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  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Jury is Still Out 

    Remember how excited I was to knit up this shawl from the cover of Lovely Knitted Lace?  Well, it is finished, actually finished for a couple of weeks now.  Last week I was busy with summer Architecture camp for teens, and this week I am reeling from a really bad summer cold.  So bad in fact, that I did not even feel like knitting or spinning most of the time, and I have been home alone.   It was quite miserable.

    Well, here is the shawl pre blocking:

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    And I was waiting to have a model to take photos of it, but then realized that I could model it and just use the self timer on my camera.  First, the shawl without the buttons closed, you can see how there is no shape to this, it really has to always be worn fully buttoned up.

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    And the completed shawl.  I was not looking great today, a weeks worth of head colds took its toll, so I artfully cropped my head out!

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    Wondering if maybe my torso is not long enough to carry this off.

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    I disagree with her directions for sewing the shawl up.  I would find the point for each of the arms to have the petal end right at the top of the wrist (5th one in from each front edge), and then sew the bottoms between to the required measurements so that it fits properly on your hips.

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    Pattern: Camellia Dolman
    Pattern Source: Lovely Knitted Lace
    Yarn: Helen’s Lace
    Needles: US 3 & 5
    Date Started: 3/28/14
    Date Finished: 4/16/14
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

     
    • Jeanette Andre 11:34 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is such a beautiful shaw, you are right, it does look rather snug in the hip area.I’m sure you will be able to figure it out, looks lovely from the back spread out.

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      • knitting1105 10:05 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The pattern requires it to be snug in the hip area, otherwise it has absolutely no shape. I think that I just need to wear it lower. Thanks for the nice comments!

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    • Diane Hamilton 11:39 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, as usual this is a beautiful work of art. I actually like it better unbutton and to get the true appreciation of the beautiful knitting I think you need to always hold your arms out. If old people can just stop in the middle of an isle for no good reason, you should be able to always hold your arms out to display this beautiful shawl. Sorry you have been so sick…hope you are feeling better!

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  • knitting1105 3:37 pm on June 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for Dan 

    This past winter Dan picked out this wool and Bison down sock yarn at the local winter Farmer’s Market.  I am finally getting around to knitting this up into socks for him.  The Bison down is supposed to be both really soft and extremely warm.  My first thoughts with this yarn is that it is a bit stiff to work with, but I am thinking that it will wash up very nicely.  Often the softer sock yarns do not have the strength to hold up as socks.

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    The pattern is a simple one designed by me.  I will post the finished pattern when completed.  It is essentially mirrored cables on each side of the leg, with ribbing in between.  The top of the foot continues in pattern to the toe.  It bugs me a little bit how the reversed cables look slightly different.  I wonder if this will even out in the washing.

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    Starting the heel, so the back of the sock pattern is stopped here.

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    At the same time I am trying to keep track of whatever I am knitting on in this journal, the thought being that I could retrace my steps with notes when I put something down for a long time.  We’ll see how it works.  Means that I must keep this book with whatever project I am working on…

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  • knitting1105 3:36 am on June 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Respect 

    While not about knitting, this is all about pride and respect.

    It is about time.

     
    • tricotreat 12:41 pm on June 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That is freaking awesome!!!!

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  • knitting1105 10:51 am on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Urban Goats 

    The Garfield Park Conservatory has visiting goats each month this summer.  Sofia found the link and we decided that it was a must see.  Jens Jensen, the Landscape Architect who designed Garfield Park had apparently envisioned farm animals at the conservatory.  Took over 100 years, but this is happening.  You have to look for the goats however, as that little yellow flag in the distance is the only indicator.  That and the bleats when you get closer.

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    The babies were just too darn cute!

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    If you want more information on Jens Jensen, here is a link.  Also, there was a great documentary, Jens Jensen The Living Green, which will be showing at Millennium Park on June 19th.  We saw the film this spring, and it is well worth seeing.

    The Garfield Goats are back! People and goats have lived side-by-side for over 10,000 years, and today’s city dwellers are starting to realize the benefits. The goats that reside part-time at Garfield Park Conservatory belong to a Westside Chicago resident who is experimenting with how small farm animals benefit the urban landscape and our lives in the city. Come visit and see them at work mowing our big backyard! (Goats will browse during open Conservatory hours, depending on weather and goat health.) 

    Goats at Work 2014 Schedule:

     

    • Saturday, May 3 – Friday, May 9

    • Saturday, June 7 – Friday, June 13

    • Saturday, July 5 – Friday, July 11

    • Saturday, August 2 – Friday, August 8

    • Sunday, September 7 – Saturday, September 13

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    • Diane Hamilton 12:33 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      They are so cute…maybe you can have one in your back yard?

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      • knitting1105 4:19 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        We wish. 2 problems, they are herd animals, and we think there is an ordinance against cloven hooved animals.

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  • knitting1105 11:36 am on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Scrubbies 

    My mother always had a basket like this full of her crocheted scrubbies.  Whenever anyone visited she would gladly tell them to pick out a few scrubbies.

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    She would often take them with her to give to her doctors, many asked for another on the return visits.  They are essential cleanup tools in the kitchen, but have been used on the grill, in the workroom, cleaning up bathrooms, and even getting bugs off of windshields (one of her doctors).   Hers were so much better than the ones that we see at craft shows or the farmer’s market (I think that stuffing is a key), something that she loved to point out.  She knew the pattern by heart and could make them quickly without much thought.  It was what she loved to do while watching her favorite baseball team, the Detroit Tigers.

    My last Annetta scribes are unfortunately not looking so great.  My sister Diane was making them at the lake this weekend and graciously made one for each of us.  She tried following Mom’s pattern, but missed something.

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    I think that these are ingenious, they sit in the palm of your hand and get into corners well.  Now, can she replicate this??!!

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    In memory of Annetta, her scrubby pattern for all of you.

    Annetta Scrubbies

     
    • Jen 4:28 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sorry if this is obvious and I’m not getting it, but what kind of net do you use? Where do you get it? It doesn’t look like anything familiar to me. Thanks!!

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      • knitting1105 5:43 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The net is simply tulle that is used in tutu’s and such. If you ask for the correct for making scrubbies one at the fabric store, they can steer you in the right direction. Here is a great source for some already cut (a bit wider than my pattern but it would work as shown). http://www.knitsandbitsbylinda.com/nylon-netting.html

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    • Diane 5:17 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, glad you like your new version of Mom’s scrubbies. I ran out of netting in MI so I will try to replicate when we get back to CO.

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    • Adele 9:16 pm on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Can this pattern be “translated” to knitting?

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      • knitting1105 1:56 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I have actually never made these, it is on my list now that my mother is not around. I would think that crocheting works better as it eats up more fabric. I could be wrong, a google search shows knitted scrubbies, but they are flat like a washcloth.

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  • knitting1105 4:40 pm on June 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Finished at last! 

    These socks have been languishing in my bag waiting to be finished up.  They were finally finished on our wonderful family weekend in Montague. Such an inspiring place to relax and knit.

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    This is my feet modeling them.  The sock yarn is Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock, very nice to knit with.  Looking at their website, they have some amazing colors available.  Will have to keep them in mind when I have knit through some of my stash.

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    My SIL Stacey was admiring them, so I handed them over to her.

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    Pattern: Mint Twist
    Pattern Source: CookieA sock club 2013
    Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock
    Needles: US 1
    Date Started: 3/28/14
    Date Finished: 5/1/14
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s medium-large

     
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