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Probably the #1 item on my bucket list has been to visit Lerwick, Shetland and to go visit important knitting destinations there. The opportunity unexpectedly came up this summer. Two of my knitting friends had booked a passage on a Holland America cruise through the Norwegian fjords and the price had been slashed in half. One of the port stops changed to Lerwick, Shetland, and my mother-in-law and I realized if we shared a cabin, we could fulfill our lifelong dream of visiting Lerwick and experience the knitting destinations there for the price of about $1200 each. Although this meant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Some of my blog readers have expressed interest in a post about how to adapt a stranded vest pattern to your measurements. Most fair isle or other stranded vests are knitted in a boxy shape, which is not flattering for every body type. Designers tend to stress they will distort the fair isle design if they add shaping, but in my opinion, a boxy shape distorts MY figure and that is more important. Since this is kind of The Year of the Vest in fashion, I decided to dedicate myself to figuring out a stranded vest template for myself. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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This is just a quick post to share details about Kim Hargreaeves' Fair in case anyone is interested. This is a pure alpaca cardigan, so I used a size3 needle to really compact the yarn and attempt to avoid too much drape or loose fabric. I just couldn't resist the color, which is perfect to wear over a little black dress on date night! This garment is knit in pieces which is very important because of the loose structure of Alpaca yarn. Clara Parkes, the yarn fiber expert, describes alpaca as a slippery fiber with "exceptional elasticity." For this reason,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you for your comment! I'll work on a post about how to make the template in the next few weeks!
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As you readers know, I am a huge fan of Marie Wallin’s gorgeous colorwork. Her sweaters are masters of hue and pattern and I don't know how she achieves such extraordinary effects. What a creative genius she is, and how lucky we are to get to knit the textiles she invents! Unlike the model Georgia who shows off any shape of garment so beautifully, many of us who wear these knits are not over six feet and extremely thin. Some of us have bumps and curves that need to be accommodated in a knitted garment, and a loose-hanging cascade of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Before traveling to Madrid and Toledo, I extensively researched and discovered wonderful treasures! The first is the company, Wooldreamers. This is a fifth-generation wool processor trying to make a difference in the low valuation of wool in Spain. Although merino wool originates in Spain and was one of Spain’s greatest imports—some say it helped fund Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world—it has fallen into disfavor as in America. The trends of synthetic fibers and processing any wool here in Asia or other countries has led to sheepherders in both the US and Spain only earning pennies on the dollar... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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This is Frenchy by POISON GRRLS. It is the first vintage-style pattern I’ve knitted by this designer and I really enjoyed how well her design is written. When knitting on a big trip it is important to bring a project with clear instructions so that you aren’t tearing your hair out trying to understand the short rows on the sleeve while also counting your luggage and making sure you didn’t drop your needles under the seat! This top has huge, puffed sleeves and is part of my Snow White-inspired Capsule collection that I’ve been making to empower myself to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Isn't this hat pattern lovely? I knitted it in Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift using main colors 684, Cobalt, contrast color 660 Lagoon, and an unmarked white, gold and green from my stash. We do a free yarn exchange every year during the SuperBowl and sometimes we trade unmarked balls with each other. If I have a chance to look at the Spindrift shade card at my LYS, I will try to track down these 3 colors I ended up with from someone else's stash because I really think it's a good color combination. I wore this hat a lot in New... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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What are your style inspirations this year? We are coming out of a long hibernation where some of us spent more time living imaginary lives versus going into the outside world. That was certainly the case with me, and so my Capsule Collection for this year is strongly inspired by Once Upon a Time, which is a television series imagining what happens to well-loved fairy-tale characters such as Snow White if they are transplanted into the real world! I have just watched the first season but this theme for me captured some of the struggles of trying to find meaning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Now that I am finally confident enough with my sewing and serging skills, I am switching from sewing with all (affordable) cotton to some wool garments. This will allow me to make matching knit/sewn outfits for 2023 which is soooo exciting! I’ve been fooling around with how to pair handsewn items with my knits for a while, but at first, I was not very successful and it’s taken me several years to a better sense of what works. This year I’ll be posting photos of some sewing patterns that I feel go well with certain knit designs. Ever since I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Thank you very much for your kind words, Maxi! That colorwork/cabled hat you just finished is gorgeous!
