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!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Be Sure Before You Do The Happy Dance

Here it is October . . . and yes I am still working on my Counterpane Masterpiece. I finished the 15 squares the pattern called for and I did a little happy dance around the house. Then I got the pattern out and started to lay them out according to the schematic so I could start sewing them together.

Well . . . . let's just say I never should have done the happy dance . . . not yet anyways. It just wasn't piecing together right. Since I work in a library, I thought it would be a good idea to read the directions a little better. 

I almost had a melt down . . . after the paragraph telling me how many squares to make . . . is a paragraph about large triangles. Large triangles???

It seems that I also need 4 large triangles . . .  made by sewing two triangles together. I also need 4 'loose' triangles for the corners. I also need 2 triangles to sew to the modified triangles I made for the left and right neck edges.

After I moaned out loud "You've got to be kidding me" . . . I sat down to start making . . . yes, MORE TRIANGLES.

So I made . . . yes . . . more triangles . . . and turned them into large triangles . . . and I blocked them. Then I started to lay them out according to the schematic . . . again.

At this point I began to think that perhaps I was missing a few brain cells. I even went on Ravelry and looked up the pattern again hoping that someone else made it that had more brain cells than me . . . and there would be a 'oh, that's how you do it' epiphany. There wasn't. 

No matter what I did, I didn't seem to have enough triangles. See the triangle 'holes' on the right edge and again on the left edge? Hmm . . . it's the exact size as one of the large triangles. But the pattern said to make 2 for the back . . . which I did . . . but they are up at the top of the neck.

It now seemed time to try and use the few brain cells I have, so I got out pen, paper and a calculator . . . and I totaled up how many triangles I've made. I'm suppose to make 78 . . . I have made 74. Using the detective skills I've acquired through watching many episodes of Law and Order and Blue Bloods . . . I realize there is a mistake/misprint in the pattern.  If I make 4 more triangles and turn them into 2 large triangles . . . which will precisely fit into the two holes on the side . . . I will have 4 large triangles for the back - not 2 called for in the pattern - and a total of 78 triangles . . . which the pattern calls for. That's a lot of thinking and math for me. 

Okay . . . 4 more triangles. I am SO tired of triangles.

If my husband suggests a trip to Bermuda . . . I may go screaming from the room . . . . . I'm sure we'd end up in . . . you guessed it . . .

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Getting Squared Away

I blocked another bunch of squares for my Counterpane Masterpiece. I knew I was getting close to the 15 squares I needed, so I did another count as I took them off my blocking board . . . because the last thing on earth that I want to do is make extra triangles!!! 

Then I counted again. 


I need 15 . . . I have 13 done and blocked . . . 4 triangles done and ready to be sewn together . . . which leaves . . . one square, or 4 triangles, left! (And yes, I was so excited to be that close to finishing them . . . that I counted again!)

I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm looking forward to knitting something other than triangles . . . and a long weekend to do it in!!

Of course the squares still have to all be sewn together . . . 

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Monday Night knitting Group

It seems like just last month when the Monday Night group met . . . but suddenly it's September . . . and back to school . . . and another night of knitting!

Linda is making this scarf with a funky edge in a shade of chartreuse that I am coveting. She found the pattern on Ravelry . . . it would be nice if I could remember the name of the pattern . . . but of course I can't!!

To block it you insert a dowel in the loops and then they stay flat. 

I can't wait to see it done.

Peggy is making hats for her grandchildren  . . .

. . . and she made a cute Christmas stocking for a 3 month old. (She thought about putting a candy cane in the mitten . . . the group voted and thought a little single serving bottle of wine for the mother would be better!)

Mary was busy too. Cute sweaters with matching bonnets.

We had new faces . . . which is always fun. 

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Plodding Along

I've been s l o w l y knitting away and working up my triangles for my Counterpane Masterpiece. The hot and humid days of August made it rough to knit with wool . . . (think sweaty hands and stitches sticking to the needles and maybe a little swearing and a lot of wishing for cool September mornings.)

Now that September is here, I am trying to knit faster and get them done! Not to mention that I just may . . . just may . . . be getting sick of making triangles and sewing them together!

So far I have 7 squares that are blocked, 1 not blocked and enough triangles for 2 squares. So about 38 more triangles and I can start sewing the squares together. That will leave the sleeves and the neck.

I think I better buckle down and get knitting . . . especially if I want to wear it on one of the cool fall days!!

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

From the Library's Shelves

I've been working on my Counterpane Masterpiece, but I confess that with my short attention span the triangles are getting a little monotonous . . . but I'm really sticking with it and seaming up a storm. I really want to wear it this fall. 

Image result for refined knits idril pullover
click here to place a hold

So when I saw one of our new 
knitting books . . . Refined Knits by 
Jennifer Wood . . . I only took a quick 
look . . . and as I looked I told myself  'I am not looking for a new project . . . I am not looking for a new project'. 

Image result for refined knits idril pullover

I was okay until I saw the Idril Pullover. It's knit with Anzula Dreamy which is 
a fingering weight blend of merino wool, cashmere and silk. Look at the 
cables . . . isn't it gorgeous?! 
Fingering weight . . . can I pick them, or what!!

And there's more . . . the Vivian Sleeveless Pullover . . . there's shawls . . . there's more pullovers . . . there's enough that it's worth purchasing. I had to stop looking before I started to order yarn. Take a look and decide for yourself. 

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Read the Fine Print

Once my yarn was all wound . . . I dug out my needles, grabbed the pattern and sat down to knit. 

You make a bunch of triangles and sew them together into squares and then sew the squares together into the gorgeous creation shown in the picture. 

Here's my first one.

Okay. Easy enough so far.

I worked up a few more and even sewed together my first square. It's not blocked yet, but it'll work.

At this point I decide to take a closer look at the pattern. How many of these little triangles do I need anyways?
"Make 36 for front, 42 for back".
W H A T? Math is not my strong point . . . but isn't that like . . . 78? 78?!! I have the attention span of a gnat . . . and I really want to wear this in the fall. 

Okay, I got an audio book and started listening while I made more triangles. I've got 14 so far . . . 64 more to go . . . I think I'll get an another audio book . . . or two . . . or maybe I should even start a series.

What was I thinking when I decided to make this??!!

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

Monday Night Knitting

Monday was another wonderful night of knitting. Familiar faces and new ones too . . . it's always nice to add to our group!!

Lizzie finished her poncho. 
The 2 year-old recipient loved 
it . . . although it took a little to explain there were no sleeves in it!

There were lots of other things going on too . . . Joan is working on her sampler scarf . . . Nancy is knitting a prayer shawl . . . Peggy got a little lesson on the kitchener stitch . . . there were sweaters . . . and more. 

Unfortunately there are no photos. It seems there was some type of an 'operator error' . . . which is really code for 'I don't know what the H E double hockey sticks happened to the pictures on my phone'. Perhaps they are in the cloud in the sky.

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