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  • knitting1105 10:19 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Damn Fine Yarn Contest, Best Garment, Best in Show, , ,   

    Best in Show! 

    Won Best in Show, and Best Garment this weekend at YarnCon!!!!!!


    YarnCon has been around for about 5 years now, and I always enjoy going there.  It seems to get better every year.  This year they added a knitting contest.  There were 5 categories:  Best of Northern Peaks, Best Accessory, Best Garment, Best Handspun, and Best Toy.  I entered 3 of the categories, it was fun to think about what to choose to bring.

    As they were photographing the winning entry for Best in Show, I walked up to 5 women holding up my sweater.  I asked if that was a winner, and everyone cheered yes.  They were all surprised when I said that I had knit it!  How fun, normally I have no luck.  Perhaps being rewarded for skill instead of luck is more fit for me.

    You can see the Instagram photos here.

    I won loads of gifts for both Best Garment, and Best in Show, right now I can’t remember which was for which, but here are my prizes:


    Projects bags, kits for tiny toys, the buttons represent a kit that will be mailed to me.  Love the yarn bowl with some Mrs. Crosby’s yarn in it:


    And these little pins made with vintage rulers.  I was coveting them at the event, but choose not to purchase one, so I was really happy to see this in the gift bag.


    And, I will receive a print copy of this book:



    Look here if you want to see more of my Polar Bear sweaters, it was knit in 2008 for Ravelympics.  I did it all in 3 weeks, the first being while we were on vacation at the beach. I have always loved this sweater, but it really requires a very very cold day to wear it.

    Good Weekend, YarnCon followed a weaving show at the Chicago Weaving School that I attended on Friday with my friend Jane.  Next step is to take classes there and finally learn how to use my Inkle loom.


    • Dave Becker 10:29 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice!

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    • Diane Hamilton 8:50 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I am so thrilled for you that you were recognized for talent and artistry. Congratulations, that is so cool and luck had nothing to do with this, it was all skill!

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      • knitting1105 9:18 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders!


    • Diane Hamilton 9:35 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Mom and Dad are up in heaven bragging to everyone they know. I am sure they are so proud of you and sending their love.

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    • salpal1 9:33 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      WOW – YOU are AMAZING! SO glad they recognized the skill and patience that went into that sweater. It is lovely.

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    • Heidi 11:56 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Way to go! Awesome sweater. Always a pleasure to be rewarded for our hard work. Love your blog. 😊

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      • knitting1105 10:05 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        thanks for the compliments on both my blog and sweater!


    • 1marylou 12:54 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Artwork in fiber. You definitely deserve the honor and you do all knitters proud with your work. Congrats.

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      • knitting1105 10:06 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awe, you make me blush. It was fun to get some recognition. Not having a county fair to enter, this was fun.


    • elaine 10:06 pm on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats! Your work is SO nice ~ those are well deserved awards 🙂 Keep on sharing the inspiration!

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  • knitting1105 4:57 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    How to give Flowers to a Knitter 

    Made by my Stitch and Bitch group for a fellow knitter who has been under the weather.  Not sure where I first saw this, but knew I wanted to make one.





    • Pam Moriarty 8:42 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was such fun. I hope it brought a smile to her face.


    • Anecia Price 5:09 am on August 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever idea… I’m sure she just loved it! I know I would appreciate receiving SO many wonderful yarns all at once! Kuddos to you and your group for being such a wonderful friends!

      Stichin’ & Bitchin’! Haha! I love it!!!


  • knitting1105 11:36 am on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crochet, scrubbies   


    My mother always had a basket like this full of her crocheted scrubbies.  Whenever anyone visited she would gladly tell them to pick out a few scrubbies.


    She would often take them with her to give to her doctors, many asked for another on the return visits.  They are essential cleanup tools in the kitchen, but have been used on the grill, in the workroom, cleaning up bathrooms, and even getting bugs off of windshields (one of her doctors).   Hers were so much better than the ones that we see at craft shows or the farmer’s market (I think that stuffing is a key), something that she loved to point out.  She knew the pattern by heart and could make them quickly without much thought.  It was what she loved to do while watching her favorite baseball team, the Detroit Tigers.

    My last Annetta scribes are unfortunately not looking so great.  My sister Diane was making them at the lake this weekend and graciously made one for each of us.  She tried following Mom’s pattern, but missed something.


    I think that these are ingenious, they sit in the palm of your hand and get into corners well.  Now, can she replicate this??!!


    In memory of Annetta, her scrubby pattern for all of you.

    Annetta Scrubbies

    • Jen 4:28 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sorry if this is obvious and I’m not getting it, but what kind of net do you use? Where do you get it? It doesn’t look like anything familiar to me. Thanks!!


      • knitting1105 5:43 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The net is simply tulle that is used in tutu’s and such. If you ask for the correct for making scrubbies one at the fabric store, they can steer you in the right direction. Here is a great source for some already cut (a bit wider than my pattern but it would work as shown). http://www.knitsandbitsbylinda.com/nylon-netting.html


    • Diane 5:17 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, glad you like your new version of Mom’s scrubbies. I ran out of netting in MI so I will try to replicate when we get back to CO.


    • Adele 9:16 pm on July 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Can this pattern be “translated” to knitting?


      • knitting1105 1:56 pm on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I have actually never made these, it is on my list now that my mother is not around. I would think that crocheting works better as it eats up more fabric. I could be wrong, a google search shows knitted scrubbies, but they are flat like a washcloth.


  • knitting1105 12:26 pm on December 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christmas card, Gifts   

    Making of a Star 

    This star was made by me and the kids about 20+ years ago.  My mother taught us how to make these out of old Christmas cards when we were kids. It was really interesting to see how the graphics have changed from this star to the one we just made.  The more current cards have much more vibrant colors, graphics are more generic, less Christian.


    Over this past weekend, Sofia and I made a new star for her.  I have been saving the front of Christmas cards for the past couple of years.  We don’t get as many as previously, not as many people send out cards in general, or they are letters or photos.


    First I redrafted the pattern, this should print out to scale.  From top to bottom is 5″

    Star Templates

    Copy this pattern onto a stiff cardboard or plastic, such as quilting templates. Cut out evenly, I used an xacto knife and straight edge to get it perfect..


    Then, with cards that I had been saving up, Sofia first transferred the large 6-sided  template onto a card, and then the diamond shape centered on that.  Using a ball point pen gives a crisp edge which comes in handy when bending back the tabs. You will need 60 cutouts.




    Bend back the tabs on all of the 60 cutouts to give 60 diamonds with tabs.  Sometimes the cardstock is too heavy to bend back evenly, I then score them with an xacto knife and straight edge, just don’t cut deep, only a light surface score is necessary.


    The first step is to glue 3 diamonds together, 20 sets of these.  Good old Elmer’s glue works the best, and dries clear at the edge if there is a little bit of overspill.  Let them lay flat to dry completely.  The card on the left is from a card my sister Jill sent one year, I can tell from the writing and portions of the note left.



    Next fold them up into a point, glue the tabs together and allow to dry completely.  We used large paperclips to hold them together when needed, some of the cardstock is more porous than others.


    I glue 5 sets of points together, 3 sections, leaving the last 5 points as singles.


    Glue the 3 large sections together.


    Add the last points in one at a time.  The very last is the hardest and most tedious.


    And a finished star.  Just waiting for glitter glue on all the joints, to hide any mistakes, strengthen the star and add a touch of pizzazz.

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