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  • knitting1105 9:24 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    English Tailoring 

    In October of 2012 I took a class from Julie Weisenberger, aka Cocoknits, on English Tailoring.  We worked on a baby sweater, starting at the mid point and doing the shoulder shaping.

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    I loved this class, and the cute little sweater that we knit up.  And then it sat, for over 2 years until I finished it earlier this winter. I thought that it was the perfect gift for my friend’s new grandson.

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    Buttons on, and it was finally off to the little recipient.  And here he is, room to grow:

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    Even though this took me so long to finish, I would definitely make it again.  Love this whole process.  Take a class from Julie whenever you have the opportunity.  I have taken 2, and would gladly take another.

     
    • Diane 5:23 pm on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those are the best kind of sweaters, ones you have to grown into. That way the recipient gets to enjoy your work of art longer. Nice job!

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    • acresofwonderland 7:00 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I really love your blog! Been wanting to get into knittting for a long time, I currently crochet and made a blanket for my cousins daughter when she was born and would love to be able to make more things. Dreams of opening my own craft business are slipping further away so I need to learn so much more stuff!

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      • knitting1105 8:07 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I have been knitting for a very very long time, and am constantly taking classes to perfect my skill. doesn’t help that I have added spinning, and recently weaving into the mix! Such a wonderful hobby to have. Best of luck on opening your own business, just takes being a really good people person and loving what you do.

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        • acresofwonderland 9:33 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink

          I’m really looking into joining some classes, for sure! You’re super busy then! Definitely gives me that boost to get stuff done even with working so much recently, thankyou!

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  • knitting1105 2:08 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Magical Sweater 

    When young Franklin was not quite 2, I made this sweater for him, and posted about it here.

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    Legend has it that it became a favorite one, and was worn for many years on visits to Santa Clause.  One time when his dad took him on the train to visit Mom downtown, he arrived with the sweater on inside out; when questioned about it, the father replied that it looked just as good inside out.  A gift that loved, and worn that much, could not be better.

    Well, I could not believe that he wore the sweater all those years.  I intentionally made it big so that it would last a long time, they started with the sleeves rolled up.

    Then last week, this photo was in my inbox.  Franklin had just returned from a camping trip on a cold weekend, and this was what he wore, 7 1/2 years later!

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    How much longer can it go?

     
  • knitting1105 6:06 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Animals 

    My little animal sweater has been coming along nicely.  The last time that I posted about it, I had only finished the row of chicks.

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    Quite a bit has been completed since then.

    Rabbits:

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    Next was carrots:

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    Then some really cute dogs.  These also required a shopping trip, as I just did not like any of the colors that I had on hand.  So glad that I took the extra effort.

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    After dogs, I really felt that there needed to be some cats, but could not find a good pattern anywhere.  So, I pulled out the little graph book that my husband gave to me for Christmas, and charted my own cat on a wall.

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    The cats turned out really cute,  They are actually a dark blue, not black.

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    Here is the complete project to date:

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    I also ended up ordering more of all of the pink colors, and found one of the old colors at Idea Studio in LaGrange.  A really great store, I have only recently discovered it based on recommendations from friends.  Highly recommended, they are so nice and friendly.  Wish it was closer to me.

    Sleeves are next, I think that they will be a little bit tricky.

     
  • knitting1105 8:07 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Perfect for the Park 

    These photos are of adorable Ria wearing this sweater that I knit for her last year.  She looks right at home in the colorful park at the French School.

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  • knitting1105 8:52 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Just for Ria 

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    I was going to title this Baby Ria, as that is what we all called her this summer on vacation.  But, she is no longer a baby, and that is a title that I think that she would like to not have carry over.  So, I finally finished the sweater for Toddler Ria, and sent it off last week.  It arrived, and I received a lovely video of her trying to put it over her head.

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    Totem jacket with handspun yarn…

     
  • knitting1105 4:22 pm on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Back to Spinning 

    It seems as if I have taken a summer hiatus from spinning.  I think being gone a lot, coupled with the really amazing weather where I would rather be outside, kept me away from my wheels.

    I finally finished plying up this fiber from Julie Spins.  I initially started the spinning mid-March, and am just now finishing. I had put this on my Spin-the-Bin challenge.  Not sure that I will finish everything, but I am making progress.

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    I ended up with 534 yards of 2 ply from a 5-6 ounce braid.  During the plying process, I was afraid that it was all going to be muted blues.  But when skeined up, it took on these beautiful subtle colors.

     

     

     

     

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    And I finished spinning AND plying this Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, it is so incredibly soft.  198 yards of 2 ply. This was purchased 3 years ago at the Wisconsin Sheep & wool Festival, about time it was spun up.

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    This yarn is to coordinate with Baby Ria’s sweater.  The plan is to put the iCord edging on with this pink.  I thought that using the variegated from the body would not look as good.  And, I should have enough to make a cute matching hat.  The sweater had been on hold until I finished spinning this edging yarn.  Need to get it out before she grows too much more, we measured her late July.

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  • knitting1105 3:44 pm on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Now I can show you! 

    Now I am able to brag blog about these gifts that I sent out to Ria.

