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  • knitting1105 3:30 pm on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Real Men Knit 

    I found this article about Truckers who have taken up quilting and knitting.  Some have discovered that it is a great way to make use of the loads of down time that they have on the road.

    I love this image.  Makes me think of the sailors of old who used to knit on long voyages.  While the history of how and where knitting began is not known, there are many speculations.  This article gives a great overview.   Sailors were big fans of knitting, since it was small, portable, and gave them something to do on long voyages, the knowledge of knitting spread around the world, following trade routes.

    Perhaps it will now follow truck routes, with yarn shops set up along the way.

    • Karen 5:04 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, that’s a super cool article about truckers beating stress on extended layovers by knitting or sewing. Thanks for sharing it. I love the photo! I’ll be blogging about this myself.


    • klccreations 12:31 am on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Love the photo. Thanks for sharing.


    • Mary Anne Getchell 11:09 am on June 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m all for men knitting! When my second grade boy students googled “knitting” they read that the first knitters were men! Quote: “I bet Jesus knit Mother Mary a scarf!”


    • Veronique 5:45 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Truckers knit! THAT comes as a surprise…


  • knitting1105 6:29 pm on May 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Zebra sweater neck 

    I finally figured out the neck edging for the Baby Zebra sweater.  The problem was that the directions are for the body to be knit up all the way in alternating 1 row stripes.  Works just fine when you are knitting in the round.  Doesn’t work at all when you are going back and forth, unless you want to start a new color each row, as you end up with the working yarn at the wrong end of the row to do the neck decreases.    I got some interesting thoughts on the problem from posting on Ravelry, but not a solution that I was happy with.

    My solution:  Bind off the same number of stitches that the pattern requested on the first 2 rows (7 each end), then do a single decrease (one stitch in from each end  of every row.  Going one stitch in from the edge makes the pick up for the neck band easier).  Then, after working 2 rows, slide the needle down and pick up the working yarn needed and start from the opposite end.  You will end up doing 2 knit rows, then 2 purl rows, and decreasing 2 stitches on every row (one at each end).

    The pattern directions called for 14 rows of decreases after the initial 7, for a total of 14 stitches decreased at each end (4 sts 2x, 3sts 2x, 2sts 4 x, 1 sts 6 times).  My plan called for 2 stitches decreased each row for 14 rows, same result, just with a more curved boat neck.  BUT, no extra ends to weave in, no fussing around  with elaborate methods to decrease, and much easier all round.

    Now I just have to put a contrast color waste yarn where the sleeves will be set in later (so I don’t have to count after the fact), and I am ready to sew and cut the steek.  That is going to wait, however, for there to be at least one other project at the same time.  It takes such courage, or leap of faith, that I like to do multiple ones at the same time.

    I am glad that I don’t have to weave all of these ends in.  I am very happy with the colors, I love the subtle stripes:

  • knitting1105 10:27 am on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    The last day of our weekend in Door County included a trip to the yarn store in Sturgeon Bay, Spin. If I could just pick up this store and move it to my hometown, or the very least, in the Chicago area anywhere, I would not need to go anyplace else.  Hands down the best yarn store that I have ever been to.  I visited a bigger one in Colorado years ago, but nothing to rival this in overall ratings.

    Let’s start with the building.  The owner took an old bank building and renovated it beautifully.  Natural wood trim, high tin ceilings, original vault, wood floors, and display cabinets that do not detract from the beauty of the bank itself.  The second floor, formerly offices, is the most amazing space for open knit night (and morning) and classes.  Three rooms fully equipped with large wood tables, comfy office chairs on wheels, and a sunny spot with couches and soft furniture.  Sure beats the run down apartment above the coffee shop that our SnB meets in.

    And the book selection is absolutely amazing.  The best grouping of knitting books that I have seen in one place (other than Stitches).  All arranged face out for the most part so that browsing is easy.  Of course, I had to purchase 2 books that I had not seen elsewhere.

    This author had an earlier book from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, which is very pricey online.  English edition, and a great book if only for the history of knitting.  The period photos are fabulous.

    Next was the knitting pattern books by manufacturers.  I focused on Dale of Norway and stranded knitting, as I cannot find a local store that carries these, and find them very difficult to purchase online.

