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  • knitting1105 10:19 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Damn Fine Yarn Contest, Best Garment, Best in Show, , Sweater,   

    Best in Show! 

    Won Best in Show, and Best Garment this weekend at YarnCon!!!!!!

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    YarnCon has been around for about 5 years now, and I always enjoy going there.  It seems to get better every year.  This year they added a knitting contest.  There were 5 categories:  Best of Northern Peaks, Best Accessory, Best Garment, Best Handspun, and Best Toy.  I entered 3 of the categories, it was fun to think about what to choose to bring.

    As they were photographing the winning entry for Best in Show, I walked up to 5 women holding up my sweater.  I asked if that was a winner, and everyone cheered yes.  They were all surprised when I said that I had knit it!  How fun, normally I have no luck.  Perhaps being rewarded for skill instead of luck is more fit for me.

    You can see the Instagram photos here.

    I won loads of gifts for both Best Garment, and Best in Show, right now I can’t remember which was for which, but here are my prizes:

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    Projects bags, kits for tiny toys, the buttons represent a kit that will be mailed to me.  Love the yarn bowl with some Mrs. Crosby’s yarn in it:

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    And these little pins made with vintage rulers.  I was coveting them at the event, but choose not to purchase one, so I was really happy to see this in the gift bag.

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    And, I will receive a print copy of this book:

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    Look here if you want to see more of my Polar Bear sweaters, it was knit in 2008 for Ravelympics.  I did it all in 3 weeks, the first being while we were on vacation at the beach. I have always loved this sweater, but it really requires a very very cold day to wear it.

    Good Weekend, YarnCon followed a weaving show at the Chicago Weaving School that I attended on Friday with my friend Jane.  Next step is to take classes there and finally learn how to use my Inkle loom.

     

     
    • Dave Becker 10:29 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice!

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    • Diane Hamilton 8:50 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, I am so thrilled for you that you were recognized for talent and artistry. Congratulations, that is so cool and luck had nothing to do with this, it was all skill!

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      • knitting1105 9:18 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Diane. You have always been one of my biggest cheerleaders!

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    • Diane Hamilton 9:35 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. Mom and Dad are up in heaven bragging to everyone they know. I am sure they are so proud of you and sending their love.

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    • salpal1 9:33 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      WOW – YOU are AMAZING! SO glad they recognized the skill and patience that went into that sweater. It is lovely.

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    • Heidi 11:56 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Way to go! Awesome sweater. Always a pleasure to be rewarded for our hard work. Love your blog. 😊

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      • knitting1105 10:05 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        thanks for the compliments on both my blog and sweater!

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    • 1marylou 12:54 pm on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Artwork in fiber. You definitely deserve the honor and you do all knitters proud with your work. Congrats.

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      • knitting1105 10:06 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awe, you make me blush. It was fun to get some recognition. Not having a county fair to enter, this was fun.

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    • elaine 10:06 pm on April 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats! Your work is SO nice ~ those are well deserved awards 🙂 Keep on sharing the inspiration!

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  • knitting1105 4:53 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Pullover Progressing 

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    Batwing Pullover pieces

    All but the collar is knit up on the Batwing Pullover that I started a couple of weeks ago.  Aurora 8 by Karabella is one of my favorite cabling yarns, it is so soft and squishy to knit with, holds the structure of the cable beautifully.  Unfortunately, I have to agree with comments on Ravelry that this yarn is expensive ($10/98 yard skein), and has way too many knots in it.  Someone had to tie the knots, so they know that there are a lot.

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    Batwing Pullover Detail

    I had 20 skeins of this yarn in deep deep stash.  Finding a use for it was exciting, and I knew that even with that amount, I would run short of the yardage required to complete this sweater. While Aurora 8 is still produced, my Turquoise color had been long discontinued.  Searching the internet, I found 2 skeins in a clearance warehouse that I ordered.  There were some on people’s Ravelry pages, but I did not have luck acquiring those.  I did yet another google search this time using the color number, not the name.  Bingo!  I scored, and found a stash.  I purchased 6 skeins, hoping that that will be enough to finish the collar (which is big).

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    I really want to finish this, but the sewing of the pieces needs to happen first, and I need to be in the right frame of mind, with the right lighting.  I guess that it will not be completed to take to knitting tomorrow.

     
  • 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 1:46 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Jury is Still Out 

    Remember how excited I was to knit up this shawl from the cover of Lovely Knitted Lace?  Well, it is finished, actually finished for a couple of weeks now.  Last week I was busy with summer Architecture camp for teens, and this week I am reeling from a really bad summer cold.  So bad in fact, that I did not even feel like knitting or spinning most of the time, and I have been home alone.   It was quite miserable.

