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And Yet Another Scheduled Chat . . .

 Hey, everyone!  The scheduled chat last Thursday was a big success.  There will be another scheduled chat Monday night, 10PM  Eastern time, August 14th.

This will be a time that you can log on and (hopefully) there will definitely be someone in teh chatroom to chat wiith.  No special topic . .  just anything you want to talk about . . . you knitting projects, questions, share ideas, . . . or whatever  you want, with other folks that share common interests.

 I hope to see y'all there.

Doug (Parrot)

 

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Scheduled General Chat . .

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to the poll about a scheduled chat session.   55 people voted . . double what I had expected . . and 51% indicated that they either want a scheduled chat or often check the chatroom when they log on to MWK.

So, the first scheduled GENERAL CHAT will be scheduled for this Thursday, August 3rd, 10PM  EASTERN- until whenever.  This way, hopefully, you will know that if you log into the chatroom then, someone should be here to chat with you.  Chat about whatever you like.  It will just be a way for everyone to meet, especially the new members.

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Needle Projects

With tourist season now upon us on our SUNNY island (sorry, Chunk!), I haven't had the time to get the knitting and needles done as I would like.  But, they are coming along slowly.

 The blue/orange scarf is knitting up much better than I expected.  I have to finish by next weekend so I can take it to the fiber guild meeting.  This will be the last meeting for couple of months.  Like alot of groups, we suspend the meetings during the summer tourist season.

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Blue / Orange Scarf . . . In Progress

Thanks for the interest that several of you have shown in my first dyed scarf project.  Several have requested a pic of the scarf, albeit in progress, to show the colors and how the orange is playing into the colors.  So . . . attached is a pic of what has been done so far (only about 12 inches thus far; the total length will be 60 inches).  There is no special pattern; just simple 5 X 7 rib; 100% Brown Sheep wool, worsted weight, knit on #8 needles.  I hope the colors show

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My Dyed Yarn . . . Scarf

Looking at the multiple colors that "accidentally" came out in my "blue & orange" yarn in my first dye attempt (see previuos post), I realized that I actually like these skeins better than the "blue, emerald, & purple (. . and shades thereof) skeins.  The subtle colors of gray, brown, rust, copper, olive, and black against the predominant navy blue color  and highlighted by splashes of bright orange creates a unique colorway for this guy's scarf.&nb

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FIRST ATTEMPT AT DYEING . . .

Each month our local fiber guild meets, and includes a workshop to learn a new skill.  Last Saturday we had a workshop on dyeing, using acid dyes.  The picture shows the results of my very first attempt at dyeing wool.  I had so much fun, and now think that I am hooked on another aspect of knitting.  The blue/green/purple skeins came out as I pretty much expected.  The darker skeins started out as navy and orange blocks, but the colors ran together while steaming and this is what resulted.  I am actually very pleased with the outcome. I plan to knit up a guy's scarf with those skeins . . blue, black, gray,burnt orange, rust, orange, and other colors that I don't have a name for.  I will post pics of the finished knit project.

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THANKS . . .

I just joined this group a week ago.  In just a short week, I have met many great guys here that are much more skilled in the fiber crafts than I am, especially knitting.  The greatest thing has been the willingness for everyone to share ideas, pass along tips to improve my knitting ability, and offer encouragement to continue the craft.  THANKS!  I look forward to learning a great deal about knitting and other fiber arts here.

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