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Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!

Now that I’ve got your attention, I wanted to share some updates. (I couldn’t think of a succinct subject line so my pre-coffee brains went a different route.) I have space available in three classes this weekend in Westport Yarns. I am also available for private lessons on Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4.…

*Knit, Eat, Shop*, rep from * to *.

Save the date for an awesome adventure up north. March 27 -29, 2020 Take part in the inaugural KNIT CITY MONTREAL 2020! Knit City has been organizing knitting events in Vancouver, BC for 8 years. In 2020, they will host their first show in Montreal. The four-day Knit City Montreal will have the same fun…

On the Move

Our move to Florida is surreal, probably because I am in “limbo” between places. Last month we loaded up a 26″ uhaul that was so full, as my husband said, “you couldn’t even spit into it”. My daughter and her boyfriend drove the truck. Joe, Harry and I went in Joe’s car. Joe, Leigha, and…

Spellbound

The combination of hand-dyed yarns in two color brioche is, to me, spellbinding. I love looking at the contrast of the two colors as they play off each-other. From the moment I saw these two colors from 7th Floor Yarns, I knew that they had to play together. The colors are named Egyptian Princess and…

Marrakesh Express

I was thrilled when Iris, of Artyarns, asked me to design for her November Inspirations Club. Every other month, limited edition colors are introduced in Merino Cloud and Beaded Silk & Sequins Light. Each bi-monthly installment comes with exclusive patterns designed to bring out the yarn colors. Once a color sells out it’s retired and…

Wild and Woolly

The Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival is one of my favorite things to do and it’s not just the abundance of yarn and all things wild and woolly, although that is wonderful (if not overwhelming). This year I went with my friend Robbie. I love the pageantry of knitwear. Everyone wears their knitted finest. I…

Moral of the story.

Jane made up for her lack of knitting last week and progressed to the gorgeous salmon contrast color of her 3 Color Cashmere Cowl in Lux Adorna (Sport: 100% Cashmere, 230 yards). Allison modeled Jane’s finished Lucy Cowl knit with Lux Adorna Fun Size Bundles DK (DK: 100% Cashmere, 200 yards). Jane’s lucky that Allison…

I’ll have what she’s having.

Cindy finished Simple and Easy Hat for the Whole Family for her grandson. She knit it with Anzula For Better or Worsted (Worsted: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 200 yards)  in the Tea Bag version. This is a great hat pattern for beginners-advanced beginners.                          She finished her Super Bulky Winter Vest just in…

To knit or not to knit, that was the question.

 Well, it’s never been my question! Read on for Linda’s inner struggle ~ and the struggle is real! Cindy was back after a summer hiatus. She’s knitting The Simple and Easy Hat for the Whole Family, for her grandson. Yarn: Anzula For Better or Worsted (Worsted: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 200 yards). Nan…

Knitting and Buying Yarn ~ Two Different Hobbies

Calann finished her Building Blocks Afghan! She did a fabulous job and we all gave it the serious appreciation it deserved! Yarn: Plymouth Select Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). She was off pattern on her Long Cardigan. I took it back to the set up row and we began again. Yarn: Tahki Montana…

Tuesday Stitch and Chat

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood Allison is making progress with Agnes knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards). She is up to where she needs to be for the Weekender Pullover Class. Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards). © Lauren Raymond  Only now she’s bored with her two sweaters,…

Here it is, thank you, I love you.

Eileen brought in an afghan she finished. She pulled the wrong thread and got into trouble when she tried to fix it. She handed it to me and said, “Here it is, thank you, I love you.” 😊💜 It’s nice to be appreciated. She’s been knitting away on her Mixology Scarf in Baah! La Jolla…

Fall must be coming!

Calann is knitting the Building Blocks Afghan in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). She dropped a stitch and Block #6. In the meantime, she started Block #7. She commented that this has been a great knitting summer because it’s been so hot, she hasn’t gone to the beach as much. Calann…

This post brought to you by Monkfish

Today I learned that Monkfish is the “poor man’s lobster”. Who knew? Apparently everyone at the table except me. I looked them up online, the first comment is that it is one of the ugliest fish in the deep. They are, spare yourself and don’t look. Further down, it was confirmed, Monkfish has a mild…

Deadlines and Commitments

What to leave in and what to leave out. Since April, my knitting has been a mixture of deadlines and commitments with a few fun quick knits interspersed. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy knitting the commitments, just that they had deadlines. Since I rarely knit in a monogamous fashion, there was overlap. It…

Do you have needle size "boundaries"?

