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Survivor: The Knitters Version

Jane had a “begeezer”  (newly coined knitting term for mistake) in her Easy Folded Poncho. It looks like she dropped an edge stitch. Luckily it can be mended and put into the seam. Jane’s stripes worked out perfectly, they line up at the neckline seam. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards).

Nan started the intarsia section of her blanket in Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Superwash Merino, 218 yards). She had a question about duplicate stitch on the smaller bits versus another small bit of intarsia. She’s not loving the intarsia so far.

Eleanor wore her Nurmilintu scarf in Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk, 385 yards).

She started her Tot Toppers Favorite Cap and Blanket Set in Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash and is loving it. She’s going to make the stripes deeper than the pattern calls for.

Eleanor finished her blanket for the Alice’s Embrace Charity knitting project Westport Yarns has organized.

Cornelia wore her Customfit sweater, it looks fabulous!

 She finished the back of her current Customfit sweater, this sweater is named Forest Fire. The one she is wearing is called Lemon and Lime sorbet. The next one will be called Blueberry Soufflé. Yarn: Yarn: Knitting Fever Painted Cotton (DK: 100% Cotton, 357 yards).

Elisa is working on her Building in Color strips. Her color combination is beautiful. The Building in Color afghan is an ongoing class at Westport Yarns.

Allison came with a “to do list” for me. First on the list, she wanted to discuss how best to handle the back of her retreat pillow. She doesn’t want to knit the back of pillow. We discussed velvet or canvas. Canvas seemed the better choice as it would evoke the feeling of the retreat/Block Island.
She picked up the edging for her Sparkle Ridges wrap by picking up one strand instead of two so that there was a smaller ridge. Yarn: Artyarns Beaded Silk and Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud in The Wildflower colorway.

Allison was concerned she wouldn’t have enough yarn for the garter edge. I showed her how to estimate enough yarn for the bind off using the following steps.

  1. Working from the end of the ball,  we wound off 5 times the length of the side to be bound off. 
  2. Then we made a big slip knot so she would know when she reached the yarn for the bind off.
  3. We re-wound the ball. 
  4. She can work as many rows of the border as her yardage allows until the giant slip knot.
  5. Bind off.

Lastly, we measured the long edge of her Matchmaker Scarf to determine whether she had reached the next section. Yarn: Anzula Dreamy (Fingering: 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere goat, 10% Silk, 385 yards) and Anzula Lunaris (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere goat, 10% Stellina, 425 yards).

Next on her list is finishing her Agnes Sweater and casting on for her Colette Cowl in Lux Adorna Knits Fun + 2 (DK: 100% Cashmere, 488 yards).
Allison was musing on the idea of a reality show where you escape to isolated area with all your knitting projects (in-progess and stash projects). The premise being, could you knit through all the projects if you lived in an isolated cabin in the woods or on an island of the coast of Maine.

  • We agreed there could be no yarn stores or knitting events to distract or tempt you.
  • We could use our yarn as insulation.
  • There would be an abundance of clam chowder and lobster.

We haven’t worked out the other details yet and are open to suggestions. If it becomes a thing, we’ll be looking for applicants for the second season.


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