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December 20, 2009

Our group is the happiest place in the knitterly universe. It has been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of the company of some of the most talented and friendly knitters in Saskatoon. I’m very glad I went today. Let me tell you why.

Conversation is indeed a centerpiece of our weekly meet ups. Conversation ranges from discussion of the evilness of cats (especially when they chew on our Harmonies or attack our yarn. Isn’t that right, Leanne?) to updates on our families (good thoughts go to Jan and her family as her grand child convalesces from a serious infection that has plagued the 7 year old’s life over the past month). We discuss politics and the state of drama on Ravelry (there is a lot of drama out there!). We reminisce with old friends and welcome new. I was particularly interested in listening to Kate, making a surprise appearance today as she’s in town for the weekend, update us on the status of her opinion of Albertans – more specifically Calgarians – who have nothing on us Saskatoonians.

Show and tell proved that I am not just spouting beans when I say that we have a group of very talented knitters in our little circle. Take a look:

Kate in mauve faire isle sweater, matching hat, and mittens.

Kate in mauve faire isle sweater, matching hat, and mittens.

Kate has been churning out FOs left and right. She modeled some of the recent FOs that came from her needles. Kate was beautiful in a warm mauve faire isle pull over. Her work is expert and she was one of the only ones who were warm and toasty in the fridgid back room of MacKenzie Coles today. The simple hat added a touch of class to her ensemble and the mittens, which had to be removed once she commenced knitting, completed her look. FABULOUS FOs and fantabulous to have you back for a day, Kate. You are missed.

Leanne: Christmas socks for my sister.

Leanne: Christmas socks for my sister.

Leanne continues to stitch on the acryllic Christmas socks for her sister. Leanne’s sister promises to wear them for Christmas. They are truly Fuggly, a term lovingly used by Melissa (and now the rest of us) to describe FOs that combine fun and ugly to create beauty, yet fun! Keep stitching Leanne!

Show and tell yarn (Leanne)

Show and tell yarn (Leanne)

More yarn for show and tell! Leanne noted that the purchases from Prairie Lily are Melissa’s fault. Charlene, owner of the store, concurred. So there you have it. Stash enhancement encouraged by Melissa. Was there ever any doubt that she is an enabler? If there was, it is now gone.

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch

Antioch is half complete. The left sock is finished and awaits the addition of the right sock.

I had the urge to design so I did. Anitoch’s other half will wait a few weeks in favour of a new design. I have one sock complete and am busy working on the second. The design is an adaptation of a stitch that appears in the 2010 Stitch-a-day calendar by Vogue. I am enjoying it and already have a few test knitters lined up for when I’ve complete the write up of the pattern.

The design details will come in written form for all those interested in recreating this sock. In the meantime, I’ve used a toe up construction (my new favourite way of constructing socks), a Judy Becker cast on (fabulous! and easy), a gussett heel (not as bulky as your typical slip stitch heel and flap), and a few rounds of garter stitch (serves as ribbing) to construct the sock. I am pleased with the result.

Garters & Giggles

Garters & Giggles

I’ve dubbed this design Garters and Giggles (I know, you are shocked it hasn’t a Shakespearian name). Each time I do a few rounds on this sock I smile. The design itself is a chevron. The stockinette zigs and zags of the Chevron are punctuated with the occasional geometric triangle of garter stitch. Columns of garter separate the repeats, which creates a smile in the design. Isn’t that neat?

Sub zero frigidity led me to create. For over a week our daytime highs didn’t bread -20 (and this temperature was considered warm!). Many a car didn’t want to start and many of their owners were huddled around their fire places staying warm and toasty inside. Although some of the die hard members of SKC braved the cold to stitch at MacKenzie Coles, I wasn’t one of them. This sock design is my tribute to our weekly Garter and Giggle, Stitch and Sip, Knit and Knatter, or what have you.

Captain Sputnik Sackboy & Rainbow Boy (mini Sackboy)

Captain Sputnik Sackboy & Rainbow Boy (mini Sackboy)

Jeanette has been busy stitching too. She has created a mini Sackboy to accompany her larger version along its travels through the land of dreams.

Toe Up Socks for Shannon

Toe Up Socks for Shannon

Jeanette has also been working away on completing her Christmas knitting and came up with these simple lace socks.

Oliver enjoys my handiwork.

Oliver enjoys my handiwork.

Even Oliver has been enjoying the yarn work going on around here. He has been successfully trained to NOT eat needles and to NOT play with yarn! He now appreciates the fruits of our labours. The lapghan that provides the back drop for Oliver’s lounge moment was created back in the late 1990’s. I used Tunisian crochet (long hook) to create the intarsia effect of the mouse. It remains a favourite seasonal decoration that used to be big enough to cover up my children. Not so much anymore so it adorns the back of a couch or a chair. Acrylic sure lasts a long time.

So there you have it. An update on our accomplishments, our amusements, and all things knitterly.

Happy stitching and merry holidays to you and your knitterly cohorts (family).

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