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  • knitting1105 3:10 pm on October 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , baby booties, baby hat, baby surprise jacket, , , color   

    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 10:29 am on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: color, Pigments   

    Color the World 

    I love color.


    The Forbes Pigment collection.  This is fascinating, and I had never heard of it.  A repository of pigments from all over the world and many different time periods at the Harvard Art Museum.  Seed banks are a familiar theme, but I had never heard of a Pigment bank.


    “The Forbes pigment collection was started by its namesake—Straus Center founder and former Fogg Art Museum Director Edward Forbes who began the collection at the turn of the 20th century. Forbes would collect his samples from his travels all over the world, bringing back pigments from excavated sites at Pompeii to rare lapis lazuli found in Afghanistan.”



    Many interesting ways to get color, but I found the most fascinating was ‘Indian Yellow’ made from the urine of cows fed only mango leaves.  Apparently this process has been abandoned due to animal humane issues.

    You can read more about it here and here:

    And, on Facebook, there is a great video.


    • 1marylou 12:15 pm on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I also watched the post on Facebook…so interesting!


  • knitting1105 2:23 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: color   



    This recent article on the origins of the color purple got me to thinking about colors, and how they are precieved.


    I have always been fascinated with color, how some people see or don’t see it, why it is important to some and not others, and how it affects people.  Since I was a child I have loved colors, starting with the new box of Crayola Crayons that we got at the start of every school year.  The big huge box was never in our school bag, as there wasn’t enough money for it, but I lusted after them.  The packaging is so iconic, and I remember the built-in sharpener when it came out!


    So, of course, my own children received all the crayons, and lots of other ways to express themselves with color.  I am not sure that it has held the allure for them that it dos for me, although Sofia is always well coordinated!


    Fast forward to Architecture School, and I fell in love with Prismacolors.  The intense beautiful colors that you can get with these colored pencils is unlike any others.


    My wish list for the past few Christmases has been this amazing set of all the Prismas in a beautiful wooden box.  Maybe this year?…


    In my work, I get to use color a lot, although not normally the really bright versions.  But, I love my paint color fans.

    Close-up view of a color chart used for paint selection

    Close-up view of a color chart used for paint selection

    And naturally, knitting allows me to use color in a very free and creative way,  I love collecting the color cards from yarn companies, Jamieson’s being one of the best.

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    And, while it is a smaller selection than Jameison’s, the Dale of Norway Baby Ull provides some great colors, and I get to use these the most creatively in the baby sweaters that I knit.

    Dale of Norway Color Card

    Recently, I came across these couple of quizzes for how you see color.  I tend to differentiate colors very well.

    To see if you have the “eye of an eagle”, try this quiz.  I got a perfect score!

    And this one where about 15% of the people have a 4th cone, of which I am a select member.


    I am fortunate to have both a hobby and profession that are creative and allow me to continually experiment and utilize color in so many different ways.

    • KrisD 3:28 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      have you done this test? it is pretty interesting. I made my husband do it and the struggle of picking paint colors for our bedroom makes so much more sense now. lol.


      • knitting1105 3:39 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. I did not score as well on that as I had thought that I should. Will have to try it again later. Blame it on my computer monitor!


        • KrisD 3:54 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink

          what did you score? I had 15. I’ve done better, allergy season with itchy eyes and contacts probably isn’t the best time to try to do that sort of thing.


    • soknitsome 10:14 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great! I’ve also got eagle eyes with a perfect score – but I got 35 in the second one so I see like a bee!


    • natas75 4:47 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely post. I’m also very fond of colours. Whether it’s crayons, yarn or colourful clothing. I shared your post on my page, if you don’t mind..


    • natas75 4:53 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And also perfect score on the quiz! Still don’t need my glasses 🙂


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