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  • knitting1105 12:56 pm on February 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My Love 

    By the time this posts, I will have spent the weekend in Buffalo for a family event with my wonderful husband at one of my favorite places, The Roycroft Inn.

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    And socks for the best sock recipient I know.

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    With Orange toes!

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  • knitting1105 6:10 pm on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Cast On, Bind Off 

    On a recent quest to learn a new cast off technique, I became interested in finding out more.  These 2 books, both with the same title came up, so I ordered them from the library to see if they were worth the investment for my own library.

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    One has 54 techniques and the other 211?! I am a bit confused about how one has so many more, although when a particular bind off has multiple names, Sease counts each of the different names as a technique—cheating a bit I think, when I count them I get 144 different techniques, some a slight variation.  Impressive nonetheless.

    Both books are spiral bound, the one by Leslie Ann Bestor is a more diminutive size (6″ x 7″), which would increase the portability.  I could see keeping this one in my knitting bag.  The book by Cap Sease is larger (9″ x 11″).  Both have good directions, Sease uses drawings to show the steps, and given the larger size of the book, the drawings are more readable, each one is followed by a photo of the finished technique.  Bestor uses actual photos to show the steps in each technique, sometimes those photos are hard to follow, especially when she uses a dark yarn.

    When I compare my favorite tubular cast-ons and cast off, both have the setup sort of correct, but miss using a larger size needle at the beginning (see my notes here).  The tubular bind off for the 1x 1 rib is exactly what I would do, but the 2 x 2 rib is missing a step which I will discuss in an upcoming post.

    I have not done a step by step comparison of each technique, but in my overview I do think that Sease has more techniques in the book, in spite of calling out the names multiple times.  Her directions are easier to read.  The Bestor book would be a handy reference to have in my knitting bag though.  I would recommend either of the books, as if is sometimes hard to find the best technique when you need it immediately.

    That said, I just ordered both, Bestor for $10, and Sease for $19!

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 10:29 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As I was reading your blog, I was thinking that you should order both and then I saw your last sentence! I am sure you will use them both frequently

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  • knitting1105 2:22 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Yarny 

    Unravel is a new puzzle game with Yarny.  Using the strengths and weaknesses of yarn to solve puzzles.  I am not a gamer, but I might be convinced….

     
  • knitting1105 2:15 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Shipping made me do it! 

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor my Batwing pullover, I needed to order some additional balls of Karabella Aurora 8 yarn for the collar.  Happily I found them at Hampton Knitting Yarn, and ordered up 6 balls in the now discontinued color.  Of course, that total came to almost $60, and shipping would have been an additional $6+/-.  If I hit $100, everything would ship for “free”….

    Who could resist that argument?

    Not me….

    A good friends swears that sock yarn does not count in your stash.  For sure, it is one thing that I will definitely use.  Nice handwritten thank-you note with the yarn, and some mints.  Quick service too.  I love the colors of the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, will be fun to find patterns for.

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  • knitting1105 4:53 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Pullover Progressing 

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    Batwing Pullover pieces

    All but the collar is knit up on the Batwing Pullover that I started a couple of weeks ago.  Aurora 8 by Karabella is one of my favorite cabling yarns, it is so soft and squishy to knit with, holds the structure of the cable beautifully.  Unfortunately, I have to agree with comments on Ravelry that this yarn is expensive ($10/98 yard skein), and has way too many knots in it.  Someone had to tie the knots, so they know that there are a lot.

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    Batwing Pullover Detail

    I had 20 skeins of this yarn in deep deep stash.  Finding a use for it was exciting, and I knew that even with that amount, I would run short of the yardage required to complete this sweater. While Aurora 8 is still produced, my Turquoise color had been long discontinued.  Searching the internet, I found 2 skeins in a clearance warehouse that I ordered.  There were some on people’s Ravelry pages, but I did not have luck acquiring those.  I did yet another google search this time using the color number, not the name.  Bingo!  I scored, and found a stash.  I purchased 6 skeins, hoping that that will be enough to finish the collar (which is big).

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    I really want to finish this, but the sewing of the pieces needs to happen first, and I need to be in the right frame of mind, with the right lighting.  I guess that it will not be completed to take to knitting tomorrow.

     
  • knitting1105 9:54 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Finished and Donated 

    This shawl was actually all knit last summer as a charity project for Chicago’s Go Red, a Women’s Heart Health fundraiser.  It sat waiting to be blocked, and since they did not want the items until sometime in January, I saw no urgency to blocking it.  I love the pattern, and the color pink is so beautiful.  The first version that I made was gifted to my sister Diane, that was in a natural wool.  This is Merino and Silk and I extended the pattern by one repeat. Love them both.

