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  • knitting1105 8:09 am on August 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    My niece might just be the best person that I have ever knit things for.  First, there are the great drawings that I have received, and have taped on my refrigerator.  But then there is this:

    The pink and purple outfits are from last Fall, and the wedding dress and yellow turtle neck I sent with my husband when he went to visit them last weekend.

    These are all from some vintage booklets that were given in a large stash of patterns, notions and yarn to our knitting group.   I had to adjust the pattern a bit to fit the “new” Barbie figures.  They reduced her ample chest, and made her thinner, a bit anorexic looking if you ask me.  I think that people put too much emphasis on how her figure influences girl’s self-esteem.  I never thought I wanted to look like Barbie, would have trouble standing with those long legs and tiny feet.

    More of Barbie wearing them here:

    Now, I will have to decide what to make next.  How could I ever resist that smile?

    • Jennifer Kanaski 2:59 pm on July 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Do you have the patterns available, or the pamphlets available for sale, for the two wedding dresses you made?


    • Rebecca 7:26 pm on July 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Those are my dolls. And that is me . Frances is my aunt


    • Amanda 5:13 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Where can I get the pattern for the wedding dress please???


  • knitting1105 1:48 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply


    There is no better place to get away from all the hubub of daily life than a few days on Mackinac Island.

    Lots of relaxation, and good food with the family:

    Relaxing on the front porch of our hotel gave me ample opportunity for knitting and reading.  I made great progress on my cape, although I have almost run out of yarn.  This was a kit, and was suppose to have enough yarn for the large size.  The yarn is not available for purchase in individual skeins.  I was able to score a ball of yarn from someone on Ravelry who had previously finished a kit.  Like all Hanne patterns, this is a marathon amount of knitting.  Not for someone who detests lots of garter stitch.  Her patterns are very precise, but I find myself rereading them over and over again.  The translations are not very clear.

    My Orange Pekoe socks from the CookieA sock club were finished up on the drive home.  The pattern was a very quick knit, and I enjoyed working with the Hazel Knits yarn.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Orange Pekoe Socks
    Pattern Source: CookieA Sock Club; June 2011
    Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn, 400 yards
    Needles: US 1 DPN’s
    Date Started: 6/25/11
    Date Finished: 7/23/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Medium Women’s

  • knitting1105 4:02 pm on August 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alpaca, Jacob sheep, , ,   

    Michigan Fiber Fest 

    We drove up last Saturday, on our way to Mackinac Island, and stopped for the afternoon at the Michigan Fiber Festival.  As soon as we got there it started to rain, so we headed straight for the animal barns to hang out and bide the time until the storm passed.  That proved to be a wise decision, as it kept us both occupied, and gave us ample opportunity to meet and talk with some of the farmers who had livestock there.  As happened at Wisconsin last year, we gravitated towards the primitive sheep breeds.

    Loved the Jacob lambs from Wynsmoor Manor (Neil Kentner) of Mason, Michigan.

    I purchased 8 ounces of Jacob roving directly from him.    Great price right from sheep to spinner.   It has a wonderful “sheepy smell” to it, not overpowering, just natural.

    I loved these beautiful colored Merino with the golden tops of their heads.  I have no photos of them unjacketed, but they were gorgeous.  I need to try some of this roving.

    and more sheep…

    I bought this 4 oz ball of natural white Shetland roving to mix with the Shetland that I spun up this summer for Fall mittens and hats.

    There were Llamas, alpacas and one camel:

    I also bought this beautiful alpaca, I bent the roving so that you could see the gorgeous natural color variations.  This is from The Williamston Alpaca Shoppe (I hate that spelling of shop):

    And goats and rabbits (no rabbit photos though):

    I have mixed feelings about this Festival.  I loved the smallness of the barns, and really being able to talk with the owners in-depth.  There was not a huge animal selection, like in Wisconsin, and I found the vendors to be lacking.  I am not sure I would make a special trip up there just for this.  If I were in the area, I would go though.  I have never seen a large selection of their classes that I am interested in taking either.

    However, I have to end with this adorable little girl.  She was posing for her Grandmother, and I asked if I could take her photos also.  Her goat had just received Honorable Mention, and the way she was smiling and tickled, you would have thought it first place in a major competition.

  • knitting1105 10:28 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Thank you Punkin’s Patch! 

    I received this yummy box of fiber in the mail yesterday.

    This is some scrumptiously soft, beautiful lambs wool from Punkin’s Patch, a wonderful group on Ravelry that had a Tour de Fleece group called : “My Favorite Sheep”, run by thecrazysheeplady on Ravelry.  My favorite sheep for the tour was Shetland, as I was trying to spin and understand the breed.  I must admit, I like the rougher, more primitive wool of the Shetland a lot.  And, I do love knitting with it for Fair Isle.  So, I was the winner for meeting my goal, and this was my prize.  I am so excited to spin it.  I do not have a scale right now, so I am not sure what the weight is.

    Tomorrow is a visit to the Michigan Fiber Fest.  My first time there, my husband is as excited as I.

  • knitting1105 2:09 pm on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    More spinning 

    I started spinning some of the roving that I got from the Fiber Optic club last Winter.  The color is Jade, 85% BFL, 15% silk.

    I am not sure why, but I have great difficulty with this blend.  I need to get enough twist into it, or it drifts apart.  It requires much concentration from me.

    I am thinking of plying this with a yellow pencil roving that I have.  My confidence on mixing colors is still not all together there.  Any comments?

