A Knitting Fool

So, the weather didn’t hold and I haven’t finished the quilt from my last post.  There are really only a few days a year that are nice enough to sew outside, mainly because the wind is always an issue.  It’s hard to keep track of all of your pieces if the wind keep stealing them!  Something that is easier to do outside in almost any weather is knitting – and there has been a lot of that going on lately.  I know a lot of people say they don’t knit in the summer when it’s hot out, but I think it’s the perfect thing to take outside – you don’t have to worry about the wind,  you don’t have to lug an iron and ironing board, cutting tools, machine, etc.  I also get a lot of knitting done in the car.  In fact, I started this project on the way to quilt market in May.  That was about 34 hours in the car, which meant 34 hours of knitting time! (my hubby does all the driving, in case you were wondering).

It was a very easy knit, though I did have my lace pattern handy in case I got stuck.

The pattern is called  the Oriel Lace Cardigan.  Ravelry details can be found here, including a couple changes that I made to the pattern.  The button band was supposed to be picked up and added later.  I just did it as I went (it’s a top down pattern), which was much faster and it eliminated the waviness that the original button band had.

I also started this one in the car on the way to quilt market.

I was a bit nervous about this one, as I liked many of the design elements of the original pattern, but I wanted it to fit differently.  Here is a shot of the original pattern for the Dramatic Lace Cardigan by Sweater Babe:

I think it’s very pretty, but I knew that all the extra fabric hanging to the front would drive me crazy!  This type of design is so popular right now, but I have an easier time with things that button up in the front.  In this case, a shawl pin works pretty nicely.

I love the back of this design too – in fact, it is the reason that I decided that I had to make it!

I’m not sure that my yarn was the best choice for this pattern, but it has been in my stash for a while.   It’s the cotton jeans yarn by Rowan/RYC.  It has a subtle tweed to it that I really like, but I don’t think it is going to hold the blocking that well.  I feel like I am still in the learning process of choosing the right fiber for my knitting projects.  The rest of the details can be found here.

This next one is a super quick knit.  It took me just a couple nights to make it – seriously – it’s that quick!   I am probably one of the last people on Ravelry to make the Leisl Cardigan, but I happened to have just one skein of yarn left from this project.  It was just enough to make this small shrug.

I usually think shrugs are kinda cute from the front, but look too short in the back, so I’m not sure how much I will wear it.  It will probably be just perfect for a summer sweater though, as it won’t be too hot.

Despite my reservations, I just loved the color of this yarn, so I had to use up that last skein!  I really love the subtle color variation of hand-dyed yarns.

Ravelry details here.

I started this next project about three years ago.  At the time, I got bored with it and quit working on it.  I usually do things with more detail and that seems to keep me more entertained.  I also felt like the yarn was looking worn on the edges already, and I hadn’t even worn it yet.  I rediscovered it this summer and decided to quick finish it.

It was originally supposed to have long sleeves, so leaving them off is what allowed me “to quick finish it”.  (BTW, I have now found a nude colored tank to wear under it.)

Turns out I love this yarn!  I still think it is going to show some wear and tear, but it is sooooo soft and comfortable that I think I will love wearing it.  The yarn is Premiere by Classic Elite.

Ravelry details here.


One last project for today – it’s yet another red one. ( I promise my next knitting post won’t include any reds.)  This pattern is called Green Gable by Rachel Bishop, though I think I will have to call it Red Gable.   I used one of my favorite yarns, Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold.  It’s a super sturdy yarn, though not nearly as soft as my last project.

I liked the pattern for several reasons.  I like anything that fits comfortably like a t-shirt.  I also like the raglan sleeves and the lace detailing by  the neck.

The pattern was supposed to have ribbing at the bottom, but I added the lace detailing instead.

This was a super quick project and the lace pattern was very easy.  I always have to have a project with mostly stockinette stitch at hand.  That way I always have something to pick up that doesn’t take too much concentration – so I can visit, watch a movie or baseball game, read etc and can do the project mostly by feel.  (I always have a harder project going too, for when I get bored with all the SS stitching.)

As you can see I have been a knitting fool lately.  I have three more projects that are almost done.  I’m almost ready to pull out my fall knitting, so that will slow me down considerably (sleeves, hoods, etc add lots of time to projects.)  So, I’m just wondering – Does anyone else turn into a knitting fool during the summer?










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31 Responses to A Knitting Fool

  1. Rhonda says:

    This is why I wish I could knit; these are all so lovely! I love how you changed the Lace Cardigan; I like your version better. And your shrug is oh so very cute!

  2. 4dreamsr says:

    As always you just amaze & inspire me! You have such a great eye for details & colors. Guess that’s what makes you such a great designer. Love them all!

  3. You are amazing with that knitting Heather – and it helps that you have a models figure to show them off!

  4. Mama Dub says:

    You are an amazing knitter! I can only dream of knitting that well. I stick to dishcloths, scarfs, and simple hats. Maybe some day I will tackle a simple sweater. Maybe! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations with us. By the way, I just purchased your Living Large 2 book today at my local quilt shop. I can’t decide which one to make first! It’s a fabulous book.

