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  • knitting1105 12:46 pm on January 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Travel Knitting 

    Last weekend we took my son back to school in Wisconsin, and gave ourselves a night away in Mineral Point.  I love that town, currently an artist community, and formerly a mining town.  We stayed in one of the 1840 Cornish Miner’s cabins that is now part of a B&B.   I loved the cozy space, and we took a dinner with us to cook there and spent the evening in front of the (fake) fireplace knitting, reading, playing scrabble and enjoying a good glass of wine.

    And the main reason for our little retreat was so that Dan could go to a remote Wisconsin town that had an amazing selection of electric guitars.  He is so excited to have this new toy.  Might make that spinning wheel that I covet easier to get.  It is fun to see him so excited, and to have the time now (just finished his Master’s) to enjoy his hobby.  I do understand the importance of a hobby, and having the best tools at hand.

    Along the ride, I worked on my mittens with handspun.  This was the second time starting.  I am not sure if I will keep them or rip them out again.  They are a bit large, I think that I overdid it on the cuff length.  I have had so many mittens that are too small.  I need to think about this a bit.  A lot of work in here….

    • Diane Hamilton 4:38 pm on January 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like a very cozy place to hang for an evening.


  • knitting1105 12:05 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally photos 

    I finished this sweater soon after Christmas and my husband has been wearing it, but between dreary days and him being out of town, I have not had a chance to get a good photo.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Chess Sweater
    Pattern Source: Hanne Falkenberg kit
    Yarn: #2 Shetland by Hanne Falkenberg, colors Aubergine and coffee
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 8/15/10
    Date Finished: 12/28/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Men’s large

    And I have been working on my mittens, I think that I need to reverse the colors, as it is not detailing well.  I thought with windows and doors being light, it would look like nighttime with the lights on.  I don’t think so.  All of the other patterns knit up on Ravelry have followed the chart.  So much for being a maverick, ripping back again.  This time just to the cuff.

    • Diane Hamilton 2:45 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The sweater turned out great–I knew Dan would love it!


  • knitting1105 11:27 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Keeping Warm Indoors 

    My daughter has very cold hands in the winter, and her office is definitely not over-heated.  When she told me that she had to type a bit, then sit on her hands to warm them up, then type, I knew she needed some fingerless gloves for working.  Last year I made my husband a pair, and he now brings them back and forth from work (need to get a second pair for him also).  Even though I had been promising her flap mittens, I thought that these were in order first.

    A simple pattern.  Since I am a numbers person, all multiples of 4.  Adjust lengths as needed…


    • Use a fingering weight yarn of your choice
    • Size 1 needles
    • Cast-on 48 sts, join in a round
    • K2, P2 for 24 rows
    • K 12 rows St st.
    • Increase for thumb gusset as follows:
      • K 23, PM, inc 1 st (by lifting up bar below)
      • K2, inc 1 st, PM
      • K23
      • Knit next round plain (26 sts, 4 for thumb)
      • Increase row by doing one increase inside each marker
      • Knit 1 row plain
      • When there are 22 sts for thumb, place thumb sts on holder after st st row
    • Knit hand portion, CO 2 sts at thumb area (48 sts total).
    • K24 rows st st
    • *For top of mitt, Purl 1 row, K 1 row (to obtain garter st pattern) for 8 rows, last knit row is the bind-off row*
    • Put 22 sts from thumb on needle, CO 2 sts at opening and K 4 rows
    • Repeat * to* as for top of mitt.
    • Andi 10:51 am on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Those look nice! Have you thought about making it available as a Ravelry download?


      • knitting1105 1:21 pm on January 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I would love to make this a free download. I just need to figure out how to do that…


    • Diane Hamilton 2:47 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea–wondering if I could make these? Still not very good at reading patterns. I started my first knitting class–she is just having us practice, practice, practice. I am anxious to start on the project.


      • knitting1105 8:07 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        You surely could make them. Once you have finished your class, these are an easy project. I hope you get totally addicted to knitting! I need a cohort in the family.


  • knitting1105 5:20 pm on November 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Fractal mittens 

    I finished a pair of mittens with my fractally handspun yarn.  Post about the spinning here.

    They were done in the nick of time, as the temperature dropped 20 degrees in one day.  A bright cheery addition to my walks with Lloyd.  And, they complement my purple hand-spun shawl very well, thank -you.

    This photo shows the color progression in the yarn, as I started with the cuff of the mitten on the left, and moved to the end, then started the cuff of the mitten on the right.  I am not exactly happy with the large blue pooling section on the right (it was longer and I broke the yarn  and shortened it), but it will do.

