Archive for May, 2011

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Old Sweater #1 – The Reindeer Sweater

May 25, 2011

When I started knitting about 22  years ago, I knitted a lot of things for my first son but I also knitted a lot of sweaters for me, something that I don’t do anymore.  I don’t knit hardly any garments, just mittens, scarves, hats and socks.  When I look back at some of the old sweaters I used to knit, I really still like them.  I’m going to do a series of posts documenting some of these old sweaters.

The first one is a Reindeer Sweater that is knitted in wool.  The pattern is from an old book I bought 22 years ago called  “Picture Knits” by Lory Cosgrove.  It’s such a nice book.  The patterns have adult size versions and kid versions.  There’s a lot of old vintage type patterns.

All these patterns are knitted flat, which I wouldn’t like much now because I pretty much knit everything in the round. In fact, I can’t believe I knitted all these sweaters flat, on straight needles.  Egad.  All that color stranding purlwise!  I wouldn’t do that now, I can tell you.

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Sneak Peek WIP

May 21, 2011

Just a little sneak peek at what’s on the Magic Loops right now . . .  and I’m having so much fun making them!  Braided and picot edge, wonderful pattern.  More to come. . .

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Snowy Woods Socks

May 16, 2011

This project was the perfect marriage between yarn and pattern.  This pattern is Robin Gallimore’s Snowy Woods Socks and once I started knitting them, it was hard to stop.  The pattern was so fun to watch emerge and the Berocco Alpaca made for a really soft warm sock.  These are for one of my sisters-in-law for next Christmas – I hope she likes them because they are hard to let go!


There was plenty of tinking back on this project, but it was worth it.  You really have to pay attention to the chart.  I love the pine trees on the back of the socks:

I used my beloved Magic Loop method on these socks.  Made them easy to try on as I knitted.

Pattern:  Snowy Woods Socks
Needles: US# 1.5 circular
Yarn:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Potting Soil and Steel Cut Oats
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