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!

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. 

*&#@^#*
Crap.








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.









Saturday, April 11, 2015

Let's Start at the Beginning.

All the good books usually have a good beginning. All the old houses that are still standing usually have a good foundation, and all the knitting projects that don't look home-made have a good cast-on. 

At the last Monday Night Knitting I discovered that some people were having trouble with their cast-on. So, as Julie Andrews would say,  . . . well she would sing it, but you really don't want me to start singing . . . "Let's Start at the Very Beginning. A Very Good Place to Start."

The easiest cast-on to start with is the cabled cast-on. It will give a nice stable edge and is fine for most projects.



But done incorrectly . . . EEKS! 
Here is a swatch of it. See how loopy the bottom is!! In fact, it's so loopy it relaxes into the first row of knitting. 

Here's what NOT to do . . . after you have placed the second stitch on the needle, don't just knit into the first loop . . . insert the needle behind the entire stitch.



Take a look.




First start out with a basic slip knot for your first stitch.









Insert the right hand needle into the stitch as if you were going to knit it.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if you were going to knit it . . . 







. . . then pull the yarn through. 
Pull it through far enough 
that you can insert the left 
needle into the loop just 
created on the right needle.



Slide the stitch off the right needle and keep it on the left needle.

There you go . . . you have cast on 2 stitches. 






When you go to create the third stitch, insert the right needle between the first and second stitch.


I know it's not a glamorous shot . . . I need a manicure and my band-aid is showing . . . but I was willing to suffer through it to make sure you could see where to put the right hand needle








Then go ahead and pull the yarn through and place the loop on the left needle.


That's where some of my Monday night ladies made their mistake. They only inserted into the front loop . . . . resulting in the loose cast-on. 



Here's what it will look like if it's done this way.


 

On one side you will see a 'line',









On the other side it will look almost like a row of garter stitch.

Whichever side you choose to make visible on the public side of your garment is your choice . . . YOU are the knitter after all! 



Pick whichever one you like the best. Just make sure you pick the same side for all the pieces of your project.

There you have it. A good beginning. There are many other ways to cast on . . . but I'll save them for another day since sometimes simple is all you need. 

It's kind of like 'Once Upon a Time'. How can a story start any better? Can't you just see the prince, the princess and the dewy eyed looks they are giving each other? (Can you tell I just saw Cinderella?!).

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














Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday Night Knitting Group

After a cold and snowy winter, the Monday Night Knitting group was back in full force last night!! It was so nice to have a full room of knitters . . . and a spinner too! Pat brought in her spinning wheel to give us a little demonstration.


Pat is going to knit a pair of socks with the yarn she is spinning. She is trying for a self striping pattern . . . we'll see!!


Pat not only spins  . . . but she weaves too. She came in wearing this gorgeous cape/poncho that she made.  We all fell in love with it. She was nice enough to let us try it on. Here is Linda modeling it.

It's enough to make me want to learn to weave!!






Joan S. is making another baby sweater . . . look how cute with this sailboat that is created with a few well placed purl stitches!









Lizzie is making hand warmers . . . you can see the luscious cranberry color . . . but you should feel how soft they are! 

Joan M. is working on socks . . . great spring color. (I think anyways. I haven't seen grass for so long . . . I think it's green! All I really know is that snow is white!)








Janet is making a scarf for a cute little guy (he must be cute, he is related to her and she is so nice!). I like the two color/half split that she did. Way to get the best yardage out of your yarn Janet!!



Marguerite is working on an afghan. Isn't it awesome? One row has one-heck-of-a-lot-of stitches in it! But, wow.









I love our group of familiar faces . . . new projects . . . and this week we had Jackie join us. (I hope we didn't scare her away). 

Join us sometime. 

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