, but it does kill the germs that cause jeans to smell.

Levis advises customers to put jeans in a plastic, zip-lock bag and put them in the freezer for 24 hours.

And according to a student-professor team that tested a pair of jeans at the University of Alberta, wearing raw denim jeans for 15 months without washing them does not pose any health risks.

Josh Le, 20, bought a pair of Nudie Jeans in 2009 and wore them nearly every day, even sleeping in them for a month and spilled food on them (wiped off with a paper towel).

But when Mr Le and assistant human ecology professor Rachel McQueen swabbed the inside of the jeans and tested them for bacteria 15 months later, they found levels to be normal.

Mr Le then washed the jeans, wore them for 13 days, and re-tested them. The bacteria levels were nearly identical.