    And then there is the yarn…  Almost every imaginable brand and type.  Great sock yarns, lace yarns, and all fiber types.  My only complaint here would be the lack of yarn for stranded knitting.  A common complaint that I have with local stores.   It would have been nice to see some of the locally produced fibers, but the Whitefish Bay Farm is a short drive away.  So, I just focused on the basics that I like to keep in my stash.

    Of course, more Baby Ull.  This is obviously all from older dye lots, as the ball band is not the new one:

    Some Malabrigo sock yarn:

    And Araucania sock yarn.  A brand that I have not tried yet.  Seems very similar to Malabrigo.  Beautiful colors, I just love this purple:

  • knitting1105 11:16 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting, sheep, yarn and beer 


    I spent the weekend with 2 friends at a cabin in the woods near Sturgeon Bay.  We had a great weekend, the main purpose of which was to attend the Door County Sheperds Market at Whitefish Bay Farm.  

    No asking me twice to attend this.  Not jump at the opportunity to be near Lake Michigan, relax and knit for the weekend, take walks on the beach and attend a yarn market?  We had a great time.

    The festival was at this beautiful B&B that raises “jacketed” Corriedale sheep.  They wear jackets to keep the fleece clean.  Their booth was my favorite, with the naturally colored yarn.  I would love to stay at that B&B and learn to spin.   That is top on my knitting “to do” list.

    I purchased a grey natural Corriedale sheep wool, and the same wool dyed with cochineal bugs.  This is for a pair of stranded mittens:

    And then variegated and plain yarn from Goat Hill Farm (75% lambs wool, 25% mohair) for another pair of mittens for my daughter (provided she posts a comment here some day…)

    Loved the walks on the beach, the beautiful cottage we stayed in, and all of the yarn.

    Of course we all brought our dogs.  That is Amy and Christina, and in the front Lloyd, Truffle and Tank.  Truffle is Lloyd’s new beau, the only animal ever that he has let share his bed.  I think that these 2 tired out senior Tank.

    Some of the damages:

    I will post tomorrow about the yarn shop in Sturgeon Bay.  That truly deserves it’s own posting.

  • knitting1105 11:30 am on May 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Look what just arrived! 

    This quilt just returned from the quilters minutes ago.  I have hand quilt a couple of quilts, and decided that wasn’t worth my time, so I have been sending some old ones off to be finished.  I started making this when my daughter was a baby, finished it in short order, and it sat for over 20 years.  After completing it I  wasn’t really happy with the result.  But I like it now!

    If you look closely, you will see that the center square is the pattern of the entire quilt.  I have a very light green dot fabric that did not come off well, but it does look good put together.  The entire quilt is a square, because the quilt itself is a larger version of the center square.

    I think that this was the second quilt that I made.  There haven’t been too many.   I just have to sew down the blue binding.

    I have another beautiful one that is close to completion sitting in the basement.  Must work on that.

    • klccreations 9:25 am on May 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice! I love quilts. I like to make to tops, but hate putting them together. Good idea to send it off.


  • knitting1105 1:06 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Remembering Joan 

    My mother’s long time friend passed away recently.  Joan used to live down the country road from us, one of only 1/2 dozen “neighbors” within a 1/2 mile or so.  I can remember her coming down for coffee with my mother many mornings, and how I used to love to sit at the kitchen table and listen to their conversations.  I am sure it beat fighting in the living room with my brothers and sisters.  Joan also took care of the Twins after they were born and my mother was teaching.  During much of  that time I was not attending school, as I was having surgery on my legs and couldn’t navigate the stairs at the school.  I would spend my days with Joan and the Twins.  We would play, watch kids programs in the morning, I would do my homework (which took all of an hour), and eat lunch.  After lunch, they would go down for their nap, and this was my special time with Joan.  Growing up in a family with 10 kids, you never had a tremendous amount of time alone with an adult, so it was special.  We would sit and watch game shows or Soap Operas on TV, and knit.  Joan was my knitting idol.  She was so fast and confident.  I had been knitting for a few years, but it was during this time that I honed my skills.  Joan would also always bring 2 bottles of coke for our afternoon snack.  We rarely had pop in the house, and this was a treat I looked forward to daily.  I would knit on my Barbie Doll Clothes, and she would work on her current afghan, sweater or other project.  She was so fast.  I would watch her knit, and try to be as quick as she was.  I can remember racing her (in my head only).  I would watch her when she was at the beginning of a row, and attempt to finish my row before her.  I can’t remember if I ever beat her, but I kept trying.

