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Knitting group

Seasons Greetings to one and all!

iKnit is very much still on the map despite my woeful attention to lovetoknit blog. Never fear, the iKnit faithful have continued to meet over the weeks since my last entry. We finished up for the year last Tuesday, each sharing about the one most favoured item made for ourselves and for someone else. That was harder than you might imagine, there’s been some amazing work created during the year….only two favourite things!

We celebrated a fabulous year of knitting and friendship accompanied by some tasty Christmas morsels and bubbles to wash it all down. Although we each live very different lives, I think I can speak for all of us in saying we respect the different perspectives we each bring to the humble craft that brings us together.  The learning process this year has included new techniques, ideas, yarns, frustrations with patterns not working, yarn miscalculations, adventures with new disciplines – be it spinning, dying, lace, knitting-in-the-round….the list goes on.

Along with the knit, purl and yarn overs there’s also been the happenings’ gracing our lives – the joys, fun, and sadness’s. Knitting groups have for centuries brought women together to share their experiences, to ask advice, and to encourage one another. A fun environment and a learning environment all at the same time, providing a place where women can go to find community. Most importantly, they’re a place where that community does not stand in judgment.

Knitting groups bring women (and men, though that’s not my experience) together in an environment where it’s comfortable to share and ask questions, safe to learn something new and appeals to women of all walks of life and generations. This is the value of community and the value of a knitting group to me and what I dreamed iKnit would be when it started over 2 ½ years ago. I hope it’s at least on the way to becoming that.

So what’s the crew been up to, well…..have a squiz at these…


Babys textured stitch hoodie Corey and basket weave rib jersey & beanie Jack all DK from Patons book 1303 – made by Wendy.


The long-awaited and much admired green summer cardigan – made and modelled by Charlotte. 4 ply yarn on a cone sourced off Trademe.


       Charlotte starts knitting-in-the-round and….


…lacey scarf in divine shades of pink/blue multi – yum. These two colours are stunning together particularly when intense hues.


My latest FO and I love it, I’m pretty chuffed: cardigan, DK acrylic marble yarn by James C Brett, pattern JB040. Just the thing for cosying into on a summer evening, I’ll be definitely be taking it with me on our camping holiday. Taking a break from knitting for the grandbaby’s I’ve planned several knits for myself over the hols. My WIP is a merino DK jersey, in fuchsia (my favourite colour) with a shawl collar (my favourite collar style). Then to come there’s a couple of arans, lace scarf…..


Kirsty’s very effective argyle style cushion, and fab slouch hat, the envy of us all – a perfect fit, again in those fabulous shades of pink & blue they create such a great contrast together.


Simone demonstrating her new-found skill with spinning and spun alpaca hanks.


Fiona’s long length multi scarf, dragonfly detailing sock and sampler stitch scarf.


Chunky lace alpaca yarn shrug: spun, knit and modelled by Simone.

Second time perfect, Raewyn’s got this litte red number sussed!


A charming baby’s cardi in 4 ply, dyed and knit by Raewyn. Even before she told us we knew it was rosebuds 🙂

A new addition to Raewyn’s stash, more stunning tones and silky handle.

A few weeks ago Simone celebrated her birthday, these cute stitch markers a gift made by Raewyn.

Raewyn’s latest acquisitions from The Unique Sheep, we’re always excited when Raewyn gets a new parcel in the mail, TUS have pretty cool KALs.


Ethereal Triangular Shawl pattern by Lakshmi Juneja…hmm the romance of it all in the name! Another wholly exquisite lacey number made by Raewyn.

A sock yarn blanket Fiona’s working on, a nifty idea to use up left over sock yarn – by J.O.Y. 4 ply NZ merino.

Simone’s WIP soooo soft smoozy scarf in alpaca – a tricky little pattern that initially tested the little grey cells some. Notice the stitch marker?

Well, it’s a wrap! There you have it for another year. As is our usual custom iKnit will be going into hiatus over the long NZ summer holiday break, restarting sometime early Feb 2012.

If you’re a local and think you may like to join us I’d love to hear from you. Newcomers are always welcome 🙂