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  • knitting1105 8:57 am on January 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Sweater   

    Stella! 

    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.

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    • 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!!

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

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

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  • knitting1105 12:05 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally photos 

    I finished this sweater soon after Christmas and my husband has been wearing it, but between dreary days and him being out of town, I have not had a chance to get a good photo.

    Project Specs
    Pattern: Chess Sweater
    Pattern Source: Hanne Falkenberg kit
    Yarn: #2 Shetland by Hanne Falkenberg, colors Aubergine and coffee
    Needles: US 2
    Date Started: 8/15/10
    Date Finished: 12/28/11
    Finished Dimensions: Size Men’s large

    And I have been working on my mittens, I think that I need to reverse the colors, as it is not detailing well.  I thought with windows and doors being light, it would look like nighttime with the lights on.  I don’t think so.  All of the other patterns knit up on Ravelry have followed the chart.  So much for being a maverick, ripping back again.  This time just to the cuff.

     
    • Diane Hamilton 2:45 pm on January 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      The sweater turned out great–I knew Dan would love it!

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  • knitting1105 11:28 am on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Lyocell, SeaCell, Sweater   

    Almost, but not Quite 

    I had originally decided that this Christmas was to be hand-knitted gift-free.  No undue stress on me to finish a project just to have it under the tree.  My family would be the recipients of my knitting anyways, Holiday or not.  Then I started putting together the gifts, and as usual my husband’s list was extremely short.  So, I pulled out this sweater, the knitting had been finished for at least a year, maybe two.  Just goes to show how much I hate the sewing up process.  So, while he was picking Ethan up from school, and Sofia was here helping bake, I seamed the sweater together:

    Then all I had to do was the collar, which as usual took longer than planned.  This is the Chess sweater, a kit by Hanne Falkenberg, and a ton of knitting with size 2 needles.  This is as far as I got, it was put in a box with the needles still attached.  Hopefully this will get finished today.

    Since his stocking was also on the light side, I decided that I needed to put in a pair of socks.  I had been working on these from the CookieA sock club, the pattern is Hex Socks.  The first one I started 4 times, Medium, then Large, then Small, then back to Medium.  The yarn is from Fleece Artist and it is Sea Wool (70% Merino, and 30% Seacell), a bit thicker knitted up than I usually like for my socks.

    I was wondering what exactly Seacell was, so I looked it up, and here is the description of the fiber actually made with seaweed:

    The idea behind SeaCell® is really rather simple: a cellulose-based fiber is manufactured using the so-called Lyocell process. This Lyocell fiber then serves as the “functioning substrate” for the seaweed.  Seaweed is added as the active substance for a very good reason. The fact that this marine plant is rich in trace elements has been well known since the times of Chinese medicine, and seaweed has also been proved to protect the skin and have anti-inflammatory properties. It is seaweed which forms the basis of the SeaCell® fiber.

    So, I put one sock in the stocking, and kept working on the second.  Then, I burned my hand twice in the oven while cooking yesterday, so I had to soak my fingers on ice, knit a partial round on the sock, soak my fingers, knit a bit, etc.  Not the most productive.  Today I am better, and hope to get these done.

    I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We did!

     
    • Tiara 2:51 pm on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love the socks. The color and pattern are both very attractive & I would think that the quality of the yarn will be great if your hubby is on his feet a lot or his feet get irritated easily.

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    • Diane Hamilton 1:38 am on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The sweater is gorgeous–I bet it will look great on Dan. Of course, I know he loves your socks!

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