The best-laid plans of mice & men (and knitters) often go awry.

I haven’t seen Mary in ages.  She always brings cool things to show me, whether it’s clothes that she wants to recreate or magazine pictures (with the same intention). She bought these two woven pieces,  this poncho and

this hooded scarf.  She balked at the idea of the linen stitch (not her personal favorite) so it wasn’t the stitch that intrigued her, it was the garment/accessory.  That’s very doable.

Mary is knitting a wedding garter she has knit before. She misread a line in the directions and flipped the pattern.   I’m telling you, that selective reading this is a real bummer.

She’s knitting the Sheep Roll Neck Roo Sweater. Her transitions from color to color were perfect, there were no holes.

 Her issue were the yarn floats in the back.  Mary was carrying the yarn across too many stitches so her sheep was puckered in the front.  She’s going to rip it back and use yarn bobbins and limit the yarn carrys to 2 stitches.

Sunaina brought out a sweater that she and I both have knit, Miley Tee in Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (DK: 45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon, 192 yards).  Initially she wasn’t liking the neckline so she sewed up part of it to create a keyhole neckline. She thought the neckline gave her quadruple chins, which I have to say is never a good look.

 When she went back to it, she didn’t like it and decided to take it out.  Unfortunately, she cut into the cast on (the sweater is top down). This is right on top of the keyhole seam she sewed.  After reviewing it, she’s going to send it to our finisher to see if she can capture a row of live stitches and take out the seam.  Then she will refinish it the way it was intended.

Here is a very happy and proud Sunaina surveying her kitchener stitch handiwork on her Noro Log Cabin Afghan. She came up with a pattern modification for me to reduce the amount of picking up stitches needed.  At the end of knitting a square, join the border color and knit the required number of rows – leaving the stitches live for grafting.  Thanks, Sunaina!

Lois revisited her Marshmallow Fluff Cowl, knit with Twinkle Handknit Soft Chunky (Super Bulky: 100% Wool, 83 yards). Since she hasn’t worked on it since Thanksgiving she wanted confirmation of what row she was on. 

There was a moment where she changed the way she was reading the instructions and it wasn’t coming out right. This was how it was written: “slip stitch as if to purl”.  Despite doing the pattern correctly for a 8+”, she decided it (now) meant “slip with yarn in front”.  Lois blamed it on the pattern, somehow it was (magically) tricking her. Go with it.

She’s working on the Basic Vest for Men for her husband.  Her ribbing was off in a few places.  I was able to “right” her stitches with the Fix a Stitch tool.

Elizabeth knit another mitered square (Mitered Square Afghan) with Cascade Eco Plus (Aran: 100% Wool, 478 yards) to compare the borders. This was categorically a nicer edging than the other one. (See below)
Her daughter took the mittens she knit last week, Postwar Mittens. The fact that one mitten was noticeably different in size did not bother her.  

Her son thought the sweater she finished, Coraline, was store made, true compliment for a knitter. It’s lovely how her kids appreciate her knitted works.

Linda came in to work a specific row in the lace repeat of Etched Rio Poncho.  She knows how to do it, and she knows that she can do it, she just wanted me there.  Literally. Sitting next to her.

There may be a a felted Pam doll in the future (to sit on your shoulder). Maybe a key chain, a knitting good luck charm.

Here is a picture of Linda’s new granddaughter wearing the sweater I knit her in Knitcol (DK: 100% Merino, 137 yards). This picture makes it all worth while.