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HulaGirlComingBack

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I have decided to take up knitting again. Maybe it is safer to say that I will try to produce something wearable...

In my late teens I managed to knit a couple of sweaters that appeared to be far too warm for me. They never adorned my divine body [smiley-talk017]. After a while my interests sailed into other waters.

This morning I drove off to a wool shop, bought myself some essentials, and here I go....It is supposed to be extremely simple.

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Here is a picture of my Denim Dream [smile].  I am going to be a Schachenmayr girl (http://us.schachenmayr.com). I do not know whether that is any good [biggrin]

Anybody else aboard who is knitting? If so, what are you knitting? What sort of wool do you use?


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Ah, knitting. Yes. Everything and anything, though I'd given it up for a few years because I didn't want anything to interfere with my writing. (I know, paranoid). Anyway, when the girls were little i used to knit for them a lot. Then they didn't want sweaters. Allan didn't want any more. My mom had many . . . I had (though I usually knit for other people). I knit Jeff a dude doll. I never admitted it before, because I didn't want to sound stockerish, but for his birthday one year I knit him a dude doll. I had a pic of him (the Dude Doll) but it was on the old computer. I remember Allan feeling up the bowling ball, squishing it saying, it's gotta be bigger! But I got a really nice thank you card.

So. I was knitting a sweater for Jacqueline, a year ago. Here is the pattern, il_430xN.113234441.jpg 
BUT --- she didn't want it such big knit, didn't want the collar like that, (more like The Dude's) didn't want the front crocheted. (Pain!) Oh, an didn't want it so big --- I mean, she didn't want it a jacket and it was only in this size for a man, not for women. So basically I used this pattern on another pattern, with smaller needles, etc, etc. Then I messed up the front, not paying attention, did one side V, the other round. Had it rip it down. This was after a year of putting it aside. I've never not finished a project. And I wouldn't start another one until I'd finished that one. In this way I guess I have discipline.

Now I'm almost finished (yay). I think it's turned out beautifully, If I say so myself) but next time I will follow a pattern. I hope it's not too big, but Lisa has informed me she'll take it if Jac doesn't, the vulture. Jac said it would be fine. They're really in style, like The Dude's, only more modern. A store here Artitza has them, and the girls have one from last Christmas. Anyway, I don't knit for gifts anymore because I don't the the time limit stress.

Next project is for Lisa, who has decided sweaters are in now. I used to do such cute ones when the girls were little. She didn't want one like The Dude, though. 

Here is what I'm doing next. I have the yarn already:

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In cream. I was tempted to not follow a pattern, because I have all the cables and patterns in a book, but I thought . . . naw. This was even a free pattern. And I love the hat but Lisa doesn't want the hat. Doesn't wear hats. But I think it's so cute. I might make this one again for me with the hat.

So Martine, yours looks lovely. See, summer knits. But there are cables. Oh, but you've knit before. Have you done cables? Cables are easy once you get the hang of it. Also, write down your stuff  and mark your rows. If you need any help, I am available. [smile] (Free of charge!) I love the green with the fleck of white, really pretty. I knit something like that years and years ago, in a deep yellow. I wonder if I still have it.

Oh yeah, I prefer bamboo needles. I actually love working with them, they're much lighter. Do you have bamboo needles?

Oh, I have a place on line where you can get yarn 1/2 price, if you're interested.
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Jeez, those sweaters look soooo complicated. At the moment I do not think I will ever be able to produce such patterns. I already have trouble with the simple one I am doing now. It has been so long since I have knitted that I can hardly see the difference between knits and purls [biggrin]. My mother used to knit and crochet a lot. She made a number of patchwork blankets which got sold via Phildar shops. Her work was really fine, much better than what I can do.  Unfortunately, she developed arthritis and had to stop doing it, because her hands and fingers lost their flexibility.

I like the cream sweater you are making very much. It looks very classic, but it is beautiful. The advantage of knitting is that the stuff you make lasts forever.

That Dude doll was a great idea [smile].

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Michele's Dude doll was incredible.  He still sits in Jeff's office, on the sofa.  I love knitting but go through phases of indulging in it because I get obsessed - just one more row... all night long!  The last thing I knitted was a sweater for my father in law that I think I enjoyed knitting more than he enjoys wearing.  Oh well!  If I get the chance I will take a photo of the Dude doll one day and post it here, if that's OK, Michele?
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Awe. Thank you Nicky. I love that my Dude doll sits on the sofa in Jeff's office. That makes me feel so good.

I would be honoured if you wanted to post a photo of him here. Then I'd get to have a pic of him too.
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