On the third Monday of the month a group of enthusiastic knitters meet in the Resource Room at the Duxbury Free Library. From 6:00 - 8:00 you can find knitters of various skill levels with yarn between their fingers. We would love you to join us. If you can't, follow us here!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Monday Night Knitting Group

Favorite day to work? The third Monday of the month!! I love the chance to sit and meet with my 'knitting friends'. 

Look what they accomplished this time!

It's not spread out . . . so you can't tell that this is a beautiful cotton lace pattern.

An afghan still on the needles . .  . I love all these cables!

A blanket ready to be blocked . . . it's going to keep someone toasty warm!

Speaking of being warm . . . hand-knit socks will do it too!!

There is an expectant mom out there that is going to receive a great shower gift! Two sweaters, hats, burping cloths . . . 

These knitters inspire me every month. They are knitting for cancer, for church charities . . . for everyone but themselves!! 

They are awesome. Come and join us.

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hurry Up and Slow Down

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When I went up to the reference desk the other day . . . on some 'work-related-issue' . . . there sat Suzanne, getting the new magazines ready to be put out. So of course when she held up the new Vogue Knitting magazine . . . well, I may have forgot that I went up there on a 'work-related-issue'. I did what I always do . . . a quick scan through to see if any of the sweaters needed to go on my Oh-I-Love-This-I-Want-To-Knit-This List. Sadly, none of them really grabbed me. Suzanne agreed and I decided I could rationalize the time I spent looking through the magazine and discussing knitting as a 'readers advisory, book review sort of a thing. (I know it's stretching it, but . . . oh well).

I still took the magazine so I could read through it and see what's new in the fiber world. That's when I saw the article, 25 Tips for Faster Knitting by Leslie Petrovski. Right away I thought, Really? Faster knitting? Does everything have to be faster? People drive on the highway like they are trying out for NASCAR. We tap our feet and shift our weight when we wait in line at the grocery store. If we lose electricity and Nstar doesn't have it restored in an hour we rant and rave . . . (never mind if it's a blizzard with a foot of snow and a line is down and a human being has to climb a pole or something!)

Isn't it bad enough that I whip out my iPhone when I am driving with my husband so I can Google the answer to whatever the question of the moment is? I text my son and and worry what could have happened to him if he doesn't respond within 5 minutes. I make Minute Rice and I can heat up dinner in 5 minutes in the microwave. . . and now. . . well now I have to speed up my knitting?!

Then I slowed down (ironic, huh?) and actually read the article. Some of her hints I was already doing (use charts instead of written instructions, choose the best needles for your yarn, cable without a needle). Some I confess I will probably never do (have a deadline looming . . . sorry, I can't take that kind of added stress; don't drink alcohol while knitting . . . is wine alcohol?) And then I read her last tip - "Decide who you are as a knitter. Not everyone wants to set speed records." How true.

So here I sit with a glass of wine . . . .plodding along . . . still knitting my peach sweater with cables. I have been working on it since January. I still have a sleeve I haven't started. But when I pick up my needles a sense of calm comes over me and I realize I am sharing a craft that has been done for generations. A craft that came before the internet and electricity and even Addi-Turbo needles. I relax knowing that my decision was already made. I'm one of the knitters that isn't going to set any records. 

That being said, I would like to get this sweater done . . . I have my next project picked out . . . I just have to narrow it down to which one!

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monday Night Knitting Group

Monday night was a small group for knitting . . . but a creative group! 

I mean really . . . . look at these socks! Linda made them . . . the smaller pair are for her grandson . . . I LOVE them!!

Peggy is making a baby blanket, and at the rate she knits, let's see . . . it's 2 days after we met . . . she's probably done!!

Susan made this adorable hat for her future grandbaby . . . perfect to keep a new-born head warm!

Joan is still working on her socks . . . Audrey is working on a blanket for her future grandbaby (all these babies!!) . . . and Joy is working on a scarf.

I always go home feeling so lucky to knit with such wonderful people. Knitters really are special. Join us. We're fun too!

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Does Everything Have To Be Perfect??

There I sat this morning with my knitting and my coffee. 
I finished a row, took a look  . . . and oh, no. 

A glaring mistake about 1 inch down.
I couldn't believe it. And this is with it not being blocked yet. Once it's blocked it's going to be worse.

What a way to start the day. 


See it?! Right where the tip of my needle is. For some reason . . . known to no one . . . I inserted an extra cable twist. 

I know . . . I can work to that part of the row, rip down that section only, fix the cable blunder and then rework the stitches back up to the top. . . but all the rows after that have cables that involve the same stitches. With all the thinking and brain cells I would have to use (I'm stressing just contemplating it!!), I'm not sure that it would save any more time than just frogging it back.

I know what you are thinking. "library girl, with all those cables no one will see it." I know you are thinking that because . . . well, of course that's what I thought. Then I also thought, well it's the sleeve. When it is sewn together it's going to be on the back. Who is ever going to look at the back of my arm?

Then my father's voice is in my head, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right." Really? Does every mistake have to be fixed? Can't we just 'let go' of some things and live with some imperfections? 

