Episode 41: Iced Coffee , Knitting and Chat…

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We are so happy to be back after taking an unforseen break in June.  We got together recently at Kris’s house to sip some cold-brewed iced coffee, munch on snacks and talk about our knitting.

Off The Needles:

Susan had a few things off her needles: She’s A Waterfall by Dani Sunshine, a wonderful assymetrical shawlette that is fun to knit!

Zaria is also finished-in gorgeous Malabrigo Arroyo! Love this yarn.

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Also off the needles: 2 summer tops- Gemini and Urban in Shibui Linen (a favorite yarn) in the Suit colorway.

Kris finished her Zephyr Cove — a very large shawl with a bit of everything — and a Mashpee Shawlette out of MadTosh Dandelion — a very sweet little shawl with some unclear instructions in the pattern.  Susan started a Mashpee, but had a little trouble with the edging and gave up……. (More news on that — Tian issued an update to the pattern yesterday which fixes the confusion at the beginning of the pattern.)

On the Needles:

Susan still has Nangou on the needles- a retooled version with stripes in 2 colors of grey of Classic Elite Firefly. Also, 2nd sock of It’s a Guy Thing, lovely pattern. Also, just barely started is Annis- terrible choice of cast on -knitted cast on. Soon to be ripped out. Very soon- uggh!

Kris is still working on her Samedhi — another lovely little shawlette.  The welthase merino light is just wonderful to knit with.

see what I mean? Uggh!

see what I mean? Uggh!

Stash: 

Susan was unable to resist some road trip stash enhancement:

A skein of Meadow in the Larkspur colorway, a skein of Madtosh Prairie in the Begonia Leaf colorway, and a skein of Malabrigo sock in the Impressionist Sky colorway- so pretty!

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Susan encouraged Kris to buy some Shibui linen — probably for Louise Zass-Bangham’s Foolproof.  Three great colorways: Ivory, Suit, and Caffeine.

Queue:

For Kris — Martina Behm’s Brickless (saw some beautiful ones at the Common Cod meeting last week), Churchmouse’s Seashore Kerchief (starts with all the stitches and then decreases — so motivating!), Heidi Kirrmaier’s Vitamin D, and Dani Sunshine’s She’s a Waterfall in some beautiful Bella Lino in the Primavera colorway.

Susan always likes what Kris finds to queue, so she also queued Brickless and Samadhi. Also in her Queue, Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart, Vitamarie by Franklin Habit, and a cardigan- Sandshore by Alicia Plummer.

On The Bookshelf:

Susan read a variety of fiction, good and bad. The Dinner by Herman Koch (disturbing but good), Delicious: A Novel by Ruth Reichl (disappointing), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (amazing- poetic prose), The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, a novel about the Armenian Genocide, The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver (great summer read!) and Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy (didn’t love it).

Kris has been racing through a stack of mysteries — the last two Flavia de Luce books (big doings in the most recent one), Martha Grimes’ Vertigo 42 (which it turns out is a real bar in London at the top of Tower 42), Ann Cleeves’ Dead Water, and M.C. Beaton’s Death of a Policeman.

Events:

Kris and Susan thoroughly enjoyed Franklin Habit’s  “Impractical Knitting” talk at the most recent Common Cod Fiber Guild meeting made us laugh out loud – a lot!

Another upcoming event is the Fiber Revival in Newbury Ma on  Saturday August 9. We had such a good time last year!

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Episode 40: Kris-less again……

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Shout outs:

Here are some of the great projects posted on our Ravelry forum page:
smithmks’ cheeping chick
aprilshowers ballet wraps
prariepoets’ summer current
JanMarie’s Dangling Conversation

OFF The Needles:

Sally finally finished her Color Affection. Ta Da! Much bigger than expected, but really beautiful and fun to wrap up in.
Susan cruised through her Assilomar out of the violet Lisa Sousa, Polworth Silk she splurged on at Rhinebeck.
For two lucky twins:Dinosaur Jr.  out of some Green Cascade heather, and Parlour Cat
Kris: Zephyr Cove

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Sally is getting back to work on Mark’s vest out of the Barlett’s Yarn scored at Rhinebeck.

