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Crazy for Ewe

A whole bouquet

of Chrysanthemum Cowls, courtesy of Nishaya



 This one is especially clever - striped with her leftover bits!  You are so adorable, Shaya!  

 
Get the free pattern here.
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Go Barbara!

You may have read that the very lovely Barbara Bershon was just appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council.  Barbara has been a tremendous asset to Southern Maryland.  Among her accomplishments is the tremendous success of the Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra and the River Concert Series.

But did you know that she's also one of us?  That's right, Barbara is a knitter, and a terrific one at that.  She did this sweet little cardi, and most recently, this intarsia sweater in beautiful Spud & Chloe. 




We're so proud of you, Barbara--way to go!


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One bite at a time

If you've been in the shop or reading the newsletter lately, you know that I've been engaged in the process of upgrading our point of sale system. It's a huge endeavor from the initial research for the right system through the nitty gritty details of exporting data from my old POS (interesting how appropriate that acronym is in this case) to simply figuring out how to work the new one. During this time I  have been unable to focus on any knitting at all - except for my Spectra.  This project has languished for almost a year, but for these past few weeks now, I am obsessed with it!


Why?  Not sure exactly.  It's easy to knit, but not at all boring - the short rows keep it interesting.  Plus it's beautiful Noro, and Noro's color progression thrills me.  Each shade fills a wedge.  Those wedges - maybe that's it.  I do love Spectra's orderly little wedges.  Each one has a very distinct beginning, middle, and end.    In the throes of the POS migration, a seemingly interminable task, those little wedges give me a tremendous sense of accomplishment.  I can complete an entire wedge in one sitting - a little bite out of a seemingly endless endeavor - very satisfying when other tasks loom large ahead.  Whatever the reason, my Spectra is coming along beautifully. 

It's essential to have various projects going so that you can choose the one that suits your mood.  Some people don't get this but knitters and crocheters totally do. This is art, and inspiration is the name of the game.  When you're working on something and it feels like drudgery, you are not helping yourself, and your project will show it.  If this happens, stop and pick up something that feels wonderful to work. 

Nothing on your needles that excites you? Come see me -  I can totally fix that ;-)






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Lovely lady, lovely wrap

Carol knit this beautiful shawl for her sister, Janine.  Doesn't she look lovely!  Carol used Silky Wool and an Elsebeth Lavold pattern.  Just gorgeous!




Carol is a great knitter with a wonderful sense of humor - see her another of her creations here,on Facebook, and here on the blog.

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Friday's finished projects

 Carol's Drops Jacket from our January First Friday knitalong



 and the first of several Christmas stockings in lovely Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL



Nancy's gorgeous Knit Swirl Jacket in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool and Noro Silk Garden



don't you love the little fringies on the back!



And Duffy finished her scarf in Kidsilk Stripe.  Those are some fabulous colors, aren't they?  Rowan has two free projects that really show off the yarn.  Take a look here.  If you're not already a member of the Rowan site you'll have to join but it's free, and the patterns are totally worth the effort. 



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Cashmere and just like cashmere

 Sigrid finished her Citron which she worked with one skein of the Art Yarns 1-ply Cashmere.  It is quite fabulous - light as a feather and soft as a kitten.  Yes indeed.  There's nothing quite like cashmere, is there!


Except there is something really close.  and I mean REALLY close.  When Edith came in wearing this gorgeous green shawlette, I did what any self respecting knitter would do - I reached out and grabbed a handful of the fabric.  It was so amazingly soft and cashmere-y.  Mmmmm.   So I about fell out my chair when she told me it was Manos Lace.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME????



I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't fondled it with my own hands.  Now, don't get me wrong, Manos Lace is some fabulous stuff, but I really had no idea how fabulous.  She said she gave it a little bath and it bloomed out like that - who knew?  Manos Lace is 70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, and only 5% cashmere.  I would have bet the farm that it was primarily cashmere.  Unbelievable.  We made her take it off and pass it around so that everyone could have a feel.  Edith is a tremendously good sport, I must say.  Here's a close-up of the sweet lace pattern. 







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Nicole's Saroyan

 Nicole brought in her finished Saroyan Friday morning.  She loved the one Denise had made into a large shawl and wanted to make a similar wrap. Using one strand of Rowan Wool Cotton and one strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze on a size 9 needles.  She increased to 12 increase leaves, worked 10 leaf sections straight and then did 12 leaf decrease sections.  This will all make sense if you read the original Saroyan pattern.
 


  Here's a closeup of the gorgeous fabric.






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Gorgeous Graham

 Amy B. stopped by this morning with her beautiful new baby, Graham, born the day after Christmas.  Doesn't she look  fabulous! 


 


And here's the star of the show - so sweet - just a month old.  Thank you, Amy for letting Ginni and me get our baby fix. 



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Friday's finished projects

 Carol was in wearing her gorgeous Boston Jacket worked in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL.  She was all styled up with the jacket and a wrap, looking ever so fabulous and nonchalant.



Ginni finished her version of Nimbus, the free pattern for Peruvia Quick from Berroco.  Ginni's version is longer and she's added a cable up each front panel.  Come try it on - we'll be doing a knit-along on this jacket starting Tuesday the 24th in the afternoon - come join us.


Barbara Bershon was in with the sweet little Miss Bea sweater she's doing in Rowan Wool Cotton. 


I'm so impressed with Barbara's intarsia work.  You can see that there's no pulling or puckering, and best of all...no holes!


The lovely Violet was in (this might have been Thursday) with her beautiful jacket worked in Berroco Remix.  Love the button detail on the front...


...and on the cuff.  Great job, Violet
 


Ann looks great in her Lois jacket.  She likes it so much that she's doing another one in gray.  Looks just perfect on her, don't you think!


 

Great job, ladies.  You all look stunning!



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