Then my mother called. I explained my dilemma and her first words were, "Who is the sweater for?" In other words, if it is for someone else, it has to to be fixed. I knew that. I could never sleep at night if I gave something with a known error. (I have enough trouble sleeping at night as it is!) I also thought, 'hey,  aren't i worthy of a sweater without mistakes?'

Then I thought even more and I decided there may be a few life lessons here. 
Something about changing/fixing what you can and accepting what you can't. Something about doing your best even if no one is looking. 
Something about using your good dishes.

Since I would prefer to call it 'my peach cabled sweater' and not my 'sweater with the mistake in the sleeve' . . . I will fix it tonight. Then I will sit down and have a glass of wine in one of my beautiful, delicate wine glasses. I may even have it by candle light.

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Work in a Library . . . Keep it up at home!

So there I sat this morning . . . with my knitting and my coffee. I guess my impatience started to surface because I started to think about what to knit next. No, my sweater is not done. The front is, and I am halfway up the back. Yes, I know it will need 2 sleeves. Yes, I also know this is how those UnFinished Objects . . . aka, UFO's are created! But still . . . there went my mind thinking ahead.

So I then decided to take a look at my favorites and my queue on Ravelry. Well that was a mistake! Not only did it remind me of all the things I want to knit . . . but hey, how come I didn't post the baby sweater I just knitted? How come I didn't post the sweater I made for Judy, and those fleece-lined mittens? 

Then I looked at my library. How come I don't have all my pattern books/booklets added? I mean, really. You should see my bill filing system. All labeled with a label maker, alphabetical order (duh, of course!), and even color coded folders. So how did I get to be such a slacker with my knitting books? For heaven's sake . . . I work in a LIBRARY!! 

So I perched myself on the floor (carefully of course so I wouldn't spill my coffee), and added all the books/booklets that were missing to my Ravelry library. I feel much better now.

Wouldn't you? All my Norah Gaughan's are together, all my sock books are together. I know, I know. You would think a library worker would have them arranged in alphabetical order by author. I chose instead to just make up my own personal Dewey system. But the great thing about a Ravelry library is you can just re-arrange them however you want, whenever you want!

Go ahead. Check out my Ravelry library. I am Plymouthkaren. It's very organized.

If you haven't gone on Ravelry yet . . .well, OMG!! What are you waiting for? It's like Facebook for knitters . . . only better . . . 'cuz, . . . well it's knitting!

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.
(And of course, keep your books organized!)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday Night Knitting Group

After last nights group, I think perhaps our group should be renamed! Instead of Monday Night Knitting, we'll call it Monday Night Fiber!! Joining us for the night were 4 fabulous women and their spinning wheels and drop spindles!

Just sitting there listening to the quiet hum of the wheels was so relaxing.

Watching their piles of fleece turn into yarn right before our eyes was almost hypnotic . . . and it looked so effortless . . . then Martha let me sit at her wheel and try.

OMG!! It's not nearly as easy as they made it look!

Pat joined us again with her weaving . . . 

The picture doesn't really show it . . . but there are beads woven in!!! She also explained how to create 'the wavy effect'. (I'm sure there is an official term that sounds better than 'wavy effect'.) The finished project will be a purse. 

And of course there were knitters . . .

Joan is working on 
socks again . . . .

Joy is going to make a sweater in this gorgeous green that we all assured her was the 'in' color. 

Here she is making a swatch to test her gauge, (as every good knitter should do!!).

Liz came and learned how to sew her hand-warmers together.

And there were more . . . but apparently my skills as a photographer are lacking . . .  the other pictures are blurry . . . maybe I can blame it on my camera phone??

We'll meet again on May 18th. Come and see us . . . bring your favorite 'fiber project'. The more the merrier . . . 

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

From the Library Shelves

Let's think for a second  . . . what are some of our favorite things? I like books (helpful if you work in a library), knitting (of course), and cats. So imagine my reaction when I saw one of the latest additions to the library . . . 

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I mean, really. Can you stand it? 

Of course I flipped through it . . .

I'm not sure which are cuter . . . 
the hats . . . or the cats!!

Since I have 3 cats at home (I know, it kind of makes me a borderline 'cat lady'), I decided I had to take it home and break out the scraps. I mean the cats in the book are cute . . . but my cats are just as cute . . . or at least two of them are. One of them has had a rough time and as a result has runny eyes. You know . . . a face only a mother, or an-almost-cat-lady, could love. 

So I checked the book out and made a couple hats while I watched TV. That was the easy part.

Then I went looking for cats . . . and then came the hard part. I even enlisted my daughter in case i needed an extra pair hands. One cat was ready to claw us to death . . . she was quickly released. My daughter also resigned at this point. The second cat squirmed and wiggled and ran away. (He also hid and wouldn't come near me for the rest of the night . . . even with the bribe of cat treats.)

The third time was the charm . . . and of course with the I'm-so-ugly-I'm-cute-runny-eyes cat. Probably because she is the oldest and just can't be bothered to run away. 

I know . . . it's blurry. But I was lucky to get even a blurry shot!!

So now I am looking at this book in a whole new light. I think the photographer is a genius. How did he get them to sit still, put these hats on them, get them to keep the hats on, AND take a picture . . . that is not blurry?!

At the very least he is a cat whisperer.

Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.