Susan has cast on for the Nangu shawl with eyelet repeats out of  Firefly and She’s a Waterfall. by Dani Sunshine, Bella Lino Classic Elite
Zaria by Shannon Squire,  out of Malabrigo Arroyo in pinks.

Pretty Arroyo

Pretty Arroyo

 

On the needles NOT:
SV: Mad Tosh Merino Light Caligraphy colorway– Sylvia have to find the perfect pattern for flowy cardigan fingering

In The Queue:
Sally wants to make a Dot Shawl by Casapinka (RISD knitting design certificate)and a Dangling Conversation, inspired by Susan, Kris, and Jan Marie.
Susan is eyeing: UrbanHamlin PeakMashpee Shwalette out of some Mad Tosh Dandelion which must still sneak into stash

In The Stash:
Susan plans on splurging on some Dandelion at Imagine in Bemus Point, NY

On The Bookshelf:

Sally is intrigued by David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Susan is loving the unpredictable mysteries of Anne Cleeves, especially the Shetland Quintet. She also read Isabelle Allende’s  Ripper, which sounds like the perfect summer reading.

 

Our Viewing pleasures:

Nurse Jackie, In Treatment, Annika Bengtan, Land Girls, Father Brown  ,Bletchley Circle

That’s all for now folks!

Knit on! And on, and on, and …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 39: Chocolate Donuts…….

 

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Shout- Outs!

Velvetowl’s Gnarled Oak Cardigan, Victoriablue’s Top Down Crochet Jacket, and Susanvknit’s Marathon Scarf

Off Our Needles:

Susan finally has her Garland  off her needles, just in time for the return of cold weather here in Boston!

And Susan contributed a Boston Strong Scarf to the Boston Marathon Scarf Project.

Kris finished the Lonely Tree Shawl.  Turned out well but is a bit small too — she is definitely going to go up a couple needle sizes on her next shawl projects.

On The Needles:

Susan still has her second Trillian going, and also cast on a summer-y Nangou with 3 colors of Classic Elite Firefly.  Susan’s  Asilomar cardigan is still going….

Kris is working on Romi Hill’s Zephyr Cove using the Dirty Water DyeWorks yarn she bought at the Library yarn sale.

Sally is slowly, slowly slowly working on her Color Affection. She pledges to finish it by May 15. but don’t hold your breath.knitting starbucks

In Our Queues:

Susan is itching to begin casting on some new projects! Like Vera Valimaki’s Urban , or Whispers- 2 short-sleeved , fingering weight pullovers for spring layering. As for shawls, Kinta is a lovely triangle eyelet shawl, and Kalimna . The Spring Infinity Lace Scarf is a lovely accessory for spring and summer!

Kris received the second pattern from the Strickmich! Club — a lovely little kerchief called Samadhi knit with welthase fingering merino light in the “Blue Blessing” colorway.

She is also admiring Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Lola Shawl — the pattern was just published in the latest issue of Taproot magazine — and happens to have some Quince & Co Finch in her stash!

And she is interested in Ambah’s Kalimna (which is also in Susan’s queue) and the Pirra Necklace.

In Our Stashes:

Susan added one rather large skein of Cascade Eco from Web’s Anniversary sale…it will be Jane Richmond’s Inland cardigan.

On Our Bookshelves:

Susan is on an Ann Cleeves binge- 3 Shetland mysteries down, and 2 Vera Stanhope mysteries: The Crow trap and Silent Voices.

Also, on the Kindle: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Kris got halfway through The Goldfinch but is taking a little break — beautifully written but very intense.

Sally read They Danced By The Light Of The Moon by Tempa Pagel. Set in Newburyport, MA, this Mystery laced with history and historical architecture is a fun read, especially if you’ve been to the area.

On Our Kitchen Shelves:

Chocolate Donut recipe came from Jennie Perillo’s Homemade with Love.  Same recipe is here.

That’s all for now, here’s a yarn bombing spied at the Newton Free Library.yarn bombing nfl

Happy Knitting, The Ladies of the Knit

 

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Episode 38: Short and Skyped!