Eileen is knitting the Cotton Super Cropped Cardigan pattern by Loopy Mango in Loopy Mango Big Cotton (Bulky: 100% Cotton, 48 yards). It is knit in one piece and she wanted to confirm where to join yarn for left front. She finished a blanket for the Alice’s Embrace Charity knitting project at Westport Yarns. Eileen…

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…

Is it OCD to Rip Out Mistakes?

Mary is taking the Eshana Crocheted Wrap Class at Westport Yarns. She was losing stitches progressively as she crocheted. I had her start the wrap over and during class we would rip out the first effort. Then, to remedy the situation, I taught her to put a locking stitch marker in the turning chain of…

If Calann isn’t happy, no one is happy

Jane has about 8″ left to knit on her Easy Folded Poncho in Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards). She’s swatching for Weekender Class in Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards. Eleanor finished another F797 Baby & Kids Stocking Cap and was making a new…

Among Other Things, Stuck in an Elevator

Eileen got stuck in an elevator. I think that’s a fear many of us share. She took stock of her situation; since she had her groceries, knitting, and IPad she knew she’d survive. In the end she was stuck for about 30 minutes and was rescued by a handsome fireman. All in all, not too…

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

On Tuesday.. Jane added more random stripes in her Easy Folded Poncho, knit with Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards). She finished her Lux Adorna Knits scarf (DK: 100% Cashmere, 140 yards). The final, blocked measurement was 110″ long! Eileen wanted to review the pattern for the Lang…

Tying up some loose ends

Literally. Weaving in the ends on four projects, and it feels so good. Weekender sweater knit with Juniper Moon Farm Neve (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 222 yards). I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this.  The designer, Andrea Mowry, used several techniques to add a level of sophistication to this otherwise simple (and elegant), oversized sweater. This is a…

Can I grope your yarn?

Jane put in her contrast color in her Easy Folded Poncho knit with Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards). Calann finished her Sparkling Ridges Wrap, knit with Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud. She finished her Emilia Poncho in Nordica (DK: 100% Merino, 136…

You bet your Bibbe

Jane finished weaving in the ends on her Lux Adorna Knits Scarf (DK: 100% Cashmere, 140 yards). It’s going off to the finisher. It measures 110″ long!!!! She started working on the Easy Folded Poncho in Juniper Moon Farm Zooey (DK: 60% Cotton, 40% Linen / Flax, 284 yards). She is concerned she will run…

Do you know your stuff?

 Molly’s sweater looks amazing, we all ooohd and ahhhed over it. The pattern calls for decreasing the neck significantly. The village agreed that she should not decrease, babies and kids prefer bigger necklines. To make sure, she put a lifeline in it so we could evaluate if the neck was the right width. She also…

Running on Yarn Fumes

Eileen’s Sari not Sari is finished, she just has to weave in the ends. We talked about different ways you can weave in your ends. One way is to duplicate the stitches another was is to weave in and out of the purl bumps. Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Cashmere/Merino top (Lace: 50% Merino, 50% Cashmere, 328…

What’s in your house?

What and interesting word, downsizing. Originally it was more commonly used to describe a business reducing it’s size. Now it’s usage includes referring to reducing the size of our homes/belongings. I learned that our main source of decor is framed family photos and kids ceramics. We are in the midst of downsizing and cleaning out…

This is the Song that Never Ends…

and it goes on and on, like Jane’s Lux Adorna Knits Striped Scarf. Yarn: (DK: 100% Cashmere, 140 yards). She feels like this is the scarf that never ends. The saving grace is that is is Cashmere! Eileen must have picked up a stitch in the ladder between stitches of her Sari, not Sari. Unfortunately,…

Second Sock Syndrome

There is a solution! Knit them 2 @ time, toe up on Magic Loop. I never understood knitting socks until I knit my first sock. They fit like a glove (actually they fit like a sock). Hand knit socks feel great. They hug your foot in a way commercial socks don’t. I could be projecting,…

What was I thinking?

