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  • knitting1105 1:45 pm on February 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Fickle me 

    After my frustrations yesterday with my Rose sweater (Forget me Not), I went to my yarn closet.  I have wanted to make this baby Dale sweater for years, just never had a baby to knit for.  I thought, now why should that stop me.  My friend Linda is always knitting for future grandchildren, and babies to be named at a later date.  So, while I mull over the thought of whether to finish the Rose sweater, or just rip it out, I thought that I needed a fun and easy project.  One that I could take to my knitting group.  I do have the cable sweater to finish, but that is no longer in the travel phase.  Since it is knit up all in one piece, it is getting rather bulky.  Just the last sleeve to finish on that one.

    Here is the yarn selection for the Ladybug sweater.  It calls for 2 skeins of orange, I hope that I have enough with one.  I would think so, but…  I am making the 24 months size.  All this effort for a sweater should be for a kid who can stand up wearing it and get some good use out of it.



    On another note, I emailed the creator of the Rose sweater, Jojoland (and yarn importer for it), and she tried to tell me that it was the same as her sweater (clearly not, her roses are shades of red and purple, mine are the entire rainbow).  Very annoying, makes me not want to purchase any more of her yarn.

    Also, playing with a new blog layout.  I need a change, and originally wanted something that evoked spring.  I think that I will try out differnent styles for a few times.  The one problem with this one is that I loose my subtitle:  Blogging after Blogging was Cool-—thanks to my blog creator for that one!

  • knitting1105 4:08 pm on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    Well,  I have been working on the front of my Forget me Not sweater.  I look back at posts, and most of them relating to this sweater are frustration related to my own knitting snafus or not reading directions thoroughly.   The directions are a bit difficult to follow, as the author is Chinese, and the translations are not as clear as should be.   I do love the yarn, and am even getting into the rhythm of following the fair isle pattern on the purl side.  My problem is that the colors are not really the same as the model, and they tend to disappear in the pattern, then reappear again.  Will I like this as a finished project?  I am not sure.  When the colorways come close to matching, it is very difficult to work the pattern, especially on the reverse side.  I emailed the owner of Jojoland, and inquired whether I recieved an incorrect ball for the color work.  The roses are suppose to be red and purple, and instead follow through the enitre rainbow.  This in itself is beautiful, but not when trying to do the pattern.  Her response was that I should break the yarn and change the background/foreground colors.  No offer of extra yarn to do this….  this makes me want to put this away and not finish it at this point in time.  I don’t like the frustration.  Here is the photo of the front so far:


    • the Lady 3:26 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ooh, that would make me really mad about the yarn! Did you e-mail her a picture of your sweater vs. the sweater picture? That might help. And explain that the yarn kit is only supposed to be red and purple, not rainbow, and that clearly a mistake was made?


  • knitting1105 3:08 pm on February 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting good for your brain 

    Well, in trying to figure out how to add a link,

    I actually found some new things to do with my blog, like size

    AND COLOR.  
    Which brings me to the crux of this post.  A recent BBC article that talks about knitting, among other things, as a way to stave off memory loss.  Now, if it could only help me with computer issues…

  • knitting1105 4:40 pm on February 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    My new favorite knitting gadget 

    I went to 3 different yarn stores yesterday.  

    The first was Nina in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.  It is a really beautifully laid out shop, inspires creativity.  They even have all of the ball bands facing back, so all you see are rows of color.  Everything is clean and minimal.  I found my new favorite knitting tool there.  It is a set of magnets covered with ribbon.  You put it on both sides of a sheet (I used my pattern in a protective vinyl sheet cover), and move it along as you work on the pattern.  Very easy to keep your place, and much easier to use than the magnetic board that I bought years ago with separate magnet strips.  These are also cool colors and styles.  The are called Pattern Tamers:


    The website is http://www.patterntamers.com.  I would definitely recommend this product.  While the store was very cute, and the woman working there very sweet, they did not have much in the way of yarn that I would be looking for.  The girl who was there even asked what I was working on with real interest, although she had never heard of Vivian Hoxbro, and seemed to not understand my description of my Viking Boat sweater.  

