Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One more week of knitting and then the labeling begins

As we wrap up this quarter's donations, Barbara's lovely set is complete. This Cascade 220 yarn is called Pea Pod. The original pattern was for the mitts and she ran with the ball and converted it to make the hat and scarf. 
Now she is using a Malabrigo yarn to make a triangular scarf/shawl. There were two balls of yarn that were so close in color but not close enough to use together, as in knit one ball until it's finished and then use the second ball. Soooo....she is knitting two rows from one skein and then two rows from the other. There won't be a defined difference in colorways since they will blend all the way through the project and will become a lovely, homogenized fabric. See? You can't tell, can you?
 Kathleen used up the last of the pretty blue heather to make a hat and now she is finishing up a matching scarf. Knowing Kathleen, it will be done by next week.
 Elaine's lovely cabled hat is ready to go. The patterns repeat around the crown to make a warm Fisherman's knit.
 From her personal knitting stash, Elaine asked about blocking this cowl which will be a gift for a friend. Cowls can be tricky as you don't want a crease down the sides if you block it laying flat. Some suggestions that were made were to stuff it with a pillow wrapped in plastic wrap or ball up a towel and place it in the cowl. A bowl of large enough proportions would also work.
 Elaine's neighbor's little girl is too young to collect candy for Halloween so she is knitting her a pumpkin hat.
 Cinzia finished her cabled hat using a Malabrigo yarn. I wish you could touch the screen and feel how soft this yarn is!
 Now she is trying to feel energetic about her reversible stripes scarf. Both she and Kathleen are working on the same pattern and they have both hit a stalemate with it. Scarves can get especially boring because they have to be so long. Let's hope they find new inspiration so they can finish these soon.
Cinzia finished up the crochet infinity scarf her daughter Elena started. Elena started the new school year and just didn't have the time to complete the scarf what with all her school work and activities, so Cinzia graciously offered to finish it for her.
 Speaking of finishing, this is all the yarn Beth had left after she finished her....
 basic cable mittens. They turned out beautiful!
 Dorah worked all night on her hat...
 until the circumference became too small to fit around her circular needles. Now it's onto the DP's (double pointed needles)!
 Carol almost finished a hat using a Takhi bulky yarn. That name cracks me up! Who wants to knit with tacky yarn?! LOL!
Carole did finish her Berroco Jasper cowl and it blocked beautifully. 
 Beth started another hat. I think this one has cables.
 And Maureen is still plugging away on her cowl.
 Beth had a little show and tell last night. She is knitting Christmas gifts for the men in the family, a whole batch of hats in their favorite team colors.
 This set is for the Dad, Big Brother, and Little One on the way. So cute!
I received an email from Liz because I didn't hear the doorbell and she didn't want me to miss her drop off. She finished her scarf and wanted to be sure I added it to the inventory so she tucked inside the door knocker at my back door. It's a good thing I found it quickly. I wouldn't want the neighbors to try to figure out what kind of door decoration I was displaying. LOL!
 I am four patterns past the halfway mark in the tubular cowl using Berroco Vintage yarn. I'm liking how this is turning out.
I'll let you know if I still like it after I have to Kitchener the ends together.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A good yarn is worth your time