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This episode could also be known as Ladies Of The Snit-we heard there is a podcast with that name-brilliant! . It is March. It is very cold. There is still snow on the ground. The end is not really in sight, although the days are nice and long. This fellow is in Sally’s neighborhood. He is really making her grumpy. It’s really time for this guy to have some well deserved time off.

Give this guy a vacation already!

Give this guy a vacation already!

Shout-outs: 

Check out our Ravelry forum page for shared projects. Here are a few of the latest that have caught our fancy.

Velvetowls’ Calligraphy in Jacob (Hannah fettig cardigan),smurphy2’s Hestapeysa (little girl’s purple sweater with horses – lopi Icelandic construction) and her cardigan version of Aftur, Goldybear’s Wild Irish (Baby Surprise Sweater) for Jan Marie’s grandchild.

Off The Needles:

Kris: Finished her Knit Your Love shawl for Ravellenics. It’s adorable and tiny. Kris has had a decades long battle with devious gauge. She swears she will knit a gauge swatch next time.  Stay tuned.

Susan: Finished her Sugar Is Sweet by Rose Beck shawlette out of some yummy Madtosh Pashmina in foxglove. It is beautiful and wearable.And So Are You

On The Needles:

Kris: is working on the Lonely Tree Shawl  by Sylvia Bobilvia out of some beautiful red/pink/ Manos Wool Classica

Susan : Is knitting some great socks for her husband. It’s a guy thing, a really spiffy pattern by Caroline Egwar, who works at J.P Knit & Stitch out of some manly Malabrigo Sock in the Persia colorway.

One sock done!

One sock done!

Sally :Is slogging away on her Color Affection. She became disenchanted with the Olympics and abandoned them in favor of actual x-country skiing and reading. Lots of batches of brownies have been baked as well.

In The Queue:

Kris: Romi Hill shawl : Zephyr Cove Two colors with a cute little leaf at the edge.

Susan: Shawlette: She’s a Waterfall by Dani Sunshine, Cascade Falls cardigan Amanda Scheuger, Make a Wish by  Joji Lacatelli and the Boston Marathon Scarf Project blue and yellow scarves that will be given to runners at the finish line of the Marathon. Let’s cast on today! There is a group that meets Tuesday nights at the Old South Church, or you could bring your scarves to J.P. Knit & Stitch.

Stash:

Kris scored yarn at the yarn and book-sale at her library: skeins of Madelinetosh Feather in the Xboyfriend colorway. And 420 yards Tosh Marino dk in Citrus. 

On The Bookshelf:
Sally: Dead Water, the new Anne Cleeves installment of the Shetland Mysteries ( It was great to be back in Shetland!) She also read the latest Flavia DeLuce , The Dead In Their Vaulted Arches

Susan: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and she has been watching True Detective on TV.

Kris’s shout out: To the listener that came to Roslindale Library book-sale, sorry we missed you!

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Episode 37: Knitting for Gold

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Off our needles:These have been off the needles for a while, but they are worth sharing, and the notes need some color. these are the Borough Mitts made from kool-aid dyed yarn. Sally gave them to her daughter for Christmas.borough mittens

On our needles:

Kris cast on for a Ravellenics project — the first Strickmich! Club project, Knit Your Love. It’s an asymmetrical triangular shawlette with small hearts along one edge and is knit with DyeForYarn’s merino/silk fingering yarn. When the Olympics are over, she’ll return to Zuzu’s Petals, the Lonely Tree Shawl, and Basalt!

Sally is working away on a vest for her husband out of the nostalgia inducing Bartletts Yarn she scored at Rhinebeck. She has also cast on for an Olympics project — she is finally knitting her Color Affection with Miss Babs’ Into The Whirled as one of the colors.

In our stash:

Despite her best intentions, Kris did add to her stash with a skein of Mad Tosh Pashimina in the “Weathered” colorway from Loop and a skein of Mad Tosh Sock in “Seasalt” from the Stitch House.  The Pashimina is tentatively scheduled to be an Amarillo shawl but that may change.

In the queue:

Kris has her eye on Gramps or Gramps for her new great-nephew and also likes Kelpie from the new BT Winter 14 collection, Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Louise cardigan, and Thea Colman’s Tonic Water which she saw “in person” at the Slater Mill’s knitting weekend opening reception.

