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  • knitting1105 3:22 pm on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Pussy socks, Women's March on DC, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks   

    Pussyfooting Along 

    Last weekend when Sofia and Dan went to the Women’s March in DC, I sent along these socks for Sofia.


    I love how they came out although the brown cat face on the pink cat seems to read better.


    I really want to make a pair of these for myself.  Easy knit, what surprised me was how tedious the duplicate stitch was on these.  I knit them with my favorite sock yarn JaWoll (which also has a spool of reinforcing thread inside each skein), on size 1 needles.  This is a free pattern, YinYang Kitty Ankle Socks.


  • 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.


    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…


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


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


    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..

      Liked by 1 person

    • 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!

      Liked by 1 person

      • 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!


    • 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…

      Liked by 1 person

      • 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!


  • knitting1105 2:18 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Easter 

    Some free knitting patterns from Rowan:

    easter-studio-knit little-cotton-rabbits-thimbleanna


  • knitting1105 2:31 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: free sock knitting pattern, Jawool sock yarn, ,   

    Transition Socks 

    I made these socks for my BIL.

    Steves Socks

    If you remember, We had a small family gathering and I made knitted items for 8 people.  Steve and Dan got socks.  These were made with Jawool sock yarn, which has proven to be a winner for durability and wear.  My husband has some socks from this yarn that are just now wearing out after over 15 years!  This is a great staple yarn, it also comes with a matching reinforcing thread on the inside.  Great workhorse of a sock yarn.

    988_SI started these socks with a 1×1 twisted ribbing for 24 rows in black for the cuff, then when I transitioned to the leg of the sock, I did stockinette.



    This would work beautifully with a yarn that transitions colors also.

    Steves Socks2

    Here is the pattern:

    Transition Socks


    • Yvonne 3:05 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Real nice. Which method do you prefer? Toe up of cuff down? I am working now on my first toe up but have been running into problems at heel. I am also doing it on 2circular needles. I think I am messing up which directions sometimes I am turning or not. I’ve already undone the heel 3 times. Crazy.


    • knitting1105 3:13 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Yvonne. I prefer cuff down, I have a high instep and can make that to fit, and also knit the foot to the correct length. Toe-up is great if you want to use all of the yarn that you have. I have 2 small skeins of a gradient that I will be doing as toe-up to maximize the use, however I still find it difficult to get the instep I like that way. I always knit with 5 dpn’s so can’t help you much with the 2 circulars. Using the dpn’s, there is always the bottom half of the sock on 2 needles and the top on the other 2. Makes knitting the heel easier in my opinion.


    • V o n n a 8:07 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love the color.


  • 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 3:44 pm on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baby, , fair Is, , ,   

    Now I can show you! 

    Now I am able to brag blog about these gifts that I sent out to Ria.


    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.



    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.





    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.



    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…


    • 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.


      • 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.


    • 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?


      • 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.


  • knitting1105 1:59 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    All blocked 

    I finished washing and blocking my handspun shawl.   I love the colors, just need to find someone to model it for me so that I have some better photos.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Spring Thaw Shawl
    Pattern Source: free from Ravelry link
    Yarn: Handspun 2-ply Superwash Merino, Peacock color from Fiber Optic
    Needles: US 6 & 7 circulars
    Date Started: 9/27/11
    Date Finished: 10/30/11
    Finished Dimensions: 72″ wingspan, 38″ back depth

    • Tiara 3:20 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very beautiful.


    • Lisa 8:05 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful! Is that your handspun?


    • knitting1105 8:20 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It is my handspun! My first real project with it. Wore it today, and I love it.


    • Lisa 9:15 pm on November 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great job! I would hope one day my spinning looks like that. Having back problems right now. Not even an hour of practice.


    • Diane Hamilton 9:35 pm on November 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is beautiful and you should wear it proudly. I bet it looks great on you–you should be the model and have someone take your picture!


