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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 4:35 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Lloyd 

    I finished my poodle mittens about a week ago.  This pattern had been gifted to me on my Birthday a couple of years ago.  I used Dale Tiur.  They are big, but so are my hands!

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    And for the inside of the thumbs, in honor of the coolest poodle ever…

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    To be used next winter, that I will always remember this smiling mug!  I miss him so.

     
    • Diane Hamilton 11:12 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, great job as usual but even more special because they will always remind you of Lloyd. He was a cutie for sure!

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    • knitting1105 10:15 am on May 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Diane!

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  • knitting1105 6:19 pm on December 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My Turn 

    The past several months I have been preoccupied with knitting for others, from fingerless mitts for girls weekend, Estonian shawl for Go Red auction, Christmas gifts and goodies for a few special people.  Even though I still have a few projects that are languishing and begging to be finished, I feel like rewarding myself and starting something new, but still using yarn from my stash.  I really had wanted to make this hat, the Baa-ble Hat, by Donna Smith from the cover of this year’s Wool Week magazine, which I purchased when it came out, but for everyone the hat pattern is free via the above link. It was one of the most popularly queued patterns on Ravelry this year, and I think for good reason.

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    Upon closer inspection, that hat calls for an Aran weight Jamieson’s yarn.  I know that the hat will kit up quickly, and I still want to make it, but I resisted the urge to drive out to a yarn store, or to purchase something online.  It will be coming up soon though…

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    In the meantime, I pulled out this stash of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift

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    and decided that it was the perfect time to cast on for the Sheepheid Tam by Kate Davies.

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    The pattern has been in my procession for a couple of years, and I do have some Shetland wool of several colors that I was intending to handspan just for this, but will be happy to make the hat out of the yarn that I have on hand.

    Next I want to plan a new sweater from some stash yarns, I have a couple of options that I am mulling over.

     
    • natas75 12:34 am on December 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a lovely pattern. Will definitely check it out, though fair Isle is still something that I’m intimidated by..

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    • Diane Hamilton 2:27 pm on December 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      First I am glad you are making something for yourself, you deserve it! Second, I am thrilled, as I am sure Dan is, that you are able to use some of your stash that you have on hand. It always feels good when you can use what you already have (I try to do this with quilting too but am not always successful). Can’t wait to see the finished project. Happy New Year!

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      • knitting1105 2:47 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane, it is not like i am lacking for any of my own hand knit goods though!

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    • Gracey 10:53 am on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I want to make both of those hats, but I’ve never done any color work besides stripes….its a bit intimidating…

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      • knitting1105 2:46 pm on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        the Tam is definitely not the one to start with for a first project. I will let you know how the other one goes. Color work is very fun though!

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  • knitting1105 1:46 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Tudor Roses Comparison 

    About 18 months ago I wrote a review of the new Tudor Roses vs the original Tudor Roses, both by Alice Starmore.  In that review, I commented that I was happy to have both versions, for the color changes, and new shaping of the newest version (2013),

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    and the patterns for men in the original version (1998).

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    A question was recently posed on that blog entry by Christina, of whether I would say that only the new version was needed.  This prompted me to do a comparison of patterns, and to note which ones were in each book, and any changes.

    Looking through and comparing these books has piqued my interest in knitting up one of the patterns, and I must say that it will  probably be from the newer book, as the shaping is more contemporary there, and more to my liking.  There are a couple of sweaters that appear in both books that really appeal to me also.  I enjoy seeing the ones that were reknit being done in a new colorway.  My comparison of the 2 books follows, a simple chart:

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    So my answer to Christina who posed the question, would be that I am happy that I own both books.  If your desire is to have a complete knitting library, and you love color work and more complicated patterns, then Yes to owning both books.  And starting at $20 for the older version on Amazon, I do think that it is worth the investment.

    As a side note, thanks in large part to Ravelry, many knitting books that are out of print have become very pricey, although that changes as books are reissued.  I have a wonderful library that I have amassed over the years, and keep telling my family that if something happens to me, my knitting books are worth more than my Architecture books!  And that statement says a lot, as that is also a wonderful collection.

     
  • 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.

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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.

    Rabbits:

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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 9:12 am on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    1000 Views! 

    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.

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    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.

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      • 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!

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  • knitting1105 3:44 pm on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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 2:42 pm on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Decisions 

    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

     

     
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