Saturday, April 12, 2008

finishing some projects

It's probably been about a year since I started this summer sweater ~ Peace by Kim Hargreaves ~ and it's finally in the sewing-up stage.
My favorite references for knitting are the Stitch'n B*itch books. I bought The Knitter's Handbook because the 'stitch by stitch instructions' and pictures are very easy for me to understand. When I recently saw S'n B Nation on the library sale cart for $1, I picked that up also...

As I was binding off the neck in pattern, it was definitely coming out too loose; binding off in knit stitch was still not snug enough. I checked S'n B Nation and found the answer ~ binding off with a crochet hook (contributed by Edina Tien, Vancouver, WA), and it worked like a dream...I hope to finish it up this weekend, if I can figure out how to add the button loops and buttons successfully.

Yesterday, I finished up another tote bag for the shop ~ a Laura Ashley floral with a sage denim bottom...

Wishing you all a happy and warm weekend.

25 comments:

  1. My nineteen year old daughter loves those books too.. Her sister got her one for Christmas last year.. She also loves her knitting machine she bought..The new tote is so pretty..I cut up a grocery sack and am going to attempt to make some of the cloth market sacks this weekend.. I just think your cherry fabric on yours is wonderful! Awesome sweater.

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  2. Can't wait to see your summer knit! What a book find too. I don't have that one. I can't seem to get past the title! A stick-in-the-mud I guess but for a buck I'd grab it.

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  3. Diana, I know just what you mean. I'm not a fan of the title or the irreverent comments interspersed throughout, but her explanations for many things have really helped me out. ~Deb

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  4. i can't wait to see the sweater. it looks beautiful. i love the neckline

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  5. Oh! i love what you are doing with the sweater!!! :) And your tote is beautiful!!! I love it!!! Great job!!! :)

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  6. Don't you love the library sale cart? I've picked up crochet again but I couldn't even remember how to cast on for knitting. I'll have to teach myself all over again. :) Your sweater is awesome. You have so many talents!

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  7. The sweater is beautiful!

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  8. You really do such beautiful work. It's always nice to visit your blog to see what you are creating.

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  9. I am so impressed by knitting! It seems a complete mystery to me how you don't lose track of where you are in the project.

    That sweater is beautiful!
    Love the tote bag, too.

    Kimberly :)

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  10. What a great summer top! I don't like "sewing up" either - there's so much at stake.

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  11. I was just surfin' the blogs and stopped by for a visit.

    Great Blog!

    Carolyn

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  12. Oh I love the seed stitch. Beautiful sweater. Clarice

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  13. I love the way your sweater turned out, I would love to knit a sweater. I'm working on some socks right now and can't wait to get them finished. Good to see you!

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  14. I started a sweater last year and then we moved, so I no longer have my knitting group to ask what to do next! I should take it out of the bag and see if I can finish it before NEXT Christmas! LOL

    Your sweater is turning out beautifully!

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  15. Love the bag!!! I am actually finishing up a sweater for my little one, love it when the come together, don't you? Where do you find those little hangers? I love them!!

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  16. boy, that sweater looks beautiful! I've never had to use a crochet bind-off -- I hope if I ever have a bind-off that's too loose, I can remember the crochet technique! Lovely bag too!

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  17. Your sweater is gorgeous and so is the tote. I have the same books for exactly the same reasons. My knitting skills haven't progressed around basics, mostly because somehow I keep having to make the Irish Hiking scarf for people (still don't have one for myself) and knitting dishcloths for charitable organizations. That's okay, I'm happy to help folks but I really need to learn new knitting skills. Maybe everyone will get scarfed out and I can move on to new projects. I would love to make something as lovely as your sweater.

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  18. What a lovely sweater, and that tote is just gorgeous.

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  19. Deb, I love that edging! Very pretty. I need to get out my knitting and finsih a sweater for Lydia before she outgrows it:-)

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  20. I really do like your sweater. I like the color of the yarn, but am wondering what yarn you used, since it will be a summer sweater. The tote is absolutely beautiful, and I really like the sage green bottom. I think your blog is so warm and cozy because I love any reference to chickens, especially pictures.

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  21. What a beautiful swaeter! You did a wonderful job. I bet it feels good to have the project finished. The books sound interesting, I need all the simple instruction I can get.

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  22. wow- you make some beautiful things! Your blog is a real inspiration... thank you.

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  23. That tote bag is sooo pretty. I love seeing the things that you make thanks for sharing.
    Amy

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  24. Hi there,

    I'm so glad my bind-off technique came in handy for you! The sweater looks great, as does everything on your blog. I like your style a lot. :)

    Warmly,

    Edina Tien
    Del Mar, CA (formerly Vancouver, WA)

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  25. Lovely tote! That fabric is gorgeous. You have a lovely blog, btw.

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