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  • knitting1105 11:46 am on November 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    English Tailoring Part II 

    A few years back, I took a class at Vogue Knitting from CocoKnits on English tailoring, and loved it.  We made a baby sweater in that class, which I gave to a friend’s grandson.  I repeated a similar class with her a couple of years later, hoping to hone this process and apply it to more sweaters.  Most recently, I gave Dan yarn for Christmas last year, and have attempted to knit one of CocoKnits top down sweaters for him, I had great difficulty with the gauge, and he has yet to receive that sweater.  I am thinking that this might be a good Holiday project for me…

    So, I posted recently that I was working on this Dale of Norway baby sweater, and wanted to do the set in sleeves as the English tailoring method.  I am proud to say that I have completed this, there was a bit of ripping back and experimenting, but I am quite proud of the end result.

    The only seaming is a few stitches under the arm.  And, the fit is a nice shoulder.

    This sweater has a sweet flower pattern at the bottom.  The pattern called for knitting the fair isle back and forth, but I choose to knit it in the round for those few rows, and steek it.

    I also knit the sleeves in the round.  These few adaptations really made this work as a great English tailoring sweater.

    Hoping to sew the short steek soon and finish this up.

    Julie Weisenberger is a really great teacher and I would highly recommend her classes.  If you are not able to take one of her classes, I highly recommend her new book, which I purchased this past year.


    Julie also has several great tutorials on her website that you all should check out, regardless of whether you use the English tailoring method.  I am always on the lookout for new techniques that either minimize finishing or give my knitted objects a more finished professional look.

    Another book that comes to mind is The “I Hate to Finish Sweaters” Guide to Finishing Sweaters.  This is a great book on sweater finishing, i.e. thinking about how you set up your sweater before you start knitting.  Many, many years ago I took a finishing class, and the instructor recommended this book.  It is a short spiral bound book, and one that I refer to over and over again.  I saw it on Amazon for $36!, but found reasonably priced copies here.


    • Diane Hamilton 12:29 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The baby sweater is so pretty, I always admire your talent and skill in knitting. The time you put into these gifts is something that can’t be measured.


  • knitting1105 3:10 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Radio Silence is Over 

    I have been conspicuously absent in my postings this summer, and it was all for good reason.  My son and DIL are expecting a baby in December, and I have been knitting away to present these items to them at the baby shower.  The shower was held last weekend, and attended by all of Ethan’s high school friends, some from college, and many of Dan and I’s friends.


    It was a lot of fun, and they received many nice gifts which will go a long way in helping them to get their young family established.  It was nice to celebrate, as we never really had a large wedding celebration like there was for Sofia and Mark, where I knit her this beautiful shawl.

    So, here goes, fair warning that there will be a lot of photos here.  Most made with Dale of Norway Baby Ull, which I had to stock up on.  For those of you still looking for the one place in the US that carries it, you need to go to Heart of the Mitten.  Not quite sure why they are limiting the sales just to this store, but at least it is still available for the time being.

    First, a pattern that I have knit more times than I can count.  It is an old booklet that my mother had from the 50’s, and as a child I knit baby sweaters from this for my mother’s friends and family.  I used a variegated sock yarn, and Baby Ull of course.  This is a wonderful baby pattern, as the raglan sleeves work well for a newborn.


    And a matching hat


    This makes such a cute set.


    Next, I believe that this is from the same booklet.  And, this also is a pattern that I have made in the past.


    This sweater got matching booties and a hat.


    Then, I needed to make an Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket as well.  I had made one from some of my early handspun a few years ago for my niece, and my sister loved it.  So here it is with handspun yarn, and some funky square buttons. It is so incredibly soft and squishy.


    And lastly, my favorite baby booties, Christine’s Baby Booties that really stay on.  A free pattern from Knitty.


    And of course, they needed a hat to go along with them.  These were made after we knew that the baby is to be a girl.


    More in the work now that are gender specific…

    • Diane F Hamilton 3:17 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      These are all beautiful, that is one lucky baby! I will have to make sure Sayaka shows these to me when we see her on Wednesday.

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    • knitting1105 7:16 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You won’t be able to see them until Dan drives the things out in a couple of weeks. They are really cute though!


    • Pam 9:22 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One is more beautiful than the next. What a lucky baby to have you in charge of her knitted wardrobe.

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    • Elaine 4:27 am on October 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky lucky baby your granddaughter is. Beautiful patterns and lovely colours and congratulations, by the way. Is she expected before or after Christmas?

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  • knitting1105 9:24 am on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    English Tailoring 

    In October of 2012 I took a class from Julie Weisenberger, aka Cocoknits, on English Tailoring.  We worked on a baby sweater, starting at the mid point and doing the shoulder shaping.

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    I loved this class, and the cute little sweater that we knit up.  And then it sat, for over 2 years until I finished it earlier this winter. I thought that it was the perfect gift for my friend’s new grandson.





    Buttons on, and it was finally off to the little recipient.  And here he is, room to grow:


    Even though this took me so long to finish, I would definitely make it again.  Love this whole process.  Take a class from Julie whenever you have the opportunity.  I have taken 2, and would gladly take another.

