>Knitting

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progress on back of jacket

I can knit some but I do not call myself a knitter I can knit basic scarfs and hats but nothing real difficult. My oldest daughter wants to learn to knit. So it has become my job to figure this out on my own so I can show her what to do. I am curious how many people out there learn a skill just because someone else they know wants to learn it and you are the person they have chosen to teach them. I think she is going to ask one of her aunts to help her too, that aunt already knits. So between the two of us helping her this should work.

Yesterday I set to work re-teaching my self. The reason I say re-teaching as I did knit when I was a child and could read patterns but I only did that from the time I was 4 to 6years old. I made doll clothes and things of that sort. But lord only knows what happen to all those things I made. Plus I have forgot pretty much all of it except what a knit stitch is and how to cast on in two ways. I had to relearn yesterday how to pearl.

I gave it a whirl yesterday in an hour and 1/2this is what I came up with. Yes it is from a pattern I figured that best, that way I can see how patterns are written again and learn to follow them so I can teach her.

This is the start of a little baby jacket. I will probably make a few of these so I can get my tension figured out which shouldn’t be too hard has I know tensioning for tatting, crochet, and bobbin lace can’t be too hard or different than those type of things. I am using medium weight yarn ( 4) worsted weight, size 6 needles. I only have a partial skein of this yarn, the pattern calls for a skein but ranges in size from 9 months to 24 months so I don’t know how much the smallest size will actually use. I am using this on purpose I am hoping this will force me to learn how to add yarn to a project so the yoke and or sleeves will probably be a different color. I plan on this they will be a different color than the back and lower front which is what I am currently working on. This color is cameo rose I will probably have the other color be a berry color. I have this habit of changing patterns even if I don’t know the techniques well. I do this on purpose that way I can learn new things and challenge myself.

This is supposed to fit a 9 month old baby. I have a neighbor who has a 7 month old so when done I hope to try it on that baby to see if it all worked out correctly (haven’t asked permission yet on that). But she won’t mind I don’t think and if I give it to her ( if it comes out well) I figure there will be even less protest have to see if I want to part with it as it is the first in knitting in 30 plus years that I would actually call knitting not just me playing with the needles.

My daughter and I plan on learning more over the Christmas holiday. I so want to knit socks, real cool ones that go above the knee and are tied with satin ribbons sort of 1910 in style. So for those readers of mine that actually call themselves knitters any tips or hints would be appreciated and what do you think of this so far for 1 1/2 hours. It is 80 stitches wide and about 4 inches long with a knit every row edge for the first few rows and stockinet stitch the rest of the way so far.

detail

In case you are wondering the big order is done and shipped as of yesterday. Sorry couldn’t post pictures as the people receiving the items see this blog and that would break the surprise now wouldn’t it. So when they have all received their items and the person who ordered the items gives me the ok I will post what I made for that order.

>Apron 2 : Half Apron for Clothes pins

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half apron for clothes pins

This is another thrift find ( $0.50) the place I like to go looking for aprons has then usually between 50 cents and 2 dollars. I believe it is a clothes pin apron as you can see from the photos the eyes are actually pocket openings, the entire apron is one large pocket. I do not know how new or old this one is but it looks to be vintage at least (over 20 years). But not sure on that if any one can tell me about when the fabric was printed that would help on dating it. I think this would be real cute to use as a Halloween apron in Halloween colors sort of reminds me of a jack-o’lantern. The pocket could be used to hold the candy either that you are giving away or that the children are collecting leaving their hands free, to hold flash light or parents hands. Sort of a a happy scary face all at the same time. The nose and mouth are zig zagged on appliques and the eyes ( pockets) have seam binding. the ties are long enough to wrap from the back of the body to tie in the front if your waist is less than 30 inches.

pocket on clothes pin apron