You can never have too many tiaras or hats

What follows is Stitch and Chat™ in review: a recap of what we’re knitting, reading, watching, and random snippets of our conversation.

Stitch and Chat™ meets every Tuesday at three times and is open to every skill level from beginner to intermediate. For more information on how to join, click here or email me at

From the 9:00 am group…

Maddie is knitting the (free) hat pattern from Shetland Wool Week. She’s having a private KAL (knit-a-long) with her sister and niece.

Eleanor finished the Westport Yarns KAL; she knit Jodi in madelinetosh Twist DK.

Cornelia took a break from her super bulky afghan to knit her color-block version of the Easy Folded Poncho.

Jeannine won a drawing for a free Stitch and Chat™ (yay!). She is working on the Gardengate sweater in Anzula Dreamy.

Calann wanted to review the row/decrease math to make sure her V-Junkie socks were on track to be the right length. The pattern from the book Socktopus.)

Figuring this out reminded me of the old math story problem with the bus driver and how many kids get on or off the bus. I’m sure I’m dating myself. In our case, it was a question of … you have 50 sts on the needle and want to reduce to 38 – how many decrease rounds do you have? Like any good student, I mapped it out on paper.

Peggy shared the progress of her Bamboo Shawl. She wanted to know what she did in the outlined sections. The overall pattern is the Moss Stitch. Peggy knit random acts of ribbing and was off pattern. She bravely ripped it back. I have a love/hate relationship with the Moss and Seed Stitch patterns – the minute you stop focusing, you end up with random acts of ribbing.

From the 1:00 pm group…

Jackie is in the midst of knitting her first garment since learning to knit. She began with the Building Blocks Afghan Class which is an amazing skill builder.

The Centerport Cropped Poncho is a perfect summer accessory. She’s learning how to read/follow directions and neck shaping.

From the 6:30 pm group…

Christine finished the Intarsia Cabled Strip from the Building in Color Afghan (follow up to the Buiding Blocks Afghan). She is on to the last strip, and learning the Tuck Stitch, which she mastered beautifully.

Lynn finished her husbands socks with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretch Bind-Off which gives the cuff a lovely stretchy finish.

We had a discussion about procrastination, or as I like to refer to it, procrastiknitting. I’m sure that like many of you (at least I hope so), that you have to do lists with items that never get done. With the time I’ve had home the past few months, you’d have thought that list would be cleared off. On the contrary, I think I’ve probably added to it. Christine pointed out, that if you haven’t done it, it begs the question of if it needs to be done. I will have to review my list with this in mind. – Or, more likely, I’ll go knit instead.

Books & TV

We always have a lively discussion of what we are reading and watching…

Books: Epitaph, Hidden Valley Road, The Thornbirds, American Dire, and Boy’s Life (audio).

TV: Ricky Gervais Afterlife, Bosch, Upload, Dead to Me, Billionaire, and Chicago PD.