  5. Karen Stennes says:

    I am always so inspired by your beautiful knitting. I had always wanted to learn to knit and it was really because of you that last fall I took a beginning knitting class at one of our local shops. I have knit numerous items since then. I continue to be in awe of all the lovely items you create. I am sure you are a fast knitter as you are quilter. Many years ago I was at a quilt retreat that you and your mom were at. I remember being amazed at how fast you could quilt. Continue to inspire us. LOVE your blog!

  6. Anne Heidi says:

    You knitted some beautiful things this summer! I knit year round ad as well, but tend to knit smaller and lighter projects in the summer, and I use more cotton in the summer- Right now I’m into hats and mittens though- to get ready for winter…. I always have a project to take along in the car as well- if hubby asks me if I’d like to drive I tell him he has to knit….. Needless to say I don’t have to drive a whole lot….

  7. Diane says:

    My mother has been a knitting fool all my life, but I’m a knitting loser. My daughter has caught the bug and is off and running.

    These sweaters are beautiful!

  8. Asiyah says:

    Talk about being prolific. I love everything about this post. I just wish I knew how to knit. (sigh)

  9. Nancy in Utah says:

    WOW!!! You really ARE a knitting fool, lol. All of your sweaters are really beautiful. I particularly love the Dramatic Lace Cardigan by Sweater Babe. I have to tell you though that if I could make one like that, I would go with the original version because…well, I’m 61 and though I have been skinny all my life and stay active, I wear long sleeves all the time. Really…ALL the time except to sleep. You see, my upper arms wobble when I wiggle, LOL. Strangely, my lower arms are starting to do the same thing, hmmmm. In all honesty though Heather, I wear the long sleeves, because I have Scleroderma and I am always cold, even standing in the sun. I also need to protect my skin from the sun at all times, so, even though I have turkey neck arms, I do have other excuses for the long sleeves! Besides, the doctor told me it is the Sclero that has caused changes to my skin and muscles and That is why I wobble everywhere, WHEW, what a relief to know it wasn’t my fault *wink*. Now, back to those gorgeous lace sweaters, I learned to crochet when I was just seven and was making lacy doilies by the time I was nine and still try but my health issues affect my hands so it’s hit and miss with everything except working on my quilts. As for knitting, I taught myself by making dish cloths. I wanted to do the lacy things so I got patterns and how too books and made lacy dish cloths to make sure I could do them right. My first real project was a darling lacy baby sweater for my niece’s baby shower. I got all the pieces done without a hitch, but when I tried to sew them together, my hands wouldn’t cooperate. all the seams looked horrible, so I took them out, re blocked the pieces and there they sit. The baby is 3 years old now but I have her sweater, LOL. So, I ‘ve never tried a sweater for myself, even though I adore knitting, it seams I’m stuck with wash cloths and afghans…*sigh*. I have to tell you though, seeing your bounty of sweaters makes me want to try, try again. Hugs…

  10. Gawquah says:

    I love you blog and have esp. come to look forward to your knitting showcases. They are awesome! I always have several knitting and quilting projects going and it is time to celebrate any finish!

  11. Jocelyn says:

    Wow I wish I could knit garments.

  12. Annette says:

    Wow, I love all the items you’ve made and your alterations are much better than the originals! Love your colour choices as well…lucky you to have them in your wardrobe!!

  13. A Betty says:

    Are you good at everything? Your decorating, cooking, quilting, and knitting are all so perfect! I only know one knitting fool, but she is also a quilting fool. I now own your new book and have fabric and plans for two of them as well as hopes for two more of the patterns. I also bought a new foot for my machine to try my hand at couching. Have you done any? If so, I would love to see pictures.

    • mariajhmom says:

      I resemble that remark!!!!!

      Heather, all your projects are perfect, as usual! Bring your camera along for your next adventure!

  14. marsha nelson says:

    I want to know if there is anything you can’t do? Your sweaters are absolutely beautiful. I don’t knit even one stitch. I especially like the Dramatic Lace Cardigan and the Red Gable. Please keep sharing. I look forward to it.

  15. Donna S. says:

    Awesome!! I love to knit but seem to be such a slow knitter, rarely any finished objects (except socks & shawls)

  16. robin says:

    How I wish I could knit like that. I only know the very basic basics!

  17. Kris Bair says:

    I think these are gorgeous! I tend to slow down in the summer – way too busy, but right now I have 3 sweaters going – Buttercup, Kelso lace cardi (made out of sock yarn no less….) and the Retro shell – which is almost done. Funny – I had 2 skiens of Plucky Knitter lace weight yarn, and am attempting the Kelso Lace Cardi out of it – hopefully it will turn out half as well as yours! We’ll see – I’m 7 lace repeats into it and so far it’s looking like it will either be a smidge small (no big-blocking will take care of it) or a little large…….Thanks for inspiring us all!

