What’s on the Needles?

It’s been a busy crafting week. Last Wed., I went to the knitalong at Art Fibers and we were all treated to a reading of a chapter in a new novel by the author herself. Pretty cool. Then Friday, I went off to my usual knitting group and boy there were some hot properties coming off the needles (more to come), and then that same night, we had a little get together at K2Tog at which people showed off some pretty smashing stuff (again, you’ll see more below). And then Saturday, I went to the Benicia Peddler’s Fair where there were so many creative and innovative things to buy – and I came home with a few real prizes.

Connie's top-down cardigan

Connie's top-down cardigan

So, first, Friday morning knitting. Look what just came off Connie’s needles: a really stunning top-down cardigan sweater knit with two strands of yarn, Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride “Cotton Fleece” and Crystal Palace’s Waikiki. These are two of my favorite yarns. When I was new knitter, I loved to knit scarves from Waikiki and an eyelash yarn, and I still think of Cotton Fleece as my Crayola yarn – lots of  colors, lots of yards, not a lot of  money. Connie used a free pattern from the internet, but she could not remember where she got it. DRAT! But how beautiful, nonetheless.

Darlys and hoodie 1

Darlys and hoodie 1

Darlys was just finishing up a pair of hoodies for some twin babies, working them in Classic Elite’s “Provence” cotton. The pattern was a free pattern, Lion Bran Yarn’s “Playdate Hoodie.” The not-so-good news here is that Darlys was not enjoying knitting with Provence, saying it hurt her hands. I have never used Provence, tho I am major fan of Classic Elite.

Daryls and Hoodie 2

Daryls and Hoodie 2

What we all really loved about Darlys’ work here is the set of stripes she added to the original pattern. We all agreed that this just made the garments and that the original pattern was not too thrilling. Those are some lucky babies!

Speaking of lucky babies, Carolyn started YET ANOTHER group baby blanket for the YET ANOTHER pregnant knitter. Here it is:

Carolyn and baby blanket

Carolyn and baby blanket

Again, this is the ever versatile Cotton Fleece and it is a takeoff of the Log Cabin Blanket in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. Right, Carolyn?

Then there’s Jean. Jean Jean Jean Jean Jean. Jean is so prolific lately she is beginning to get on my nerves. And she’s economically minded, too, with this latest project – a scarf – made from the odds and ends and leftovers from a larger project. Here it is:

Jean's Felted Scarf

Jean's Felted Scarf

The scarf is on the bottom – unfelted – and the swatch – felted – is on the top. The yarn is from Nashua Handknits. My only solace is how long it will take her to knit all those little yarn ends in. HAHAHAHA. Maybe I can catch up.

In the evening, K2Tog hosted a Friday Night Knitalong – its first – and I think Ellen and I were both pleased by how many people showed up – about 12 or so? And take a look at this gorgeous shawl one woman – I was so astonished by the shawl I neglected to write down her name – made with sock weight Mini Mochi, a Crystal Palace yarn.

Mini Mochi Shawl

Mini Mochi Shawl

Look at that! She used 7 or 8 colors of the yarn and the  “Pie Wedge Shawl” pattern available free with purchase of the yarn at K2Tog. Here’s a close-up:

Mini Mochi detail

Mini Mochi detail

That’s enough for now. I am on my way to knitting at Art Fibers. I will leave you with one final question: does Darlys have enough stitch markers? I bet every lost stitch marker in the world has made it onto this thing:

Have a stitch marker!

Have a stitch marker!

About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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2 Responses to What’s on the Needles?

  1. Carolyn says:

    In response to the question re: Log Cabin Blanket…this one is another rendition of the Moderne Baby Blanket in Mason Dixon….yet again in Brown Sheep’s Cotton Fleece…which is a perfect yarn for a baby project….soft and washable.

  2. Chris T. says:

    Hey! – I want to know about more knitting groups, covens and get togethers! Let’s talk about me expanding my circle on Wed. What’s the Friday group all about? In the meantime, I, too, am knitting a Mason Dixon Log Cabin blanket which I started on Academy Award’s night and had hoped to be finished with by now. It got so big that it now requires it’s own tote bag to be lugged around in!

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