Category: knitting

Well That was a Surprise!

I took quite a few things over to our county fair. I had very high hopes for my Peace Sweater, and thought a few other things might do well. It was mid week before Girl#2 and I got over to see how things did

Over in knitting the two charity hats, and the Peace and  Skaugum sweaters all did well, receiving blue ribbons, but no rosettes. My last minute entry, the Splendid Sampler quilt got a 2nd place (red ribbon),  which was a welcome surprise, since the quilt competition is small but extremely tough, especially for a novice like me.

It was over in the embroidery section that I had a big surprise…
There’s my hardanger pillow with a Best of Class ribbon, and over yonder on the wall, the barn cross stitch with a Best of Class and the Judge’s choice! That is probably the simplest cross stitch I have ever turned in…

Next stop was the Sewing area, where I thought my linen dress would do well with its new hand picked zipper, and it did, receiving another Best of Class. I also had a skirt and a men’s shirt in sewing.


I had another big surprise over in the wool sewing, where I had the skirt and messenger bags I made using last fall’s MIWW challenge fabric, as well as my 49’er jacket.

You can just see the navy blue messenger bag on the lowest riser on the left. It got best of class for the accessories and bags division! This fair was a big surprise, the things I expected to wow did fine,while the things that I added on a whim won rosettes! Well, there’s the promised report. I’ll leave you with a look At some of the spectacular quilts on display. If you look close, you can see the bird on my Splendid Sampler lap quilt on the bottom left.


I really loved this miniature appliqué quilt, it was so tiny and the stitching was incredible!

This was the Best of Show quilt, and it was just gorgeous!


There were some lovely things on display including rosemaling, wood carving, spinning and weaving to name just a few.

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Peace Sweater # 12

My goal has been to have this sweater finished in time for the county fair, which would guarantee it was ready for wool contest, and give me time to focus on the pants that would be sewn to go with it. I got a little side tracked with the sleeve problems, but knew that doing the finish work would be perfect for this past week while at String Camp. I had hour long breaks between accompanying groups, and this was the perfect thing to work in in between. 

That meant I had to get crackin’ on the blocking, which is quite simple when done in the Norwegian wool fashion. No washing, just steam on a towel on the ironing board, with a few pins for the necessary hems that might curl. I decided to block in sections, so I did one piece each day, allowing each section to cool before turning it. I could hem the completed piece while the other was finishing, then sew while yet another piece was on the ironing board.

That worked perfectly, and by Friday morning I found myself knitting up the collar stitches! Saturday I picked up two lovely buttons on sale and Sunday I finished the collar. Today, I had a long list of things to do, many that I wasn’t very excited about, but I was determined to persevere, and here is the partial result of my “sticking to the knitting!”

I’m not 100% on the zipper yet, but I’ll do a little press before I do any ripping. I have crocheted my loops and will attach them along with the buttons while I wait for Girl #2. We are going to Denver tomorrow for her visa interview. Alas, that means that I’ll have to visit the Denver Fabric Warehouse to buy some wool to match this sweater. Oh well, I’ll try to bear it!😉

Pattern: Dale of Norway Peace DG1501

Yarn: KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in White  and Wonderland Heather

 

Peace Sweater #11

Progress! I’ve been working on this project for a while, and used the car trip to the Big Horns to finish up the first sleeve! 


I’m pretty pleased with how this looks before blocking. I think a gentle steam finish will even things out, and the curve on the back side looks like a good fit for the arms eye on the sweater’s main body.


It is amazing to me that this project is drawing to a conclusion! One more sleeve and the collar before the knitting is finished, and the actual construction begins. Thanks to the notes I took a few weeks ago, the second sleeve is progressing smoothly; I am half way through the second border, and will be on to the main pattern in just a few rounds! It’s time to get serious about purchasing hardware and the other finishing parts. I hope to have this complete for the county fair in mid August, and that is indeed looking possible!


Dale of Norway Peace Sweater DG1501

Knitpicks Stroll Fingering: White, Wonderland Heather

75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon

Peace Sweater # 10

I did lay this project aside for awhile because it wasn’t going very well. I was unhappy with how the sleeve ballooned when I switched to knitting in the round. The cause was the wrong sized needles. I really needed size 2 1/2, and I didn’t have them and couldn’t find any. Switching from 2’s to the round 3’s was just too sudden. Laying it aside must have been exactly what I needed, because one morning I woke up and was able to work out both the needle challenge and the switch from knitting flat to round in just a few minutes. (In my head, that is!)


