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April 23, 2007

From Susan — Where am I?

Filed under: Back Story,Vittadini Nicole 1 in Silk — lv2knit @ 7:38 am

When you have too many things on your needles, it really is hard to see progress, n’est-ce pas?  Because I didn’t get much knitting done on Saturday, I felt that life owed me a good knitting day yesterday — and I did get a little bit done on a few things.

I got a start on the Mitered Felted Tote.  I am on the second square — and that’s after starting each square 2-3 times!  I didn’t like my cast on, didn’t like my pick up, etc.  Now that I’ve got those details settled, this should go forward rather than backward.  I love the colors and love the yarn.


I also promised a friend that I would help her with her Baby Dale Lady Bug sweater:


These things are absolutely adorable but the patterns are very hard to decipher.  They leave a lot to the imagination OR assume you have made them before and understand their construction.  I have never made one, but have finished many (I used to do finishing for a shop, but NO LONGER DO — no inquiries, please!!).  They are so cute and so much work.  I did have a brainstorm: I should make two of these now, one for each daughter, and then just pull them out when the grandchildren start arriving in 10+ (please, pretty please, no sooner than that, please!) years.

And, I have about ten inches on the silk Vittadini top.  If I was really smart, I’d be putting all my knitting time into that basket because I’ll be able to wear it soon.  But no one has ever accused me of being really smart ;). 

P.S. From Sally — Have you been wondering where I am? (crickets)

I’ve been in Boulder, Colorado, helping my daughter find a place to live next year. I just got back and haven’t had too much time knit this week. I’ll try to post tomorrow about where I am on Widdicombe Fair.

PPS from Susan — I re-posted my Free Knitted Beaded Amulet Bag Pattern


  1. The colours are really lovely in the Miter bag.

    And the ladybug sweater is adorable. I’ve been thinking the same thing too! Like which Fair Isle sweaters/vests/etc. I need to knit for the grandchildren.

    Comment by Marina — April 23, 2007 @ 8:24 am

  2. Susan- I had the same thought about that sweater, but I feel it would be tempting fate.
    You really have to think like a Norwegian to decipher the patterns.

    One thing, our grandkids will never lack for cool handknits.

    (P.S. We’re far too young, anyways.)

    Comment by Lorraine — April 23, 2007 @ 10:50 am

  3. Picking up stitches seems to me to be one of those under-documented areas of knitting — which leg, or both legs? To twist, or not to twist? I wish I knew a way to pick up stitches where the back side looks as nice as the front. Any tips there, retired finishing pro? I love your bag — I may have to get one of those kits.

    Comment by AuntieAnn — April 23, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

  4. I almost knitted the Dale ladybug sweater for DD too. Those Dale patterns are sized biggggggg….. I agree that the patterns are kind of tricky to follow, being written tersely and in tiny fonts.

    I almost like the distinct patterns in the bag, better than the felted effect.

    Comment by Charm — April 23, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  5. The miter bag looks great! Love your color combo:) There’s an idea, knit for the grandkids long before they’re born. That way, we have nothing but time to spoil them & send em’ home to momma.

    Comment by Carol — April 23, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

  6. From Susan — I agree with Charm about the beautiful colors in the unfelted knitting — however, the bag would be too stretchy. This is another reason to knit a Hanne Falkenburg!!

    Comment by lv2knit — April 23, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  7. Ooh! I *love* the colors in that bag. I can’t wait to see it finished! 🙂

    Comment by Romi — April 23, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

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