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, August 19, 2015

Monday Night Knitting Group

Look at us!! Who wouldn't want to come and knit or spin with a group like this??!!

Plus the library is air conditioned - always a plus when it's 92 degrees!

Peggy's afghan is gorgeous! All those cables!

Joy's scarf is coming along . . . 

Janet started a swatch for a sweater she's going to make . . . the color is great . . . coral? peach? . . . not sure, but I love it!

Marguerite is still working on her afghan . . . hers also has lots of cables!

There's always lots of baby sweaters . . . and with so many 'future grammies' . . . I bet there will be even more!

Joan is working on Christmas Ornaments  . . . 

. . . and Pat is weaving a necklace . . . little-tiny-beads-onto-thread-with-a-sewing-needle. YIKES! Talk about tinkerish work. (It's really pretty awesome).

What a group. Join us next time. We have plenty of chairs and there is always room at the table for another fiber friend.

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Things We Do For Our Knitting

I thought I had heard - and seen - almost all the tips and tricks for when you are missing some knitting supplies. 
No needles? Use pencils. 
No stitch holders? Use a paper clip.
No cable needle? Go without or use the paperclip again.
No ruler? From your index finger knuckle to the next joint is 1 inch.

Mother's ring turned stitch marker. 

Knitting in the round and no marker? 

Well I confess . . . this I have never seen.

Lizzie was in the library the other day and showed me her . . .  ingenuity? Actually I think it was more like sheer genius! I laughed and knew I had to share it with you.

You've got to love it. 

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

From the Library Shelves

Have you ever gone into the yarn store and seen a skein of yarn that felt and looked so wonderful that it had to come home with you? You know, the one you looked at and thought to yourself 'I don't know what I'll do with it but . . . ' Maybe you even spent a little too much money for that skein of yarn, but it spoke to you as yarn often does and it found its way onto the passenger seat of your car as you drove home. (I bet you even peaked in the bag and stroked it when you were at a stop light!)

Well if you bought lace weight yarn, you are in luck! One of the latest additions to the library's collection is Lace Yarn Studio by Carol Sulcoski. The book is broken down into projects using one, two or three skeins of lace weight yarn. (Just in case you really splurged on your last yarn store stop and you bought more than one of those irresistible skeins!)

Not only does Carol provide some really great patterns (like the gauntlets on page 29 and the cardigan on page 83), but she also has some great tips for knitters that are not use to working with lace weight yarn.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                click here to place a hold

Take a look at it. If you are one of those knitters that is intimidated by lace weight yarn . . . fear no more! This book will help you choose the right needles, the right cast on, the right lighting, even what to do with your left-over lace yarn!! I think I am off to my local yarn store . . . 

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

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

Win a Vogue Knitting Cover Kit
click here to place a hold
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.