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ReginaMary Messa

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A Blast From the Past

Up to no good? Not me!

Where have I been for the past month? No really, I’m askin’. I have been a very busy beaver. Tis the season for knitting scarves for charity. Very satisfying indeed. I have made 3 in as many days. I took the opportunity to teach myself how to knit continental style. I have to say, I love it! I think that may be one of the reasons I was able to finish the scarves so quickly. I found my tension was better. I tend to knit loosely, making it hard for me to find the right needles to get the gauge I need. I had a much more consistent tension and knit truer to the gauge. I am 2/3 finished with the throw. I put it on hold while I worked on the seasonal and smaller projects. Let’s face it, that throw is getting pretty difficulty to tote around! I bought some beautiful alpaca wool at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival. I will be knitting my honey a vest featured in the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. It is actually an excerpted pattern from Amy Singer’s book ‘No Sheep for You’. Even though the book focuses on patterns using yarn other than wool, this light weight alpaca will knit up beautifully.

I have 4 friends (shocking, I know) and we meet monthly for a very casual book group. We have now morphed into a very casual knitting group as well. I taught them all the basics and started them on the ubiquitous garter stitch scarf. They picked it up very quickly and many are on their way to different projects. How cool is that?!? There are some great videos on You Tube showing knitting techniques as well. These I use to supplement my hands on lessons. Let’s face it, if you knit in the evening and have to cast off but don’t know how, these videos are a great resource.

I hope all you knitters out there are enjoying the comfort of wool now that the weather has turned. Be well. Regina

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