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Seems like fair isle is my technique of choice these days.  Just finished the Fair Isle socks for Patons Yarns.  Go check ’em out…

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Over on the Patons Blog you will also see that we are in the midst of a Knit-Along.  The pattern is a tam and it’s beautiful!  Please feel free to join in on the fair-isle fun!  We are all using Patons Classic Wool in 5 different shades.  Think vintage for my color selections.  Seriously, it reminds of a sweater that just walked out of the 1960s and I LOVE IT!

Alright, so my next big Patons project calls for the new Patons Pure.  This is a 100% organic cotton in worsted weight and it’s lovely people.   Go find some, touch it for a little and let me know what you think.   Since my little sister is graduating from college and it’s her birthday, the Cables and Lace Hoodie (Ravelry Link) in ‘Butter’ will be her gift.

As for my personal knitting, I am going to start the Autumn Rose Pullover.  I know, I have said probably a gazillion times by now that I am going to start this, but really, I am going to cast on as soon as I cast off the Fair Isle Tam.

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Pattern: Hooded Cardigan by Patons

Pattern source: Patons Pattern Book, Next Steps Six – Learn to Cable and Ravelry.

Finished Size:  2

Supplies: Size US 6 and US 7, 24″ Circular Needles, 4 balls of Patons Classic Wool in Moss Heather. Scrap Yarn, darning needle and 4, 1″ buttons.

Ravelry Link:  Hunter’s Fall Hoodie

LOVED knitting this for my son, Hunter.  The pattern was great, the yarn was awesome and better yet, it only took me a little over 2 weeks to complete!  Gotta love small garments…  What was really cute though, was how exited Hunter was throughout the process.  Whenever I would be working on it in front of him, he would say “Hunter’s jacket Mommy.”  He was also very patient while trying this on for me.  I cannot wait for it to get cooler here so he can actually wear it!

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The back is my favorite part!

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Since this was a project for the Patons blog, you can read more details on any modifications that were made HERE.

Coming soon…  Fair Isle Socks, Ishbel and starting the Autumn Rose Pullover

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Pattern: Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague

Pattern source: Ravelry and Twist Collective

Finished Size: 44″

Supplies: Size 9 24″ Circular.  6 skeins of Cascade 220, Red (9404).   Scrap Yarn.  9, 1″ buttons.  Darning needle.

Date started: 8/20/09

Date completed: 9/21/09

Wow, one month to complete an entire sweater.  For me, that is impressive.  I cannot say enough good things about patterns written by Ysolda Teague. Wonderfully written, creative construction and over all very interesting to make.  I LOVE that there are only two seams to sew in this sweater.   The yoke pattern is super easy to memorize, yet stays interesting throughout the entire process.  I also love that I am good at making buttonholes now.  When you make nine of them roughly three times over, one becomes a buttonhole pro.  So yes, I did have to start this cardigan over multiple times.  I wanted it to be perfect as this was a birthday gift for my Mother in law.

I followed this pattern as is.  However, if I were to make this cardigan again, I would definitely go down a couple of sizes than what I think would be correct.  In other words, it runs really big.  Personally I like my clothes to be fitted, but not tight.  Although, not so fitted in the sense that I could not put something on under it either.  So sort of fitted is what I like!

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As I mentioned in my previous post, blocking really makes this cardigan awesome.  The vine yoke really lays down nicely and allows you to fully see the detail of the pattern.  Also, something else to keep in mind is that this cardigan really stretches length wise after blocking.  I remember thinking about how short it looked and hoping that it would stretch.

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As promised, Diane’s Dress Debut:

One thing is for sure, Diane ROCKS this dress!!

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Words cannot express just how thrilled I am that she is happy with her new dress!

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It is awesome when you make something and it is just what the recipient expected.

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Here is my most favorite of the photo shoot.  Everyone needs a good jump shot!!

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Diane, thank you SO much for letting me make this dress for you.  You look absolutely stunning.  It’s as if this dress was made for you.  Oh wait, it was!!

{Click HERE for more dress details}

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Pattern: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

Pattern source: RAVELRY!!

