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, March 1, 2017

Monday Night Knitting

Another fun and creative night of knitting!

Joan finished her scarf and just has to give it a little blocking.

Her next project . . . something special for a kitty!! (stay tuned).

Linda was busy . . . she made 2 cowls . . . both in gorgeous colors. One is for a friend. (We all claimed that we were her friends too . . . but she wouldn't buy into it!!)

Check out this yarn. I LOVE it. Marguerite bought it at an alpaca farm. Even better than getting this yarn with great texture . . . she got to get close and personal with the alpacas . . . and saw baby alpacas!!!
I think I've got to go visit them.

And of course the new and trendy pony tail hat. Talk about bad photography. But the knitting . . . it's really cute.

Join us. A wonderful group making everything under the sun.

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A New Trick

I had so much yarn left over from my Counterpane Masterpiece that I decided to make a pair of fingerless gloves to go with it. It's a plain stockinette pattern with some decreases and increases that make it form fitting on your arm. The fun came when I went to work on the thumb. I've never done this method.

You simply knit to wear you want to insert the thumb hole. Then grab some waste yarn. 

Using the waste yarn, knit the stitches that will be the thumb opening. Easy enough so far . . . right??

Next slide the 'waste yarn stitches' back to the left hand needle . . . knit the stitches with your regular yarn.

Looks like this. Just cut your waste yarn and leave a tail. 

Do all this without your cat around . . . or she will want to play with all your loose ends . . . and then you may find yourself at wits end.

I kept knitting and finished my glove. It looks like this. 

Time to make a thumb hole.

All you have to do is remove the waste yarn and put the live stitches on your needles. Using cotton for waste yarn makes it a lot easier to undo. (Sometimes using wool makes all the little fibers want to stick together . . . have like a wool party or something.)

Here's what you have when you are all done. All I have to do is pick up a couple of stitches on each side to close in the hole and . . . . voila . . .
a fuss-stress-free thumb hole.

How have I never tried this before?!

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

You Say Tomato . . . I Say . . .

Blizzard warning is in effect for the South Shore. Schools are closed and the library is closed . . . in anticipation of 14" of snow. 

My husband has assured me we are all set. There is plenty of propane for our generator. He has treated our driveway with a sand and salt mixture and the cones are at the bottom of our hill so no one will attempt to come up. The markers are in place so he knows where to snow blow. 

He has shovels right outside the back door so we can shovel a path to the shed . . . which he has left unlocked so the locks won't freeze . . . and he can quickly get at the snow blower to remove all that white stuff.

We have bread and milk.

We are ready.

I guess he thought that I was not thinking ahead and also planning for a blizzard. Well I proved him wrong.

I have my book to finish . . . and if I do finish it . . . I have the second in the series waiting for me on my Kindle. (It does take some of the suspense out of the ending . . .
I mean if Mitch Rapp is another book, then I think he's going to get out of Beirut alive.)

I have a mitten to finish and a fingerless glove to finish.

What more could you need for a day that you are going to be stuck in the house?!

Oh wait . . . I've got that too.

Something sweet and something chocolate. (I also know there is a bottle of wine downstairs).

I believe emergency preparedness  can have more than one meaning. On this my husband and I seem to have different opinions.

Tomato . . . tomato . . .

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Never Too Late

New Years. My favorite holiday. There is something about starting the year fresh . . . having a clean slate . . . setting goals and making resolutions. 

I always make the 'expected' ones. You know, eat more fruits and vegetables and less bread . . . exercise more . . . be a little nicer to people . . . keep the house a little cleaner. All the things we should be doing anyways, but it seems easier to commit at the beginning of of the year.

Then there are my knitting resolutions. I'll post my completed projects on Ravelry. I'll try and use up more stash yarn. I'll practice intarsia more because . . . well . . . because quite honestly I'm not that good at it. (I may even stink at it). I'll knit more for charity and I'll blog more.

Wait . . . I'll blog more? What's today's date? 

Math was never my strongest subject, but I think that means I've waited 2 1/2 weeks to blog. I've also finished the sweater I made with the recycled yarn. (Don't bother to go to my Ravelry page . . . it's not posted yet. Neither is my Counterpane Masterpiece that I also finished. I could also write a message to my husband in the dust on my hutch.)

Perhaps I need a little more effort in actually performing my resolutions. Perhaps I need more time in the day. Perhaps I need to set priorities.

Perhaps I am off to Market Basket . . . there does not seem to be any fruit in my fruit bowl. Perhaps goals and resolutions do not have to be made just on New Years. Maybe you can decide on January 18th to knit a pair of mittens from your stash yarn and then give them to a local shelter. Maybe you can decide on a random Wednesday morning to be a little nicer to the human race . . . or at least hold the door open for someone who has their arms full. (Sometimes it's good to start small!)

Maybe John Trusler was right. "No time like the present, a thousand unforeseen circumstances may interrupt you at a future time."

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday Night Knitting Group

It's always hard to get together when it's so close to the holidays . . . but there was still a handful of merry souls that met last night!

