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marc jacobs

This is a design by Marc Jacobs 2016. The price is probably high. The sequined skirt adds to the over-the-top feeling. Have you ever sat in a sequined dress? Sequins don’t take to being sat on. So you never sit. Wearing something sequined is like being the sparkly center piece of an overly decorated table.

But the sweater is the best example of why a knitter with a migraine should not knit. Dropped stitches? Who cares? They’re a “design element”. The neckline is what happens when a knitter doesn’t think the design all the way through. Hmmm, what to do about the neck? Maybe a little one by one ribbing….No I want something that says holiday sweater! Now where did I put that sparkly yarn? Yes, a bow round the neck in sparkly yarn and the one by one ribbing should do it. Those dropped stitches will never be noticed now.

And I worry that my designs might be too much. Fact is, I’m just a migraine headache and a bad day away from creating something like this.

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Things are quiet here. I don’t often get to say that so it feels both good and a little strange.

It maybe quiet because my neck is still in a brace. Not much trouble can be found when all I can do is sit. I am able to work on the Point of Libra Shawl. Pictures are coming. I finally caved and purchased the photo editing suite I am most familiar with and stopped trying to learn the one that came preinstalled on the computer. It is one less thing to dither over.

Tomorrow I am going to launch the test knit for my pattern The New Rugby Sweater.

new rugby sweater knit front

It will go up on the Free Pattern Testers forum. I am looking for 10 test knitters total, so if you are interested check it out.

In the meanwhile, I am reading knitting patterns that have unusual or interesting construction techniques. I am getting down in the weeds of how to construct a Cowichian-style collar, among others. I collect the information on certain construction and keep it in journals. If I ever want to use a specific construction, I refer to the journal and have a starting point for further investigation. Among the data I collect are the names of websites that have info on that specific construction. I am considering making a baby sweater in a Cowichian-style but with motifs that represent modern day society. Right now, deciding on what the motifs are and then creating them is my challenge.

True Cowich sweaters have a rustic sense about them and the motifs used have meaning. One of the ways in which I want to diverge is for it not to be rustic. In part, I can achieve this through my selection of wool. But a too smooth wool will not have the “sticky” property that is needed when doing stranded knitting. Again, it’s a Goldilocks dilemma for me: sticky but not too sticky. Second, I don’t want to use traditional colors, yet I think I want natural colored yarn that has not been dyed. This is tricky because undyed wool always tends to look a bit rustic in both texture and color.

This is some of the knitting I ruminate on while I knit the Point of Libra shawl. It’s just so quiet that I almost can’t stand it.

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Knit, Knit, Knit.

The photo software is still giving me fits. I need to find out how to adjust the file size of the photo, but I uploaded these anyway.

While I can’t show you the actual garment sample I am knitting for a designer, I can show you the yarn. It’s Plymouth Yarn Encore Tweed. The actual color is much darker, closer to a teal in certain light.

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The yarn knits up into a firm fabric perfect for coats or even a blanket.

The next picture is of two panels of Dad’s blanket. The yarn is Valley Yarn Berkshire Bulky. I am close to having 75% of the blanket done.

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The next photo is the beginning of a sweater I am making myself. Nothing fancy, just a hanging around the house type thing. The killer is the yarn is fingering weight and I am knitting it on size 5 needles. Great for a baby sweater, but a mountain of knitting for an adult sweater. I knew that going in but I didn’t care because I fell in love with the color and instantly knew the stitch pattern I wanted it paired with. It’s a long term project. The name of the yarn escapes me at the moment, but it was being discontinued and I bought up all they had.

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So those are the knitting projects I am currently working on. I have the second sock of the no ribbing socks yet to complete and the mountain of lace that is the Rock Island Shawl. But these are for another time. I first need to get the sample knit done, then concentrate on the blanket.

I know I’ve missed posting the Sunday Knitting and Crochet Images. Behind the scenes here some hard things have happened and are happening. Two childhood friends died within a few days of each other after long battles with cancer. A third friend is fighting her way through chemotherapy. It’s hard right now. I hope to continue the Sunday Images soon.

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12 month old schematic

Somehow I forgot to add this size to the rest of the baby size and measurement posts. You can find all the baby sizes under Schematics Baby Sizes on the sidebar to the right.

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My latest baby sweater will be ready for the test knitters as soon as I finish typing up the pattern. For now here are some fast pictures I snapped.

new rugby sweater knit front

Watching the fashions on the runways, I loved the non-stripe stripe. Breaking out of a stripe being a long, thin or wide, line that went across an entire garment, I decided to play with the idea a bit. For that I turned to the ultimate in stripe sweaters the Rugby sweater as my template. The only other overly striped garment that comes close is vintage prison garb.

new rugby sweater knit sdwys cu

I decided to learn how to play with the width of the stripes while maintaining an even length across the bottom of the garment at all times. That took some math and a whole lot of knitting, ripping, and knitting again. I was working in a heavier weight yarn than I am used to, but the heavier weight gave me more options when it came to breaking off the striping. Since this is a sporting sweater, I went with slim rolled hem, neck and cuff lines. Deepening the neck depth offered me the opportunity to eliminate the usual buttons one sees on baby clothes around the neckline. The way the neck is worked provides more than enough stretch for it to easily slide over the child’s head.

