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January 18, 2009

From Susan — Seeing White Elefantes

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 6:15 pm

My third wee FO is my third wee Elefante…it turned out as cute as Number One.  I am so relieved!  If there was one cute Elefante and two daughters, it would not turn out well!

Of course it has to be in her school colors.    And the obligatory “butt shot:”

Cascade 220

And this picture is for Sally — we have the most gorgeous snow falling right now.  The grainy white specks are actually flakes (not the best photo!).  Maybe it will snow while you are here.

We’ve had fabulous snow for cross country skiing which is thrilling my DH to no end!  Yay!

PS — if you have not visited for a while, please scroll down to see Sally’s Bohus and to read about the event this week at the American Swedish Institute.

January 24, 2012

From Susan — Holier than Thou

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 9:59 pm

Not too much is holier than this FO!! When knitting peep and friend Kim and I went to Knitters Camp last summer, we fell in love with the Swiss Cheese Scarf (free pattern on Ravelry) made by a fellow Camper. So much so that we made a pit stop at The Yarnery on the way back through town to buy a skein of Kauni EQ (Rainbow) yarn. Kim started hers and finished it a lot sooner than I. But here mine is, in its subtle glory:

Swiss Cheess Scarf 111

And in a slightly different pose:

Swiss Cheese

Do you like to do buttonholes? Well this puppy has 171 buttonholes and 48 notches. If you HATE buttonholes, make this scarf. They will not bother you at all by the end!!

I must admit that I am not impressed with the traditional buttonhole of old:

Row 1: bind off “X” sts (in this case, 10)
Row 2: cast on “X” sts using backward loop method

These BH’s are usually kind of sloppy with a large loopy edge on one side. I experimented with a LOT of options and fell back on my standard for larger BHs: the one-row buttonhole, made as follows (for 10-stitch BH):

Note: Back and front mean as they face you, no matter if you are on the right or wrong side (back is the side facing away from you and front is the side toward you).
Step 1:
Work to BH, yarn forward, sl next st as to purl, place yarn @ back and leave it there; *Sl next st from LH needle to RH needle. Pass the first slipped st over it (counts as 1 bound off st). Repeat from * 9 more times more (not using yarn to knit the sts, just passing the sts over). Slip the last bound off st to left needle and turn work.

Step 2:
With yarn to back, cable cast on 11 sts, but on the last st, pass working yarn to front between sts 10 and 11 and then place st 11 on the LH needle; turn work.

Step 3:
With yarn in back, slip the first st on the LH needle to the RH needle; pass the extra cast on st over it to close the buttonhole. Continue to end of row.

Repeat 170 more times and voila!!

Swiss Cheese
Close Up of Buttonholes

I also slightly felted my scarf. Did I felt it enough? Did I felt it too much? I guess that is a matter of opinion. I do love the way it looks and how much it softened up, so I am very happy with it.

Swiss Cheese Scarf
Ravelry Project Page
NOTE: My Ravelry Page has all the details about how I accommodated the 74-stitches and my one-row buttonhole.

Kauni EQ, one 150 gram skein
Needle: US 4
Stitch Count: 74 sts
Finished Size: 10×60 inches, after felting
Grade: A+ for the smile it puts on my face when I look at it! 🙂

PS: 2muchfun asked why I chose to felt my scarf. Kauni is thin, fingering weight yarn and a bit uneven. Like Daniel Cleaver says to Bridget Jones (about her tiny skirt), I wanted to fatten it up a bit. It plumped up the yarn and filled in the spaces where the yarn was thinner. You can see from the photos that I did not felt it enough to lose the stitch definition.

PPS: Mary asked how I “lightly felted” my scarf. Basically, you felt wool by washing it. I placed it in the machine and washed it on a hot/cold setting twice. I checked it often to make sure it did not fully felt. I kind of thought it might because it is such a “wooly” wool. I consider something “fully” felted when you cannot see (or can barely discern) the individual stitches. I have lightly felted many things in the past…notably my baby Elefante:


November 14, 2009

From Susan — An Itty-Bitty Post

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 6:25 pm

Wow!  I just got back from Shepherd’s Choice in Anoka, Minnesota where I had the privilege of meeting Susan B. Anderson and seeing all of the darling toys in her new book Itty-Bitty Toys.  Things were really hoppin’ at SC.  I ran into several people I know — it felt like an “EVENT.”

Here are a couple of the cute toys — and this really does not do the book justice!

There were so many things that I absolutely LOVED: The Princess and the Pea, Beanbag Santa, Sock Monkey (not a sock monkey, but a monkey made from sock yarn!).

Honestly, I fell in love!  There are so many things I want to make from this book — where to start?  I decided to start with the Santa Beanbag so I can put it on my mantel and there may be more in my future 😉 !  Five of the patterns flip inside out to reveal another doll.  Very, very cute.

Here I am with the lovely (much prettier in person) Susan B. Anderson.  She is holding my Elefantes because she is the creator of that well-loved design. 

Susan Squared

Now, I must knit!

February 20, 2009

From Susan — Stealth Knitting for Family!

Filed under: Back Story,Completed Projects — lv2knit @ 5:15 pm

Sally’s daughter Nora is the proud recipient of the original Baby Elefante!  She whined expressed so much enthusiasm about the original that it only seems fitting that she is his new buddy. The chocolate orange was a bonus; Sally hunted high and low for chocolate oranges at Christmas and came up empty-handed. I found them at the convenience store near my house. Go figure.

Nora and Elefante by you.

ETA from Sally: Tomorrow I shall reveal a Finished Object!!! I know — it’s been a long time since I had one.

January 11, 2009

From Susan — Something Wee

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 7:07 pm

Some things you make to wear.  Some you make to give.  And some you make to love.  This lil dude falls into the last two categories.   I swear that Ravelry will be the death of me because I keep getting drawn into new projects!  I stumbled onto this one and started it as soon as the Baby Cables was flopped on the floor to dry!

Elefante by Susan B. Anderson

I made him over the course of a couple of evenings and felted him lightly to soften the stitch definition.  You can see by the soda can that he is a small and lovable creature!   He was knit with Galway worsted wool from my stash using size US 5 dpns — really, any worsted should work fine.  The pattern called for crocheted ears but I knitted mine instead — my crocheting is non-existent!

I was making him (her?) for Person A…until Person B saw him and laid claim.  Person C protested the favorable treatment and placed an order.  Person D (moi) wants her own!!  And now I hear requests are coming in from other family members!  It’s a case of Fetching Glovelets all over again, although these are a lot putzier!  Just knitting four legs each time is a bit off putting.  But he is 2cute4words so what can I do??

PS — I finished the second one and s/he is just not as cute 🙁 .  I think the trunk is too long and the head too small.   This will go to Person A because Person A will never know that it is not the cutest, and Person A does not live with me, so I will not be constantly reminded that it is not as cute.   Wish me better luck with Number 3.

PS2: How I did the ears:
Make 1 = pull up running thread and knit with a twist

Using long-tail method, cast on 12 sts.
Row 1 (RS): knit
Row 2 (WS): K1, make 1, knit to last st, make 1, k1 (2 sts inc)

Rep these 2 rows until 20 sts total.  Knit 10 rows garter st (10 ridges will be visible on RS, incl. cast on ridge). 

Next row: k2tog, knit to end of row.  Rep 3 more times (16 sts).  Bind off.  NOTE: Bound off edge is sewn to Elefante.

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