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 21, 2014

Monday Night Knitting Group

I came home from 'Knitting Night' last night and could not wait to sit down and break out my needles. The night seemed to just fly by . . . there were quick lessons on how to pick up stitches under the arm for a sleeve, how to seam, pattern reading and more! 

But the projects always inspire me.

Take a look .  .  .

Joy finished her cable scarf and has started another scarf for a friend that 'loves purple'.
(I think she'll love this!!)

Katherine is working on a cardigan in this beautiful shade of green.

Linda is making this shawl out of Noro. (You can spot Noro yarn at a glance, can't you?)

I think this would look great over a winter coat on a dreary gray day.

Lizzie was nervous about running out of yarn so she is doing the sleeves in a different shade of purple. She'll tie in the original color at the cuffs. 

I love it!!

Andrea joined us and is making a cowl out of alpaca yarn that is so soft you want to grab it and rub it against your cheek. (I didn't . . . but I did keep touching it!)

Nancy's grandson is going to love this!!

It was a night of Christmas stockings. Peggy finished her two . . .

and Audrey finished hers!

Martha is making a scarf from yarn she spun herself!! So SOFT!

(It would look great with my coat, but she didn't seem to want to relinquish it.) 

Janet is wearing a sweater she finished and she is working on a baby blanket. 

Aren't they inspiring?!

They are all shy though . . . they made me look like a bad photographer. Did you notice the heads are all chopped off?

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

From the Library's Shelves

Just in case you are in between projects and you think you might like to 'read a magazine', check this one out. . . there are some cute neck warmers, scarves and hats. There is also a tank top . . . but since it is knit in lace weight yarn with a yardage of 1250 . . . I'm not sure if I would consider it a 'one skein' project.

You be the judge. Check it out.

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One Skein projects = Magazines

Have you ever read either a really thick book or a book that grabbed you so much that when you finished reading it . . . well, you weren't really finished with it? The characters stayed with you, maybe haunted your thoughts a little? After spending so much time with the Outlander series, I have found I have been filling my reading time with magazines, a little non-fiction . . . and by a little I mean skimming about the Roosevelts. But I can't quite commit to the Bully Pulpit or No Ordinary Time . . . even after watching the Ken Burns series!)

Just in case you can't make it
 in to the library to see it.

I have found the same to be true with my knitting. I have finished Judy's sweater (make sure you come in the library to see her wearing it!), and I can't quite decide what to start next. I've dug all my pattern books out, I've been surfing through Ravelry . . . I don't know . . . nothing is grabbing me. Should I felt something? Pullover? A Nora Gaughan?

While I have been pondering, I have been working on quick things - a couple of cowls and a pair of fingerless gloves. 

Hmm . . . Those quick one skein projects . . . perhaps they are the knitting equivalent to magazines?

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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I'm Done With Jargon

I grew up being the daughter of a nurse, which meant it was really hard to stay home sick from school. It also meant I had an 'in' when I went looking for a job in high school. I spent summers as a 'unit clerk' at the Jordan Hospital picking up some of that medical jargon and those abbreviations that mystifies so many. I learned about taking Tylenol PRN, being NPO and taking pills c food. 

Working in a library I quickly discovered it wasn't just the medical profession that talked as if everyone knew what they meant . . . when it's often only the staff that does. We mention Overdrive and Zinnio . . . when people really just want to know if they can put a book on their Kindle or a magazine on their iPad. We talk about books that are protected . . . not realizing the patron across the desk may be thinking "but I would protect any library book I took out". ILL's, bib records, databases . . . the list goes on.

I've decided to make it my mission to stop using any of these jargon-type words. No more calcium bid . . . I'll take it twice a day. No more serials . . . I'll read a magazine, thank you.

I am here to confess.
This is only 1 bags worth. . .
(and I forgot I had that aqua cotton).
Enough of that.

My real problem is my stash. Since summer is over I went to put my fan away . . . I keep it under the eaves, with . . . you guessed it, my collection of yarn. Well somehow, sometime, something happened. It's like it multiplied of it's own volition. It left the nice plastic bins that held it organized by weight and color and egads . . . what a mess. There is even a yarn barf in there! How did this happen? Where did it all come from? WEBS? My LYS?  

There are hand-paints mixed with hand-spun. Fingering, Aran, superwash, cotton and mohair all mixed in together. Some in hanks, some in skeins, some with patterns. An EZ pattern randomly found at the bottom of a bag. I have a lace UFO languishing because I missed a YO and since I was too lazy to use a lifeline, it needs to be tinked back. . . . if not even frogged. Who wants to fix that when I have a WIP on DP's with Manos? In fact, as I looked around I realized I may be closer to SABLE than I thought. Oh no, I just had a thought . . . do you think my Ravelry profile is just as bad?

I guess my next day off will be spent organizing. Hmm . . . by weight, by color? How is yours organized? 

Oh. Wait a minute. You do know what I'm talking about, don't you? There isn't a knitting jargon . . . is there??

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

From the Library Shelves

I have found the saying, "Too Many Books, Too Little Time" to be my motto lately. Patrons are checking out books asking me, "Have you read this?"  . . . my co-workers are having book discussions and I have to cover my ears from hearing spoilers. Then I remember . . . oh that's right . . . I spent the summer reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

I was hooked on the first book and proceeded to plow through the rest, spending my summer in the Highlands dreaming of kilts, whiskey, natural medicine and of course, Jamie. Then when I discovered there would be a Starz TV series, along with the release of book #8 (Written in My Own Heart's Blood), I made it a mission to read them all.  

What do you think, some type
of a homespun yarn?

The TV series quickly hooked me in too. At first I just wanted to see the characters come to life, but then I started to pay closer attention to what they were wearing. Sure, there is plaid galore, great leather boots, and beautiful woolen gowns . . . but who is doing all the knitting?! Mrs. Fitzgibbons wears wrist warmers that go to her elbows and I swear I saw boot cuffs on Dougal. Claire is going to make shawls the fashion piece for winter and her cowl has every knitter out looking for size 50 needles! 

Doesn't it make you want to run to the
 yarn store for tweed yarn?

What do you think, is that a
felted shawl on Geillis Duncan?

I can't wait for Saturday night so I can see what other knitted items appear. But come on . . . let's have the pattern book! There are currently 4 different Outlander groups on Ravelry and I can only guess how many people have been googling 'Outlander knitting' . . . I know I have!! Clearly the demand is there!!

I'm going to make my cowl in black.

If you haven't read Outlander . . . well I'm not sure what you are waiting for.

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday Night Knitting Group

I realized last night that our Monday Night Group has been meeting for over a year . . . wow, that time went by fast! Last night went by fast too! Take a look at some of our projects -

Marguerite's scarf is almost done . . .

Audrey's Christmas stocking only needs the name added . . .

 Joan's scarf just needs to be bound off . . . 

Lizzie's sweater
just needs sleeves . . 

Peggy just needs to block her Christmas stockings . . . .

She is also like a human knitting machine. Not shown are two other stockings she made since we met last month!!

 Linda brought in her Boston Strong hat . . .

And here is a table of industrious knitters that did not mind their working fingers being shown, but wanted to remain anonymous.

Joan also came and worked on her sock and a scarf (how did she escape my camera??).

We'll meet again on October 20th. In the meantime I've been given the assignment of searching for a pattern for Claire's Cowl. Don't worry . . . I'm on it!

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Visit to a Local Yarn Shop

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.