    I didn’t see Joan for many years as I was at college and starting work.  When Sofia was born, my mother took me over and I proudly showed off Sofia, wearing a beautiful sweater that I had knit, of course.  I saw her a few more times recently, when I was home visiting my mother.  I think that the last time I saw her was at the surprise 80th BDay party that we had for my Mom.  I know this photo is not the best, but it was the only one I could find.

    I have been thinking of a note to write to Joan’s daughter, and while I have been mulling over exactly what to say, I have been working on these socks (Monkey by CookieA).  I am going to send them along today with my note.  I should have made a pair for Joan, but this will be a good tribute from me.

    Yarn is ShiBui knits sock yarn, 100% superwash merino.  Color #3602.

    • Rae 11:41 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am sorry for your loss I am sure her daughter will appreciate the note and the socks.


    • klccreations 7:30 am on May 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What nice memories you have of a very special lady. I’m sure her daughter will be touched by your note and the socks. I love the color and pattern of the socks.


  • knitting1105 4:51 pm on May 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Busy week… 

    It has been a busy week with school, both teaching up the end of the semester, and me finishing my own homework.  I have been taking my second Revit class.  It is a smart building program that is becoming the norm for Architectural and Engineering drawings.  Views are created simultaneously (i.e. elevations and 3D views are created when you draw in plan view), and the different drawings are interdependent.  So, move a window in plan, and the elevations and 3D are instantly updated.  I have been having a lot of fun with this.  But, some things never change, and I did not pace myself well for the final project, and found myself at school working late nights this week.  Knitting took a way back burner, so I just worked on another pair of Monkey socks.  I love this pattern, and one of the few that really shows the variegated yarns off well.  And, I can knit without thinking too much.

    • klccreations 8:52 am on May 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the color and pattern in the sock! Very Nice.


      • Me 3:53 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Where can I find this pattern? They’re so pretty, and I just got some variegated sock yarn from Knit Picks that I can use on them.


        • Me 3:58 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink

          Nevermind! I googled and found it! I just hope it’s do-able for a newbie sock knitter. Those little charts look confusing….


        • knitting1105 5:23 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink

          It is totally doable for a newbie sock knitter. I will be watching your progress.
          For others who want the link I have added it in the body of the post.


  • knitting1105 8:33 am on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Beautiful Free patterns 

    I found this link for gorgoeus mitten and sock patterns.  Some are the chart only for the fair isle, but you can figure out how to use them.  I am very busy with the end of school, but thougth this would be a wonderful resource.

    These are a pair of socks that I want to make:

    • Janet Kelley 9:06 am on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cute! thanks for the great link


  • knitting1105 5:33 pm on May 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Second Sock Secret 

    I hear tell of many who have a problem completing the second sock and consequently have lots of singles.  Thankfully that has never been a problem with me, I have enough unfinished sweaters for my share.  I just finished this pair of socks for Dan.  Just a pair of everyday, but wonderfully handknit wool socks.

    I learned early on the one major problem for me with the second sock, as they sometimes occur a few weeks to a few months later, and I forget exactly how many rows of ribbing, what the heel method I used was, how many picked up stitches, etc.  I very quickly came up with this “method”.  I have a small piece of paper that I keep tucked in the leg of the first sock that I make:

    I add notes, simple as they may seem, such as the number of stitches cast on, rib method, rows of ribbing, heel information, and length of foot.  I am planning on making a sheet, which I will post here, that you just fill in.  This way, I always carry the first sock along with me, and refer to this paper.

    These notes are not a pattern, but pertinent to me so that I understand what I did without recounting,  This is a very simple version, I don’t think that you can be too detailed however.  I will post my sheet that you fill out later this week.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms!

  • knitting1105 4:28 pm on May 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Just bragging 

    My beautiful daughter graduated today with her Master’s in Urban Planning.  Exciting, but sad too.  Really the end of an era for me as a parent, and the beginning for her.

    • Diane Hamilton 9:39 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a great picture–she is very beautiful. You and Dan have done a great job and you must be very proud. I know she has worked hard–Congratulations


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