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Be Warned: Loooong Knitting Post Ahead

And Thank You for that, oh Cable Internet Provider Craptacular! I’ve been offline more than on since last Wednesday so this is the first chance I’m getting to update since our Bowie Knitting meetup on Saturday. So, bear with me, as this is sort of a catch-up post.

First, I have an FO Report!!

Lady Hawk Hat
Lady Hawk Hat

Project Name: Lady Hawk Hat
Source: Me!
Yarn Used: Cascade 220, less than one skein each of Navy and White
Needle Size: 5 (I’m a loose knitter)
Date Started: October 17, 2008
Date Completed: February 7, 2009

Tammy did the duplicate stitching on the hat
Tammy did the duplicate stitching on the hat
Notes: I did this hat using a simple top-down formula and changed colors back and forth basically when I felt like it. Except that I knew that the letters I’d be using were 10 stitches high so I had to do one of the white bands at least wide enough to accommodate the lettering. I am not sure why this hat took so long to finish, except that it did. Perhaps it was that I was dragging my feet about doing the duplicate stitch lettering, and it turned out that was for good reason, because I sucked eggs at stitching. I’m going to have to practice with some swatches before next time.

So, enter in Tammy, who graciously (and patiently!) tried to show me how to do duplicate stitch at our last group meeting. She felt sorry for me and my pending sense of disaster, I think, because she took pity on me and offered to do the stitching and bring the hat back to me. This was so generous of her! It looks great, doesn’t it? And I do think that my generally hard-to-please, almost-teen was genuinely thrilled with it, even if it was in her usual understated way. Thanks to Tammy for helping to make this project a success!

February Bowie Borders Meetup Report

Our little monthly group met on February 7 at the usual time in our favorite little coffee shop. There was much yarn and much fun enjoyed by all! Here are some photos of the afternoon’s doin’s!

I brought my little Flip Ultra video camera with me to group for the first time and I got a few shots of the fun.

It was a great day! I am always so excited to go to group every time. I love the bunch of people that I am getting to know!

And Finally, A Ravelry Connection!

You know, I am amazed at the number of ways Ravelry has impacted my life over the last year and a half. Over the weekend I got my glasses done, at long last, after being frustrated with my poor quality of vision correction for at least 4 years. Wouldn’t you know it? Someone I met on Ravelry is a Master Optician at a local optical chain, and she helped me make some good decisions about my eyes. I have progressive lenses, and have had them for the last several years, but my mid-range vision for the computer has been consistently awful. Anne Marie (“Roxy”) fixed me right up! Given the amount of time I spend at the computer, she recommended two pairs of glasses, one for distance and reading, and one for computer use and reading. Wow. I never would have thought to do it this way, but it works and I love them! Of course I had to make sure to document the occasion for the blog:

Trish with Anne Marie... I can see again! THANKS!!!
Trish with Anne Marie… I can see again! THANKS!!!

So as you can see, Saturday was a great day filled with many rewards. I do love the knitters!

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7 responses to “Be Warned: Loooong Knitting Post Ahead”

  1. Ahrisha Avatar

    Hi Trish~ ~ Ahrisha here. What a great post about your knit group. Looks like fun.
    Your hat is so cute. Great job. Now that you’ve done one the second should be much simpler to do.
    You know I just joined Ravelry but have not got on the chats yet. I’ve been in and looked around but not spent much time there. I’ve gotta get a handle on it because everyone who uses it really loves it.

  2. Marty Avatar

    It was fun to be “with” you at knitting group! It’s so cool to see and hear what we’ve been reading about for so long. Nifty camera!

  3. Heather Avatar

    Yes, Trish, it’s a sweater – Frances Revisited, in fact! I’m nearly finished now – I’ll wear mine to the next meeting this time!!


  4. dina (dinajill) Avatar
    dina (dinajill)

    Hi Trish,

    It’s contrary of me, I know, given my own extreme dislike of being photographed, but I love looking at your pictures from group. And I really liked looking at the video – boy, you were really quiet about that. I might have freaked (internally as I’m trying really hard to not show my reaction whenever I see a camera pointed in my general direction) had I known there was a video being taken. But I had no idea and you very kindly managed to avoid me in all photo/video shots which I really appreciate. Thanks!

    Great news about your glasses. What a difference they must make in your life.

  5. roxy! Avatar

    Roxy loves you! *mwah*

  6. Marie/ TiaRee Avatar
    Marie/ TiaRee

    As usual it was a great recap of a wonderful day.

    I know what you mean about Ravelry impacting your life. In just a few short months I have gotten to know a whole new circle of friends , like you, because of it. And talk about small worlds, “Roxy”( Anne Marie) was at the Bowie branch of the same optician and I got my last pairs of glasses from her there! And my sister Rhonda went to a jewelry show at Doris’ house 3 years ago and because of that she introduced me to a business opportunity and a whole other circle of good friends! I can’t wait for the next meeting.

  7. Nicole Avatar

    I had a wonderful time and can’t wait for next month! The pictures were great!

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