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Today is the day: a truck is enroute from Ontario with a pallet full of brand new Cool Knitters Finish in Style books to deliver here very soon! I'm currently on the early ferry on my way back to the Mainland after a couple of peaceful days in the fog and rain on Tancook Island, and I'm now gearing myself up mentally for some delightfully busy days. Unfortunately, Susan won't be here to enjoy the long-awaited moment, as she is away on family duties in British Columbia. She has left me lots of detailed records and notes and I will try to fulfill her role and not mess up her systems too badly.
The droopy weather suited me just fine on the island, as I had flooring to lay and wanted to immerse myself in a quilt project. The Tancook cottage back bedroom is tucked under the slope of the roof and used to be graced by an elderly shag pile carpet in a shade reminiscent of spring manure. This atrocity was evicted by an enthusiastic daughter this summer, along with the patterned linoleum found underneath. Sadly, under the lino there was only chipboard, rather than the plain wood boards unearthed in the other two bedrooms. However, it was a lot less effort and mess to cover the chipboard with flooring than to sand and refinish planks. I am psyching myself up for two more rooms that need this treatment next year. It's not the work, but the waiting between varnish coats that is tedious.
|The quickie flooring went pretty well: it's always the edges that take the time, and it was horribly difficult stuff to cut to fit into doorways and fiddly bits. I did discover that the best tool for measuring the bits that needed to be cut out was a quilters ruler. I finished the floor, with a couple of square feet of partial boards left over, and I'm amazed how nice it all looks.|
|A few days later...|
|Cool Knitters Finish in Style arrives in style!
The first wave of pre-paid orders have been shipped out with no unsettling bits of paper left over. Susan, the most organised person I know, has developed an excellent system of data entry and paper order forms, with the customer's payment info attached with separate written receipts that have to be removed from the book.
The next challenge ...
Venturing into eBooks
My Australian cousins ...
A happy conclusion to a bad story
JaneKAL (her Rav name) was the amazing organizing force behind the fundraiser, even going as far as paying (out of her pocket) a firm of accountants to oversee the fund, so that everything would be totally transparent and above-board. I am in awe of the power of knitters to work miracles!
A new treat:
Your call is important to us ... No, really ...
Our annual Open House: All welcome!
| Pinstripe Double-Knit Mittens (#291) by Lucy Neatby
This is a reversible, warm mitten, a jewel of double knitting. Although not a quick knit, it makes excellent carry-around knitting for the ardent knitter once the simple pattern is established. The interconnected two-layer fabric is made with a basic negative/positive double-knitting technique. Options are given for both a gauntlet and a straight cuff with a channel for elastic or ribbon at the wrist. The thumb opening is made by use of two small waste yarn flaps to act as replacement.Yarn: 75g Main, 75g Contrast Fingering weight.
Size: Medium adult, palm circumference 8 inches, size may be adjusted to slightly larger or smaller by changing your needle/yarn combination.
Skill Level: Advanced
Techniques: Two-colour double layer knitting, paired decreases, double layer waste yarn thumb opening.
| Cool Knitters Finish in Style by Lucy Neatby
This book is available as a paper copy or as a digital download
Please note: The digital version of the book is sent to you as a .pdf file for you to download to your computer or other digital device; it is not a DVD. When payment is received, we will process your order and email you the pdf file.
Reading, and the consequences thereof ...
I enjoy reading a novel on an i-Pad as I knit; this form of reading is particularly well suited to knitters as the pages don't have to be propped open with a weight and they can be turned by the flick of a pinky finger without letting go of the needles or yarn.
The problem with reading whilst knitting is that one does tend to make errors. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. As a result of my inattention over the years, I have become adept at fixing mistakes and become a much more confident knitter as a result. Look upon every error, after you cease swearing, as an opportunity to practice your knit-reading and rescue skills!
Always try the 'spot fix' before ripping: you will learn much more from it and become confident in even trickier situations. There is an entire chapter devoted to my philosophy and techniques for rescues in Cool Knitters Finish in Style. Good finishing techniques are the cornerstone of miraculous rescues.
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