Sally has been eyeing the Owl In A Tea Cup by Joyce Rose, the adorable Troll hats by Gabriela Widmer-Hanke and Colorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf. She also loved the sweaters and dresses that Ellen Mason showed at The Slater Mill. She is particularly smitten by Maggie Magnifico, a vintage-ish cardigan that could easily become a wardrobe staple. Ellen hopes to release the pattern in May. Stay tuned.

On the bookshelf:

Kris read “Murder by the Book” by Eric Brown.

Sally read Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. Such a wonderful book set in England during WWII. she didn’t even mind that Jackson Brodie didn’t get to make an appearance. She also listened to A Body On The Beach and Death In The Downs by Simon Brett. These are really easy listening, fun and clever mysteries.

And Some Other Tidbits:yarn treePom-Pom Tree spied on the Boston Common!

Two great tips from Ysolda

Destash opportunity

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Episode 36: Fantasy Yarn Shop?

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Off Our Needles:

Susan finished Imagine When , a beautiful shawl designed by Joji Locatelli. Made in The Fibre Company Meadow, Susan is smitten with this yarn!IMG_2945

Sally finished 4 Bridesburg cowls-  2 for nieces, and one for me and one for Kris! Love ‘em Sal!IMG_2955

Kris finished 1X1 2X2 and is looking forward to wearing it for the rest of the winter.

On The Needles:

Susan has some unfinished Christmas presents on the needles……

and some new projects! Diamond Necklace out of the Fibre Company Acadia. in the Sea Lavendar colorway. Also a pair of socks- The Classic Sock.

So uncharacteristically, Sally has NOTHING on her needles right now!

Kris had some confusion with Zuzu’s Petals but is now back on track.  She’s also re-started her Color  Affection and is about to start with the third color.

Queue:

Susan still has Garland in her queue…soon to be on the needles.

Also  the new Churchmouse pattern: Accelerating Stripes Mitts.

Stash:

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Episode 35: Knitting for Snow!

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Casting on for winter and the holidays  here in Boston!

Off Our Needles:

Susan finished a few little  gift-y projects, like the Petite Pines,

cute little pines!

cute little pines!

A cup cozy, and another cup cozy, George the Sock Monkey!  Also, these odd looking Bike Helmet Ear Warmers!IMG_2910

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On Our Needles:

Kris is still making her way through the One x One, Two x Two, from Churchmouse. It’s slow but relaxing knitting, great for TV or hanging out with friends — and the color changes are motivating and very pretty.

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Great color changes!

She’s also started Zuzu’s Petals, from a great suggestion by knittingbarb from Two Knit Lit Chicks — it’s perfect for the Freia that she impulsively bought at Loop!

Susan still has the Featherweight cardigan in Quince Tern on the needles: soon to be off! Also on is an Easy Ribbed Scarf in Malabrigo Worsted for a nephew.

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Zuzu’s Petals

In Our Stash:

Kris resisted and resisted and resisted and then signed up for Martina Behm’s new Strickmich!Club — four patterns with yarn in 2014.  She is now on a yarn fast!

Susan added one skein of Madtosh Vintage in the Begonia Leaf colorway: so pretty! (Project to be determined).

In the Queue:

Kris is intrigued by both Howlcat (a cowl/hat combo) and Harf (a hat/scarf combo) probably because of the very cold weather in Boston right now.  Aude from Berroco was also added to the queue but is unfortunately not available as a single pattern.

High up on Susan’s queue is Garland, will also be a stashbuster!

On Our Bookshelves:

Kris finished A.D. Scott’s fourth book in her Scottish mystery series.  Despite getting more and more squeamish about the violence in mysteries, she enjoys the characters in this series set in the 1950s.  She also read Telegraph Avenue for her book club and really liked it!

Susan is deep into The Goldfinch, from a strong recommendation from the Books on the Nightstand podcast.

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Episode 34: Rhinebeck Round Up & More

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This episode found Susan and Sally sharing all their news and stash from Rhinebeck with Kris. Kris had her own stash additions. In a nutshell…

Off  The Needles:

Susan finished her beautiful Levenwick just in time to wear to Rhinebeck. We only saw one other Levenwick that day, a gorgeous one made from some Madeline Tosh (we think). The knitter kindly posed with Susan for an off the needles shot. Susan is wearing her Shoulder Cozy as well. Rhinebeck is not a place you want to stint on the wearing of your handknits.

