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  • knitting1105 1:07 pm on August 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Whoooo New! News 

    My friend Barb has a really cool business, making knitting bags and purses out of old sample fabrics that designers typically throw into the trash.

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    While the sizes of the samples are not large, the packets are designed to coordinate together, and she works with that to create some truly stunning designs.  Barb gave a trunk show at my house last Fall which was a great success.

     

    Now, she has a website, go and check it out, and get your own WhoooNew! bag.

     

     
  • knitting1105 8:19 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Colors of Ria 


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    I was spinning this beautiful yarn, on my portable wheel, so it went slow as I mostly spun every other Sunday at our spinning group.  The fiber is from Western Sky Knits, and I got it from someone’s destash on Ravelry.

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    While I was working on it, I was unsure of what it should become.  Then, looking at my beautiful niece Ria, and the bright colors that she wears, I knew that it had to be for her.

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    The next question was what to make, and I wanted to work on it during our vacation.  Of course, I waited until the day before leaving to try to figure something out, I finally decided upon the Totem Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  The garter stitch works so well with a variegated yarn, and between the softness of this yarn and the squishy garter stitch, this is a joy to touch.

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    And, even though this is not my most uniform spinning, it knits up very nicely with the garter stitch.

     

     

     

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    Now I am spinning some lovely soft pink for iCord edging. There was enough of the variegated, but I felt that might be too much, and some of the repeats are longer.  This way there will be enough yarn to make a hat to match!

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    • atangledyarn84 8:46 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Nice job!

      • knitting1105 9:35 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! Can’t wait to finish it up.

    • tinywhirlwind 1:17 pm on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That jacket looks lovely – admittedly I clicked in to the post because your niece has the same name as me and I was intrigued by the colours! Looking fab :)

      • knitting1105 2:11 pm on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! Hopefully I will have a photo of her in the next few weeks actually modeling it. And you both have such a lovely name!

    • Diane Hamilton 6:51 pm on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      These colors will look beautiful on her and she loves hats! Can’t wait to see her model the outfit!

  • knitting1105 8:53 am on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Zero 

    Directly from the wonderful blog The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done, this definitely needed to be reposted.

    In an Aldous Huxley-esque world of yarn creatures where yarn babies are born marked with the rank they will live with all their lives, one little yarn boy bearing a zero grows up to prove that something can be made of nothing. Directed by Christopher Kezelos, Zero has been shown in over 50 festivals and has won 15 awards including ‘Best Animation’ from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival as well a nomination for an AFI Award in the ‘Best Short Animation’ category.

     

     
  • knitting1105 12:19 pm on August 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Best Thank You’s! 

    My niece Rebecca continues to provide the best thank You’s.  I gave her some new American doll clothes when we were out visiting last month.  Not only did she tell me how lucky she was to have the original thing, meaning handmade clothes for her doll, but these came in the mail.  I am a bit late at posting here.

     

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    First, a lovely painting of a waterfall:

     

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    And my favorite, which will hang proudly in my knitting room.  A tree with a swing.  The leaves in the tree are words spelling: NICE, KNITTING FRIENDLY, LOVE, CARING, AUNT, LOVELY…

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  • knitting1105 10:59 am on August 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rabbit fur 

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    When we were out East last month, we spent time in Vermont seeing the sites, which of course had to include at least one fiber related visit.  That was a visit to Fiber Kingdom.  And of course purchases were mandatory.

    First 2 oz of Angora.  I have not spun angora by itself, so this will be interesting.

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    Then, 2 skeins of sock yarn, 50% angora, 30% wool, 20% nylon.  That beautiful natural color.

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    Lastly, she had these machine knit socks, from the same yarn that I purchased above.  The machine knits much denser than I, although I will include some great patterning.

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    It surprised me as to the cost.  $20 for angora fiber, 2 oz; $45 for 2 skeins of sock yarn, 4 oz; and lastly the knitted up socks $25.  How is this pricing working in reverse?