Per Calann, “Yay us, the prodigal sweater is done.” A round of applause to Calann for persevering where a lesser knitter would have put this swater in time out. Her Tressage Sweater is off to the finisher for blocking! Yarn: Anzula Squishy (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 385 yards). © LittleJennieWren Calann is…

Giraffes, Bears, and Dogs, Oh my!

Calann was working on her Elephants on Parade Blanket, when she found a typo on Row 11. Yarn: Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: 100% Merino, 218 yards). She had a mis-stitch on her Artyarns Sparkle Ridges Wrap in Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light and Artyarns Merino Cloud. She swatched for The Little Emilia Poncho…

Two Rows Forward, Many Rows Back

Jane finished her Double Basketweave Cowl. She had two skeins of each color of Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine which she held double (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 197 yards). Clearly the grey had much less when it came down to the actual knitting. Not sure what to make of that. Thoughts?   She…

Without Naming Names

I love when people come in wearing hand knits. From left to right, Calann is wearing her Be Sweet Fine Shawl on Diagonal, Eileen in her Mini Madness Shawl, and Eileen wearing Find your Fade Wrap. Jane B added the charcoal color to her Double Basketweave Cowl knit with Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine held double…

Priorities

What are your priorities? This weekend, I certainly confirmed mine! We had the tasting for our (oldest) daughter, Aly’s, wedding. It was delicious and we agreed on all the decisions. No small feat when there are six people present and food is involved. You can’t just taste the food, though, you have to try the…

Bella Girls

Shameless promotion: Danni and Allison are wearing Lipsense (colorway Bella), “the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off!” Thing #2 is selling SeneGence products. As someone who doesn’t remember to reapply lipstick, I’m loving it, it lasts ALL DAY. If you’re interested, click here. Shameless promotion over.  Jane…

I never thought I’d be a Snowbird

I went somewhat reluctantly (to Florida) as I don’t mind winters (for the most part). And, let’s face it, I have lots of hand-knit winter woollies to keep me warm. Also, I enjoy my work and the people at Westport Yarns. This was the first time in my life that I wasn’t taking classes, raising…

Breakfast Club

Betsy knit up two more Rock the Pompom Hats in madelinetosh Tosh Chunky (Bulky: 100% Merino, 165 yards). She knit up Debbie Bliss Classic Cardigan in Baby Cashmerino Tonals (Sport: 55% Merino, 33% Acrylic, 12% Cashmere, 137 yards). The buttons are coffee beans! Diane is knitting The Easy Bulky One in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (Bulky:…

Below the salt

Last week I spent a whirlwind few days in Connecticut. I literally came in on the heels of one storm and left on the heels of the next storm. It was wonderful reconnecting with my coworkers and knitters. © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood Allison is working on her Agnes Pullover  in Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100%…

Brioche, not just for breakfast anymore

Which came first the pastry or the knitting technique? Interestingly enough, the word “brioche” maybe derived from French slang for “mistake”. Brioche is a French pastry that is light and slightly puffy. By (knitting) definition, “Brioche produces a lofty, ridged fabric that resembles knit 1, purl 1 rib. Brioche knitting belongs to a family of…

Surrounded by knitters

Knitters in the north ~ Knitters in the south By spending the winter in Florida and coming up back to Connecticut monthly, I am blessed to be surrounded by knitters wherever I go. Teaching (knitting) in both states has intensified my feelings and expanded my gratitude for the connections and relationships I find so rewarding.…

Mother’s Little Helper

It was great to be back with my Tuesday Stitch and Chat Ladies. I’ve missed our sessions!  Eleanor knit up Rock the Pompom in Katia Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards). Her daughter liked the yarn and stitch pattern so much that she asked for a matching scarf. That’s such a rewarding…

A Study in Contrasts

Thursday (January 4) for the Northeast meant a blizzard. For me, it was a beautiful (if chilly) day in Florida. Friday amidst forecasts of record low temperatures, I headed back to Connecticut for a week of teaching ~ reconnecting with my students, co-workers, friends and of course Thing #1 and Tucker. During our descent into…

Cast on, Cast Off

Such is the nature of our craft ~ and life. Beginnings and Endings. Very philosophical don’t you think? I figured any post at the beginning of the new year should be somewhat philosophical. That may be the extent of my musing, we’ll see. There are many reasons that I (we) cast on… Gift knitting, this…

Friezing in Florida

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Pantone Color of 2018 is…..

