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!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The visit to Worcester was a success. It was a beautiful day for a football game and more importantly, Knitscapes proved to be a charming yarn store. Janet was welcoming and had plenty of skeins to entice me. 
It works up really quick too! This is only a
weeks worth of knitting . . . and I've been
 working on Judy's sweater too!

I went in thinking I would pick up some black sport weight to knit up Talcott. It's a pull-over pattern from Berroco's website, designed by Amanda Keep Williams. I have some left-over Seduce in a purple/black blend that I thought I would use for the lace bottom. Well, I had the black in my hands (I know, how boring is it to buy black sport weight. Worse, how boring is it to knit with black sport weight!), and then I noticed Bella Lino . . . in a beautiful colorway that reminded me of a sunset in desert (I don't know why, I've never seen a sunset in the desert). It'a a  blend of linen, cotton and viscose so I thought it would have a nice drape. I have a vest pattern that one of my favorite patrons gave me (thanks Joanne!!) . . . . So needless to say that's what came home with me. . . along with a new shawl pin . . . and of course sock yarn for my mother.

There was a nice visit with my sister, a bottle of Carmenere, and oh yah, Holy Cross won. (But who really cares about football when there is yarn to be discussed?). 

So if you are ever in Tatnuck Square in Worcester, stop in and see Janet.

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Have a Little Faith.

Have you ever done something and even as you are doing it you know you are wrong, and yet for some unfathomable reason . . . you keep doing it? (I'm sure there is a definition of stupidity that could be inserted here!).  I was working on the button band for Judy's sweater and as I was knitting I thought to myself, 'I'm not going to like this'. And yet, I kept knitting.


By adding an extra stitch to the left
of the cable, I can leave the cable
undisturbed when I seam the band to
 the fronts.
 It's a 13 stitch band that is part of the peplum, but after the peplum ends it is knit separately and then sewn to the front. But the band ends with 4 cable stitches. There isn't a stitch on the end to use for seaming the band to the front. I realized this and yet I kept on knitting . . . even though I knew that when I sew the band to the fronts I am going to have to go into the cable . . . and I know I won't like it. 

I won't tell you how many rows I did before I had the 'duh' moment. ("Duh Karen, just add a stitch after the cable to use for seaming'.) So I ripped it out, added the stitch and now I am a happy camper.

Then I realized this is the second time I 'tweaked' the directions for this pattern . . . and both times I had to really think about it and convince myself to do it. 

Why is this? Why can't I just have enough faith in my skills to go ahead and change things without over analyzing it? It's just yarn after all. If it doesn't work out it can be easily ripped out. Hmm . . . maybe it's symbolic . . . maybe it's not just knitting. Maybe I'm just not a risk taker for anything. Maybe I am the type of person that would never go white water rafting or bungee jump off a cliff without debating it for a week. Maybe I'm over analyzing now.  

What do you think? Is your knitting style a reflection of your life? 

Maybe I'll go home tonight and do something really out-of-the-box, you know - like wear white after Labor Day.  Just to show that I can. I think I'll think about it.

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Football vs. Knitting

Fall is on the way so my husband (who loves college football), has started planning which games he'll go to. First on his list is Holy Cross on September 6. I know, this doesn't sound like knitting. It sounds like football. Just wait. My sister lives in Worcester, so while the husband watches touchbacks, first and tens, lines of scrimmage and other things that I don't understand I'll visit with Sue.

I know, you are still wondering what this has to do with knitting. Well, my sister tells me a few months ago that there is a yarn store right around the corner from her house. Run by her neighbor. Can you imagine how incredulous I was? When I asked her why she didn't take me there last fall her response was, "well I knew she had a shop, but I didn't know where it was." Really?! Really, Sue? How can you not know there is a yarn store up the street? I couldn't rant and rave at her too much because she gives me wine when I visit. I also cut her slack since even though she can knit, she is not  'a knitter'. (Let's face it there is a difference. A 'knitter' would know there is yarn store up the street!).

It's called Knitscape and it's located in Tatnuck Square. Click here to visit their website.I'm already getting excited. For the next two weeks I will be planning my visit. I will start to go through my patterns, browse through Ravelry and all the books at the library and decide what to knit next. I'm not sure what I like more - the planning, wondering and anticipation of visiting a new shop - or when you actually arrive at the shop and for those first 60 seconds you scan and discover that 'yes, this is a good one'. 

I need another 24" cable for my Addi-Clicks and perhaps a new shawl pin. Yah, a shawl pin. . . I think a wooden one . . . and sock yarn for my mother. Hmm, maybe I should make felted mittens for the football-watching-husband and for the son. . . I also want to make a hooded cowl for my winter coat . . . 