Joy was in the holiday spirit . . .  and not just in name!! She is making tree ornaments . . . literally! Look at these cute things. By the end of the night she had little balls sewn onto it.

Speaking of ornaments, Peggy 
gifted us each with a
'sweater' . . . complete with a little clothes hangar.

Peggy is also on the cutting edge. Yesterday I was browsing (also known as wasting about an hour) through Pinterest and noticed a lot of Pins of 'pony tail' hats. Some had the opening at the top (also known as a 'bun' hat), and some had the hole in the back. Peggy of course already had one knitted up!!

 Lizzy brought . . . okay, did you notice that it doesn't involve yarn? They were delicious! As she started to explain the recipe, she told us it was in the Barefoot in Paris cookbook. Of course I ran up to our non-fiction section and grabbed it!

They are called Elephant Ears, or Palmiers. I like Palmiers much better than Elephant Ears.

Linda brought in her finished 'Football Season' scarf . . . with a matching Patriot's hat. What lucky grandkids!!

Linda is also working on her Christmas Gifts. Check out what she is working on. She was worried about her gauge . . . but I told her if it came out too big . . . well, just get a bigger wine glass to put in it!

I am told the pattern is available on Ravelry.

It was a wonderful night of knitting . . . coffee . . . cookies . . . and Palmiers. (See, doesn't that sound better than Elephant Ears?)

I recommend them. Go ahead . . . check out the book, make them, and tell me I'm wrong. I don't think you can.

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

Monday, December 5, 2016

Never Say Never

At the last Monday Night Knitting Night, Martha mentioned how she will rip out a sweater she has worn and grown tired of . . . and then re-knit something else with it. I was two steps short of being incredulous. Really? Undo the seams and rip it out?! I of course responded - "I would never do that. If I'm sick of it, I'll give it away. If it doesn't fit anymore . . . I'll give it away. I would never go to all the work of undoing the seams and then ripping it out. Never."

Fast forward about a week and half. Another knitting friend has a hand-knit skirt and sweater set . . . she never wears it anymore. Do I want it? (See, she is giving it away . . . she is not going to rip it out.) 

I took it home . . .  tried it on . . . and the skirt miraculously fit. The sweater fit . . . but sadly was knit in another era (think of the 80's), and it is a cropped style. How sad. But wait . . . the skirt would look nice with a matching vest. Something asymmetrical or even the currently popular 'rectangle with armholes' pattern.

Hmm . . . If I rip out the sweater . . . I can use the yarn. It really is nice yarn . . . SensuWool by Berroco . . . a combination of wool and nylon that makes a garment really hold it's shape . . . which is why it was a great choice to knit a skirt from. It's discontinued so I can't buy anymore. But if I carefully undo the seams . . . 

The moral of the story . . . 
A basic A-line skirt will never go out of style.
Always use good yarn . . . it really could last forever.
Never say Never. (And if you do, make sure you confess to Martha when you see her. I know I will.)

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Always Try Something New

I was recently given 3 hanks of the most gorgeous single-ply aqua wool . . . from Ireland no less!! When I thanked this generous knitter she mentioned she had more at home in a partially knit sweater that she was never going to finish . . . did I want that too? "YES!" She suggested ripping it out, washing it, and then reknitting with it. I confess to you that in all my years of knitting I have never tried this. It just seemed like . . . well, work . . . but with the extra yardage . . . well I would also have enough to make a sweater.

She brought it in . . . I took it home . . . and ripped it out. (I did feel bad ripping out all her work . . . all that seed stitch!). 

I started to make hanks by winding the 
yarn around my hand and the length of my arm . . . but that didn't work. My hand ended up curling in . . . and I ended up with these stubby little hanks! 

Next I tried to wind it around my dining room chair . . . but it kept slipping off . . . and my newly adopted kitty from the shelter thought we were playing a game. (Isn't she the cutest?!)

So I consigned myself to my mudroom where I could shut the door on Mona the Cat . . . 
and lo and behold there was a bench with the perfect arms to wind yarn on! 

I loosely tied one end to the bench and then started
winding . . . loosely of course . . . I didn't want to stretch this gorgeous yarn!

When I finished winding I took a contrasting color and tied my hanks together at both ends . . . and then slipped it off. 

I ripped out the rest of the sweater and did the same for the other lengths. I ended up with 4 extra hanks of this gorgeous-I-can't-wait-to-use-it-what-should-I-knit-with-it yarn.

I filled my kitchen sink with lukewarm water . . . added a little Euclan . . . and submerged my hanks. I let it soak for about 20 minutes to fully absorb the water.  

It was really like magic . . . I could see the kinks coming out! 
I carefully took it out and gently squeezed out the water . . . and then hung it to dry. 

Check out my before and after . . .

Before . . .

. . . After!!

See . . . isn't it like magic?!
It's like new!
Instead of knitting with crinkly used yarn . . . well I have this wonderfully smooth yarn.

Give it a try. Remember, it won't work with acrylic. Just wool . . . wool has 'memory' which is why it always look better and retains it shape better when it's blocked.

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