Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 East Fourteen Mile Road, Birmingham, Michigan. see a map »

Bring your knitting and join us for an evening — we’re sure you’ll want to become part of the flock!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

36 Scarves!

Okay, I'm truly exctied about our scarves, but irritated by technology. . .a really long post with links and everything just disappeared. I'll try to be equally as witty and entertaining as I rewrite it all for you. . .bummer. Pictures to come as I receive them from Coralee.

But really, 36 SCARVES! Many hands really do make work light! Louise and I kept repeating on the way home, "We Rock!" We're so pleased and proud to be a part of such a generous group of knitters. Judith made the most (somewhere around 9 or 10, she modestly can't remember. . .) and Camille won "knitter's choice" the scarf we enjoyed the most! Two more prizes are up for grabs next month, but the charity focus remains for the year. So, when you find yourself between projects, knit a scarf (or hat or gloves) for SOS (South Oakland Shelter). There are many in our area who need our warm creations.

Welcome to new members Coleen and Phyllis! We're glad to have you, and look forward to inspiring and being inspired by your knitting!

An Evening in Paris--
Don't forget Sally's concert this Friday. It's a great time to hear some amazing musicians and knit without folks thinking you're a bit off. . .Judith won the raffled ticket, and I know several others will be there to socialize with. It's a fabulous group, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Knit Michigan--
Harriet and Coralee won the raffle tickets that were provided by the organizers of this event. Check out their website and consider joining us for the marathon. There are plenty of interesting classes offered, vendors galore, and the company of others who enjoy fiber! If you've agreed to work in the learn to knit area, look for an email coming from me this weekend to give you more specifics on what to expect. If you need a break from charity scarves, knit a chemo cap--even if you're not attending, someone will bring it for you.

Errata--
A minor error in the newletter--February's meeting is on Feb 27, not Feb 20. When planning, we needed to adjust the date due to the school district's mid-winter break. Please make a note.

A major error in the project directions! See below for a corrected version. Vivian Hoxbro's website has several free patterns to use this technique, Kim's sachet heart can be found here, and more inspiration can be found in Domino Knitting and Modular Knits. Knits from a painters palate and Moular Magic look promising as well, as do No Pattern Knits and Dazzling Knits although I haven't personally looked through any of these books. Have fun playing with this technique.



Directions for a Domino Square or Modular knitting

Black Sheep Knitting Guild, January 2007


Basic square: garter stitch, single color:
At the beginning of each row: sl 1 = with yarn in front, slip first stitch purlwise, move yarn to back. The sl 1 in the mid-row decrease is done knitwise.

Cast on 15 stitches using the knitted cast on method
Row 1: sl 1 and knit (k) to end of row.
Row 2: sl 1, K5, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k to end of row
Row 3: sl 1, k to end of row
Row 4: sl 1, K4, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k to end of row
Row 5: sl 1, k to end of row
Row 6: sl 1, K3, sl 1, k2tog, psso ,k to end of row
Row 7: sl 1, k to end of row
Row 8: sl 1, K2 sl 1, k2tog, psso, k to end of row
Row 9: sl1, k to end of row
Row 10: sl 1, K1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k to end of row
Row 11: sl 1, k to end of row
Row 12: sl 1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k to end of row
Row 13: sl 1, k2tog, psso (you should have one stitch remaining on your needle)

Notes:
The sl1, k2tog, psso creates a double decrease in each even numbered rows forming a mitered square.

Slipping the first stitch of each row creates an even chain selvedge that makes it easy to pick up stitches for the next step of the process.

2nd square: Basic square, garter stitch, 2 color striped
Leave remaining stitch from first square on needle, and using color A, pick up 7 stitches along edge of first square. Cast on (using knitted cast on) 7 more stitches (15 stitches total).

Row 1: as above using color A
Change to color B, follow directions for rows 2 and 3
Change to color A, follow directions for rows 4 and 5

Continue to knit changing colors every 2 rows.

3rd (and more!) squares: Pick up along one edge ½ the number of stitches you’ll need, and cast on the other ½ either before or after you pick up. . .use solid colors, or a variety. . .the design is up to you!


For more patterns and techniques, see Domino Knitting, by Vivian Hoxbro, or Modular Knits: New Techniques for Today's Knitters by Iris Schreier.

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