March 2021 ACTIVITIES – WHAT’S ON YOUR NEEDLES?
Show and Share is currently a virtual activity. The gallery includes Knit@Nite photos.
To participate, send your photos* and descriptions to Kerry Nare – either via text message (preferred) or email (Kerry’s direct email address and phone number can be found in the Guild Directory.) Image file sizes should be as large as possible for clarity (ideally greater than 500 kb please.) Include a description of your project, pattern and designer name, yarn used, how you came to knit your project, and any other information you wish viewers to know, and be sure to include your name! Items received after March 31st will be included in April’s Virtual Show and Share.
* Did you know? Smart phones have much better cameras than iPads or tablets, so if you have a choice, take your photos with your phone. You can text photos directly from your phone, no need to download first.
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Details regarding project photos
Photos (3): Sheila Kirschenbaum – Felted Swift Holder
“Tired of storing my umbrella swift in its old original packaging, I knitted it a Swift Protector. The design is straightforward: a cylindrical tube with a closed bottom and drawstring top. I used unidentified stash sale worsted weight wool yarn. A swatch knit on US10.5 needles shrunk about 25% during felting so I knit the tube 25% longer and wider than needed. The drawstring is a 4-stitch icord. Tube and drawstring were felted in a front-loading washing machine until the size was right. My swift can safely travel or hang in a cupboard. I’m delighted with how it turned out.”
Photo (1): Aunrey Bubis – Pullover
“This sweater pattern is On Frozen Pond by Kay Hopkins. I copied the colors shown in the pattern, Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in Beach Chair with Terra as the accent.”
Photo (1): Carol Myers – Lattice Hat
“Lattice Hat designed by Martin Storey, knitted with luscious Rowan Alpaca Soft DK.”
Photos (3): Eileen Adler – sweater and Mola
The idea for this Mola sweater began in 1980 when Eileen purchased a panel at a silent auction for KQED public television. The idea was to incorporate it into a sweater which finally happened in 2021. Molas, elaborate colorful panels, adorn blouses that are part of the dress of the Cuna women, with the addition of colorful arms and legs wrappings called uini, lovely head scarves called muswe and patterned skirts, all containing bright colors which are thought to repel evil spirits. These handcrafted items, produced by indigenous women help empower them socially, psychologically, and maybe most importantly, economically. The embroidered message on Eileen’s Mola translates to “New Theater of San Francisco,” the city located on the Kuna archipelago (not the one in California) on the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama.
Eileen’s original design was knitted with Black Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% Cotton and 20% Merino Wool) in colors Salmon Berry Red and Cavern on US 6 (4mm) needles.
Photo (1): Tania Marshall – Ishbel Shawl
“I participated in the Ysolda Teague Knitalong celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Ishbel Shawl. Used the Guild discount to buy the pattern and stash Baah La Jolla merino fingering yarn in the Emerald Isle colorway for the smallest size.”
Photos (8): Patt Miller – Dog Sweaters modeled by Ruby
“An experiment in co-ownership of Ruby the Red Poodle is going extremely well. I bought Ruby for a neighbor who has custody, and pays the vet and grooming bills. I pay for pet insurance and get to have her whenever I want. Once my friend resumes working, I’ll have her more often. This arrangement allows me to get my dog fix, and still vacation without having to hire a dog sitter once we can resume traveling.
“Ruby only weighs five pounds, and gets cold easily, so the idea of making her a sweater was completely utilitarian. Then it became addicting. The sweaters are good stash busters and usually take about two days to complete the shell, and another day to decorate. I use mostly Encore (75% Acrylic and 25% Wool) on size six and eight needles. The original pattern has been significantly modified to be knit in the round instead of flat pieces that require sewing.
“I have to laugh when folks in the neighborhood tell me I should sell these sweaters on Etsy, or ask how much would I charge to make their dog one. It’s taken me several iterations to get the right custom fit for Ruby. She seems to enjoy wearing them as much as I like making them for her. Next on the needles, an orange, yellow and white Candy Corn for Halloween.”
Photo (2): Susan Schock – Fox Sweater, Pocket Sweater
“Pattern Fox Cub Sweater by Hennie. Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK. Knit this for my great nephew and it was a huge success. They even put him in it for their Christmas photo.
“One more. Also knit for my great nephew. Pattern: Surfside by Georgie Nicholson. Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease. This was a copy of a discontinued pattern. Just knitted the pocket in off-white and added ears and duplicate-stitched the eyes and nose.”
Photos (5): Tania Marshall – Tunic, Basic Sweater, and MKAL Shawl
“Tunic. I’m taking a machine knitting class at Foothills Adult School. This is the basic Danny sweater. I made it tunic length and hand finished neck, cuff and split hem. Yarn is Plymouth Coffee Beenz.
“Machine knitting Homework was to make the basic class sweater from stash yarn. I had 7 skeins in 3 colors of Aslan Trends Artesenal, a cotton and alpaca blend. I lost at yarn chicken and had to pick out a few inches of the hem to harvest enough yarn for the sleeves. Hand knit about 1/3 of the sleeves, the collar and the I cord hem.
“This was a mystery knitalong where no one else in the group knew what your end result would be. We started with 10 mini skeins of KFI Teenie Weenie Wool and could make anything as long as all 10 colors were included. We were allowed to use ONE stash item. I selected Malabrigo sock yarn. All in garter, this shawl was a lot of fun to design and map out.”
Photo (1): Christina Ward – Fingerless Mittens
“Cambre” fingerless mittens designed by Irina Anikeeva. Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll fingering. Color: ‘rainstorm heather’. Irina, from our guild, gave a presentation last year and I took one of her follow up classes. These mittens are a result. This was an enjoyable and challenging project.”
Photos (2): Colleen Davis – Diamonds Tunic, and Floral Cropped Topper
“I’ve got a couple of garments this month.
“The first one is a tunic composed of individual diamond shaped that were knitted separately and sewed together. The colorway is turquoise, olive green, dark green and rust.
“The second garment is another cropped topper using a Kaffe Fassett floral design. The intarsia design combines coral, turquoise, lavender, blue and yellow-gold yarns.”