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  • knitting1105 11:40 am on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbow Groove 

    This morning I woke up to several inched of surprise snow on the ground, and only a couple of days after the first day of Spring!  Not happy.  So, this bright post will remind me of what is sure to be around the corner: colors and flowers and sun.  My knitting and spinning has been on a total Rainbow groove, I originally called it a rut, but my friend Andi from SnB said that there is no way that rainbows are a rut.  Is it my desire for spring, or just need for more color in my life?

    First I knit with this amazing yarn, Monkey socks in progress.

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    Which inspired the purchase of this fiber:

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    Which prompted me recently to go to Knitterly Things, and look at her beautiful self-striping yarns, they have been on my radar for a long time.  So, my splurge included this Vesper Sock yarn, I was originally going to get another rainbow, but opted for a more serene color palate:

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    And, while I was there, these mini wee-skeins called to me to be knit up into something hopefully creative…

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    And for a true rainbow, I am making the Dot socks from the Vogue Sock Knitting on the go:

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    Here is my cuff, using JaWoll Sock yarn for this:

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    And to be totally forthright, as I was organizing and cleaning my stash today, I forgot that I had purchased this last fall at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool from River’s Edge Fiber Arts

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    Happy Spring everyone!

     
  • knitting1105 8:00 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Colorful monkey socks 

    That amazingly colored rainbow yarn from a couple of weeks ago has become the beginnings of the Monkey socks by CookieA.

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    I love love love the colors, and was uncertain how they would knit up in a patterned sock, so I opted for the Monkey socks as they normally work very well with a highly patterned yarn.

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    It seems to me that even this pattern has not stopped the complementary colors from muddying out a bit.  Not wanting to rip back, I am opting to continue with this.  My thought is that a brightly colored heel will accent the colors of the sock.

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    Here are some choices, all from jaWoll.  My tendencies are towards the blue or purple. Thoughts?

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    • Michelle Diaz-Albo 11:54 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I would go with the orangey on the far left or the magenta!

    • leslieagray2015 12:08 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a tough decision! Although I would usually err toward purple, I think the blue might be more vibrant in this case…

    • Yvonne 5:32 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d go for the yellow first and than the orange assuming these socks are for a female.

    • atangledyarn84 1:59 pm on March 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Blue, but I always favor blue :)

  • knitting1105 10:55 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Lloyd would love these sheep 

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  • knitting1105 4:15 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bright Rainbow 

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    Zebesis colorways have been in my head since the first time that I saw them.  She has totally captured the bright rainbow.  Until recently I had never been able to snag one of the braids.  Now I have.  And I can’t wait to spin them, not sure what they want to become.

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    She also gifted me these beautiful rolags.  I guess it took time to process my order, I really didn’t notice, but was so happy with these also.

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    Spinners should definitely check out her website.  I will be returning, these brightly dyed locks have now caught my eye…

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    • 1marylou 5:00 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      These are so beautiful, it makes me want to learn how to spin.

    • knitting1105 6:05 pm on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You should! It is so meditative. Like yoga with yarn to show for it afterwards.

    • Diane 12:38 am on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the colors, anxious to see what you you do with these beautiful pieces.

    • leslieagray2015 7:59 am on March 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, WOW… Stunning! I am particularly enamored with the locks…

      • knitting1105 10:57 am on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, they are really cool. Probably best used as an inset, I think that they may muddy out otherwise. Will have to try them soon.

  • knitting1105 7:04 pm on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    More Year of the Sheep 

    Can’t get enough.  It will be a long time before we can do this again!

     
  • knitting1105 6:06 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Animals 

    My little animal sweater has been coming along nicely.  The last time that I posted about it, I had only finished the row of chicks.

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    Quite a bit has been completed since then.

    Rabbits:

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    Next was carrots:

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    Then some really cute dogs.  These also required a shopping trip, as I just did not like any of the colors that I had on hand.  So glad that I took the extra effort.

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    After dogs, I really felt that there needed to be some cats, but could not find a good pattern anywhere.  So, I pulled out the little graph book that my husband gave to me for Christmas, and charted my own cat on a wall.

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    The cats turned out really cute,  They are actually a dark blue, not black.

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    Here is the complete project to date:

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    I also ended up ordering more of all of the pink colors, and found one of the old colors at Idea Studio in LaGrange.  A really great store, I have only recently discovered it based on recommendations from friends.  Highly recommended, they are so nice and friendly.  Wish it was closer to me.

    Sleeves are next, I think that they will be a little bit tricky.

     
  • knitting1105 11:00 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Manly Art of Knitting 

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    The title of this book intrigued me.  It had been out of print for years, so when it was reissued, I wanted a copy.  A cover that has a cowboy sitting on a horse and knitting is just too good to pass up.

    It is a very short book, 64 pages end to end, and not a lot of reading.  The instructions for beginners are amazingly simple and basic, this would definitely be a book that I would recommend to a brand new knitter.  The illustrations are simple and direct, and not a lot of extra stuff that would confuse the new knitter. And I love the full page photos of what your knit stitch, purl, ribbing, etc should look like.  I have read other reviews that pan this book, but I think that they are missing some of the great things.  Is it a book that you would go back to as a reference, probably not, but a non-threatening book for a novice.  This is going with me tonight to knitting for other reviews.

