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Happy First Day Of Summer!!!

Good Morning Everyone!

Summer is officially here, and I am ready! I managed to knit 3 summer sweaters before summer started, pretty amazing I must say. Let's just hope that I haven't jinxed the season, I'm not in the mood to wear my Avena any time soon. I know many of you have seen my latest video with me sporting my Fleurine, I'm so pleased with it, phew...there were several moments when I seriously thought that perhaps I would end up with another beige sweater, which would be fine if I were Wanda, but I like color. I can almost hear her eyes rolling now, all the way from Croatia. She knows I'm right. But I understand that one of my worst traits proves to be my biggest strength more times than not, I AM STUBBORN! Once I set my mind to something, there's little chance of deviation and I wanted that sweater. I certainly wasn't going to let a few annoying bobbins deter me, if anything, it forced me to think outside the box and march down my own little path. Some call it crazy, I prefer genius, welcome to my world.


I'm sure many of you are wondering what's currently on my needles driving me insane, NOTHING! I am having a bit of a power struggle with the ribbing on my Valeria, I can't decide if I've picked up enough stitches along the fronts to allow it to drape properly. One side has two less stitches than the other, not a big deal. I don't want it to spring up like a broken roller shade, and I can't decide if blocking will solve the problem or not. I also hate the buttonholes and I'm pretty sure I'm going to take out the buttonhole row and do it my way. I've done what they instructed, YO, SSK, but it makes the ribbing look funny and pull, and I think the hole is too small for the buttons I think I might use, such a dilemma, I know. Regardless of the button selection, I've decided to try binding off 2 stitches and then cast them back on the next row. This sweater is chunky and the buttons need to be to scale, what I'm envisoning versus the size of this hole tells me I need to improvise. This is one of the occupational hazards of knitting for so many years, so many answers to the same question, stay tuned...


With the Valeria nearing completion, I already have the pattern printed and the yarn in a project bag to start the Leticia. I've done a swatch, this yarn is so nice to work with, it's called Vento and is super soft and has a lovely sheen to it. This should be a quick knit, it's an adorable little vest and I'll get to practice my buttonhole making on this one too. I'm more of a pullover lover than cardigan, but it's great to get outside your comfort zone and work on upping the skill set. Practice makes almost perfect, I've come to accept this. There are so many variables when it comes to knitting that it often times is quite humbling. Despite being able to successfully accomplish a certain technique more times than you can count, there's always that one time that makes you face plant and brings you to your knees. Can we say, join without twisting 350 stitches??? Knitting is something that continues to evolve for me, there's always a lesson to be learned in each project.


I hope to see many of you this Saturday, June 25th from 9-11:00 for KAL. I'm anxious to see everyone's summer sweaters, I don't care if they aren't finished. We will start discussing what the next project should be. Lopi sweaters were one suggestion in which we would learn how to Steek, scary, I know, but quite the norm in other parts of the world, give it some thought. We will be meeting tomorrow evening from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!

Katy






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