Levenwick finished!

Levenwick finished!

Susan also finished another pair of One Cable Mitts in Lavender  Classic Elite Majestic Tweed. Just in time for chilly mornings! Also off the needles is Susan’s Traveling Vines Cowl made from Malabrigo WorstedIMG_2774

Two Levenwicks

Two Levenwicks at Rhinebeck!

Aftur

Happily Ever Aftur!

Sally finally finished her Aftur. This is a great sweater: very wearable and warm.

On The Needles:

Sally:
Sugared Violets! We have started a KAL on our Ravelry forum papge. It’s never too late to jump in on this. Sally is knitting hers from some Woolen Rabbit Pearl Sock yarn in the colorway Figgy Pudding. Delicious.  Susan is also using Pearl in the Rosewood Colorway.

She has also cast on for a pair of Borough Mittens with some kool-aide dyed yarn she made as an example for camp. These are already being drooled over. Let’s hope they make it to a Christmas stocking before being pounced on.

In an effort to finish up some WIPS, Susan has returned  to the Honey Cowl she began last March. LOVE this pattern! No wonder 13, 106 knitters have made this! And still pops up often on the top 20 list. The textured slip stitch shows off variegated yarn so well- Manos Silk Blend in the Wildflowers colorway- luscious!

Kris is plugging along on two somewhat boring but great-looking projects — Basalt with beautiful Fibre Company yarn and 1×1, 2×2 from Churchmouse with five adorable 25g balls of Erika Knight British Blue Wool in the Big Sister colorway.

Stash:

Sally and Susan on the bus to Rhinebeck

Sally and Susan on the bus to Rhinebeck

Christine made a spreadsheet before she embarked. She had a list of all the vendors she wanted to hit and a list of patterns she wants to make with yardage requirements. I couldn’t resist a picture of the masterwork.

Christine's Buying Guide

Christine’s Buying Guide

Susan and Sally had a more Random approach.

Sally scored two skeins of Miss Bab’s Yummy Handpainted Sock Yarn. One in the Into The Void colorway and one Impatient. She found a beautiful  addition to the duo from Lisa Souzza in the Silverlake colorway. Color Affection coming up. (don’t hold your breath though)She also scored some Bartlett Yarns Fisherman’s 2 ply in the Spice Heather colorway for a vest for her husband.

Susan could not resist some Miss Bab’s  in the Zombie Prom colorway!

Kris did some consolation shopping at Loop in Philadelphia — an expensive skein of Freia (any suggestions on what to use it for?), some Rowan Purelife Revive on sale, and a West River Drive shawl kit (the pattern is here).  Susan also convinced her to buy a beautiful skein of Manos Maxima in the Marie Antoinette colorway. Back on the yarn fast!

Christine and Laura on the bus

Laura and Christine on the bus

In The Queue:
Sally is contemplating cold weather accessories Hats: Lumberjack, Marsan Watchcap, Pomme. Mitts: Kujeillen, Handed Yes, Fingered No. Cowls: Honey Cowl, The Katniss Cowl, and Inspira Cowl.

Kris bought Bonne Marie Burns’ Alby and is eyeing the Rye mitts.

On The Bookshelf:
Susan finished A Light In The Ruins and gave it two thumbs up.
Sally finished North Sea Requiem and loved it.

Kris is extremely excited that Tony Hillerman’s daughter Anne has revived the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mystery series and really enjoyed Spider Woman’s Daughter.

That’s about all for now friends. Knit on,

The Ladies Of The Knit

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Episode 33: Ready for Rhinebeck!

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We are only 2 Ladies of the Knit this episode- Kris couldn’t join us. We can’t wait to see her next time. We hear she went to Loop in Philly and added to her stash. However, Sally and Susan are very excited about their first trip to Rhinebeck!

Off The Needles:

Susan finished a beautiful Shoulder Cozy, a Color Affection (The one she was cruising on during our perfect weekend) and a gorgeous Levenwick. (Just in time for Rhinebeck!)

