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  • knitting1105 11:05 am on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Buttons and Color 

    Several of my projects were in need of buttons.  The local fabric store closed last year, and there is nothing close by.  It seems as if fabric and sewing and buttons are not in vogue at the moment.  Perhaps with the resurgence of knitting, sewing will be next.  Our clothes should bear the true cost of production, and be made with a living wage, perhaps then people would value quality and take care of clothes.

    Soutache is the closest button shop, and I love it.  Not as extensive as some that I have frequented in the past, but very good. They also sell ribbons, and do a lot of wedding embellishments.  My husband went with me, and we had a great time choosing buttons for projects, and a few extra for the future.

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    I choose the vintage buttons for a sweater that I finished years ago, I think that they will be perfect!

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    The sweater that this is destined for was finished in 2006!  I have worn it a bit, but it will be nice to have buttons on it.  This post was titled All finished except for the buttons.  I had not realized that it had been that long.  I think that these are perfect!

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    I have also been playing with color recently, I will have results to show soon, but I love the vibrant colors of the Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  It is disappointing that there is only one place in the US now to get this.  I have stashed up significantly though.

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    • salpal1 2:00 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OK, I’ll bite. Where can I still get Baby Ull? I see it all discontinued and limited colors (on sale, though!) in my usual places. Why would Dale of Norway do this to us?

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    • Diane Hamilton 12:33 am on October 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think the buttons are perfect for our sweater and the Baby Ull colors are beautiful.

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    • Pam 6:49 am on October 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Are you going to share your source for Baby Ull? Grandmothers do need to stick together!

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  • knitting1105 2:18 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Birthday Recap 

    Every year some of the September 22nd Birthday Ravelry friends get together for a birthday exchange.  It is one of my favorite things, and I look forward to it every year.  Who doesn’t want a fellow knitter to splurge on goodies for them?

    This year I was spoiled again.  First there was a gift for Francoise (me) and Mr. Francoise:

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    We are expecting our first Grandchild in December, and these gifts were truly special.  I wish that I had the same books filled out by my parents.  So many questions that I would love to have asked.

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    Next was some beautiful yarn, and some gorgeous fiber to spin.  I need to find a special pattern for the gorgeous lace yarn.

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    Then a cool small project bag, to go with the large project bag from last year’s exchange.

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    And a handwoven coaster that is sitting on my desk at school.

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    I got to open this and a couple of gifts from friends before heading out to Michigan and sitting on the beach for a historically hot weekend.  I had never swum in Lake Michigan on my Birthday.  Blessed.

    And, in looking back at my posts from the past year, I could not find where I had posted about last years exchange.  That was a hectic Fall, and I was late in getting my gift out.  Here was the loot from last year too, which includes a large Ravelry project bag:

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    Birthday Gifts 2016

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    • Michelle Metes 5:46 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So nice to have friends to share your interests with, who know exactly what you’d like for an yearly occasion like this.
      Congratulations on your upcoming Grammahood! ☺️

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  • knitting1105 8:58 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The Verdict is in, Sort of… 

    Well, my Oxo non chlorine whitener came in the mail and I soaked the wine spilled sweater.  The wine stains did come out, but it lightened some of the areas, so the color is just a little bit off.  I am not exactly pleased with the results, and think that I will over-dye it someday.  For the moment it is going in the cedar chest, and I will deal with it in the future.

    So, we went from this:

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    To this:

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    I do think that it is salvageable, just not something that I want to deal with at the present.  the trim color around the wrist and neckline was to be a different color anyways, so going a bit darker should not pose any problems.  It has been years since I have dyed any fabric, and I am not a fiber dyer.  Do people still use Ritz dyes that we used to purchase at the grocery store?  Hopefully I can convince one of my friends who dyes fiber to help me with this next spring or summer.  Jane???….

    In the meantime, I made one of my favorite baby bootie patterns, Christine’s Stay on Baby Booties.  These are part of a knitted baby package for a charitable auction. Knit with my favorite Baby Ull by Dale of Norway, which is not to be sold in the US anymore.

