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State Fair Winning Projects July 8, 2017

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Here are my 2016 Utah State Fair winning projects:

Donut Foot Stool- 1st place

 

Donut Foot Stool

1st Place- Utah State Fair 2016

Rodney the Dog- 1st place

Rodeny the Dog

1st place- Utah State Fair 2016

 

Drop Stitch Sweater- 3rd Place

Drop Stitch Sweater

3rd Place- Utah State Fair 2016

 

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Rubber Chicken…okay it is yarn. March 13, 2012

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Rubber Chicken Side CompleteI am always on the look out for a good idea, especialy a clever or humerous one like this Rubber Chicken. I saw a picture while surfing the net and decided that I had to produce one.

I chose a yellow acrylic yarn that had a sheen to it that would be remanicent of rubber. The pattern is for sale on my etsy store.

 

Altering with needles…continued. March 12, 2012

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After the first I was eager to find a creative method to alter a shirt that I got in Jackson Hole a few years ago. It fit when I purchased it, but…it does not now, and lets leave it at that. I hated to get rid of it because I have been in love with it since seeing it in the store, even if we have been estranged as of the last few years. It ended up in the stack of repairs, the issue: Too tight.

The solution as I saw it: I needed to add a few inches on each side. After consideration I decided that I would simply make scarf like strips to the exact length of the side seam from bottom hem to sleeve cuff. My measurements came to 28″ long.

I chose to K2, P2 making sure the last two stitches are Knit for easier sewing later. I chose a rib knit because I did not want to worry about shaping, and the rib will stretch and shrink where it needs to. Here are my two side gussets all ready to go.

I first split the seams of the shirt, trimming out excess bulk from the old seam. I was not worried about removing extra fabric as the gussets would make up for any difference.

Matching the right sides of the front and gusset together, and pinning securely as the knitting has a way of moving around. I used a zig-zag stitch on my machine to attach. Then doing the same with the front. Hindsight being as is it, I believe that I should have knitted a flat garter stitch boarder on each side of the panel to make the seaming go smoother…Perhaps 2 stitches on each side.

I think I got the best compliment when I wore this shirt for the first time: “Looks like you bought it that way!”

I wonder what will come up next in the repair pile…

 

Re-styled clothing with your needles March 11, 2012

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I have recently gone on a clothing purge, the rule, if it does not fit I need to get rid of it…or make it fit. After the ordeal of evaluating everything in my closet I was left with a pile two feet high of clothing that I needed to alter or it was to the donation pile for them!

The first item is my favorite fleece orange pullover.  The issue: To short, has been since I washed it a few times. So the thought process began. I came to the conclusion to add a ribbed 2×2 cuff at the bottom. I selected a multi sock yarn.

Step one of this process it to base stitch with the yarn around the bottom of the sweater where you want the cuff to begin. Trying to keep the stitches small and close together…and in a straight line. Make sure that the stitches are not bunched. When you get completely around tie a square not snugly, but not tight enough to distort the bottom of the pullover.

Now that we have what we will be attaching the cuff with, we need to something to knit into. After much thought I decided to single crochet two times in each stitch, and chain one between the stitches.  So for every base stitch you would have three stitches.

I chose to use size 3 needles with this yarn, so now we pick up stitches in each of the crochet stitches all around.

Once done, begin to K2P2 around for the desired length. I worked for 5 inches and ended with a bind off meathod called “Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off” as seen on http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php

Using the same technique I also added fingerless gloves to the end of each sleeve which I find ties the whole thing together. Now I am thinking of adding a hood, because who doesn’t like a hood?

 

Traveling Sweater….again. September 13, 2011

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I gave my completed Traveling Sweater to my Mom, only fair since she gave me all the yarn, and it certainly did not fit me. Upon receiving the sweater, though she sewed up the thumb holes that I left, she said that she would purchase me yarn to make another sweater, this one big enough for me.

As promised I received a box from my Mom a week or two after the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon where she purchases her Blue Moon Fiber. I opened up the box to find 5 hanks of the same beautiful grey Woobu that I had made the first one out of. I will admit to giggling with glee on the sight of the yarn.

I spent that afternoon rolling all the hanks with my ball winder and the swift that my husband made me. If it wasn’t for that swift I would probably never get all that winding done. I began as soon as the last ball was wound.

I cast on with the same size 3 needles and began plugging along on the collar/body. I had completed 2 complete wedges before I noticed the issue that I was creating, of course I was in denial for a few rows.

Every knitter has the moment they realize there is a problem, but deny any acknowledgment of said issue because it will work out. That is where I was when I realized that the collar was turning too much, the area for my back and shoulders was the size of an arm hole, and after only knitting 2 out of 8 wedges I had a half circle.

