Where are we?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Can I come in?

I'm Cherri, a rare knitter, but a fiber artist in other ways, as I weave, spin, etc.
Will you mind if I mingle, glean a little inspiration from your work and warbling?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

08.23.08 River City Knitters guild meeting inspires me

RCK had a really informative meeting yesterday. The topic was top down sweaters. Andrea M. prepared a wonderfully understandable talk that got me motivated to take out the cardigan patterns again and figure out what to knit next. One site she recommended is the Knitting Pure & Simple tutorial. It is really a good one to visit because it takes you from casting on through binding off. I made their wrap cardigan (my first sweater ever, and so far my only sweater ever) and wish I had known about this tutorial before!

Of course I also had to dig into the stash to see what was there that I love that I have not knitted yet! I decided to knit the Sunkist cardi (from Through the Loops but before I can cast on, I need to do some (dare I say it?) math. You see, my bust is not 34" anymore. I am going to try to combine what I learned yesterday with my math skills and see if I can calculate my way into knitting that sweater to fit a more solid, forty-something figure! I will keep you posted.

As a funny aside, my friend RC and I were listening intently as Andrea explained techniques and threw out pattern and website names. Two names cracked us up - the 'sunkist party' and something from a site called 'cosmo bluto'. Well, as you may have surmised, the first one was actually the Sunkist Cardi and the second turned out to be a website called Cosmicpluto Knits. Doesn't seem as funny now; guess you had to be there!

At the end of the program, we pulled out our Riverdance Stoles (the mystery stole's new name) and compared. A huge thanks to Robin Hasty for taking this photo! I hope she does not mind me copying it here.

Orkney Pi Finish

I've finally done it. The Orkney Pi cast off is finished. Now I have to find a place big enough to block it and I am going to need more T pins. I'll try to get Hannah to show me how to post a picture. It ended up being about 5 foot across unblocked. I will try to block it as softly as possible, yet, get all the ruffles smoothed out. I am very happy with the way the tips worked out. They were supposed to be scallops, but they ended up being points....I could have omitted that last row of increases. A happy mistake that will be easier to pin out... I haven't done the exact math but I think there were more than 5000 stitches in that picot edge and lots of those were done twice...

Friday, August 22, 2008

TinkerBelle's Needles

I updated TinkerBelle's Needles with photos etc. from my trip to southern, central Pennsylvania a few weeks ago ... my son, our friends and I had a great time! Come by for a visit, ok?

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Here’s something I found on Lizard Knits

SCATTERGORIES …it’s harder than it looks! Erase my answers, enter yours and post it to your blog or this blog. Let me know when you have done it and I will come check it out!

Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.
They have to be real places, names, things. Nothing made up!
Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial.
You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

VEHICLE: Chevrolet
CITY: Charlottesville
BOY NAME: Charles
FOOD: cheese
YOU SHOUT: chit!

Here’s a category Lizard Knits appropriately added – Yarn Name: Cestari

I wonder what you guys think about me after reading this... post a comment, OK?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Virginia Secret of the Stole

I know many of you were working on one of the first two stoles and that is where we met. For those of you working on this KAL (#III) I wanted to let you know that CAT and I have recently taken over ownership of the yahoo group. VASotS : VA Secret of the Stole (I was previously only a moderator). We are hoping to revive the chat there and update the site. DK will be drifiting by on occasion and we hope she will drop anchor often....

You don't really have to be actively working on the stole to join there. We can't share any of the official SOTS files with you. You have to go to the parent site for that and membership there is unfortunately closed. The pattern will be available for sale October 17 so if you are following along here or on Ravelry or elsewhere and like what you are seeing some of us may be finished by then and we can help you along. DK does keep her discussion groups open way after the completion of the KAL because she knows some of us are slower than others and stuff happens sometimes that keeps you from completing on time. We likewise opened with SOTSI and we 're still there....and this blog was a result of friendships formed there and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Hello, my name is Robin from the Roanoke Valley of our great state. I was invited to join after I over committed signed up for yet another Stole KAL -- SotSiii!!

I'm currently up to my neck in the Ravelympics working on Nicole by Bonnie Marie Burns. I'm using Mirasol Sampa cotton purchased at On The Lamb in Staunton.
I have other projects on the needles, I'm yet again focusing on the finish line to grab a gold medal!

I'll continue to sign off just as I do on my own blog...

Keep on Knittin' & Spinnin'!!


Cat and I have signed up. (see prior post for details) We have room for two or three more in my Camry. I'd love to carpool...


Olivia-Lee invited me to join your happy group after I "met" her in the Secret of the Stole iii group. I see a few familiar "faces" on the side bar, but an introduction is in order...

I'm Channon, aka: Chan. I live east of Charlottesville, but belong to the River City Knitters. I knit (and knit!), am enjoying crochet more these days after a couple of classes with Edie Eckman in June, and I finally ordered a wheel a couple of days ago, after taking spinning lessons in the late winter/early spring. I blog almost daily, sometimes more than one post per day, but not all things blogged are fiber-related.

Works in progress? Well, I swore I would tackle one project at a time, and I think that lasted a few weeks. (I also swore I'd never spin, so I should quit swearing.) Currently, I am enjoying the last skein of my Voyager stole in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK. I also have cast on for the Blue Jay shawl from Wrapped in Comfort, in an alpaca laceweight custom-dyed by a friend, but I can't seem to stop working with the Debbie Bliss! There are also a few other projects in bags - the River City Knitter's stole KAL, the Bigfoot shawl from Wrapped in Comfort, and the Lace Ribbon Scarf, which is my travel project when I'm not more interested in something else. There's also a crocheted cap languishing, and I have three (!!) hats to knit for the Ravelympics. I think that's it.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Roanoke NoSoKnit - Sept 08

The 11th Annual Roanoke NoSoKnit is on Saturday, September 27, 2008 from10 am to 4 pm at the Claude Moore Education Complex of the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Please see the website for more information and to register; the location is limited to one hundred people.

This is a great knit-in and run, entirely, by volunteers. Donations are gratefully accepted and, generally, everyone receives a donated gift. If you're able, please send a small gift with a blurb regarding your business or spinning, yarn, etc. It's a wonderful way to get the word out to other Virginia knitters although knitters come from all over. Sue E., the founder, is a great gal and also runs a Caribbean knitting cruise every year.

All you need to attend is fill out the registration form, send in with $5 and, one the day of the event, take a donation for a charity. Boxed lunches are available for purchase or you may bring a bag lunch or go out for lunch. It's rather near the downtown square and there are many restaurants in the area. Most people tend to either bag or buy lunch so they won't miss out on any knitting fun. Several local knit shops are vendors so there will be buying opportunities as well.

Knit happy, ya'll!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Spinning Success!

I just wanted to report my most recent success with spinning - actually, my ONLY success with spinning. I've managed to spin some singles on my Cascade spindle that look like they might 2-ply into nice fingering-ish yarn. I am so excited.

I've also been given a lovely silk hanky (not the kind you carry to wipe your nose) and am learning how to get silk rov/Users/Iris/Desktop/DSC00039.jpging out of it. It's fun, but really, really hard on the hands.

I've also purchased this lovely yarn from Chimera on Etsy. It was a special commission, is bulky (thick/thin) with felted leaves and teensy tiny little ladybugs plyed in. I love it sooooo much!

It's true what they say about spinning: You'll pull your hair out and curse and scream. All of a sudden - CLICK!