Friday, February 22, 2013

“Traveling” with Sue

Sue L.’s Traveling Sweater was a big hit at the last guild meeting. Here are the details:

The pattern is the Traveling Sweater, designed by A. Karen Alfke. Sue purchased it from Blue Moon Fiber Arts at the 2012 Madrona Fiber Arts Festival.

The yarn is Blue Moon Woobu, which is 60% merino and 40% bamboo. The color is True Blood red. Skeins weigh 226 grams and hold 620 yards (big skeins!). The yarn is very soft and the sweater is very cozy and warm. Sue used US3 needles.

This sweater is knit flat in a k2, p2 rib, with one body piece and two sleeve pieces. The design uses wrap-and-turn (short row) technique to make the curves. The body is about 144 inches (yes, 144 inches!) around from mid-back edge to mid-back edge.

Sue said, “It took a bit of turning my mind upside down to understand how it went together until I blocked it. And it must be blocked — the rib is stretched to flatten out the ridges. Once I saw it laid out, I understood better how to put it together. I did get a bit bored with the knitting because it is just the same k2, p2 with a few w&t thrown in now and then for the entire body and the two sleeves. But it turned out very nice and I like to wear it — that’s what counts.”

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Has a guild member knit something you want to know more about? Do you want to share the details of one of your projects? Talks to Sue V. She will try to feature a project by a guild member with some regularity on this blog.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lots of Great Knitting

The February meeting showed just how talented our guild members are.

Angela’s vest; she plans to re-work
the sleeves to make them less bulky
Jeannie’s hats; note that the stripe pattern
mirrors instead of repeats
A beautiful baby blanket!
Two from Chris:  Mini Mania linen stitch scarf and
Mio top-down mitts
Joan’s Wingspan
We wish the best of luck to our good friend Pat, who is moving to Klamath Falls, Oregon, to be closer to her son. Pat, who is known for her expertise knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles, is likely to find lots of knitting and quilting friends in her new home. She has promised to coordinate her visits back to our area with guild days so that we can all visit together and see her latest socks. Best wishes for your new life in Klamath Falls, Pat! We will miss you!

Best wishes to Pat!

In other business:
  • The March 12 meeting will be at 10:30 a.m.
  • Jeannie will see if we can set up a field trip to Maker’s Mercantile for either Thursday, April 18, or Thursday, April 25.
  • Sue V. asks for any leftovers you might have from your skein of Trekking that Karin Skacel gave us at the November 2012 meeting. Please bring them to the next meeting. She thinks she has enough to finish her project, but a little cushion would not hurt.

Monday, February 4, 2013

February Meeting

Tuesday, February 12
10:30 a.m.
(note time change)
Puyallup Library Board Room

The items that were in the display case will be available for pick-up at the February meeting. Please be there to pick up your items or arrange for someone to pick them up for you. 

Bring your show-and-share items and your name tent.