    Well, here is the shawl pre blocking:

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    And I was waiting to have a model to take photos of it, but then realized that I could model it and just use the self timer on my camera.  First, the shawl without the buttons closed, you can see how there is no shape to this, it really has to always be worn fully buttoned up.

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    And the completed shawl.  I was not looking great today, a weeks worth of head colds took its toll, so I artfully cropped my head out!

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    Wondering if maybe my torso is not long enough to carry this off.

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    I disagree with her directions for sewing the shawl up.  I would find the point for each of the arms to have the petal end right at the top of the wrist (5th one in from each front edge), and then sew the bottoms between to the required measurements so that it fits properly on your hips.

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    Pattern: Camellia Dolman
    Pattern Source: Lovely Knitted Lace
    Yarn: Helen’s Lace
    Needles: US 3 & 5
    Date Started: 3/28/14
    Date Finished: 4/16/14
    Finished Dimensions: Women’s large

     
    • Jeanette Andre 11:34 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is such a beautiful shaw, you are right, it does look rather snug in the hip area.I’m sure you will be able to figure it out, looks lovely from the back spread out.

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      • knitting1105 10:05 am on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The pattern requires it to be snug in the hip area, otherwise it has absolutely no shape. I think that I just need to wear it lower. Thanks for the nice comments!

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    • Diane Hamilton 11:39 pm on June 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, as usual this is a beautiful work of art. I actually like it better unbutton and to get the true appreciation of the beautiful knitting I think you need to always hold your arms out. If old people can just stop in the middle of an isle for no good reason, you should be able to always hold your arms out to display this beautiful shawl. Sorry you have been so sick…hope you are feeling better!

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  • knitting1105 10:58 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Yup, another shawl 

    Currently I am knitting yet another shawl, but this one is with a twist, the shawl becomes a sweater.  It is from my new favorite book Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico.

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    Slowly I am knitting my way through this book, there are some great twists on lace and how to use it for wearable items.  The sweater shown here on the front, Camellia Dolman, is my newest project, it is basically a circular shawl that is knit back and forth to achieve edges that becomes the button band.

     

     

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    The Helen’s Lace yarn that I purchased at the Lorna’s Laces warehouse sale is being used.

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    This shawl had to be restarted as I did not read carefully and got almost through the first 1/2 of the chart when I realized that I was supposed to just purl back on the even # rows.  UGH!, but I ripped it all back and started over.  It took a long time for my brain to realize why this did not seem to be large enough for the shawl.  The yellow showed how far I was when I ripped back, the green highlighted area is my progress to date.

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    Not quite sure about this color for me, although I think that it will look great with white pants and jeans as a summer sweater.

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    Progress has been moving along nicely and I realized that the pattern was incorrect in a major way, it asked for 3,000 yards of 2 separate yarns (6,000 in total)…. in reality if you look at the breakdown, it is 1,500 yards of 2 different lace weight yarns, or 3,000 yards total.  This would have made a huge difference in my purchasing as 1,500 yards is a lot cheaper than 3,000 yards!  Now I even think that I could make this again with a handspun gradient, after I see if I like the fit of course.  The other errors in the pattern are that the increases are every 12th row, not every 6th row as stated.  The charts are correct, I am not sure about the written pattern as I do not use them.  Also, she neglects to tell you to bind off, I was wondering if the sweater was made by sewing live edges together, but could not figure out how to block the shawl prior to sewing if that were the case.

    In spite of the lack of proper editing or pattern testing in this book, I love these patterns.  It just would be hard for a new lace knitter to figure out what is wrong without the corrections.

     
    • peggyandpierre 11:05 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful shawl! I wish I didn’t have so many projects going right now or else I would run out and get everything to make this right now!!
      Definitely love your color choice! That color is so popular right now and will look great during the summer. Even at the beach!

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      • knitting1105 11:14 am on May 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I had not thought of this as a beach sweater, but that would be really fun.

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    • Diane 12:25 am on May 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is so pretty, shawls are like shoes….you can’t have too many! Ask Sofia!

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  • knitting1105 12:32 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Only for Love 



    Those of you who know me are aware that my favorite needle sizes are 1 & 2’s with an occasional 3 or 4 (American sizes) thrown in.  I love tight-knit, small stitch knitting.  So, only for precious Sofia would I pull out my size 13’s and double an already bulky for me yarn.

    Remember this book that I got at Vogue for free?  I was sure that some of the sweaters would be right up her alley.

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    I was right, and she chose this one.  Basically a tube with a reversed large cable on one side.  Also, not my detailed, fitted pattern preference.

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    This was yarn that I had purchased from a woman’s destash of her mother’s knitting.  Again, not my style, but I already had Sofia in the back of my head when I bought this.

