Friday, August 24, 2012

91 Knit Knitajourney Cafe

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Welcome Guest Barista Susan Dolph from the Knitajourney Podcast!

Latte: Susan has many (too many?) things on her needles. Right now she's knitting a pair of socks from The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips and Tricks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott
Even though Susan does not love socks, she is trying to finish a pair anyway, and she's almost done! She is also working on her "Flaming Whitby" Whitby cardigan out of orange Lamb's Pride Worsted. Abby feels challenged to knit something from a Rowan Magazine. Susan is also knitting the Tremont jacket  from Bryspun Kid-N-Ewe discontinued yarn from Jean Frost's first jacket book. Because she doesn't like bobbles or dots, Susan is going to "teach herself crochet" and apply an edge from Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs with Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time by Edie Eckman
Susan also will line her jacket, which will be another new experience for her. 
Finally, Susan is making a hat and mitten set for her Mother out of gray and red Cascade Lana d'Oro. It is her original pattern.
On Abby's needles: Java socks. She's also knitting the final ribbing for her Rocky Coast Cardigan. She is also using Lamb's Pride Worsted. Abby once knit an Einstein Coat from Sally Melville's "The Knit Stitch" out of Lamb's Pride Bulky and it is as warm as a winter coat. Abby has also started knitting a Color Affection shawl out of Cascade Heritage Silk. It's especially fun to knit because it's on a Signature needle.
Grande: Susan finished the Maia Shawl by Romi Hill. She's knitting it out of Pagewood Farms "Army Girl" color way. Susan also finished an Ishbel out of a Madelinetosh yarn. (merino light/) in Cosmos. Susan doesn't like to move stitch markers when she's knitting lace and prefers the type of lace in Wrapped in Comfort that doesn't change spacing. Susan does not use life lines; Abby recommends them. Susan also finished a sweater from a 1956 Bernat pattern book. She knit it out of Tofutsies, wholly using the Continental method of knitting, which is not her preferred knitting style. 
Abby, at long last, has finished the Dahlia sweater! Abby learned a good lesson in using blocking wires from Gigi of the Knitmore Girls.


  1. For your sock conundrum: what about exchanges in Ravelry groups? I've seen Ravelry groups where people swap knitted hats, socks, etc., but who is to say you couldn't organize a cross-project swap? E.g. I like knitting hats, you like knitting socks, we knit & swap.

  2. Oh cool! Small world moment. Ellen of Twinset told me Susan Dolph had mentioned my book, and so I found my way here; Romi (I met her as Rosemary) Hill is as wonderful in person as she comes across online, and Gigi and I enrolled our then-12-year-old daughters and ourselves together in Karen Brayton-McFall's handspinning class a few *cough* years ago, which is where we met and have been friends ever since.

    Gigi started testknitting the Tara's Redwood Burl shawl for my Wrapped in Comfort book but didn't finish it and ended up giving it back to me. She had chosen that one because she so loved the color and the pattern and wanted one just like the one I'd made for the book.

    I later made her a shawl in thanks.

    It got stolen from her hotel room later. She was hesitant to tell me, not wanting me to be crushed, too.

    She didn't know I had a duplicate. The one she'd started, so I couldn't even claim credit really for it, just return her kindness is all. I tell you, that moment of dropping it off at Jasmin's house for her mom to find out about...

    Such good people. I am so fortunate to have them in my life. And thank you for the mention!