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Wednesday Night Knitting bloomed tonight after a few weeks of fallow.

knitted hats

Knitted hats

It was Ethel’s idea to make hats and scarves for some kids who are moving to a colder climate.

knitted scarves

Tricia made the scarves

knitting a scarf

Here’s Tricia with one more

Jerilyn and Ethel

Jerilyn and Ethel

Jerilyn is learning to knit, and Ethel is a great teacher. Here is Ethel with her miter-stitch scarf. Ethel showed us the notebook she was just given, with a personal history of her mother.

Personal History

Ethel’s Mother’s Life Story

Cookies at Knitting

Lois brought us some cookies

knitted hats

Lois added more hats

knitted bean bags

Rachel working on bean bags

Provo Canyon

Scarf-wearing weather

I went out of town last week, and didn’t do any knitting. But I did get an opportunity to wear my knitted scarf. Cool!

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Sigh. What to knit? What to knit? As the Muppets sang, Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Who will put a penny in the old man’s hat?

Some of us worked on hats. Ethel finished the fall-colored alpaca hat to match a scarf she made last year for a relative in the frozen north. Lois worked on 2 different hats. The pink one will have a wired brim. The green one will also have a brim, maybe wired.

Ethel's alpaca cabled

Ethel’s alpaca cabled

Lois' brimmed hat in seed stitch

Lois’ brimmed hat in seed stitch

Lois' other brimmed hat

Lois’ other brimmed hat

Hopefully my next hat, from 2012 Simply Knitting

Hopefully my next hat, from 2012 Simply Knitting

We welcomed a newbie to Wednesday Night Knitting. Amber is working on a kidlet short-sleeved sweater with a yoke that has a diamond pattern, from a Sirdar leaflet.

newbie Amber and Sirdar sweater

newbie Amber and Sirdar sweater

Ethel made an Alan Dart troll from the Simply Knitting September Christmas issue.

Special Christmas issue of Simply Knit

Special Christmas issue of Simply Knit

Ethel with Alan Dart troll, slightly modified

Ethel with Alan Dart troll, slightly modified

She changed the look of the troll somewhat by reducing the size of its head and arms, and changing its nose and losing the beard. She still wants it to have a beard, but not such a bulky one.

I finished the pleated skirt for an 18-inch doll. Here is Texas Girl modeling it and the purse I finished last week.

knitted doll clothes

knitted doll clothes

Ethel found a new book with Nicky Epstein doll knit patterns.

Doll patterns

Doll patterns

Last week some of us attended the opening of a new art gallery in town.

Gallery opening

Gallery opening

Trendy new gallery on 6th Street

Trendy new gallery on 6th Street

The director of Gallery Protocol is actually Amber’s very close personal friend and husband. We enjoyed the phantasmagorical works on display, the “Fermenter” studios in back, the friendly young patrons with their enthusiasm for the arts and expression of all sorts.

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At Wednesday Night Knitting we had a couple of different projects going on. I worked on the So Simple Silk Garden Sock of the Month (the Month of March, that is; I’m a wee bit behind schedule…), free ravelry pattern in the Sock it to Me 2013 forum. It’s in a green Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, which seems like a good idea, but are my feet going to like tramping around wearing expensive, scratchy wool? We’ll see. Ethel showed us the shrug she finished from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch N Bitch Crochet

Knot Ugly Shrug

Shrug

here's where she added a gusset

here’s where she added a gusset

Although she altered it to get better fit, she still wasn’t completely happy with it, but Lois and I thought it looks marvelous!

Lois worked on a new hat with a blue and white pattern.

Lois with blue and white hat

Lois with blue and white hat

Ethel, meanwhile, had done more work on the Van Dyke stitch sweater.
Van Dyke Stitch sweater

Van Dyke Stitch sweater

Ahh, that beautiful Shine from Knit Picks!

Meanwhile, we talked about the side effects of our recently-prescribed meds

meds

us and our meds

and hotels in general, how some can be downright hard on one’s delicate constitution! DH and I stayed at a nice one in Orlando last week where he had to give a presentation. I took pics of some of the beautiful carpets I saw!

The ordinary person can buy a beautiful wool rug with a Jacobean floral pattern at Target, of all places. What are the advantages of buying a wool carpet rather than synthetic or cotton? I looked into this at Campaign For Wool and I like the advertising claims!

I’m looking forward to a Fiber Blending Class to be held at our LYS Yarnworks June 1. If you’d like to attend, you must register by phone or at the store and pay in advance, but refunds are available under certain conditions!

carpet at Orlando Hilton Embassy

carpet at Orlando Hilton Embassy Hotel

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WNK was in session last night, with a few FO’s to show.

white ruffle scarf

white ruffle scarf

This is the most recent ruffle scarf I finished. I looked all over for a pure white ruffle yarn, and finally found it at Yarnworks, our LYS. Isn’t the Rozetti Marina Glitz plushy with its sparkling strand spun in? Or woven in? I wonder how this mesh yarn is created. And I’m getting a little bit better spinning. Perhaps by next week I’ll be able to say I can fulfill the prerequisite for the Plying class I signed up for, being able to spin a continuous thread of yarn.
spinning a little bit more uniformly

spinning a little bit more uniformly

Ethel made progress on her cobblestone knit bag. She thinks she will crochet some soft handles or straps for the bag, and will felt it when it’s all finished.

