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  • knitting1105 4:51 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A View into my Knitting World 

    Or, at least a view into my knitting room.   A space in progress, and almost complete.  Here was the previous view, the room does not have an outside window, but a window opening into the family room.  I placed blue glass jars along the edge to create more of a barrier, but knew that I wanted something else.

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    A couple of weeks ago I was at the ReUse Depot scoping it out to take my class there, and found some gorgeous art glass doors from interior cabinetry taken out of an older house.  I was pretty sure that they would fit, but put them on hold to measure.  And last weekend my husband and I installed them, I think that it is a good fit.  And creates the feeling of a barrier while being very open.


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    And the view out to the family room from my knitting room.

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    At the same time, I found 3 smaller doors that work well on the outside windows.  Here is the before photo.

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    And after…

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    Lovely aren’t they?  Makes me wonder what the house was like, obviously Arts & Crafts.  There were a few more smaller ones, the built-in must have been gorgeous.  So sad to see lovely old homes destroyed. At least now the parts are recycled.

     
    • elaine 8:21 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How cool! They are perfect :-)

      • Helen 11:43 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Wonderful reuse.

    • andresue 9:03 am on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea! They are beautiful and practical. :)

    • Diane 3:00 pm on December 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely love the windows!

  • knitting1105 11:53 am on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Extreme Shepherding 

     
    • elaine 12:10 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      How cool! Thanks for sharing :-) So enjoy your blog ~

      • knitting1105 1:22 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much!

    • whip1up 8:07 pm on December 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very cool!

  • knitting1105 8:00 am on November 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

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    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

     
    • Diane 9:42 pm on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • knitting1105 10:08 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Carding naturally 

    This photo was posted by The Knitting Needle and Damage Done on Facebook. Not sure where she finds all of her photos, but it is a very interesting blog or Facebook page for knitters and those who love knitters to follow.

    Myself, I am glad that they invented hand carders!

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  • knitting1105 10:35 pm on November 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Slo-Mo 

    I was away with girlfriends for the weekend in Michigan.  Great time, and as usual, I was busy knitting while there.  Chris videotaped these of me knitting in slow motion.

    As you would see me knitting:

    As it looks from my side:

     
  • knitting1105 1:42 pm on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Before the Polar Vortex 

    Here is my marigold harvest from last week, prior to the frost and cold that we are now experiencing:

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    They were laid out to dry on my basement table.  This is taking quite awhile.  Why is it that flowers wilt and dry when you don’t want them to, but these are hanging on.

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    Hopefully enough for some lovely dyeing next spring.  When life gives you marigolds, dye yarn.

     
  • knitting1105 10:42 pm on November 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Riley Mitts 

    Last summer, while taking Riley to visit an Alpaca farm during our vacation in Michigan, she was enamored with some purple fingerless mitts that had fun fur at the cuffs.  I told her that I would make her a pair that were the right size (the next morning she did ask me if they were finished yet!).  So, anticipating a visit last weekend with Riley and family, I made most of these mitts on our drive to Michigan (Koigu yarn), and finished them up with her looking on.  The mitts alone were exciting enough for her, but I told her that there were 2 surprises, which I introduced one at a time.

    Sparkly diamond buttons at the hand end of the mitts

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    And fun fur at the cuff:

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    She really loved them.

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    • Diane 2:22 am on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my gosh, these are beautiful for a beautiful niece who appreciates all the bling and fluff. I am sure she will wear them often with style!

      • knitting1105 10:38 am on November 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, she did love them. We had a good time and she enjoyed playing with Uncle Dan.

    • Manning 4:42 pm on November 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Did you just knit with….(gasp)…. f u n f u r ?????

      • knitting1105 10:25 pm on November 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        No Manning, have no fear. I sewed on a length of it. Have much left, as I had to purchase a spool. Need any?

  • knitting1105 10:28 am on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Because I love Poodles 

    Saw this a couple of weekends ago in front of a hotel while doing Open House Chicago.

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  • knitting1105 8:07 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Perfect for the Park 

    These photos are of adorable Ria wearing this sweater that I knit for her last year.  She looks right at home in the colorful park at the French School.

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  • knitting1105 10:56 pm on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    All done but the buttons 

    I have finally finished my first handspun and hand knit sweater using Woolgatherings fiber.  The process from fiber to sweater was fun.  I first spun the variegated as a 3ply,

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    Then I ordered and spun 2 plys of eggplant and one of rust as my semi-solid contrast. My problem here was that my spinning was not as fine with the semi-solid as it was with the variegated. After that, and a couple of false starts with patterns, my friend Jane suggested the February Ladies Sweater.  It was the perfect match.  I was able to most of my semi-solid to maximize the length.

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    Then I needed to choose buttons.  These were the 2 choices that I had on hand.

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    Even though there is no green in the fabric, I think that it made the best option, pulling out the other colors.

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    Problem is that the buttons are a bit too heavy for the drape of the sweater.  I will be on the lookout for something similar though.  The 3/4 length sleeve is just right.  If I were to restart this sweater I would have fractally spun the variegated so has not to have the long concentrations of pooling.  That said, I do love the colors, and the fibers were a dream to spin.

     

     
    • Diane 11:00 pm on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It always amazes me to see the starting fibers and the finished product…looks great!

      • knitting1105 11:40 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This was my first sweater, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to turn out, but I am happy with the results.

    • andresue 9:00 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s beautiful!

    • knitsbyjenn 10:51 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely work!

      • knitting1105 11:39 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I think that I have to change the buttons though, they are too heavy for the fabric.

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