It was another fun Monday at Epping Creative Centre. Everyone busy and happy and just a little bit noisy.
Who is going to contribute what to Gloucester's Yarning Our Country project formed a fair proportion of discussions on patterns.
The gallery of photos below shows works in progress, plus some finished items.
Kate is doing a cable and bobble scarf for her 7 year old daughter; Ann is using up leftover wools in an old Shepherd's 2 Colour Lacy Sweater pattern for a child's gift; Val is inspired by Liz Gemmel (see her description below); Liz is making a Jo Sharp scarf and practising twisting the yarns at the sides; Jacqui has not been well but she was back with us today accompanied by more friendly bears; Lynette has completed 30 squares, all joined together by picking up stitches - the result of Jill's recent workshop on joining squares without sewing (and Jill was there to be impressed) - plus a scalloped crochet edge; Meg was wearing her Noro scarf; and one of our newest members, Wendy, gave us these photos of her latest project: children's mittens for 4 and 2 year olds in 4 ply wool and 2 ply baby alpaca respectively, on pairs of 2mm needles.
Val's scarf as taught to her by Liz Gemmell is knitted on the bias which makes it drape softly. She is using 2 ply alpaca and size 5 needles which give the garter stitch an open effect.
She cast on 3 stitches and increased at the beginning of each row until she reached the width she wanted. From then on she is decreasing at the beginning of 1 row and increasing at the other edge. (She keeps a marker on the decrease side). When she reaches the right length she will be reversing the beginning and decreasing at the beginning of each row till she is back to 3 stitches. It is for her 19 year old grand-daughter who is now old enough to appreciate it. As it is not yet finished, it still needs to be blocked.