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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.

     
  • 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 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 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.

     

     
  • knitting1105 9:54 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    With a little help from my friends… 


    I have been working on this baby sweater:

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    Finally I arrived at the fun part, where the sleeves attach and I get to knit the wonderful Fair Isle.  That seems that keeps me excited and motivated.  I was stuck however with which accent colors to choose.  In came my knitting group, and the vote was unanimous from these 4 choices.

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    What is your choice?  I will unveil the winner when I have a good portion of the colorwork knit up.

     

     

     

     

     
    • nothingbutknit2 10:00 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I really like number 1!

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    • A Tangled Yarn 10:25 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      3!!

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    • Mimi 11:49 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I vote for #1

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    • Janice 2:23 pm on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hard to decide, I am sure any of them will look great, my vote #4

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    • Sarah @ ASunnyDayInReykjavik 2:14 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure but I think I like 3 best. I love Fair Isle, can’t wait to see it finished!

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    • Michelle 8:30 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I like the cranberry to compliment the pink, & the lavender to partner w/ purple, then a pop of yellow. All very nice together – then the “funky” orange for that bohemian flair 🙂 #4 gets my vote. Frances, you are on a roll!!

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  • knitting1105 5:20 pm on August 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cleaning up 

    I have been busy cleaning up bobbins of old projects on my spinning wheels.  It seems that I have been a bit ADD with my spinning, starting the newest exciting colors before finishing something that was already in progress.  There always seems to be an excuse, a spin-along, Tour de Fleece, new arrivals…

    This is Emily, a pencil roving from Fiber Optic, 70% Superwash Merino, 30% Seacell; 340 yards, so good enough for a short pair of socks for myself.  The Tour de Fleece prompted me to finish spinning this up and ply it.

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    Leftover Emily with some leftover purple/green fiber on the bobbin.

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    This was spun for the Tour de Fleece, Fiber Optic gradient Honey to Fig.  It is 80% Merino, 20% silk.  1150 yards of 2ply.  My average these days for 2 braids of FO is around 1200 yards, that gives a good amount for a shawl.

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    And I finished spinning the singles of this Shetland from Southern Cross Fiber, the color was a custom for the CAT spin-along in the winter, and I started it but too many other things got in the way.  The color is Storm’s Edge, 8 ounces.  This Shetland did not spin as finely at the Merino/Silk blends, and I know that it is uneven, need to start plying.

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    On the knitting front, I have been working on a new baby sweater, Baby Ull from Dale of Norway of course.  Love these colors together.

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    The thing that has been taking quite a bit of my time is organizing the basement after some new cabinetry is getting installed.  Here is a sneak peek, it is really messy still and a bit to go, but I am so excited!

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  • knitting1105 7:05 pm on June 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Baby Girl 

    I knit this over the past month for my newest Niece, beautiful baby Ria. It is a Dale of Norway pattern, from one of my many DoN books, but I have neither the book or pattern number with me to refer to. I will update that info at a future time. I have yet to give this to my sister, but I am pretty sure that she is too busy right now to read this blog.

    The pink pearl buttons are so perfect, I think that this is such a beautiful baby girl pattern, which is ironic, as I started it just prior to Ria's birth when we did to know the sex. It seemed like a great boy pattern, just with a blue edging. However, I am glad that this is for a baby girl, because now that I have the pink edging on it I could not imagine it as a boy version.

     

     

     

     

    It still needs blocking, and of course being wrapped up.

     

     
    • Diane 7:36 pm on June 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, this is absolutely gorgeous and will be forever treasured. I can’t wait to see of picture of Ria in the sweater. We still have all the sweaters you made Traver over the years.

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      • MrsPeterson 11:18 pm on June 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        This sweater is absolutely perfect. The buttons are just right. What a beautiful way to welcome a new life into the world. Miss you and thinking of you.

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    • atangledyarn84 9:48 am on June 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful!!

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    • Janice 9:41 am on July 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Such a pretty sweater, it will be beautiful on Ria!!

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