Can you guess what the tattoos mean?
Edit: For some reason the original post only had one photo. Here’s the second one –
I’m hooked! I thought about doing your October KAL- Namesake, but then I looked at the queue on my Ravelry site and decided that I was way too busy to make a cowl. My sister, Lis, already had her yarn, Simplinatural in Cabernet, and declared herself all in. But I stuck by my original, final decision and continued to just say no!
But then, I…touched…the…yarn….! You got me — hook, line and sinker!
I’m all in! Bought my yarn at Apple Yarns in Bellingham. (BTW, it’s on sale on their website and in the store!) WhenClaudia introduced me to Simpliniatural, I fell in love with almost every color! It took some time and thought and angst, but I settled on the Deep Turquoise.
Michelle, I’m crazy about your KALs! My first mystery KAL was the April Hole Story Shawl KAL in Rylie by Hikoo — what a wonderful first for me!
Of course I just had to try the next one – the Corkscrew Hat in Seahawk colors!
I then asked my granddaughter, Finn, if she wanted one in Cornell University colors, crimson and white. I also showed her your Corkscrew Mittens, thinking perhaps she would like matching hat and mittens. She opted for the mittens only. So mitten #1 is on the needles!
So now I’m in for the October KAL – Namesake. Part of the fun is not knowing a darn thing about the pattern — just the yarn requirements and needle size. But the most fun and satisfaction comes from learning new techniques and pushing my skill level forward!
Michelle, your patterns are wonderful — very well-written, classic yet unique designs. I can trust that your mystery projects won’t be off-the-wall, radical, never-wear FOs. Your videos are essential — clear and concise, yet very instructive. I have learned so many things from your videos, too numerous to list! Finally, your blog and Ravelry pages are the most supportive, interactive tools around. You answer all questions, brainstorm to solve problems, and motivate and encourage all levels of knitters.
In two words, Michelle Hunter — You Rock!
Gretchen, the Twisted Stitcher
I love spending time with my granddaughters. Finn, a freshman at Cornell University, lives 3000 miles away and I don’t get to see her nearly as often as I did when she was younger. Oh, my, do I miss her! But Gabriella, 7and 3/4 as she says, lives just 20 miles away and I see her often.
This week I spent a day with her and the morning was filled with games, conversation, lunch –
and play time in her “tree house” while I knit on the deck.
A play date with her friend highlighted the afternoon. They usually play on their own and I get lots of knitting time, but this day they couldn’t decide what to play and everything seemed to involve me — tag, hide and seek, dodge the Groovy Dolls (variation of dodgeball!). By 3:00 PM I was exhausted! So out of desperation I said, ” Hey, Girls, would you like to do some knitting?” After a resounding “YES!” Gabriella found her knitting box on the top shelf where it has resided since late winter and we set about the task. Her friend, Chelsea, had never knit before so I started her out with a bit of yarn and some needles. Gabriella is working on a knit stitch blanket for her doll and Chelsea decided on a knit stitch dish cloth. They diligently worked on their projects and I spent time coaching and fixing dropped stitches, accidental yarn overs, and wonky-looking errors! We had a great time and I promised another lesson soon! Bring on the Purl!
Completed these socks today and ready to mail to my sister-in-law, Jean. Hope she likes them and hope they fit!!
Yarn: Viola Overboard Sturdy Sock Yarn by Dyeabolical (LOVE this yarn!)
Pattern: Basic Ribbed Sock with heel flap and gusset
Sometimes it seems like you knit forever without your WIP becoming FO. Then all of a sudden BAM! That’s exactly how this week turned out!
Next FO was my Mara Shawl — made with Noro Garden Lite that I bought at last year’s Stash Sale at Apple Yarns. I was determined to complete it before this year’s sale, and I made it! The first time Mona (one of my Tuesday/Thursday Knit Group friends) saw this shawl, she spit on it!
Actually, she forgot to bring her knitting to the group and volunteered to work on my shawl while I worked on a pair of socks. When it came time to add a new skein, she asked if I wanted to use a spit join. I said yes, so she did!
Lastly, but certainly not least, I completed my Ridge Stitch Sweater. I originally wanted to complete this by June 1st in order to wear it to my granddaughter’s graduation, but I missed that deadline by a mile! I already told you about my problems with setting in the sleeves in my Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot blog, and I dreaded picking up the stitches for the neck. But I think it turned out well and there is still some summer left to wear it!
Since I almost always have at least 3 WIP’s, my dilemma today is deciding what to add to the two projects already on the needles: Jean’s Socks and The Couch Potato’s Blanket (yes, it is officially out of hibernation!)
My granddaughter, Gabriella, has been heard to say, “All Nana does is knit, knit, knit!”
Not true! Occasionally I do something else –
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. If I had a dollar for every time I said those words while working on sewing in the sleeves of my Ridge Stitch Pullover, I’d be a rich woman. This isn’t my first sweater. I’ve knit six sweaters before this one, but this sweater is the first one with set-in sleeves! Since I hadn’t done this before, I consulted several knitting reference books, but they talked mostly about easing in and pinning the sleeve to the body of the sweater. Then they said, “Sew in the sleeve.” Period! So I thought, “Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! I’ll just whip it in!”
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! It looked so bad I didn’t even take a photo of the mess. So I consulted with my “Brain Trust,” AKA, the knit group. To the person they said,” Use the Mattress Stitch!” Well, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! I thought that was just for flat seams. So I ripped out the whip stitches (no easy task) and pinned in the first sleeve again.
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! I pinned the damn sleeve to the neckline — no wonder it didn’t fit! Finally, with pins in the right places, I threaded my needle to begin the Mattress Stitch.
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! The stitches on one piece are vertical and on the other, horizontal! Now what do I do?? So I googled “knitting video sleeve sewing” and found umpteen million videos. I randomly picked a good one by Paton Yarns. I’ve never knit with their yarns, but their video was great! I watched it twice — two bars, one stitch — back and forth. So I started in with renewed energy!
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! Where the hell did those two little bars go? Sometimes they’re hard to find!
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! The next stitch in line disappeared into the decrease!
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! My rough hangnail caught in the cotton yarn! Damn! The well-manicured woman in the video never had that problem! I think I’ll make an appointment for a manicure next week at Happy Nails!
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! Just how much tension can you put on Cascade’s Ultra Pima when you “snug up” the stitches before it snaps?
DONE! Well, almost. Now I have to pick up 98 stitches at the neck edge and knit 4 rounds of K1,P1 ribbing…and weave in all those Foxtroting ends! I just want this project to be DONE!
WTF, I think I’ll go knit a few rounds on my sock to calm down.
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