    • Diane 5:23 pm on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those are the best kind of sweaters, ones you have to grown into. That way the recipient gets to enjoy your work of art longer. Nice job!


    • acresofwonderland 7:00 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I really love your blog! Been wanting to get into knittting for a long time, I currently crochet and made a blanket for my cousins daughter when she was born and would love to be able to make more things. Dreams of opening my own craft business are slipping further away so I need to learn so much more stuff!


      • knitting1105 8:07 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I have been knitting for a very very long time, and am constantly taking classes to perfect my skill. doesn’t help that I have added spinning, and recently weaving into the mix! Such a wonderful hobby to have. Best of luck on opening your own business, just takes being a really good people person and loving what you do.


        • acresofwonderland 9:33 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink

          I’m really looking into joining some classes, for sure! You’re super busy then! Definitely gives me that boost to get stuff done even with working so much recently, thankyou!


  • knitting1105 2:08 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Magical Sweater 

    When young Franklin was not quite 2, I made this sweater for him, and posted about it here.

    Franlklin sweater

    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!

    Franklin's Sweater

    How much longer can it go?

  • knitting1105 6:06 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My little animal sweater has been coming along nicely.  The last time that I posted about it, I had only finished the row of chicks.


    Quite a bit has been completed since then.




    Next was carrots:



    Then some really cute dogs.  These also required a shopping trip, as I just did not like any of the colors that I had on hand.  So glad that I took the extra effort.


    After dogs, I really felt that there needed to be some cats, but could not find a good pattern anywhere.  So, I pulled out the little graph book that my husband gave to me for Christmas, and charted my own cat on a wall.


    The cats turned out really cute,  They are actually a dark blue, not black.


    Here is the complete project to date:


    I also ended up ordering more of all of the pink colors, and found one of the old colors at Idea Studio in LaGrange.  A really great store, I have only recently discovered it based on recommendations from friends.  Highly recommended, they are so nice and friendly.  Wish it was closer to me.

    Sleeves are next, I think that they will be a little bit tricky.

  • knitting1105 9:55 pm on February 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Stash is Good 

    No Judgements here…


    Having enough Baby Ull on hand allowed me to start planning a new project.  Very excited about this one.  First I had to choose the colors that went together, a total of 15-20.


    I am not sure about the Bright Green in this mix, might have to change it up a bit.  Watch for coming up progress on my newest Dale of Norway baby creation.  I just love their patterns.  Any guesses on which one it is?

    No local yarn shops carry this wool, so when I see it I try to add to my collection.  My absolute favorite for making baby sweaters.

  • knitting1105 4:22 pm on September 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Back to Spinning 

    It seems as if I have taken a summer hiatus from spinning.  I think being gone a lot, coupled with the really amazing weather where I would rather be outside, kept me away from my wheels.

    I finally finished plying up this fiber from Julie Spins.  I initially started the spinning mid-March, and am just now finishing. I had put this on my Spin-the-Bin challenge.  Not sure that I will finish everything, but I am making progress.

    Amish Spinning02


    I ended up with 534 yards of 2 ply from a 5-6 ounce braid.  During the plying process, I was afraid that it was all going to be muted blues.  But when skeined up, it took on these beautiful subtle colors.






    And I finished spinning AND plying this Merino/Bamboo/Nylon from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, it is so incredibly soft.  198 yards of 2 ply. This was purchased 3 years ago at the Wisconsin Sheep & wool Festival, about time it was spun up.



    This yarn is to coordinate with Baby Ria’s sweater.  The plan is to put the iCord edging on with this pink.  I thought that using the variegated from the body would not look as good.  And, I should have enough to make a cute matching hat.  The sweater had been on hold until I finished spinning this edging yarn.  Need to get it out before she grows too much more, we measured her late July.




  • knitting1105 1:25 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    On the Move… 

    A sweater in action.  Made this for my friend’s granddaughter when she was born.  I like to make baby gifts bigger so that they last longer.  This was a special treat, as they stopped by to show me the sweater on her.

    Dale of Norway pattern of course!









    • J Winstein 2:40 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I gotta get me some granddaughters too !!!


      • knitting1105 2:54 pm on December 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        For the sweaters or just because they are cute?!


    • Nicky 1:18 am on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Whyat uis the name of this pattern ?
      I would love to knit one of these.


    • Manning 2:26 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man is that cute. We are trying to talk Franklin into wearing his Frances sweater one last time to see Santa, so we can have a full photo series. Actually I want him to keep wearing it each year until it just can’t fit at all anymore.


      • knitting1105 4:09 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I cannot believe that he still fits into the sweater. I love it!


        • Manning 5:59 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink

          The sweater still “fits”. The sleeves are just below his elbows! 😉


    • Pam Risher 3:13 pm on December 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      These are GREAT! Stella is gorgeous and so is the sweater!


      • knitting1105 7:51 pm on December 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Pam! And thanks for finally looking at my blog!!!!


  • 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 10:27 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Buttons On! 

    A visit to Michigan allowed me to sew the buttons on the Zebra sweater and dress. The zebra decorative buttons resurfaced right before I left.



    And I got to see my adorable niece model it. Fits great, I think that this is the cutest pattern.



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