    My next stop was Knitting Workshop in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood.  I had been to this store once since they relocated, and once at their earlier location.  This is actually the legacy store of The Weaving Workshop which used to be located underneath an el platform on my way home from work when I lived in Chicago 20 years ago.  In those days there were maybe 3 yarn stores in all of Chicago, so the choice was limited.  My knitting at that time mainly revolved around knitting for the kids when I had a chance.  The Knitting Workshop is having a sale on all yarn until Saturday (35% off).  While I need nothing, and had given myself the 2009 yarn diet, I went to look anyways.  I ended up getting some Baby Dale yarn that I could use for mittens, and a baby sweater.  I have kind of rationalized that sock yarn and baby yarn doesn’t count in my yarn diet.  Mainly I want to use up the sweater amount of yarns that I have on hand.  That said, I did play with trying to get enough yarn to make up an Alice Starmore sweater.  I have never knit one of her sweaters, and thought is would be fun.  The shop was a mess due to the sale, and there was not enough of the 15 different colors that I would have needed anyways.  I will save that for 2010.  Here, at least I can get my Baby Dale, and some types of yarn for stranded knitting, truly my favorite.  I do wish that there was more room to spread out and lay out the yarns, and a few less choices.  Seems to be too much for the store.

    My last stop was at Chix with Stix in Forest Park.  I had monies left over on a gift certificate from my birthday, and wanted to use it up before I lost the paper.  I ended up getting some beautiful Malabrigo sock yarn in shades of red, orange and yellow.  This I am saving for myself.  The yarn itself is so beautiful that I will have to pick a fairly simple pattern to work with.  

    dscn1154 Chix with Stix has minimal yarns that I would use, and I seem to stop in there when I just need something little.  They have finally started carrying some lace yarns, and started with socks about a year ago.  Nothing in the way of yarn for stranded knitting though.  Still looking for the storefront that carries Dale Heilo.

    After I got home, I put the pattern tamers to work, and started working on the front of the Forget Me Not sweater.  It is coming along nicely, and I am remembering why I fell in love with the pattern and yarn.  I will say that I do NOT like do the Fair Isle on the purl rows, although I am getting better at it.  This is going to be a stunning sweater.  


    • Manning 9:59 pm on February 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I really need those pattern tamers for my deep in the forest mittens. I am using a big post it right now, and it’s kind of a pain. That sock yarn is so pretty– maybe I can finally buy something there too to use my store credit. I wish they carried more “serious” yarns too.


  • knitting1105 12:08 pm on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Practical knitting 

    I have not been working on anything new lately.  Just trying to finish up the Cables Sweater (just one sleeve left!!!).  After I sent out the packages of socks, I got beautiful notes back in thanks.  That was as much fun as sending out the packages.  However, no good deed goes unpunished so they say, and the sock mailing led to 2 requests for socks that I could not say no to.  They are both for men, and so I am knitting up a couple pair of very functional, yet boring (let me say Zen) socks.  My husband also asked for a hat, and I made him a pair of fingerless mittens to wear when he works from home.  This is a new concept for him, and he is used to a heated office, not the 66 degrees that we have in our house.


    I did use Baby Cashmerino though, and they are so soft to the touch, which is exactly what you want while typing away.  The hat that I made for him was with Lornas Laces worsted weight sock yarn.  Not that exciting.  I decided to make the top decreases in a swirl pattern just for something different.  Well, my husband loves to pull his hat up off his head, not wear it down snug, and it looks like a nipple on the top of his head.  Whenever I see him with the hat I have to yell “nipple” and he pulls it down.  I think that I want to make him a stranded Dale of Norway hat.  The other was a quick and easy project to get him through this cold spell.   

