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  • knitting1105 10:24 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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  • knitting1105 11:26 pm on January 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Vortex Crafting 

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    -21F air temperature and -50 wind chill.  School was cancelled for the past couple of days, and I chose to hunker down in the house and cook, clean, sort and most importantly craft.

    I am trying to dedicate myself this year to finishing as many long ignored projects as possible.  One at a time.  If I no longer like them, or think that they will not fit, I am prepared to frog them, no matter how far along.  Last year I did fairly well at starting to attack some of these projects, and I must admit that it felt really good.  Not only does it clean up my crafting space, but clears up unwanted craft baggage.

    First I decided that I needed to finish this shawl.

    I started it in the late summer of 2015, and was moving along nicely.  That is until I ran out of the handspun yarn.  Being a gradient, I needed to order an additional 2 braids to finish it.  While waiting, I lost focus, and had little time for spinning up the yarn needed.

    Here is where it has sat for over 4 years, I am ashamed to admit.  The color is Thistle, a gradient by my favorite dyer, Fiber Optic.

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    So, while it took a bit of re-education, I finally spun the additional 2 braids over the past couple of weeks, making great progress while housebound.

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    Plying will happen tomorrow, I tried it tonight, but without adequate light and patience, I gave up.  I will have to learn to finesse my Jensen spinning wheel again.  Then, I had to find the pattern, as it was separated from the project (what a mistake, I always think that I will just be picking it up again in a day or so), luckily I had blogged about it here so know that it was the Pulelehua shawl.  Butterfly in Hawaiian.  Surprisingly I had purchased this pattern, which is unusual for me to not just knit something from a book that I own.  I am now anxious to ply the yarn and get this finished.  The pattern is gorgeous, which I am sure is why I chose it.

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    My other project the past couple of days, has been to finish this picnic blanket and napkins.  This was left when a friend of a friend passed away; all it really needed was the binding sewn on.  Of course I had to relearn how to do the mitered corner, as it has been years since I have sewn on a quilt binding.

    And here is always a helper at hand, wanted or not.

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    I have a couple of more free days before work and reality set back in.  This has been a nice respite, and I am happy that I am focusing on being productive with the time.

    And staying toasty warm inside.  Hope everyone is safe in this cold weather.

     
    • Diane Hamilton 12:18 am on February 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m proud of you to continue working through your projects. The shawl will be beautiful when you are done and everytime you wear you will think of Marilyn, Anita, and Mom. Glad you took advantage of your extra days. Hope it gets warmer soon.

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  • knitting1105 9:31 am on January 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Birthday Girl 

    Of course I had to make many things for the 1st Birthday of my Granddaughter.   We were out to celebrate with her and have a birthday cake in December.

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    I made her a Dale of Norway cardigan.  Everyone should know how much I love the DoN patterns and yarn.  Sadly, when my stash is gone, I will not be able to get the yarn that I love for these projects.  In the meantime, I am loving knitting with it.

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    That photo is unfortunately a bit fuzzy, but her parents are always putting her in the things that I make for her.  She wore this to the Drs office for her 1 year old checkup.  Apparently the staff was greatly impressed by the sweater.  Myself, I think that the model is far superior.

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    She will have a bit of wear on that sweater.

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    The other item that I made for her birthday was this poncho type pull-over with a hood, a bit big right now, but hopefully will come in handy in the future.  Again, another DoN pattern, but this is the Daletta yarn, so a worsted weight.  I love how this turned out, and will post when I see it modeled.

    And lastly, a pair of mittens with thumbs for the Colorado winters.  I think that these are the favorite mittens that I have ever made.

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    The pattern is from Jorid Link’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens.  I made the previously posted squirrel mittens from this book also.  I love the patterns, and have some on the list for myself to make.  If you love fair isle and mittens, I highly recommend purchasing this book.

     
    • Diane Hamilton 12:24 am on January 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The sweaters and mittens were beautiful but I agree the model couldn’t be any cuter!

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    • salpal1 4:39 am on January 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! She’s adorable! And outfitted perfectly!

