Archive | May, 2013

KAN/CAN Update for the Week of 5/19 and Some Interesting Bits…

22 May

Well last night was another exciting and busy night with old friends and new gathering for some knitting, crocheting and lots of laughs!  Here is a brief rundown of what everyone is up to both with FOs and WIPs…

Helene finished this beautiful baby sweater set a Cabin Fever pattern called Sam, Sadira and Katie.  She used the same pretty variegated cotton yarn her sister Marie was using to make a baby blanket in a previous blogpost.

Here is Helene’s set:

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And Marie’s blanket…

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Helene also brought in a baby doll outfit she made using size 10 crochet cotton (almost thread thin!)

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This pattern was a combination of the top of one pattern, the bottom of another, the sleeves of another etc.  But I think the outcome is sensational!  Marie was “sick to death” of the baby blanket so she went for some immediate gratification knitting and worked on a dishcloth.

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One of our Lindas was working on the Horseshoe Throw.  Linda is using yarn she purchased from the “Wall of Yarn Adventure”.  It is in a lovely pale blue.

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Doris continues to work away at the coral afghan with the basketweave pattern…

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And daughter Christine, perseveres on the potato chip scarf.  With such tiny needles and such tiny yarn this scarf is a beautiful labor of love!

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Christine’s Aunt Jenine was also making terrific progress on her potato chip scarf…

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Lois finished Hannah’s jacket from What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  Didn’t it come out great!

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She also brought along an adorable market basket that has a felted bottom!

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Donna brought in a commissioned crochet piece to work on sewing the ends.  Since it is a surprise I have decided to withhold the pictures until I am assured that it is okay to share.   But one thing Donna made that I CAN share is this adorable hat using the rest of the Jaggerspun superwash wool I gave her to make the baby sweater shop sample.

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Linda H stopped by with two eagerly anticipated Finished Objects. The first is a sweater called “Move” made from yarn from “The Wall”.   I have been in love with the color combination and Linda has been in love with the interesting technique used to create this top down sweater.

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And…the anticipation is over.. the Icelandic zippered vest is finished!  Again using some of the yarn from “The Wall” with other yarn.  How GORGEOUS is this?  I think this will be the envy of all the other “Icelandians” when she goes there for a visit!

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In closing I want to offer a shout out to the new folks who joined us last night.   I forgot to photograph their works in progress but hopefully they will come back next week and I can introduce you to them at that time.

NOW for some interesting bits!!!

First of all, last week a representative from Angus King’s office came to our neighborhood for a tour of the dye house.  Bonnie Pothier, visited along with Elaine Palmitessa of Goodwill Industries.  It’s always fun to have company and they were so enthusiastic about the yarn!

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Second:

Remember this from the FB page…?

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On May 30th, the Saco River Dye House will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for some equipment that will allow them to expand the type of dyeing they can do.   Many of the KAN/CANers saw a preview of the video footage a couple of weeks ago.  I will let you know as soon as it goes live!

Third:

The Mittens for the Maine Children’s Home

are knitting away furiously to get 1600 pairs of mittens done for the Christmas boxes.  If you are interested in helping out, please join their FB page.  They are also on Ravelry.  Mittens of every size and color are more than welcome.

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h, last but not least…Saco River Yarn’s hours are changing!!!  I will now be open Monday 10-5, Tuesday 10-8, Wednesday -Friday 10-5 p.m. and Saturday 9-2pm.  I hope that these extended hours will help you to find time to stop in and say hello or stop by, grab a seat on the sofa and work on your project for a bit.

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What are the KAN/CANers Up To?

20 May

As promised Tuesday, here are the amazing projects both finished and in progress that our Tuesday night knitters/crocheters were working on this week…

Kathy has just recently moved to the area from out-of-state.  We are so happy that she has decided to join up on Tuesday nights.  This week she brought a beautiful scarf that she had already finished.  Kathy took an interesting stitch pattern that she liked, expanded it to scarf width and went to town!  The yarn is a mystery… (stash busting and all that jazz).

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But she was not done!  Kathy loves to make “wristers”, a.k.a. fingerless mitts.  Her favorite pattern is from Fox Geese & Fences. The blue stripe is Brown Sheep but the rest…you guessed it…stash busting mystery yarn.

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Marie was happily engaged in mindless baby blanket crochet using a cotton yarn in springy greens, yellows and white.  This is the kind of soothing, project that is perfect for knitting groups because they don’t require a lot of concentration.

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Lucille, my mom and the face of the shop on Thursdays, is working on secret Christmas knitting using a combination of yarns from the “Wall of Yarn Adventure”.  It may be secret but I’m going to show you anyway.  She has adapted the Berroco pattern Maracajau that I made in a very Berroco Origami a few summers ago.

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We joked that Lucille dressed to match Marie’s blanket since her sweater was in the same colorway.

Lorraine, Lucille’s sister and my aunt, has just taken up knitting again.  She is making a cowl that I loosely designed for her in Jojoland Rhythm.  I think she’s really having a good time with it and we love having her come knit with us!

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Lois brought a new project that was nearly complete!  Hannah’s jacket from What to Knit When You’re Expecting.  She is using Caron’s Simply Soft baby, I think.  Adorable!!!

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Christine came in wearing Wendy Johnson’s mystery shawlette.  Christine cast this on in Quince’s Finch, in the Egret colorway that she bought with birthday money!!!!  Woohoo!  Christine is in many ways my knitting idol.  When she buys yarn it has a job.  She makes what she plans on making AND she wears everything she makes!  As a process knitter, I am truly envious.

