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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:

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

    Butterflies 

    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.

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    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.

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    • 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 11:47 am on January 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Norwegian mittens, Selbuvotter   

    Selbuvotter 

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    The second of my 3 book reviews, it will be a fairly short written piece.  This is a very comprehensive book on the art of Selbuvotter mittens, over 300 pages of history, charts, graphs and photographs. The only unfortunate part is that it is written in Norwegian, with no English translation, so the history component is lost on me.  However, the charts for knitting speak a Universal Language, and I will just let some of the photos speak for themselves.

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    The book is a bit hard to come by, I purchased mine at Schoolhouse Press.   This link has some great examples of pages from the book also.

    I love the fact that the traditional mittens are all in B&W.  The book shows inspiration from snowflakes to horns to flowers and how they were interpreted.  It would be nice if the book were printed in English one day, I think that the audience would increase greatly.  The beauty of knitting though is, a chart is universal.

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    Again, printed in Norway, with a ribbon bookmark attached.  Definitely a great library resource.

     
    • Heidi Klick 11:07 am on March 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Impressive mittens. I think I will add this to my library as well. I can probably locate a Norwegian that can translate. Thanks for posting the review

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  • knitting1105 4:35 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , poodle knitting   

    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 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!!!!!!

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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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 1:12 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Donna Smith, Hat Fair Isle, , ,   

    Sheep 1, Sheep 2 

    Both of my sheep hats are finished.  The first, Sheep 1, was the pattern Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith. I used the colors specified and the yarn as specified, Jamieson’s Shetland Heather Aran.  It is warm, but I think that I would have liked to brighten it up more.  My friend Jane made a bright version of this for a child with Dale of Norway Baby Ull, will keep that in mind for a baby gift in the future.

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    I cast on with the size 6 needles (per the pattern), and was unhappy with the result pretty much from the beginning.  The Fair Isle portion was knit with size 7, and that works well.  So, when I was all finished knitting, I cut back to the start of the Fair Isle and knit the ribbing down with size 3 needles.  Much, much better.  And I did a double rib tubular bind off.  I will discuss how to do that in a later post.

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    Here is the inside of the Baa-ble hat.

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    Sheep 2 hat is the Sheep Heid tam by Kate Davies.  Kate designed hers using many of the natural colors of Shetland wool, Using Jamieson’s Spindrift yarn.  I had some of that yarn in my stash, but not all the correct colors.  So mine is a bit more colorful.  And very warm, I am really liking it.

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    and this inside of this hat…

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  • knitting1105 2:04 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Hats Progress 

    Progress on my hats is moving along steadily, both sheep themed.  Hoping to have them both done this week, then I will post comments about the patterns, and suggestions that I may have.

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    • Yvonne 2:35 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful work. I really would love the pattern and any suggestions /encouragement regarding any of these. I’d wear the “sheep 2” one in a heartbeat. who are you making them for and how much yarn do you need?

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    • Heidi 3:52 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love them both! This has been in my que for a while…. inspiring me to get going on it ☺

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    • knitting1105 6:04 pm on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    • Jane 2:09 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am making sheep 1 for a baby. Using pattern as is but in fingering yarn on size 2’s and 3’s. FF- did you do a “black sheep” in your flock? I will do one on the baby hat since every flock needs a black sheep..

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      • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh that sounds cute! Could mean stranding 3 colors at a time. Will be anxious to see how it works.

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  • knitting1105 6:19 pm on December 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My Turn 

    The past several months I have been preoccupied with knitting for others, from fingerless mitts for girls weekend, Estonian shawl for Go Red auction, Christmas gifts and goodies for a few special people.  Even though I still have a few projects that are languishing and begging to be finished, I feel like rewarding myself and starting something new, but still using yarn from my stash.  I really had wanted to make this hat, the Baa-ble Hat, by Donna Smith from the cover of this year’s Wool Week magazine, which I purchased when it came out, but for everyone the hat pattern is free via the above link. It was one of the most popularly queued patterns on Ravelry this year, and I think for good reason.

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    Upon closer inspection, that hat calls for an Aran weight Jamieson’s yarn.  I know that the hat will kit up quickly, and I still want to make it, but I resisted the urge to drive out to a yarn store, or to purchase something online.  It will be coming up soon though…

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    In the meantime, I pulled out this stash of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift

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    and decided that it was the perfect time to cast on for the Sheepheid Tam by Kate Davies.

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    The pattern has been in my procession for a couple of years, and I do have some Shetland wool of several colors that I was intending to handspan just for this, but will be happy to make the hat out of the yarn that I have on hand.

    Next I want to plan a new sweater from some stash yarns, I have a couple of options that I am mulling over.

     
    • natas75 12:34 am on December 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a lovely pattern. Will definitely check it out, though fair Isle is still something that I’m intimidated by..

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    • Diane Hamilton 2:27 pm on December 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      First I am glad you are making something for yourself, you deserve it! Second, I am thrilled, as I am sure Dan is, that you are able to use some of your stash that you have on hand. It always feels good when you can use what you already have (I try to do this with quilting too but am not always successful). Can’t wait to see the finished project. Happy New Year!

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      • knitting1105 2:47 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane, it is not like i am lacking for any of my own hand knit goods though!

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    • Gracey 10:53 am on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I want to make both of those hats, but I’ve never done any color work besides stripes….its a bit intimidating…

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      • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        the Tam is definitely not the one to start with for a first project. I will let you know how the other one goes. Color work is very fun though!

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  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tudor Roses Comparison 

    About 18 months ago I wrote a review of the new Tudor Roses vs the original Tudor Roses, both by Alice Starmore.  In that review, I commented that I was happy to have both versions, for the color changes, and new shaping of the newest version (2013),

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    and the patterns for men in the original version (1998).

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    A question was recently posed on that blog entry by Christina, of whether I would say that only the new version was needed.  This prompted me to do a comparison of patterns, and to note which ones were in each book, and any changes.

    Looking through and comparing these books has piqued my interest in knitting up one of the patterns, and I must say that it will  probably be from the newer book, as the shaping is more contemporary there, and more to my liking.  There are a couple of sweaters that appear in both books that really appeal to me also.  I enjoy seeing the ones that were reknit being done in a new colorway.  My comparison of the 2 books follows, a simple chart:

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    So my answer to Christina who posed the question, would be that I am happy that I own both books.  If your desire is to have a complete knitting library, and you love color work and more complicated patterns, then Yes to owning both books.  And starting at $20 for the older version on Amazon, I do think that it is worth the investment.

    As a side note, thanks in large part to Ravelry, many knitting books that are out of print have become very pricey, although that changes as books are reissued.  I have a wonderful library that I have amassed over the years, and keep telling my family that if something happens to me, my knitting books are worth more than my Architecture books!  And that statement says a lot, as that is also a wonderful collection.

     
  • knitting1105 2:08 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Norwegian Sweater   

    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?

     
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