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  • knitting1105 3:28 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dale of Norway, Fair isle cutting, steeking   

    Butterflies 

    Seeking never ceases to make me nervous, I always have a glass of wine to get my courage up to sew and cut something that I have put so much time and effort in to.  No matter how many times I do it, I still need to muster up the courage.  To date, everything has been just fine, and I have not ruined anything.

    This sweater and set is being made for my granddaughter to be.  I love the butterflies, and they hold special meaning to my family.  My sister Anita, and my mother both loved butterflies.  Whenever I see butterflies in the spring, it always brings both of them to mind.  I knew when I saw this pattern that I had to make it.

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    The colors are so lovely and fun to work with.  Makes any grey day brighter.  And the steeking, after a nice glass of red wine, proved not to be so bad.  Just have to make sure to pull the strings to the opposite side when sewing.

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    And once this is done, the cutting is actually fun, and you open up the tube, now it starts to look more like a sweater to be.

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    This is progressing nicely, now for the details and edging.  I still have to set in the sleeves, which is not my favorite part I must say.  It involves 2 more steaks, and another glass of wine.

     
    • Yvonne Creanga 10:10 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait he the next step and details you’ll show us about his project.
      You light years ahead of all that I would attempt to make but it sure is nice to see your adventures in knitting.

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    • Yvonne Creanga 10:16 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry for my incoherent English. I am typing on my phone and I don’t know how to get back in the text above and correct it.
      “Can’t wait to see” and “you are light years”
      Better now

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    • Elaine 3:32 pm on December 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh how lovely! Your grand-daughter to be is a very lucky little baby. That is by far the prettiest knitted baby garment I’ve ever seen 🙂

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    • jill 11:36 pm on December 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is so darling! I can imagine how you feel cutting your work. Remember how I cut that sweater that took me months/years to make???? I was so traumatized that I never returned to fully sew it up. Still hoping you’ll finish it for me next time you visit.

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    • evilandrea 3:51 am on December 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That colour work is lovely. And steeking is the one knitting technique I’ve yet to be brave enough to try

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      • knitting1105 1:15 pm on January 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I really recommend taking a class for the first time, accompanied by a glass of wine, and a big breath. I still have a glass of wine ot calm my nerves. I think that the sleeve cutting makes me more nervous than the front steek.

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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.

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  • knitting1105 2:08 pm on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dale of Norway, , Norwegian Sweater   

    The Magical Sweater 

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

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    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!

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    How much longer can it go?

     
  • knitting1105 6:06 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Animals 

    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.

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    Quite a bit has been completed since then.

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    Next was carrots:

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    Here is the complete project to date:

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    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…

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    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.

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    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 3:44 pm on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dale of Norway, fair Is, , ,   

    Now I can show you! 

    Now I am able to brag blog about these gifts that I sent out to Ria.

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    The first was a Baby Surprise Jacket that I knit using some of my early handspun.  Mrs. Peterson was visiting and gave me the idea last summer, and I do think that it came out well.  Jill skyped with me when they were opening the presents, and it fits Ria perfectly.  She, however, was only interested in trying to eat the buttons.

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    Pattern: Baby Surprise jacket
    Pattern Source: The Opinionated Knitter (book)
    Yarn: Handspun from early spinning days
    Needles: US 6
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 58″ wide x 32″ deep

    The second sweater was a Dale of Norway, my go-to for baby gifts, they are just so beautiful.  This is a bright pink and tangerine, with bright accents.  Will look beautiful with her gorgeous dark coloring.

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    Pattern: #14206 Dale of Norway Pattern
    Pattern Source: Booklet #142
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull
    Needles: US 1 & 2
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: 12-24 months

    And lastly, this was an SOS from my sister Diane who was out the past couple of weeks taking care of Ria, a walk on a cool day necessitated some mittens for her hands.  Apparently, hard to come by in California.  I was hoping that these would fit, since I had no little models here to try them on, and they were the perfect size (she is 6 months old).  These were so fun to make, it is a free pattern from Knituition.  I changed the pattern on the back of the mitts to match the edge on the front, and to avoid long float carries every other row.  These will definitely be on my “to knit for new babies” list.

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    Pattern: Nordic Baby Mitts
    Pattern Source: Free from Knituition
    Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, blue and mint green
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 8/8/13
    Date Finished: 8/19/13
    Finished Dimensions: baby 6-9 months

    My extra special knitted wrapping paper held the 2 sweaters, I save this only for special hand knit goods.  It was a birthday gift from a friend a couple of years ago, I wish that I could find more…

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    • Mrs Peterson 8:58 pm on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I have been very sick, and just now catching up on your awesome projects. I LOVE the BSJ in that color– very sophisticated for an SF baby! And those mitts are adorable.

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      • knitting1105 5:08 pm on January 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! Sorry to hear that you have been sick, sucks especially during the holidays. Thanks to you for suggesting I use my chunkier early handspun for the BSJ jacket. just saw some photos of her wearing them and it is a very cute sweater.

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    • Patti Cappell 9:36 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am having such a hard time finding this pattern. It is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! Can you help me find the pattern?
      thanks!!

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      • knitting1105 7:49 pm on October 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Which pattern are you referring to? All of them have links to the pattern source in the notes below the pattern.

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  • 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!

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

      I gotta get me some granddaughters too !!!

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

        For the sweaters or just because they are cute?!

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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      • 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.

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

      Beautiful!!

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

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

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  • 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.

     

     

     
  • knitting1105 11:49 am on January 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Zebras Again 

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    I finally finished the Zebra sweater and dress for my niece Riley. It had sat unfinished for quite some time waiting for steeking, which is always a bit unnerving regardless of how many times that I do it. You spend all this time knitting a complicated fair ilse colorwork, to then take scissors to and cut it in half.

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    The biggest advantage is that all those ends do not have to be woven in.

    The sleeves are more difficult, as they need to be the same depth. I put a black yarn in the center of the sleeve steek, counted the stripes and added a pin to know where to stop.

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    I love the soft pink and orange stripes that I chose for this sweater. The orange is a tribute to my brother’s favorite color, softened down for a little girl. The zebra stripes give it some pizzazz.

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    Waiting for a little girl to play in it.

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    Pattern: Zebra Striper
    Pattern Source: Dale of Norway Pamphlet #8101
    Yarn: Baby Ull by Dale of Norway
    Needles: US 1 & 2
    Date Started: 4/8/10
    Date Finished: 12/30/12
    Finished Dimensions: 3 Years old

     
    • Diane 9:46 pm on January 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What a lucky little girl–this is absolutely adorable and she will look so cute in the outfit. Good job!

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