Cobblestone stitch

Cobblestone stitch


Lois said she finished her afghan, and wasn’t overjoyed at the result. Have you ever finished something and not really been happy about it after it’s done? she asked. Oh wow, do I understand what she’s talking about. Meanwhile, she made lots of magnificent hats using a vivid maroon Red Heart in combination with some other yarns. In some of the pics, the maroon looks more of a brick red, perhaps because of the flash, but it was a very rich purplish-red actually.
Lois and hats

Lois and hats

a hat by Lois in Red Heart Boutique Magical

a hat by Lois in Red Heart Boutique Magical

hat by Lois

hat by Lois

Another hat by Lois, I think this photo of the maroon color is more true, and the gray accent is gorgeous

Another hat by Lois, I think this photo of the maroon color is more true, and the gray accent is gorgeous

Another Lois hat with Boutique Magical

Another Lois hat with Boutique Magical

Boutique Magical border

Boutique Magical border

Seed stitch hat with stockinette border. Lois also made the sweater she's wearing

Seed stitch hat with stockinette border. Lois also made the sweater she’s wearing

Wow! Lots of FO’s tonight!

Ethel went shopping and showed off what she scored. She made her DIL a scarf a while back in time, and was recently cued in to the idea that the recipient might like a matching hat. She didn’t figure on being able to find a hank of that hand-painted yarn again, but she took all that was left of it, a little pinch of the thick-thin wool, and found a match at Yarnworks in this Cascade skein.

Ethel's Cascade from Yarnworks

Ethel’s Cascade from Yarnworks

Meanwhile, she picked up some more of the Lang Alpaca blend in a new color.
Alpaca

Alpaca

Remember? This is the other Lang alpaca Ethel had

Remember? This is the other Lang alpaca Ethel had

Sublime Egyptian cotton

Sublime Egyptian cotton

Ethel's ella rae from Tuesday Morning

Ethel’s ella rae from Tuesday Morning

Trendsetter Venus from Tuesday Morning

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Meanwhile, Ethel gave me some of her Tuesday Morning score (she wanted to cheer me up because I’d been in a car accident):

Ethel's gift, thank you! Some of my favorite colors!

Ethel’s gift, thank you! Some of my favorite colors!

Thanks, also, to Rhetus and Elizabeth, who very kindly brought us dinner on 2 separate nights.
Rhetus wearing knitted poncho

Rhetus wearing knitted poncho

Glad to be alive and glad to have friends and knitting buddies!

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It was anniversary night, of a sort, at Wednesday Night Knitting. I looked back over the blog and found that we’ve been meeting [and I’ve been knitting and blogging about us] since February 2011. When I looked back over some of our projects in the past two years, I was really pleased with us! Happy blogiversary to us! This calls for a real celebration.

Last week, while Ethel’s family was visiting, she took her daughter-in-law to our LYS, Yarnworks, and asked her to pick out some yarn and a pattern that she would like Ethel to make for her. What a great idea!

Ethel's daughter-in-law's yarn pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s yarn pick

Ethel's daughter-in-law's pattern pick

Ethel’s daughter-in-law’s pattern pick

Since the yarn for this project was held double, I saw that Ethel had wound the doubled strands ahead of time into a sort of coil, rather than a ball. She was worried that the halo of the fuzzy strands would make them stick together and tangle but it was all good.

And here’s the WIP:

Ethel's alpaca hat, in progress

Ethel’s alpaca hat, in progress

Very nice alpaca! Soft and fuzzy.
Ethel also took her to a bead store where they bought the components for some earrings, and made them. Nice way to get in the running for Best Mother-in-law Ever, Ethel!

Meanwhile, Lois says she wants to join Hat Knitters Anonymous to try and cut back a step at a time. She brought along some bright, springy pink yarn and the beginnings of a feather and fan stitch afghan. IMG_0330 Great color and motif for ushering in spring, Valentine’s, possible new baby girl great-grandchild?

I did another version of the Beginner’s Socks pattern by Heather Storta that was furnished with Sock-it-to-Me 2013, the ravelry KAL group I’ve been following.

