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  • knitting1105 7:22 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Baby Kimono 

    Just finished this Baby Kimono jacket from the Dale of Norway pattern mentioned in an earlier post.  Simple pattern, but there is a lot of garter stitch.  I did not get gauge, so cast on for the small size, and knit the lengths for the large size.  It seems to have worked well.  It is my understanding that Moms like this sweater style for babies, as it is easy to put on.

  • knitting1105 1:06 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Almost finished 

    This shawl is not for the faint of heart.  Not that the pattern is difficult or hard to follow, just a lot of knitting.  200,040 stitches so far, not counting the 40,000 that I had to rip back when I found a mistake So glad that I did that, as I would have always been bothered by it, nobody else would have noticed.   This number also does not count the 4,816 stitches for the applied I-cord that I have to do yet.  I first started to do the row calculation by hand, and quickly realized that was going to take me forever, and be mistake prone.  Enter Excel who did the calculations in 3 minutes.

    I changed the end color to a beautiful dark eggplant.  I like how it looks so far, it will be interesting to see how it looks when wearing.  I also found that I had to add an additional lace row.  I have looked over and over at the pattern, and I think that if you do not add that additional lace row, you will have puckering at the edges, as there will be too many straight garter stitch rows at the end before the I-cord.  After a few early mistakes, I discovered the key to working this pattern, because you do not want to have to rip it back, or correct a mistake from several rows below.  I figured out how each new lace row was suppose to align with the one 8 rows below, and focused as I was knitting that row.  If the alignment became off, I knew I had a mistake in that quadrant of the shawl (as the shawl is picked around a center knit square, and knit in 4 sections with an alternating slip stitch at the corners).  On the next row, I counted the 8 yarn-overs and 8 deceases over and over and over.  My second insurance policy.  Mistakes were easy to rectify at that point.

    The last 6-8 inches I used a 60″ circular needle.  Addi Turbo are the only ones who make that length.  I was a bit concerned at first, as I normally prefer a wood needle, especially for socks and lace knitting.  I was pleasantly surprised with how well this worked.  I did have a few times where the stitches slid off the end when I put it down, an issue that does not really occur with wooden needles.  Grace Anna told me she did the whole shawl on 40″ circulars, I don’t know how.  I had some room on the needles at the end, but definitely had to push the stitches around.

    Now on to the I-cord edging, another 4,816 stitches.  Pales by comparison.  We are in the car for a long drive this weekend, so I plan to work on that portion then.

    • Bets 8:26 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have loved watching you knit the shawls from this book, and your color choices – just lovely! Added to my wish list 🙂 Have a nice trip!


      • knitting1105 8:59 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, I love the patterns also. Highly recommended.


    • Barbara 5:38 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I just found your blog after searching for the Grace Farrow Volt shawl that I saw a photo of. It loooks wonderful, from your photo of the finished shawl. The graduated shades of grey are just beautiful. I live in the UK and I don’t think that Isager yarns are available here, more’s the pity. Looks wonderful yarn to work with. To the present post: is it a good idea to count the total stitches in a project? It makes it seem like climbing Mt Everest! 1000 stitches per row does genuinely sound daunting though – must make it hard to feel that you’re making much progress. It is looking beautiful, and the colours are lovely, so it must be well worth the effort.


      • knitting1105 11:07 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I HAD to post the number of stitches, just to make myself feel better about how long this project was taking!