      I am also sad about no more baby ull here. But you can find it in ravelry destashes, mine included! And wondering about buying it directly from Europe? Probably crazy shipping, of course.

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    • Mrs Mud 4:30 pm on January 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awww but she is the cutest little thing ever 😀 Love the knitted items as well but they are cast into the shade somewhat 😉

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    • Joan Winstein 10:48 am on January 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Cow mittens for me, please !!!! And. man is that model super adorable !!

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  • knitting1105 4:57 pm on January 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Holiday mittens 

    On our recent vacation to Denver, we took a trip on the train from Denver to Glenwood Springs.  Such a gorgeous train ride.   I do not have any videos of it, I am hoping that my sister can provide one that I can include here.  12 of us, plus Izumi took the 6 hour train ride.  We loved it, would do it again.

    When we arrived in Glenwood Springs, I gave my Nieces and Nephew the mittens that I had been working on for them.  I was very happy with how they all turned out.  The butterfly mittens were my own design, and unfortunately, I did not get good photos of them.  I want to write up that pattern when I get a chance.

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    Included in the Christmas mittens gifting were Squirrel mittens for Izumi and Sayaka.

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    We had a grand time, and enjoyed lots of family time together.  So fun to have little kids at Christmas again.

    The Hotel Colorado is decorated to the 9’s for the Holidays, and it always puts me in the best mood.

    Christmas Eve and Christmas night we all had a private dining room to eat in and celebrate with.  The hotel even had us posted as “Frances Figg Christmas Dinner”!

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    More to post soon from that lovely vacation.  As always, it is great to see Izumi, she changes so much, so quickly in between the times that we get to see her.

     
  • knitting1105 3:08 pm on November 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Snow Day 

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    Today was a snow day for our school.  While we did not get a lot of snow here, 4-5”, west of here there was a lot more.  I am taking advantage of this day off after the long holiday weekend, to just craft away.

    Mittens have been on my list as of late.  Here are a few of the ones that I have finished.

    The squirrel mom and baby were meant for a child, but they ended up being a small adult size.  These were made with Daletta yarn from Dale of Norway.

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    Next I worked on these mittens, again intending that they become a child’s mittens, but these were too small, so are heading off to Izumi.  Yarn is Baby Ull.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    Having trouble getting my sizes correct, I finally asked a friend of mine who teaches 2nd grade to trace a couple of her students hands.  That was so helpful, and I finally got a right-sized pair of child’s mittens.

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    These mittens had been on my knit-to list for many many years.  When my son was little, his best friend Sam had mittens like this knit for him by his grandmother.  They used to love to play Stop and Go on the side-walk with these.

    Vintage by Berroco was used for the mittens, I was able to get the correct colors and a machine washable yarn. Next, I needed to duplicate stitch the letters on.  None of the white yarn in my stash was the correct weight, so a couple of friends dropped some by and I was able to finish them up.  I am really happy with how they turned out.

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    So, I was on a roll.  The next pair is a Dale of Norway pattern, using Dale Tiur, which create a beautiful halo over the patterning.  Looks like a good child size fit.

    Feeling that I had this sizing thing down,  I found these child mittens on a Ravelry search, and free to boot.  I fell in love with the cuteness of this pattern, and the fact that the mittens did not really match. mittens-2 After casting on with Baby Ull, I quickly realized that they were going to be adult sized – 64 sts in a round, I should have known better.  In fact they fit my adult hand sized (which is large), so I opted to make them for myself.  I combined the bottom of both mittens first one on each side, and then added the top of the single snowman mitten and snowflakes repeated both sides.  I chose to put the thumb at the same side, so the result is that there is no right or left hand mitten, and each would have a slightly different appearance when worn.

    These are big, I wish that I had done a simpler rib, I opted for a 1×1 twisted rib, but on every color change row, I knit the purl stitches to not have the overlap of color showing, which had the effect of not pulling in very much at the cuff.  And, I added a few more rows before the pattern which I should have probably left out.  The thumb could have been a couple of stitches wider and perhaps a bit longer.  In spit of all this, I do believe that they will keep me warm.  Now they desperately need a washing to ease the stitches, and the embroidery so that the snowmen will look like something.

