Pink Sweater Update – take four – Done!

as of april 24 2013

Here it is, fresh off the needles. I haven’t washed and blocked it yet, when I do that’ll straighten out the wavy parts in the yoke and flatten the hems out. it’s sized for a 7 to 8 year old girl, with room to grow on a bit.

For any sisters out there who knit, I’ve started a group on Ravelry.com called Knitting Sisters, for sharing ideas, pictures, ect. Even if you’ve just thought about knitting, Ravelry is fun to take a look at, and maybe it’ll inspire you to try your hand with the needles. (Or crochet hook)

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Pink Sweater Update – take two

as of april 16 2013

First sleeve on, second sleeve started. I stuck the lid of my knitting box inside the body to make it “sit up”. Those yellow strings are holding live stitches that I’ll pick up and use to knit the hem and cuffs. Once the second sleeve is on I’ll finish knitting and shaping the yoke area. I love this way of making a sweater because there are NO seams. And if I make it a turtle neck it doesn’t even have to have a designated front and back. Very nice when making a sweater for people who don’t like having to check which way round to hold the thing before popping it on.  (Crew neck sweaters need to be shaped a bit, otherwise the neckline ends up cutting the wearer across the adam’s apple.) This little sweater doesn’t have any pattern work but….

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This is a sweater I knit for myself years ago – exact same structure as the pink sweater, but this one has, as you can see, stranded color work. The patterns are from a book of Turkish knitted sock designs. The color choice is my own, I love bright colors. I didn’t put cuffs or a hem on this sweater because I generally wear it in such a way that only the yoke area shows.

Tentative Inquiry

I’ve got a new piece of weaving equipment I’m learning how to use, and I’m wondering if there would be interest in large, hand-woven, triangle shaped hijab? These would not be a mass produced item, each one would be hand made and unique. What color or colors would be good? Pattern or solid color? What about fringe, like on a shawl?  What kind of material should they be made of? Wool, cotton, linen, silk, manmade fiber? Would they have to be machine washable, or would hand washing not be too big a deal?

Daily Routine

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I just wanted to repost this because I’ve personally found it to be of such great benefit, especially in helping me improve my ability to read and memorize Qur’aan.  It’s also really nice because the dhikrs can be done when I’m having a period, so I don’t get that feeling of “missing” salat at that time.

Pink Sweater

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I don’t use patterns when I knit, this is how I keep track of what I’m doing when I knit a large garment like a sweater. This way of knitting using gauge and percentages is from Elizabeth Zimmerman, check out her books at SchoolHouse Press.