Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Quilted Princess

Swing Jacket
Royal Jacket

Last year I designed a swing jacket for girls and based on that design, I wrote a pattern for a boy's jacket.  

I wanted to knit cardigans for a few little girls I know.    As I began to knit the swing jacket, ideas began to flow.   Still using the wide lapel and front band,  I found a quilted knit stitch pattern and added a band..  it works perfectly.  All that was needed was to add a bit of flare.  By increasing stitches below the quilt panel, I created a gathered look.

What do you think?

Now,  I know this may look complicated, but it really is not.
Knit top down and with basic stitches;
knit, purl, make one, knit into front and back (k f/b) and slip stitches and following my motto of seamlessly simple, this design is a winner.  An added feature is making the cuff and bottom edging in a contrasting color.

I'm starting another cardigan in the next few days, so I'll post step by step tips soon.

The pattern comes in sizes 6 months - 6 years and available on Ravelry and Love Knitting.

You don't have to be a Ravelry member to shop.
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Knitting the body.
Gathering is done by increasing.  Knit into the front and back of the stitch.  

Picking up stitches for the underarm of the sleeve. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cat pods-a beginning

Right now our community is building up strength and resilience after the devastating fires two months ago.  Any and all kindness adds to that strength and helps in the grieving process.   When I first returned to Sonoma and witnessed the loss, it was overwhelming and sad.   In my other life, I'm a hypnotist and Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping) practitioner.   I have been meeting with groups and individuals to assist them in grieving and moving forward.  Most who have lost their homes (over 5000 structures were destroyed) are still in shock, yet doing their best to figure out "what is the next step".   For some it is rebuilding, for some it is moving into a new life path, and for most who are in survival mode, it is about allowing themselves to grieve the loss and find some kind of normalcy again.   There have been many fundraising efforts and events.  There is a active search for lost pets and many have been reunited with their owners, every day.  People are going into the burned out communities and hanging holiday lights where nothing is left.    Light gives hope and peace.

This may sound strange but perhaps you have experienced this affect; I stopped knitting/crocheting for a while during and after the fires.   Just could not do it.  All my energy was focused on Tapping and there was no desire to create.  But I have so much yarn---bags, totes, plastic containers, baskets and drawers full of yarn.  If there is any type of container out there I probably have it and it is filled with yarn.   So what can I do with all this yarn?  How can I add kindness to this community?  My goal for 2018 is to create knit/crochet donation items.     I had to start with something simple.  

CAT Pods for the shelter in town.   I made bunch and now on to hand warmers.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

What a Surprise and a bit of flare

The folded Hexagon crochet jacket is done and although it is so cute it needed a bit of flare to add to the outfit.

Here is the finished baby cardigan and a cap to top it off.  

 Hippo modeling!!!!

Cardigan-   from 2008/ 07 / 01

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fall sweater completed

I finished this sweater on Sept 23rd.   Hopefully by the time this post posts, I will have worn it in the beautiful Fall weather of the Poconos, PA.

Buttons are hand made fired clay from Mendocino Wool Festival
Drops pattern Magic Web

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kids Sewing Zippers for Fun

Kids love to sew.   It's so rewarding when they see what they can create.    Gerry asked me to teach a winter break class at the quilt shop.    There are so many cute zippered pouches and bag designs out there.  

lining, outside fabric and zipper sewn togethe

A few things to make to easy to sew
1. sew tabs on the zipper
2. place zipper on the right side of fabric and then place the lining over it.  Match all three edges and sew.
3. insert pull tabs
4. Press as you go.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Vogue Knitting in Sonoma

So excited to see that Vogue Knitting was coming to Sonoma.   I was able to sign up for a fantastic class with Nicky Epstein.

She is so down to earth and amazingly creative.   How she can turn a square into a cute and cuddly creature is wonderful to watch.     I so wish I had been able to spend the rest of the day with this creative group...but alas I could not.  

Maybe next time and definitely need to work on my penguin.   

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Crocheted Surprise in the works.

What a surprise!    Crochet!!   Folding this octagon into a cute sweater!  Boy, have I got ideas running through my mind.   How can a I add a little bit extra??  

Monday, October 02, 2017

Sweater progress report 2017

Began this sweater a few months ago and wanted to keep track of my status.   Body is complete and the sleeves are next on the list.

The yarn is Knit Picks City Tweed DK, a blend of Merino Wool, Superfine Alpaca, and Donegal Tweed.    The feel of this yarn is fantastic and the drape of the fabric is perfect.
The pattern is from Drops: Magic Web Cardigan.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sharing a Wool Week Adventure

Paula is courageous and adventurous. She shared the experience of traveling (alone) to Wool Week on the Shetland Islands at a meeting of the Sonoma Community Center Fiber Arts group.   She described the wonder of the landscapes, the creativity and resilience of the townspeople, the food, the fibers and the wonderful instructors.    It was a great presentation and I would guess that she inspired most to take a crafting trip.  

Here she is with her Sonoma County Fair Award winning blanket.   All natural wool (no dyes), knit in the round and then Steeked.   I think Paula had over 700 + stitches on the needle as she knit the border.    A true labor of love and respect for the craft.

This is a Shetland Style Shawl, knit by Suzzane.

Absolutely stunning.

Ladies, Thank you for sharing.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mendocino Wool Festival 2017

I hadn't traveled north of Santa Rosa and it was about time to take that drive further up 101.

The best reason- Mendocino County Fair and Wool Festival, last weekend.   Boonville, CA,  site of the fair, is a rustic small town surrounded by orchards and forests.

The  Fair was lovely, especially the Angora Rabbit Fiber presentation.
This rabbit is 10 years old and generally they live 5-7 years.  So well cared for and loved.
Here they are combing the fur and spinning it.   Bunny to yarn in moments!!