April Virtual Show and Share – What We’ve Been Up to in April.
This month’s Show and Share is a little different. Photos are in a gallery as usual, but first before the gallery are project descriptions provided by the knitters. Items will be added to this page as they are received until May 5th, the date of what would have been our next Guild meeting. Check back periodically to see what additional items have been sent in. New items will be added as they are received, at the beginning of the list so you don’t have to scroll through all the descriptions again.
To add your project activity to the list, email the webmaster at webmaster@SanDiegoKnitters.com for details on what to provide. Items can be in progress, as long as you worked on it in April. Anything received after May 4th will be held for May’s Virtual Show and Share. Note: April’s Show and Share Gallery is now closed. Check May’s Virtual Show and Share for new entries.
Alternatively (or in addition ) – share your project on Ravelry! We have a Ravelry Group, and in Sydnie Wauson’s first presentation of the year she showed us how to Share Projects in Ravelry, in her first Ravelry Tip. You can also find her tip posted by Sydnie on the Guild’s Ravelry page.
— Kerry Nare, webmaster webmaster@SanDiegoKnitters.com
Here’s our first Virtual Show and Share for April.
Project descriptions are in the knitter’s own words (for the most part) – please contact the knitter for additional details! Read about the projects first, then scroll down for the gallery. As usual, click on the gallery photos to enlarge and for a slide show.
Sock for My Sister: Yarn is Pattons North American Kroy Socks, colorway is Sing’n the Blues Stripes. Pattern is ‘Vanilla Latte Socks’ designed by Virginia Rose-Jeanes
“My sister’s birthday is January 20. In mid December 2019 I began to knit socks as a 2020 birthday gift. I completed both socks, except for the toes, by the end of 2019. No worries. I still had three weeks to complete them, wrap them, and give them to her.
“In late December, My husband cleaned and waxed our kitchen floor. Knowing that the floor was slippery, I was careful to walk slowly and deliberately. Careful until January 2. We decided to play a game of RummiKub, which required clearing our dining room table. (I have a habit of covering all horizontal surfaces with stuff). Hurrying to remove my stuff from the table, I took a long step from our carpeted hall floor onto the kitchen floor. One step and I fell flat on my back, extending my arms to avoid injury.
” ‘Ice. Give me ice.’ My husband offered to help me stand up. ‘No,’ I told him. ‘I need ice.’ My hand was already swelling. ‘I need ice for the swelling.’ Not knowing if my left hand was broken, we played 3 games, my hand wrapped in a cold pack. The hand hurt. The arm hurt. But I won two of three games.
“I called for advice from Kaiser. A four-hour appointment at Urgent Care resulted in the scheduling of a January 8 surgery appointment. Two months in a splint from fingers to above the elbow. Drugs for pain and nerve recovery. No knitting. No driving. Occupational therapy. Once the splint was off, I was advised to delay knitting for another month. More occupational therapy. During my final in-office appointment with my surgeon, I demonstrated to him my knitting skills. He advised 5 to 20 minutes at a time.
“Socks for my sister were my first project to finish. I lasted 5 minutes before my hand became numb. Knit. Numb. Knit for 10 minutes. Numb. Finally 20 minutes before setting my project aside.
“Working on size 2.5 needles I dropped stitches, ripped out about 10 rows, started over, ripped more rows, and finally managed to complete the toe of one sock. By the time I tackled the second sock my fine motor skills had improved. No more backtracking. I finished the socks I started December 10, 2019 on April 4, 2020.
“I’ve not yet given my sister the socks. By April 4 we were in lock down and her birthday was well past. No worries. She will have another birthday next year.”
Photo: Mary Lovett Socks for My Sister
“Here Is my Radiate Shawl from Stephen West (of course) using Malabrigo Sock yarns.” Tania is part of an informal group which calls itself “Queen Ann’s Court”.
Photo: Tania Marshall Radiate Shawl
“My first square.. for the “Great American Aran Afghan. I used Plymouth Encore and the square is by Ginette Belanger.”
Photo: Elaine Forman Great Am Afghan Square
“I needed to knit a shawl that felt like a hug and this one fit the bill. The shawl is called Sheep Wagon Shawl and the designer is Joanna Johnson. It calls for bulky yarn. I used SKEINO Moon yarn that I had for a kit meant for a different project. I had almost enough yarn but had to make some changes to accommodate the amount I had. “
Sheila Rodbell Sheep Wagon Shawl
“These are my two works in progress for the virtual show and share. The vest is for our great grandson who turns two next January, it will be a Xmas present. Pattern is Peanut by Tin Can Knits in the 2-4 year old size. Yarn is Berroco Comfort DK, an acrylic/nylon blend, purchased at last year’s stash sale.”
“The sweater back is for the Pitch coat, a Brooklyn Tweed pattern. Yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, 100% wool in the Sweatshirt color, purchased at Blazing Needles in Salt Lake City. I have the back and sleeves done, the left front in progress. It is also a Xmas present, for my daughter-in-law.”
