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Tweedy Knitting and Glove Repair

Posted by mtmom on March 20, 2011

I’ve had the treat of marathon knitting and designing this past Friday and Saturday, as DH and DDs went on a Spring Break camping excursion to someplace warm and remote.  Turning this . . .

Rowan Felted Tweed yarn, 10 balls

into this (etc.).

Swatch for decreasing in pattern

It kept me VERY busy!

And will continue to, until I get through that whole bag of yarn!

(another design project for Cast On magazine)

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In the meantime, I thought I’d tell y’all about some mending I did recently.

First request was for the thumb of a pair of Latvian mittens, bought for me by a dear friend on her trip around the Baltic, and then gifted by me to DS.

Glove, holding "hoot!", both to be mailed to DS at college.

hole in end of thumb, loose stitches stabilized by safety pin

repair made with darker brown yarn

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Second request was for several tears in a pair of Norwegian gloves well-loved by our church organist.

Charly's Norwegian gloves

Observe: Norwegian's do NOT tuck in ends -- they knot and leave them!

And unused colors are twisted and carried up at end-of-rds. Also see hole in finger end.

I do not have “after” photos, because a super-cold day came and I really RUSHED to finish these and get them back to their owner!

At least you can know that your “loss” was definitely his “gain”.

 

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FOs and Repairs

Posted by mtmom on January 22, 2011

My weekend schedule changed a while back, so Sundays are not always blog days.   I haven’t really settled into a new rhythm yet. . . .

I have finished several things, some fresh and some long latent.

white tam

pink

Firstly, I finished and mailed in to Cast On magazine, the 2 versions of my Galaxy Tam.  The pattern I e-mailed in a few days later.

Also, I finished a second little “hoot!”, by Ysolda Teague.

hoot! #1

hoot! #2

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One is for my DS, away at university.

The other is for his girlfriend.  She said of hers that it is “adorbs”.  (I translated that to mean “adorable”.)  🙂

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And then, I FINALLY seamed up a knit/felted bag I started about 1 1/2 years ago.  I don’t think the shape and size will be adequate for a daily bag, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with it.  (It measures about 10″ – 12″ across, and 5″ – 6″ tall in the middle, where the stuff would sit.)  Yarn is Poems; design is my own.

"back" side

"front" side

I’ve had some more requests for repairs; this time for unusual gloves.

Glove from Latvia, here with hoot-owl

The first pair were a gift to me, purchased by an old friend when she traveled to Latvia one summer.  I’ve let my son wear them for a couple of winters, and one thumb developed a hole.  This past week I mended that.

Thumb "Before"

Thumb "After"

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The second pair are Norwegian.  I haven’t started to work on the repairs yet, but I’ve enjoyed studying them.

Norwegian gloves. Thumbs replaced by another knitter.

Finger with a hole. Notice the spare color carried between stripes up by twisting strands.

See how the ends are NOT woven in -- just knotted and left! Amazing.

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Kilt Hose Mending

Posted by mtmom on October 24, 2010

This summer was the third time Aaron Shaw had mending for me to do.  His kilt hose are splendid — the work of Debra Gilding of D&D Natural Fiber Co. — and I’d hate to see them come to the end of their useful life.  They had to wait until after I finished the pair for Robert (posted to him last week — yay!), so I’ve only just finished the job.

kilt hose "in the field" -- argyll matches his tartan

toe hole re-knit with Cascade Heritage

back-of-heel hole fixed and stitches picked up for new heel

I first learned to repair knits from Rena Crockett’s book, Flawless Knit Repair, and used her techniques in 2008 and 2009.  I’ve modified them this year — simpler.

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That heel hole is just above last year’s repair (brown) and reinforcement with nylon (purple)  The whole thing was starting to look a bit ragged and thin, so I knit a new heel.

picking up stitches in first row of old heel

new short-row heel that closely matches shape and size of original

grafting new heel over final row of old (marked with thread)

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Piping, Knitting, and a Visual To-Do List

Posted by mtmom on July 19, 2010

It’s been a fantastic, though exhausting, 10 days of Piping School and Highland Games.  Our 10-year-old dd enrolled in the United States School of Piping, so we spent the week (8:30 to 5 most days, plus 7 to 8 most evenings, Friday the 9th to Friday the 16th) in classes and practice sessions and recitals and parades.  (I haven’t sorted through all those photos yet.  Will post some here later.)  Then we attended our local Highland Games and Celtic Festival, with competitions, vendors, and more performances and parades!

U. S. School of Piping, Flagstaff, Arizona, class of 2010

As one consequence, however, I have accumulated a potentially overwhelming backlog of personal and household tasks.

Some progress

Yet to tackle. . . .

The hall bathroom.

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The laundry.

One down. . .

. . . 2 more loads . . .

. . . another 1 or 2 loads . . .

. . . and several sinks' worth of hand-laundry. . . to go!

On the knitting front:

I showed Robert my long swatch of potential yarns, he selected one (later, also a 2nd), and I have begun work on his second pair of kilt hose.

Foot #1 for Pair #2

I have also garnered some kilt hose repair work.

Work ahead!

Ah, but what lovely subjects to work on!

Eric P's and Aaron S's handknit hose, by Stuart's mum and Debra Gilding, respectively

More on each of these pairs in future posts — stay tuned!

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Kilt Hose Mending Done!

Posted by mtmom on July 25, 2009

Aaron cuffsI finished the mending I’ve been doing for Aaron Shaw.  (Hurray!)  His “back-up hose” are ready to mail back.

The workmanship on these, by Debra Gilding of D&D Natural Fiber Co., is awe-inspiring.

Would you believe you’re looking at a seam in the top sock?!

Here’s a summary of my own work on this second pair.

Heel #1, outside

Heel #1, outside

Heel #1, inside

Heel #1, inside

Toe #1, outside

Toe #1, outside

Toe #1, inside

Toe #1, inside

Heel #2, outside

Heel #2, outside

This one nearly made me cry.  See the center part where the reconstructed stitches are looser than the others, making it pucker out?  Geez.  I had thought the first part was maybe too tight and changed needles, but then the middle got too loose and I went back to tighter on the last part.  Once it was all done and I saw that the difference was so visible. . . waah!  I found I was unwilling to undo the work to change it — too many tucked (and trimmed) ends; I’d probably have to undo more stitches to get the ends long enough to tuck in again.  Some of the joins of the new to the old fabric needed reinforcing (with nylon) as it is.

I’m hoping he’ll still be pleased that they’re sound and wearable again.

Heel #2, inside

Heel #2, inside

Toe #2, outside

Toe #2, outside

I varied the original techniques for this heel and this toe, trying to reduce the number of ends to tuck at the finish, like in Sock #1.  For Heel #2 I still unraveled old stitches to get sound ones to join onto and ends to tuck, but I didn’t use separated strands for each row of new stitches.  Toe #2 I did use separate new strands, but I didn’t unravel the old, I just overstitched several old stitches before beginning the patch.  This was fastest, I think.

Toe #2, inside

Toe #2, inside

For a final treat, here’s my Little Miss Adorable-when-she-naps.  cat curled up

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