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

house socks in Ella Rae Amity Print

Now I’m working on the February pattern, the International Sock of Doom. They also have an additional February free pattern from Susie Q Knits for Valentine Worsted socks, with an adorable raised heart at the ankle. I’ve also started the Craftsy Mystery Knit-along, which turned out to be the Laera Shawl by Grace Akhrem. So far I’ve done a gauge swatch in prep for casting on —what? 361 teeny, tiny stitches!
Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

Grayzie, ready to roll with the Schoppel Laceball 100

We are going to a chili cook off and talent show this weekend. Ethel is working on a rat to enter in the show.

the rat so far

the rat so far

She’s a Norwegian rat [like Ethel :)] and this will be her cute little costume, as planned by her maker.
Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel's drawing

Norwegian rat in folk dress, Ethel’s drawing

She’s using an Alan Dart pattern for the body and adding her own costume design! So much fun!

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Looks wintry around here, but actually it's 77 degrees F

Looks wintry around here, but actually it’s 77 degrees F

January dawns so full of hope. For WNK knitting group, we are looking at a new year of potential, lots of fun projects and happy times ahead. We missed out on Distaff Day, a traditional “back-to-work” day for practitioners of the needle arts, following the Twelfth Night of Christmas. Maybe next year!

Tricia wrapped yarn using her nostepinde.

 

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Trish worked on the beautiful white and multicolored afghan, and says she’s bound to finish it no matter what! She’s not going to let another year go by! Meanwhile, DH was out in the shop making more nostepinder for other knitters in our group.

That Li'l Ol' Nostepinde maker

That Li’l Ol’ Nostepinde maker

Ethel's doll and ball gown

Ethel’s doll and ball gown

Ethel brought her recent labor of love, a ball gown for an 18-inch doll. She also hand-beaded the gown’s jeweled bodice, and plans to bejewel a matching pair of shoes. In the meantime, she kept working on the beautiful Boutique Magical cowl, the subject of Love of Knitting’s Winter Knit-Along.
Ethel's Magical Cowl, in progress

Ethel’s Magical Cowl, in progress


Lois and new hat

Lois and new hat

Lois came wearing a new hat she’d made. She liked it so much she decided to keep it for herself. The crown was done in seed stitch. She worked on a ruffle-knit scarf on dpns in a beautiful multicolor yarn.
Lois and ruffle scarf

Lois and ruffle scarf


Ethel showing 2 balls wound on the nostepinde

Ethel showing 2 balls wound on the nostepinde, or rather, a ball and a cake

Bob was thrilled to snog Ethel's purse once again

Bob was thrilled to snog Ethel’s purse once again


Deb working on a baby hat in "Crimson Tide" colors

Deb working on a baby hat in “Crimson Tide” colors

Even though she resides deep in Gator country, Deb doesn’t want the new grandbaby to grow up without having a proper Alabama connection. We love the gators, but they sucked in the Sugar Bowl. Sucked. Alabama is just the most-nearly-perfect football machine we’ve got here in SEC territory, so I won’t really begrudge Debbie that little unspoken hint of “nyah-nyah”-ing at the close of a rocking college football season.
my Poppy beret

my Poppy beret

Finally, here is my WIP, the Poppy Beret from Sock Yarn Studio. You cannot see the pattern very well because I used a variegated yarn, Red Rocks by Universal, rather than a single color like the one in the book. I seem to be getting nowhere fast and I long for a big bulky yarn and a simple pattern. Ethel, too, lamented the extra time and energy needed to work with sock yarn and lace-weights.
Ethel winding malabrigo grape sock yarn on the nostepinde with Evil Pauly

Ethel winding malabrigo grape sock yarn on the nostepinde with Evil Pauly

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Yikes, October 25th already! You know what that means: holidays! Repeat, yikes!

Knitting is, of course, in full tilt boogie, but so is sewing, shopping, preparing for parties, dieting to improve our physical conditions, a presidential election, and football season! Not to mention, the usual small-scale every day events going on in our households and communities. Are you feeling swamped?

We took an evening–Wednesday Night– to gather around and do a little bit of knitting while talking about things that matter to us RIGHT NOW in our lives.

Ethel worked on a seed stitch slouchy beret

Tricia worked on the scarf, while Grayzie dreamed of Cat Nirvana

Lois and Ethel discussed the softness and sturdiness of Vanna White’s yarn

Lois’s finished hat, with ribbons and buttons

My little Baby Jacquards jumper, in progress

Ethel brought a new book back from Utah: savory felted projects

Lois’s sock-yarn fingerless mitts on the Magic Loop

with another pair of fingerless mitts

Of course, we reviewed the newest issue of Jane Austin Knits. Collectively, we adored A Sensible Shawl on page 38, the Walking to Meryton Bonnet on page 44, the ruffly Prettyish Wilderness Socks on page 51, and the Biedermier Stole on page 94. And each of us had our own specific favorites also. We also reviewed Sock Yarn Studio, the gorgeous prize I won for commenting on Peacefully Knitting’s blog! Needle-less to say, we are all in love with that book; thank you Tina! With cold weather setting in (yes, it’s true: on my way to the gym this morning the radio said it’s only going up to 86 degrees F today and that’s downright chilly here in central Florida 🙂 ), we are all in the mood for woolly socks, afghans, fingerless mitts, and other such fanciful chill-chasers.

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