  • knitting1105 9:41 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Baby Booties & Spinning 

    I finished up these baby booties last Saturday while driving to and from the Milwaukee Art Museum.  We went for the day to see the China exhibit, which friends had raved about.  It was good, but I wish that I had not made a special trip – did not live up to the hype, and I thought that the curation could have used some help.  The informative placards were not well-lit, and often in hard to reach or obscure places.  The exhibit did not do a good job of explaining the entire history behind the gardens that were on display.  Perhaps we would have enjoyed it more if we had taken an audio tour.  Oh well, at least I finished these:

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Saartje’s Booties
    Pattern Source: free from Saartje Knits
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ul, dark pink and lt green
    Needles: US 1 DPN’s
    Date Started: 9/3/11
    Date Finished: 9/3/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Newborn large

    I promised the parents a sweater also, but am waiting to see if the sex is correct.  They had an ultrasound, and think that it is a girl, but those are not known to be a perfect indicator.  So, when the baby is born, I will make an appropriate sweater, but felt I needed to gift something in the meantime.

    I also am in a desperate race to clear up some spinning bobbins to take with me to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, which is this weekend.  This yarn was plyed together yesterday, Jade from Fiber Optic, 85% BFL and 15% silk.  475 yards of 2-ply.

    This was the braid, which I had shown previously:

    • Mrs. Peterson 11:43 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Frances. That is just gorgeous.


  • knitting1105 11:05 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    JuDee, JuDee, JuDee 

    I gave this shawl that name, as I started working on it on the train to Michigan to visit Judy, and finished on our drive back from Mackinac Island.  This pattern, Haruni,  has been in my queue for quite some time.  I loved knitting it, and the end result.  I added one set of repeats onto the pattern.  As you may know, I am not a fan of the “Shawlette”.  I wish that I had enough yarn to add more, but I weighed the yarn out to make sure that I had roughly 1/2 the skein to finish the border.  I even put in a lifeline to assure that if I had to rip back, it would not be a problem, and I ended up with very little yarn left.   I used Anne Yarn by Shaefer, which has a bit of mohair in it and gives a nice halo effect to the shawl.  I really liked this yarn, so much that I bought another skein while in Michigan.

    Even my husband commented last night on how beautiful this was.  While I was making it, I swear that every person told me that this color was one of their favorites.  Apparently it is a universal color that looks good on many people.

    In progress:

    And blocked, I am always amazed at what blocking can do.  I really wish that I had a mannequin, and a foot mannequin, to model my projects.  My family thinks that it is a joke when I ask for that for my birthday and Holidays.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Haruni Shawl
    Pattern Source: Free pattern on Ravelry from Emily Ross
    Yarn: Shaefer’s Anne; Color Bluebell, 560 yards
    Needles: US 4 circular
    Date Started: 6/3/11
    Date Finished: 6/10/11
    Finished Dimensions: 40″ wingspan, Nape of neck to back 23″

    My next Anne yarn waiting for a shawl pattern:

    And, I swear, the last of the Mackinac Island photos.  If you have never been there, make a point of visiting one day, and staying overnight.

  • knitting1105 3:55 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Knitted Christmas 

    We all know about the ubiquitous knitted Christmas stockings.  This free pattern from Cascade is on my list for one year:

    And of course, there are knitted ornaments, tiny sweaters being popular:

    My mother used to always make crocheted snowflakes for the tree.  I have several that go onto my Christmas tree every year.  Here is a link to over 150 different, free crocheted snowflakes.  I never knew that there could be that many out there.

    But the most interesting to me is these knitted garlands that I saw advertised on a style blog the other day.  How cool is that:

    And another variation:

    I think that I like the natural ones the best.  A good use for leftover wool.  I have been throwing away the small pieces of Roving that break off, I think that I might save them for next year…

    • barbaramary 5:55 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love that the snowflakes are properly hexagonal (or most of them are), like real snowflakes. I must try some of those patterns.


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