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Remember Christine’s laptop case in alapaca from last week?  This week she is using the same yarn, size 0 needles and is making a potato chip scarf much like her Aunt was making last week.

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Once again, this post is late but FULL of great things.  I’m so lucky to have such a great Tuesday group.  I hope you’ll consider joining us sometime. 

Better Late Than Never…

14 May

For future reference, it is my intention to post FO (Finished Objects) and WIPs (Works in Progress) of our KAN/CAN (Knit at Night/Crochet at Night) attendees by Thursday of that week but last week it was simply not to be.  Please consider joining us on Tuesdays from 5-8p.m. at the store for some fiber crafting (all are welcome), coffee and a lot of  laughs!  Bring your FOs and WIPs and we’ll chat about them on the blog!

I have a HUGE amount of stuff to show you!!!  So get a reading beverage or snack of choice and I will stop rambling and get to the good stuff!

FOs (Finished Objects)

This first FO does not look finished, but it is.  Lois swatched some beautiful lambswool she acquired at a fiber festival from Longmeadow Farm in NY.  Is this gorgeous!

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She did not stop there however… Lois also showed off a beautiful “Simplest Baby Blanket” by Hannah Fettig using unknown stash yarn AND while she visited with us put the finishing touches on a sweet little tea bag holder, part of a project for the American Girl Doll Tea to be held at the Victorian Mansion in Portland, ME on May 19th.

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Priscille made a beautiful baby set as part of a KAL she started with her knitting a group in Florida.  It is just adorable!

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Pris also began working on a hat she was designing using a stitch pattern she liked from another project.

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Doris is well on her way to completing another baby blanket in her basket weave pattern using  stash yarn.

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Jeanine, one of our new members, worked on a potato chip scarf in gorgeous purple stash yarn.

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Carolyn was working on a market basket.  This is at least the second one she has worked on during KAN/CAN.

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Judy and Carolyn have been missed over the last couple of weeks but have not been idle.  Judy brough in a slew of completed projects. A beautiful crocheted linen doily in Quince’s Sparrow, the Rocky Coast Cardigan from Coastal Knits made in yarn from the now, defunct, “Wall of Yarn Adventure”, and a completed a beautiful beaded scarf.

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Christine continues to work on her market bag in an alpaca blend yarn.  The pattern is Felted Laptop Bag by Monica Nordgren.  She is making this for a family member’s gift.  Christine knows the yarn will felt well because of an unfortunate washer/dryer incident!  Once Christine is finished with the knitting, the felting fun begins.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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KAN/CAN is not open to just knitters and crocheters.  Louise, one of our newest attendees, brought her drop spindle and spun some beautiful blue merino from Louet while her daughter, Jenn began work on a “Mile-A-Minute” crocheted afghan strip that mother and daughter are making together.  How cool is that?!

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IMAG0237Linda brought along two Works in Progress, although one looked nearly complete.  Her first project is Nightlock by Lisa Mutch.  Linda is knitting this project in orange Paternayan yarn from the “Wall of Yarn Adventure”.  Normally a needlework or rug yarn, many gorgeous projects have recently been knit from this yarn since it was prominently featured on the wall in a variety of colors.  This is Linda’s project for the “Fat Squirrel’s Orange KAL”.  KAL is short for knit-a-long and is kind of like a craft book club where everyone does something that falls along the lines of some sort of “rule”.  This KAL’s rule is that the garment must be orange.  Yum!

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Linda’s other project is an adaptation of a short, fitted Icelandic cardigan pattern she had.  Linda decided she would knit this as a vest instead for an upcoming trip.  Here Linda is finished with the colorwork.  If you look carefully, you can see where she will (actually already did) steek the sweater.  Traditional Icelandic sweaters are knit as a tube in the round.  Steeking is essentially cutting the sweater to pick up stitches to add arms or in Linda’s case a button band.  This sweater was also made from “wall yarn”.

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As you can see, the KAN/CAN ladies are a very creative, resourceful and productive group who love to share their love of craft and fiber.  Feel free to come sit with us and work on a project or two.  If you get stuck or need some courage, there is lots of experience to help you get through it.  Oh, and if you need yarn, I have that too.

Mother’s Day…

6 May

Maybe you have been so busy playing outside in the beautiful weather that you have forgotten Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12 (as in 6 days away)?  No need to panic because I’ve got you covered.  There are plenty of wonderful fibery ideas that almost any mom would get excited about.

Let’s start with the crafty moms…

If she loves color, we carry a full range of Quince & Co. yarns which come in 8 yarn weights and over 36 colors.  Most of the lines have a base of American wool.  They are a pleasure to work with and Quince has gorgeous pattern support including 12 of their most popular patterns in print!

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If Mom is looking to knit/crochet a dream…  Swans Island merino/silk lace weight yarn looks and feels just like a dream.  This yarn comes in 540 yd. skeins in beautifully muted shades with names like “blush” and “sea glass”.

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Perhaps there is a “mom-to-be” in the family.  We carry Jaggerspun Superlamb, a 100% wool yarn that is machine washable.  A perfect choice if you are knitting for a baby!

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If Mom does not knit or crochet, Saco River Yarns has some manufactured items using locally sourced alpaca.  She will love the way her feet feel in alpaca blend socks.  And the striped and polka dotted patterns are a little fun and flirty too.

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Still unsure.  No problem.  We have gift certificates in every size.  One way or the other… remember Mom this Sunday.

We will be closed on Saturday, May 11 so that I may attend my daughter’s graduation from the University of Maine so make sure you come in before Saturday.

 

 

 

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