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        Fall 2011                     

A new season -- a new theme!  The whole season will be open for entry with no restrictions.  You know what that means?  There is no excuse for finishing up that project and emailing it over to me.

We want to see what you're working on, what yarn, what design - you know the drill.  I know everyone is busy, but come on, DO IT!

Who knows.....we might see a trend.  That would be fun!!


Another project from Carmel -- another Smocked Slouch Hat, knit with Cashsoft Aran, for her friend Carrie.  The designer on this hat is Jill Zilenski, and you can purchase the pattern over on Ravelry.  The designer also makes gift tags for our knitted projects.  Oh boy, it looks like Carmel 9 - and Carol 7!  Just a little friendly competition!


Ok, I'm going to give Carmel a run for the money.... I sent you the project pix the other day for the one I sent to Hawaii. Here is one I am sending to Texas tomorrow. It is the Elizabeth Zimmermann baby sweater from "Knitter's Almanac." The yarn is Tamm Trenzi from my machine knitting stash.  This next sweater is for my friend Barbara's first great grandchild. The pattern is Figheadh Fundamentals. The yarn is Magic Gardens "Buttons."

Looks like all my friends but me are finishing things up around here.  Here is Carols own creation.  She used the Knitting Pure & Simple Little Girl Shrug pattern from the top down to the armhole, and then incorporated the Gull Stitch pattern for the bottom of the sweater.  The yarn is Kertzer Northern Worsted in discontinued color Kids Galore.  This little sweater goes out to baby Brianni in Hawaii - perfect!  Good work Carol - now "I" must go knit!

Ok, Carmel felt the need to clarify here.....that while she didn't start this hat this last weekend, she did in fact finish it this last weekend.  I still think she's a machine.  This hat pattern is called Who? by Sara Amoroso.  This picture almost doesn't do it justice, it's going to be SO much cuter on, and LOVE those buttons.  Owls are so in right now.  Carmels little friend Elaina is turning one and this is her present from Carmel, and she will need this hat for a Minnesota winter.  The yarn that Carmel used is Sublime Merino Silk Cashmere.  I want to make this hat!!!  Thank you Carmel for sharing your work and great ideas with us~

I guess Carmel isn't sleeping -- here is her Bandana Cowl from the Purl Soho page.  Mr. Brown is her boxer modeling her masterpiece.  The yarn Scozia Print Cashmere - yumm - Carmel knits with the good stuff - yeah!  After checking this pattern out, it calls for chunky yarn, so it would go fast.  Something to keep in mind for a quick gift idea in a hurry - if you are Carmel that is.  To read up more on Carmel - visit her blog.  Thanks for sending it in Carmel.

Carmel is kicking ass and taking names!  Seriously, she just finished this hat, and it's called the Smocked Slouch by Knitterella aka Jill Zilenski.  This pattern is available for purchase over on Ravelry, and calls for a worsted weight yarn.  Carmel wanted me to pass along, that there are lots of tutorials on-line for the smocking stitch.  i'll bet this hat is super cute on.  Thank you Carmel!

Carmel - SHE'S BAAAACK - shawl Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer.  Carmel used cashmere on this shawl, but the pattern calls out worsted, so check your stash.  I love this pattern, as I see many patterns used, kind of like a sampler, AND I'm lovin the ruffle.  You can get this pattern as a paid download on Ravelry.  Nice work Carmel!

Mary Triplett, a knit wear designer out of the state of Utah, designed and knit.....Harvey Goes Halloweening!  Harvey is knit out of Cascade Yarns 220 Wool.  You can find Mary in a couple of different places over on Ravelry -- Mary Triplett Designs, this is where you can purchase the pattern, and Click Click is Mary's user name.  Thank you Mary, Harvey is adorable!

Carmel is on a roll with another finished project, her Gap-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley.  Carmel used Cascade Venezia Merino/Silk bulky weight yarn.  This pattern is a free Ravelry download.  Now, Carmel did modify this a bit, and she used a size 11 needle instead of a 13.  She said that that modification brought the size down to about 10"s.  That does seem adequate for along infinity scarf, Carmel has is doubled here.  I have virtually no neck so less would be more for me.  I'm sure we'll see more from Carmel - thanks Carmel!