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Kim Hargreaves’ Peace Cardigan I’ve been knitting hats for my husband and friends using Rowan Alpaca Soft yarn for the past few years because it’s so soft, and I finally decided it was time for me to make myself something out of such scrumptious yarn. I chose Kim Hargreaves’ Peace Cardigan to also showcase the beautiful antique Fleur de Lis buttons I had purchased from Unbottons! I added some additional waist shaping to the pattern but otherwise knitted it completely as written. Sorry there is no link to Ravelry, but I have stopped linking my blog there since the redesign... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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My challenge this year has been to systematically apply body shaping to stranded knitting patterns in order to adapt them to my curvy figure. I am a huge fan of designers like Marie Wallin, who produces gorgeous colorful designs every year. They are often designed in quite boxy shapes which are not flattering on me, so my challenge has been to find a way to adapt them. My first step in 2022 was to knit a template garment with the perfect fit, the Clara vest by Kim Hargreaves. I found the Clara vest in Kim’s book Amber, a Winter Gathering.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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I find that many of Kim Hargreaves’ older designs fit me very well, so I knitted her Clara Vest (warning: this links to Ravelry project page) . I did add additional shaping for the waist and bust, which meant reducing approximately every 4 rows to the waist, knitting 21 rows straight, and then increasing every 4 rows to the bust before the armhole shaping. I photographed the garment from multiple angles to ensure the fit was reasonable: As a result, I am using this as my “template garment” for any fair isle vest I knit this year. The first one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
Aw, you are so kind! I checked out your completed Hawthorn on Ravelry and it looks wonderful! How exciting that it fits you so well. That is a wonderful idea to use that pattern as a template. I think if you wanted to use a notebook to keep track of what the stitch counts were that you used in different parts of your sweater, then you could apply that to future Marie Wallin knits! I am doing that with the Keris vest--I am applying the stitch counts I used for my Kim Hargreaves Clara vest knitted at the same gauge and it's working out pretty well.
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This is Marie Wallin’s gorgeous Aisling pattern. After the first year of the pandemic, when I could only focus on knitting socks, I found that by doing KALs supported by knitters close to me, I could tackle stranded garments. In fact, we three friends got together and decided to knit something really beautiful. Aisling is a multicolor version of Marie Wallin's original, two-color top Nigella. Buoyed by each other’s excitement, we ordered kits from The Woolly Thistle. I believe Marie Wallin's website now also has kits here. We each chose a different size. While my friend on the right @valbou... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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Insert photo of screen capture: project page I have recently been learning to alter stranded patterns to fit my curvier figure and thought it might be helpful to post what I’ve been doing to help others who want to accomplish the same thing. Marie Wallin’s gift box 3 of British Breeds yarn arrived in May, and my mother-in-law immediately started in on knitting Ottilie, which takes all 24 colors of yarn in the gift box. This is a boxy shrug that was written one-size-fits-all. However, I was concerned this would swallow my figure, so I altered the back of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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How is glucose used in the body? When a person eats something, the body breaks down the carbohydrates from the foods that we eat and make them into glucose for our body. A good analogy for glucose is the gas for the car. It helps us stay active when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at DiaMate
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Doctor Richard Bernstein's method was created when he was 45. He advises patients to eat fewer carbohydrates and take smaller doses of insulin. This is important because a low carbohydrate diet allows the patient to stay in the “honeymoon phase” that allows the pancreas to continue to operate although it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at DiaMate
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What is Type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body attacks itself by mistake) that destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin, called beta cells. This process can go on for months or years before any symptoms appear. Type... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at DiaMate
Thank you very much for your kind comment, Gretchen! It is wonderful to hear from you!
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After many months of spending most of my time indoors last year, it seemed necessary to knit some flowers. I imagined blooms everywhere inside my little office, and I ultimately chose the pattern Flower Child by Nora Gaughan. For those of you who find it safe to navegate Ravelry, my project page is here: Seventies-inspired knits seem all the rage these days, but I was mainly attracted to the ingenious design of this pattern. I have never knitted a back or front in five separate pieces before and it seemed like a great challenge. The only issue is that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2021 at Fashion: Yarn Style
You are so creative, Betty! It is amazing that you created a wonderful face mask fabric! How clever! Yes, let's hope that 2021 keeps improving, I am totally one with you on better hopes for the future!
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Piuma Mitts by Heather Zoppetti Hello! How have you all been during this difficult year? What have you been knitting lately? I have really missed you readers and our chats about knitting style. Knitting has been such a wonderful source of joy for me and my family and I spent much of the pandemic knitting scores of teeny tiny gnomes and unicorns I could give away to family and friends as a bright spot in a dark time. I particularly enjoyed sewing matching bow ties, skirts and knitting tops for my nieces and nephews for our family reunion this year!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2021 at Fashion: Yarn Style
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For me, crafting has become a power for good in my experience of dealing with the pandemic. I live in the Bay Area, where there have been forest fires all around us and the number of COVID cases is somewhat high. If you let your thoughts dwell too much on what is actually happening it can be overwhelming. So it is a unique opportunity to channel restlessness and anxiety into creating pieces that illuminate the darkness. So I started seeing the image of a dark garden. The background of the fabrics I will use will be mostly black but there... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Fashion: Yarn Style