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    • salpal1 9:34 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      that’s my favorite bootie pattern as well, and baby ull is perfect for it. WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT SOLD IN THE US ANYMORE? Should I be stockpiling it if I find it?????

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    • Diane F Hamilton 7:11 pm on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From the pictures, I think the OxO worked pretty well. Probably you are the only one that will ever notice the spot. I used Ritz dye last year on a sweater Traver had that got ink stains from a pen in the washer! It worked pretty well and he was pleased with the result.

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  • knitting1105 7:46 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gaining Perspective 

    It was just a sweater, a bit of time knitting and some yarn.  I posted a week ago about the red wine that my husband had spilt on my knitting.  Then Harvey hit, and I saw the poor helpless women sitting in wheelchairs as the waters rose.  My problems are small and 1st world.

    Thankfully, those women are safe and dry, although most likely traumatized.  Here is a photo of them in their new location.

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    This blog is about knitting, so here is my sweater, almost finished.  Some of the wine washed out, some of it stayed.  I tried putting salt on it, but my veggie flake Pink Himalayan salt may not have helped the case.  A friend suggested ripping it back, but the spots were all over the place, so that was not an option. I am almost done with the knitting, then I will soak it in OXO and cross my fingers.

     
    • Jane 10:12 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If they don’t come out I would suggest dying it. Even a light tea dye would cover it I hope that lady kept her knitting!

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    • salpal1 7:20 am on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I was pleased to see them all safe and dry as well. As for your sweater – soak the whole darned thing in red wine! Or, maybe you have created the thing I always thought to – a shirt that I purposely splotched with grape jelly, ketchup, mustard, oil. Then wash. Then wear like it was meant to be that way and never worry about spilling again. But I hope that you haven’t. 🙂

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      • knitting1105 6:32 pm on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        the red wine soak is funny. If only it was not a light green base….

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  • knitting1105 9:02 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    So sad 

    This is one of the saddest photos that I have seen of the mess that the Hurricane has been racking on Texas.  This senior home was flooded, and the residents were sitting in the water before help arrived.  One of the women was knitting, that would be my way of staying calm.

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    Thankfully they were all rescued. Airlifted out.  This shouldn’t have happened.  Stay safe Texas.

    Oh, those global warming deniers, just ask those who got over 30″ of rain.

     
    • casbah3d 11:29 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Just can’t wrap my head around this. Just can’t. In my home town, in the early 80’s, we had a terrible snow storm. The snow mobile club brought staff in to the county home in which I worked. I volunteered to be picked up and a guy pulled in and off we went! I worked in food service then, instead of the recreation therapy that has been the other half of my life. There were cereal boxes strewn throughout the kitchen as the night shift prepared breakfast for 180 people. Cots in the corridor for staff. We all chipped in. I got paid triple time that day because I wasn’t scheduled and it was an emergency. I don’t understand why these fellow humans had to wait. I don’t understand why they weren’t evacuated as a preemptive strike for their own safety. Heartbreaking.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:27 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That is very sad, you just wonder why they weren’t moved sooner. Hope they will all be okay.

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    • tonymarkp 9:59 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope those people will be OK. What a terrible thing.

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  • knitting1105 8:47 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Red wine, knitting & Husbands 

    This evening I am so mad.  I had a wonderful, wonderful day with one of my best friends.  I finished the first week of school, which I spent 40 hours on as a part time coordinator.  Thursday is my Friday.  So, today a beautiful day, and I had lunch with 2 good friends, help shopping for my new glasses, and ended the day with wine and 4 friends in my back yard.  Just how I needed to end a very stressful week.

    After everyone left we were cleaning up the kitchen, and getting dinner ready. My husband asked me if everything was in from the back yard, and I said yes, except my knitting, and I was going back out. Not hearing me correctly, he decided to bring my knitting in with my glass of red wine.  You all know where this is going…

    A few weeks of knitting with spots of red wine all over it.  I tried in desperation to clean it.  And in the process I broke a circular knitting needle.  Not a happy camper here, and I am still not sure the the project is salvageable.  Not the way to end the week.

    In the spirit of trying to make some thing good out of this, and stop being so mad, I am going to post how to get red wine out of knitting.  Be warned, it does not always work and I will post whether my attempts did or not.

