A Knitting Update

Back when I started this blog, I mentioned that I would be showing some knitting, as well as my quilting.  As it happens, I think I’ve only done a post or two on knitting, so I’m a little behind on that part.   My problem is, I love to start new knitting projects, then the work deadlines come up and I don’t get them finished.  In fact, I have had two sweaters laying in my studio for 6 months or so, and all they needed was the buttons sewn on!   How sad is that?  Well, I’ve finally gotten my act together and I’ve been finishing lots of projects.

 

I just finished up this hat for my new nephew Peyton.  It’s too big for him, so I had to model it on a glass display globe that sits in my kitchen.

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It’s called the Top Down Bonnet with Animal Character and it’s a free download off Ravelry.  It’s one of those “it’s so funny looking, it’s cute” kind of faces.

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I used up some of my Classic Elite Wool BamBoo Scraps from the sweater below to make the hat.  The sweater is called  Mr. Greenjeans  and can be found on www.knitty.com.  Their Mr. Green jeans uses a beautiful variegated yarn, so I might have to make another one of these with prettier yarn.

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This is a top down pattern – which I love.  It means there is hardly any finish work. 

 

These are the dreaded buttons.  I really don’t know why I put off sewing them on.  They really are beautiful buttons.

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I just finished the seams on this one last night.  It’s called the Empire Tunic and can be found in the Terra Collection book by Tahki Yarns.  It’s a super easy and quick to knit, so it was really fun to work on. 

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I used a yarn from Classic Elite called Waterlily.  I’ve used this yarn before and just love it.  It’s a soft merino wool, has beautiful color variations, and it’s pretty durable.

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I love the combination of lace and cables, my two current obsessions in knitting.

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Speaking of lace, I tried my first actual lace project.

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I can’t say that I loved lace work, as I found it a little harder working with such fine yarn and I found the center panel of the scarf to be quite repetitive.  But now that it’s done, I think it’s very pretty.

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This pattern can be found in the book Victorian Lace Today.

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I would say this is a beginner lace project.  My friend Maria does beautiful lace work, so it makes mine look so amateur!  Check out this lace blanket she made.  Isn’t it just drop, dead, gorgeous?  Maybe after ten years of practice, I’ll work up to a project like that. 

 

One of my other lacey looking projects is this sweater, but it’s done with a heavier yarn, so it was easier for me to manage.

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I started this sweater this winter and got the front and back done before taking a break from it.   I picked it up again for our trip to Quilt Market this spring  (Joel drives and I knit :-) ).  We had a 17 hour drive to get there and it took me that long just to do one sleeve.

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That’s about 1200 miles for one sleeve!  I got the other sleeve done on the way home.  That means it took me about 80 hours to make this sweater.  That sounds completely crazy!  It’s a good thing I don’t usually add up the hours it takes me to do these things. 

I will stop for now, so it doesn’t take you forever to download these pics.   Stop back in to see more knit projects later this week -

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20 Responses to A Knitting Update

  1. Carrie says:

    Your knitting is gorgeous, and I must say that your yarns show your work off beautifully. Multi-color yarns hide cables.. experience, I learned that the hard way. Oh man your last sweater is amazing, enjoy them girl, you did awesome!!!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Your work is beautiful. I can’t begin to fathom how you do it…knitting is totally foreign to me, and I don’t know anyone to teach me. I guess it will be something I never get to try.

  3. Cindy Keery says:

    Beautiful knitting! I love the dark pink sweater. So pretty.

  4. Vickie E says:

    love your knitting!

  5. V says:

    I can’t believe you made all that, i am so green with knit envy. I can not knit a stitch… that little red top looks great on you and I love the scarf too. but that hat! how cute! He looks like Totoro! (japanese animae character movie) very very cute.

  6. Christine Thomas says:

    Totoro…you’re right V. Heather, your knitting looks very nice. I’m not a knitter but I’d like to think I know good work when I see it.

  7. Tracy says:

    Wow – why have you been hiding these gems? Great looking projects, ALL of them!

    (And I think I’m going to have to find that Terra Collections pattern. Like I don’t have enough in my queue!)

  8. Kelly O. says:

    the projects you choose to knit are so inspiring. I’m used to old chunky (ugly) sweaters but your knitting actually makes me WANT to learn to knit!

  9. Tara says:

    They’re all gorgeous! It’s got to be about the process as much as the product for us to spend crazy amounts of time like 80(!) hours on a project! Very inspiring!

  10. D Spack says:

    wow, it is all very very nice! beautiful colors and GOOD work! I can’t do any of this kind of thing!

  11. Gwendie says:

    I love your knitted projects. Top-down styles have always been my favorite to make but that last pink sweater – wow! My absolute favorite of the pictures you posted. Between the pattern and color, my absolute favorite!

    I’ll have to try that hat for my granddaughter. I think she’d love one like it.

  12. A Betty says:

    Very beautiful! Next time we want to see the very beautiful model’s face too!

  13. I don’t knit but those photos would almost be enough to get me started – beautiful things.

  14. Kim says:

    Gorgeous knitting projects! I used your tutorial on binding inside corners to finish up a little project of my own recently. Thanks for the help with that!

  15. BethAnn says:

    Wow! Gorgeous work. I should really finish some of my knitting projects too. I think I have 4 started and several more planned/promised. Plus several sewing projects too.

  16. pamela says:

    Your pictures are so great and the modeling…fabulous!!

  17. Camille says:

    AMAZING. 3 questions:

    1-If I come stay with you, will you teach me to knit?
    2-If I have another baby will you make it one of those awesome hats?
    3-How come you get to be awesome at EVERYTHING?!?

    Amazing.

  18. CP says:

    Oh, wow. Really beautiful projects. I am into sweater making right now and I truly love all of these and would wear any of them! Excellent job. Great color choices!

  19. Jennifer says:

    I love your knitted stuff! Very talented!

  20. Jan says:

    Ok, knitting for that many hrs. straight there and back, is beyond my comprehension. I knit, but gheez, after about 3 hrs. my hands need a break. Amazing! You must have some more stick-to-it-ness!!!!

    Absolutely stunning projects, everything from great color to great designs.

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