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  • knitting1105 9:43 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Plugging away 

    I finished the back of the Chess sweater by Hanne Falkenberg, and am about 1/3 of the way done with the front.  As usual with her patterns, they are slow, and lots and lots of knitting.  But, that is what I love about them, the gauge of the fabric and the attention to minutia.

    I am very excited about the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend.  I am taking my first spinning class (with a real spinning wheel, took the drop spindle class last year).  I know that the time is right to purchase a spinning wheel, so I need to do some research and see what works best for me after this class.  Also, looking forward to seeing the different breeds of sheep and understanding the wool differences, and to seeing the sheep dogs in action.

    • Barbara Smith 8:35 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your post prompted me to look at Hanne Falkenberg’s website – wonderful designs. Your Chess sweater will be great. Lucky man.


      • knitting1105 7:24 pm on September 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Aren’t her patterns beautiful. I made a sweater of her’s years ago, and get tons of compliments on it whenever I wear it.


  • knitting1105 10:16 am on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Vacation Knitting 2010 

    We have been sitting at the wonderful beach house in Montague right on Lake Michigan for the past week.  As usual, I agonized over what knitting to bring.  Not too much, but enough to keep me busy.  Variety in case I ran into a snag, and something interesting.  This would have been the perfect location to bring all those unfinished projects, but that would have meant taking up more space in the car.  We had to have room for 3 adults, 1 dog, 2 bikes, some food, and clothes too.  Nobody seemed to want to have my knitting projects squished around them.  The only one who would not have complained is Lloyd.

    I decided to bring a Hanne Falkenberg kit, Chess, with me.  It is a sweater for my husband.  I had purchased the kit a couple of years ago, and this seemed like a good thing to bring along.  Provided you have the right needles, her kits are very well written, and I can easily work on them even when I don’t feel like concentrating.  The hardest problem was finding a pair of size 2 needles not tied up on another project.  I ended up bringing a pair of straights, as all of the circulars were occupied.  Good thing I did too.  Her pattern called for a 3 – 3 1/2 mm needle.  American size 2 is usually a 2.75mm, and the size 3 is a 3.25mm. I say usually, as every manufacturer has their own standards, it is very frustrating at times with the lack of uniformity.

    My progress was as follows:

    • I  cast on 125 stitches with the size 3, knit a bit, realized it was too loose, so recast on with the size 2.
    • Knit the entire rib, started the pattern and had difficulty with the # of stitches.  That is when I realized that my 3 1/2″ of ribbing was for the small size
    • Started over AGAIN, with size 2 needles, and the correct # of stitches (135) for the ribbing.
    • Changed to size 3 needles, worked the pattern for a few rows, and realized it was too loose, so ripped back to the ribbing.
    • This time the entire sweater is knit with a size 2 needle, and no major issues since.  Lots of easily memorized pattern knitting.

    So, after 5 days of knitting, I am not as far as I had hoped, but the gauge is correct, and I like the colors:

    The weather has been gorgeous here.  Friday morning is the first bit of inclement weather, with a few sprinkles that are blowing away to give us another great beach day.  My sister Jill is up here for the week with us, and she brought 2 of her unfinished sweaters.  She completed one, and the second is almost done.  She has been very determined to get these done while I am here to help her.

    Dan has spent his time reading, playing guitar, and swimming:

    View from the deck:

    View from the beach:

    And gorgeous sunsets:

    My son is here with friends.  I haven’t gotten photos of them yet though.

    I also brought socks and a lace project which I have not worked on here…

    • Little Miss Adventure 2:38 pm on August 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that’s a big lake. I’m from the UK and can’t really conceive of a lake where you can’t see the other side. Looks like an idyllic place, and with no salty water to irritate your skin! Also, cute dog 🙂


      • atangledyarn 3:13 am on August 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, Gorgeous pictures of all, but also that sunset is amazing. A for the sweater, at least you know that it will fit in the end:)


      • knitting1105 11:01 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Lake Michigan is one of the most beautiful places I know, especially up at this house. I have never seen anything quite like it.


  • knitting1105 1:00 pm on June 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Louie the couch potato 


    Well, actually the Moser Chaise Lounge potato.  I needed some comic relief, and Louie came to the rescue.  He is such a goofball, but a sweetie none the less.  

    Twisted my ankle at the “South Oak Park Housewalk” after-party.  I was serving hors d’oeveurs, and the went out to clean up.  Missed the last step and fell on the patio.  My ego was bruised as well, and I was most concerned about the red wine on my favorite summer pants.  In spite of everything, when I finally got home late in the morning, I took them downstairs, and soaked them in OXO and Charlies soap, and voila, all cleaned up.  Jim brought me crutches, which I have been thankful for.  Yesterday I did a bit too much, I am taking it slower today, and keeping my foot up.

