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  • knitting1105 11:46 am on November 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    English Tailoring Part II 

    A few years back, I took a class at Vogue Knitting from CocoKnits on English tailoring, and loved it.  We made a baby sweater in that class, which I gave to a friend’s grandson.  I repeated a similar class with her a couple of years later, hoping to hone this process and apply it to more sweaters.  Most recently, I gave Dan yarn for Christmas last year, and have attempted to knit one of CocoKnits top down sweaters for him, I had great difficulty with the gauge, and he has yet to receive that sweater.  I am thinking that this might be a good Holiday project for me…

    So, I posted recently that I was working on this Dale of Norway baby sweater, and wanted to do the set in sleeves as the English tailoring method.  I am proud to say that I have completed this, there was a bit of ripping back and experimenting, but I am quite proud of the end result.

    The only seaming is a few stitches under the arm.  And, the fit is a nice shoulder.

    This sweater has a sweet flower pattern at the bottom.  The pattern called for knitting the fair isle back and forth, but I choose to knit it in the round for those few rows, and steek it.

    I also knit the sleeves in the round.  These few adaptations really made this work as a great English tailoring sweater.

    Hoping to sew the short steek soon and finish this up.

    Julie Weisenberger is a really great teacher and I would highly recommend her classes.  If you are not able to take one of her classes, I highly recommend her new book, which I purchased this past year.

     

    Julie also has several great tutorials on her website that you all should check out, regardless of whether you use the English tailoring method.  I am always on the lookout for new techniques that either minimize finishing or give my knitted objects a more finished professional look.

    Another book that comes to mind is The “I Hate to Finish Sweaters” Guide to Finishing Sweaters.  This is a great book on sweater finishing, i.e. thinking about how you set up your sweater before you start knitting.  Many, many years ago I took a finishing class, and the instructor recommended this book.  It is a short spiral bound book, and one that I refer to over and over again.  I saw it on Amazon for $36!, but found reasonably priced copies here.

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 12:29 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The baby sweater is so pretty, I always admire your talent and skill in knitting. The time you put into these gifts is something that can’t be measured.

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  • knitting1105 10:45 am on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    From one Generation to the Next 

    A couple of years ago, long before marriages or grandchildren were on my radar, I packed up a lot of Ethan and Sofia’s sweaters that I had made for them when they were little, and sent them off for nieces and nephews to use.  When Ethan announced that they were expecting, I knew that I needed this sweater back.  In fact, Dan asked about it as it was the one that he wore the most.

    I can still picture him in this, in fact I need to find a photo of him in it.  I love the little hearts all over it.  There was a companion one that is packed away that was made for Sofia in multiple colors (she was 6 and took the sweater and then told me not to knit anything else for her!).

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    This sweater was also knit for Ethan at about the same time, although he did not wear it as extensively.

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    And this was a bit earlier.  My knitting skills have improved greatly since this.

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    And these 3 sweaters date back to Sofia.

    A lovely purple cotton summer sweater

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    A creamy white pullover

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    And this sweater which is nice and warm and cuddly.

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    And, there were a few sweaters that never made the cut to be saved.  I am surprising myself at how prolific I was even with 2 little kids, and watching another to boot.   It is amazing the memories that flood back looking at these sweaters.  Hoping that this new generation cherishes them as much.

     

     
  • knitting1105 4:30 pm on November 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Haunting 

    Abandoned buildings have always intrigued me, especially ones where it looked like someone just walked away one day.  When I was a teenager, my best friend and I would take day long rides on our horses.   The memory of an abandoned house in the woods that we would often go to is still there.  Seeing these photos of this abandoned textile mill from the UK brought back those childhood memories.

    It looks like the door was just closed one day and nobody ever remembered to open it.

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    • Diane F Hamilton 9:12 pm on November 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, and the magic you could have done with all that yarn.

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    • Elaine 6:31 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Makes you wonder what happened to make the owners and staff walk out the door one day and never come back.

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  • knitting1105 3:10 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Radio Silence is Over 

    I have been conspicuously absent in my postings this summer, and it was all for good reason.  My son and DIL are expecting a baby in December, and I have been knitting away to present these items to them at the baby shower.  The shower was held last weekend, and attended by all of Ethan’s high school friends, some from college, and many of Dan and I’s friends.