The weight of the yarn makes it appropriate for the autumn and winter months.

On the back side of the sweater I gave myself and the knitter a break and made it plain.

new rugby sweater knit back

I can’t tell you how many times the front of the sweater was knit, ripped, and knit again. I lost count after week three. But giving birth to an idea is never easy, it seems.

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I haven’t written much about the personal stuff going on. Suffice it to say, it includes my mother, emergency rooms and hospital stays and still nothing is resolved. If not for my knitting, I would have long ago embarrassed myself in hospital halls and emergency rooms by yelling because they don’t seem to understand what is said in normal conversational tones. I have met more doctors with Tin God attitudes than I thought could ever exist within such close geographic proximity to each other without internecine warfare breaking out.

Last night, after I left the hospital, I finished the “little sweater from hell” I’ve been knitting during all this. In all fairness, it’s not a complicated knit it’s all garter stitch. But whatever I could do wrong I did. I ran out of yarn in the middle of a row and ripped back to join another ball, inexplicably I changed to stockinette stitch for an inch (2.5) cm or so and ripped back, I dropped stitches and ripped back. But it’s done, set-in sleeves and all. Today it gets a bath and blocking. Tomorrow I take pictures of it, write up the pattern and by Tuesday I’ll be searching for test knitters. Ah, the plans of mice and men.

With all this upset in routine Yarn Rascal has once again put forth his best effort and received The Golden Paw Award.


I ordered some yarn. Sublime’s cashmere, silk, and merino blend for a second baby sweater I have in mind. I’ve had issues regarding the delivery of yarn that range from it never getting here to it arriving months after I’ve stop looking for it. The time lag between order and delivery is usually long. So I wasn’t expecting my recent order to arrive during the summer.

The yarn arrived in 3 days. Proof miracles do happen just not when I want them. The Skipper placed the package on the table. When I came home from the hospital that night, I failed to see it and secure it from Yarn Rascal. Instead, we went to bed and the nocturnal Yarn Rascal was, as usual, MIA doing his nocturnal things.

When the first bird sang at dawn, Yarn Rascal jumped into bed and burrowed down into the covers wrapped in and trailing yarn. Yes, he spent a wonderful evening with the Sublime yarn. He retrieved the package, which took climbing skills, tore it open and removed the yarn. Much to his delight he shredded the paper yarn wrappers. The way he was deeply entangled in the yarn I dare say that next to his most favorite Shetland Yarn, this blend of Sublime might come in a close second. The paper wrappers are toast, as is the invoice, but the yarn was none the worse for the wear. As he’s getting older, he’s learning how to handle yarn without tearing it up. I’m just filled with miracles.

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I’ve been quietly rotating my knitting between three projects. Socks, the lace edging for the Rock Island Shawl (only 120 more rows), and a baby sweater. This last project is taking up most of my time as I’m playing with colors and short-rows (not the wrap and turn kind) while maintaining even row counts across the sweater for an even hem.

The inspiration piece was an art deco bracelet I saw and just couldn’t get out of my mind.

art deco bracelet

art deco bracelet

I loved the lines and the way they fit together. And so I’ve been swatching. I created a sweater that needed only one more sleeve to finish it, but decided to take it apart and start again. I’ve experimented with every short-row known to knitting. I instantly discarding the wrap and turn kind. I tried home-made short-rows, techniques that are particular to individuals as they were passed down from knitter to knitter within the families for ages. The non-wrap-and-turn short row I decided on works particularly well with garter stitch.

So far here are the lines of my sweater swatch.

sweater swatch

sweater swatch

They may go through another alteration as soon as I get some additional yarn I ordered. So today, I will work on starting and completing the short-row heel for the sock.

In other news, a dear friend of many years who just finished her treatments for breast cancer has now been diagnosed with lung cancer. The cancer was found in a routine check-up and covers the exact area that received radiation treatment for the breast cancer. The common wisdom among oncology doctors is the destruction wreaked by radiation treatment doesn’t show up until 10 years after radiation treatment. My friend is a young mother with two lovely young children. She is not even a year past treatment.

The news has hollowed me out. When she told me, my brain did the exact same thing it did when I was told of my breast cancer, it shut down, vacated the area. My friend and I were diagnosed with breast cancer at almost the same time. Her cancer was still contained. Mine was more advanced. It had escaped and hit my lymph nodes. She did everything the doctors told her to do. I didn’t.

We had recently decided that together we were going to get past this cancer thing and stop living with its shadow hanging over us. We were going to walk away from it. She started an exercise and healthy eating regime. I had already switched all my eating habits but I changed my exercise routine to Tai Chi because I wanted the body, mind and soul benefit, a more holistic approach, a way to meditate while being in action. I also liked the big arm movements of Tai Chi and it all but eliminated the lymphedema in my arm and mastectomy site. It also helped stop the pains in my bones caused by the Arimidex, my little anti-cancer pill that causes so much havoc with my system.

My friend and I were both feeling really good. We even mentioned to our doctors how well we felt. Cancer, it seems, has a very long shadow.

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