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    I had 2 skeins of this yarn, and it filled my skein winder.  It was way to big for even my special heavy-duty ball winder, so I wound it by hand.  It was difficult as the ball quickly became larger than my large mitts. (Phone for scale)

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    Then I started knitting.

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    This weekend I need to pull it off the needles and put on a string and have her make sure that it is big enough and that she would actually wear it if I finish it.

     
    • 1marylou 6:58 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this! The yarn is perfect.

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    • Tiara 7:47 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It’s looking great!

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    • MrsPeterson 11:52 am on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The things we suffer for our children.

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      • knitting1105 1:28 pm on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I know, such a hard cross to bear.

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  • knitting1105 1:20 pm on January 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Starmore, Sweater, Tudor Dynasty   

    2 Roses 

    Tudor Roses, I have both.  The first by Alice Starmore  (1998) has become an icon in the knitting book world, and commanding many times over the original $24 price tag.  I have yet to knit anything from this, although it is definitely on my upcoming list to knit a Starmore sweater.  All of the sweaters  were inspired by members of the Tudor Dynasty, each comes with a brief bio of the person, and the necessary charts, etc for those who wish to actually knit them up rather than just drooling through the pages.

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    A couple of selections from the original book:

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    So when a new version of this book was issued (2013), I was not sure that it was necessary. How wrong could I be.  This was an early Christmas present to myself, and well worth the current price of about $27 (list is $40).  As described in the review: Part fashion, part photography, part English history, and all knitting.  There are a few new patterns, and many reknit in a different color way, so they look totally different.  Most important is the quality of this book, it is a lovely cloth covered hardcover, and has the look and feel of a beautiful coffee table book.

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    All of the photography is totally new, not set in scenes, but rather studio shots.  Each sweater is on a different model, ones that Starmore chose to reflect her vision of the woman for whom the sweater is thus named.  There are a few new patterns not found in the original book, at the expense of the Tudor men. Katherine was a color change, whereas Anne got a whole new look.

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    Here are some side by side comparisons of an original pattern to the new. The subtle color differences of the blue version here are more appealing to me.

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    The accessories in this book are really interesting, made specifically for the book.

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    No men in the new version, for that you need to look for the original.

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    A new version of Aran Knitting was also published recently, but I think that it is a Dover edition.  Still, are there patterns there that I would need?  How many duplicate book copies are truly necessary?!!!

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    • LaurenS 8:40 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m really disappointed in the new version. I thought they would be reprinting the old one.

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      • knitting1105 12:24 pm on January 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry that you don’t like the new one. Many of the patterns were repeated. Having both, if I had to choose one, it would be the new version. It is so beautiful, and the colors are more contemporary. Maybe you can watch for the old one to surface at a good price.

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      • Christina 1:20 am on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hello
        So I don’t need the first copy is I get the copy of 2013, right? The 2013 have all of the patterns from the first book and some plus patterns? I’m not sure if I should hunt them bought 🙂

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        • knitting1105 1:11 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink

          Your comment got me to pulling out both books and thinking. Will be doing a blog post about this.

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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:

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    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.

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    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!

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

      3!!

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

      I vote for #1

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    • 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

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    • 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!

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    • 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!!

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  • 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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  • knitting1105 10:44 pm on January 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American Girl, Martha Stewart, Pompom, Sweater   

    Just ask Martha 

    I want to take a couple of posts to talk about some of the Christmas presents that I gave. Hard to write about them on the off-chance that the recipient might actually read my blog (definitely not a problem with items made for my husband).

    Just ask MarthaThis sweater and hat and mitten set was made for my niece Rebecca, for her American Girl Doll Rebecca. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember the amazing thank you drawings that I got in the past for Barbie clothes that I knit for her. She is such a cutie, and an appreciative recipient. This was a pattern that I bought many years ago to make for my daughter’s doll. While my daughter did receive some sweaters for her dolls, I was not confident enough in my stranded knitting at the time to tackle this pattern. The pattern was very well written, much better than most that I find today.

    The knitting was very straight forward, I used some Baby Blatt yarn that was in my stash. As I was applying the last finishing touches, I needed to make a pompom for the top of the hat. In the past, my pompoms have often been less than fluffy, and the double doughnut method never seems to work real well. So, off to google to search an alternative, and I found this post by Martha Stewart.

    Essentially you take a strip of cardboard the radius of your finished pompom size. Cut slits at each end and insert a longer piece of yarn

    Then wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 150 times.

    Gently slide out the cardboard, keeping the longer yarn separate. Tie a tight knot.

    Cut all of the threads and trim!

    Voila! A perfect pompom.

     
    • Rose 6:20 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is the pattern for the pink gown made of tiny balls available for purchase?

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      • knitting1105 3:09 pm on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I purchased it a few years ago, not sure where you can get it now.

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