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  • knitting1105 2:44 pm on November 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Rainbows and Home News 

    I have been knitting slower these past few days, busy with real work and getting things in the house in order.  I am working away steadily on my Rainbow Gradient plyed with Polkadots and Moonbeams, both fibers from Fiber Optic. The gradient spin is finished, and I am about 1/2 way through the polkadots, which is a pencil roving.  Every time that I spin with this, I am reminded how incredibly wonderful it is, no need to predraft, and you get such wonderful consistency.   This will end up looking like a fractal spin, without the fracting (?!).

    Prior to spinning the pencil roving I split the braid in half, which it naturally splits into 2 smaller pencil rovings.  Then I wound each half into a center-pull ball, and spin directly from that.  It is so easy to spin, that in theory I could spin for hours without having to adjust my fiber.



    Some exciting improvements on the home front.  A new tree, a Chinkapin Oak, to replace the 70-year-old Elm that was taken down 18 months ago.  We are very excited, and hope that it takes well to mask the view across the street.  Lloyd for scale.


    And, as part of my basement make-over, a new couch, more appropriately scaled to the space, color is a little off-it is more green.  Now just to order all of the cabinetry that I need and I will have a better relaxation/working/craft room area.


  • knitting1105 12:20 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Just in time for my friend Sheila’s birthday party, I finished blocking the leaf shawl and weaving in ends.  I chose to block it with a ruffled edge, which I think was the intended result.  My blocking photo is very fuzzy, but wanted to include it for those who are making the shawl, there were a couple of “extreme blocking” examples on Ravelry which seemed to distort the pattern into something that it did not want to be.  That given, this was a challenging shawl to block out, and in retrospect I should have used my blocking wires.

    And here is my friend Julie modeling it at the party:

    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, September pattern
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic roving
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: “Shawlette size”

  • knitting1105 10:42 pm on November 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Leaf Shawl 

    I was working on this on election-eve, while stressing about the outcomes, drinking some wine, and being very tired.   Not a good combination for lace knitting on the non-intuitive section of the chart.  The last few rows really have required concentration on my part.

    In the next couple of days I will block this out, not sure how the very curly edge will come out, I have seen it blocked a couple of different ways, neither of which I was excited about.  Lots of time, many pins and concentration will be required.


    Pattern: Dunabe
    Pattern Source: Janel Laidman’s Knitterati Sock Club 2012, September pattern
    Yarn: Handspun from Fiber Optic roving
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 10/ /12
    Date Finished: 10/19/12
    Finished Dimensions: TBD

  • knitting1105 5:00 pm on November 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Vogue Hat 

    I knit up the cover hat from the new Vogue hat book, finished it in just a few days.

    I tried to get my daughter to model for me last weekend, but she was not cooperating.  I used some Koigu KPPM yarn that I had in my stash.  I was not liking it as well on the top where the rounds were very short, and a bit of pooling happened, but by the time that I got to the band edge, the colors were blending together beautifully.  Blocking it out on a plate gave it the correct shape.

    Pattern: Sunflower Medallion Beret
    Pattern Source: The Ultimate Hat book by Vogue Knitting
    Yarn: Koigu KPPM
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 10/29/12
    Date Finished: 11/1/12
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s size medium


    • Diane 5:08 am on November 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love it–your talents always amaze me. I think that if your daughter does not want to model then she should not be the recipient of your talent and hard work (LOL)!


    • Debbie 9:06 am on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there! I love your version of this hat. I’m currently knitting it and I’m stumped at the headband. How did you knit back and forth on the circulars to complete the headband? I understand adding the 30 stitches on each side for the bow…it’s when I get to knitting back and forth in garter that has me stumped, especially since I’m on circulars! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! Debbie


      • knitting1105 12:47 pm on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Debbie, When you cast on the extra stitches, you go from knitting in the round, to just knitting back and forth. Just cast on, and knit each row. You will have little tabs that you then use to tie the hat with. Hope that makes sense. Thanks for the wonderful compliment. This is such a cute hat, and the main reason that I purchased the book.


      • susan 8:33 pm on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Can you help me understand the count on this pattern. After casting on 8 stitches row one in the book says YO, K1 repeat and end with 16 stitches. I only end up with 12. What am I doing wrong? It only gets progressively worse with each row.


        • knitting1105 9:42 pm on September 14, 2014 Permalink

          You are essentially doubling your stitches in the first row. YO, Ki and repeat those 2 until the end if the round and you have 16 sts. I hope that this helpsM good luck, it is a fun hat.


    • Cindy 9:47 am on January 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I am trying to knit this adorable hat…I’ve ripped it out 3 or 4 times…Now, I’m to the band, and am totally confused. The cast on 30 sts, knit 30sts…does it mean you only knit the CO 30? After that, it says K8, K2 tog around…that would be the entire hat, right? I just don’t get it…In the above question from Debbie, it looks like you’re saying CO 30 on each side? That would be on each circular? If you respond, thanks in advance…..I’m not giving up on this hat. lol


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