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  • knitting1105 9:54 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    With a little help from my friends… 

    I have been working on this baby sweater:



    Finally I arrived at the fun part, where the sleeves attach and I get to knit the wonderful Fair Isle.  That seems that keeps me excited and motivated.  I was stuck however with which accent colors to choose.  In came my knitting group, and the vote was unanimous from these 4 choices.









    What is your choice?  I will unveil the winner when I have a good portion of the colorwork knit up.





    • nothingbutknit2 10:00 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I really like number 1!


    • A Tangled Yarn 10:25 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply



    • Mimi 11:49 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I vote for #1


    • Janice 2:23 pm on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hard to decide, I am sure any of them will look great, my vote #4


    • Sarah @ ASunnyDayInReykjavik 2:14 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure but I think I like 3 best. I love Fair Isle, can’t wait to see it finished!


    • Michelle 8:30 am on September 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I like the cranberry to compliment the pink, & the lavender to partner w/ purple, then a pop of yellow. All very nice together – then the “funky” orange for that bohemian flair 🙂 #4 gets my vote. Frances, you are on a roll!!


  • knitting1105 12:56 pm on April 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Latvian Mitts 

    When I took the “Twined Knitting” class from Beth Brown Reinsel a few weeks ago I purchased this kit for making a pair of Latvian Fingerless Mitts.




    I finally completed them, they are really stunning.  As you can imagine, there were quite a number of ends to weave in, I spent one entire SnB night just weaving them in.  I used the needle for the smaller size, so they do not fit my hands.  These are being gifted shortly. There might be enough yarn left to knit another pair…

    Pattern: Latvian Fingerless Mitts
    Pattern Source: Beth Brown Reinsel
    Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, 5 colors
    Needles: US 4
    Date Started: 3/9/13
    Date Finished: 3/25/13
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s small/medium

  • 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 


    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.




    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.



    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.


    Waiting for a little girl to play in it.


    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!


  • knitting1105 5:32 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Accidental Knitted Christmas 

    Knitted gifts were not on the radar for Christmas this year. I was not interested in the stress of completing them, nor trying to decide what to make. Then, I decided to make a pair of socks for Dan this year from one of my sock clubs (thinking of how to stuff his stocking is always a challenge). Then we were going to visit my Mom and Cass, they are so hard to think of things to get and always appreciate knitted items. On the way back we were stopping at my brother’s house, and I had that beautiful Dale of Norway outfit was started when my niece was born (she is 2 1/2 now, luckily I made the larger size). The booties for a soon to be niece/nephew, and lastly—the cute sweater for another niece and her American Girl Doll. Well, none were completed on time and in 3 instances I had to wrap up an unfinished gift and ask for it back to finish. Here they are, to be discussed in length on a future post.

    Drumroll please….


    I think I will plan ahead next year. And start in June.

    • Lisa 7:23 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I decided that the month of the Recipients birthday is the month I will try to make their gift. So by December all the gifts should be completed.


  • knitting1105 8:57 am on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    I finally finished this sweater for baby Stella.  She is a few months old, but still petite, so this will be big even now.  It is a Dale of Norway fair isle, knit in the round starting at the bottom with a front steek.  I got up the nerve to sew and cut the steek last week.  I started by steaming the sweater flat, and sewing a double line of stitches down each side, carefully pulling the yarn ends to the opposite side while stitching.

    Then, I cut away all the yarn ends

    And, bravely cut down the middle between my sewing lines.  No matter how many times I do this, it still makes me a bit nervous:

    Next came picking up stitches, knitting the band with a fold-over flap to conceal my cut edge line, and finding the right buttons.  I am very happy with the results.  I hope that the baby gets lots of wear out of it.

    I wrapped it up and delivered it today.


    Project Specs

    Pattern: 14206 Yoked Cardigan
    Pattern Source: Dale of Norway Book #142
    Yarn: Baby Ull by Dale of Norway
    Needles: US 1 and US 2
    Date Started: 1/5/12
    Date Finished: 1/24/12
    Finished Dimensions: 12 Month old

    • Diane Hamilton 2:01 pm on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That is so pretty–I love the colors! Stella is a lucky little girl and will be styling. I finished my hat, however, I don’t like the colors. Decided to start a pair a socks and see how I do.


    • Andi 7:53 pm on January 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      As I said before, this is gorgeous. I’m impressed with your will to steek. It scares me!!


    • thecrazysheeplady 8:21 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, this is too cute!!! Beautifully done and wrapped!


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