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  • knitting1105 10:56 pm on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    All done but the buttons 

    I have finally finished my first handspun and hand knit sweater using Woolgatherings fiber.  The process from fiber to sweater was fun.  I first spun the variegated as a 3ply,



    Then I ordered and spun 2 plys of eggplant and one of rust as my semi-solid contrast. My problem here was that my spinning was not as fine with the semi-solid as it was with the variegated. After that, and a couple of false starts with patterns, my friend Jane suggested the February Ladies Sweater.  It was the perfect match.  I was able to most of my semi-solid to maximize the length.


    Then I needed to choose buttons.  These were the 2 choices that I had on hand.



    Even though there is no green in the fabric, I think that it made the best option, pulling out the other colors.


    Problem is that the buttons are a bit too heavy for the drape of the sweater.  I will be on the lookout for something similar though.  The 3/4 length sleeve is just right.  If I were to restart this sweater I would have fractally spun the variegated so has not to have the long concentrations of pooling.  That said, I do love the colors, and the fibers were a dream to spin.


    • Diane 11:00 pm on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It always amazes me to see the starting fibers and the finished product…looks great!


      • knitting1105 11:40 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        This was my first sweater, I wasn’t really sure how it was going to turn out, but I am happy with the results.


    • andresue 9:00 pm on November 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s beautiful!


    • knitsbyjenn 10:51 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely work!


      • knitting1105 11:39 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I think that I have to change the buttons though, they are too heavy for the fabric.


  • knitting1105 8:52 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Just for Ria 


    I was going to title this Baby Ria, as that is what we all called her this summer on vacation.  But, she is no longer a baby, and that is a title that I think that she would like to not have carry over.  So, I finally finished the sweater for Toddler Ria, and sent it off last week.  It arrived, and I received a lovely video of her trying to put it over her head.




    Totem jacket with handspun yarn…

  • knitting1105 9:12 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    On Ravelry each project has a counter for how many times someone has looked at it.  My Polar Bear sweater, finished during Ravelympics 2008 has reached 1000 views, and 85 likes.  There are projects out there who have seen many more views, but they tend to appeal to the masses more, this is definitely more of a niche market.  And I know that it took years to reach this number, but I am just happy that Ravelry has allowed me to share my knitting with so many people.  My family takes it for granted.


    You can look at past posts here and here to see my progress in just 2 weeks!

    • Yvonne Creanga Cockrell 4:17 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My jaw dropped looking at this great work and the amount of hours you spent doing it. I hope whoever you made for still has it and is taking very good care of this heirloom.


      • knitting1105 4:30 pm on August 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Oh this one I made for myself, and I do appreciate it. Times have changed though, and right now I do not need the extra warmth!


  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Jury is Still Out 

    Remember how excited I was to knit up this shawl from the cover of Lovely Knitted Lace?  Well, it is finished, actually finished for a couple of weeks now.  Last week I was busy with summer Architecture camp for teens, and this week I am reeling from a really bad summer cold.  So bad in fact, that I did not even feel like knitting or spinning most of the time, and I have been home alone.   It was quite miserable.

    Well, here is the shawl pre blocking:



    And I was waiting to have a model to take photos of it, but then realized that I could model it and just use the self timer on my camera.  First, the shawl without the buttons closed, you can see how there is no shape to this, it really has to always be worn fully buttoned up.


    And the completed shawl.  I was not looking great today, a weeks worth of head colds took its toll, so I artfully cropped my head out!




    Wondering if maybe my torso is not long enough to carry this off.



    I disagree with her directions for sewing the shawl up.  I would find the point for each of the arms to have the petal end right at the top of the wrist (5th one in from each front edge), and then sew the bottoms between to the required measurements so that it fits properly on your hips.



    Pattern: Camellia Dolman
    Pattern Source: Lovely Knitted Lace
    Yarn: Helen’s Lace
    Needles: US 3 & 5
    Date Started: 3/28/14
    Date Finished: 4/16/14
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

    • Jeanette Andre 11:34 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is such a beautiful shaw, you are right, it does look rather snug in the hip area.I’m sure you will be able to figure it out, looks lovely from the back spread out.


      • knitting1105 10:05 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The pattern requires it to be snug in the hip area, otherwise it has absolutely no shape. I think that I just need to wear it lower. Thanks for the nice comments!


    • Diane Hamilton 11:39 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, as usual this is a beautiful work of art. I actually like it better unbutton and to get the true appreciation of the beautiful knitting I think you need to always hold your arms out. If old people can just stop in the middle of an isle for no good reason, you should be able to always hold your arms out to display this beautiful shawl. Sorry you have been so sick…hope you are feeling better!

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  • knitting1105 10:58 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Yup, another shawl 

    Currently I am knitting yet another shawl, but this one is with a twist, the shawl becomes a sweater.  It is from my new favorite book Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico.


    Slowly I am knitting my way through this book, there are some great twists on lace and how to use it for wearable items.  The sweater shown here on the front, Camellia Dolman, is my newest project, it is basically a circular shawl that is knit back and forth to achieve edges that becomes the button band.





    The Helen’s Lace yarn that I purchased at the Lorna’s Laces warehouse sale is being used.



