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  • knitting1105 9:00 am on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Pair for me 

    A few weeks back, I posted this video about how Espardilles were made the traditional way in France.  Of course, I needed to get a pair for myself.

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    They are really cute, and seem like they will conform to the wearers feet well.  Both are the same, so I will mark the inside to make sure that I always put them on the right foot.

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    The fact that they are all natural, and will decompose after one is finished wearing them, is yet another reason to love them.

    Get your own pair by ordering here!

     
    • Diane F Hamilton 9:13 pm on August 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Let me know how comfortable they are, I have a hard time walking very far in anything but tennis shoes.

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  • knitting1105 1:12 pm on July 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting with Jensen 

    Actually, I was knitting with Jayson, but in one of the beautiful parks designed by Jens Jensen, famous Chicago Landscape Architect who gave us so many beautiful Parks, and the Garfield Park Conservatory.  I have always loved his work, and recently started reading more about him.  My Architecture History Professor, Leonard Eaton, wrote a great book about him, that I was able to purchase and read.

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    Hindsight is always best, and I wish that I had engaged with Professor Eaton, he loved Jensen and Frank Lloyd Wright.  I have purchased all of his books, and have enjoyed reading through them, he was a really great writer.

    We took our knitting and sat by this gorgeous waterfall in Columbus Park.

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    After a lovely time knitting with the sounds of water splashing down the waterfall, we took a walk around the butterfly garden, and more photos.

    We spotted two different Great Blue Herons, and even saw them fly a couple of times.  Flying, they look like a prehistoric creature.  Beautiful birds.

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    And, what was I knitting on?  My current project is a Dale of Norway sweater, in lovely soft purple

    with beautiful accent fair isle at the bottom and the cuffs.  Of course, I am using my beloved Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  My stash should keep me in stitches for quite awhile.

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    I am determined to knit this up using CocoKnits English tailoring method.  I am almost finished with the sleeves, and will need to seriously tackle this.  More when I figure it out.

     
  • knitting1105 5:18 pm on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    This Sweater makes me sad 

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    To be clear, this is one of my favorite baby sweater patterns, I have made several, and have plans for another.  I love the kimono style wrap, which is very easy for dressing babies.

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    This was made with Baby Ull by Dale of Norway, now Dale Garn.  I have been knitting with this yarn for many many years, it is my favorite baby yarn that I have ever tried, and I have tried many.  The colors have always been so amazingly beautiful and rich, and the yarn is faithfully great quality.  Until recently.  I just heard that they had shifted production of their yarn from Norway to China a couple of years ago.  I have not made a ton of baby sweaters in that time.  Then I was working on this, the brown yarn and the blue yarn were the quality that I have come to expect from DoN.  Then, I was finishing this up last week for a gift, and decided that the lovely grayish purple would be the perfect 3rd color.  Knitting with it, I started to find slubs in the yarn and some poorly spun areas.  Not something that I had ever encountered with this yarn before.  When I looked at the ball bands, the brown and blue were from my older stash, and made in Norway, the Purple was from China; not the same quality.

    I still love how the sweater came out.

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    Here is one that I made several years ago for my Niece Riley.  The colors make it feel so different.

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    Of course, I needed to make booties to go with this sweater.  This is a free pattern, Christine’s stay-on booties.  I have made these before, they are fun and look like little moon boots for those “Fred Flintstone” shaped newborn feet!

    To make matters worse, I recently read that DoN will no longer be selling to the US market.  I do have quite a stash of Baby Ull (for those few who have been privy to my Baby Ull hoarding), but lacking in a few of the neutrals.  I took care of part of that with a recent order to KidsKnits.

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    And while I was there, they had all of their DoN booklets on sale so, I added to my collection.

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    I must say that while these books are nice, they come nowhere near the level of sophistication and color work of the older booklets.  I am happy that I have many of the older ones in my library.

    I think that i will stash up a bit more, and morn the loss of the beautiful designs and yarn.  I am hoping to find some North American yarns that can fill the void.

     
    • Pam 9:10 pm on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I will check what I have and share with you…if it isn’t made in China. I bought it for a baby blanket.

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      • knitting1105 9:58 am on July 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Pam, no need. I have plenty for the moment. Thanks for thinking of me. Make that baby blanket!

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    • Gracey 7:42 pm on July 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely colors….I felt like that when I found our Manos would no longer make their cotton stria…I stocked up on it whenever I saw it…

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    • Diane F Hamilton 10:17 pm on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is too bad that they switched to China production, but the sweater still turned out very nice!

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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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