Amy Sheridan – Vest
Amy Sheridan – Pitch Coat
“Diagonal Scarf Crochet Stitch scarf. I found a crochet pattern, but since the pattern was pretty useless, I went to YouTube for the stitch pattern.
“Bryce Canyon shawl – I finished this one this month. I thought it was older than the crochet project… bind-off I used was looser than I expected and it didn’t tink well so that’s why I photographed it upside down. I’m sure you caught that!”
Spice socks pattern is from “2-at-a-times Socks’ by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. The original pattern called for multiple colors, but Marilyn used a single colorway.
Marilyn Wilkinson Scarf 1
Marilyn Wilkinson Scarf 2 close up
Marilyn Wilkinson Bryce Canyon 1
Marilyn Wilkinson Bryce Canyon 2 close-up
Marilyn Wilkinson Spice Socks
“First finished [project] was this Brioche Shawl. It was adapted from a pattern called Beaubourg by Julie Knits in Paris. I used Uneek Worsted in two colorways: Gray and a wild Variegated.
Cardigan – “It is called Multipatterned Cardigan by Deborah Newton. It was done in three shades of Stunning String Studio Sport. This was a challenging knit – lots of measuring, picking up, and piecing.
“Finally, I cooled down by making a dozen felted bowls. These I will keep on hand for gifting opportunities. I used the pattern called Felted Bowls by Kelly Kingston. I had fun combining wools in my stash. Watching them felt up was some of the most fun I’ve had in self-isolation so far!
“If anyone wants more project details I am musicmary on Ravelry.
“I belong to an unofficial subgroup called Queen Ann’s Court (the QAC). Our name is in deference to our beloved Ann Dumanis. We have been meeting regularly on Zoom with additional members from LA and the Bay Area.”
Mary Barranger Brioche Shawl.
Mary Barranger Cardigan 1
Mary Barranger Cardigan 2
Mary Barranger Purple Bowl
Mary Barranger Dozen Bowls
Carol Myers, Linda Berger, and Kerry Nare took Xandy Peters’ beginning Stack Stitches at Stitches SoCal last year where Xandy wore her Eccentricity shawl. Carol knitted hers in Kelbourne Woolens Scout. Pattern available on Ravelry
Carol’s Toddler Blanket was knitted in Entrelac in colors she chose for the recipient.
Carol Myers Eccentricity shawl
Carol Myers Entrelac Toddler Blanket
Alice took a brioche class taught by Linda Berger at Yarning for You, where she started this scarf.
Photo – Alice Chary Wander Which Way Brioche Scarf.
“Here is my last project. I need to find buttons… Or maybe I can convince Eileen to make me some Dorset buttons. I made a straighter silhouette with no pockets. Very pleased with the fit.
“Tennis elbow has prevented me from knitting anything at all this past month! What a waste of quarantine time. I’m missing the relaxation. Ah well…. I’ve done a lot of reading instead.
“Pattern is “Wanderling” by Isabell Kraemer. Yarn – Miss Babs Killington in Fig color way.”
Photos: Aunrey Bubis Sweater
“[First] sweater is not yet finished, but these are the particulars: Designer is Celina Dyhring, sweater pattern is “The Everyday Sweater “ and the yarn is Berroco Pixel, color clove.
“Second sweater done while in quarantine: This is from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2014; designer is Yokozuna’s Harts; pattern is “Hooded Button-Front Vest” and yarn is Rosa Pomar Mungo color 001.
Deborah Cravets Everyday Sweater 1
Deborah Cravets Hooded Button-Front Vest
“Crocheted… Amigurumi, from patterns on Ravelry and Etsy. The yarn is just leftover yarns in stash. These were made for my Chicago grandchildren.
“Classic Cardigan by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Ravelry download. I’m using Grignasco Springfield Vintage Yarn in Faded Red, purchased September, 2013 at Yarning For You in San Marcos. This cardigan is for me!”
Bobbie Brunson Classic Cardigan
Bobbie Brunson Crocheted Amigurumi
“These are both from the Ranunculus pattern [on Ravelry]. I like the neckline, though I modified each one a lot.
On this one [first one], it was just awful when I finished it. A few days after I first put it on, I took a good look at it again, and decided that the neck was too high and the sleeves too short. I clipped and undid about 1/5 inches off the neck and used that yarn to lengthen the sleeves … and then I DID like it after all!
“And I just finished this one [second one]. On this one, I deliberately started the neckline several rows in, so the neckline would be lower. And I could see that I was going to run out of yarn, so I added many rows with a hand-dyed, burgundy yarn that blended in well. Again I lengthened the sleeves and ended up adding a lot more rows at the bottom, too, which has a twisted rib stitch pattern. The neckline was a little too large this time, so I added a row of crochet around the neckline to make it “just right.”:
Linda Hart Renunculus sweater 1
Linda Hart Renunculus sweater 2