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  • knitting1105 3:44 pm on February 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Dawn 

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    Years ago, I purchased the book The Fine Line at Stitches Midwest, where I also met Grace Anna Farrow and got so see these shawls knit up first hand.

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    I was smitten, and purchased yarn on the spot to make Volt.  A little while later I knit Dusk, with yarn that I purchased in a local shop.  One of my blog posts years ago, while trying to follow prompts on writing, focused on Grace Anna Farrow, while simple, I think that her shawls are really elegant and drape very well.  And I love Isaeger Wool 1, it is a 2ply wool from Denmark, and has a real soft “sheep” feel to it.

    Recently, our Stitch n’ Bitch group started on another charity project.  One of our members is the CEO of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.  Their goal is to improve quality of care, and reduce the disparity of survival rates among low income and minority women.  A truly great organization.  Several people are jointly making a baby basket gift, so I asked Anne Marie, what else would be appropriate.  She suggested a shawl.

    Wanting to knit from my stash, I looked through what I had, and came across the lovely Isaeger Wool 1 yarns, and looked to see what shawl to knit.  My knitting group unanimously choose Dawn.  And these were my initial color choices:

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    But, I just didn’t feel that the dark eggplant color fit in, and found a skein of a light blue already wound up.  I started knitting, taking this on a short weekend family trip.  Perfect plane and car knitting.  That is, until you leave your knitting book in the seat pocket of the airplane.  I discovered this too late to retrieve it.  While waiting for my husband to arrive on a different flight, I went online and quickly discovered that the book was long out of print, but found a store that still had a copy (I really like books better than PDF’s).  but that did not help my  weekend knitting plans, so I also ordered the PDF to have on my iPad.  I must really like this book to have purchased it 3 times!

    Here is my finished project, it is so light  and airy and drapes well.

    Dawn

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    I tried to do a selfie in the mirror, to no avail.  I need to have someone model this.

    So loved knitting with this again, that I ordered some more, my color selection was becoming very limited!

     
  • knitting1105 10:43 pm on February 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Poetry in Motion 

    New Zealand Sheep Farm.  Poetry in motion.  Look for the small black dots of dogs working to keep the sheep moving.

     
  • knitting1105 1:12 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Sheep 1, Sheep 2 

    Both of my sheep hats are finished.  The first, Sheep 1, was the pattern Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith. I used the colors specified and the yarn as specified, Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran.  It is warm, but I think that I would have liked to brighten it up more.  My friend Jane made a bright version of this for a child with Dale of Norway Baby Ull, will keep that in mind for a baby gift in the future.

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    I cast on with the size 6 needles (per the pattern), and was unhappy with the result pretty much from the beginning.  The Fair Isle portion was knit with size 7, and that works well.  So, when I was all finished knitting, I cut back to the start of the Fair Isle and knit the ribbing down with size 3 needles.  Much, much better.  And I did a double rib tubular bind off.  I will discuss how to do that in a later post.

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    Here is the inside of the Baa-ble hat.

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    Sheep 2 hat is the Sheep Heid tam by Kate Davies.  Kate designed hers using many of the natural colors of Shetland wool, Using Jamieson’s Spindrift yarn.  I had some of that yarn in my stash, but not all the correct colors.  So mine is a bit more colorful.  And very warm, I am really liking it.

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    and this inside of this hat…

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  • knitting1105 12:56 pm on February 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My Love 

    By the time this posts, I will have spent the weekend in Buffalo for a family event with my wonderful husband at one of my favorite places, The Roycroft Inn.

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    And socks for the best sock recipient I know.

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    With Orange toes!

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    • Diane Hamilton 5:24 pm on February 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am sure Dan loved his socks almost as much as he loves you!

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  • knitting1105 6:10 pm on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Cast On, Bind Off 

    On a recent quest to learn a new cast off technique, I became interested in finding out more.  These 2 books, both with the same title came up, so I ordered them from the library to see if they were worth the investment for my own library.

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    One has 54 techniques and the other 211?! I am a bit confused about how one has so many more, although when a particular bind off has multiple names, Sease counts each of the different names as a technique—cheating a bit I think, when I count them I get 144 different techniques, some a slight variation.  Impressive nonetheless.

    Both books are spiral bound, the one by Leslie Ann Bestor is a more diminutive size (6″ x 7″), which would increase the portability.  I could see keeping this one in my knitting bag.  The book by Cap Sease is larger (9″ x 11″).  Both have good directions, Sease uses drawings to show the steps, and given the larger size of the book, the drawings are more readable, each one is followed by a photo of the finished technique.  Bestor uses actual photos to show the steps in each technique, sometimes those photos are hard to follow, especially when she uses a dark yarn.

    When I compare my favorite tubular cast-ons and cast off, both have the setup sort of correct, but miss using a larger size needle at the beginning (see my notes here).  The tubular bind off for the 1x 1 rib is exactly what I would do, but the 2 x 2 rib is missing a step which I will discuss in an upcoming post.

    I have not done a step by step comparison of each technique, but in my overview I do think that Sease has more techniques in the book, in spite of calling out the names multiple times.  Her directions are easier to read.  The Bestor book would be a handy reference to have in my knitting bag though.  I would recommend either of the books, as if is sometimes hard to find the best technique when you need it immediately.

    That said, I just ordered both, Bestor for $10, and Sease for $19!

     

     
    • Diane Hamilton 10:29 pm on February 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As I was reading your blog, I was thinking that you should order both and then I saw your last sentence! I am sure you will use them both frequently

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  • knitting1105 2:22 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Yarny 

    Unravel is a new puzzle game with Yarny.  Using the strengths and weaknesses of yarn to solve puzzles.  I am not a gamer, but I might be convinced….

     
  • knitting1105 2:15 pm on February 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Shipping made me do it! 

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor my Batwing pullover, I needed to order some additional balls of Karabella Aurora 8 yarn for the collar.  Happily I found them at Hampton Knitting Yarn, and ordered up 6 balls in the now discontinued color.  Of course, that total came to almost $60, and shipping would have been an additional $6+/-.  If I hit $100, everything would ship for “free”….

    Who could resist that argument?

    Not me….

    A good friends swears that sock yarn does not count in your stash.  For sure, it is one thing that I will definitely use.  Nice handwritten thank-you note with the yarn, and some mints.  Quick service too.  I love the colors of the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, will be fun to find patterns for.

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