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!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BEARable Shrinkage

I decided to take a little break from mittens. Yes, I know . . . I should at least finish the pair that I am on. Don't worry . . . I will . . . just not this week. 

I thought this brown would make a great bear.
It's 100% wool.
For some reason I decided to make a felted bear. I'm not sure what I will do with it when it's done . . . maybe sit it next to me and have it watch me finish my mittens! I'm going to use the Fiber Trends pattern for The Marigold Bears. Go ahead and do a search for them on Ravelry. They are pretty cute. 

When you felt it's important to make sure you are using all natural fibers. Wool, mohair or alpaca are all good choices . . . or a blend of them is fine. Just don't use any superwash wools or anything with synthetic fibers in them. They won't shrink/felt. (Just think of any of those nice yarns that would shrink your sweater to a doll's size if your husband did the wash).

I'm going to wind it tonight . . . tomorrow I'll cast on.

Stay tuned. I'll show you my bear as it progresses.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Forecast says . . .

You know you live in New England when you hear the word snow and then think 'how much'? If it's 2-4 inches you probably just shrug and go about your day. If it's in the 4-8 range you might think about stopping on the way home from work for milk and bread. . . or wine and cheese. When you start to talk 8 or more inches it's time to start the checklist. Batteries, cell phones charged, wood for the fireplace, bottled water . . . and another bottle of wine.

You know you are a knitter in New England when you hear the word snow 
and think . . . 

Thanks to my friend Kirstin for finding this . . .
 and for littlemonkeyscrochet!

I know, I know. It's says 'Crocheter's Blizzard Forecast'. 
But let's face it . . . when you are stuck in the house with a raging blizzard outside . . . crochet, knit, spin . . . you really just need some fiber in your hands.

Snow is coming on Saturday. Since it's too early for an accurate forecast, I'll be ready. I have a new mitten pattern, an on-going afghan, and some nice fingering weight for a cowl.

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