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  • knitting1105 12:51 pm on May 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting as Heat 

    You must watch this commercial for Natural Gas.  Even if you are not a knitter, you will enjoy it.

    And, almost as amazing, here is how they made the commercial.  Unraveling of course, and playing the tape backwards.

  • knitting1105 11:06 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Blog week, wildcard 

    I had fun with blog week, so opted to continue with the wild card prompt.

    All Tooled Up

    Do you have a particular knitting/crochet tool or piece of equipment that you love to use? Maybe it is an old bent pair of needles that used to belong to someone special, or a gorgeous rosewood hand-turned crochet hook that you just love the feel of? Write about what you love it.

    My favorite knitting tool, is the organizer that sits next to may chaise lounge (see Post #5 about favorite places to knit).  I saw this at my favorite antiques store that specializes in English Arts and Crafts furniture.  I loved the shape and look of it, but didn’t feel the need to purchase it.  And so it sat at the store for months, as nobody could quite figure out what to do with it.  It is an antique sewing table.  Perfect for storing all the small parts that always accompany knitting.

    It has 4 half pie shapes compartments in each section of the clover leaf…

    And a secret center section which is for the larger projects.  The brass pull lays flush, so my lamp sits on top of this nicely.

    And, I think it is now time to break out my Eiffel Tower scissors that I bought at Stitches a few years ago.  What better setting (other than Paris of course).  These are Sajou scissors from France, and you can see and order their products here.

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  • knitting1105 9:58 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Blog week, Post #7 

    What a Yarn

    There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

    There are so many amazing yarns out there.  I tend to favor wool, and fingering or lace weight yarns, as I prefer working on small needles.  When I was thinking of this prompt, the question that popped into my head was “What yarn would be the one type that I could take with me on a deserted island?”, a twist on the book question.  I have to go back to my favorite yarn to buy, knit with and keep in my stash—Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  Dale of Norway has been in business for 130 years.  I could not find any information on when they started producing Baby Ull.  I used Red Heart Baby yarn growing up for my Barbie Doll clothing business, and baby sweaters for friends.  I know that my first experience with Baby Ull was to make a beautiful blue-green sweater with Intarsia rabbits on it for my daughter when I was pregnant (1986).  I was smitten with the softness, brilliant colors, washability, and the wonderful way it knit up.  I have used this yarn for shawls, socks, mittens, baby items, hats, and sweaters for babies and myself.  It is extremely versatile, and makes wonderful Fair Isle patterning.  The colors are beautifully saturated, and vary from year to year.  So consequently, when I find a color I particularly like, I stock up.  Current favorite is a Tangerine color.  This is the only yarn that I refer to so often that I have purchased the color chart so that I am not dependent on the internet color renditions.  I only wish that more retailers would carry this.  I have tried other baby yarns, but the colors are not  as good, and the gauge of the yarn is usually thicker.  I also tend to use this yarn for baby Fair Isle projects, and consequently love to have lots of varied colors on hand, and do not care if there are some single skeins.

    Here is a quick tour of past and present projects using this wonderful yarn.

    All this posting is reminding me to order more of that Tangerine Baby Ull…

    Happy Knitting!

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    • Vera 10:15 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful projects!


    • stephcuddles 11:45 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, you sure do love that yarn. Lovely projects 🙂


    • Rae 1:07 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow such beautiful projects.


    • Vivianne 3:03 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the colors of that yarn – and what you have done with it 🙂


    • Bets 4:42 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful projects, will have to try the Baby Ull some day 🙂


    • MrsPeterson 8:10 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Today I was explaining to my four year old son (the beneficiary of the gorgeous green fair isle yoked sweater pictured above) the difference between “good” bugs and “bad” bugs. Spiders are good, mosquitos are bad, etc. When it came to the evil m*** I explained that this bug was worse than all other bugs and I will kill any in the house with immediate vengence because it EATS WOOL and he looked at me in horror– moths eat YARN? Would moths eat MY SWEATER FROM FRANCES?!?!? He was so alarmed I said of course not honey, I will kill them first.