    • Blot.  First blot up the wine.  But you knitters know, that yarn will soak up the wine like a sponge.
    • Oxo Brite.  This has always been my go-to for cleaning up wine or any stains.  Of course, we are completely out.  I went on Amazon immediately to order some, it will take a couple of days to get here.  If you do get this on your stain right away, it turns purple, then washes out.  Even if it and old stain, this often works wonders.  Pray for me.oxo-brite.jpg
    • Club soda.  I tried it, fades a bit, but still not gone.
    • Salt.  Rub into the wet garment and then let dry.  This was my last resort, I am hoping that it works.

    Future orders.  Leave my knitting wherever it is unless I ask you to do something with it.

    I am consoling myself with more red wine and chocolate ice cream.

     
    • casbah3d 8:53 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wowsa. Is he still alive? Good to know on the stain remedy. I am fine with mending, buttons, etc. But stains? ugh. I will order some! Keep knitting!

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    • Michelle Metes 11:56 pm on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I remember the time Judy & I were walking upstairs at my house. Of course I had a glass of red wine in my hand, of course some spilled onto the stair rug. I’m in a panic and Judy immediatey springs into action!
      “Do you have club soda?” said she. She got the spill stain out completely, however I believe the carpet was a synthetic blend at the time.
      I hope you’re successful with your OxyBright.

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    • Pam 8:18 am on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      While I pray for you I was just wondering, if the Oxo doesn’t work could you dye the project?
      I ordered my Oxo and plan to feel some club soda for insurance.

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      • knitting1105 7:47 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        We shall see. OXO has rescued me in the past. About ready to start he soaking.

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    • salpal1 7:58 am on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OMG

      However, I am sure he feels appropriately sorry and you can now spend a small fortune on a replacement needle and yarn whenever you want.

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      • knitting1105 7:48 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        thanks. He never ever complains about what I spend on knitting. He does have loads of hand knit socks though.

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  • knitting1105 9:00 am on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Pair for me 

    A few weeks back, I posted this video about how Espardilles were made the traditional way in France.  Of course, I needed to get a pair for myself.

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    They are really cute, and seem like they will conform to the wearers feet well.  Both are the same, so I will mark the inside to make sure that I always put them on the right foot.

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    The fact that they are all natural, and will decompose after one is finished wearing them, is yet another reason to love them.

    Get your own pair by ordering here!

     
    • Diane F Hamilton 9:13 pm on August 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Let me know how comfortable they are, I have a hard time walking very far in anything but tennis shoes.

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  • knitting1105 1:12 pm on July 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting with Jensen 

    Actually, I was knitting with Jayson, but in one of the beautiful parks designed by Jens Jensen, famous Chicago Landscape Architect who gave us so many beautiful Parks, and the Garfield Park Conservatory.  I have always loved his work, and recently started reading more about him.  My Architecture History Professor, Leonard Eaton, wrote a great book about him, that I was able to purchase and read.

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    Hindsight is always best, and I wish that I had engaged with Professor Eaton, he loved Jensen and Frank Lloyd Wright.  I have purchased all of his books, and have enjoyed reading through them, he was a really great writer.

    We took our knitting and sat by this gorgeous waterfall in Columbus Park.

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    After a lovely time knitting with the sounds of water splashing down the waterfall, we took a walk around the butterfly garden, and more photos.

    We spotted two different Great Blue Herons, and even saw them fly a couple of times.  Flying, they look like a prehistoric creature.  Beautiful birds.

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    And, what was I knitting on?  My current project is a Dale of Norway sweater, in lovely soft purple

    with beautiful accent fair isle at the bottom and the cuffs.  Of course, I am using my beloved Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  My stash should keep me in stitches for quite awhile.

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    I am determined to knit this up using CocoKnits English tailoring method.  I am almost finished with the sleeves, and will need to seriously tackle this.  More when I figure it out.

     
  • knitting1105 5:18 pm on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    This Sweater makes me sad 

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    To be clear, this is one of my favorite baby sweater patterns, I have made several, and have plans for another.  I love the kimono style wrap, which is very easy for dressing babies.