Don't worry. I'll report back.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday Night Knitting Group

Best part of the library's Monday Night Knitting Group? I'm still not sure if it's meeting new people and making new friends . . . or if it's seeing everyone's projects and getting inspired.

Last night we had two new faces . . . Linda is knitting a wrap out of kid silk mohair in a gorgeous shade of - I don't know, is it turquoise, aqua? It looks like her yarn was dipped in the ocean. Nancy learned how to cast on with the cable cast on method and is going to male a sweater for a grandchild.

And take a look at what some of the 'regulars' completed!


I hope you are noticing the library books on
the table. There is a great collection upstairs!



Peggy has been knitting a ginormous amount of mittens to make wreaths for relatives and friends and neighbors!! (She told us how many but it was too mind boggling of a number for me to remember).











You can't really see them, but she has
the cutest little duck buttons on there!







Joan finished this adorable 'neck down' sweater. Now she is making one very similar, but from the 'bottom up'. 
I had to control myself from
 rubbing it against my cheek.


















Janet created this blue baby blanket . . . . unfortunately the picture doesn't show how soft it is to the touch. 














Peggy also made a Spiderman mask (can't you just picture the grateful eyes behind it?!)












Peggy also made this afghan for a shower gift . . . I think I need a shower!!

(or some of Peggy's time. She could come and do my housework and I could spend more time knitting. I think I'll run it by her next month.)











Aren't they talented??!! We'll meet again on September 15th. Join us! Bring your project . . . and if you are not a knitter . . . well, don't these pictures make you want to be a knitter? Just think of the Christmas presents you could be creating. We'll teach you!

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
































Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Pompom . . . more than just a hat topping

How often have you knitted the perfect hat and then had the quandary of what to put on the top? Do you make a tassel? Go for a creation of loops made from icord? Or the traditional pompom? 

I will confess to you here and now . . . my pompoms never look that great. I can't explain why . . . it's just the way it is. So when I was shelving the new books and saw Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms, I quickly took it off the shelf. After a quick browsing I decided to take it home. 
[Cover]



Take a look. You might never make pompom nesting dolls or toys for your dog (I would be afraid that Fido would eat them!), but I promise you'll think about pompoms differently. 

Go ahead  . . . check it out . . . think outside the box and let your creativity flow. Just looking through it makes me want to knit a hat so I can have the most original pompom ever created on top. 

My favorite is the apples . . . let me know what yours is.








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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I couldn't have said it better . . .

I saw this on Pinterest yesterday. Of course I had to share it.

It's available through etsy. Click here.




I have been known to listen to an audio book while I am knitting . . . so perhaps my life is perfect!



















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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Studies show . . .

While checking my Facebook page this morning I noticed a posting from WEBS. I don't usually click on the many links that surface overnight on Facebook . . . but this one mentioned 'Knit for Health and Wellness'. I had to investigate further!

I clicked and there it was - a post from Canadian Living by Kate Daley with four benefits of knitting.
   
1. Knitting can make you feel calm and happy.
"In a study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy researchers state there is a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feeling calm and happy. 'More frequent knitters also reported higher cognitive functioning.' 'Knitting in a group impacted significantly on perceived happiness, improved social contact and communication with others'."


Look at this group. Are they happy or what?!
   

 Well, hello. How can you not be happy if you have the yarn of your choice flowing through your fingers? I mean what could be better? Oh, I know. Knitting with others. Just ask anyone attending a knitting guild meeting or a class in a yarn shop. Better yet, ask anyone  in the library's Monday Night Group.






2. Knitting works as a sort of meditation.
"Doctors at Mass-General Hospital Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine found that meditation-like activities reduced blood pressure."

  


My husband has border-line high blood pressure.
I told him about this study and pointed out that 
my doctor always comments on my nice low 
blood-pressure. I offered to teach him to knit but he said he would pass. I think he also mumbled something about it would probably make it spike.





3. Knitting can help manage anxiety in those with eating disorders.

 Well I don't have an eating disorder (unless there is Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked in the freezer), but I have spent many a late night with a teen-age son out driving. Sometimes I was amazed that I didn't break my bamboo needles in half.


4. Knitting can help delay memory loss.
 

"A Mayo Clinic study has shown that activities such as knitting, reading and quilting along with other activities in mid-life can help reduce the risk that people would develop memory loss in their 70s or 80s by more than one third."

   

OMG, all that time I've been using all those knitting graphs with all those symbols . . . and thinking so hard my head hurt . . . well I was probably making more brain cells!!







So of course I agree. With everything in the article. And more. People have knit their way back from grief, forged lasting friendships in the comfort of a local yarn shop, relieved boredom and given flight to creativity with nothing more than string and sticks. 

But if you are a knitter, you already know all that. You know why you knit and what it means to you.

I wonder when they will include us in a study?? 

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