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  • knitting1105 2:20 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby mittens, dog themed mittens, thumbless mittens   

    Tiny Hands 

    Tiny Hands get cold too.  This pattern for thumbless mittens was made a few years ago for baby Ria.  I knew that a certain Colorado Baby-to-be would need these also.

    Pattern: Nordic Baby Mitts
    Pattern Source: Free from Knituition
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, teal blue and mint green
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 11/?/17
    Date Finished: 11/20/17
    Finished Dimensions: baby 6-9 months

    Next, I decided to try my hand at designing a pair of mittens, ones that the parents would love.  Had to be dog themed of course.  I had a lot of fun with this, and would love to publish the finished pattern.  For years, I have been on the search for a good knitting pattern template that I could use.  If there are any suggestions out there, it would be much appreciated.

    The first mitten took a bit of trial and error, both in getting checkerboard pattern that worked and minimized dealing with long floats.  I am really happy with how they turned out, these are a bit bigger than the first, and I also opted for inserting a string to tie them on with.

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    After looking at the photos, I feel that they both would do with a nick soaking and drying flat to even out the stitches.  So excited to gift these.

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    • Diane Hamilton 3:29 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky little girl! These are adorable, I like the pink ones the best. These are perfect stocking stuffers!

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      • knitting1105 5:26 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, they are planned as stocking stuffers.

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    • Elaine 4:59 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love these. What a fun way to do baby mitts 😀

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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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    And a matching hat

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    This makes such a cute set.

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

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    This sweater got matching booties and a hat.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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!

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    • 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.

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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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    Poems of Color

     

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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 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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    • 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 🙂

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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 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 4:35 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Lloyd 

    I finished my poodle mittens about a week ago.  This pattern had been gifted to me on my Birthday a couple of years ago.  I used Dale Tiur.  They are big, but so are my hands!

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    And for the inside of the thumbs, in honor of the coolest poodle ever…

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    To be used next winter, that I will always remember this smiling mug!  I miss him so.

     
    • Diane Hamilton 11:12 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, great job as usual but even more special because they will always remind you of Lloyd. He was a cutie for sure!

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    • knitting1105 10:15 am on May 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Diane!

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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.

     
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