Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

No day late and a dollar short this week.  Thursday is happening on Thursday.

Back home from her western summer, is Wilma.
 She has the Painted Desert shawl  on her needles.  Started before departing for Alberta and B.C. but left at home.  She said she was struggling with the pattern and left the shawl at home  in favour of easier 'knit & navigate' projects.  In this brightly coloured sock yarn, the shawl indeed looks like a painted desert and pattern struggles seem to be behind her now.

Sharon, last week,  told us that she was spending her free time weaving.  Getting ready for the November Guild show.  
 Wow, she was busy indeed.  These are gorgeous, Sharon.  Some woven with hand-dyed Tencel yarn.  The Grey one worked with Patons Lace yarn. 

Little Ruth came to knitting today. 
The first thing she told me was   "Brenda, I am a widow, now." 
Knowing that Ruth was divorced from her first husband and  separated from her second husband, I was curious about which of those men had left her a widow. The second husband, she said.  The one from whom she was separated.  And there was not a bit of sadness in her attitude at all.  Grinning from ear to ear, in fact, she was.  Ruth makes me smile.  No spring chicken, but no moss growing under her feet either.

She managed to pick up a bag of Kroy FX sock yarn at Stedman's yarn tent sale in July.  6 balls for $15.00.  The socks are cheerful for sure. I love them.

Gail has a sweater started for a grand daughter.
 A Knitting a Pure & Simple pattern gail is working with James Brett Marble yarn.

Sharon R spent her time picking up stitches along the fronts of her summer 'tee'. 
Not the first   %^$#@*   time I've  done this she said. But just think, Sharon.  It is only new to you once.

We missed Sandy B today as she is spending the week at her daughter's cottage. With this   cool, rainy weather she is  enjoying lots of knitting time, I'm sure.  I can't wait to see what finished pieces she brings back to show us.  

Cool weather.  Knitters back from vacation.  Feels like fall.  I'm expecting to see  'wool' any day soon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Instinct Says

I think perhaps,  I am on the right track with Serenipity.  Ready now to start the 'V' neck shaping, the knitting on my needles at least looks more correct.

More correct than this one-sided piece did.

And more like the schematic shows.

Not that I give any credit to the pattern.  I've read and re-read it several times and I still believe the pattern says to cast on an extra 38 stitches on one side of the work only.   I credit plain, old experience.  Sometimes you just gotta' go with your instincts.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Well, what happened to Thursday?  I did go to knit group, and I did take pictures.  But as soon as I arrived home last Thursday, Fred and I left for Toronto.  His surgery was scheduled for early Friday  morning. We either had to drive down Thursday evening or get up at the crack of too early and hope commuter traffic wouldn't make us late.   We drove down Thursday.

His arteries scrubbed clean, his brain is, once again, on full blood flow  and we are now back home.  With time to do blog posts.

Sandy B started me off on Thursday by modelling her gorgeous blue shawl.
 Beautiful.  I may have mentioned this previously but I think Sandy must have a shawl in every colour under the rainbow.  This one is stunning worn over white.

Carol finished the asymmetrical sleeveless top she knit for her daughter. 
Unblocked here, it is a bit difficult to see the asymmetrical part.  But the neckline swings to one side, as does the  bottom.  I love it. 

Sharon R, our   - learn-a-new-technique-with-each-project   -  knitter, has both the front and back of her summer tee finished. 
There is lots of sewing-up to do on this one - sides, sleeves.  Next project perhaps she should learn seamless knitting.

Sandy B has started a lap-ghan.
 In Florida colours for her Florida living room, in her favourite technique - Mitered Squares.    She says there will be several different sized squares in this piece and that she is designing on the go.  Yes, that is my Serendipity  Vest you see in the background.  The jury is still out on its success.

Sharon did tell me what this project is that she has on her needles but I can't remember.
I do recall that she said she grabbed it as she rushed out the door to come to knit group. Her focus lately has been on weaving.  Getting saleable items ready for her club's big November sale. 

Thursday's post  will happen on Thursday this week.  God willin' and the creek don't rise.