  • knitting1105 12:13 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Second chance socks 

    This is the first pair of socks that I made for my husband, probably the 3rd ever.  I have been trying to figure out how long ago that was, I think 10-12 years.  He now has lots of pairs that he uses regularly, so the wear gets distributed.  Even so, they all will eventually succumb:

    So, I decided to rework the toe.  It was not as simple as just pulling the yarn out, as ends had been woven in, the yarn had felted a bit (even though it was sock yarn with some nylon in for wear).  I started by cutting the toe portion down, then had to pull out the yarn:

    When I got that done (I had to go one row into the body of the sock because the ends had been woven in), I had to pick a new toe color.  I read about this knitter one time who put really fun bright toes on her husband’s socks, as nobody saw them except at home.  In his office is a knitter, who when she notices a new pair of hand-knit socks, has him take off his shoes so that she can see the toes.  A little bit of a wild side.  That said, I picked the pink color in the sock, and went from there.  The toes are now so soft, and I cleaned up the rest of the socks and mended one other hole.  Hopefully, there will be several more wears to this pair.  It was not a zip quick project, but definitely easier than knitting a whole new pair.  And green too!

    • Andrew 2:09 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am judging by the age of the cherry in the first photo that this was taken atop of your dining table? Was the second taken on a newer piece? Maybe a Georgetown pedestal table? Or maybe on the dining table with different lighting. And the final, obviously on the kitchen floor.

      By the way I love the new toes.


      • knitting1105 2:03 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You are very astute. Moser tables make the best backdrop.


    • MRsP 3:44 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I was doing THE EXACT SAME THING THIS WEEKEND. I haven’t been in a hurry to mend them, as I want my husband to understand fully the importance and consequences of not trimming his toenails.


      • knitting1105 2:04 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, cutting toenails is a prerequisite to wearing hand-knit socks. That is one male trait I cannot comprehend.


    • Liesl 11:35 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well done!


  • knitting1105 3:12 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Finishing with purple… 

    This shawl is getting really big.  I have one more increase row in the pattern, but think I will have to add another before I have finished with the correct amount of color work.  I opted, after thinking about it quite a bit, to use the dark purple as my last color instead of the medium grey.  The dark grey that proceeds this has a purple hue to it, so the transition works nicely.

  • knitting1105 1:39 pm on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Which came first? 

    I was looking for a baby sweater pattern to knit, and saw this one in one of my Dale of Norway books as I was cleaning up my knitting area :

    Very cute, easy, and a great sweater to make for a newborn, as they grown so quickly that an elaborate sweater would not get proper use out of it.  I like the picot edging, and the use of different colors.

    Then, I had to pull out my Mason-Dixon knitting book for a fellow SnB er who wanted to make the Baby Kimono jacket:

    To me, this was the exact same pattern, with less detailing and thought, and using a bulkier yarn.  I looked at the books, Dale of Norway published in 2004, Mason-Dixon in 2006.  The pattern, with the exception of gauge, and the fact that the detailing was taken off to simplify it, is essentially the same.  Who knows, I am sure that there was a pattern earlier than Dale that was along these lines also.  Myself, I chose the Dale pattern to knit, as a baby deserves the fine gauge and pure wool of the wonderful Baby Ull, and the detailing was far superior, yet simple.

    I am having a bit of trouble getting the correct gauge in garter stitch.  I only have 3 skeins of the light green yarn, and chose to make the smallest size.  It is coming out too big, I think that I might pull it out and reknit with fewer stitches.  Means rewriting the pattern a bit.  One major change that I have made is to the edge.  This pattern is designed to be sewn up the side and sleeves.  It is knit in garter stitch, and I find it much easier to slip the first stitch of each row to facilitate this.  I also kept a plain stitch before the picot row starts and ends to allow that to sew nicely and look professional.  I think that the prep work in modifying a pattern prior to knitting is what sets apart a professional looking sweater versus a craft sweater.  Unfortunately, most patterns do not take this into account.

  • knitting1105 8:00 pm on January 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    In Queue 

    I received a package yesterday from Kidsknits for a Dale of Norway sweater, the Vancouver.  I am hoping to make this during the Olympics.  I love the V-Neck, and the fairly simple patterning.  Should be a quick knit, although I am not sure that I can pull off the feat of the Polar bear sweater during the last Olympics.  It helped then that we were on vacation.

