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Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: Yesterday at 16:27:51 »
@Marniesews, I am doing less for the dolls as I'm in the midst of Xmas sewing. I still have to sew a test dress for this month and make a lobster bustle. I will be sewing these as I clean the sewing room as I do a heavy duty cleaning in December. I rip the room apart area by area and clean it, reorganize it, and swear I'll be sewing the stash until the cows come home. The amount of stash has decreased a lot which is nice and I'm hoping I will be seeing more bareness on the shelves or smaller piles when I organize the fabrics.

« on: December 06, 2021, 21:50:11 PM »
@toileandtrouble, love those socks. I'm not sure what weight 6 ply is but they look lovely and warm and not too tight at all. I'm sure she will love them.

@Turquoise, your socks are lovely. Once you get the hang of the Kitchener stitch, you will fly away at doing them. I have a little saying to do it. When I put in the needle I say (front needle) purl, take off, knit, (back needle) knit, take off, purl. I don't do the usual first stitch like most say to do as I always had ears and Purl Together showed us this way and I'm hooked.

I'm ready to turn the heel on both socks tonight. Then change color to do the foot.

« on: December 05, 2021, 16:45:15 PM »
I forgot to introduce the yarn for the yellow and green socks. The wool is from Ancient Arts which is produced and dyed in Canada. The yarn is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. The yarn comes from a line called Hat Trick named after hockey teams in Canada and the US. These yarns are semi solids to go with the painted yarn. The yellow is called Offside and the green is Hooking. I began knitting socks using this yarn as I was able to visit the store in person. It was there that I got the pattern I knit for DGS when he was only 6 years old.

I am following Purl Together as I love her method of knitting socks. I chose the pattern from a pattern I found online and counted the knits and purls to get the pattern.

Hopefully, I will have more pictures of the socks later this week.

« on: December 05, 2021, 12:11:43 PM »
I'm on pair #4 now and have about 15 more rounds on sock #2 and I'll be doing the heel flap. These socks are fun as I am using up left over yarn and learning new techniques. I learned that I needed to knit the first row of the color change so the purl bumps don't show two colors. I also learned how to do jogless joins in the round.

I'm having fun with them and I hope DDIL enjoys them. If she does, I will knit up the yarn left over from DGS's socks for her in the same pattern as these. They knit up fast though the pattern can be a bit boring at times though easy to do when watching videos.

Dolls and Toys / Re: Sewing For Dolls
« on: December 02, 2021, 21:29:36 PM »
I finished a dress which is called Beth from the Little Women series by Keepers Dolly Duds. The sleeves of this dress took me 1.5 hours to do. It was labor intensive but I love the results.

I used fabric and trim from the stash. That was a bonus.

« on: December 02, 2021, 12:48:45 PM »
I got DGS's socks done and forgot to post them yesterday. Though the yarn is lovely, the finished product (as usual) looks ugly. As I rib his socks they are always long and skinny looking. As long as he likes them and wears them, he gets socks.

I have cast on DDIL's socks and have the first cuff knit and did part of a round on the 2nd cuff. I'm going to try something new with her socks -- Purl 2 Knit 4. They are mirrored socks which are always fun to knit.

« on: November 28, 2021, 22:07:36 PM »
I have the socks ready to start the toes. A couple of days and they will be done. The video is up ready for me to follow along as I do them.

When I learned how to do magic loop and using double pointed needles you will not believe how many times I took my first projects apart and started again. It was part of the learning process. I have learned a lot from some great sock knitters -- Purl Together and Lucy Neatby to name two. Purl Together has given me more confidence in knitting using the magic loop and Lucy Neatby knitting with 5 dpns. I never learned how to knit in the round properly until I was older and it was learn as you go. YouTube, Craftsy, and a few books.

I have one more pair of socks to knit before Christmas and then I will be done until mid January when I start knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. I'll be keeping this thread active.

A Good Yarn / Re: Knitting For The Dolls
« on: November 26, 2021, 10:36:36 AM »
@Sewgorgeous, they have more clothes than I do.

I have to go through all the doll clothes and purge again. I give the extra clothes to a little girl who have 4 girl and 1 boy dolls. She loves to get the clothes and I'm happy she loves them.

