Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Today was a big 'show and tell' day at knit group.  We had all been given strict instructions by Sandy to bring our Knitters Fair purchases to show her.  Sandy, one of our most enthusiastic fair go-ers was not able to attend this year.   Sandy's daughter is having a baby - any day now.  Sandy's son-in-law works in Fort McMurray.  Sandy then, is on call  to take Mom to the hospital.  Which meant  Sandy had to miss the Fair.

Beyond all those purchases, there were knits to show.  Sharon R wore her first-ever sweater to show us.  Well done, Sharon. Great seams, great knitting, great fit.  Not many knitters could lay claim to such an expert knit for their first sweater.  

Sharon showed off the beginnings of her shawl.  Called Bling and purchased last Saturday, she is getting  ready to gift it for an early Christmas with ???  -   better not say as you never know who reads this.

Wilma showed us a cute little sweater. A Cabin Fever design she knit to use up stash.  

Carol is working with a great variety of yarns.  

Knitting first one, then another.  What is she knitting?  A 'Three Scarf Sweater' she says.  More than that she wouldn't say  I couldn't find it on google or ravelry so can't wait to see yours, Carol.

Look what Sandy is thinking of knitting.
That's our Sandy.  

She also showed us a pattern for a great cowl. Called the Chunky Circular Scarf on ravery, it uses 5 strands of DK weight yarn, held together. Now isn't that a stash buster.   We think we'll do  a KAL for the cowl,  before  Christmas. 

Lots of projects, lots of colour, lots of inspiration.  Another great knitting day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Radicchio - Ready For Next Summer

My off-white,  top-down Radicchio,  although a speedy knit, won't be ready for late summer wearing this year.  It will be next summer's go to piece.

The body is finished.
I ended it with the same trim as the top - 2x2 rib.  Most of the trim -  I worked with a slightly smaller needle -  3.75mm versus the 4.5mm used in the body.  But I switched back to the 4.5 for the cast off.

The cast off was done in pattern with an extra stitch made and cast off  every once in a while - A- La Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.   No use going to all the trouble of inserting 'fit my hips' increases then having a trim too tight to meet in the middle.

Hopefully my strategy works.

But if not, it's top down.  Easy to Fix.  On to the sleeves.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Much Improved Knitters Fair

Christmas In September or   Christmas For Knitters is the way knitters often describe the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters Fair.    Saturday was fair day and my Meaford Group took 2 cars and 6 knitters down to smell the yarn fumes.  We were anxious to see what the KW Guild was offering for 2014 as last year, the first year in 'The Aud' as the grand old arena is called,  was such a disappointment.

Accustomed as we knitters were to the  ballrooms, carpeted halls and fancy washrooms at the previous location, we all found the arena to be a let down.  Crowded.  Poor food. No seating.   Cement floor.  Arena washrooms. 

Of course, nothing could be done about the washrooms or the floors, but otherwise the Guild had made changes to make the day a much more positive one.  Two venue spaces versus one eliminated the crowding. 

Large areas with tables and tablecloths set aside for lunch and sore feet.

A spa where knitters could get their nails polished and take a class in chair yoga. 

 Those are my nails, calling out for a manicure.  The little squiggle painted on the index and middle finger is a ball of unwinding yarn. 

 Fashion shows and speakers on the same floor as the show.  All in all, well done, Kitchener.  Our group certainly enjoyed our day.

Were there purchases?  Oh Yes.  And my purchases  were exaactly opposite to what I normally buy.  Normally I say the Fair is not for bargains.  Rather it is for great, unusual product not seen every day in every yarn store and all under one roof.

But this year.  I got bargains. 

One skein Americo Cotton Flamme.  $10. Half price.  To be used for ???   -  probably a scarf, shawl or wrap.   One skein Super 10 cotton.  $5.  Same colour, same yarn  as I purchased locally last week for $15.  To be used in a summer skirt I have planned. One ball of Sock yarn.  100 G $8. Half price.   

Two great books. 

One an impulse buy, but the Barbara Walker book has been on my list FOREVER!

I ran into a far-away friend  - Laurie M of London

and saw her purchases.

A bit of star gazing as we were greeted at the door by Sally Melville!  Always fun.

Good friends to share the drive and the day.

  All in all a great day.