The test of course, was to see how it would look, and the only way to know for sure was to start knitting. So, after considering for a day or two, I gritted my teeth and frogged the entire sleeve, which had about 20 more rounds than the photo above. I have outlined my steps here, so that I have them for the second sleeve, and who knows? There might be someone else out there trying to figure out a similar problem (🙄 yeah, right!)

A. Cast on using no. 2 straight pins, mark the center with a stitch marker. This will eventually become the underside center.

B. Knit the diagrams until you reach the first round row. Transfer stitches to double pins (no. 2) and start with new yarn on the  underside center. When you reach the new topside center, add a stitch marker and close the circle. Stitch the diagrams as directed, adding stitches to the underside center as directed in step C.


C. Increase one stitch on each side of the marker (total of 2) every 6 rows 4 times, then every 4 rows 3 times.

D. Switch to the no. 3 round pins after completing the triangle on diagram H. Continue according to the directions, going back to increases every 6 rows.

By waiting until the triangle is completed, it is easier to transition to the larger needles less noticeably,  especially if one takes care to knit loosely in the rows right before, and more tightly just after.


While it sounds a little crazy, the sleeve sure looks more like it should now! Getting over that challenge has me back working on this each evening, and as you can see, I am half way, maybe a little more. The next time I get stuck, I can just start the second sleeve,  instead of putting it away until I get motivated again.

A Birthday Shawl

About a month ago I decided that I would like to knit a shawl for my MIL for her birthday. I looked around Pinterest and Ravelry, and found the Reyna shawl, which was a free down load designed by Noora Laivola. The shawl took one Hank (100 g) of fingering weight yarn and wasn’t  super fancy, just a simple pattern and an easy knit.

I ordered my yarn, Stroll tonal by KnitPicks, which is 75% merino wool and 25% nylon. I selected the eucalyptus color way and it arrived shortly after Memorial Day.


The knitting went fairly well, though I did have to frog  a section twice because I got off. The pattern was really easy, but every once in awhile I would forget to do my yarn overs, and then I would be off. I had hoped to finish over the weekend, so I could block it on Monday and get it I’m the mail in Tuesday. MIL will be 81 while we are in CA for Girl#2’s graduation, so I wanted to get it mailed early.

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I was able to block it on Monday, and finished it off with a long letter and a home made card.  A shout out to Helen over at Stitching Granny, who does Monday Mojo with cards, and helped me to see what I could do with some special papers!

Caught by the Yarn Gremlin!

The yarn gremlin infected my iPad, and last week it filled my shopping cart with all sorts of goodies…uh oh!  In my defense, many of the buys are for gifts, but there were a few things added, just because I wanted them. This week I had a lovely 6 pound box of yarny goodness delivered to my door! Let’s peek and see if you too need a visit by this happy gremlin. 

The first project, which is why I even looked…..is on the needles and coming along nicely. I need to finish it this week so it can be sent to Kansas next Monday, so it arrives in time for MIL’s birthday. Lots to get done this week, but it will be good “exercise” for me to have some deadliness! The color is not very true below, it really is that nice green you see in my box of goodies. Ah, so much fun to squish this stuff!

Peace Sweater #8

Time for another update. There doesn’t always seem to be a lot of difference from the previous post, but these updates do keep me motivated, so  they are worthwhile in that way! I have now completed the front right side twice…I was unhappy with my short rows, and woke up with the solution, but of course, I had to frog, which isn’t nearly as traumatic after learning the easy way to do it. Simply put your needle through each stitch of the row you need to frog:


Then pull!


No lost stitches to worry about, and you are ready to try again with a minimal amount of frustration.

Good thing I have found a method without the drama, as I’m pretty certain I may have to frog the back neckline and try again. 

With frogging complete, I have this picture for my official update……


Yes, we have a completed top, assuming I leave the back neckline as is!

I have found my hardware at a place called Vermont Pewter, and have a couple of braided trims to consider too, so I’m feeling pretty happy with how things are progressing. There’s still a long way to go, but I think an August finish  may be quite possible. 😃