Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sundays Sock Knit~Along (KAL) starting September 13

Planned by Ann and Anita:

Anita and I (I’m Ann), are planning a sock knit-along. Anita likes the sock called “Rick” in the Sock Innovation book of patterns by Cookie A.

Anita thinks that the Rick stitch pattern would be really darling as a scarf, too. So…, come to Anneke’s beginning on Sunday, September 13th, at 1300 hours (1 pm) and we’ll work some socks, or whatever. Socks make good holiday gifts and I, for one, need to start gifts now.

The Rick pattern calls for fingering weight yarn (Super fine #1), and double point needles, size 1 1/2 U.S. (2.5 mm) or circular needles, if that’s your preference for knitting socks. A light colored, monochromatic yarn would be best if one is new to sock knitting so that it’s easy to see the stitches to pick up on the heel. I also recommend reading The Yarn Harlots explanation for sock theory in Knitting Rules. Socks SEEMED complex to me until I read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s explanation of sock components in her book “Knitting Rules.” She has a sock pattern in that book that’s a good one to start with.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Diane ~ It's looking awesome!!

Diane stopped in today and shared her "Hexagon Blanket" progress with us!  It is really stunning, thanks for sharing Diane!  And what a coincidence, when she came in we happened to be visiting with the Noro sales rep, boy was he impressed with this stunning piece!  And happy to see that it was being knit up in the Noro Silk Garden, LOL.
See everyone at the Knit~Along?
After I took these pictures my digital camera just slipped out of my hand and fell right onto the blanket, I think it doesn't have nine lives...  :-(

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saturday: "Bobby's Garden" aka Hexagon Luv Knit~Along with Andi

On Saturday August 29th Andi will be hosting a guided Knit~Along on the "Bobby's Garden" aka the Hexagon Luv Blanket.  For those of you who have started it in her class, or on your own, or are ready to take the plunge on this lovely project.   The group will meet after lunch, around 2:00 or 2:30.  And we will take pictures of everyone's progress, all those gorgeous blankets in the making!  $10.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Are you ready for Square #6?

Hi all you square people out there - and anyone else who secretly wishes they were square….

For our class this coming Saturday we will be doing a lattice style cable pattern. This is a great little project for those who want to move beyond basic cabling. Working this kind of cable pattern will help you understand how stitches move and interact with each other.

If you have a chance to get started before class, please cast on 48 stitches and work 6 rows in garter stitch (all knit rows). On the last row, place markers 3 stitches in from each edge. (Lori: the pattern is a multiple of 8, so I suggest you cast on 40.)

For those of you who are on Ravelyr, go ahead and use this link to see a sample of another lattice cable pattern. We are not making this pattern, but ours will be similar. Similar pattern

Please don’t forget to bring your cable needles!

I look forward to getting together on Saturday (11:30 as usual). Enjoy the rest of your week.


Monday, August 24, 2009

What kind of a KAL would you like ~ Need your opinions!

Hi Everyone! 
Today was the first day of school here in Dade County, which means that now many of us will settle back into some kind of a routine…. Now if Hurricane season would just come to an end, and the temperatures would drop drastically…. I would be so happy. 
Anyway, as most of you are starting to come back into town and as we are all getting back into our own routines, we have had requests for some regular KAL’s again. We had quite a few in the past, the Lizard Ridge, the Entrelac, the “crack” Shawl, the “crack” purse, and so on. We want to start this up again, but we want your suggestions, opinions, requests…. 
Here is what we have in mind. Maybe having two KAL’s per week, one during the week and one on Sunday afternoons? Saturdays are just too busy, and there would be nowhere to sit?!! 
During the week, how about mid day to early afternoon? This way those of you who have children coming home from school could still get home in time? How about not limiting the KAL to one specific project, or do you prefer it if everyone is knitting the same thing? 
Will be posting this to all of our email list, as well as on our Ravelry group, "friends of Anneke's Needleworks". And we look forward to lots and lots of responses so that we can announce our new KAL’s come September, right after Labor Day. 
Please let us know what you think! Thanks!! 
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Graffiti Knitters

One of our Next Crochet Projects! Tuesdays with Megan.

