Nana's Knitting Shop

Knitting tales of a lifelong knitter
and yarn shop owner.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What's on Your Needles?

Here’s the run down on what’s on the friends of Nana’s needles:

Chris: during the recent sale at Nana’s, we reviewed all of the projects that my dear friend Chris has going and believe me, there are many; we decided there was no way more yarn could go home with her. This multi-talented artist knits, crochets, beads, cross-stitches and embroiders. Here’s a partial list of the knitting projects Chris has on her needles: Outback Shawl, Lady Eleanor Stole, Ruffles Scarf, etc., etc. The most beautiful has to be the Lady Eleanor which she is making from the melt in your hands Schaefer Helene – a silk/wool blend that makes you want to cry when you knit with it.

Eileen: this perfectionist knitter is working on two projects - this adorable Obsession Shell and the Fiesta Famous Shawl. This self-proclaimed obsessive compulsive will rip without shame whenever it’s not absolutely perfect. Needless to say, her gauge is what we’d call “tight.”

Lauren: this plucky little knitter is spending time with Icarus. Unfortunately, Icarus flew too close to the dog and melted. Undaunted, Lauren began anew. She’s making this fabulous shawl out of Jade Sapphire’s Lacey Lamb in a lovely dove grey. Despite how delicate this gorgeous fingering weight lamb’s wool looks, it has stood up to the rigors of a tossing, turning, sleeping dog. In defense of the dog, she makes up for her destruction by eating moths – every yarn lover’s nemesis.

Deb: this tenacious knitter is working on the tank and shrug by Filatura di Crosa. Competitive by nature and a dear friend of Eileen’s, she can’t bear it when a project lies unfinished. She came to Nana’s a scarf knitter and almost fainted away when she found out she had to use size 1 double pointed needles to make socks. She’s since finished her first sweater, a beautiful Debbie Bliss number that she made in concert with Eileen. They took the sock class together and used the same yarn, just in case they couldn’t finish two. Who would end up with the pair was a mystery, but alas, they got into the spirit of things, overcame second sock syndrome, cheered each other on, and; in the end, each have a pair!

Sarah: What can you possibly say about a young woman who took a beginning knitting class four weeks ago and is working on her second garment? Her first, the Sasha sweater from the ever classic Penny Straker using Atacama and her second, the not so easy Prairie Tunic using Madill's Eden 100% Bamboo. Knitting a month and already knitting lace with a yarn that takes experience to work with – that’s ferocity I respect.

Joanne R.: Joanne will try anything. She enthusiastically tries any new technique, no matter what the level of difficulty. Her knitting thirst is insatiable and her bravery is admirable. What’s on her needles is the Lady Eleanor, the Jazz, and a King Tut sweater. The Jazz can be a frustrating project – two handed knitting, weaving in ends as you go, color changes, bobbles and cables but Joanne has mastered the technique and is well on her way to finishing it!

Nancy W.: this avid knitter has more yarn than I have in my shop. She wants to know every technique and will also try anything. She gets up way too early to go to work; however, and she’s tired all the time. Get up later and spend more time at Nana’s is what I say! Nancy makes lots of things for the loves of her life and it makes me ashamed that I am such a selfish knitter. Obviously, the loves of her life appreciate her dedication.

Judy: Judy is Nancy’s sister and what’s on her needles? NOTHING! Judy doesn’t knit! If my sister had the stash that Nancy does, I’d learn to knit in a heartbeat and steal all of her beautiful yarn! COME ON JUDY, COME IN AND LEARN HOW TO KNIT!

Sheila: Sheila is a far, far better knitter than she gives herself credit for! She always goes for the hard stuff and everything she makes turns out beautifully. Sheila came to Nana’s with a gorgeous sweater she had knit years ago and it wasn’t finished for lack of a few buttons! Buttons in hand, this precious cabled number was finally finished. Sheila and I are knitting this Intarsia cardigan together beginning in August with Debbie Bliss’ soft as silk Cathay yarn.

Joanne C.: Joanne knits like crazy and takes lots of classes. Joanne has lots of things on her needles – the Lady Eleanor, mittens, and socks. She just finished the Ruffles scarf and will be making the mitered square kimono jacket in September.This will be Joanne’s first garment, but surely not her last!

Tina: Tina the beautiful Gypsy is making her significant other, Dan, a sweater. She too knits for those she loves. She made her friend Marcy a beautiful Fair Isle slipover, her Mom a yummy Noro Kochoran sweater, and is now working on Dan’s sweater. Tina is a very calculating knitter which I love. She started Dan’s sweater with the sleeves. Who makes the sleeves first? We all should since they are usually the pieces that invoke the most dread. The back is done! The front is done! Hooray! Oh, that’s right, there’s still the sleeves…It’s always around that time that I consider making a vest.

More on this another day!


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