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  • knitting1105 3:33 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    My Summer Project 

    This summer, I decided to go through Dan’s sweaters and wash each and every one, and look for what needed repairs.  It was a long process, as I did one or two on the nice days when they could dry flat on the table outside.  I asked him if he had ever washed some of these sweaters, and he gave me a quizzical look…

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    The heavy ones will now be bagged for next winter.  About 1/2 of his are handknit.

    And now I have started on my sweaters, almost all of which I knit.  I was surprised by some that were very dirty, seems that cables hold the dirt more, in all those folds.  I am only part way through my collection, but it is good to organize, assess and repair if needed.  I do have a favorite one that has never had buttons, so this will be a good time for that.  Some of these were long neglected, I am not sure that it is necessary to do every year, I wonder what others do.

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    At the beginning of the summer I was washing socks, and it was almost all of the hand knit socks that Dan and I own (he has more than I).  The image of them all hanging to dry on the line outside is a favorite.

    So, happy, healthy knits at the end of the summer.

     
    • threeprettyposies 6:13 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I wash my sweaters gently and probably more often than necessary…after several wearing or when I can smell my scent on them. I think the oils and scents from our skin encourage moths to eat them. This may be totally false and I don’t know why I think this, but I don’t want moth holes and I like fluffy clean sweaters. Your way is fun though, and a good way to see what you actually have that needs mending.

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      • knitting1105 5:39 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You are so much better than I! A large part of this is a big case of neglect. It will be nice to have a completely clean sweater stash!

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    • Michelle Metes 8:30 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not a bad idea. Maybe I’ll look thru my collection to see if anything needs a repair or just freshening up. Glad to see you’re keeping busy, Frances.

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    • knitting1105 5:40 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am keeping busy. Miss you, haven’t been to Michigan all year!

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  • knitting1105 3:58 pm on July 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Stash Busting II 

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    My second stash busting project, and the second Traffic Furniture (hate that name) shawl using up the Malabrigo sock yarn that I had.  You can contrast it to my other version that I knit earlier in the year.  I think that the Malabirgo sock yarn is mostly gone, makes terrible socks, as holes wear in it quickly.  Someone tried to warn me about this years ago when this was new on the market, and I was smitten by the colors and did not listen.  I have just a few small balls left, and I will make some fingerless mitts with them.

    This was gifted to my hairdresser yesterday.  She always watches me knitting when I am in the shop, and has been a deserving and appreciative recipient.  She also got one of the Pussy hats!

     
  • knitting1105 9:46 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Now I want some Espadrilles 

     
    • Louise 10:05 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the post. I had no idea how they were made. All the machinery was quite fascinating — the elaborate way they wind the sole, sew through the sides, etc. I’m always interested in odd machinery. I bought a little manual gadget that you crank the handle and out pops gnocchi. (Of course you have to feed the dough in first.) I’ve used it several times and I’m still trying to figure out how it actually works! It seems like magic.

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      • knitting1105 10:12 am on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I know, I found the whole process fascinating. I especially like the fact that he is using all natural materials that will go back into the earth. I am serious that I want some. May become my new go to shoe!

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    • Gracey 1:14 pm on July 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That was very interesting…I’ve never owned a pair and had no idea where they were from.

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  • knitting1105 4:54 pm on June 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m still here! 

    I do have a few things to post, but not a huge amount of time at the moment.  I thought I would leave you all with this glorious creation of fiber arts, crocheted domes.

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    Beautiful detail, I would love to see it in person.

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    You can read more about it here.  Enjoy!

     
    • salpal1 8:39 am on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      way cool!

      Can’t wait to see what you have been up to when you get time to post. 🙂

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    • Jill 11:39 am on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Love this so much. Hope it travels to San Francisco sometime.

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  • knitting1105 10:34 am on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Stash Busting 1 

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    I have a desire to reduce my stash significantly.  My purchases the past few years have been minimal, and I am trying to knit a couple of things from stash before purchasing anything new.  This sock yarn was bought years ago at a store closing event.  I have since decided that i do not like the self patterning sock yarns (Faux Isle), and had this and one other skein sitting.  When I knit this up however, I was pleasantly surprised that the pattern was not overpowering, the ones trying to mimic fair isle are not for me.

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    When these yarns first came out they were all the rage.  I succumbed to some of the enthusiasm of others, but really prefer to make my own fair isle socks, of just use a really cool hand dyed sock yarn.

    IMG_2422A contrasting heel and toe (with reinforcing thread) make these fun socks.  They were gifted to my husband the other day, who wore them right away and came home from a trip telling me how much he loved them.  I love him!