    And they do fit my big mitts.

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    • Diane Hamilton 9:24 pm on November 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      WOW! This was a productive day! I love all of them especially the Stop and Go mittens. I’m glad that you and Izumi both will benefit from your sizing issues, added bonus!

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  • knitting1105 3:42 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: mending, repairing clothing, universal sewing machine, vintage sewing machine   

    Repairing 

    A couple of weekends ago I spent my time alone productively.  My husband was out-of-town, and I finally tackled long overdue baskets of clothing repairs.  The prior weekend, we had done a lot of work around the house, which involved me finally getting some shelves up in my knitting/sewing room.

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    This prompted a large cleanup and moving around of items, during which I unearthed my overload of items waiting to be repaired and sewn.  Since my sewing machine was now easily accessible, and I had room to spread out again, I decided to start the repairs.

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    Friday was knitting, working on mittens and finishing up a couple of projects.  Saturday morning began with a few friends over for brunch and knitting and conversation.  I was on a roll, and pulled out my sewing and mending repairs.  First I started with the items that needed just sewing.  I love my sewing machine, a Universal.  My mother took me to purchase this to take with me to college, it was a used machine, and I have loved it ever since.  It is simple by today’s standards, but is a workhorse, and made solid.  It was fun to sew again, I have missed it.

    Next came the mending by hand, and for that I pulled up Netflix and vowed to just repair, repair, repair.  I was surprised by how many items I had, many of which I had forgotten about.

    • Summer bathrobe
    • 3 hand knit sweaters
    • 2 hand knit shawls
    • underwear
    • undershirt
    • bra
    • 4 pair of hand knit socks
    • 3 pair of store-bought socks
    • 2 hand knit hats (one was really beyond repair, but I tried stitching it up anyways- was knit with handspun yarn)
    • a dress
    • a pair of slacks
    • a tie
    • 5 store-bought women’s sweaters
    • 3 store-bought men’s sweaters

    I had one hand knit tank top that I decided was beyond repair.  And, I never really wore it.  I am not sure what I was thinking when I bought this yarn, the color is atrocious, and the yarn is not anything to write about.  A couple of shows, and a movie, and I had salvaged much of the yarn.

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    I put it together on a knitty-knoddy and then soaked it.  I will save this to strand together with some brightly colored yarn for mittens int he future.

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    I am proud of myself for mending when I can, we have become such a throw-away society.  Plus, there is still a lot of wear in many of these items, and the hand knits represent a lot of personal time.  I vow not to let the mending get this out of hand again!

     

     
  • knitting1105 10:55 am on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    This is Totally Me! 

    Well, maybe not the gray hair!

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  • knitting1105 9:07 pm on November 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Shetland knitting, Shetland knitting history, The Vintage Shetland Project   

    The Vintage Shetland Project 

    I have taken to reading my knitting books, and not just looking at the patterns.  Last year, for my birthday we went to Michigan and stayed at the beach.  On the beach I met a young girl who was Lithuanian.  My conversation with her got my husband and I to talking about Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.  At lunch the next day we were sitting talking about the different root languages of each culture and history, when a family sitting next to us asked if were talking about Estonia.  We said yes, and they said that they were Estonian.  In fact, the woman’s father taught Estonian history and culture at Indiana University.  We proceeded to discuss Estonia and their history with them, and she asked how I knew so much about the history of Estonia.  And I said it was through my knitting books!

    A recent book purchase is The Vintage Shetland Project.

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    I absolutely loved this book, I cannot say enough good things about it.  Here is the description from the publishers:

    The Vintage Shetland Project, is the culmination of eight years of hard work and personal determination. Inspired by the patterns and colours of Shetland knitting, the fashion historian, author, designer and publisher Susan Crawford began a journey into the rich heritage of Shetland knitwear, and in particular the pieces held in the Shetland Museum archive. With the help of Dr Carol Christiansen, the museum’s curator, Susan undertook the task of carefully selecting the most stunning and original designs from the 1920s to the 1950s, transcribed them stitch by stitch, and has here recreated them for the modern knitter, in stunning detail and a range of sizes for women and men.

