Posts Tagged ‘Hunter’s Stitch’

Knittin’: Ethel is almost finished with the Debbie Birkin Bunty Bunny–just embroidering the border on her little knitted dress!

Ethel's Bunty

She started work on a new project

A fuzzy lamb in progress

called Fuzzy Lamb by Barbara Prime; see the link here.
She brought some luscious new alpaca/merino wool to wind into a ball that pulls out from the middle.

Alpaca/merino--can you see how soft it must feel?

Natterin’: Ethel ordered some exciting new books from Interweave’s Hurt Book sale (now over but you can still check out some lingering bargains). We had a great time checking out the marvelous finds in these 3 books.

Coolest finds from Ethel's Hurt Book shipment

Other nattering nonsense included commentary on Sister Wives, Twilight, and Harry Potter while noshing on Ethel’s chocolate almond biscotti and English malted milk balls.


Tiffany and Hunter's Stitch block

How excellent to see Tiffany back! She is continuing the Sampler Afghan, except she found some better colors of yarn that seem to go together in a warmer way, so the two blocks she’s finished so far may be a separate sampler. It’s all good, when you like to knit.

Lois and Ethel hashing it out

Lois was busy, having finished some miraculous crocheted edging on a linen handkerchief, which I sadly forgot to photograph–maybe good because the recipient of it may read the blog and then might miss out on the surprise. I saw a glimpse of a new project she is working on with circular needles. Could it have possibly been a…hat? I believe so!

I worked on a hat also, from One Skein Wonders. It’s my first venture into cable knitting!

Cable cuff of hat, in progress

I finished my Tundra scarf and can’t wait to do more of these.

Tundra ruffled scarf

I put together the orange monstrosity into another gator purse. If you want to see all the agony I went through to make it in more detail, here’s my studio entry on the BurdaStyle site.

practicing for stadium security entry: see, no contraband in here!

Ethel winding and Tina casting on in background

Due to camera malfunction, some of my pics didn’t turn up, like the one of Ethel’s pompom scarf! Also, sorry I didn’t get a better pic of Tina and her upcoming project, straps for the felted purse. Great idea to start on something portable for the summer months, when vacationing just might happen!

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We’re pulling for Lisa, whose baby needs to move out of the breech position by next week already! Yoga, lecturing the baby in utero, what’s next? Meanwhile, Lisa worked on the WIP (work in progress) Intarsia rabbit ear hat and almost has it finished. Tip: don’t say the word Intarsia around her for the next little while….

Lisa and the pink hat

Tiffany worked some more on the WIP Hunter’s Stitch afghan, which is progressing nicely.

Hunter's Stitch block

Deborah had a box of project props for WIP’s including a sock loom, that funny wooden thing with all the nails sticking out of it.

Deb and her sock loom

Deb and the ribbed brim of a chemo hat for her relative

We had some good nosh, with mango salsa, quinoa chips and Lisa and Tiffany’s Creamy Chocolate Fondue with cubed pound cake, strawberries and bananas.

Sweet and Savory, Mmm

Ethel’s Works in Progress included a sock out of very fine yarn

Ethel's sock on double pointed needles

Ethel's own design: girl's skirt in stockinette

and then she finished up the skirt she designed and knitted for her granddaughter in stockinette.  It features a waistband casing and increases toward the hemline, making it flare out in a twirly fashion.

Close-up of Ethel's flared skirt

Finished my hat, thanks to Ethel’s calm encouragement, and now I’m working on a matching sweater, also with Ethel’s help and insight.  I need that because  1) I’m new to knitting and 2) some of the instructions that come from Internet sites are confusing and illogical. The Umbilical Cord Hat pattern, designed by Jennifer L. Jones, is from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch and was quite easy once I got the hang of transferring the stitches from the circular needle to 4 double pointed needles without them all sliding off. On page 87 Stoller writes that the I-cord was invented by Elizabeth Zimmerman and is short for “idiot cord”–ha, ha! Thanks, Wikipedia,  for the info on Ms Zimmerman–I have Ethel’s book by her on the sofa end table, Knitting without Tears and I look in it a lot; it feeds my obsession but doesn’t add to my knitting wisdom much, I’m still an outsider.

Hat in Louisa Harding

So excited to have received an email from BurdaStyle notifying me that I had won a prize for commenting on a guest columnist’s blog entry! [This is old news to some of you and I apologize for bringing it up again ]. Check out the FiberPlay giveaway It includes 2 knitting books by Laura Zukaite, a Lithuanian-born sweater designer, and some ArtYarns –can’t wait to see!
Not much info was given about the yarn, but I stole a peek at their website and discovered that one of ArtYarns’ distributors is none other than our local fiber boutique, Yarnworks! I didn’t realize Yarnworks was so prominently on the map of knitting places to be; it’s also in the back of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch & Bitch, one of only about 40 shops in the entire country she lists under Resources. When I visited the store, someone told me that the last Saturday in April they’re having their annual outside fabulous bargain sale,            so you might want to wander by and see what they have to offer.

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