Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dream Club

Mrs. Crosby dropped in earlier today with three large boxes of yarn. This note was included
Dear Heart
I must tell you, as often as I am visiting I should start thinking of dual citizenship. I just love it.
Ever Yours,
Mrs. Crosby
She is a very proper woman, that Mrs. Crosby. I'm sure that she has never used the wrong fork.

We received a shipment of books and magazines as well.
This special issue features 32 patterns for knitted accessories, including Carina Spencer's designer collection. Plus, learn double-knitting, cabling without a cable needle, and more.
This fall issue features rustic tweeds, a nod to menswear, fisherman's rib, Clara Parkes’ new yarn company, and more!
 Enchanted knits will charm every knitter with 27 magical projects fit for a fairy tale! 
 PieceWork’s ninth edition of Knitting Traditions explores the practical and creative evolution of knitting. Celebrate the history of knitwear when you order your copy today!
Freeing knitters with all levels of experience to become involved in the creative process and still make a garment that is knit-to-fit, this template-based approach is not math-dependent and works for people whether they prefer a structured or more freeform process.Knit in New Directions introduces techniques that encourage knitters to just have fun: strip knitting, creative short rows, patchwork, crazy quilt, and free-form knitting. It then explains the other essential tool—full-scale templates. Knitters learn to use the templates in the book and how to make one to their own measurements. Garment designs support each technique and template with two options.The Guided Tour provides full instructions for specific sizes as well as measure-as-you go versions. In the Alternative Routes, the template functions like a coloring book that allows the knitter to create completely new designs. Practical advice for how to achieve the best fit and finish is included with each design: blocking, a special stitch for seaming, and edge and embellishment options.

Sock Knitters everywhere know the frustration of Second Sock Syndrome. It goes something like this: A cute new sock pattern and soft, foot-warming yarn lead to many happy knitting hours, resulting in...ONE sock. The first sock is done (and it's adorable!) but pattern distraction sets in. Who wants to knit the same project all over again? There are so many new projects waiting to be discovered. Melissa Morgan Oakes ends the drudgery of the second sock by showing knitters how to cast on and knit two socks at one time on one long circular needle! Her method is captured in step-by-step photographs, clearly showing knitters how to turn out two socks at the same time. Goodbye to lonely, abandoned single socks. Hello to unlimited pretty pairs, knit on one needle (often finished on the same day), and worn with pride and that gratifying sense of accomplishment. Oakes is a dedicated knitter, knitwear designer, and knitting instructor who has known the frustration of Second Sock Syndrome. Her easy-to-learn technique enables sock stitchers to adapt any pattern to her two-at-a-time method. But before experimenting with other patterns, readers will want to try Oakes's 15 original designs. Fun and creative, they include simple to complex choices, a variety of yarn weights, and designs for women, men, and children.
This fall and winter we will be participating in the Dream Club from Dream in Color. Every month (from September - February) we will be receiving a yarn in a special colour that is only available through the Dream Club. There will be a specially designed pattern for that yarn that is also only available through the Dream Club. For September the yarn will be Smooshy in a special sized hank (larger than normal) and a pattern by Ann Weaver for a scarf. Watch for more details closer to the end of August.

Big Brother tonight will be interesting. Donny or Nicole?? And then who wins HOH??

There's been a bit of progress on Itineris. Hopefully some more tonight. I talked to someone today who is making Itineris. She was concerned that the shawl wasn't going to be as big as the picture on the pattern. That can be tension. And blocking. If you want a big shawl here is a suggestion. When the pattern says to cast on 30 stitches for the second section of the shawl, cast on 40 or 45. It will take more yarn but most of us have 2 skeins of the main colour so it shouldn't be a problem (please don't hold me to this because I haven't tried it yet but I will be).

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