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  • knitting1105 3:23 pm on June 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Yarn Destash 

    Our local Stitch ‘n Bitch group had a yarn destash party on Friday night hosted by Barb.  Everyone brought books, yarn, knitting bags, etc that they were happy to part with.  We all drew numbers and took turns picking one item, or one group at a time until everyone had enough.  And the leftovers were donated to a local charity resale shop that has a knitting/sewing section.

    A good time was had by all, and everyone left with some “new to them” book or yarn.  I was really happy with what I scored.  Although when I left home I was hoping to not return with any yarn.  It is exciting to think about what to make with what I have acquired.

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    My favorite is KnitPicks Palette in beautiful colors, with black, brown and white as neutrals.  9 balls at 231 yards should give me lots of options.

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    This yarn has been floating around the group for awhile.  It was donated to Jane’s charity knitting first.  9 skeins at 225 yards of beautiful wool, spun at a small mill in Wisconsin.  I think enough for a sweater.  The color is reminiscent of camel.

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    Also in the first photo are 4 balls of Rowan Cotton Glace in a bright orange, 4 skiers of Dale of Norway Tiur in a beautiful eggplant, 1 skein of Berroco Inca Gold in a chocolate brown, and 1 skein of Berroco Peruvia in Chocolate Brown, and a skein of multi colored sock yarn.

    One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.

     

     

     
  • knitting1105 10:27 am on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Vintage Knitting needles, WWII Knitting   

    Knit Your Bit 

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    Recently I was looking through my needles to loan pair of #3 40″ circulars to a friend.  In the process, I went through a stash of knitting needles that I purchased from a friend a couple of years ago.  And, I found these:

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    This spiked my curiosity, of course I knew about knitting for the war, and socks being a favorite.  I had read the book Knitting America, by my friend Susan Strawn, and in that book she talks extensively about the War knitting efforts.

     

    Researching online, I could not find any examples of these intact needles for sale.  I did, however, find fun graphics, and of course the pattern for the socks that were to be knit with these needles.

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    There was also a book published in 2012 with WWI and WWII knitting patterns.  I was interested until I saw the resell price of $432!!!

    If you are interested in knitting some of the Vintage patterns, this site has some free examples.

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    And… I also found these cool Vintage needles in my search:  Clover, Susan Bates and Boye.  All will be on display and loved for the history.  The small Clover ones are from Japan, and only 8 1/2″ long, I do not know how you would knit with them, or what they are used for.

     
    • salpal1 6:36 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      fun research! I can tell you that the small clover needle would be perfect fro knitting socks and sleeve cuffs. I have a couple of tiny, short Addi needles and love them for those two things. I wonder why the pattern book costs so much? Seems pretty high for a pattern book!

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      • knitting1105 9:44 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I think that the small Clovers would only be good for a baby sweater, and I would most likely use DPN’s. The pattern book is only worth as much as the next fool is willing to pay for it. I will keep my eye out for this other places though. I remember when the DoN Polar Bear pattern leaflet was going for $500!

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        • salpal1 2:08 pm on June 22, 2016 Permalink

          that’s just crazy. Eventually it will be available on Amazon. Heck, if I had a copy, I would sell it to you for half that price. 🙂

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  • knitting1105 11:59 am on June 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    German Short rows 

    Louise from my SnB knitting group introduced us to the German Short Row technique.  She made the shawl Good Vibrations, and I decided to do the same, as it would give me ample practice in this new technique.  I am in love with it!  I will never do short rows any other way now.

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    My shawl was made with some stash yarn, the variegated color was Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn (the ball band says it was from Chix with Stix in Forest Park, and that it was $20.  I can’t imagine that I paid full price for that, perhaps was purchased when they were going out of business).  I love the colors, but would have never used this as a sock yarn, I do not think that it would have worn well as it is a single ply and goes from thin to thicker, but works great for this shawl with the long color repeats.  The white accent, where all the short rows were done, is Regia Silk sock yarn, a really soft yet durable workhorse of a yarn.  The combination of the two is luscious.  So wonderful and soft to put around your neck.

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    Here is a detail of the front of the short rows:

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    And the back

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    I would suggest using this technique for everyone, it is so much quicker than a wrap and turn, and as you can see, creates a much better fabric as a result.  This is one of the many reasons that I love my knitting group.

    Here is a great tutorial on the German Short row Technique.

    I have to say, that I did NOT put my yarn to the front when I was pulling the stitch back on the knit side.  I do think that my technique looks better on both sides.

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    And, in my quest to understand this technique (which is basically shortening up the turned stitch), I also found this video on Japanese short rows.  However, I do think that the Germans won out this time.  I am now anxious to try this with my afterthought heel which has some short rows in it.

    For those of you. like me, who need to see it demonstrated in different ways, here is another good German Short Row video, and it demonstrates how to  use it in the toe of a sock.

     

     
    • Diane F Hamilton 9:19 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am glad to see you are still using up your stash. The pattern reminds me of waves, nice job.

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      • knitting1105 9:47 am on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for being my stash busting cheerleader!

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    • Aurian 3:29 pm on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that looks really good. I just downloaded the pattern and I’m confident I’ll have a few skeins of yarn in my stash that would work well with that pattern.
      Many greetings from Virginia, ivonne

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  • knitting1105 11:20 am on June 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Best Son-in Law 

    When my daughter first brought her boyfriend home to meet us, he arrived at the door with her carrying red wine and knitting patterns for me.  A friend of his is a knit designer, and it was for a hand towel and dish rag.  I recently got on a dish cloth binge, trying to use up the Peaches and Cream yarn that I had in my stash.  So, I made some dish towels as gifts, and then made the ones on the left for their Bridal shower last weekend, using the patterns that Mark had given me.

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    I think he’s a keeper!

     
    • salpal1 11:22 am on June 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Smart fellow!!!!

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    • Susan Bachman 5:48 pm on June 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m surprised you knit with Peaches and Cream, but having said that, he sounds AWESOME! Bringing the new MIL knitting patterns? Is he a genius???

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      • knitting1105 5:16 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        He is a pretty smart guy. I know, no designer yarns, huh? The Peaches and Cream does hold up really well for this application. I actually never knit washcloths until a couple of years ago. Kind of fun, mindless.

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    • 1marylou 11:31 am on June 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a guy! I agree.

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    • Diane F Hamilton 9:29 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a keeper and the towels are beautiful. Good job using your stash!

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      • knitting1105 9:47 am on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, a keeper he is. I could use more Peaches and Cream though, as these are great little gifts.

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  • knitting1105 11:09 am on June 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    I Love Wool 

     
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