After consulting the pattern I discovered that i had only put 3 rows in between the short row work, instead of the required 15 rows, needless to say the problem could not be fixed, nor could it be ignored.

Luckily I only stayed in the denial stage for a short time and moved onto acceptance that I would have to rip it out down to the first wedge segment I completed. I put it aside for a week, the thought of ripping out work made me sick, and it was best that I tackled this task with a clear mind. Thank goodness that I marked the last stitch of the first wedge segment. I have gone back and ripped out too many rows to count, but have been unable to pick up what I have left. So much for having this sweater for fall.

 

I am the master of my cables… March 23, 2011

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Or at least I would like to think I am. I have begun to knit a cute jacket from a free pattern from Knitting Daily downloaded directly to my nook color. It is knit from the bottom up, I knitted along, following the pattern closely, and soon got the repeat down where I had no need to consult the pattern again until i get to the 13 inches required. After about 5 inches I held my work out in front of me, and there is was, my cable was pointing the wrong direction in three places, none of them on the cable row I had just completed.

First let me start out by explaining how cables are produced, by slipping the first  stitches as required by the pattern onto a cable needle and holding them in the back produces a right angle turn, holding them in the front causes the work to turn to the left. Combine holding your stitches in the front, Cable Front (CF) and back, cable Back (CB) you can create any number of twists and turns, some looking more tedious than others, but all created by simply moving the order of stitches on one row in the row repeat.

The cable stitch that I am working on is CB2, K2, Knit 2 off of cable needle, CF2, K2, knit 2 off the cable needle. This creates the cable pictured to the right. Each turn takes four stitches, so the first step is to identify the stitches that make up the wrong turn.

Then here is the toughest part, drop the 4 stitches off the needle. I can hear the collective knitting community gasp, as we all do everytime one of those pesky loops fall off even though we realize that the stitch will very rarely run away from you.  Then you must pull out the rows down to the mistake.

You now have what looks to be massive damage to the fabric, but worry not, we will fix it. You will have latters down the back and four live stitches. Slip the four stitches onto the left needle. You are now ready to fix this mess you have made.

The first step will be to repair the cable twist, taking the first latter at the bottom of the section, hold the yarn in your left hand,  place first 2 stitches on a cable needle, knit the next two, then knit the held stitches off the cable needle. Now you slip the stitches back onto the left needle for the next row.

Continue to the top, following the pattern repeat as you make your way up the fabric. And there you have it, I may not be the Master of Cables, but I can fix them so you will never know I’m not.

 

Traveling Sweater January 20, 2011

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Shortly after my Mom taught me to knit I started to gather knowledge and experiment with techniques in books. My Parents are retired and travel, so much of the year they are somewhere warmer then snowy Utah. Only after a few lessons I was left to my own devices. Admittedly, not all my attempts at greatness were successful, but all of those attempts made my knowledge  of knitting grow.  On the next visit from my parents, I was able to start teaching my Mom some of the things that I had learned. That continues to my Traveling Sweater, the pattern and the yarn, a soft Merino and bamboo, was given to me by my mother, with the intent of me making it, so I can help her through hers, but it truth, I think she knew I could never afford the beautiful yarn the pattern called for.

I took the yarn home and started the body/collar. I had a bit of an issue with the wrapping stitches to make the curve of what essentially turns into a flat donut. Wrapping stitches at the end of short rows prevents holes developing in the fabric when you turn and head back. Wrapping a stitch, also called a wrap and turn, consists of moving the yarn to the front when knitting and the back when purling, slipping said stitch, and putting the yarn back to the original position and slipping the stitch back to the left needle. With a turn of your work you are the knitting back on the stitches you just knit. The issue comes for me when you knit all the stitches across, the pattern says to work the wraps for a knit stitch by putting your needle through the wrap then the stitch was wrapped, then knitting them together.  For Purl stitch you bring the wrap onto the needle and purl the 2 together. After many attempts to work the purl wraps, it would leave a loose loop on the back, and since this sweater body has no wrong or right side after it is assembled, I simply modified the pattern, putting all my wraps on a knit stitch by decreasing or increasing the stitch count between wraps, solving the problem.

The sleeves were quick to knit up, and soon I had all the pieces washed and laid out to be blocked.  The sleeves, sewn to the body while leaving the center open to create a seem by a 2 stitch i-cord bind off that creates a bumped out seam down the back.  The pattern was confusing to me when describing this seam, but after a quick email to the Blue Moon Fiber Arts, the sent me a picture of the back, clearing up any confusion I had.

I did alter the seam to the sleeves by adding thumb holes and extending the sleeves to be a comfortable length as the pattern describes leaving the stitches on the sleeves live so that you can adjust the length to best fit you.

The sweater came out beautifully, if i do say so myself, though one problem arose after i completed it. It didn’t fit. I guess my next goal for 2011 it to fit into it!