Finished Size: About 14″ tall and 8″ wide when legs are stretched out.

Supplies: Size 4 DPN needles.  3/4 skein of Dream in Color, Midnight Derby. Couple scraps of Malabrigo worsted weight, Praline (for eyes).  Darning needle

Date started: 8/9/09

Date completed: 8/17/09

After Hunter said his goodbyes to Batsy, I promised him that I would make whatever he wanted.  We sat in front of the computer and checked out many animal patterns via Ravelry.  After about 15 minutes he decided on Ysolda Teague’s, Elijah.  If you are not familiar with this designer, then become familiar.  Beautiful work and extremely well written patterns!!  Once the pattern was picked, Hunter and I hit up my stash.  I even let him pick out whatever yarn he wanted.  What can I say, the boy has excellent taste as he chose a skein of Dream in Color (Midnight Derby).  We then wound the skein to a center pull ball and were ready to go.  After about 5 minutes of me knitting, Hunter asked me where his elephant was.  HA!  Apparently he does not realize that knitting takes a little time.   Fast forward about a week and voila, Elton was finished.  Last night I snuck into Hunter’s room while he was sleeping and placed Elton at the top of his bed.  I thought it would be a nice surprise for him this morning.  Well, when I went in to wake him up today the first thing he said was:  “Mommy, elephant needs more face.”  Oh, you gotta love the honesty of a toddler.  So, I am taking suggestions here.  What can I do to make Elton come more to life, face wise?  While I think Elton is absolutely adorable, I think Hunter finds him a little creepy due to his lack of “face”.  I need suggestions people!!

As for the pattern, I followed it exactly as written.  What a wonderfully, easy pattern to follow.  Not to mention, NO SEAMING!

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Pattern: Boo the Bat by Anna Hrachovec

Pattern source: RAVELRY!!

Finished Size: About 5″ tall and 10″ wide including wing span.

Supplies: Size 7 DPN needles.  1/4 Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Redwood Mix.  1/4 skein of Malabrigo Worsted Weight in Praline.  Darning needle .

Date started: 8/8/09

Date completed: 8/9/09

Whipped this up for a friend of mine who totally digs Batman.  Been telling her for  months now  that I would knit this.  Well, it’s done and much to my son’s disappointment it will be on its way tomorrow.  I am pretty sure I will be making more of these for the Little Dude.  The Husband commented once I was finished:  “You know those aren’t Batman colors right?”   Hmmm, hope that doesn’t pose a problem for the recipient.  Honestly, I didn’t even think about that.  Just pulled two colors form my stash that I thought looked nice together!

Followed the pattern as is.  super quick, fun (and not to mention ADORABLE) little project.

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RAVELRY LINK

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Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner

Pattern source: RAVELRY!!

Finished Size: 12 Months

Supplies: Size 8 32″ circular needles.  1 skein of Queensland Rustic Wool in Purple.  1/4 skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Lettuce (2 strands held together).  Darning needle and a little scrap yarn to hold live stitches.

Date started: 8/5/09

Date completed: 8/5/09

Having completed Diane’s Dress I realized that I had one skein left over.  Immediately my mind went to work as to what I could make with the leftover ball of yarn.  A baby shrug for her daughter Savannah!!!  Savannah is a beautiful baby girl who turns one this fall.  In just one evening I whipped up this adorable shrug.  I went ahead and made the 12 month size so that she has a little room to grow.  Used magic loop (yay, I got it down now!!) to do the sleeves so that there would be NO seams.  You know my motto – JUST SAY NO TO SEAMING!  I had just barely enough Rustic Wool to work the body and then used some leftover Malabrigo (mmmm, Malabrigo) sock yarn (2 strands held together) for the sleeve and body edging.  I just love the contrasting colors and know that this will be a great addition to Savannah’s fall/winter wardrobe!!  The entire shrug is made with superwash yarn.  This pattern is super easy and I will definitely use it again.

