This goes out to our former group member Kerrie, who had a birthday today. We miss you Kerrie! Interestingly enough, besides Kerrie, 3 other knitting groupies have had birthdays in the past month. Are people who were born under the sign of Leo natural needlework divas? I thought so.
Rachel contemplates a new project in crochet
Lois asks Ethel for some clarification in her sock project
Grayzie tries to dive in nose-first
how about this bag?
Wait, here’s another one! MMMMMMM….
I got up to “L” on the Martin Storey blanket
Hope everyone with a happy summer birthday feels renewed and ready to roar in a new year, full of great new needlework!😄
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Wednesday Night. The yarn activity continues…
Ethel’s skills as a teacher were greatly in demand….
Someone wanted to learn to crochet
Someone wanted to learn to knit, but she was ok with learning to crochet, too.
Lois had some final touches to finish on these mitts
I am up to the letter I so far!
And I’ve started on another tote
I forgot to show my book of knowledge to the group
mysterious but perfectly preserved package
Meanwhile, we solved the mystery of the mysterious but perfectly preserved package.
While DH and I were at the Family Beach Weekend, he got an email stating that some tool or other he ordered would be delivered by UPS and would lounge around on our doorstep til we got home. So he called a family member and asked her to go by the house and please pick it up on her way to the beach. She did, but when we quizzed her about it, at the time it was in her car, so she described it as a book and a present. A present? Yes, wrapped in pink wrapping paper with butterflies on it. That didn’t sound like something DH would have ordered from Rockler or Woodcraft. When I opened the package, it was a beautiful arrangement of tatting mounted on black velvet in a silver frame. And the book was a biography about Teddy Roosevelt. Well, when I saw the tatting, I immediately thought, “Lois!” But then, the book had an inscription that mentioned “Ethel.” So I presented the treasures at Wednesday Night Knitting and learned that Lois had dropped these things on the doorstep for my birthday 3 months ago! She put them in the iron Dutch oven that resides thereon as a sort of rustic decoration. Thinking back, she did say that she had called. Which just goes to show that people need to spell it out, preferably using the NATO alphabet names (ie. alpha, beta, Charlie, November) or make exaggerated mouth movements after saying, like Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid, “Look-eye! Always Look Eye!” And then maybe I will get the gist of the conversation! Thank you, Lois! I am humbled that you thought so much of scatter-brained me!
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This week’s photo challenge is Texture. I went to The World’s Most Famous Beach for our family beach weekend. Sand, surf, the roar of traffic up and down A1A outside the beach-front hotels, hugs from big and little ones, crisp hotel sheets on sun-exposed skin, seafood restaurants, and of course, a yarn crawl. I had to see what the local yarn shop The Ball of Yarn had to offer.
Family Futbol on the beach
Sunrise the first day
2nd day sunrise
sunrise the 3rd day
Yarn Crawl Haul
Sandnes Kashmir Alpakka worsted weight: spaghetti-size
Mandarin Petite DK yarn: vermicelli-size
Kraemer Tatamy Tweed DK spun in Nazareth, PA
Grayzie nuzzling my sand-infused callouses enriched with plankton from beach walking
The Mandarin Petit and Kashmir yarns are from their Swedish import rack, although they have a flag of Norway on their labels. The shop proprietor told me that they love Kraemer
brand yarns, which are spun in America and were used in the Ralph Lauren knitted apparel worn by our Winter Olympics competitors. Isn’t it a small world after all?
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Summer loving knitting! Yes, we do!
Ethel is thinking of knitting this cool sock from Interweave Knit
Meanwhile, she also thought about these:
bamboo, cotton and acrylic yarn
and she worked a little more on this project
Lois made lots of progress on her afghan.
Rachel started something new.
Rachel’s new project
I worked on the same project.
more squares finished
But it’s not boring! The blocks go fast, and I can’t wait to start on another beautiful color of Rowan felted tweed.
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Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one….oh, hi there!
We made lots of progress in the past week.
Lois’s cable afghan
Ethel with freeform crochet WIP
Ethel was actually involved in 3 projects, this just shows one.
Rachael finished her cotton wash cloth
Today was Rachael’s birthday, and she was wearing the awesome dress that she was working on a few weeks ago. She said, to celebrate, she was going to go home and cut out another dress. Can’t wait to see what fabric and style pattern she chooses.
Tricia was tired and said she hadn’t done much on the white sparkly scarf, so I agreed to hold off on the photo of her project this time.
my alphabet afghan blocks
Lois brought a few items for “Show and Tell.” Can you guess what they are?
Lois’s Guess What? Item #1
Item #2 What is it?
Seriously, we knew the first item–a darning egg, right? But does anyone know what the second item is?
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Ethel and her new phone (and towel hanger WIP)
Great knitting meeting this week!
Tricia worked on a sparkly white scarf
Tricia took a wash cloth pattern and extended it into a scarf!
Elizabeth’s crochet components
Elizabeth worked on an afghan in what she calls “granny strips”–her version of Granny squares, except they are long strips. The new purple strip will soon have a light lavender center. She will probably edge these in black.
Lois’s afghan, two panels-at- a -time cable construction
Lois is also making an afghan, with two long center panels. It’s easier when you make the same thing, two-at-a-time, she says.
Lois likes this cable needle best so far
Martin Storey blanket
The cats interfered with my new project, a knitted blanket from the Aran and Celtic Children’s book. One block at a time, in Rowan felted tweed yarn, with intarsia alphabet letters in each block. Ethel showed me how to weave in the intarsia loops that are formed on the back. (I took a little break from the Sophie Tunic—I’ll be back…) To see Martin Storey’s Fall/Winter brochure from Rowan look at this you-tube vid here.
Rachel and cotton knit cloth
So what’s on your needles this fine summer night?
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Three of us stole a little time together knitting, after a hiatus and in the middle of life-altering events! Some of us are back from vacation, some of us have had houseguests. One of us has a two-year old who’s just been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes😦 . One of us had a lightning strike and lost almost all her household appliances.
Meanwhile, Ethel got interested in a new needle-art form:
Looks very intriguing!
Lois finished her teal green shawl. We get to observe Lois making lots of hats, shawls, afghans, and other beautiful objects. But then they disappear off her radar and we don’t always find out where they went, because she doesn’t like to jump into the limelight. But her creations go to folks at the Atrium, a local assisted-living facility, family members, and friends who might be staying in a local hospital or rehabilitation center in which overzealous air-conditioning necessitates a warm blankie.
Lois and her new project, a white cable-knit afghan
We live in Florida, and in the summer IT IS HOT. So we love it when we have someone to knit for who might appreciate warm woolies, and also tropical-friendly fibers that are nice to knit with in our climate.
Ethel and her new project, a kitchen towel hanger
We’re in the second week of July and already the stores are full of fall stuff. The seasons are racing along. What are you knitting this summer? Have you started on fall/winter projects yet? What is your favorite summer knitting project?
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