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High Fiber—A Look Back, Part I: Knitting

While I'm on vacation, I thought I would report on some knitting projects I've made over the years, before I started my blog. For example, this is the first sweater I made for Charlie (my DH). 

As long as I've known him, he's been an avid skier. (It's funny; he didn't look like this when I married him. He's still pretty cute, for an old guy, though.) The pattern is from "Hand Knits for Men" in Bear Brand and Fleisher Yarns, vol. 56. Bear Brand "Shetland and Wool" Purchased at Menlo Yarn Shop in San Diego, 1964.

I made this sweater for him in 1965. I wonder if that what why he proposed. The pattern is lost in obscurity.

I made this one for myself in 1965. I was tired of the motifs I used for the previous sweater, so I used the same pattern but designed my own motifs.

This Fair Isle vest was completed in 1988 using wool yarn purchased in London in 1988. The pattern is "Katie's Fair Isle" from The Traditional Sweater Book by Madeline Weston, 1986. It's also found in her new book, Country Weekend Knits.

I found the yarn for this in Pitlochry, Scotland, in 1988, and bought enough for this coat and the afghan. It was hand-spun and cheap! The pattern is from Wendy #588 "Outdoor Arans", #1, Ladies Cardigan, shown on the cover, only I exchanged the chain cable for wishbone cable. I made it super-long just because.

Here's the Aran afghan from the hand-spun yarn I purchased in Pitlochry. I finished it in 1989 in California. Pattern is "Killarney," from the Spinnerin book, Fisherman Afghans, 1972.

Here's the intarsia cat pullover I made for our daughter in 1989 from Cat Knits by Melinda Coss. the mice are 3D, and each one has his own pocket. Besides the one you can see, there is one on the sleeve and one on the back.

This Fair Isle card vest I completed in 1989 using yarn purchased in London in 1988. The pattern is "Diamond Fair Isle" from The Traditional Sweater Book by Madeline Weston, 1986.

This Kaffe Fassett's "Carpet Pattern," made with leftover yarns and sale bin finds, using intarsia. It's from his Glorious Knitting, 1985. I also made the coat in that chapter in the book.

Persian Poppy Waistcoat from Kaffe Fassett at the V & A. Finished in 1989. Used miscellaneous bits and pieces of yarn for this project.

Sunbeam’s 1157, Aran jacket. I used an acrylic yarn, which I had on hand. I made this while we were living in Indonesia for a holiday trip to New Zealand. The photo was taken during a day cruise on the Milford Sound on the west coast of South Island. Matching hat pattern was not included in the pamphlet.

Cable-down Raglan from Interweave Knits Spring 2007. Made from Countrywide Windsor 8 ply D.K. from New Zealand, 100% wool. Completed in time for Easter, 2007.

There are more, but I hope you'll find something here that inspires you to knit a sweater for yourself or others. Next week I'll show some of my older quilts.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Tags: Aran, Fair, Isle, New, Scotland, Zealand, knitting, sweaters

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Comment by wendy on August 19, 2014 at 5:17pm

That's what she had in the fabric alone.  I couldn't believe it, and it was for a small one, child size I do believe. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2014 at 2:37pm

I snatch up free fabric when I can, as long as it's good. If you piece by hand, appliqué by hand and hand-quilt, you can get a lot of fun out of the cost of the fabric. If you do everything by machine AND pay someone to machine-quilt, you can have several hundred smackeroos in your project by the time it's done. Knitting can be expensive, but you usually get more fun out of the investment.

Comment by wendy on August 19, 2014 at 2:12pm

Yes I would believe you could go thru some serious money.  I was at a quilt shop earlier this summer and nearly fell over when I heard the amount due for a woman who was purchasing a very small amount of fabric. And that was after she had taken off her $25.00 coupon.  Definitely an act of love. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2014 at 1:58pm
Quilts go faster unless there's a lot of hand work required. You can go through some serious money making quilts!
Comment by wendy on August 19, 2014 at 1:52pm

Lol, yes!  Or at least some of them, I am waaaayyyy behind.  It is sunny here, sort of humid, and I really should be sorting several fleeces to start a FSM vat.  But DH was out this morning, so I scooped up the computer while I could, and have not relinquished to him yet -  lol. (I also need to go to the farmers market) but I am enjoying reading old posts and your blogs.  I am always amazed with everything you manage to do in a week.  All the quilts you've posted are quite lovely.  I know it takes a lot of time and dedication creating them.  I hope all the recipients appreciate the acts of love that have gone into them. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2014 at 1:31pm
Wendy, I see you're making the tour of the blog posts you missed. It's raining here. What a great way to spend a rainy day!
Comment by wendy on August 19, 2014 at 11:39am

Impressive!  I love the cabled items.  And yes, cables and cream/off-white are made for each other.  But I love the fair-isle too... well, actually all of it.  :o)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 13, 2014 at 10:14am
I need to make some repairs to mine. We got moths in our storage in CA while we were living in Indonesia. Almost everything we had had some damage. Fortunately, the coat wasn't too bad. I've been putting off fixing it, but I've learned how to do it now, so I really should.
Comment by knitstertoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:00am
I also made the Kaffee Fassett coat in the carpet pattern. Kaffee Fassett has seen it two times, in Chicago and here in Williamsburg.m he also signed my copy of "Glorious Knits". Great patterns in that book!! Your knitting is impressive.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 6, 2014 at 8:52am
I've always enjoyed it. Some of this stuff goes back years and years.

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