    I love the colors that I chose for this sweater.  I was really trying to think of a combination that I would wear, and was different than anything that I had already made for myself:

    I also got Jamesion Spindrift yarn to make the Polar Chullo by Mary Ann Stephans in the primary colors.  This probably won’t get finished in time for htis winter:

    Here are my colors:

  • knitting1105 6:19 pm on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Man Shawl 

    I am in the hunt for a good “Man Shawl”.  One that my husband can wear while sitting and reading or working on the computer at home.  He always seems to have a cold neck, and I thought that this might be a good solution.  So far, this is all that I have found:

    I think that this might not be “manly” enough for my husband.  I could just make a simple garter stitch Faroese type shawl for him out of an undyed wool.  I do have that beautiful wool that I bought from Mimi in California.  I had started a doily lap blanket, but I am going to rip that out. I did not have quite enough, and it does not seem special enough to use with this wool:

    This California purchase is so incredibly soft also.  I think that I might have found my answer.  If anyone has a suggestion about pattern, please let me know.

  • knitting1105 5:45 pm on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting Nature 

    My husband got me this book for Christmas.  Very brave of him to stray off my list and not end up duplicting one of my books.  I am not sure what I will make from this.  There is a Sunflower Tam that looks interesting.   A lot of the projects seem more fit for a 20 year old than me.  There are some interesting details and small projects, and even a couple for the guys.  I will have to delve into the book later.

    Still need to plug away on my Henry scarf and Evening Sky shawl that seem to be the endless projects.  I don’t want to put those down for fear that I won’t pick them up again.  On the Evening Sky, I am back to the point where I was before ripping out 40,000 stitches.

    Last year I made a New Years resolution to knit only from stash.  Well, I did not exactly keep that promise.  If I had, I would not have discovered Grace Anna Farrow and the wonderful shawls in her collection.  So, a different goal this year–finish up 2 unfinished projects a month.  Some are big, and some small.  Also, limit the starting of new projects until the ones in hand are completed.   Let’s see if I do any better with this one.  I did make a dent in my stash last year, and RAKed a few unwanted yarns.  Now, I just need to go and reorganize.

  • knitting1105 11:34 am on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Quilting too 

    I gave this quilt to my son for Christmas.   I had finished the piecing at least 10 years ago.  It is a bow-tie quilt, made with scrap fabric, and then has a large cat in the center.  My son was obsessed with stuffed cats as a little boy, and had quite a large collection.  In fact, when we were rearranging his room just before Christmas, we found a box with all of his cats inside.  It was too cute.  I pieced this quilt by hand.  I tend to be a perfectionist, and like the exactitude that I can get by hand piecing.  I had hand quilted 2 other quilts, and it is just not as strong.  So, I had this packed away.  Last summer when I was visiting my mother, she took me to the woman who does her quilting, and I dropped this and another quilt top off.  While it is now too small for Ethan’s bed, it will be a good throw, or extra cover.

    I love using scrap fabrics, as many of the pieces remind me of old projects or other quilts.  The back was pieced with a large bow tie, I like how it turned out:

    While I was at it, I photographed a quilt that my mother made for me a few years ago.  She found a fabric inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, and used that as the starting point.    I love the primary colors, and the log cabin is an appropriate pattern for me.  Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs?

  • knitting1105 2:30 pm on January 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    14 pair 

    I was washing all of the handknit socks that were dirty the other day, and was amazed to see 14 pairs of Dan’s socks come up.  He wears them most every day in the winter, and truly loves them.  I had to take this picture, as I was quite impressed with myself (this does not include other family member’s socks):

    Working along on the Henry scarf and my Evening sky shawl.  Two projects with a mega amount of knitting.

    • diane 4:40 am on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      wow that is impressive altho since learning to make socks I have made 5 pairs and always have a pair on the go too


    • MrsPeterson 9:11 pm on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jim wants to know how you love Dan 7 times more than I love him.


    • jewlbal3 7:27 pm on January 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A treasure of wool socks — love your color choices, so rich!


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