Four of our granddaughters received one of these 18" dolls for Christmas, and they are all interested in making clothes. Knitting, crocheting and sewing. Well, of course, I have to try out some of these patterns, that I have collected. Here is the first full outfit, complete with a tam, scarf and mittens, as well as the lovely coat. Pattern is from Annie's Attic.
Well, I've done a fair bit of ripping out, but am quite pleased now with the way this is working out. Two color stranded work is really quite simple with the Portuguese style of knitting. Only problem is it's really warm here in Florida, and the yarn does not move very well when I get too hot.
While at home, I tend to mostly
machine knit.There’s always a
hand-knitting project on the go, for knitting in front of the TV, and in the
car, waiting in lines, at the doctor’s office, at YRKG meetings, etc.
For our annual trip to Florida, I
enjoy picking a hand-knitting project to knit along the way, and also during
our stay, and the drive back.That’s a
fair amount of knitting time.I pick
multiple projects, so there is variety, and of course, so I don’t run out of
anything to knit.
Well, this year, was a little more
hectic than most, in December, and clearly, I did not read the materials very
Project #1.Harvest Jewels,
in Knitters Magazine K104.I thought this was a top-down knit, with
fair-isle at the yolk, knit in the round.Great project to try the Portuguese style of knitting, for the
colorwork.Well!!! Not a top-down, but I
can do this, knit it “upside down”.Oh yes!
And backwards, since the Portuguese style of knitting is easiest when doing the
purl stitch.This style of knitting
really reminds me most of machine knitting, as I am looking at the purl side as
I am working.Well, it’s started.I did decide ahead of time to use only one
yarn for the fair-isle, so that should make it a bit easier?!?!?
I'm very excited about the coming year, and all the teaching opportunities that have come my way. It's still hard to believe that 2012 is just around the corner.
Now, there is a new LYS minutes down the road, where I will be teaching quite a few classes in the new year. The Quilt Store has posted the classes on their web site, so please check them out. There are beginner knitting and crocheting classes for adults and kids, as well as a introduction to machine knitting, and ravelry.
As a member of the York Region Knitting Guild, we knit for several charities in York Region. Personally, I like to knit for the hospital, as we have been asked for lap blankets for the oncology unit. After dropping this group of blankets off, I received a lovely card from a volunteer, who informed me that the paliative care unit received the lap blankets, and mentioned that full size, single bed blankets were needed. That's what I am working on now. Should have three of them ready before Christmas. Happy Knitting!