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Free To Be Mask Free!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Despite the temperatures soaring towards 90, I still have my winter boots by the door, a true Vermonter. It's difficult to believe a month ago we had a lovely Spring storm blanket us with 6" of snow, don't you just love Vermont? That false sense of security that regardless of what month it is, we could still get snow, May isn't over yet. That's why I leave the boots by the door, my talisman to ensure that winter is finally gone. It is finally gone, right? The arrival of mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds tells me we're in the clear, hopefully. Those pesky blood suckers have been invading our knitting groups, such a pain! We are finally able to gather, at least outside, only to get bombarded with swarms of them. I swear if it's not a pesky pandemic it's an infestation of flying, biting, buzzing, assailants, ugh! I have planted pots of lavendar, lemongrass and basil, natural repellants, but I'm beginning to think having a sage burning ritual may be in order. Who's got the DEET? That said, we still aren't being deterred from meeting, it's been way too long. We are scheduled to meet tomorrow evening in the back yard, but unfortunately I need to cancel. Tomorrow is Addie's 17th birthday, can you believe it? I can't!!! We will be going out for dinner at the Drake to celebrate. I apologize for the late notice, I didn't realize her birthday fell on Wednesday until yesterday, oops. By next Wednesday we'll have even more to show and tell and catch up on, but don't be a stranger, did you see my video opening the Berroco box? REMIX CHUNKY!!!!

While I have your attention, let me take a little bit of time to tell you the new mask requirements at the shop. Now that most of us are fully vaccinated, or in the process of, you will not be required to wear a mask in the shop, Stitch and Bitch, or KAL. If you are NOT vaccinated, please wear a mask while at the shop or gathering. If you are vaccinated and still feeling like you want the extra "layer" of protection, I am more than happy to put on a mask if you would still like to wear one. I still wear a mask when going into the grocery store, probably silly, but I just feel better so I understand there are different levels of comfort. The last thing I want to do is make any of you feel uncomfortable, so please let me know if you want me to put on a mask, no problem.

You will be disappointed to know that I have been successfully knitting away on my Patti tank without incident! I have been able to negotiate stockinette stitch with ease and K2tog and SSK hasn't thrown me for a loop. My stitch count is perfect and with any luck, the front will be the same length as the back. I did take a look at a video on correctly measuring the length of the arm hole, I've been knitting a lot of top down sweaters lately. You'd think by now I wouldn't need to reference that topic, but I try to approach each project as a teachable moment and an opportunity to learn something new. I didn't really learn anything new, but it did reinforce that I was measuring correctly to ensure that the opening will in fact be large enough. I've fallen victim to having the arm hole too short and it binds under the arm pit, so comfortable and not very attractive. Once I finish my Patti tank, I will be resuming work on my Coastal Breezes top knit in Malabrigo's Silky Merino, and my Tegna in Quince & Co Sparrow, such fun projects!! The fun doesn't end there, shocking, I know!! Berroco sent me the pattern and yarn to knit a shop sample called Donna (you have to wait until June to see it) along with 5 skeins of Dulce, it's soooo soft and lovely to knit with. I also snagged 5 skeins of Malabrigo's Rios to knit Martha Wissing's Schieffelin, a GORGEOUS mosaic yoke pullover, then there's Foxthoughts. I could go on, but I think I'll start freaking out....

We won't be meeting tomorrow evening, but I hope you spend the time knitting away BUG FREE! Make it a great day and I hope to see you soon!


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