  • knitting1105 11:19 pm on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The end of Fall 

    I took this photo a few days ago, and didn’t get around to posting it.  Wind gusts blew the last of the leaves off the trees this weekend.

    Working on my “Fractal Mittens”.  There are some longer blotches of similar colors, but I am generally happy with their progress.  The bright colors will be cheery on a bleak winter day.

    And I finished spinning up some superwash fiber, yet again from Fiber Optic.  Color is Stormy Monday.  I don’t seem to be as successful spinning a fine yarn with the superwash fiber.  It is drying, but finished photos tomorrow.

    Great weather to hunker down, and knit and spin.

    • Mrspeterson 10:42 pm on November 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am rethinking my own handspun mIttens. I think I want to do some color work mittens instead with it. The single layer will not be warm enough. Check out this blog for some awesome handspun Stranded mittens: http://patsknittingandquilting.com/hatmittengallery.html


      • knitting1105 11:12 am on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That is a great blog, I love how she combined her handspun with commercial yarn, it really makes the colored handspun stand out. So much inspiration… these will be lightweight mittens for me, but some good ideas for the next.


  • knitting1105 10:58 am on March 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Modern Mitered Mittens 

    I was given 2 skeins of Noro yarn recently.  While I was intrigued by this yarn when it first came out, and even made a shrug and a sweater out of it many years ago, and although I like and still wear those projects, this is not a yarn I would purchase today.  Many new knitters love this, as it makes a simple pattern look more interesting, although there are a lot of manufacturer’s putting out long repeat yarns now that did not exist a few years ago.  The yarn is weak (easily pulls apart), and can be scratchy.  Wanting to make something out of this yarn, I searched on Ravelry, where the new search engine lets you put in the type of yarn, yardage, and what you are looking to make (sweaters, accessories, etc.).  The Mitered Mitt pattern which blogger Kathryn Ivy wrote about adapting, and using Noro yarn was the perfect pattern for me and my 2 skeins.  The original mitered mitt was published in the Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman, May project.  I had to check this book out of the library, I can’t believe that I did not own it, I am sure my husband feels the same way if you saw my knitting library.  Perhaps it is in there somewhere, I am famous for purchasing books that I already own.

    This book gives pithy directions for a variety of projects, one every month.    I adapted my mitered mittens to work for modern-day living of needing to unlock cars with a press key, text (not me for those of you who know me), and access that appendage that sets us apart.  I am giving these to my friend Theresa, just have to show them at knitting tomorrow night.  I made the gloves very long, so they would tuck into your coat and keep wrists warm.  I also used a size 3 needle versus the size 6 used in the aforementioned blog post.  The density of the fabric appealed to me, and  I had a bit of trial and error to find out what worked best.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Mitered Mittens
    Pattern Source: Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
    Yarn: Noro Silk Garden #249, 2 skeins (220 yards, with a small amount left over)
    Needles: US 3 DPNs
    Date Started: 2/12/11
    Date Finished: 3/6/11
    Finished Dimensions: 13 1/2” inches long

    They did a pretty good job of matching up.  And the texting thumb:

    And it snowed again yesterday.  Cold all week, and I need spring.  A bit for each room of the house:

  • knitting1105 5:19 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Mittens with Words 



    I was going to wait to see if you actually read my blog, but you redeemed yourself yesterday.  I am sure that you forgot about these, or maybe not.  I know that this weather does not make one think of mittens, but it is the best time to make them as they are small and light.  When I first agreed to someday make these mittens for Andrew, his mother had recieved a pair of mittens from a friend and was telling him about them.  Not to be out done, Andrew announced that his mittens would have words!  So, here they are.  Also, notice the item they are photographed on…

    I do have to say that there must be something about this pattern, as I had a slight issue with dye lots AGAIN.  Since Andrew is a colorist, I am going to fess up right now (but not rip back).  The thumb tips and the top of one mitten are a slightly different light blue.  You would have to point it out to others, but the 2 of us would notice it right away.  They is what they is.  Enjoy.

    Yarn was Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  Machine washable, dry flat.

    • Rae 11:48 pm on June 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Andrew’s mittens came out great & I am sure he loves them even with the tiny color difference that no one else can see lol. They rock great job.


    • Andrew 9:59 am on June 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness. I hadn’t forgotten about them but I did not expect them now! I can’t wait to see them/wear them/show my mother that mine are better. Thank you thank you! They are beautiful.


    • Karen 10:16 am on June 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Those are darling!! Is there a pattern or did you just whip them up?