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    It was a lot of fun, and they received many nice gifts which will go a long way in helping them to get their young family established.  It was nice to celebrate, as we never really had a large wedding celebration like there was for Sofia and Mark, where I knit her this beautiful shawl.

    So, here goes, fair warning that there will be a lot of photos here.  Most made with Dale of Norway Baby Ull, which I had to stock up on.  For those of you still looking for the one place in the US that carries it, you need to go to Heart of the Mitten.  Not quite sure why they are limiting the sales just to this store, but at least it is still available for the time being.

    First, a pattern that I have knit more times than I can count.  It is an old booklet that my mother had from the 50’s, and as a child I knit baby sweaters from this for my mother’s friends and family.  I used a variegated sock yarn, and Baby Ull of course.  This is a wonderful baby pattern, as the raglan sleeves work well for a newborn.

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    And a matching hat

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    This makes such a cute set.

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    Next, I believe that this is from the same booklet.  And, this also is a pattern that I have made in the past.

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    This sweater got matching booties and a hat.

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    Then, I needed to make an Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket as well.  I had made one from some of my early handspun a few years ago for my niece, and my sister loved it.  So here it is with handspun yarn, and some funky square buttons. It is so incredibly soft and squishy.

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    And lastly, my favorite baby booties, Christine’s Baby Booties that really stay on.  A free pattern from Knitty.

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    And of course, they needed a hat to go along with them.  These were made after we knew that the baby is to be a girl.

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    More in the work now that are gender specific…

     
    • Diane F Hamilton 3:17 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These are all beautiful, that is one lucky baby! I will have to make sure Sayaka shows these to me when we see her on Wednesday.

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    • knitting1105 7:16 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You won’t be able to see them until Dan drives the things out in a couple of weeks. They are really cute though!

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    • Pam 9:22 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One is more beautiful than the next. What a lucky baby to have you in charge of her knitted wardrobe.

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    • Elaine 4:27 am on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky lucky baby your granddaughter is. Beautiful patterns and lovely colours and congratulations, by the way. Is she expected before or after Christmas?

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  • knitting1105 11:05 am on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Buttons and Color 

    Several of my projects were in need of buttons.  The local fabric store closed last year, and there is nothing close by.  It seems as if fabric and sewing and buttons are not in vogue at the moment.  Perhaps with the resurgence of knitting, sewing will be next.  Our clothes should bear the true cost of production, and be made with a living wage, perhaps then people would value quality and take care of clothes.

    Soutache is the closest button shop, and I love it.  Not as extensive as some that I have frequented in the past, but very good. They also sell ribbons, and do a lot of wedding embellishments.  My husband went with me, and we had a great time choosing buttons for projects, and a few extra for the future.

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    I choose the vintage buttons for a sweater that I finished years ago, I think that they will be perfect!

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    The sweater that this is destined for was finished in 2006!  I have worn it a bit, but it will be nice to have buttons on it.  This post was titled All finished except for the buttons.  I had not realized that it had been that long.  I think that these are perfect!

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    Poems of Color

     

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    I have also been playing with color recently, I will have results to show soon, but I love the vibrant colors of the Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  It is disappointing that there is only one place in the US now to get this.  I have stashed up significantly though.

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    • salpal1 2:00 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OK, I’ll bite. Where can I still get Baby Ull? I see it all discontinued and limited colors (on sale, though!) in my usual places. Why would Dale of Norway do this to us?

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    • Diane Hamilton 12:33 am on October 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think the buttons are perfect for our sweater and the Baby Ull colors are beautiful.

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    • Pam 6:49 am on October 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Are you going to share your source for Baby Ull? Grandmothers do need to stick together!

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  • knitting1105 2:18 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Birthday Recap 

    Every year some of the September 22nd Birthday Ravelry friends get together for a birthday exchange.  It is one of my favorite things, and I look forward to it every year.  Who doesn’t want a fellow knitter to splurge on goodies for them?