    My spinning wheel, the Ashford Traditional, is about to get an upgrade.  I purchased a double treadle kit.  Spinning on the Joy made me realize how much easier a double treadle is (think pedaling a bike with one pedal versus two).  I have found myself spinning almost exclusively on the Joy, and using the large bobbins on the Traditional for plying.  This will have to wait another week or two, as I have had guests in town, and plans for this weekend.

    Currently plying the Merino from  Expertly Dyed, this spun up very nice, and is plying well also.  I am tempted to order more of this to make a larger shawl.

    And, yesterday I had a bunch of strawberries that I needed to use up, so I ended up making some amazing strawberry ice cream.  This reminds me of my sister Janice, she was always the one who loved strawberry and I loved the chocolate ice cream.  This is so yummy that it could just change my opinion.

    • completelyfrogged 3:52 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, so jealous of the spinning! I haven’t tried it yet and am dying to. Your yarn looks beautiful by the way!


  • knitting1105 9:38 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    I have been plugging away at the Hanne cape.  I passed the 1/2 way mark a few days ago, but the photos would not look substantially different, so I won’t bore anyone with a repeat.  I have also been spinning away, I find the spinning even more meditative than knitting.  It is just taking away from my knitting time, and creating more yarn in my stash.

    I started reorganizing my knitting room by placing most of my books in the glass fronted cabinet.  I won’t have photos to show for a while, as we still have to have some work redone on the drainage system, most notably they are ripping up and replacing the section of concrete that was badly placed.  What I thought was a 2 week project will be a 7 month or more issue.  We did get it back in order for this week with some wonderful old friends, college roommates coming together.  Only to pack part of it up again.  So, I have not seen much of my yarn for months.   I am sure that it will be a surprise when it resurfaces in a few weeks.  I do need to pull out the Baby Ull, as I have a baby gift that needs to be knit up.

    More yarn for my sock clubs came in the mail.  I am behind on knitting these up.  The Tour de Fleece really got in the way, then a lot of work around the house.  Here is the yarn that came in the mail yesterday.  From the CookieA sock club.  I love the color, it is a sport weight which is heavier than I usually use for sock yarn.  The yarn is Metamorphosis from A Verb for Keeping Warm, color Sugar Jets, 70% superwash merino, 30% silk.  I have been reading a lot about this company, and it will be fun to try their yarn.

    And for the Janel Laidman Illuminations club, 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock yarn.  Colors:  Valentine and Fiddlehead.   I think these will be very interesting knit together.

    I love these sock clubs, as I am having the chance to try out a lot of different yarns, and yarns that are not readily available to me for the most part.

    Yesterday my neighbor’s formerly majestic Elm came down.  It has been dead all summer, Dutch Elm disease.  They let these trees go too long and I am worried about the one in front of my house.   Both of them were severely damaged 2 years ago when the tree across the street cam down on them and our front porches.  My landscaper was here in the afternoon expanding the natural garden to take advantage of the sunshine.  I will miss my shade.

  • knitting1105 8:33 pm on August 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    I finished spinning up the last of my Fiber Optic Mad Monet, then had major angst about how to ply it.  I did not want it to muddy on itself, and wished to extend the yardage as far as possible.  I tried 2 ply with some beautiful Merino roving that I have been spinning up:

    I was less than happy with that as the teal color seemed to overtake the Monet.  So I added a third ply of Monet to the mix:

    Still not right, so I bit the bullet and plyed it onto itself.  I would have been really upset if this had muddied out, but am nothing but excited about the outcome.


    Isn’t it beautiful!  I hope that it knits up as nicely.  I am now on the hunt for the perfect pattern, although I already have ideas in mind.  Here is the larger 2 ply skein (416 yards) next to the small experimental 3 ply (2 plys of Mad Monet with one ply of Mediterranean Merino).  I will save the smaller skein for Fair Isle mittens.

    • Lisa 10:12 pm on August 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my! That is pretty! Your spinning looks perfect! I still have not had time to even look for a wheel. I am going to WI Sheep and Wool Fest. I am not taking any classes this time just shopping and hoping to learn something about getting a couple of sheep or alpacas.


      • knitting1105 8:46 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sheep or Alpaca I am so jealous. What day will you be up at WI?


  • knitting1105 3:41 pm on August 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Working steadily away… 

    I have been working steadily away on my Hanne Falkenberg cape.  I am almost to the 1/2 way point.  This is a good knit where not a lot of thinking or chart following is required.  Her patterns are extremely well thought out, and the math always works out perfectly (unless you make a mistake).   My only complaint would be that I have to read sections of the pattern at least 3 times to be really clear on what she is asking for.  I think that there is both something lost in the translation, and an issue of formatting the written pattern.  The first time that I knit with her yarn I was less than thrilled with it, but it has grown on me.  She uses a Shetland 2-ply, and I can attest that it wears very well.   The heat wave has finally broken here, so I don’t mind a bit of wool in my hands or on my lap as much.

    On the spinning front, I am having a bit of a conundrum.  I was plying my Fiber Optic Mad Monet with a beautiful Mediterranean blue merino.  The blue seemed to be stealing the show, so I tried a 3 ply with 2 plys of the Monet and one of blue.  Still didn’t work, so I am now plying the Monet with itself, and will do the same with the blue Merino.  I have wasted a bit of yardage in my experimentation.  I still have a hard time figuring out how the colors will look in a finished yarn.  I would love to get some more of this Mad Monet, but there is apparently a waiting list.  (left side is Monet on Monet)

    And on a house note, look at this cool vintage wicker light fixture (scored from a musty messy basement in Grand Rapids).   My husband is going to rewire this and the porch is set up with a new ceiling light box to accommodate it.

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