Sunday, December 17, 2006

Join Our Lace Scarf Knit-along! Last weekend at Woolbearers we held a lace scarf class taught by popular knitting teacher, Gwen. There was some discussion about all the techniques that are involved in the pattern, which got my interest. The collection of lace scarves and shawls by Margaret Anne Halas are each more interesting than the next. Gwen chose Oak Leaf, shown above, for the class. She knit one in Hand Jive Knits and another in Turquoise Jeans by Claudia Handpaints shown above before blocking. Ellen's scarf in Chocolate
Covered Cherries Claudia Handpaints is about three inches into the tails. My scarf is done in JoJoland Cashmere blend sock yarn and I am just beginning the tails. I only had size three needles when I started it (I own a yarn store) so the lace stitches are a little closed. I cannot wait to do another one on bigger needles, out of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Please join us as we knit these interesting and beautiful scarves. Margaret Anne Halas patterns are available online at our online store .

I'll keep you posted about the progress of the knitters at the store and hope you'll keep us posted about your progress.

Don't knit with white yarn while eating pizza .... and other wisdom from the old country. Woolbearers held our first annual Finishing Frenzy tonight from 6PM until midnight. Twelve gals got together with unfinished projects and diligently knit until we couldn't see clearly, which often happens in older people. We ate the pizza, we drank the soda. It was all good. And we really did get knitting done! Joanna finished the hat she making for her boyfriend, Rich.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Market Basket Bag is finally done and felted. In this rare, never before seen photo, my partner, Myra, can be seen to the left of the giant bag.

The smaller bag was knitted by Sabra. She used several different yarns which all felted beautifully including Nashua and Brown Sheep. It's about half the size of the larger.

Oh Mr. Elda, why are you still in my thoughts?

Friday night we hosted our 'monthly' knit in, attended by what will forever more be known as the wildest group of knitting women in Jersey. Occasionally, the conversation strayed from the usual comparison of the latest yarns and needles, to the clothing preferences of retired husbands. Needless to say, it was one of the most amusing evenings we have had, but I still wonder how I will ever get that vision out of my head? And also, thank you Bean.

In a saner moment, we sang Happy Birthday to Joanna, ate delish cake from the Acme bakery, and showed off some truly beautiful knitting.