Copenhagen Jacket by Tammy Hildebrand.

Everyone is welcome to come today to work on a project of their choosing. Ellen is working on the tunic and Gay-Lynne has moved on to the Copenhagen jacket…I’ll see if I can figure out how to post a picture, but if not, it is on Ravelry. It is for an intermediate to advanced crocheter. It requires several different stitches, but there is no shaping, so if you are feeling adventurous, come in and we will give it a try. I am still very early on in the project, but I think it is going to make a great piece.

If anyone wants to start the tunic, granny square blanket or something that they already have a pattern for, I’ll see you today at 12:30.

~ Megan ~

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Baby Duck Drama Today ~ Emily, Marilyn and Wany to the RESCUE!!!

Well, we had another very full house Saturday today, with Andi’s great Hexagon class going on, our sample Sale and lots of people in the shop. When all of a sudden our “Mailman Lady” comes to the door to deliver the mail, and she sadly looks at me and says…. “I have very bad news about the ducks.”
Well you all know how I feel about our neighborhood ducks, so obviously my heart sank. 
She said that as she was delivering the mail, the Mama duck kept getting between her legs wanting to poke her like she had something to say to her. So she followed the Mama duck to see what was going on, and found that 12 little ducklings had fallen through the drain and there was no way Mama duck could get them out. 
So I mentioned it to people in the shop and Emily and Marilyn and then Wany all set off to the rescue. Meanwhile I called 911 and they connected us to the Fire Rescue who said they were on their way! 
Marilyn got 10 of the little ducklings out and they were all put into a US Mail bin until they were re-united with their Mama who was frantically hiding in the bushes…. And then the handsome Fire Rescue gentlemen arrived and rescued the other two that Marilyn could not get to. 
Whew! A close call… 

Monday, August 3, 2009

Hexagon Blanket Class: Saturday August 8th

"Bobby's Garden" by Megan Rogers.  Pattern for Sale on

Our good friend Gina came across this gorgeous, stunning pattern on Ravelry and she came to the shop and shared her excitement with all of us who were there on a particular Saturday.  She got started and she showed us her progress and our enthusiasm grew along with hers.  As a result, several of us have decided that this project is a MUST for all of us who are Noro enthusiasts, and we have decided to make a class of it.  The Blanket is called "Bobby's Garden" and is designed by Megan Rogers.  Please purchase her pattern online, on Ravelry, and bring it along to the class which will be held at 11:30 on Saturday August the 8th.  The link provided by Andi below should take you right to the Ravelry page where you can make the purchase.  Please note that you must be a member of Ravelry to have access to the pattern, if you have any difficulties please let us know and we will help you navigate joining the wonderful world of Ravelry!
By the way, Andi is officially "hooked" on this new project, here is what she has to say about it.... 
This project is nearly impossible to put down. I snapped a few pics to entice you all! The Noro Silk Garden will keep this light for our climate, but more than that… the color is so luscious!!!!
The pattern is easy enough to remember once you get going. Please join us on Saturday, August 8th for this knit-along. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry - hexagon blanket. The pattern has schematics for making any size - from baby blanket, to house cozy! I’m making a twin-sized version for the daybed in my yarn room. (yes, my yarn has it’s own room.)
And if you want to sneak a peek…  look at the pictures of the work in progress....

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Square #5 Class

Lean a little to the left, Lean a little to the right......

Hello all you Squares out there! This coming Saturday’s pattern is all set and ready for you to enjoy. We’ll be doing a design named Tilting Blocks. If you want to get a head start, cast on 46 stitches and knit 6 rows.

(Lori - the repeat is 8 stitches, so you should cast on a multiple of 8, plus 6 - which ever number is close to what you’ve casted on for the other blocks.)

I’m looking forward to another great Saturday class!

See you then!