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  • knitting1105 11:17 am on February 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Baby Gift 

    The daughter of a good friend is expecting her first baby.  I knew that I had to make a sweater, and wanted something special.  It also had to be gender neutral – I love when the baby sex is a surprise, there are so few surprises in life.  Of course, it was to be a Fair Isle, with Dale of Norway yarn.

    I chose this pattern, but in the cardigan version, that I knit the green one for Franklin so many years ago, and the blue as a gift.

    I struggled to find the correct gender neutral yarn, and looked at these combinations, with the blue-grey being the main body.  This was a little different with the light color being the base.

    I opted for the combination with the green color on the left.

    And it knit up nicely, I did knit the top color work a couple of times to get it right:


    Luckily I too this photo at knitting a couple of weeks ago.

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    I was finishing up the sweater, and weaving in ends, sewing on buttons the morning of the baby shower.  It was only after I had wrapped the sweater up that I realized that I had not taken a final photo of the sweater, and I needed ot leave.  I snapped this one of the wrapped package with my cell phone at the baby shower.

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    Hopefully I will see the baby in it in the future.  It was knit for 12-18 month size, so it may be awhile.

    Moral of the story:  Make sure to take the photos.  And do not wait until the last moment to finish up projects (that one might be harder for me)


  • knitting1105 11:43 am on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baby knitting, baby raglan sleeve sweaters, Brunswick Babies 696, classic baby patterns   

    Best Baby knitting book 

    Recently I was asked by my friend Michelle where the pattern came from for this sweater that I knit for Izumi.


    She also received the bonnet to go with the sweater:


    I have knit almost every pattern out of this baby book.  It is the one that I go back to time and again, as I love the raglan sleeves for little ones.  The front cover shows a carriage blanket that I knit for Ethan when he was a baby, and gave to them for Izumi.  That one was a beautiful coral color, with a sparkly sheen, unfortunately, I do not have a photo of it.

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    In fact, this was not the only sweater from this book that I knit for Izumi before the was born, I also gave her this one at the baby shower, along with the matching hat:


    You can see that the book is a bit worse for wear, so I decided that it was time to order a replacement.  It was pretty easy to find on Amazon, and not at all expensive.

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    One would think that I could then give away the scrappy copy, but I opted to keep both.

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    You might be wondering why.  I want to keep knitting these patterns, and my original book was not going to last long.  However, sentimentality kept me from giving away the first.

    This book was published in 1973, I was the big knitter in the house at the time.  Even though my mother had taught me to knit, she was not knitting at that time.  In fact, she never took up knitting again, but delved into crocheting lace doilies, and extensive quilting.  So, when I saw her name at the front of the book, I was not sure why, since this was most likely purchased (at Meijer Thrifty Acres, next to the Red Heart yarn) for me to knit gifts for family and friends.

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    I know that i knit this green sweater for a neighbor’s new baby:

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    And here are my favorites, I love the raglan sleeves and how they fit so well on babies.

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    This coat is on my “bucket list” to make for Izumi.  I never had time to knit something like this when Sofia was little.  I think that this would be a cute coat to have.

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    If you are interested in this book, it is available on Amazon here.  And, it is only slightly more expensive than the $1.50 we paid IN 1973!


    • Yvonne Creanga 12:20 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What a great post! It is so much fun to read about the family history and in the same time see what inspires you. I do remember my own mother knitting and I have great vivid memories of her fitting me with a great skirt with crochet applications of multi color flowers. I wish I had a picture of it, you’d love it.

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    • polwygle 6:02 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Such a neat book of patterns. Thank you for the recommendation… These look neutral and classic. I have a bit of planning to do. My next little one will be here before I know it!

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    • Diane 8:04 pm on February 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I can’t wait to see the coat in person. I know it will be beautiful because everything else you have made is beautiful. I had a cookbook that Mom and Dad gave me for Christmas the first year I moved out of the house. It was well used and falling apart and I wouldn’t get rid of it because they (mom) had inscribed something on the front page. We had the exact cookbook at the beach house so I brought it to Colorado and tore out the page from my ratty cookbook and inserted it in the front of the good one. I understand not wanting to get rid of the old book. I don’t think our children will be as sentimental.

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  • knitting1105 11:58 am on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    My Favorite Model 

    Izumi has been sporting some of the sweaters that I knit for her.  Recently she was spied wearing this lovely green variegated sweater out on the town.  There is definately room for growth in this.


    I couldn’t ask for a better model.  These rabbit booties were given to Sofia by my mother when she was a baby.  They were my favorite booties for the kids, kick as they might, they never were able to kick them off.  I should try to reverse engineer these.


    And just in case you need a bit more of this cuteness, here goes.  My husband gets to go visit her next week, and me next month.

    • salpal1 12:12 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      She’s a beauty! Definitely worth knitting for!

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    • polwygle 12:58 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So precious and beautiful… 🙂


    • Jennifer 2:05 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      She is beautiful!