     

     
    • Gracey 8:21 pm on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t stash bust…Those are great socks…I love self striping socks…but I do have some Carlos and Arne that I am not in love with….

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  • knitting1105 11:22 am on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Yarn Con 2017 

    This year I met up with all my good knitting buddies from Snb at Yarn Con.  Because of a teaching conflict on Monday nights, I have not been to knitting all semester, and it is just not as much fun to knit alone.  It was like reunion day seeing everyone in line, and then we went out to lunch together at Inspiration Kitchen, a great restaurant idea.

    Here is a video showing highlights from Yarn Con.  You will see 2 of my SnB buddies in there, and even a shot of yours truly, which much as I hate photos, I was okay with this one.  Those of you who know my knitting may recognize me by a certain handspun hand knit shawl.

     

    The colors were all pretty, and many new vendors.  However, I was not in the market for any new yarn, and nothing was a must have for me.  Here are my purchases:

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    Some sock yarn from Three Irish Girls, I have seen their yarn before, but never tried it, these bright colors spoke to me.  Sock yarn is always a safe purchase.

    A couple of note cards, obviously reserved for special appreciating folks.

    And little fabric holders to keep my DPN’s all together in their drawers.

    Thats it!  I was so excited to go, and happy with my little purchases.

     
    • Yvonne Creanga 11:52 am on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I might need to plan on a visit sometime down the road. It look intoxicatingly fun.

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    • Barbara Mayer 8:11 am on April 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We miss you, Frances! It was a wonderful day!

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    • Diane F Hamilton 12:21 am on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my, after seeing all the picture of Yarn Con I am so impressed that you walked away with just a couple of items!

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    • Mimi 4:49 am on July 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, Frances! It was great to see a few SnB faces. I miss you guys!

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  • knitting1105 10:44 am on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Resistance 

    The Resistance Continues…

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  • knitting1105 7:36 pm on February 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Malabrigo Sock, Traffic Furniture   

    Shawl 1 

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    Pam and Barb from my SnB knitting group both made this shawl, Traffic Furniture – a really strange name for a pattern that I cannot quite figure out.  Basically, you start with a square and work out from that for awhile, then add extra increases at the corners to turn it into an octagon.  They had both used Malabrigo sock yarn, and I thought it the perfect opportunity to use up some of that lingering in my stash.  I loved the colors of Malabrigo when it first came out, and bought many different shades.  Then I knit a couple of pairs of socks with it, and they had holes in them within a very short period of time.  One was a favorite pair with spiders on it, they were beyond repair, so I reluctantly threw them away. Those I need to make again.  In the meantime, I had all of these beautiful colors, and I knew that I would not put the effort into making socks with them again.  I had thought of selling the yarn on Ravelry, but I would never get what I paid for it, plus all of the hassles.  So, this pattern encouraged me to use up that yarn.

    Of course, I was winding the yarn and getting the pattern ready the morning that we were scheduled to go to California for a week.  This was the perfect pattern, as it was lots of mindless stockinette and garter stitch.  I chose these colors to take with me along with a beautiful variegated that I did not have a photo of:

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    The shawl proved to be the perfect item to work on while traveling, it was all on a circular needle, and easy to memorize.  You first knit the center square section, then pick up around that.  I used the magic loop technique, would have been tedious to try anything else, and double points would really not have worked.  It did remind me why I do not like working with the magic loop, I still do not understand why some people prefer that one over DPN’s for socks, but at least everyone has a choice, and the end product is basically the same.

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    I cose to end with an accent color of the purple

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    It didn’t look like much prior to blocking

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    But proved to be an interesting shape, this photo is a bit distorted, it is actually totally symmetrical

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    It was sent off to my daughter-in-law and I don’t have any photos of anyone wearing it.

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    • salpal1 12:40 pm on February 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      interesting construction, for sure! I don’t like magic loop OR DPNs for socks, I use two circulars for the toe and a short circular (8 inches) for the rest of the sock. With DPNs, I feel like I am juggling Chinese food with chopsticks and losing it all, and with magic loop, I feel like I am constantly adjusting everything.

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  • knitting1105 3:34 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy New Year! 

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  • knitting1105 3:22 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Pussy socks, Women's March on DC, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks   

    Pussyfooting Along 

    Last weekend when Sofia and Dan went to the Women’s March in DC, I sent along these socks for Sofia.

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    I love how they came out although the brown cat face on the pink cat seems to read better.

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    I really want to make a pair of these for myself.  Easy knit, what surprised me was how tedious the duplicate stitch was on these.  I knit them with my favorite sock yarn JaWoll (which also has a spool of reinforcing thread inside each skein), on size 1 needles.  This is a free pattern, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks.

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