Thursday, 30 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
This is the schematic for the red sweater above. I'm not too far along yet but #1 is the collar. On my 'girl' you can plainly see it is a garter stitch flipped over collar which is going to be quite lovely. I have finished panel #2 down the Left front.I just started on the Back panel #3. And I mean just started. I think I have worked 2 ridges there and obviously need a longer needle than that double pointed needle to get going. The clothes pin is pinning the first buttonholes together just to show you what's what. If you want to see it a little further along go to http://mommabearknits2.blogspot.com/ because Bernice is motoring on ahead. This is her design and based on her Baby J (www.cabinfever.ca/P420.html).
I think it's movie night at our house tonight and that means lots of garter stitch and popcorn.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
More than half said staff and service were the most important. Next was location because, like going to the gym, convenience makes a difference. The last was yarn selection although some of you would travel to a store when you needed a larger selection to choose from. Those of us who are so fortunate as to have a couple of stores to choose from know what the differences are between the stores we frequent and go to each one for a particular reason.
This was not a cabinfever shop question. We work out of a warehouse which is why we are so hard to find. It's a very unglamourous location with corrugated metal walls and black metal gates but this space works really well for us. We have a very small room where we have some retail yarns out but mostly we have the yarns we sell under our label. It's messy, with boxes of yarn and piles of samples and when we are packing for a show it definitely looks like a working shop! We do 8 - 10 shows a year which ties up lots of weekends and makes for a few busy weeks approaching these dates. I hold a 'drop-in' class on Wednesday afternoons during the fall and winter and our knitting guild meets there once a month which is where I see knitters in our shop on a regular basis.
The question springs from speaking to store owners about getting a trade show going in Ontario. This would be an industry show where small and large wholesalers display their wares and store owners come to see what they could buy for their shops - yarn, needles, books, patterns, notions, novelty items, etc. If store owners in the area all shop at the same trade show some of the same products would show up in lots of the shops. Would that result in fewer customers walking through the door? If staff, service and how comfortable you feel in the shop is the largest draw to repeat visits then some overlap of product is not a problem. Any other comments?
And though I was checking this site every 5 minutes to see if there were any more comments, I did finish my Lacey Legs sock (www.cabinfever.ca/P165.html).This is a sample sock so there is only one. Sample socks are happy singles, really they are. Now I have no excuse for doddling. I have to get back to that long list of 'knitting things to do'. I'm working on the JJ Adult jacket, editing a couple of other patterns and . . . that's as far as I've gotten. That giant basket of left behind projects is sitting beside my knitting chair and not clearing itself. Time to dig into it.
Thanks again for your input,
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Yikes, a change of 1 stitch per inch can make quite a difference. You would think that the blue men's sock was faster to knit but no . . . it's the largest men's size so actually took longer. Big feet. I started a second sock sample (www.cabinfever.ca/P165.html) Toe Up Lacey Legs.
I love knitting this pattern. You get a lot for your lace work here. Time to get back to it.
Friday, 17 July 2009
They are coming out beautifully in this luscious wool. Still the rest of the cuff to go but it's no problem at all. In fact it's calling to me.
Today in the car I got over 2" done on the collar of the JJ Jacket. Latest bulletin: At lunch time today Bernice informed me she was half way down her collar.
This is going to be good knitting for the car, in front of the TV or while I'm talking to friends. It's very relaxing to just knit, knit, knit along.
Tonight I'll be answering the call of the bison. But before I give in, I have a question. If you had several knitting stores in your area which carried more or less the same type of yarns, why would you shop at one store as opposed to another? Is it the convenience of location, the store's staff, the selection of yarns, the service after your purchase? Each of us probably likes a different shopping experience but what makes you go back and back and back to the same store?
Thursday, 16 July 2009
I expect that Bernice is way ahead of me on the Adult J jacket. I will be casting on soon to try and catch up to her.
Monday, 13 July 2009
I have my work cut out for me for the next month. The summer is speeding by.
Friday, 10 July 2009
I have added several more repeats to my scarf (http://www.knitspot.com/knitting_pattern/butternut-scarf-p-124.html) pattern by Anne Hanson.I'm not anywhere close to finished yet, possibly one third done. This pattern is easy to memorize and I am finally getting used to the lace weight yarn. Yay. Makes my worsted weight yarn for the sweater seem thick and fast, fast, fast.
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
I did some knitting. When I got home and was functioning on Monday I tried it on. Hmm looks a little big but if I knit one more row that will fix it. Tried it on again and guess what, still too big. Took it off, ate lunch, tried it on again and as I was now revived by food, could admit that it wasn't a little big, it was a lot big. I measured it and I now have 6" of ease, yikes. Measured my gauge and sure enough it was off. This is not unusual for me. I never knit to gauge unless I really work on tightening up. As soon as I relax I loosen up and the result is 6" of ease. That is why swatches don't work for me. I pay attention to them and then they lead me down the garden path.
But ... I am knitting top down and can correct this on the fly. I ripped back to the divide where I had put the sleeves on a string and originally cast on 14 sts for the underarm. I can adjust the size there.
I now cast on only 6 sts at the underarm. That eliminates 16 sts from my body and now I should have 2-3" of ease which is what I wanted. I will continue merrily on my way with my relaxed gauge.
P.S. Hi commenters: The yarn is Perfection a new yarn from Kraemer (www.kraemeryarns.com) but I see it's not up on the site yet. The colour is gorgeous.
And I also like the wide neck. I really was looking for a collar that stood up and this appears to have the intestinal fortitude to do that so far.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
But they do break up the diagonal line of the diamond leaves. It may be more effective when off the blocking wires.
I started a new sweater for myself. It's my party and I'll knit what I want to . . . it's my holidays that is. I'm testing out a new yarn we have been given. Nothing like doing a very large swatch to wash up.
It's a pullover top down and if it turns out I'll write it up. Does the neck look a little big?
It has ribbed sleeves which I think will look good. It's Mariposa Folk Festival weekend here and this is my project to take with me. Nice easy knitting as I listen to live music sitting in my lawn chair under the trees.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009