I AM FINALLY VALIDATED.  Pantone has declared the Color of the Year 2018 to be Ultra Violet. I became aware of the power of the Pantone Color of the year in 2012 when it was Tangerine Tango. We couldn’t keep orange in the shop all that year. It was “tangerine tango this” and “tangerine tango…

Road Trip ~ Day 3 & 4

On our third day, we drove through South Carolina and landed in Jacksonville, Florida. Harry loved the scenic pond area with Turtles and Egrets. As promised, we found a yarn store near our hotel. (Or did we find a hotel near a yarn store?) A Stitch in time, Jacksonville, FL It was a lovely store…

While the cat’s away

Thanks to Trammi for taking notes for me. The blog is in her “voice”. Where I’ve added my 2 cents, I’ve changed the text italics. 😉 I finally finished something! Hooray! Beth was kind enough to “weave in the ends.” Nothing beats someone helping you feel more accomplished than you really are! 😉 Pattern: French…

Road Trip ~ Day 2

Harry was ready for the day’s travel.  Is it a bracelet? Is it a ruler? It is both, it’s a wrist ruler. It’s what all the best dressed knitting nerds are wearing.  Can’t find a tape measure? Look to your wrist.  After knitting 11″ on my Making Waves Poncho  in Anzula For Better or Worsted…

Road Trip ~ Day 1

I struggle with packing whether it’s a weekend, a week, or in this case months!  I think I struggle with what projects to bring more than the clothes! Harry has been anxious all week as we began packing. He sat on the bed while I laid out clothing and would put his chin on each…

After the party…

  After we ate and drank at my going away party, we did get down to some knitting. Trammi was knitting the French Cowl in Anny Blatt Absolu (DK: 100% Angora, 137 yards). She is knitting them up for gifts. There was a run on pompoms for my Rock the Pompom hat. Trammi found a…

Giving Thanks

This week, my Tuesday Stitch and Chat class surprised me with a going away party. Danni, one of my co-workers, let them into the shop early to set up. The table was replete with purple decorations, delicious baked treats, fresh fruit, yogurt, gluten free granola, coffee, orange juice, and Proseco. I immediately noticed that they…

If you knit, you rip.

Truer words were never spoken. Lois had some knitting tales of woe. We did what we could. I took back two rows of her Bedford Top to correct mis-stitches at the end of a row. Yarn: Stacy Charles Stella (Worsted: 74% Silk, 26% Metallic, 77 yards).  Eileen was cruising on her first panel of the…

Countdown to the Holidays

Allison knit up the Tucker Hat for her niece in Baah Sequoia (Super Bulky: 100% Merino, 85 yards). It came out really cute and only took one skein! She accented it with a snap-on pompom. She showed off her Anzula treasures. Calann had a series of dropped and mis-stitches on her Tressage Sweater. She’s knitting…

So let me get this straight, Apes in Gibraltar like macaroni?

Calann is going to knit Flap Happy Two in  Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards). She’s got her pom-pom already picked. She began picking up the stitches for the sleeve on her Tressage Sweater. Yarn: Anzula Squishy (Fingering: 80% Merino, 10% Cashmer, 10% Nylon, 385 yards). She finished the Unice Unicorn Hood…

Pulling it together

Eileen finished a Rock the Pompom hat. The yarn was from the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival. The pompoms are from Amazon. She finished the short rows on the back of Bibbe knit with Berroco Summer Silk (DK: 45% Silk, 43% Cotton, 12% Nylon, 240 yards). Lois was seriously focused on her Bedford Top in…

Post Rhinebeck Confessions

Spotted at Rhinebeck, I need this bag. I love Rhinebeck.  Nancy wearing Albuquerque Sunset. I love the pageantry of people in their best knits, Fried Artichokes. the food,  the animals, Into the Whirled  and not the least of which – the YARN. Miss Babs Some Vendors were a wee bit overcrowded. That was a little…

Hat’s off!

