Bermuda Shawl KAL

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Knit Knight KAL

Our Knit Knight group has been coming together for a KAL this past month and the fun can be seen in this photo of finished and works in progress. Many thanks to Jackie for sharing her spreadsheet row by row knitting instructions.

They are all using Silk Garden sock yarn with the exception of Josh who is using Stiletto. Several members are not pictured because they left for Florida if you can imagine. We have gotten bitten by the “Bermuda bug.” I have my second one going in Taiyo sock and will post later. It is addictive.

Hats, Hats and More Hats

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Once upon a time

I have a large pile of skeins of yarn that I test dyed for colors or fibres and rejected them for one reason or another. Many are lovely colors and I had the grand illusion of knitting a hat for each of our eight grandchildren from these for Christmas. Well…ask me how far I have gotten. To be honest I have exactly two done. Glad it wasn’t a large part of the presents. Hopefully you have made better progress on knitting gifts than I have.

So many things kept getting in the way. Friends kept having babies, one grandbaby turned the magic age of one so I have been knitting hats, just not the planned ones.

I loved this hat and little tube socks that I did two at a time by  magic loop method.

This little frog hat was perfect for the baby of friends who chose not to know whether it would be a boy or girl. What do you make then?

A little frog hat of course with a crocheted flower which can be left on for a little girl or removed if it’s a boy.

Why do we make hats for babies anyway? You know the first thing they do is rip them off. Our baby Elise was no exception with the little princess crown hat I knitted. It did stay on about 2 seconds.

The two hats knitted so far from our reject skeins are plain hats with ribbing to turn up and decrease swirl top. I even knitted two of those at the same time until they got so big I had to ask myself if this was really going faster at this point. So, birthdays are coming.

I would make greater speed if I didn’t keep getting distracted by other knitting. After Jackie has shown us so many Bermuda shawls that she has knitted, our Knit Knight group can’t wait to knit the Bermuda shawl so we are having a KAL beginning in January. Not one to let them get ahead of me, I started knitting one in Gina (which is heavier than those used in the pattern.) I love knitting but this shawl is the most fun I’ve had knitting in a long time. The “waves” back and forth using short rows and the color changes in the yarn make it one that’s hard to put down. Maybe that’s why I only have two hats so far!

They’re coming today to clear more fallen trees due to Sandy from the back of our property so perhaps that will be an excuse to pull out the knitting and knit a hat, knit a shawl, which one and watch them climbing and cutting with the chain saw. Oh, maybe I don’t want to watch!

Knit Knight Parties

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Well rounded knitters have many interest.
Here’s to prove the point:

One of the discussions at Knit Knight revolved around pasta, homemade pasta specifically. Laura let the conversation circle around and around and then surprised us all by admitting that she used to make it all the time. Now, after we grilled her on what kind, how many and all that good stuff, she had had enough of our drooling, hungry looks, and proceeded to offer to cook us a dish with her homemade pasta. Well…we jumped on it and soon had the date and what everyone else was bringing because this meant a MEAL, right?

To make a long story short, Laura made her pasta and created for us a delicious lasagna. Other delights ranged from homemade bread, to quiche, a lovely salad to make us feel healthy and a very English trifle. All Yummy!

Recently, our Christmas party led to an investigation of a pattern found in the new Malabrigo book #4 for a cowl using the Rasta yarn. It’s a fast knit, guaranteed as Jackie sat and knitted it while chatting.

 Then, what to do with it?

Shirley offered to be the guinea pig so we pulled it on her.
Looks good on but what a strange critter it is to knit with its drop stitches and gigantic holes they create.
We had lots of delicious food once again. Do you see a continuing thread here – knitting, food, food, knitting?

What a wonderful time we have at our weekely gatherings – Thursdays from 6-8. Come and join in!

Knit Knight Show & Tell

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We enjoyed a mini show as well as tea & scones this evening

Cathy brought her finished sweater she knitted  out of Elsebeth Lavold’s V-Silk yarn. The pattern is also found in Elsebeth’s book, Lazy Days. Cathy made some changes in the pattern which called for the lace pattern on all the sleeve, and she just made an edging of it with stockinette for the remainder.

Laura’s cowl from Bambool by Elsebeth Lavold was a delightful success for her becoming more of a collar than a cowl.

First time socks for Josh and he’s very pleased with the heel flap he has executed using the Magic Loop method.

Kaye showed off her Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket she had made.

Cathy also showed off her lace shawl she recently finished.

Baby Sweater x2

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Kay shared her finished baby sweater with us at Stitch Time Thursday evening. She is expecting twin boy grandbabies soon and is enjoying knitting everything double. Mary in our group is also expecting twin grandbabies later in the year, and decided to be a sweet grandmother by knitting a pumpkin hat for grandson already here because she doesn’t want him to feel forgotten when the twins arrive.

Kay was also a smart shopper on vacation and found two little fleece vests on sale to go with the sweaters. I think the second sweater is going to be out of the Indulgence yarn in shades of blue.

In and around all the “baby talk” about sweaters, we enjoyed tea & scones this first Thursday of the month.  Join us on April 7th for tea & scones. Lovely if I do say so myself.

Stitch Time

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 Thursday evening at the shop


BJ modeled her outstanding Elsebeth Lavold sweaterceltic-pattern2 that we have watched in progress over the last couple of months.  I’m sorry the detail did not show on the sweater but this is the celtic cable pattern that extended from the bottom of front on one side to the bottom on the other. Also on both cuffs. Just really an exquisite design from Elsebeth in Silky Wool and accomplished by BJ.



BJ had spied a mobius cowl in the shop earlier in the day, and jumped right into a moebius cast on for her cowl. Kaye is cheering her on (or is she saying “you do what??”) and that’s Josh on the floor fixing mistakes. No, we didn’t make him sit there. :)


  We meet every Thursday evening from 6-8. Just drop in and bring your hand work. Dan even made gingerbread for this evening’s meeting so you can never tell what’s gonna happen.

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