    My husband is out of town taking care of his mother, and I am here alone, bored, and unmotivated.  There is a sale at the yarn shop Knitting Workshop in Chicago that I am going to head over to.  I need a daytime knitting buddy, as I have nobody to go out with on a regular basis.  I am going to stop at another shop that I have never been to along the way, Nina.  That shop looks so beautiful in the photos, with a very Zen like, modern aesthetic.  I should not be purchasing any yarn, but if I could find a great pattern for a stranded Alice Starmore, I would purchase Jamesion yarn at the Knitting Workshop for that.

  • knitting1105 9:52 am on February 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Make notes or pay the price 

    I should know this mantra by now, but it never seems to sink in.  Whenever I start a new project, I am so excited, and have no intention of stopping until I have finished it.  But…there is always a new tempting project out there.  I wish that I could be a monagamous knitter, but that does not seem to be the case.  

    So, here I am in North Carolina (accompanying my husband on a business trip), and trying to work on a project that had stalemated since last summer.  I thought for sure that I had brought everything, including my invisible cast-on for double rib instructions.  Now, in a hotel with a day ahead of just touring, and visiting knit shops, and knitting, I decided to get started on the long languishing Forget Me Not sweater by Jojoland.   I saw this sweater at stitches last summer, and while not in the mood to purchase a kit, fell in love with how the yarns knit up in a fair isle pattern.  The yarn is variegated, and you end up with a fabric that looks like it was made with multiple colors instead of just the 2 that are used.  Similar effect that Kauni gives (that yarn is waiting in the wings to be worked on soon).



    I neglected to even write down what size I had started to make.  Mistake number one.  Then, I know that I did a tubular cast-on for the double rib, and thought that I had used the one from Interweave Knits 2008.  Thank goodness I took photos so that I could document what I was working on.  I have the following that show me using the crochet chain cast-on and then turning it into a double rib.  I am going to work on it this morning so that I can take it out with me in a few minutes.  It is in the mid 60’s (compared to 30’s in Chicago), sunny and a beautiful day.   I even made the boring back first so that I would not get bored with finishing up the sweater after the fair isle front.  


    I need to develop a project notes sheet that I fill out and keep with each thing I am making.  When I am making socks, I keep a small piece of paper with the needle size, # of stitches cast on, rows knit for each section, etc.  That way, I don’t have to go back and count the rows on the first sock while working on the second.  And the sock structure holds that piece of paper inside it very well.  Now, if I could only count the number of ribs on the photo of the sweater back with my kitten laying on it.

  • knitting1105 3:05 pm on February 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Elvis Mittens 

    I finished my Dale of Norway mittens last night.  I named them Elvis mittens as I did most of the work while watching the closing arguments, statements and votes to impeach former Governor Rod Blago.  Rod is a great fan of Elvis, and since I did not want to name these after Rod, thought that might be a good second choice.  Rod’s hair style also evokes some bad Elvis.  Thank goodness he is out of office.


    These mittens are too small for my hands.  The pattern called for sizes 2 and 4.  I used 1 and 2 1/2.  I was getting gauge, and the width is not really an issue, but the length most certainly is.  I kind of knew that they would not fit me from the get-go, as the size was a medium women’s.  I always have to ask for the largest women’s gloves that they make at the department stores.  I did do 1/2″ of plain stockinette stitch prior to starting the pattern.  I originally tried the cuff with size 2 needles, and was not happy with how wide it was.  Normally, I knit Dale of Norway sweaters with sizes 2 and 3, so I wanted the fabric to be more dense for the mittens.  I like the pattern, but probably wouldn’t make them again, as they don’t work for my hands.

    Now, what to make next…  I have some variegated sock yarn that I am thinking might work well for stranded mittens, along with a skein of plain.


    • Pinneguri 3:18 am on February 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad you didn’t like the pattern for your hands, and too bad Elvis became too short. An experience richer, yes? Do you have family or co-workers who can take them off your hands (!)?


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