    This shawl had to be restarted as I did not read carefully and got almost through the first 1/2 of the chart when I realized that I was supposed to just purl back on the even # rows.  UGH!, but I ripped it all back and started over.  It took a long time for my brain to realize why this did not seem to be large enough for the shawl.  The yellow showed how far I was when I ripped back, the green highlighted area is my progress to date.



    Not quite sure about this color for me, although I think that it will look great with white pants and jeans as a summer sweater.


    Progress has been moving along nicely and I realized that the pattern was incorrect in a major way, it asked for 3,000 yards of 2 separate yarns (6,000 in total)…. in reality if you look at the breakdown, it is 1,500 yards of 2 different lace weight yarns, or 3,000 yards total.  This would have made a huge difference in my purchasing as 1,500 yards is a lot cheaper than 3,000 yards!  Now I even think that I could make this again with a handspun gradient, after I see if I like the fit of course.  The other errors in the pattern are that the increases are every 12th row, not every 6th row as stated.  The charts are correct, I am not sure about the written pattern as I do not use them.  Also, she neglects to tell you to bind off, I was wondering if the sweater was made by sewing live edges together, but could not figure out how to block the shawl prior to sewing if that were the case.

    In spite of the lack of proper editing or pattern testing in this book, I love these patterns.  It just would be hard for a new lace knitter to figure out what is wrong without the corrections.

    • peggyandpierre 11:05 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful shawl! I wish I didn’t have so many projects going right now or else I would run out and get everything to make this right now!!
      Definitely love your color choice! That color is so popular right now and will look great during the summer. Even at the beach!


      • knitting1105 11:14 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I had not thought of this as a beach sweater, but that would be really fun.


    • Diane 12:25 am on May 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is so pretty, shawls are like shoes….you can’t have too many! Ask Sofia!


  • knitting1105 12:32 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Only for Love 

    Those of you who know me are aware that my favorite needle sizes are 1 & 2’s with an occasional 3 or 4 (American sizes) thrown in.  I love tight-knit, small stitch knitting.  So, only for precious Sofia would I pull out my size 13’s and double an already bulky for me yarn.

    Remember this book that I got at Vogue for free?  I was sure that some of the sweaters would be right up her alley.


    I was right, and she chose this one.  Basically a tube with a reversed large cable on one side.  Also, not my detailed, fitted pattern preference.


    This was yarn that I had purchased from a woman’s destash of her mother’s knitting.  Again, not my style, but I already had Sofia in the back of my head when I bought this.


    I had 2 skeins of this yarn, and it filled my skein winder.  It was way to big for even my special heavy-duty ball winder, so I wound it by hand.  It was difficult as the ball quickly became larger than my large mitts. (Phone for scale)


    Then I started knitting.


    This weekend I need to pull it off the needles and put on a string and have her make sure that it is big enough and that she would actually wear it if I finish it.

    • 1marylou 6:58 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this! The yarn is perfect.


    • Tiara 7:47 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s looking great!


    • MrsPeterson 11:52 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The things we suffer for our children.


      • knitting1105 1:28 pm on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I know, such a hard cross to bear.


  • knitting1105 5:50 pm on January 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Arctic knitting 

    -15 F

    That is the air temperature this afternoon, not including the wind chill.  Me, and everyone that I know is staying home, hunkering down.  All my knitting and spinning friends are embracing the wonders of wool today, both in the wearing apparel and in the execution. Even our weekly Stitch-n-Bitch group has thrown down the knitted gauntlet and abandoned meeting tonight.  Just too cold to go out for a minute, let alone start-up the car. Our house however is staying nice and toasty.  The energy work that we have done over the past few years, in particular insulating the walls last year, is paying off well.

    Today I have been spinning on some Fiber Optic roving, Reef Gradient which was custom dyed a couple of years ago for Completely Twisted and Arbitrary Spin-Along on Ravelry, I was not ready to tackle a beautiful gradient at the time, and since then have successfully spun several.  This color way always just seemed too bright for me, then after wearing this shawl and getting compliments everywhere, I realized that I could pop the color intensity up a bit.  And, it has been a dreary cold winter thus far, this seemed like the best cheer me up spinning I could think of.


    Work on it is going slowly, as I think that I am spinning my finest to date.  The color gradations make the slow spinning so much more interesting.


    And on the knitting front, this Hanne Falkenberg sweater, Butterfly, has languished for 3-4 years, just missing its sleeves.  Progress is slow and I had to figure out where I was in the pattern, but I am back in the groove.  Will fill good to get another UFO out of the closet. I am a bit concerned about having enough yarn, so I think that I will switch over to the second sleeve and work on that so at least they match.  If I run out, it will be shorter Kimono style.

    Here are the Ravelry notes from when I first started it.  Funny, and thanks Ravelry for keeping me honest about length of time to knit.  People often ask me how long it takes to make something, and with this sweater I can truly say 5 years!!!

    6-23-09 Still knitting. Finished the back, and 1/2 way through the front. Slow go, but I am determined to be loyal to this project to the end. Although it is 90 today, and humid.



  • knitting1105 2:42 pm on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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.


    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.


    The next time, I chose colors more in the same intensity range.  This time I was very happy.




    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 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.


      • 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.


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



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

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


  • 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!


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