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    The second half gets into actually knitting something that any cowboy would love, a bed for your dog, saddle blanket, hat, hammock…

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    Especially love this as it reminds me of my beautiful Appaloosa POA, Sissy.  We had such great times riding together.

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    The books ends with a “Problems” section to help you solve those early issues that befuddle new knitters.  I think that the book well worth a read.  Most would probably just want to check it out from the library though.

    A review from ginkopress.com.

    A cult classic, The Manly Art of Knitting was originally published in 1972, but has been out of print for decades. Fougner initially published this book in the hope that it would encourage men to take up knitting and that veterans of the craft would embrace this quirky manual. In this amusing yet practical guide to knitting, Dave Fougner provides step-by-step instructions for beginners and those taking up the needles again. The book contains helpful illustrations and wonderful black and white photographs. You can t help but smile at the shots of calloused hands lovingly knitting blankets for dogs and horses. Chapters include basics, pattern stitches (garter, stockinette, purl, rib, moss, rise, and basket weave), projects, and problems. Fougner proclaims that only a man would knit a hammock with shovel handles for needles and manila rope for yarn. Whether or not this is true, Fougner will show you how it s done.

     
    • Erin 3:20 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a find! I love the cover and helpful tips, like knitting something for an uncritical friend… your dog. Priceless!

    • AndreSue 11:40 pm on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great book review! I’ve seen the cover a few times online but didn’t know it was a real book! :)

  • knitting1105 4:27 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Color for my Feet 

    This past weekend we took a city retreat for my husband’s birthday. Very luxurious, and let us ignore the long cold winter for a bit.  Of course, I needed to take along knitting, and it needed to be a small, portable easy to work on project.  Socks it was.  I chose this yarn, that I believe I purchased from someone’s destash, but i can’t really remember where or when.

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    This is so incredibly beautiful, I was saving it for the right time/person.  Unfortunately, this person stopped dyeing yarn a couple of years ago.  When I was winding it up I fell even more in love with the colors.  The dyer was Family Pendragon.

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    There was a last-minute urgent work item that I was tending to, and remembered everything but the waste yarn to do the tubular cast on.  I tried it using the same yarn to no avail, and then tried just a regular cast on.  The yarn screamed at me that it needed to be done perfectly, so I just played around with it, and when I got back home cast on with the waste yarn for the tubular cast on.

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    And I am so glad that I did.  At the moment I am doing a twisted 1×1 ribbing for the cuff, not sure where I will go after that.  I was thinking that the Monkey Socks by CookieA might be worth another go with this yarn.  In the meantime, I am really glad that I started over.  These will be so fun and bright.

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    • Erin 5:04 pm on March 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gorgeous color!

    • leslieagray2015 6:58 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful! My son walked by my monitor and was immediately struck by the stunning colors, so you know it has to be amazing! :-) What a gorgeous colorway!

      • knitting1105 10:14 am on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I am in love with it, making me want to purchase some Vesper sock yarn now, which has gorgeous bright colors.

    • elaine 10:26 pm on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful skein!

  • knitting1105 11:58 am on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    It takes an Internet Village 

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    The toes on my striped socks were finished, with the shockingly bright Kelly Green so I needed to move on to the afterthought heel.  Top down is my go-to sock knitting, as I can get a really nice gusset.  I have a high instep and do not like the short row heels in general as the sock tends to pull and bind at the instep.  After a first attempt following many instructions to just knit the heel like a toe, I was unhappy with how the toe looked and the holes created at the corners.  Ripped back, and went to the internet.  I have cobbled together my own version of how to do the afterthought heel using inspiration from the following 3 sources.

    First, to pick up the stitches, this was brilliant, from KnitGirllls.  I will definitely do this for the next sock, as I had a bit of a challenge getting the stitches picked up without disaster. If you already know how to set up for the afterthought heel, start the video at 6:00 minutes.  You can stop at 11:30. That is where the advice I took from this source stops.

     

    Next, to avoid the gaps in the corners, follow this video, it is really neat and makes a very clean pick-up by taking a stitch from below combined with the yarn coming off the adjacent stitch to create a tight hopeless corner:

     

    Her method of picking up 2 extra stitches not only closes up the holes, but gives 4 additional stitched for the round, which helps with the ease in the gusset.

    Now that I had all of my stitches picked up, the gap problem solved very nicely, I still was concerned about having enough give in the heel area.  Some suggested just knitting for 1/2″ – 3/4″, and I felt like that would be very clumsy.  Then… I found this resource, not a video, but very well put together blog post on how to create a neat little short row gusset.  Her instructions occur part way down in the post.  She suggests making a small gusset using short rows at each of the corners, I did this and it came out nicely as you can see here.

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    The heel was then finished using a Sl 2 tog as if to knit, K1, Pass 2 slipped stitches over together.  This gives a very neat column of decreases.

    One of the suggestions was to purl a stitch every other row at the decrease column, which I did, it does give it a definitive column.  The jury is still out on that, it makes it a bit bulkier. So, here is my heel finished, using all 3 of the above techniques.

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    The socks are very fun and bright, and the combination of these 3 methods made for a neat, very comfortable heel with no gaps.  Afterthought heels will no longer give me pause.  These were intended for the sock gift pile, until my husband told me that he would like them!  Apparently he loves the bright surprise toes and heels.

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  • knitting1105 1:13 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    So Little Time… 

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