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    This was made with Baby Ull by Dale of Norway, now Dale Garn.  I have been knitting with this yarn for many many years, it is my favorite baby yarn that I have ever tried, and I have tried many.  The colors have always been so amazingly beautiful and rich, and the yarn is faithfully great quality.  Until recently.  I just heard that they had shifted production of their yarn from Norway to China a couple of years ago.  I have not made a ton of baby sweaters in that time.  Then I was working on this, the brown yarn and the blue yarn were the quality that I have come to expect from DoN.  Then, I was finishing this up last week for a gift, and decided that the lovely grayish purple would be the perfect 3rd color.  Knitting with it, I started to find slubs in the yarn and some poorly spun areas.  Not something that I had ever encountered with this yarn before.  When I looked at the ball bands, the brown and blue were from my older stash, and made in Norway, the Purple was from China; not the same quality.

    I still love how the sweater came out.

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    Here is one that I made several years ago for my Niece Riley.  The colors make it feel so different.

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    Of course, I needed to make booties to go with this sweater.  This is a free pattern, Christine’s stay-on booties.  I have made these before, they are fun and look like little moon boots for those “Fred Flintstone” shaped newborn feet!

    To make matters worse, I recently read that DoN will no longer be selling to the US market.  I do have quite a stash of Baby Ull (for those few who have been privy to my Baby Ull hoarding), but lacking in a few of the neutrals.  I took care of part of that with a recent order to KidsKnits.

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    And while I was there, they had all of their DoN booklets on sale so, I added to my collection.

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    I must say that while these books are nice, they come nowhere near the level of sophistication and color work of the older booklets.  I am happy that I have many of the older ones in my library.

    I think that i will stash up a bit more, and morn the loss of the beautiful designs and yarn.  I am hoping to find some North American yarns that can fill the void.

     
    • Pam 9:10 pm on July 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I will check what I have and share with you…if it isn’t made in China. I bought it for a baby blanket.

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      • knitting1105 9:58 am on July 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Pam, no need. I have plenty for the moment. Thanks for thinking of me. Make that baby blanket!

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    • Gracey 7:42 pm on July 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely colors….I felt like that when I found our Manos would no longer make their cotton stria…I stocked up on it whenever I saw it…

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    • Diane F Hamilton 10:17 pm on August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is too bad that they switched to China production, but the sweater still turned out very nice!

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  • knitting1105 3:33 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    My Summer Project 

    This summer, I decided to go through Dan’s sweaters and wash each and every one, and look for what needed repairs.  It was a long process, as I did one or two on the nice days when they could dry flat on the table outside.  I asked him if he had ever washed some of these sweaters, and he gave me a quizzical look…

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    The heavy ones will now be bagged for next winter.  About 1/2 of his are handknit.

    And now I have started on my sweaters, almost all of which I knit.  I was surprised by some that were very dirty, seems that cables hold the dirt more, in all those folds.  I am only part way through my collection, but it is good to organize, assess and repair if needed.  I do have a favorite one that has never had buttons, so this will be a good time for that.  Some of these were long neglected, I am not sure that it is necessary to do every year, I wonder what others do.

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    At the beginning of the summer I was washing socks, and it was almost all of the hand knit socks that Dan and I own (he has more than I).  The image of them all hanging to dry on the line outside is a favorite.

    So, happy, healthy knits at the end of the summer.

     
    • threeprettyposies 6:13 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I wash my sweaters gently and probably more often than necessary…after several wearing or when I can smell my scent on them. I think the oils and scents from our skin encourage moths to eat them. This may be totally false and I don’t know why I think this, but I don’t want moth holes and I like fluffy clean sweaters. Your way is fun though, and a good way to see what you actually have that needs mending.

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      • knitting1105 5:39 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You are so much better than I! A large part of this is a big case of neglect. It will be nice to have a completely clean sweater stash!

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    • Michelle Metes 8:30 pm on July 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not a bad idea. Maybe I’ll look thru my collection to see if anything needs a repair or just freshening up. Glad to see you’re keeping busy, Frances.

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    • knitting1105 5:40 pm on July 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am keeping busy. Miss you, haven’t been to Michigan all year!

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