Every project I learn something ne

Michelle is nearly finished knitting my Centerport Cropped Poncho in Blue Sky Fibers Extra (Aran: 55% Alpaca, 45% Merino, 218 yards). She is knitting the shop sample for Westport Yarns.

Her Llama ll Sweater looks great! I love the combination of the purple Blue Sky Fibers Extra on the top and the green Royal Alpaca (Worsted: 100% Alpaca, 220 yards) on the bottom. Having completed the armholes, she is ready to work in the round.

Mary is working on second sleeve of her Customfit sweater; we reviewed where she was in cap shaping. Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Seedling (Aran: 100# Cotton, 110 yards).

Calann is working on the yoke shaping on #396 Poncho. Decreasing while staying in the cable pattern is confusing, especially when there are decreases are on wrong side rows.

Jane T. lost the beginning of round marker on the sleeve she is knitting and the shaping ended up on side of sleeve instead of the underside of her Essence Pullover. Yarn: Tahoe (Aran: 32% Nylon, 27% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 16% Yak, 179 yards).

She very philosophically mused that she learns something new with every project she knits.  She was going to give the sweater to her daughter.  Now that it has mistakes in it, she’s going to keep it for herself. Jane said that if she continues making mistakes in her knitting, she’ll have a bigger wardrobe. 

Cornelia immediately started re-knitting her (Scotland) Customfit pullover.  Her waist shaping  was beautifully done. Yarn: Mushishi (Worsted: Worsted: 95% Wool, 5% Silk, 491 yards).

Mary and Cornelia are signing up for the the Snowdrift Cabled hat class I’m teaching at Westport Yarns. Cornelia loves cables, now she’ll learn how to work in the round. She has categorically refused to knit any project that requires circular needles.  We may have worn her down. 😉

Eileen reached the challenging part of L’Enveloppe in Misti Alpaca Qolla Worsted (Worsted: 80% Wool, 20% Alpaca, 218 yards). Working the left arm piece is very confusing.  She rose to the challenge.

She is rethinking using cotton for the Building Blocks afghan and is going to change it to Plymouth Select Superwash Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards).  We agreed that the stitch definition in the Blue Sky Fibers Multi Cotton (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 100 yards) was good.  However, she isn’t enjoying the feel of cotton for an afghan.

This decision was furthered by the notion of going down to a #5 needle in the Manos Cotton Stria (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 116 yards).  The stitches here were too loose on a #6.  Eileen has an aversion to needle sizes smaller than a #6.

She was concerned that she had lost a stitch in her Artyarns Lazy Days of Summer KAL in Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud. Luckily it was just a false alarm, it was an unknit stitch.

Eleanor was picking up the stitches for the button border of the first of two Garter Yoke Baby Cardi(s) with Cascade 220 Superwash sport (DK/Sport: 100% Superwash wool, 136 yards). I explained the pick up ratio: 

1 stitch for every bound-off stitch.
3 stitches for every 4 stitches along the diagonal.
2 stitches for every 3 stitches along vertical sections.

She learned that the twins are both boys and picked out these cute sailboat buttons.

Jane B is cranking out the Easy Folded Poncho in the Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere (6ply, 100% Cashmere, 150 yards).

Later in the week I caught up with Trammi.

She is knitting this gorgeous Tube top  in Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards) and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins (DK: 100% Silk, 110 yards).

Since it’s knit in the round, I found the best way to measure is to lay the tape measure inside the garment where it is laying flat.

We are modifying an oversized cable cardigan/jacket to fit Trammi who is very petite. The pattern calls for aran weight yarn, she is using Anzula Cricket (DK: 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 250 yards).  Their are two gauges for the pattern: seed stitch and the cable.  We combined the two so she only has to knit one swatch.  So far so good. The pattern is from Filati Handknitting Magazine, issue #55.

Lori salvaged what yarn she could that her 10 month old puppy hasn’t already found.  She’s making a comeback to knitting and is starting with a wash cloth for practice.