Last time we met I finished a scarf using two tones of violet. Kathleen was kind enough to knit a hat to match the scarf so we can donate an ensemble. The yarns are machine washable, one is Plymouth Encore and the other is Berroco. 
 In addition to the hat she made a cowl using the Feather and Fan Stitch. It's the same cowl that Liz tried out last week and ended up frogging it in favor of a mistake stitch scarf. This looks pretty and the buttons look like shells. This yarn is also a wool and acrylic blend making it machine washable.
 Or maybe tortoise shell.
 Now Kathleen is working on a no-purl ribbed scarf. The heather blue yarn is beautiful! For people who don't like to purl, this is supposed to be the same stitch as a mistake stitch scarf but without the purling. Frankly, it might as well have purling because you still have to bring the yarn in front of the needle to slip a stitch. But it's pretty just the same and warm!
 Liz finished the Liberty Wool Mistake Stitch Scarf. This was the yarn she used to make the above cowl Kathleen knitted but the yarn didn't like the pattern and refused to cooperate. On to Plan B!
 Liz had some pretty sock yarn but didn't want to spend weeks knitting on small needles so...
she combined it with a worsted weight solid yarn and...
 look at the pretty results! That's two birds with one stone! A good way to use up lots of yarn on one project is to combine the strands together and make a totally different look.
 Liz decided after all the donation knitting that she would like to make something for herself. This is the cowl she has chosen and...
 this is the yarn. The pretty periwinkle blue is Berroco Comfort Chunky.
 Dorah brought in her Eden Prairie for us to see. It's beautiful Dorah! And she finished it in time to wear to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at the Duchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend. This annual festival is a tradition for many knitters and other fiber artists. If you are in the area and have the time it's worth a stop. But take you time, you don't want to miss anything!
 Here's Dorah's hat showing progress. I love her markers!
Maureen is still working on her cowl but it will be done soon. It's a pretty deep red but the color here looks too burgundy. One of these days I'll figure out how to get the color right.
 I finished the Boomerang Scarf. It can be knitted using any weight yarn with the appropriate sized needle. I used Zauberball sock weight with a size 4 needle. The slow changing colors of the yarn make an interesting pattern.
 Now I'm working on a Chevron Tube Cowl, which is a free pattern. The yarns are Berroco Vintage in worsted weight and a size 10 needle. At the halfway point the pattern changes to wide purple stripes and narrow green stripes and then the ends are grafted together with the Kitchener Stitch.
 Kathleen knitted this cute little poncho quite a while back and is just getting to donate it now. The yarn is a pretty pink cotton but is very warm. And it's one size fits almost all!
Just two more weeks and we'll be done with this project and ready to donate everything. Now comes the time when we put our heads together to find another group for whom we can knit. Any ideas?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One more nice day on the deck

This week's Show and Tell begins with Barbara's ensemble which she knitted with Cascade 220. The original pattern was for the spiraled fingerless mitts. Barb enjoyed making them so much that she decided to adapt the pattern to make a matching hat. And now she is working on a scarf too.
 Liz started using this lovely Liberty Wool to make a cowl with a Feather and Fan stitch but the yarn had other ideas and refused to cooperate. I know you know what I mean! Sometimes the yarn decides what it wants to become and this one certainly had objections to Feather and Fan! So Liz decided to make a simple 1x1 ribbed scarf and it showcases this yarn perfectly. Apparently, the yarn agrees!
 Elaine finished her Gaptastic Cowl, a simple seed stitch infinity scarf. It can be worn as a single wrap or wrapped twice around the neck for a closer, cozier fit.
 I finished the Nymphalidea for which I used Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock Yarn for the pink/purple lace segments. I'm actually surprised at myself for being able to memorize the pattern. It took a good five repeats or so but considering there are 28 repeats, it saved a lot of time to memorize it.
 I just realized I didn't show you my Lucky Horseshoe Cowl which I finished weeks ago. It's a free pattern on Ravelry for which I used a 100% cashmere yarn. Soooo soft!!!
 Totally Biased is totally finished! This is the perfect cowl for a quick knit when you need a gift in a pinch.
 Elaine started a hat which will have a beautiful cabled pattern. We decided the yarn is Plymouth Encore because it had no label so we had to make an educated guess.
 Cinzia is finishing up a crocheted scarf using a Malabrigo pastel yarn. That company dyes the prettiest colors!
 Carole's Totally Biased Cowl in Berroco Jasper was almost finished tonight. I think she just has to graft the live stitches together so it will be an endless ring of color.
 Dorah's Sanibel Cowl was completed tonight and added to the inventory. The neutral color will be a lovely addition to someone's wardrobe.
We were surprised by a visit from Beth's daughter, Gretchen. I knit with her once a month at our local Panera Knit Night and I haven't seen her in months so it was nice to be able to catch up on our knitting together. She worked on her Miss Winkle shawlette, a pattern for purchase on Ravelry. It has the cutest loopy edge.
 And Beth showed us her finished sailboat baby blanket she made for a friend who is expecting.
 The sailboat motifs are garter stitch against a stockinette background. Very cute!
 Tonight she started the companion to this lovely cabled mitten. The long cuff will be nice to keep the wind away.
 We've got four large bags of items so far and we'll be wrapping up this quarter's knitting project soon. Only a few more weeks before delivery to the homeless women veterans. I hope we beat the cold weather!