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  • knitting1105 9:12 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    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.


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

  • knitting1105 1:59 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    18″ Dolls 



    Last Fall I purchased this book at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago, Nicky Epstein was there and I decided to wait for her autograph on the book.  She was very very nice, showed me some of the easier knits to make for Christmas, which I did not end up doing, and then told me about the Lion Brand pom-pom sample sets of yarn, many of which she used in her patterns.  1 set makes one of the designs in the book.


    We are on our way out East soon to visit family and friends, and I thought that these would be the perfect projects to knit while on the road.  It was hard to choose colors, but I finally decided.


    My niece has a few doll outfits in her future.

  • knitting1105 8:30 am on July 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitted Boyfriend 

    Not quite sure if this is funny, sad or weird…



    But it is a lot of knitting!



    And a creative video, the music is great.

    And you can get the book too!


  • knitting1105 11:08 am on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Purple is her Favorite Color 

    She loves purple.  And she loves to watch me “yarn”, as she calls my knitting.


    While looking for yarn in my stash that had her favorite color purple, I ended up using some Koigu sock yarn that I had.  And I rediscovered how much I love this yarn, I have pulled out some for future socks.  And the colors are really gorgeous.  This had the added benefit of having pink in it, a close second in color favorites.


    This was my first time knitting socks for a child.  Knitting socks and booties for babies is relatively easy, as they will all eventually grow into them, but trying to navigate the American shoe and sock sizes was indeed a challenge.

    First I had to figure out her shoe size.  For you non-Americans, this will not make any sense to you, but there are baby shoe sizes, walker shoe sizes, and toddler shoe sizes, which go from size  0-12.  Next we enter Little kid shoe sizes which start at 12 1/2, 13, 13 1/2 then they start renumbering at 1 up to 3.  Following this are big kid shoe sizes, 3 1/2 – 7.  Next women’s sizes.  Times like this I wish for the simplicity of the metric system.

    After finding these charts, and verifying her shoe size with my sister I then had to go to the Craft Yarn Council foot size chart to figure out what size sock that would translate to.  And yes, it would make too much sense for the sock size to match shoe sizes, for children they are 4-5, 5-6 1/2, 6-7 1/2, 7-8 1/2, and 8-9 1/2!  Those mostly correlate to the length in inches of the sock.

    So, finally, I figured out her shoe size 12 shoe, her sock size size 7-8 1/2 sock, total length of sock 7 1/2″.  That in itself was a lot of work!

    I hope they fit.


    Pattern: Girl’s Anklet Sock
    Pattern Source: Socks Too, by Vogue Knitting
    Yarn: Koigu sock yarn
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 6/29/14
    Date Finished: 7/1/14
    Finished Dimensions: 7 1/2″ long, child’s size 7-8 1/2 sock


    Oh, and she asked for a hat too!  That will wait for cooler weather.

    • Diane Hamilton 6:21 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my, I would have given up long before you did and told her they would fit when she got older (LOL). She will love the colors. I love that she wanted a hat too–ever the stylish princess!

    • Selena Rea 10:23 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Darling! I love Koigu :)

  • knitting1105 1:45 pm on July 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    This is just too good not to share!


    A “knit-in” was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility’s waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting.

    One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences.

    The knitters insisted on speaking to Vermont Gas officials about their complaints over a pipeline expansion. They were told they needed an appointment; after the utility’s headquarters closed, they were warned that they were trespassing.

    Jane Palmer, a diminutive woman in a floral-print dress and a straw hat, was arrested about 30 minutes after the offices closed.

    “Palmer was knitting what appeared to be a turquoise scarf, and had knitted about 8 inches of it before Vermont Gas closed at 5 p.m.,” VPR’s Taylor Dobbs reports.

    “It is unclear if she was allowed to continue her knitting at the police station,” he adds.

    Before she was arrested, Palmer told Dobbs that she and her husband had researched the pipeline permitting process, and they’re convinced it’s not being handled properly in their case. But no one has listened to her complaints, she said.

    “I was incensed because I feel like they’re trying to intimidate and bully people into not protesting,” Palmer said, “if you think you’re gonna have a record and you’re going to have to go to jail or whatever. Law-abiding citizens do not like to be threatened with being arrested.”

    She told Dobbs that this was the first time she’d ever been arrested. Reached by the Burlington Free Press, she said she’s scheduled to appear in court in two weeks.

  • knitting1105 10:05 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Kaffe 2014 

    Oh how I want to go to England and see this!

    • Manning 5:03 pm on July 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Road trip! I just bought a bunch of his fabric to sew different a-line skirts.

      • knitting1105 11:54 am on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yes! Would love to go if there was a good deal on air fare. Too bad it can’t be a traveling exhibit.