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    The first was a Baby Surprise Jacket that I knit using some of my early handspun.  Mrs. Peterson was visiting and gave me the idea last summer, and I do think that it came out well.  Jill skyped with me when they were opening the presents, and it fits Ria perfectly.  She, however, was only interested in trying to eat the buttons.

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    Pattern: Baby Surprise jacket
    Pattern Source: The Opinionated Knitter (book)
    Yarn: Handspun from early spinning days
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 58″ wide x 32″ deep

    The second sweater was a Dale of Norway, my go-to for baby gifts, they are just so beautiful.  This is a bright pink and tangerine, with bright accents.  Will look beautiful with her gorgeous dark coloring.

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    Pattern: #14206 Dale of Norway Pattern
    Pattern Source: Booklet #142
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull
    Needles: US 1 & 2
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 12-24 months

    And lastly, this was an SOS from my sister Diane who was out the past couple of weeks taking care of Ria, a walk on a cool day necessitated some mittens for her hands.  Apparently, hard to come by in California.  I was hoping that these would fit, since I had no little models here to try them on, and they were the perfect size (she is 6 months old).  These were so fun to make, it is a free pattern from Knituition.  I changed the pattern on the back of the mitts to match the edge on the front, and to avoid long float carries every other row.  These will definitely be on my “to knit for new babies” list.

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    Pattern: Nordic Baby Mitts
    Pattern Source: Free from Knituition
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, blue and mint green
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: baby 6-9 months

    My extra special knitted wrapping paper held the 2 sweaters, I save this only for special hand knit goods.  It was a birthday gift from a friend a couple of years ago, I wish that I could find more…

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    • Mrs Peterson 8:58 pm on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have been very sick, and just now catching up on your awesome projects. I LOVE the BSJ in that color– very sophisticated for an SF baby! And those mitts are adorable.

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      • knitting1105 5:08 pm on January 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! Sorry to hear that you have been sick, sucks especially during the holidays. Thanks to you for suggesting I use my chunkier early handspun for the BSJ jacket. just saw some photos of her wearing them and it is a very cute sweater.

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    • Patti Cappell 9:36 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am having such a hard time finding this pattern. It is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! Can you help me find the pattern?
      thanks!!

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      • knitting1105 7:49 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Which pattern are you referring to? All of them have links to the pattern source in the notes below the pattern.

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  • knitting1105 1:25 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    On the Move… 

    A sweater in action.  Made this for my friend’s granddaughter when she was born.  I like to make baby gifts bigger so that they last longer.  This was a special treat, as they stopped by to show me the sweater on her.

    Dale of Norway pattern of course!

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    • J Winstein 2:40 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I gotta get me some granddaughters too !!!

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      • knitting1105 2:54 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        For the sweaters or just because they are cute?!

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    • Nicky 1:18 am on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Whyat uis the name of this pattern ?
      I would love to knit one of these.

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    • Manning 2:26 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man is that cute. We are trying to talk Franklin into wearing his Frances sweater one last time to see Santa, so we can have a full photo series. Actually I want him to keep wearing it each year until it just can’t fit at all anymore.

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      • knitting1105 4:09 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I cannot believe that he still fits into the sweater. I love it!

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        • Manning 5:59 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink

          The sweater still “fits”. The sleeves are just below his elbows! 😉

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    • Pam Risher 3:13 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      These are GREAT! Stella is gorgeous and so is the sweater!

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      • knitting1105 7:51 pm on December 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Pam! And thanks for finally looking at my blog!!!!

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  • knitting1105 7:28 pm on October 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Here and there 

    My focus does not seem to be on any one thing lately.  I am busy cleaning up the basement in anticipation of some new Flor tiles coming, special ones for my knitting room too!  While it does take my time away from knitting and spinning, in the long run the organization is already helping me to keep on target and catalog all unfinished work and fiber.  I am waiting to unveil my knitting/crafting room next week when most things are in place.

    This is a project that I was working on with handspun, as suggested by Mrs. Peterson.  Any ideas what it will become? I used up some of my handspun from my earlier spinning days.  It seems to have knit up fairly evenly.

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    And I am still working away on a pair of CookieA socks, almost to the heel on the 2nd one.

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    Lastly, the real, in the flesh, copy of Stephanie van der Linden’s book Op-Art Socks came in the mail.  I was in love with the book just form the eBook version, but I always like to place my hands on and explore a real book.  I find them so much more inspiring, and it is easier to flip back and forth and do side by side comparisons with other books.  Can’t wait to start on a pair of socks from this collection.  Even if you do not like knitting 2-color pattern socks, there are plenty of single color sock patterns to choose from.  I think a must have book for any sock knitter.

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  • knitting1105 2:42 pm on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Decisions 

    A couple of weeks ago, I asked for some help in figuring out which colors to use for a baby fair isle sweater.  My knitting group, and many of you chose #4, and I proceeded to knit the bodice with that.

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    Something was not right however, the jewel tones of the accent colors were fighting with the bright pink and soft orange of the body, and I ripped back what I had knit.

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    The next time, I chose colors more in the same intensity range.  This time I was very happy.

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    The sweater is almost done, just need to steek and knit the button band.  I think that I want to find multiple colors of buttons to match the accent colors.

     

     
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