      Which is to say, my boy loves his wool sweater, and Baby Ull is a fine fine yarn.


      • knitting1105 2:32 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Your son does my work proud. He reminds me of my nephew who would only have his photos taken if wearing the sweater I made him for 2 years. These are the best compliments anyone could give!


    • AC 2:18 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aww…I love the sweater with the penguin.


  • knitting1105 2:45 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Blog week, Post #6 

    Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of hole. Or maybe that jumper that your did just didn’t like that much…

    I thought about this for just a few seconds before this sweater came to the forefront.  There are many stories with many different projects, but this was probably the major turning point in my knitting career.

    I had just started as a Freshman at the University of Michigan.  I was nervous about what I thought was a large town, since I grew up on a small farm outside of a village of 500 people.  All of the sidewalks were foreign to me.  For those of you who don’t know Ann Arbor, this is so funny, as the town is Tree City America, and full of greenery.  It is all just a matter of perspective.  I found a beautiful little yarn shop in the Nickels Arcade not too long after moving away to college.  Mind you, this was the first yarn shop that I had ever even entered.  My knitting growing up consisted of going to Meiers or KMart for Red Heart yarn.  I knew no better.  Entering this shop, filled with beautiful natural fabrics, wooden knitting needles (never knew those existed!), and sample projects to stir my imagination, was magical to me.  I can still picture the shop in my mind.

    I was at school on full finacial aid, with very little money.  I took my limited spending money, and bought the yarn for this sweater.  My first wool sweater.  I was so excited, I started knitting right away.  Our dorm had really wide hallways, and we would all congregate in the hall outside our rooms.  I would bring my sweater along, and even though I was the only one who knit, never felt out of place.  In fact, got admiration and compliments instead from both the guys and girls on the coed hall.  I am not sure if I had this pattern book with me, or bought it there.  I think the latter.  I had made myself a couple of sweaters growing up, so this was not a stretch, but notice that I copied the color exactly.  The book cost $1.25.  It actually didn’t take me that long to put my hands on it today.  I’ve carried it around all these years.

    Here is the pattern I chose:

    and here, 32 years later, is the sweater that I made, that still rests in my closet, and that I still pull out to wear around the house every winter.

    Writing this reminded me of my neghbor in the dorms, Greer Chesher.  When I finished knitting the sweater, she asked where it was.  I told her that I hated sewing them together (some things never change), so she took it from me and returned it beautifully put together.  At the time, she seemed so much older and wiser, I believe she was a Junior.

    Good thing that I had taste, even back then, because this was in the magazine also, along with some other beauties!

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    • Becky 2:51 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How wonderful to have a memory sweater like that. Yeah, and you made a good choice. 😉


    • klccreations 3:13 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful sweater. I live about 20 mins. north of Ann Arbor. I love our trees and lakes. Are you still a Michigander?


      • knitting1105 5:11 pm on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Regretably no. I moved to Chicago after school, and have been here since.


    • Vivianne 3:23 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That is very cool, that you still have it – and that you dodged all those bad taste bullets ! 🙂


    • Rae 4:45 pm on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that is great that after al that time your sweater is still going strong.


    • Barbara 8:00 pm on May 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s interesting that some designs from past decades have lasted well and still look good to a present-day eye and some just don’t. My past project for Knit and Crochet Blog Week was from a 1973 magazine, and some of the other designs in the same magazine I remember that I didn’t like at the time, and don’t like now. Is it good taste that we chose ones that would last? It would be nice to think so. Maybe we also have an eye for a classic design – I think if you’re knitting something that’s going to take a while to complete, you tend to avoid this year’s trend and try to pick something that you’ll want to go on wearing.


    • Diane Hamilton 10:39 pm on May 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, this was a beautiful story, I remember how hard it was for you when you went to college. I admire you for everything you lived through and how you have grown over the years. Perseverance paid off–you are a strong and beautiful person (inside and out).


      • knitting1105 11:46 am on May 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow! Thanks so much. People will think that I paid you to say this.


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