      • knitting1105 10:39 am on June 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I wish that I could take credit for just whipping these up. They were in the Fall 2008 Vogue Knitting magazine. Pattern is by Elli Stubenrauch. Very fun to make.


  • knitting1105 3:13 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    A Dear Old Friend 

    Finally reunited with a long lost friend that I had abandoned and left aside many years ago:

    I know she’s not as fancy as some of the newer models, but this lady is truly a work horse.  I can’t believe that it took me years to take this machine in and get it fixed.  It is very heavy and built to last, not like the newer plastic ones.  I bought this used for $100 when I was in high school to take with me to college.  It has been with me always, and sewed suits, quilts, doll clothes, and ice show costumes.  When the arm jammed up, I put it aside as I had another machine that had been my sister’s, and my fancy Serger.  I still always missed this one.  I instinctively know the feel of it, and how it works.  I can’t wait to get some clothes repaired, make my daughter a skirt, and start on a quilt.

    On the knitting front, almost finished with another project.  Here is a sneak peak.  Anyone recognize it?

    • Andrew 3:34 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Is this the Viking ship sweater???


      • knitting1105 3:37 pm on June 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        No, something near and dear to your heart though.


  • knitting1105 8:33 am on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Beautiful Free patterns 

    I found this link for gorgoeus mitten and sock patterns.  Some are the chart only for the fair isle, but you can figure out how to use them.  I am very busy with the end of school, but thougth this would be a wonderful resource.

    These are a pair of socks that I want to make:

    • Janet Kelley 9:06 am on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cute! thanks for the great link


  • knitting1105 9:58 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Blog week, Post #7 

    What a Yarn

    There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

    There are so many amazing yarns out there.  I tend to favor wool, and fingering or lace weight yarns, as I prefer working on small needles.  When I was thinking of this prompt, the question that popped into my head was “What yarn would be the one type that I could take with me on a deserted island?”, a twist on the book question.  I have to go back to my favorite yarn to buy, knit with and keep in my stash—Baby Ull by Dale of Norway.  Dale of Norway has been in business for 130 years.  I could not find any information on when they started producing Baby Ull.  I used Red Heart Baby yarn growing up for my Barbie Doll clothing business, and baby sweaters for friends.  I know that my first experience with Baby Ull was to make a beautiful blue-green sweater with Intarsia rabbits on it for my daughter when I was pregnant (1986).  I was smitten with the softness, brilliant colors, washability, and the wonderful way it knit up.  I have used this yarn for shawls, socks, mittens, baby items, hats, and sweaters for babies and myself.  It is extremely versatile, and makes wonderful Fair Isle patterning.  The colors are beautifully saturated, and vary from year to year.  So consequently, when I find a color I particularly like, I stock up.  Current favorite is a Tangerine color.  This is the only yarn that I refer to so often that I have purchased the color chart so that I am not dependent on the internet color renditions.  I only wish that more retailers would carry this.  I have tried other baby yarns, but the colors are not  as good, and the gauge of the yarn is usually thicker.  I also tend to use this yarn for baby Fair Isle projects, and consequently love to have lots of varied colors on hand, and do not care if there are some single skeins.

    Here is a quick tour of past and present projects using this wonderful yarn.

    All this posting is reminding me to order more of that Tangerine Baby Ull…

    Happy Knitting!

    TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo7

    • Vera 10:15 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful projects!


    • stephcuddles 11:45 am on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, you sure do love that yarn. Lovely projects 🙂


    • Rae 1:07 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow such beautiful projects.


    • Vivianne 3:03 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the colors of that yarn – and what you have done with it 🙂


    • Bets 4:42 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful projects, will have to try the Baby Ull some day 🙂


    • MrsPeterson 8:10 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Today I was explaining to my four year old son (the beneficiary of the gorgeous green fair isle yoked sweater pictured above) the difference between “good” bugs and “bad” bugs. Spiders are good, mosquitos are bad, etc. When it came to the evil m*** I explained that this bug was worse than all other bugs and I will kill any in the house with immediate vengence because it EATS WOOL and he looked at me in horror– moths eat YARN? Would moths eat MY SWEATER FROM FRANCES?!?!? He was so alarmed I said of course not honey, I will kill them first.

      Which is to say, my boy loves his wool sweater, and Baby Ull is a fine fine yarn.


      • knitting1105 2:32 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Your son does my work proud. He reminds me of my nephew who would only have his photos taken if wearing the sweater I made him for 2 years. These are the best compliments anyone could give!


    • AC 2:18 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Aww…I love the sweater with the penguin.


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