Calann worked a mock circular swatch for Flap Happy Two; she’ll go up a needle since her gauge was tight. Yarn: Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards). She put the Tressage Top on waste yarn so her daughter could try it on. As a result, she is going to make the sweater…

Making Waves

I was overwhelmed with the response to my Making Waves Poncho promotion. When I published the pattern to Ravelry last week, I offered it as a free pattern for the (Rhinebeck) weekend. Imagine my delight to find that the pattern climbed it’s way to the #2 spot on “What’s Hot Now” on Ravelry.  Making Waves…

Wednesday’s Stitch and Chat

Michelle was looking to find patterns for stash yarn. We found Falls of Foyers wrap for Madelintosh Pashmina (Sport: 75% Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere goat, 360 yards). She is ready to sew her Building Blocks Afghan together. We played musical squares until we got the look we liked. Lois wanted an opinion on her…

Design Elements

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood  Allison had questions on her Agnes Pullover.  The directions were calling for doing three at once: place markers on the sides for sleeve placement, increases, and changing to the next color. Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards). I noticed that (not too far down) she had a small section…

Are you picking up what I’m putting down?

Eileen test knit my Flap Happy Two hat and now she is knitting another one for one of her grandkids.  I love the new rendition of my Flap Happy Hat. Yarn: Katia Azteca Milrayes (Aran: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 197 yards).  . She was ready to pick up stitches around the neck on the Minnowknits…

Tying up loose ends.

Nan finished her Westport Yarns Chevron blanket in the Plymouth Worsted Merino Superwash (Worsted: !00% Merino, 218 yards). It just needs to be blocked. Her Transitions Boxed T Scarf came back from the finisher. It is gorgeous! Yarn: Transitions Lux Kit (Light Fingering: 49% Cotton, 47% Acrylic, 4% Metallic, 620 yards). She is knitting the…

Summer Knitting Going Strong

 Eileen finished her Baby Surprise Jacket and added cute hedgehog buttons.   She tested a soon to be released new hat pattern of mine. Michelle is also going to test my hat pattern with Arucania Lauca (Aran: 80% Wool, 10% Silk, 10% Camel, 182 yards). She finished the Building Blocks Square she was working on…

Knitting with a (safety) net.

Do the projects you take on vary based on your available (knitting) support?  In talking about the projects we are working on, Jane said to Calann “do you realize that you only knit crazy stuff?” Calann answered,  “I do crazy because I’m with Pam, I don’t do stockinette stitch without Pam.” Her Tressage top got…

Goals: ProcrastiKNITing

Finally, a word to describe my modus operandi!   Eileen finished her Artyarns Silk Mohair Blanket Shawl in neutrals (Lace: 60% Mohair, 40% Silk, 312 yards). Stunning piece that she will get lots of use out of. She was ready to begin the neckline on the baby Cossack Coat. We love her Baby Surprise Jacket…

Where is your stash?

Every now and then the topic of stash comes up. One of my favorite acronyms is SABLE, Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. GoComics Eleanor and Nan have their yarn in a closet, with a little overflow. Calann has her yarn in a walk in closet. I have Yarnia, where I’ve turned one of my kid’s…

Dogs to the right of me ~ Dogs to the left of me

And I can’t reach my knitting. What’s a girl to do?    I was settling into my chair to knit this morning with my coffee near at hand, when Harry jumped up on the sofa to visit.  There was a time when Thing #2 was around 3 years old, that she would sit on my…

As Winnie the Pooh says, it’s friendlier with two

The Jane’s saved the day by working together. You see,  Mary was happily knitting her Easy Breezy Dress until she hit a bit of a snag in her yarn… Or a big tangle as the case would be.  I worked on it for a bit. It was really the two Jane’s who saved the day.…

Ready for an Adventure?

Sometimes I’m asked what I like to knit most. I don’t have any specific technique or type of garment/accessory that I’m drawn to. What I am drawn to are things that are designed “outside the box”. © Joji This fall my knitting adventure will be an upcoming class at Westport Yarns, where I will guide…

We always learn more than we expect…

This is the sweater that Cornelia learned to swear on. We are very proud of both accomplishments😉. The #23 Cabled Tunic knit with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Chunky (Bulky: 100% Baby Alpaca, 110 yards). She finished the back and has started on the front of her customfit sweater in Plymouth Gina (Worsted: 100% Wool, 109 yards).…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Here is a preview of my Sailboat Colorblock Jacket.  The pattern will be available soon on Ravelry, so why not add it to your queue and favorites on Ravelry. This jacket is quick to knit (relatively – it is a jacket after all) in aran weight yarn on a US  #9 needle. Just the facts…Published…

If I had a nickel

for every time a student said, “I haven’t knit a thing since I last saw you” I would have $2956.95 – a nickel at a time! Please excuse the different formatting, I’m using my iPad and it doesn’t have the same editing features.  Jane B is knitting the Newsprint cowl in Purl Soho Line Weight Heather…

Road Trip ~ Got Yarn, Will Travel.

