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Time to Start Planning for Winter!

I know, it sounds ridiculous and numerous individuals are probably going to want to smack me for saying it, but when you are talking about something like knitting, you really do need to start early!

Whether you are creating additions for your own wardrobe, making gifts for family and friends, or preparing for holiday craft shows, time is not on your side when you produce goods that are quite time consuming to complete. That’s why I am in the process of finalizing a number of patterns for winter accessories!

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I just added the pattern for my Two-Tone Textured Wrist Warmers yesterday.  I loved designing this pattern and was so impressed with the Lion Brand Landscapes yarn used for the warmers pictured above. I used a Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the ones below, making it a very inexpensive but equally attractive option!

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Now that I have discovered a liking for working on double pointed needles, after 40 years of avoiding them, I have a multitude of new pattern ideas milling about in my head!

I posted my newest cowl pattern earlier this month, pictured above, and have just started another new pattern today for a hat and wrist warmer set which I plan to publish next week, so if you are looking for winter projects to add to your knitting wish list, please stop by for a visit!

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Knitting Goals for 2017

Well it’s nearly April and I am just now starting my list of goals for 2017. Perhaps one of my goals for next year should be to do this a little earlier in the year, but better late than never!

1.  Master working in the round on double point needles. I have no problem with working on circular needles, but as soon as dpn shows up in a pattern, I either turn the page or decide to modify the pattern to straight needles. It’s finally time to get over this once and for all!

2.   Improve Fair Isle skills. I love Fair Isle patterns and have done quite a few items using this technique but I am never happy with the finished effect.  I have seen many tutorials with suggestions on improving, mainly related to how tightly the yarn is carried in the back of the work, so its time to give some of these tips a try! Did you know – true Fair Isle cannot have more than two colours per row? (I didn’t!)

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3. Improve Intarsia skills. Similar to Fair Isle, I am never completely satisfied with my finished work. I believe it’s largely a matter of patience, I don’t take the time to twist the strands when changing the colours and can’t be bothered untangling the colours as I work.

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4. Work with higher quality yarns. Not all the time, I just recently designed a mitten pattern and made a couple of pairs of mittens with Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and they are my favourite pairs of all times! A quick hint about this yarn as a side note, if it seems a little stiff, wash the finished item with a little bit of hair conditioner, it works wonders! I always end up cheaping out and not investing in new, higher quality yarns and just stick with the old standards. There is an abundance of riches out there just waiting to be explored!

5. Learn how to do Entrelac  – I did it (Entrelac)! The whole concept of this technique has always panicked me, and now that I have finally given it try, I feel rather silly, it was so much easier to understand than I expected, and really how can someone be afraid of a knitting technique?!

Entrelac finished

6. Learn 2 colour Brioche. This is a technique that I only recently discovered and it looks fascinating, how did miss this all of these years?

7. Knit myself a really nice sweater. NOT cheap yarn, NOT something quick and easy! Like most people who create, I hardly ever make anything for myself and whenever I do, I use old left over yarn and pick a pattern that won’t take much time. This year, I will make myself something awesome!

8. Tackle a more complex lace pattern that I have never tried before. I have always loved knitting lace patterns but tend to stick with slightly simpler designs. As with Fair Isle & Intarsia, it’s largely a matter of patience, I am drawn toward patterns that provide quick results.

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9. Have at least 2 dozen patterns for sale in my Ravelry and Etsy stores. My pattern stores have been open only a short time and I am quite happy with the results but it is time to step it up a notch, add more patterns and start treating it as a business.

10. Learn double sided knitting. I haven’t really thought about trying this technique before although I have always liked the finished look. Another technique to add to my repetoire!

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I will post updates of my finished goals as I work through my list. What are your goals for this year? I would love to hear!

The photos included in this post are from two new books I just recently purchased on which I will be doing reviews in the near future:

Mastering Color Knitting, by Melissa Leapman – Fair Isle, Intarsia and Double Knitting.

750 Knitting Stitches, The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible – Lace patterns.

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Pattern Presents from the Past

I have a tendency to surround myself with some of my knitted creations where ever I can, even my desk at work is littered with various items which make me smile! Recently, this habit brought me some amazing luck!

An older lady came into my office with a general inquiry, and seeing all of my knitted ornaments and wreath, asked me if I was the knitter. Her mother, an avid knitter, had recently passed away and she was trying to find someone who would feel the same love and passion for her collection of patterns.

 

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As I always do when someone asks me about knitting, I spouted off like an over active tea kettle and she left saying she would bring me some of the patterns another day.  A month or two went by and I had forgotten about the episode when she turned up again with a box so full of patterns I could barely pick it up!  I tried to thank her and ask what she wanted in return, but the exchange was obviously making her very emotional, so she pretty much dropped the box and ran.

Thankfully, I know how to get in touch with her through her daughter, so she is getting a hand-knit present as a thank you whether she likes it or not!!! I just need to decide what to knit, everything I think of just doesn’t seem special enough.

The patterns included some of my childhood favourites like the two pictured below. I very clearly remember making the panda, the duck and turtle and many of the other patterns within these books.

The most amazing find, however, was a knitting pattern book from WWII!

Many of the pages are falling out and some are missing completely, but there are also many complete patterns and flipping through it is like living a little bit of history!  My favourite is the page below which is a jingle for Lux Laundry Flakes for handwashing!

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The time range covered by this collection is fascinating, ranging from 1940 to about 2001, probably the original owner’s entire adult life. From the WWII books from which she may have made items for soldiers who never returned, to baby clothing patterns made for her first child, patterns for toddlers, teens, adults and seniors. I literally sobbed the first time I looked through collection (and I am sobbing again as I read this). It felt like I was stepping back in time and seeing life through her eyes.

I am so thankful that I was chosen as the new owner for these patterns and plan to create a organized, safe storage area for them in order to preserve them for years to come. (I guess I should start by not letting the cat sit on them!)

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Out on a Twig Cardinals & Owls

Your holiday tree would make a perfect home for these feathered friends. The MurisKnits “Out on a Twig” series includes patterns for cardinals and owls as well as suggestions for making your own one-of-a kind feathered creations!

Pattern available here:

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