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michele

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That looks beautiful, Martine. And your sewing looks really good. Excellent. It took me a long time to learn how to sew my garment together properly, then I found that method and video, and it's so easy! I think I already posted it here? I can post again, but it looks like you're doing it that way, anyway And your stitches are all even. Lovely! Did you block? Important to block (I have learned) but I block when it's sewn, not the individual pieces. That way, I can make everything all even.

I knit tight, but that's fine. You knit how you knit, as long as everything is even. I find, the best way to make sure my sweater is on track size wise, I keep comparing it to a sweater already made, that the person loves the fit. 

What's the fibre content of your yarn? It looks beautiful, fine wool of some sort? My sister-in-law and I went to a knitting/yarn show a while back, and I learned so much about different yarn, wool, in particular. I love wool, but not itchy. Now I know that lots of types are not itchy. The one I'm using now is soft and lovely.

I love the blue cable sweater. Are you going to knit that one? You could easily. Does your sister knit? If not, I could help you. I love cables.

This is my design for my niece. It's my own design, going to be a cardigan with raglan sleeves. But every time I make a mistake (and I make a lot because I don't pay attention as I should) I rip, rip, rip. I will have no mistakes. So it takes forever. This is why I no longer knit for gifts.

Oh, I had started it and didn't like the side cable with the center. I had done the front and back, just needed to do the sleeves. I redid. Bought new yarn too (this yarn much better). Also, I've become very fussy about needles. I have discovered a certain needle, which I love.

Oh, and the yarn I'm using is a dream - so soft and I love it. I'm going to make me one too, when I'm done. I haven't knit for me in over 10 years.

Here is the yarn and my sweater:

20171210_104014.jpg 

And the yarn is:

BERROCO ULTRA® ALPACA
Yarn Fiber Info: 

50% Super Fine Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool. Probably the nicest yarn I've knit with.

https://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-ultra-alpaca

I want to teach Allan to knit but he is not interested. Some men knit. When I was teaching, one of my students in Grade Six used to bring his knitting into me to help him. I was so proud of him. And he was thrilled with his project.

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Thank you, Michele. My mother is sewing it all together [smile]!!

Me, myself and I, we are a bit clumsy. Just a little bit... Although I manage to knit more "complicated" patterns, I often end up doing very simple, easy things, because I make so many mistakes. In the end I get fed up starting all over again. I gave up the cables, because I was using two different colors at the same time, and it did not look nice. I will probably never wear this sweater; it is way too big for me and looks like a Christmas garment without Santa.

The yarn I used is Alpaca Superlight:

54% ALPACA
24% NYLON
22% WOOL

http://www.langyarns.com/userfiles/file/generated/749B.pdf

It is a very fine soft sort of wool, and I hate it. I will never buy it again. It itches and it sticks together like glue which makes it hard to rip, rip, rip.... [smile] The problem is I have such a huge supply (in various colors) I will have to produce at least two more such sweaters.
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For my next sweater I will use Lang Yara  in combination with a tiny little bit of Alpaca. The colors match 100 % you see.

Yara = 41 % cotton, 33 % mohair, 14 % wool, 11 % nylon, 1% elastane.

I might reconsider though. If I use that Yara, everybody will think it is just one of those straightforward pieces of work again, which is not the case.

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http://www.langyarns.com/index.cfm?a=spn&PageNum=8

I think your knitting is far more advanced than mine. The stuff you have shown here looks marvelous! 

My sister does not knit at all. She is the jury. LOL. How nice of you that you are willing to help me. I could use a little help every now and then. My mother is very good at repairing mistakes!!! Unfortunately, You are a bit too far away for that....

I am so glad that you change your mind too, and that you start all over again when you have almost finished your work! And that you buy other wool and so and so forth. I always think I am the only one who does that sort of thing.




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Martine, I think I have a little ocd with my knitting. I like Your mom must be a good knitter, she sure sews beautifully.

I find I knit my best when I'm not rushed, not tired, and the pattern I'm doing now is so complex, I can only do a little at a time. But I take it down and start again too, or at least take it down to the mistake (and I make a ton of them). I would rather it take longer for me to complete, and be the best that it can be, rather than get done quicker.

But you can knit anything you want. There are tons of videos on Youtube, showing every stitch. 

Once I knit with mohair and it was a pain. If you drop a stitch it's almost impossible to pick up, and yet, it sticks. Looks fabulous when you're done, but ugh. The yarn you posted looks beautiful, but it would be a pain. 

You could always try the yarn I'm working with. It's really great, soft, and easy to use.
 
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From Michele - 

Here is the yarn and my sweater:

20171210_104014.jpg 

 OH MY GOODNESS!

That is so beautiful, I'm choked up.  How the heck do you knitters do it? Is it practice? Practice and talent? Please explain to someone who loves doing needlepoint and can crochet just a little for fun, but only made a cap with help - but cannot knit no matter how loving and patient my two knitter friends have been with me. Why do some 'get it' and other's don't, or give up too soon?

Everyone's work here is inspiring. 

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From Michele - 

Here is the yarn and my sweater:

20171210_104014.jpg 

 OH MY GOODNESS!

That is so beautiful, I'm choked up.  How the heck do you knitters do it? Is it practice? Practice and talent? Please explain to someone who loves doing needlepoint and can crochet just a little for fun, but only made a cap with help - but cannot knit no matter how loving and patient my two knitter friends have been with me. Why do some 'get it' and other's don't, or give up too soon?

Everyone's work here is inspiring. 


Hi Brogan,

Thank's for the kind words. I don't think of knitting as a talent so much; I guess more of an interest that you develop. I started knitting when I was seven (for our Brownie square) and kept on from there. My first things were loaded with holes,  (blankets made of hideous colored squares sewn together to form a funny shape) but I loved it and kept on. I made it for my mom, and she loved it. She showed me a lot of stitches, but then I ended up knitting more than her.

I bet if you kept at it, you would be able to make whatever you wanted. I don't have the patience for needlepoint, though I've seen beautiful needlepoint works. So you see? I've never learned to crochet either, but I take my knitting with me everywhere, and I always have to have a project going. I can't just sit and watch tv - I get bored.

I wonder why you can't knit if you can crochet, Brogan. Maybe your friends are not teaching you in a way that you understand? You could look at Youtube videos. But, yes, I guess it does take a lot of practice, like anything, but if you want to do it --- don't give up!  Start with simple things with larger needles and yarn. My daughter is into knitting hats. At Christmas, she goes into mass production. Then she doesn't knit the rest of the year.

So maybe your passion is needlepoint?  I'd love to see some of the things you've done if you feel like sharing. 




 
 
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