May Activities – What’s on Your Needles?
Sigh, another month at home. Check back periodically to see what Guild members are up to this month. Items will be added as they are received.
To add your project activity to the list, email the webmaster at webmaster@SanDiegoKnitters.com for details on how to send your photos and descriptions – either via email or text message. Images files should be as large as possible for clarity (ideally greater than 500 kb please.) Items can be in progress, as long as you have worked on it in May. Anything received after June 1st will be held for June’s Virtual Show and Share. May’s Show and Share is now closed. Check June’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
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 to below all the descriptions for the gallery. As usual, click on the gallery photos to enlarge and for a slide show.
“I made this cape for my sister out of Universal Yarn Major. I usually don’t like to knit with acrylic but the colors appealed to me and using the steam method, it became very soft. The pattern design on Ravelry is The Brewster Cape by Kathryn Roberts.”
Photo: Sheila Rodbell The Brewster Cape
“I made this sweater out of Shibui Twig and Shibui Silk Cloud ‘held together’. I bought it on sale when Common Threads closed their doors. It’s made on a bulky knitting machine with a seam in the front and back because I was going to alternate colors on each quadrant until I realized I had enough yarn. The collar/tie is made of silk cloud and makes up for the fact that my neckline came out rather low, for me. I drew the pattern with set in sleeves. The shaping on the front side is on the sides and on the back I did the slight waist shaping in the middle, mostly because I could, since it had a center seam.”
Photo: Teri Saisho Sweater
Pattern: Urban Geometry
Designer: Ilga Leja
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino
Tina’s Rounsavell’s lace vest “Urban Geometry”, designed by Ilga Leja. Tina knitted it in Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino. This is the second time Tina knit this pattern – she liked it so much, she knitted it twice. The designer liked this version so much, she posted Tina’s photo on her Instragram page.
Photo: Tina Rounsavell Urban Geometry vest
“I cast on 300 stitches, it is all worsted yarn and I used a 29 inch 7 circ. This is the craziest and biggest thing I have ever knitted. Last year during my husband’s illness, I couldn’t concentrate on counting rows or stitches so I gathered up all the leftover balls of yarn I had been collecting and knit this monster! It measures 38” x 8’. And I still have leftover balls of yarn! I will make small projects now!!!”
Photo: Jan Davis Blanket
“Here’s my recently completed Gretel with added sleeves. I substituted DK weight Classic Elite Provence cotton yarn (purchased 10 years ago at a Guild Stash Sale) for the lace weight called for in the pattern by Julie Weisenberger (cocoknits). It’s a perfect top for spring!”
Photo: Sheila Kirschenbaum Cotton Sweater
Here are my recently completed Rose City Rollers, made from KnitPicks Felici purchased at a guild stash sale (not sure which year).
Photo: Amy Sheridan Rose City Rollers socks
“Baby Shane Blanket , for a cousin (not named Shane) expected in early September. I saw Barbara Levin knit this a couple of years ago and saved it for the perfect opportunity. It is a free pattern, designed by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Yarns and this one was made in Cascade 220 superwash.”
Nancy Nevin Baby Shane Blanket folded
Nancy Nevin Baby Shane Blanket
“Boo Knits pattern ‘Love Is…’
Start Date: 2/15/2020, Finish Date: 4/1/2020
“Yarn Used: Dye For Yarn Tussah Silk lace weight in colorway Withering Bunch of Roses. According to the pattern, it’s “just under” 1300 beads but who’s counting :)”
Sydnie Wauson Love Is… shawl
Sydnie Wauson Love Is… shawl close-up
“I have two grandchildren graduating from high school (SDA) in June 2021. I am making each an afghan to take to college. I have just completed the one for my grandson. The masculine-looking pattern is “Station Wagon Blanket”, designed by Mary Jane Mucklestone. I added an applied I-cord border. The yarn is “Gems Worsted”, a 100% machine-wash & dry merino wool. The color-palette for this yarn is extensive, the colors vivid.”
Photo: Peggy Redler Station Wagon Blanket
“Cowl – The pattern is ‘Washington Square’ by Malabrigo and the yarn was Malabrigo. The cowl is meant to be over the shoulders a little bit, but for me it turned out really big! So Patt Miller suggested I wrap it twice and that was the jackpot! I like it a lot better this way. Perfect for this next winter if I ever get to travel to the east coast again to visit kids!
“Shawl/Lap Blanket – The pattern is ‘Andrea Shawl’ by Jo Allport. The yarn is Queensland Collection, United. It’s a blend of lamb’s wool and cotton. The yardage was a bit of a challenge and I ended up ordering additional yarn. The information on the printed pattern I got in the yarn shop was a little different than what was on the pattern in Ravelry. But I was able to find more yarn from Yarn Scout pretty quickly so it wasn’t a problem. This turned out large for me also. Guess I’m a really loose knitter! It can be used as a shawl or a great cover-up when you’re sitting on the couch.
“Baskets: A friend asked me if I could knit her a small desk-top basket so I was on a mission. I tried two different patterns, which didn’t work for her, but the third one (red) worked fine. I made up that pattern on my own.
“Gray Basket – The pattern is from Little Yellow Wheelbarrow, yarn is Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and white macrame cord. The sides don’t stand up very well so I folded them down a bit. I suppose if you filled it with socks or balls of yarn it would look cute.
“White Basket – The pattern is called “Bowie Basket” by Peoney Knits (Josie Bailey), yarn was Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. That basket was too tall so I used it as an Easter basket for my granddaughter. I sent it to her filled with bunnies. (It can double as a hat – looks just like ‘A Cat in the Hat!’)
“Red Basket – I made up my own pattern for this one. I measured around an empty container and when I finished the knitting, I slipped the container inside the basket. This holds up the sides and is the perfect size for my friend’s desktop space.”
Wendy Telford Washington Square Cowl
Wendy Telford Washington Square Cowl Wrapped Twice
Wendy Telford Andrea Shawl Front
Wendy Telford Andrea Shawl Back
Wendy Telford Gray Basket
Wendy Telford White Basket
Wendy Telford Red Basket
“I got the yarn from a fellow machine knitter who passed away. I call it my Fanny dress in her honor. The yarn is a wool rayon blend that has a nice drape at 9.25 stitches per inch. I copied the shape of a dress I had and added the ruffled hem, lace neckline, flutter sleeves, and adjusted for my short stature. The flutter sleeves are knit sideways with short rows. I drew a regular sleeve then cut deep slits and spread it out to determine the short row wedges. The edges are kept from curling by transferring 3 stitches on the edge, equivalent to a K2tog, K2, M1. The hem is also done with short rows. I think the bit of flare is flattering to heavier legs. It took over a dozen swatches to determine the gauge, lace, edges, sleeves, etc.”
Teri Saisho Fanny Dress
Teri Saisho Lace Detail
Teri Saisho Lace Neckline
Teri Saisho Blocked Sleeve