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RAVELRY LINK

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Pattern: #20 Ribbed Mini Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick

Pattern source: Vogue Knitting, Spring 2007 via Ravelry

Finished Size: XS

Supplies: Size 6 needles.  9 skeins of Queensland Rustic Wool in Purple.  Darning needle and a little scrap yarn to hold live stitches.

Date started: 5/18/09

Date completed: 8/5/09

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4 months.  WOW.  That’s a long time and a lot of stitches.  Back in May a friend of mine commissioned me to make this dress for her.  I immediately said yes and figured it would be a great challenge.  As with most projects that I take on, this dress ended up being way more than anticipated.  You see, the pattern calls for 2 strands of lace weight yarn held together.  Instead we chose a worsted weight yarn (feels more like DK in my opinion).  Turns out I had to re-write the ENTIRE pattern.  This really put my math skills to the test.  Thank gawd for gauge.  The only similarity between my dress and the pattern is the way the final product looks (which is a lot I know).

This dress is knitted from the bottom up.  Why not top down is my big question?  It would have been a LOT easier and neater.  I often wonder why patterns are written, in my opinion, more difficult than necessary?  The original pattern also called for this to be knit in several pieces.  I ‘just said no to seaming’ and knit the dress all in the round up to where the arm hole decreasing begins.  Have to admit though, the arm pieces were a bitch.  Again, because I could not follow a pattern I had to make it up on my own.    After three unsuccessful attempts I finally got it right and then had to make the other arm.  BAH!   With all projects come new chances to learn.  I can honestly say that I am successful at seaming now.  Like, it actually looks good.

This dress was made to fit a little snug.  As we all know, wool yarn stretches.  Thus why it looks incredibly tiny.  Also the ribbing makes it look even smaller.  I had Diane try this on many times throughout the process so we already know it fits.  (YAY!!)  The plan is to wear the dress (or tunic) with leggings, tights or even jeans.  I know she has been thinking about pairing it up with some super fun boots too.  Perfect for fall/winter here in Austin, TX.

If you are interested in making this dress in an XS size using worsted weight yarn please drop me an email.  I am more than happy to share all of my pattern notes and drawings.  Having no idea how copyright laws go I feel uncomfortable just posting them right here, as this is not my original pattern.  Send me an email if you are interested…  fiberfervor@gmail.com

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RAVELRY LINK:  Diane’s Dress

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What are you wearing Little Miss?  Oh, is that another dress by Aunt B & Gamma?  LOVE IT!!!!  Again, I am so lucky to have such an adorable baby model.

Happy 4th of July!

Check out details on Ravelry.com!

Vacation was wonderful and exactly what I needed.  Since I spent my vaca with family that I don’t get to see like ever , I was not able to do much knitting.  One afternoon my Mom and I were able to squeeze in a quick sewing tutorial that was MUCH needed.  Turns out the majority of my frustration with my sewing machine was due to the fact that I wasn’t threading it correctly!  DUH!  Guess I should have suspected something like that seeing as how when I first got my sewing machine I had to call my Mom and ask her what the hell a bobbin was!  We didn’t have much time and she promised the next time she came to visit that she would give me a more in depth lesson. She also recommended that I take some sewing lessons in the meantime.  During the lesson we did finish the three Summerlin dresses that I had already knitted the tops for.

Thanks to Pam over at Flint Knits and the SUPER awesome quilt she made, I was introduced to some really cool fabric.  Found the fabric for 2 of the Summerlin tops on Sew Mama Sew. What a great collection they carry, specifically the fabric by Heather Ross.  LOVE IT!!!

Seahorse Dress…

Fabric by Heather Ross, Mendocino, Seahorses Aqua

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How cute is my baby model?  All of these dresses are actually for my niece, Lil’ Miss.  Freakin’ adorable if I do say so myself.  Click here to see more pics of Lil’ Miss rockin her new sun dress.

Duck Duck Goose! Dress

Fabric: Ugly Duckling Feather ~ Red Letter Day

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Happy 4th! Dress

Fabric:  Unknown.  My Mom picked it out at JoAnns.

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Thank you Mom for teaching me a few tricks of the trade while on vacation!!!!