    Look at this posting about the walk on Strange Closets:


    I have continued to work on my Hanne sweater.  What a lot of knitting!  If your resolution is good, you will see one darker stripe on the back.  I got my sequencing wrong in one 3 row section, and decided to leave it.  These colors are so close I wasn’t sure that it would matter at first.  I am not ripping it back for 2 reasons: I think that I am the only one who will notice it, and it provides me with a reminder of how effective this technique is; and as the Amish do, you put one mistake into every project so that it does not appear that you are trying to be perfect as only God can be.  I have also added the slip stitches to the arm edge for pick-up.  the pattern says specifically NOT to, but no matter how much I thought about it, it made most sense to put them there.   The pick-up ratio is the same as for the front banding, and this will give a clear definition of where to pick up, and make a very clean line.  I hope that I don’t live to regret this decision, as ripping it back would cause this to be shoved into the back closet.


  • knitting1105 11:39 am on June 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Hanne, Queen of Garter Stitch 


    This is my second Hanne Falkenberg design that I have knitted.  I bought the kit from someone on Ravelry.  When it came, I looked at it and saw 3 VERY closely dyed pinks, and thought I would never be able to keep them straight.  I was in a hurry to grab a knitting project to bring out to CA while I am with my sister.  I had just finished freezing this yarn (from my recent moth problem), and looked at the kit and thought it was all there, planning done for me.  Unfortunately, I grabbed a ton of 1,2 & size 3 needles, none in the right length.  So, I now have 2 more size 1 and 2 circulars.  I tend to use these a lot, and I bet they are on UFO’s.  

    The pattern is just garter stitch.  You start with one color, knit across the row, push back to the beginning of that row, knit with color 2, push back to the beginning of the row again, knit with color 3.  TURN.  And repeat this over and over and over.  This is one of those Zen type knitting projects.  The result of using 3 very similar colors is a beautiful mosaic of pink.  At first glance, it looks like it is a variegated solid, except that it is a regular pattern.  Almost make a glistening pink color.  I love this technique, and want to try it to get stripes on a regular sweater, or using more varied yarns.  Hanne is really a master at the garter stitch.

    The first Hanne Falkenberg sweater that I made was the Ballerina sweater many years ago.  While that is posted on Ravelry, it predates my blog, so here are the photos of that sweater.  I really love the design in it, and the colors.  I get great compliments on the sweater whenever I wear it.  


    • Liesl 7:58 am on June 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, what an intresting technique! Did Hanne “unvent” it? I think I’ll have to try it so I can see what it looks like in “real life!” Can’t wait to see more pictures as you go along.


    • theLady 9:57 am on June 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t visualize this technique – do you knit off of the right hand needle if you’re not turning the work at the end of every row?


      • knitting1105 10:35 am on June 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Let me try to clarify if I can. *You start with yarn color A and knit the first row. Do not turn, slide all of the stitches back to the other end of the needle, knit one row with color B.Do not turn, slide all of the stitches back to the other end of the needle, knit one row with color C. ** These 3 rows were knit with the right side facing. Now turn the work, and repeat from * to ** for the wrong side. Keep repeating these 6 rows, and you end up with a horizontal ribbing. I think that this technique could easily be applied to single row stripes on a stockinette stitch.


  • knitting1105 11:12 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog readers 

    People other than Manning actually read my blog.  The concept still amazes me, and I got my biggest surprise the other day when Vivian Hoxbro posted on this site that she was honored that I named my wing shawl the “Obama Shawl”.  When I look at the stats (which took me quite awhile to figure out), it is fun to see where the links come from.  Mostly Ravelry and a link on a crafts website to my Fair Isle sweaters (an honor that I am totally floored by).

    Ravelry has been fun too, seeing what sweaters get the greatest hits.  Surprisingly enough, it is not always the sweaters that I think were the most creative, or took the most time.  Currently it is the Ballerina by Hanne Falkenberg at 845 hits.


    It has been cold, so I have been pulling out sweaters to wear around the house, and trying to use a different one every day.  My favorite house wearing sweater is one that I finished last year, but during my non-posting phase.  It is a cable sweater from a pattern from Knitters magazine (9-Lane Interchange by Uschi Nolte).  I have since canceled my subscription, as there was very little content that interested my, but I have 2 sweaters that I love from there.  Seems like the patterns have been “dumbed down” in recent years.  On this one, I love how the cables intersect, and the texture.  Surprisingly enough, this pattern is not in the Raverly database, and my adding it would take some thought, not sure how to do that.  It is warm because of the bulky cables.  My mistake on this was in the weaving in of ends.  Because it is reverse stockinette stitch, and the yarn is tubular, the duplicate weave in stitches how on the right side of the garment.  I don’t think that I can really fix this, as it is already finished.

    dscn3099This photo of the whole sweater is not as good, I will update it when I get a new one taken:


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