    Greta Garbo Shawl in Estonian knitting, pattern by Nancy Bush.

    Blocking photos:

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    Greta Shawl Detail

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    Greta Shawl blocking

    And me modeling the finished project!

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    Greta Shawl Finished

     
  • knitting1105 2:04 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Hats Progress 

    Progress on my hats is moving along steadily, both sheep themed.  Hoping to have them both done this week, then I will post comments about the patterns, and suggestions that I may have.

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    Sheep 2

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    • Yvonne 2:35 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful work. I really would love the pattern and any suggestions /encouragement regarding any of these. I’d wear the “sheep 2” one in a heartbeat. who are you making them for and how much yarn do you need?

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    • Heidi 3:52 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love them both! This has been in my que for a while…. inspiring me to get going on it ☺

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    • knitting1105 6:04 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    • Jane 2:09 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am making sheep 1 for a baby. Using pattern as is but in fingering yarn on size 2’s and 3’s. FF- did you do a “black sheep” in your flock? I will do one on the baby hat since every flock needs a black sheep..

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      • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh that sounds cute! Could mean stranding 3 colors at a time. Will be anxious to see how it works.

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  • knitting1105 4:06 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Diane will be Proud 

    On a recent post, my sister Diane noted that it was really good that I was starting a hat using yarn that I already had in my stash.  On a trip to the bookstore last week I purchased the Holiday 2015 issue of Vogue magazine.

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    All of my magazine subscriptions have been let go, some for a long time now.  I vowed to only purchase a magazine when there was a pattern, or perhaps a particular article that I really wanted.  Well, this is the pattern that made me choose this magazine:

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    Batwing Pullover

    I just love the look of this sweater, much like a cape or poncho, but I think more practical.  So, when I was looking at the pattern, I remembered some Karabella Aurora 8 yarn that I had in stash.  20 skeins, I thought for sure that would do it.  I love Aurora 8, it cables so beautifully, and holds it’s structure well. Turquoise would not have been my first choice of color, but the amount of yarn needed for this sweater would be a major investment, the stash yarn that I have was purchased at a deep discount years ago.

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    When I started comparing the recommended yarn and yardage needed, I was very disappointed, as I was still quite short of what was needed.  A search of Aurora 8 found this to be a discontinued color.  I decided to swatch the yarn for gauge and see where I was, thinking that I could just make the lower band and collar of a different color.  To my surprise, my gauge was such that I could knit the small size and achieve a large version.  That really helped with the required yardage.  Online I found 2 skeins at an outlet on sale, and one person on Ravelry has agreed to trade me 5 of their skeins.  One store still has some at full price also.

    So, I started, and even though this color of yarn bleeds onto my hands as I am knitting, I am in love with this yarn once again.  Very anxious to complete this.  I think that it will make a superb Fall/Spring sweater for outerwear.

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    Batwing in progress

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 4:12 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So in quilting I always say buy 3 yards if you don’t know how you will use the material. In knitting, it sounds like you need 30 skeins for a large project???

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      • knitting1105 2:00 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Normally about 1,500-2,000 yards would be sufficient for a sweater, but it all depends on weight of yarn, cabling, and how big you are making it, in addition to the design. I am happy that I have finally found a purpose for this yarn!

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  • knitting1105 2:44 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Scarfiss 

    Last Fall, we were staying with my brother for a weekend.  I brought along some fingerless mitts that I had made for my niece, and they were a great hit.  Later that weekend, I was working on a scarf for our SnB contribution to the local homeless shelter, Riley asked what I was making, and I told her a scarf.  Without missing a beat, she said “I need scarfiss!”  Yes that was a correct spelling, pronounced scarf-ISS.

    Last winter I searched for some fun pink fluffy yarn to make a keyhole scarf with.  I ended up combining some cotton yarn with some soft pink baby wool.  Part way through the project I realized that I was going to run out of yarn, luckily I mentioned it at my SnB knitting group, and one of my fellow knitters came to the rescue with the exact correct yarn.  Here is the finished scarf newly worn by Riley:

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    And of course, I could not forget her brother!  Orange is his dad’s favorite color, so an orange hat it was:

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    They are too cute together!

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    • Diane Hamilton 3:21 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky kiddos that their aunt knits for them. I also like that Rowan is sporting the Broncos colors!

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      • knitting1105 5:56 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The orange and blue was actually for our local High School colors. And it happens to be University of Illinois, and the Chicago Bears!

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    • Pam Moriarty 9:55 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      How lucky you are to have all your efforts appreciated by such adorable children.

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  • knitting1105 6:20 pm on January 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy New Year! 

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