My sister and I took a road trip to Montreal. Road trips are awesome for knitting!   We wandered around Old Montreal and enjoyed the architecture. First on our list was trying Poutine. For those of you who don’t know what this is (I certainly didn’t before visiting), it is a dish of French fries topped…

I don’t burp without checking in.

So said Calann before continuing on with her Tressage top. It’s a lot of responsibility to have this kind of power. 😔 She wanted to confirm that she was interpreting the directions properly where it referred to repeating the last 8 rounds. Twist it Magazine, August 2015 Calann was inspired by a top that Trammi…

Rock the Pompom

There is usually a back story to my designs. In the case of Rock the Pompom, it was kismet. It happened while I was at VKLive in New York City in January. As I cruised around the marketplace on the first day, I happened upon a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Aran that really caught my…

Where to begin?

Lisa joined us for the first time. She wanted to start a new sweater project. After perusing the shop, she settled on knitting my Spring Lake Hi-Lo Pullover in Malibu (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 169 yards). By the end of class she was swatched and ready.   She is nearing the end of her Navy is…

It’s all about color and texture

Eileen was checking in with her Anemone Poncho in Artyarns Regal Silk  and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light. She finished the dress she started last week in Manos Stria (Worsted: 100% Cotton, 116 yards). I love the colors she chose combined with the texture of the Stria.  Eileen shared her progress on her Silk…

Reading your knitting.

 Now that Allison’s 2ply Cashmere Cardigan is with the finisher, she went back to knitting Agnes. Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft (Fingering: 100% Wool – Targhee-Columbia, 275 yards). Eleanor was working on her Timber/customfit mash-up in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Worsted: 40% Alpaca, 40% Wool, 20% Silk, 195 yards). Jane was knitting away on her Ribbed…

Perseverance pays off or do you just make a poncho?

Calann modeled her Anemone Poncho for me after getting it back from the finisher. Stunning! I have got to start mine! Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light. She was thrown by the pattern directions for the top down garment she is knitting. The designer uses one box to sequence the…

To-Do List? What To-Do List?

A couple of weeks ago we were having a graduation party for Thing #2.  The kids planned the party using Facebook to create the event.   Per the Facebook invite there were 50-something people coming.  When I did the math of adding family members, significant others, and people not on Facebook, the actual guest list neared…

Keep your wits about you

Allison was concerned that we took out the wrong side, last week. The pieces are alike with the exception of the edge treatments. On the back, the stitches go on a holder. On for front, there is an reverse stockinette edging.  We managed it without further incident and she is back on track. Cornelia realized…

Mermaid or Loch Ness Monster ~ You be the judge.

One should know all the facts before embarking on a knitting project.  I confess to spontaneously asking Thing #1 and #2 if they would like mermaid blankets for the holidays (2016) — before getting all the facts or thinking it through. Thankfully, Thing #2 did not want one. I did not heed my friend, Eileen,…

Reaching the finish line.

Eileen finished her Fallen Halo, she knit it all with Artyarns Cashmere Glitter versus alternating between Artyarns Cashmere  and Artyarns Cashmere Glitter. She used color #2272. Initially Eileen chose Cascade Heritage Solids (Fingering: 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 437 yards) as the solid color and Berroco Nebula (Fingering: 100% Merino, 416 yards) as the variegated to knit…

What’s your Nemesis?

Today’s class is brought to you by the word Nemesis.  Nemesis: something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc. We had a lively conversation around the concept of a nemesis and life lessons. It went something like this…  Allison’s cardigan came back from the finisher because she had knit one of the pieces in the…

While the cat’s away…

I was traveling in Ireland and Scotland and left my knitters defenseless in the wild for two weeks. Just kidding, Westport Yarns had their back(s) in my absence. Calann is done knitting the Anemone Poncho. Since she is petite, she knit 8 repeats versus 9 in the pattern. It’s ready to be blocked and finished. …

Let ‘er rip…

A couple of months ago a student of mine, Melissa, came to class wearing a dramatic infinity scarf.  I literally forgot I was the teacher and was all about her scarf. It looked like she was wearing a skein of yarn. I asked her to take it off and peppered her with questions: What’s the…

No yarn for you – two days.