  18. Shelly J says:

    As always, your knitting is so impressive. I especially love your version of the Dramatic Lace Cardigan. It’s great how you make the design changes to create an original sweater. I wish I could knit and would do it year around.

  19. Vivian Oaks says:

    I absolutely LOVED all the designs you showed. Wish I could knit that well. I can do a knit and purl stitches, and that’s as far as I got in my education before my Gramma moved away… That’s ok, I’ve got lots of other things to work on, but I just had to tell you how much your designs affected me. Gorgeous!!!! Gorgeous!!!! Gorgeous!!!!

  20. Erin says:

    I’m new to your blog. I just love all the pictures you put up! You’ve inspired me to pick up my knitting needles again. I’m also in making the “Modern Day Diamonds” quilt from your “Livin’ Large” book.

  21. Linda P. says:

    I’m absolutely greeeen! Please, don’t ever stop posting your knitting, I get so inspired and I’m still a wanna be, but I do so enjoy seeing your work, Heather!!
    I’ve heard it was too hot in the summer to knit, but I’ve also heard that about quilting! huh???
    Each one is beautiful!!

  22. Carla says:

    I really look forward to tour knitting posts. You are amazing to be able to adapt a pattern like that.

  23. Kathy says:

    I am fairly new to knitting, having done about 200 of the cotton dishcloths in a year. I was afraid to try anything else. Finally in Feb (of 2011), I jumped in and made a pair of socks. I haven’t stopped knitting since! I’ve made 18 pairs of socks. Mostly for me, but some for my grown sons who live in New England. I love using the hand dyed wools, and I soon learned that I tire easily of just knitting…I need a pattern to knit and I can complete the item in no time! I have trouble finding the right yarn for the patterns…I can’t tell just by looking and many do not have info on the labels, about striping or pooling or whatever. I’ve had to take a few pairs out and either set the yarn aside or find a new pattern. You have inspired me to try summer knits. I figured if I can do socks with patterns, I can do a simple summer top! Funny though…Mitten thumbs still give me a fit! Do you use a circular needle for your tops or 2 needles? I have not ventured into circular needles except for a few hats! Thank you for posting your knitting as well as your beautiful quilts!

  24. Wendy P says:

    You make such gorgeous sweaters! My grandmother would have loved you. I could not knit to save my life, but I am a quilt making fool instead!

  25. Karen says:

    Wow, I just cannot believe how much you knit! I think I knit all the time but nothing like you. And your mods are all great!!

  26. Pat says:

    You are a fabulous knitter. I wish I could knit tops half as good as yours. But I’m wondering if you also make all of the necklaces that you wear with your knit tops.

  27. Peggi says:

    I only wish I could knit. I’ve decided I want to take a class, but I probably won’t sign up for one soon – too many quilts to make! I love, love, love that knitted tank. I wear nude-colored bras under tanks like this, also under white blouses. The sales lady in the lingerie dept told me this, and I gave myself a V8 smack. Why didn’t I think of that!

    When I was a girl, my mother knit ONE thing – I think it’s called a Fair Isle sweater? Very intricate around the neck and shoulders? It was beautiful, but ended up being too small, and not at all stretchy or giving under all those fancy stitches. In fact it was quite bulky and uncomfortable. That kind of scared me off of knitting.

  28. Samantha K says:

    Heather you are an awesome person! I’ve been in love with your quilting and fabric lines. Your knitting is just as good. I really wish I knew how to knit-I wouldn’t have to worry about sweater shopping each fall and I could have things done in colors I like and they way I like them. You are truly an amazing woman!! Thank you for sharing all of your creations with us and inspiring everyone.

  29. Jan says:

    Oh how I love to see your many finished projects. I am a knitting fool ALL THE TIME!!!! I am very obsessed with it. I too, am amazed at how quickly you get done, which begs the question: do you knit Continental or English Throw method? I read about these ladies who can knit a baby sweater in a day; something which would take me a couple of weeks.

    Anyway, all the designs are just gorgeous, but I especially like how you have modified Dramatic Lace Cardigan. Another couple of questions: What is your all time favorite yarn? What is your all time favorite sweater you have knit? I have been knitting for about 3 yrs. now, and so far, my favorite yarn is Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca and my favorite sweater is Central Park Hoodie. The Ultra Alpaca is soft, very warm, affordable and durable. The Central Park Hoodie is one of those items that can be worn with just about anything. It is my always grab, running out the door item~although probably not the most stylish item~which I am working on knitting more in that area.

    • I knit continental, also known as picking. In my humble opinion, it is way faster than throwing. I have met a few fast throwers, but I’ve also met many throwers that want to learn to pick so they can knit faster. Picking a favorite yarn is kinda like picking a favorite fabric line – it’s really hard to do! A couple that I can think of off the top of my head: Waterlily by classic Elite, Wool Bam Boo by Classic Elite, Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold, Hempathy by elsebeth Lavold, and Royal Llama Silk by Plymouth. I just finished a project in Madeline Tosh and I think I will really like that yarn too.

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