    In combination with the collection of 27 comprehensive patterns for garments and accessories are carefully researched essays exploring the stories behind each piece and honouring their creators – some famous, some forgotten. Photographed by Susan on the island of Vaila, situated off the west coast of Shetland, this book also celebrates the untameable beauty of Shetland itself. Compiled with Susan’s trademark attention to detail, this book is a fabulous treasury of Shetland knitting design and a valuable insight into its textile traditions. It offers you the chance to delve into a fascinating era for knitwear design and to bring it to life in stitch-perfect vintage style.

    The meticulously written patterns showcase Susan’s new yarn range, Fenella, created specifically to enable you, the knitter, to perfectly recreate these unique museum pieces. Made using 100% British wool, grown, spun and dyed in Britain, in a range of 26 colours carefully chosen to emulate the shades found in the original vintage pieces.

    The Vintage Shetland Project is a celebration of stunning design, beautiful knitting and the people of Shetland themselves, during a time of local change, international conflict and revolution in the knitting industry.

    The essays in the book were fascinating, the history of the men and women who promoted knitting in the Shetland Islands, and the stories of knitwear.  I am in awe of the research and dedication that went in to writing this book.  It read like the great series of short stories that it is.  All manners of knitting are covered, from how a pattern gets it’s name, a knitting suffragette, the rise and fall of popular designs, a female knitting shop keeper, the influence of rayon, a sweater that goes and returns from WWII POW camp, and more.

    Then, after one is sad that the narrative of knitting in Shetland is over, come the patterns influenced by the history and stories told.

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    Susan has also put together kits for each of the patterns, and choosing is proving difficult.  Each kit comes with Fenella yarn that is British wool and British spun.

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    Here is  a great review of the yarn, which I have yet to see in person.

    This definitely goes down as one of my favorite knitting books.  Buy it before it is out of print!  I got mine at School house Press.

    Now to choose my kit to order…

     

     
  • knitting1105 7:54 pm on November 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cute baby hat, DoN,   

    My Best Model 

    My beautiful Granddaughter.  I made several sweaters for her before she was born, and this Baby Surprise jacket has proven to be my DIL’s favorite.  I need to make a Totem for her next.  I also have some Dale of Norway Fair Isle sweaters in the waiting to take out next time we visit.

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    The hat pattern has received several inquiries.  It took a bit of sleuthing, but I finally found the pattern.  It is a Dale of Norway baby book #129

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    And the pattern is #12908

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    Here she is in the baby surprise jacket when she was a lot smaller!

     
    • Pam 8:38 pm on November 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      She could not be any more beautiful.

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    • Diane Hamilton 11:23 pm on November 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It was a beautiful sweater and I love the hat. Look how little she was, I don’t think that sweater is going to it much longer.

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      • knitting1105 11:37 am on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Replacements coming!

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    • salpal1 8:02 am on November 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Adorable!! I love how the sweater grows with the baby! Garter stitch is great that way.

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    • knitting1105 11:37 am on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The sweater does grow! But I think that it is past it’s use. Time for a Totem. I also have some waiting in the wings for her birthday and Christmas.

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  • knitting1105 9:14 am on October 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The best Thank you 

     

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    I finished this sweater last spring for my niece Ria for her birthday.  I was especially proud of the shoulder and sleeve shaping, as I used the English tailoring method taught by CocoKnits.

    Ria could not be a better recipient.  (I need a photo of her to insert here from Diane or Jill!)

    This is the thank you note that she sent me.

    I am AHW (Amazing Horse Woman) – thanks Ria!

    Ria is BBW (Blood Bat Woman)

    Jill, Ria’s mom who is a judge herself is RBG (the notorious Ruth Bader Ginsberg)!

    and, Aunt Diane is MSW (Misty Skunk Woman)

    This group of women super heroes can do a lot!

     
    • Diane Hamilton 9:35 am on October 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love her thank you note and she loved your sweater! I was going to just be “Skunk Woman”…I had to convince Ria to add Misty for some flair.

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    • Jill Dayal 8:33 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We love your beautiful sweaters! Such a treasure to receive them!

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