    • Elaine 5:18 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness but she is absolutely gorgeous x

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    • Barbara Mayer 8:29 am on February 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      HI Frances,

      Your granddaughter is ADORABLE! As are your knitted items on her!

      I hope you do reverse engineer those rabbit booties!

      Have a great day, Barb


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    • Diane 11:18 pm on February 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Izumi is adorable and now you have plenty of opportunity to have her model may more of your beautiful pieces of art. She had the rabbit booties on the other day, I didn’t know the story behind them. Sayaka is very good about dressing her in your gifts. I agree the sweater will last for several more months.

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    • M-R 2:08 pm on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose she is in Japan ? – what guesswork, eh ? 😉
      She is indeed cute; and your contributions to her wardrobe must be met with great joy !

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      • knitting1105 1:38 pm on March 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Nope! she lives in Denver, and I get ot go soon and stay for a week! Looking forward to it, and I will be posting photos. Thanks!


  • knitting1105 10:19 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply  


    On December 19th, my beautiful Granddaughter, Izumi was born.  We were fortunate to arrive the next day and to stay near her for 2 weeks.  Ours will be a long distance relationship, coupled with sharing photos and videos, Skype and visits as often as feasible.

    Last Fall I had made 3 sweaters for her to give at the baby shower.  One of them was this Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise sweater.  This was knit with my handspun yarn from a few years ago.  I love how the thick and thin yarn worked out on this.  And the square buttons were the perfect touch.

    So, on New Years day, my daughter-in-law and son brought Izumi to visit at our Air BnB, and she was sporting this sweater.  I think that the colors look beautiful on her.


    It has plenty of room to grow into, but worked perfectly on a 2 week old.  It makes me happy to see her in it.


    I know that every parent/grandparent thinks that their baby is beautiful, but she is just gorgeous, and has been since birth.


    And here is the proud Papa.


    • Pam 10:30 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations.I know you will enjoy every precious moment as a grandparent.

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    • Diane F Hamilton 10:46 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! The sweater is almost as beautiful as your granddaughter.

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    • Joan D Winstein 11:19 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the look on Ethan’s face. He’s clearly already a wonderful Dad !

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    • Elaine 3:16 am on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations. What a beautiful baby girl. Have to say, judging by the gorgeous little pout she’s showing in the last photo, proud papa is going to be hard pressed to stand firm against her pleading as she gets older. I’m predicting he’ll be wrapped around her tiny, little finger before long ……. if he isn’t already that is 😀

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      • knitting1105 1:12 pm on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        He is definitely smitten, and very protective.


    • nothingbutknit2 7:11 am on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations!! She is just lovely:) The sweater you knit is beautiful.

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    • salpal1 9:26 am on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations! She is beautiful and her sweater suits her. She is lucky to start life in handspun handknit garments!

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  • knitting1105 3:28 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fair isle cutting, steeking   


    Seeking never ceases to make me nervous, I always have a glass of wine to get my courage up to sew and cut something that I have put so much time and effort in to.  No matter how many times I do it, I still need to muster up the courage.  To date, everything has been just fine, and I have not ruined anything.

    This sweater and set is being made for my granddaughter to be.  I love the butterflies, and they hold special meaning to my family.  My sister Anita, and my mother both loved butterflies.  Whenever I see butterflies in the spring, it always brings both of them to mind.  I knew when I saw this pattern that I had to make it.



    The colors are so lovely and fun to work with.  Makes any grey day brighter.  And the steeking, after a nice glass of red wine, proved not to be so bad.  Just have to make sure to pull the strings to the opposite side when sewing.

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    And once this is done, the cutting is actually fun, and you open up the tube, now it starts to look more like a sweater to be.

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    This is progressing nicely, now for the details and edging.  I still have to set in the sleeves, which is not my favorite part I must say.  It involves 2 more steaks, and another glass of wine.

    • Yvonne Creanga 10:10 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait he the next step and details you’ll show us about his project.
      You light years ahead of all that I would attempt to make but it sure is nice to see your adventures in knitting.

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    • Yvonne Creanga 10:16 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry for my incoherent English. I am typing on my phone and I don’t know how to get back in the text above and correct it.
      “Can’t wait to see” and “you are light years”
      Better now

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    • Elaine 3:32 pm on December 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh how lovely! Your grand-daughter to be is a very lucky little baby. That is by far the prettiest knitted baby garment I’ve ever seen 🙂

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    • jill 11:36 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is so darling! I can imagine how you feel cutting your work. Remember how I cut that sweater that took me months/years to make???? I was so traumatized that I never returned to fully sew it up. Still hoping you’ll finish it for me next time you visit.

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    • evilandrea 3:51 am on December 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That colour work is lovely. And steeking is the one knitting technique I’ve yet to be brave enough to try

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      • knitting1105 1:15 pm on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I really recommend taking a class for the first time, accompanied by a glass of wine, and a big breath. I still have a glass of wine ot calm my nerves. I think that the sleeve cutting makes me more nervous than the front steek.


    • knitterjules 12:07 am on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love your butterflies! Great choice of colours- perfect for knitting on during all the grey winter weather!

