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Norwegian TV is broadcasting a marathon session of making a sweater.  From shearing the sheep to spinning the yarn to knitting, all in 5 hours.           It’s not clear why this is presumed humorous to many online writers. Maybe they’ve never enjoyed watching someone spin yarn and knit a sweater? Or done it themselves? One of the TV stations in New York City used to broadcast a burning yule log during the Christmas holidays.  Is it so far fetched to still enjoy the simpler things on television? What do you think? Is this just funny, or a serious and welcome... (Read More ...)

Yes, I’m still knitting the Tropical Nights Shrug from one of the recent Cast On Magazine knitting patterns.  The body of the shrug is done.  The ripple edge lays flat.  Since it ran down the fronts and around the back, there were over 450 stitches per row.  So it took a while to complete. Because the yarn is acrylic, it doesn’t block like the original yarn.  The original blocking is a large open lace pattern.  This project is turning into a tighter lace pattern. Next up are the sleeves, and one is started. Please leave a comment about your favorite way to adapt knitting patterns... (Read More ...)

Do you find change knitting patterns on the fly? I started a variation of the Tropical Nights Shrug knitting pattern found in the May – July 2013 issue of Cast On. That’s the official publication of The Knkitting Guild Association. The original is made of wool sock weight yarn.  Knitting with wool in the heat of summer is not fun.  So I’m using Bernat Sox Yarn in the Crazy Hot colorway for the main color, and Faded Denim for the contrast. This sock weight yarn is acrylic, so will not block like wool.  I actually like the effect so far, because the open mesh is less open. The... (Read More ...)

Knitting podcasts intrigue me. The Knitting Yarn posts have been both audio and video podcasts for a couple of years now. And what other folks do with knitting podcasts is inspiring and interesting. Recently, I read the following post with recommendation for knitting podcasts, and thought you’d like to see the recommendations too. W.I.P.S and My Favorite Knitting Podcasts I have a few w.i.p.s going at the moment, namely one I have been working on for some time now and which I seem to drag my feet on getting done. It is my first foray into the sweater world, well actually it is a jacket... (Read More ...)

Knitting Podcasts: What Knitting Sock Patterns Work Best For Caregivers? Caregivers are often stressed and have many interruptions, often unexpectedly. While giving care, they often don’t know how much time they’ll have to work on a project before being called back.  It can be frustrating to need to drop a knitting project in the middle of a row. Especially when coming back to it and forgetting where you are in the pattern! I know this from experience, and designed my “Carer Sock” pattern especially for caregivers.  And I’m delighted to announce it has been accepted... (Read More ...)

Recently I started with making knitted baby booties for a friend. After making several, I decided the gift needed something more.  So I made hats to match. Then I decided to make a sweater, matching the garter stitch Baby Jane style booties.  I like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Baby Surprise Jacket.  It’s knit all in one piece, and ends up being folded much like origami before sewing the shoulder seams.  For this one, I added a hood and applied I-cord trim.  Click here now for a DVD with the instructions for the Baby Surprise Jacket with collar and I-cord options.  For more knitting... (Read More ...)

Lately I’ve been on a roll, making knitted baby booties. They are quick and fun.  They only take a small amount of yarn, and can be a great way to use up parts of leftover skeins. And who doesn’t appreciate a hand knit gift for a new arrival? This free pattern is available from Lion Brand Yarn.  You can get it by clicking here. You will need to sign up for the free membership to get the pattern. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership on The Knitting Yarn.  To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired) “The... (Read More ...)

Knitted baby booties are a fun and often easy project. This set is from a free pattern from Bernat, available when you join their free membership.  Both the booties and hat are knit in the round. The small sized booties are hat were made with one skein of yarn, with about half a skein left. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership on The Knitting Yarn. Join now and find out more about knitted baby booties. To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving, Dr. Ina Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired) “The Knitting Dr.” Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com... (Read More ...)

Knitted baby booties are a fast fun project. A great way to use up odds and ends of yarn since they are such a small project.  They are portable projects you could take with you, like in a waiting room.  And often the stitches are fairly simple.  One fun project is booties that look like shoes. This pattern is from Lion Brand Yarn and is free.  You’ll need to log in to their free membership for the pattern, click here for the pattern. For more knitting project ideas, click here for your FREE membership. Join now and find out more about knitted baby booties. To your healthy and happy... (Read More ...)

A few years ago I started knitting socks with knitting instructions. I knit my first pair for my mother, who had trouble keeping her feet warm.  It was a challenge to find socks that fit her. The legs usually were too tight, even though her legs were slender. So, I started with a simple pattern, following its instructions.  They were top down socks, and I carefully tried them on her as I knit to be sure they would fit.  They did.  I made her three pair, including a lace pair. The ones that fit best were the ribbed legs, and 1×1 ribbing remains my favorite today. When I knit other patterns,... (Read More ...)