    She had a really cool workshop in an old barn.  If I lived nearby, I know that I would be spending lots of time there–knitting, spinning and weaving.

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  • knitting1105 3:09 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Sisters 

    I finally was able to give out the last of these aprons that I got from Gigi last spring.  One for each of my sisters. It was fun to choose the right pattern and colors for everyone.  I hope that Janice wears hers even though she told me she doesn’t cook, they work well in the garden or for cleaning too.

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    • Diane Hamilton 11:35 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I love my apron! Thanks!

      • knitting1105 9:40 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome!

    • Janice 8:54 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I love the apron, and the colors are perfect! I promised to wear it !!! That was so kind and thoughtful. Thank you!

      • knitting1105 9:39 am on August 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you like it Janice! I think I found the perfect colors for everyone.

  • knitting1105 2:41 pm on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitwear Video Collection 

    A couple of years ago I took a wonderful class on zippers in knitting at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago with John Brinegar.  I recently got this email from him with the link to his fashion video to accompany his first knitwear collection.  the fashion world does video work often to accompany their collections, but this is the first I think for knitwear. The video is really well done – except that I cannot understand the woman reciting a poem.  A couple of cool designs.  Take a look:

     
    • Yvonne Creanga Cockrell 4:05 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This video was filmed at the Cloisters in NYC, on the very upper West Side of Manhattan. We lived very near to this park which also has a great little museum in the style of an old French Cloister Monastery. Lovely video and some really interesting designs.

  • knitting1105 8:25 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cabling socks 

    I finished the socks that I designed for Dan, but ended up gifting them to my BIL when we were on vacation.  Dan was totally fine with that, as he knows that there are always more coming.

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    I like the pattern with the mirrored cables that run down the top of the foot and into the toes.  I have it all written down, just need to write it up and publish.

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    I had been making these socks to gift, using up some of my stash yarn like a good girl.  Problem is, I left one of the skeins someplace when I had it out with me.  I do like the increasing strips on this, I will have to repeat it with other yarn.

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    • elaine 8:53 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I really like these socks – looking forward to your pattern :-)

    • Yvonne Creanga Cockrell 4:08 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, very nice pattern. I’ve recently started basic socks for the kids since both will be in cold weather during the school. What needles are you using in the last picture?

      • knitting1105 4:29 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I am using size 1 DPN’s. That is my go-to for socks, I like the density of the fabric when I knit it up.

  • knitting1105 12:25 pm on July 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Cute As Can Be 

    My niece continues to delight me with how much she loves the doll clothes that I make her.  I gave her these 2 outfits on a recent visit.

    This striped dress was particularly cute, but it was an awful lot of ends to weave in.  Made for good work on the long car trip.  The patterns were from Knits for Dolls by Nicky Epstein, I used the Lion brand yarn packs for this, shown in an earlier post.

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    This cape was easy and the yarn made it a cute piece.  I think that the yarn I used was more interesting than the pattern.

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    These photos say it all.  Couldn’t get much cuter.

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  • knitting1105 9:12 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    1000 Views! 

    On Ravelry each project has a counter for how many times someone has looked at it.  My Polar Bear sweater, finished during Ravelympics 2008 has reached 1000 views, and 85 likes.  There are projects out there who have seen many more views, but they tend to appeal to the masses more, this is definitely more of a niche market.  And I know that it took years to reach this number, but I am just happy that Ravelry has allowed me to share my knitting with so many people.  My family takes it for granted.

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    You can look at past posts here and here to see my progress in just 2 weeks!

     
    • Yvonne Creanga Cockrell 4:17 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My jaw dropped looking at this great work and the amount of hours you spent doing it. I hope whoever you made for still has it and is taking very good care of this heirloom.

      • knitting1105 4:30 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Oh this one I made for myself, and I do appreciate it. Times have changed though, and right now I do not need the extra warmth!

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