  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Jury is Still Out 

    Remember how excited I was to knit up this shawl from the cover of Lovely Knitted Lace?  Well, it is finished, actually finished for a couple of weeks now.  Last week I was busy with summer Architecture camp for teens, and this week I am reeling from a really bad summer cold.  So bad in fact, that I did not even feel like knitting or spinning most of the time, and I have been home alone.   It was quite miserable.

    Well, here is the shawl pre blocking:



    And I was waiting to have a model to take photos of it, but then realized that I could model it and just use the self timer on my camera.  First, the shawl without the buttons closed, you can see how there is no shape to this, it really has to always be worn fully buttoned up.


    And the completed shawl.  I was not looking great today, a weeks worth of head colds took its toll, so I artfully cropped my head out!




    Wondering if maybe my torso is not long enough to carry this off.



    I disagree with her directions for sewing the shawl up.  I would find the point for each of the arms to have the petal end right at the top of the wrist (5th one in from each front edge), and then sew the bottoms between to the required measurements so that it fits properly on your hips.



    Pattern: Camellia Dolman
    Pattern Source: Lovely Knitted Lace
    Yarn: Helen’s Lace
    Needles: US 3 & 5
    Date Started: 3/28/14
    Date Finished: 4/16/14
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

    • Jeanette Andre 11:34 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is such a beautiful shaw, you are right, it does look rather snug in the hip area.I’m sure you will be able to figure it out, looks lovely from the back spread out.

      • knitting1105 10:05 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The pattern requires it to be snug in the hip area, otherwise it has absolutely no shape. I think that I just need to wear it lower. Thanks for the nice comments!

    • Diane Hamilton 11:39 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, as usual this is a beautiful work of art. I actually like it better unbutton and to get the true appreciation of the beautiful knitting I think you need to always hold your arms out. If old people can just stop in the middle of an isle for no good reason, you should be able to always hold your arms out to display this beautiful shawl. Sorry you have been so sick…hope you are feeling better!

  • knitting1105 3:37 pm on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for Dan 

    This past winter Dan picked out this wool and Bison down sock yarn at the local winter Farmer’s Market.  I am finally getting around to knitting this up into socks for him.  The Bison down is supposed to be both really soft and extremely warm.  My first thoughts with this yarn is that it is a bit stiff to work with, but I am thinking that it will wash up very nicely.  Often the softer sock yarns do not have the strength to hold up as socks.


    The pattern is a simple one designed by me.  I will post the finished pattern when completed.  It is essentially mirrored cables on each side of the leg, with ribbing in between.  The top of the foot continues in pattern to the toe.  It bugs me a little bit how the reversed cables look slightly different.  I wonder if this will even out in the washing.


    Starting the heel, so the back of the sock pattern is stopped here.


    At the same time I am trying to keep track of whatever I am knitting on in this journal, the thought being that I could retrace my steps with notes when I put something down for a long time.  We’ll see how it works.  Means that I must keep this book with whatever project I am working on…








  • knitting1105 3:36 am on June 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  


    While not about knitting, this is all about pride and respect.

    It is about time.

    • tricotreat 12:41 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That is freaking awesome!!!!

  • knitting1105 10:51 am on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Urban Goats 

    The Garfield Park Conservatory has visiting goats each month this summer.  Sofia found the link and we decided that it was a must see.  Jens Jensen, the Landscape Architect who designed Garfield Park had apparently envisioned farm animals at the conservatory.  Took over 100 years, but this is happening.  You have to look for the goats however, as that little yellow flag in the distance is the only indicator.  That and the bleats when you get closer.



    The babies were just too darn cute!




    If you want more information on Jens Jensen, here is a link.  Also, there was a great documentary, Jens Jensen The Living Green, which will be showing at Millennium Park on June 19th.  We saw the film this spring, and it is well worth seeing.

    The Garfield Goats are back! People and goats have lived side-by-side for over 10,000 years, and today’s city dwellers are starting to realize the benefits. The goats that reside part-time at Garfield Park Conservatory belong to a Westside Chicago resident who is experimenting with how small farm animals benefit the urban landscape and our lives in the city. Come visit and see them at work mowing our big backyard! (Goats will browse during open Conservatory hours, depending on weather and goat health.) 

    Goats at Work 2014 Schedule:


    • Saturday, May 3 – Friday, May 9

    • Saturday, June 7 – Friday, June 13

    • Saturday, July 5 – Friday, July 11

    • Saturday, August 2 – Friday, August 8

    • Sunday, September 7 – Saturday, September 13



    • Diane Hamilton 12:33 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      They are so cute…maybe you can have one in your back yard?

      • knitting1105 4:19 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        We wish. 2 problems, they are herd animals, and we think there is an ordinance against cloven hooved animals.

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