Shoulder Cozy!

Shoulder Cozy!

Sally finished That Nice Stitch cowl, in time for her daughter’s birthday, and Susan Ashcroft is featuring a photo of Nellie on the pattern page.  Cool Beans.That Nice Stitch

On The Needles:

Sally is heading into the homestretch on her Aftur.  She is hoping the long bus ride to and from Rhinebeck will finish this baby off. It is wonderful to knit with this Icelandic yarn.  The floats sort of stick to the back of the knitting with Lopi yarn, making it easy to work the Fair Isle pattern.

Susan is working on another pair of One Cable Mitts (because it’s almost mitt season), and a beautiful Traveling Vines Cowl, by Susan Shelby.

In  Our Queues:

We want to start a Sugared Violets Knitalong! Check our Ravelry forum for a thread. And join us! Susan is thinking about making an Asilomar and a Nangou. We are both making lists for Rhinebeck.

In Our Stash:

We are waiting for Rhinebeck. Stay tuned for some serious damage.

On Our Bookshelves:

Susan read A Light In The Ruins, By Chris Bohjalian. This sounds like a must read.

Sally is reading North Sea Requiem by A.D. Scott, and loves it. Knitwear designers turn out to be pretty good yarn spinners too.

She has also discovered the virtues of Overdrive and has listened to Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld, (I think you’re going to like it) and Johnny Tremain, by Ester Forbes. This was a great way to entertain the family during our long car trip Columbus Day weekend. This classic has a very compelling story, with Boston roots, which makes it even more fun from a local angle.

That about wraps it up. Knit on!

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Episode 32: Perfect Weekend

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Sally knitting on the Deck!

Sally knitting on the Deck!

Our apologies for posting this episode a bit late- we recorded a little later, on our knitting weekend away. A perfect weekend in so many ways!

Before our sunset swim

Before our sunset swim

But then there was the ‘missing audio’- somehow our stash section did not get recorded….or did it? We will instead be recapping this month’s stash enhancement next month. In the meantime:

Shout Outs:
Check our forum page on Ravelry to see the projects that have been shared with us. Add your own projects! We love seeing them.

Adventures In Knitting:
This is a well stocked and impressive store where we all scored inspiring, practical, and luxurious stuff.
Sally: The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits 2013
Susan:
Kris:

Off The Needles:
Kris is excited to have two items off the needles!  One was the Churchmouse Shoulder Cozy shoulder cozywhich came in handy as the temperature dipped on the Cape, and the other was a Dangling Conversation  with beads that was bound off while recording.
Susan also finished her second Dangling Conversation.

dangling #2!

dangling #2!

Susan had a soft pair of One Cable Mitts off her Needles. These are BubbleGum Pink! in Classic Elite Majestic Tweed.
Sally finally finished her Liesl, but not before taking her knitting Old School.IMG_0668

On The Needles:

Kris has the Churchmouse One by One Two by Two scarf on her needles.  The pattern is free and she bought the kit in the Big Sister colorway — the five balls of British Blue Wool are quite adorable.

Susan has another pair of One Cable Mitts on her needles, and she has just started Levenwick in Swann’s Island Worsted in the Sorbet colorway. So pretty!
Sally Is knitting along on her long awaited Aftur, knit with yarn cousin Molly brought back for Iceland. The real deal. Cool, old fashioned, rustic knitting. She has also pledged to finish her That Nice Stitch for a certain someone’s birthday. Another great pattern from Susan Ashcroft.that nice stitch Cowl

Queue:
One project that Kris just couldn’t get out of her mind is Basalt which she saw made up at Gather Here in Cambridge — there’s something about that bright teal i-cord border! That’s now on the needles too. Another is the Slip Stitch Dishtowels from the Purl Bee.  Three colors of Euroflax were purchased from Webs to use along with the black that’s been in the stash for years.

Susan:

Sally: Knit With Me

On The Bookshelf:

Sally:We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves  Island Of Bones

Guilty Pleasures TV Watching

Susan: Wife Swap, Sally: Top Gear, Kris: The Red Sox (we don’t really think this counts, but it isn’t on PBS)

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