A Good Yarn / Re: Knitting For The Dolls
« on: November 25, 2021, 21:39:47 PM »
I finally got the last test pattern photographed. I did the cables wrong giving the sweater a totally different look than what the designer had called for.  :facepalm:

The fit of the sweater is great and I love the hat as it went on at jaunty angle by accident. This is for the little girl I knit and sew for as she has a boy doll in desperate need of clothes.

The picture has been lightened so you can see the cables. It has been dull and dreary here for quite a while making it hard to photograph.

« on: November 23, 2021, 21:24:39 PM »
@Celia, I now do the heel down to the end of the gusset as it is suppose to give more padding where they could wear out. I wait and see if it works or not.

I have 1.25" left to knit on the first sock's foot and then will be doing the 2nd sock. After that the toes and I'm done. Then on to DDIL's socks. Then knitting will be done for Xmas. I do have some sewing to do and I need to get some gifts bought. We have had a good rain storm hit yesterday and we are still under a rain warning. It has turned cool and I'm sure we will have flurries tonight.

« on: November 22, 2021, 10:55:05 AM »
I am chugging away on the socks for DGS. The gussets are done and I have 8 rounds knit on the foot of the first sock.

I've removed the two markers for the heel while I was padding it under the foot. I now take the row markers out on the leg and use them to mark every 10 rounds on the foot. The goal is to finish them by the end of the month as I have another pair to knit before Christmas. I am enjoying sock knitting a lot.

Current Projects / Re: Is this too difficult for me
« on: November 19, 2021, 12:02:02 PM »
@Celia, I would put this aside until January and make it a long term project. Like others have said, I would read all her information and do a free block she has up using what fabrics you have on hand. I do like the idea of what this designer is doing and will be doing one of the free blocks to see if I want to get one of her kits.

I have a picture to do also and have to trace all the pieces onto Steam A Seam and then iron to the fabric and layer it on to make a horse's head. Less sewing and more ironing. I question why I bought it other than it is one DD loved, a dealer did a sample, and I bought it.

« on: November 12, 2021, 22:58:02 PM »
@toileandtrouble, the stitch markers go in on every 10th row so I know how many rows I have knit. Nothing special happening on those rows. It is just plain ribbing all the way down to the heel flap. I learned this technique years ago from a knitting teacher and have used it ever since.

« on: November 12, 2021, 11:41:14 AM »
@Flobear, can't wait to see your slippers.

Our cat has been under the weather for 5 days and I've done a lot of knitting while he has been in and out of the vet clinic with a bladder issue. The leg of the first sock is completed and the 2nd sock has 34 rows knit on it. I love knitting with this yarn and doing a K2P2 rib is easy to do. They also stay up on DGS's legs better.

« on: November 09, 2021, 11:01:20 AM »
@Celia, I had a lot of hanks of yarn but got all into cakes when I was cleaning up the yarn stash. These two came from DDIL as she thought she was going to learn how to knit socks. She isn't ready to right now as she can't focus on it due to work. She will get there one day.

The socks are coming along and the yarn is a delight to knit with. The yarn is from an artisan who dyes her own yarn. This blend is called Magical Mulberry and is 75% superwash merino and 25% silk. The color is called Storm Coming! which I am sure one of her customers named (I named one of her colorways). This yarn has no nylon in it but I'm not too worried. DGS only wears his socks at home in the evening and lots of times will wear them to bed. This yarn has no nylon in it but I'm not too worried. DGS only wears his socks at home in the evening and lots of times will wear them to bed.

I am using 2.5mm needles with 72 stitches cast on. I am doing a 2x2 rib as DGS loves this pattern for his socks. They stay up well on him. I usually knit his socks on 3.25mm needles but I will knit him a finer gauged sock this time. When he was growing, I needed to be able to knit his socks quickly. I also did them on a larger needle as he is a type 1 diabetic and we were worried about socks being too tight on his legs. But he wears tighter socks than these so all is okay to knit a finer gauge.

I am sure these socks are going to knit quickly as I am monitoring a sick cat (bladder blockage) and alternate between cleaning house and knitting. Sewing is put on hold at the moment as I am staying upstairs with the cat.

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