    This year I was spoiled again.  First there was a gift for Francoise (me) and Mr. Francoise:

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    We are expecting our first Grandchild in December, and these gifts were truly special.  I wish that I had the same books filled out by my parents.  So many questions that I would love to have asked.

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    Next was some beautiful yarn, and some gorgeous fiber to spin.  I need to find a special pattern for the gorgeous lace yarn.

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    Then a cool small project bag, to go with the large project bag from last year’s exchange.

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    And a handwoven coaster that is sitting on my desk at school.

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    I got to open this and a couple of gifts from friends before heading out to Michigan and sitting on the beach for a historically hot weekend.  I had never swum in Lake Michigan on my Birthday.  Blessed.

    And, in looking back at my posts from the past year, I could not find where I had posted about last years exchange.  That was a hectic Fall, and I was late in getting my gift out.  Here was the loot from last year too, which includes a large Ravelry project bag:

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    • Michelle Metes 5:46 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So nice to have friends to share your interests with, who know exactly what you’d like for an yearly occasion like this.
      Congratulations on your upcoming Grammahood! ☺️

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  • knitting1105 8:58 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Verdict is in, Sort of… 

    Well, my Oxo non chlorine whitener came in the mail and I soaked the wine spilled sweater.  The wine stains did come out, but it lightened some of the areas, so the color is just a little bit off.  I am not exactly pleased with the results, and think that I will over-dye it someday.  For the moment it is going in the cedar chest, and I will deal with it in the future.

    So, we went from this:

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    To this:

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    I do think that it is salvageable, just not something that I want to deal with at the present.  the trim color around the wrist and neckline was to be a different color anyways, so going a bit darker should not pose any problems.  It has been years since I have dyed any fabric, and I am not a fiber dyer.  Do people still use Ritz dyes that we used to purchase at the grocery store?  Hopefully I can convince one of my friends who dyes fiber to help me with this next spring or summer.  Jane???….

    In the meantime, I made one of my favorite baby bootie patterns, Christine’s Stay on Baby Booties.  These are part of a knitted baby package for a charitable auction. Knit with my favorite Baby Ull by Dale of Norway, which is not to be sold in the US anymore.

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    • Summer 7:49 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh what a shame about the stain remover. How frustrating. Love the baby bootees though 🙂

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    • salpal1 9:34 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      that’s my favorite bootie pattern as well, and baby ull is perfect for it. WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT SOLD IN THE US ANYMORE? Should I be stockpiling it if I find it?????

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    • Diane F Hamilton 7:11 pm on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From the pictures, I think the OxO worked pretty well. Probably you are the only one that will ever notice the spot. I used Ritz dye last year on a sweater Traver had that got ink stains from a pen in the washer! It worked pretty well and he was pleased with the result.

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  • knitting1105 7:46 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gaining Perspective 

    It was just a sweater, a bit of time knitting and some yarn.  I posted a week ago about the red wine that my husband had spilt on my knitting.  Then Harvey hit, and I saw the poor helpless women sitting in wheelchairs as the waters rose.  My problems are small and 1st world.

    Thankfully, those women are safe and dry, although most likely traumatized.  Here is a photo of them in their new location.

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    This blog is about knitting, so here is my sweater, almost finished.  Some of the wine washed out, some of it stayed.  I tried putting salt on it, but my veggie flake Pink Himalayan salt may not have helped the case.  A friend suggested ripping it back, but the spots were all over the place, so that was not an option. I am almost done with the knitting, then I will soak it in OXO and cross my fingers.

     
    • Jane 10:12 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If they don’t come out I would suggest dying it. Even a light tea dye would cover it I hope that lady kept her knitting!

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    • salpal1 7:20 am on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I was pleased to see them all safe and dry as well. As for your sweater – soak the whole darned thing in red wine! Or, maybe you have created the thing I always thought to – a shirt that I purposely splotched with grape jelly, ketchup, mustard, oil. Then wash. Then wear like it was meant to be that way and never worry about spilling again. But I hope that you haven’t. 🙂

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      • knitting1105 6:32 pm on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        the red wine soak is funny. If only it was not a light green base….

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  • knitting1105 9:02 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    So sad 

    This is one of the saddest photos that I have seen of the mess that the Hurricane has been racking on Texas.  This senior home was flooded, and the residents were sitting in the water before help arrived.  One of the women was knitting, that would be my way of staying calm.