One more from Carol - we'll call her baby central:  The other baby I knit for is also due next month. I used the Milo Vest by Georgie Hallam, a paid pattern from Ravelry. I used another Yarn of the Month skein from Fancy Image Yarn. I chose this color as the baby will be a Filippino/Caucausian blend and I hoped these colors would suit.

Joan comes to us from Washington, and she knit these Stained Glass Socks from the XRX Book Socks-Socks-Socks, ask at your LYS.  She adapted the pattern for sock weight yarn use, and used Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids and Quatro Colors in colorway Black and Drops Fabel, in coorway Hot Pink Multi.  Joan did mention that this is a great pattern to use up leftover sock yarns.  Thank you Joan for sharing your great ideas!


Carmel is back and she is cranking them out.  Here is her Sugar & Cream Cowl by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  The yarn that Carmel chose is from Plucky Knitter, it's her fingering merino, cashmere and nylon in colorway OZ.  Somebody is going to be warm this winter.  Nice work Carmel.....I can't believe you have a day job.

Roxanne lives in North Carolina, and love to knit shawls.  This one is sooo pretty.....it's called Poppy Field Shawl by Natalie Servant, and it's a Ravelry downloadable purchase pattern.  Roxanne used Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in colorways Kurbis & Tandoori Masala.  Gorgeous color and gorgeous knitting -- thank you Roxanne!

Carol is back once again with more baby:  These are my two versions of the Unisex Baby Sweater by Jayme Glover, free pattern on Ravelry. This is an adaptation of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) from her Knitter’s Almanac. I changed the garter stitch to ribbing on the first sleeve cuffs and did ribbing on cuffs and bottom of second one. I used cute animal buttons on the second one since the recipient has a jungle theme for the nursery. Yarn is from Fancy Image Yarn's "Yarn of the Month." These baby boys are due in November and December.


Jana, a good friend of mine, knit these lovelies - the pattern, Teosinte, by Anne Hanson.  The yarn - Plucky Knitter MCN in colorway Honey Wilkes.  I really like this pattern, and the yarn is very fall ish.  Thank you Jana girl for participating!!

Carol, from here in Washington sent this in: This is my version of the Elizabeth Zimmermann's February baby sweater. I did my pattern from Knitter's Almanac but made it seamless. According to Ravelry, it is available in Vogue Knitting, Fall 1990. I used Bernat Baby Jacquard's "Pink-o-Rama." The recipient for this sweater was born yesterday.

Another Melissa, this gal lives in Virginia though.  Below you see her Swirl Shawl by Lijuan Jing.  Melissa used Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in colorway Sunrise.  This shawl is sometimes sold as a kit and typically is knit using Jojoland Melody, ask for it at your LYS.  It is a shawl, but look at how Melissa is showcasing it...miss you Melissa!!

Melissa, a Washingtonian like me, knit this Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier.  The pattern is a paid Ravelry download.  Melissa used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colorway Coffee Bean.  Melissa's LYS is Fiber Gallery of Seattle.  Get to know Melissa better by reading her blog.  Melissa, this sweater looks adorable on you - great job and thanks for participating!

Carmel is back with another entry - WHOHOO!  Autumn Vines Beret by Alana Dakos - Carmel used Sublime Cashmere Silk Merino DK for this hat.  So pretty Carmel, and you'll be right on time for the chill weather.  Get to know Carmel a little better and check out her blog.

Christine comes to us from Michigan, and she is the test knitter on this project for Brooklyn Tweed.  The name of this scarf is Topiary, and was designed by Michele Wang.  The yarn used is Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER in Hayloft. You will need 3 skeins for this project.  It's classic, a new classic!  Thank you Christine for sharing~

Carmel from Washington state will kick things off.  Wedding shawls are not new to Carmel.....i think she's made a name for herself.  The pattern Carmel just made up based on the feather & fan stitch, and the yarn was Knitpicks Gloss Lace Merino Silk on a size 9 needle.  Lovely AND bridal - thank you Carmel.

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