The past week we have been in Ireland. Prior to leaving I contacted Hedgehog Fibres in County Cork to see if I could visit.  They said I could and I was SO excited.  Of course I looked forward to the touring we would do as well, this was a cool happenstance.  Unbeknownst to us, we…

Who said knitting slows down in the Spring?

Trammi hadn’t knit since last week so she was getting acquainted with the Anemone Poncho pattern. Calann was missing a stitch and it turned out to be a missing a yarn over. She had a stitch marker where she thought the problem was but didn’t realize that it was it. She dropped a stitch in…

I’ve figured it out

 OK, so most of us are familiar with Second Sock Syndrome. I’m going to talk to you about a related condition, Second Sleeve Syndrome.  For those of you who are blissfully unaware of these syndromes, let me explain. These are the conditions by which a knitter finds her/himself having knit one sock or sleeve and…

Knitting’s Calming Influence

Knitting means many things to many people.  A common thread (pun not intended) is the calming effect it has.  Our lives are so busy, we need to take time out of our day to recharge our spirit.  We met last Wednesday and Terry’s daughter was getting married this Saturday.  We looked at her in astonishment,…

Do you share?

It seems appropriate that on a beautiful spring day, the first project I tend to is the Anemone poncho. Trammi and Calann are both knitting it in the same color. Yarn: Artyarns Regal Silk and Artyarns Beaded Silk & Sequins Light. Trammi and I reviewed slipping first st pwise wyif (which translates to stitch purlwise…

Cast on for Springtime Knitting

If you’re casting about (pun intended) for something to knit for the Spring/Summer season, search no more.  I’ve designed two garments for Tahki Stacy Charles that are easy to knit and very wearable. The patterns are available in booklets (available at your local yarn store and online) or individually on Ravelry. photo credit: © Tahki…

What do you watch while you knit?

Our discussion strayed from books, just one to share:  Three Wishes. To shows we watch while knitting…Say Yes to the Dress My 600 Pound Life Hoarders HGTV DYI Big Little Lies on HBO What do you watch while knitting? Jane T. has been knitting a Cabled (Hooded) Coat for her daughter.  It is knit in…

Rainy Days and Knit-days

It has been raining cats and dogs here in Connecticut for days. Rainy days are excellent knit days. Well, any day is a good knit day in my book. Jane T began knitting a car coat with hood for daughter. She loves knitting cables, it totally keeps her attention.  On the right side she learns…

What determines your next project?

As I knitter, I am constantly surfing Ravelry for my next project.  No matter what I’m knitting, I’ve got my eyes on what comes next.  You have to have a plan. We’ve talked about this. Sometimes I learn of new patterns from knitting friends. However, when you work in a yarn store as I do,…

A Cautionary Tale

Trammi has been knitting the Apres Vest in Blue Sky Fibers TECHNO. She swatched diligently and reviewed the pattern before casting on.  Trammi is meticulous in her approach to patterns/projects. At our last class we measured it and it seemed much smaller than the schematic measurements for her size: 24.5″ versus 33.5″ wide. At some…

Knit it up ASAP!

I’ve updated my Infinity Wrap for super bulky yarn so that it practically flies off the needles! This is one of my favorite, easy to wear accessories.  You see them everywhere! Why not knit one up? Plymouth Gina Chunky The Infinity wrap is perfect for advanced beginner knitters and experienced knitters alike.  At any skill…

Lost in Translation

Wendy joined us for the first time today.  She is knitting socks from a DROPS pattern. DROPS designs are chic, interesting patterns translated to English.  Unfortunately, there are things that get either lost in translation or expressed in a way that is unfamiliar. She was ready to turn the heel.  I don’t know what it…

Dinner is served

You know how when dinner is served everyone is suddenly silent while they begin to eat?  So it goes when everyone is concentrating and/or counting at the knitting table. Allison had a dropped stitch from a recent cable in her Puffy Cowl. Yarn: Artyarns Cashmere Glitter (DK: 100% Cashmere plied with metallic thread, 170 yards). …

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