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    Thankfully they were all rescued. Airlifted out.  This shouldn’t have happened.  Stay safe Texas.

    Oh, those global warming deniers, just ask those who got over 30″ of rain.

     
    • casbah3d 11:29 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Just can’t wrap my head around this. Just can’t. In my home town, in the early 80’s, we had a terrible snow storm. The snow mobile club brought staff in to the county home in which I worked. I volunteered to be picked up and a guy pulled in and off we went! I worked in food service then, instead of the recreation therapy that has been the other half of my life. There were cereal boxes strewn throughout the kitchen as the night shift prepared breakfast for 180 people. Cots in the corridor for staff. We all chipped in. I got paid triple time that day because I wasn’t scheduled and it was an emergency. I don’t understand why these fellow humans had to wait. I don’t understand why they weren’t evacuated as a preemptive strike for their own safety. Heartbreaking.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:27 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That is very sad, you just wonder why they weren’t moved sooner. Hope they will all be okay.

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    • tonymarkp 9:59 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope those people will be OK. What a terrible thing.

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  • knitting1105 8:47 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Red wine, knitting & Husbands 

    This evening I am so mad.  I had a wonderful, wonderful day with one of my best friends.  I finished the first week of school, which I spent 40 hours on as a part time coordinator.  Thursday is my Friday.  So, today a beautiful day, and I had lunch with 2 good friends, help shopping for my new glasses, and ended the day with wine and 4 friends in my back yard.  Just how I needed to end a very stressful week.

    After everyone left we were cleaning up the kitchen, and getting dinner ready. My husband asked me if everything was in from the back yard, and I said yes, except my knitting, and I was going back out. Not hearing me correctly, he decided to bring my knitting in with my glass of red wine.  You all know where this is going…

    A few weeks of knitting with spots of red wine all over it.  I tried in desperation to clean it.  And in the process I broke a circular knitting needle.  Not a happy camper here, and I am still not sure the the project is salvageable.  Not the way to end the week.

    In the spirit of trying to make some thing good out of this, and stop being so mad, I am going to post how to get red wine out of knitting.  Be warned, it does not always work and I will post whether my attempts did or not.

    • Blot.  First blot up the wine.  But you knitters know, that yarn will soak up the wine like a sponge.
    • Oxo Brite.  This has always been my go-to for cleaning up wine or any stains.  Of course, we are completely out.  I went on Amazon immediately to order some, it will take a couple of days to get here.  If you do get this on your stain right away, it turns purple, then washes out.  Even if it and old stain, this often works wonders.  Pray for me.oxo-brite.jpg
    • Club soda.  I tried it, fades a bit, but still not gone.
    • Salt.  Rub into the wet garment and then let dry.  This was my last resort, I am hoping that it works.

    Future orders.  Leave my knitting wherever it is unless I ask you to do something with it.

    I am consoling myself with more red wine and chocolate ice cream.

     
    • casbah3d 8:53 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wowsa. Is he still alive? Good to know on the stain remedy. I am fine with mending, buttons, etc. But stains? ugh. I will order some! Keep knitting!

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    • Michelle Metes 11:56 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I remember the time Judy & I were walking upstairs at my house. Of course I had a glass of red wine in my hand, of course some spilled onto the stair rug. I’m in a panic and Judy immediatey springs into action!
      “Do you have club soda?” said she. She got the spill stain out completely, however I believe the carpet was a synthetic blend at the time.
      I hope you’re successful with your OxyBright.

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    • Pam 8:18 am on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      While I pray for you I was just wondering, if the Oxo doesn’t work could you dye the project?
      I ordered my Oxo and plan to feel some club soda for insurance.

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      • knitting1105 7:47 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We shall see. OXO has rescued me in the past. About ready to start he soaking.

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    • salpal1 7:58 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OMG

      However, I am sure he feels appropriately sorry and you can now spend a small fortune on a replacement needle and yarn whenever you want.

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      • knitting1105 7:48 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        thanks. He never ever complains about what I spend on knitting. He does have loads of hand knit socks though.

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