She can also return to her Customfit cardigan knit with Kid Paillettes (Lace: 42% Mohair, 40% Polyester, 18% Silk, 136 yards).
Now she has nothing to knit! She is religious about only knitting one thing at a time. Her daughter wants a poncho and is coming to pick out yarn, until then she has nothing to knit. I can’t corrupt her to cast on for more than one project.
While Cornelia wandered around the shop looking for inspiration she came upon the Artyarns Ensemble Light (DK: 50% Silk, 50% Cashmere, 400 yards). This yarn intrigued her (as well it should). She’s considering it for her next Customfit sweater. We happened to have leftover Ensemble Light from when Danni knit the store sample.
Over the weekend she was at a stand still until she came in to ask her questions. She realized she could cast on for the cuffs. However, she couldn’t remember how to work the long-tail cast on. YouTube to the rescue, she was able to cast on with the long tail method.
Jane learned during WW1. Her mother told her they had to knit afghans for soldiers. Jane knit squares and her mother would sew them together.
Allison’s mother was also a master knitter. Like Cornelia’s mother, it wasn’t easy for Allison’s mother to teach her because she is left-handed. Later in life when Allison was out of college, married, and living in Massachusetts, she took a Continuing Education class got going again. It went in fits and starts. When Allison’s kids were born, her mother did all knitting.
Knitting became her therapy when her mother passed. She realized how she much loved it. Her first sweater was a v-neck sweater that laced up. It was hideous, scratchy, and too small. She gave it to goodwill. Her next sweater was a Chesapeake bay sweater.
The first project I remember was an incredibly ugly sweater coat in Lopi yarn with intarsia llamas. I also knit the sweater my grandmother is wearing. I believe that was the first and last time she wore it. It came out WAY too big. Knowing what I know now, it was a gauge issue since I knit so loose.
As for my styling LLama sweater coat, I have no idea WHAT I was thinking. Really, at 12 years old a LLama sweater was cool? It explains a lot. I still have the belt that tied around the waste. Who knows where the sweater is or why I still have the belt. The world may never know.
Please share how you learned to knit either in a comment here or on Facebook. I’d love to know your stories.
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