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      • knitting1105 10:58 am on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        thank you! It is the perfect colors for the short winter days. I have been sidetracked, and need ot get back to it.

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  • knitting1105 11:46 am on November 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    English Tailoring Part II 

    A few years back, I took a class at Vogue Knitting from CocoKnits on English tailoring, and loved it.  We made a baby sweater in that class, which I gave to a friend’s grandson.  I repeated a similar class with her a couple of years later, hoping to hone this process and apply it to more sweaters.  Most recently, I gave Dan yarn for Christmas last year, and have attempted to knit one of CocoKnits top down sweaters for him, I had great difficulty with the gauge, and he has yet to receive that sweater.  I am thinking that this might be a good Holiday project for me…

    So, I posted recently that I was working on this Dale of Norway baby sweater, and wanted to do the set in sleeves as the English tailoring method.  I am proud to say that I have completed this, there was a bit of ripping back and experimenting, but I am quite proud of the end result.

    The only seaming is a few stitches under the arm.  And, the fit is a nice shoulder.

    This sweater has a sweet flower pattern at the bottom.  The pattern called for knitting the fair isle back and forth, but I choose to knit it in the round for those few rows, and steek it.

    I also knit the sleeves in the round.  These few adaptations really made this work as a great English tailoring sweater.

    Hoping to sew the short steek soon and finish this up.

    Julie Weisenberger is a really great teacher and I would highly recommend her classes.  If you are not able to take one of her classes, I highly recommend her new book, which I purchased this past year.


    Julie also has several great tutorials on her website that you all should check out, regardless of whether you use the English tailoring method.  I am always on the lookout for new techniques that either minimize finishing or give my knitted objects a more finished professional look.

    Another book that comes to mind is The “I Hate to Finish Sweaters” Guide to Finishing Sweaters.  This is a great book on sweater finishing, i.e. thinking about how you set up your sweater before you start knitting.  Many, many years ago I took a finishing class, and the instructor recommended this book.  It is a short spiral bound book, and one that I refer to over and over again.  I saw it on Amazon for $36!, but found reasonably priced copies here.


    • Diane Hamilton 12:29 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The baby sweater is so pretty, I always admire your talent and skill in knitting. The time you put into these gifts is something that can’t be measured.


  • knitting1105 3:10 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , baby booties, baby hat, baby surprise jacket, , ,   

    Radio Silence is Over 

    I have been conspicuously absent in my postings this summer, and it was all for good reason.  My son and DIL are expecting a baby in December, and I have been knitting away to present these items to them at the baby shower.  The shower was held last weekend, and attended by all of Ethan’s high school friends, some from college, and many of Dan and I’s friends.


    It was a lot of fun, and they received many nice gifts which will go a long way in helping them to get their young family established.  It was nice to celebrate, as we never really had a large wedding celebration like there was for Sofia and Mark, where I knit her this beautiful shawl.

    So, here goes, fair warning that there will be a lot of photos here.  Most made with Dale of Norway Baby Ull, which I had to stock up on.  For those of you still looking for the one place in the US that carries it, you need to go to Heart of the Mitten.  Not quite sure why they are limiting the sales just to this store, but at least it is still available for the time being.

    First, a pattern that I have knit more times than I can count.  It is an old booklet that my mother had from the 50’s, and as a child I knit baby sweaters from this for my mother’s friends and family.  I used a variegated sock yarn, and Baby Ull of course.  This is a wonderful baby pattern, as the raglan sleeves work well for a newborn.


    And a matching hat


    This makes such a cute set.


    Next, I believe that this is from the same booklet.  And, this also is a pattern that I have made in the past.


    This sweater got matching booties and a hat.


    Then, I needed to make an Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket as well.  I had made one from some of my early handspun a few years ago for my niece, and my sister loved it.  So here it is with handspun yarn, and some funky square buttons. It is so incredibly soft and squishy.


    And lastly, my favorite baby booties, Christine’s Baby Booties that really stay on.  A free pattern from Knitty.


    And of course, they needed a hat to go along with them.  These were made after we knew that the baby is to be a girl.


    More in the work now that are gender specific…

    • Diane F Hamilton 3:17 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These are all beautiful, that is one lucky baby! I will have to make sure Sayaka shows these to me when we see her on Wednesday.

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    • knitting1105 7:16 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You won’t be able to see them until Dan drives the things out in a couple of weeks. They are really cute though!


    • Pam 9:22 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One is more beautiful than the next. What a lucky baby to have you in charge of her knitted wardrobe.

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    • Elaine 4:27 am on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky lucky baby your granddaughter is. Beautiful patterns and lovely colours and congratulations, by the way. Is she expected before or after Christmas?

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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.


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


    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.


    • 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?


    • 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.


    • 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!


  • 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:

    To this:


    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.



    • Summer 7:49 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh what a shame about the stain remover. How frustrating. Love the baby bootees though 🙂


    • 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?????


    • 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.


  • 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.


    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.


    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.

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