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Knitting in London

Greetings from London, where some of the group is visiting. Surprisingly, until the last couple of days, it has been much the same weather as we’ve had in Los Angeles: cool and rainy. The last couple of days, it has been much clearer here and cold: cozy and perfect knitting weather. We have discovered wonderful BBC shows like “Mistresses” and “Flog it,” and have been enjoying knitting while brushing up on some decent television.

 Yesterday, a sudden need for a needle sent us out into the South of London, where we are staying, to find a replacement for the irritating long straight needles Caroline has been struggling along with. We found a lovely little shop, called I Knit London, pictured below:

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www.iknitlondon.com

This is a great find for us… not only does it have wonderful selections of yarn, it also offers knitting needles at a much cheaper price than in the states. NOTE: If you love addi turbo needles, BUY THEM IN EUROPE. Even with the pound doubling the price for dollars, addis are still half price- costing about £4 or $8 rather than the ghastly $16-20 they go for in U.S. knitting shops. The other excellent opportunity was the ability to get two issues of selvedge magazine at the U.K. price: £7.50 rather than $20 at home. If you have never read Selvedge (www.selvedge.org), you are really missing out. A magical inspiring magazine about textiles and all kinds of amazing crafts, it is worth all the searching among newstands you’ll have to do to find it in the U.S. I am thinking of sunscribing- $90 a year is cheaper than paying $20 per issue for 6 issues, and I have been delighted with every single one I have read.

Here is a view of the cozy interior:

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If you want to seek out the shop, it is in Vauxhall gardens (rhymes with Fox Hall, if you want to pronounce it correctly). Look for the I Knit sign…

We’ll post photos of our projects in the next few days, or you can find us on www.ravelry.com If you haven’t signed up to get an invite for this site, you are missing out. If you enjoy knitting from patterns, this is a great resource to follow along with others who are working on the same project. The features and information are amazing.

Look for us as Remabulous and KattKelly. The owner of I knit London is on as well, although we didn’t catch his user name. Hopefully he will add Katherine and we will snatch him up that way. He was a wonderful help, so make sure to visit.

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Fastest Scarf!

Fastest Scarf!

This is the fastest scarf and it turned out great!  It was a last minute gift for my Aunt Katherine.  I wanted to knit a quick chunky scarf and I thought she might like it 🙂 It is made with extra soft and  luxurious yarn called Debbie Bliss alpaca silk aran 60m/50g the color is claret no. 11. I used 2.5 skeins. Each skein was 71 yds.

Materials: Size US 15 needles.

Pattern:
Cast on 12 stitches.
Knit 8 rows.
On 9th row knit elongated stitches across to end (just wrap yarn around one extra time when knitting) It will appear that there are twice as many stitches.  When knitting the next row, only knit the first stitch and then let the second or double stitch go to form the length of the elongated stitch and keep repeating.  Please see video “Elongated stitch for help”  It is very easy!
Repeat 8 rows of knit and then one row of the elongated knit stitch until scarf is desired length.
Attach tassels.

And your done!

-kat 🙂


Easy Quick Dog Sweater! Pug Sweater :)

Pug Sweater

Yay!!! Rosie’s first homemade sweater is finished!!!!  A super easy “Pug Sweater.” I used a pattern from the “Posh Pooches” kit, which Simon gave to me for Christmas.  I like all of the designs in the book, which is rare.  This is the “Super-Warm Bulky Sweater” pattern, which I modified to fit RoRo’s body.  Her measurements are approx:  base of neck to tail 12″, chest (under front legs and around neck) 17.5″ Rosie is about 15 lbs.  For this pattern, her size which is an 18, according to the book, was not included, so I had to modify the design.   I did this by just eyeballing it.  My modifications: Cast on 20 stitches.  Repeat beginning row patterns 5 times.  Work for 7″ for back.  Purl 3 for arm holes and adjust number for arm hole pattern.  Work for another 5 (6) inches for chest. Work neck ribbing for 6 inches (or in my case until you are out of yarn.)  I think this is a great first sweater to knit and a beginner can definitely do this.  It only took one skein, which I bought from Michaels but you can order online at JoAnnes for $6.99.  It is Patons “Rumor” alpaca blend called Hibiscus Heather… which is a mix of colors, wine, plum, and heather fibers.  I used US size 15 needles, which the book calls for.  When I knit this again, I am going to knit the chest panel for another inch which would be the (6) above, and for the neck, I would decrease a few stitches to make the ribbing tighter… Maybe by 4-6 stitches.  Success!!!!!!!!!

-Kat


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