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MaggiKnits BasketLet’s jump right into this May Basket of  MaggiKnits linen – 25% off 1-week sale, May 2 – 9.

Linen wash cloth stole

This lovely cotton/linen blend yarn can be used in so many projects. A personal favorite of mine is the stole that I knit using  the Bathing Beauties Washcloth Fiber Trends pattern and converting it into a stole.

Another of our FMK (Friday Morning Knit) knitters, Karen H., knit the Maggi Alaca linen stole. Karen - Beautiful in her Alaca Stole

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of colors and quantities available. You can go to Skeinlane.com,  select your color (solid and multi-color choices) and quantity that you want, and use MayBasket at checkout to receive your 25% discount ($7.40 or so).

Have fun!

# 07 Cream: 46
# 10 Red  : 10
# 14 Turquoise: 9
# 17 Light Navy: 12
# 19 Grey: 8
# 25 Pale Denim: 6
# 27 Mid Chocolate: 8
# 28 Camel: 7
# 29 Teal: 17
# 30 Grape: 31
# 31 Green: 15
# 102 Brown/Orange: 16
# 103 Deep Pink/Dark Lemon: 10
# 106 Pale Grey/Natural/Pale Peach: 34


 

 

 

Irish Cottage Knitting

Years ago….and I do mean years (I was 10) I learned to shuttle knit. Somewhere over the years of knitting I heard that it was the Scottish Shuttle but don’t recall where I read that. Today the Irish Cottage Knitting is exactly the way I knit. It’s the method I prefer because I can knit faster and I also think my stitches are more consistent than other methods that I might use.

If you are wanting to learn more about this, you just might want sign up for the class that I will be teaching at Avenue Yarns. You can see an earlier video of me knitting on the  Skein Lane website.

 

 

My recent retirement from my UC day-time admin job of nearly 8 years has been such a blessing. While I’ve never really left the knitting community, I am now diving back into it and the wonderful community that is part of me.

Some of you may not know that before my Skein Lane retail chapter, I was an employee of the YMCA for about 18 months and went onto become a Board Member after I accepted a position in the software industry……most importantly I was an active user of the YMCA programs….in particular exercise. I stepped away from this wonderful resource about 10 years ago for a variety of reasons…..mostly my schedule and illnesses in my family.

One of my first missions upon retirement was to get back into a regular exercise program. I walked into the Albany YMCA….immediately reconnected with Gail, the Director, and Mary, Exercise and Program Instructor. I was back home! I’ve been enjoying Mary’s creative exercise classes since mid-January. Not only do I feel better but I have lost some weight…yeah! There is another most wonderful benefit….reconnecting not only with Y folks but knitters who are in the Y community.

I quickly learned about the (free) Brown Bag Speakers Forum, presented on the 2nd Monday of every month sponsored by the “Y” and Albany Library.. This month’s speaker was Lawrence Rinder, Director of BAMPFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). His presentation was so informative about the history of BAMPFA leading up to its new location.

2-barbaraLast month’s Brown Bag speaker was Barbara Hazard.….a former Skein Lane customer who spoke about her art work and time spent in Russia. Not only is Barbara an artist with paints but she is obsessed “self-described” with needlepoint. I recall how many lovely pieces she brought to Skein Lane to have finished into pillows. I do wish I had taken photos back then….maybe I did but that was before I had an iPhone camera with all its storage capabilities. But wait….Barbara has posted some of her needlepoint work on her site.  I am delighted that we are in the midst of planning when we can catch up over coffee before her next upcoming trip to Russia mid-May.

 

 

Yoked Cardi for Baby

 

IMG_0897Karen H has just completed this wonderful baby sweater and hat for a special baby person. Both the Yoked Cardigan pattern (available on Ravelry) and the yarn – 100% Extra Fine Merino Valley Superwash were purchased at Stitches West.

As it turns out this same cardi has been knit in Malabrigo Worsted by Karen K of our LYS – Avenue Yarns. Each cardi is wonderful and has its own uniqueness of yarn choice and buttons. The buttons on Karen H’s cardi were found at Stone Mountain & Daughter – a go to place for a lot of us searching that right button.

If you are looking for a quick and lovely baby sweater, this just might be the ticket. You can see a model of the sweater in person at Avenue Yarns.

Many moons ago….

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Indeed many moons ago I painted this ceramic plate as a Christmas gift for my niece Sundee. This “Mary Quite Contrary” plate hung in her room for years….then in her daughter Shelby’s room….and now it  hangs in baby Aria’s room. Who knew that I created an heirloom that would be enjoyed by three generations. Warms my heart!

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Brickless -Shawl

No more shawls for me I’ve been to known to say……until I see another beauty. This time it was Jan’s newly purchased  “Miss Babs Yowza – Whatta Skein!” yarn to knit the Brickless shawl designed by Martina Behm. Earlier I saw someone else walking the Stitches floor wearing a beautiful shawl and I captured the name of the pattern….Brickless. It’s a popular one. Yes…..I “accosted” many walking the Stitches West floor wearing knitted garments that appealed to me.  (It was easy for me to do as I was working/retailing in MaggiKnits booth #314.) In total I collected the names of over 30 shawls.

I was going to wait a bit to start Brickless, but decided to forge ahead because one of our Friday knitting group (not Jan) came to the knitting table with questions last Friday. Deb and I also met briefly this past Monday morning to review/find a mistake in her knitting.

Now I have some tips that I’d like to share with any of you who embark on this knitting journey.

  • Brickless Swatch_2Do a gauge swatch. I know it’s a shawl and one would think….”oh, no worries – I get gauge”. In this case the label on the yarn says 4.5 st – 5.5st/in US 608. The pattern says 4mm (which is US 6) or size to produce gauge of 4 sts to inch. I thought the fabric that I saw need on 4mm was a little more dense than I would like for this shawl. Thus, I swatched on both size 7 and 8 needles. Swatching on size 8 produced the gauge of 4 st/in which is what pattern specifies and has a soft drape.

 

  •  BricklessThere are 3 pattern sets – Lace, Garter and Rib – in each repeat. My mind is such that it wanders when I knit and relax which means I do a terrible job of keeping track of the number of rows (in my head) and the “benchmark” stitches at the end of each set. Notice my green cheat notes. I mark off each row and count the number of stitches so that I know the increases are happening sequentially. I like the idea of adding the expected number of stitches at the end of each pattern set – benchmark. This system also allows to more easily help anyone in our knitting circle.

 

  •  Now onto the next repeats (5 more of 1st 3 pattern sets) before finishing with one lace set.

Happy knitting!

Sock

Day/Date/Time/Location Learn how to knit this basic sock in this 3-wk sesson spread out over 6 weeks. Then you can move onto The Socks Forever Club

Date: Feb 27, Mar 12 and Mar 26

Noon – 2pm

First sesson: foot measurement, custom-fit, cast on, join and begin the cuff. Homework: Knit 6″ or desired lengthcuff

Second session: Heel flap, turn the heel, gusset. Homework: knit the foot

Third Session: Complete the toe! And now you will have a sock!

Fee $65.00

Here is the link to sign up.

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