Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rainbow Sorbet

Ok, this looks good enough to eat, but you won't feel cold.
This is another version of the Ribbed Cardigan
I made a crochet flower button for a detail.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Warmth of Generosity

Last week at a meeting of very clever knitters I was overwhelmed by their generosity.  Four of the talented women made a donation of six sweaters to this project.  I was very touched by their contributions.  The sweaters are just beautiful.  Barbara Levin, who is also the President of the North Coast Knitters Guild and an incredible knitter made this adorable pullover.
 The pullover pattern called Griffin"s Seeded Rib Pullover.  It was posted on
 the Classic Elite website (  I am happy that the sweater
 is a about a size 2 so we can have a selection of sweaters kids rather than just babies. 

Eileen Adler, knitter, teacher and designer extrordinaire gave me two wonderful sweaters.  One of the sweaters, the goldenrod cabled pullover is a the sample that was designed by Eileen and published in the March 2009 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine.  The name of the sweater is Playful Pullover.    The neck line has a little button flap to make it easier to get it over the child's head. 
The second contribution  from Eileen is this adorable, soft and cozy cardigan. This sweater designed by Eileen, is called Rich Ribbed Sweater is published in the March 2008 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine.  
I was showing them off to a friend and she was anxious to get the pattern and make the sweater.  The adorable leaf "button" details are really winners. We were examining the stitch pattern and decided we would have to ask the expert for details.  Did you hear that Eileen? An by the way I would like to have more information to tell all the readers about your  contributions to to the  Guild and to the community at large.  

Once again, Phylis Bates has generously contributed.  Her pull-over sweater with a mock placket is just beautiful. The soft colors are great for a boy or a girl.  Some child will be so happy to be warmed by this labor of love.  

Thanks also go to Linda Erlich.  Linda is a hardworking member of the North Coast Knitters Guild. Linda made two amazing sweaters.  One the very famous Baby Surprise jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman and the second is an adorable pullover that is made with a specific yarn which 
creates a variety of stripes.  the wonderful rolled collar is a great detail.

I am very fortunate and thankful to have my knit friends join me in the project. XXXOOO

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here's a cute little number.  It was featured in Prima July 2005.  This sweater is called Ribbed Baby Jacket.  It called for a snap and a cute little ribbon rose. Sorry! I have way too many buttons and so I made a button hole and added a beautiful peal button. I learned the little flower detail back when I was smocking.  The size is suppose be a size 3 - 6 months.  I like the construction as it is basically one piece.  The sleeves are one piece with the front and back and formed with sets of cast on and cast off stitches.  The ribbed neck and back are picked up along the fronts and neck. I like the idea of a wide ribbed band and I also like the way the collar hugs the neck of the child.  

I am wishing now I had some cute baby to model the sweaters. I have yet to see one on a live model. 

I may have to take a little break as tendonitis is starting to set in. 12 sweaters in two months has been fun but can be hazardous to your health.  


Sunday, March 15, 2009

So finally I have something new to add.  This is a cute little cardigan for a boy.  The pattern comes from Louisa Harding's book, "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms."  Like the coral cable vest, it is made with a finer yarn and took a bit more time to complete.  Usually I have been using a little heavier gauge yarn.  I noticed so many cute baby sweaters require finer yarn and are designed with more details.   
I have added "techno" buttons with what look like little screw heads to give it a more masculine touch.  

I had a little problem with the collar.  The instructions are to knit the collar separately and to then sew it on.  This is a bit tricky as there are live stitches along the back neck edge and the collar must be stretched to fit and to roll nicely.  I'm glad I have experience in sewing to know how to make the collar fit properly.  Also I questioned just how to sew the collar on to make a nice seam edge on the inside.  I probably should have done a little research on technique, but I was in a big hurry to finish the sweater.  Yeah!!!!! It is done. 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Now For Something a Little Different

Here is my latest...... A cable vest with vintage buttons.  The pattern is from "Queensland Collection Book 8" by Jane Ellison.   The cable looks complicated but makes up fast and is really rather easy. It is a 16 row pattern and the even rows are knit or purl as the stitches lay. 


Friday, March 6, 2009

Baby Albert Joins the Project

How lucky am I?????  I have good friends like Shiela Kirschenbaum who shares my passion for folk dancing and knitting.  She  made this beautiful "Baby Albert" coat for the project.  The pattern can be found in Sally Melville's book, "Book 1: The Knit Stitch."   Sheila does some beautiful embroidery and added a bit around the button hole of the jacket.  Thank you Sheila.  A small person will also appreciate your effort!!!

Ok... one more color block sweater.  I really do enjoy making them but I have decided to branch out.  Stay tuned for the next edition of my blog to see what I am finishing up next.  This one has some old leather buttons from my collection.