Knitting & Other Crafts

I can't really remember when I didn't knit, I learned quite young from my mother. Over the years I haven't been great at documenting my creations, which annoys me to no end at this point, but I am trying to do so now. This is a beginning — just a few items — more will be added as time permits.

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bouclé baby coverall, knit
This is a baby coverall, knit from a Phildar pattern in a bouclé Phildar yarn. Sorry I forget the details, I'll try to find the original directions at some point! It is acrylic based yarn, which I chose because I wanted this to be a garment requiring easy care. Front zipper hand-sewn in.
Wool Raglan & Embroidery
I love this sweater! Simple raglan design knitted in a wool Phildar yarn using cream, rust, teal and green. Simple cross-stitch used for the embriodery.

Classic Raglan As a young child in kindergarten my son went through a "preppy" period for some peculiar reason. This involved neckties, V-neck sweaters, vests and blazers. Please, don't ask me why. The classic raglan became part of his ensembles. Simple to knit in varigated acrylic base yarn.

Lilac Baby Sweater & Ensemble During the 1980s off and on I entered some of my knitted items into the Three County Fair — an annual event in western MA. I did this not because of the token prizes that ranged around $3.00, but for the interesting feedback from the expert judges. And maybe some vanity on my part too as I did win a number of ribbons and recognition over time, including Best in Fair. This outfit (alas, the only photo as it was promptly given away) won a first prize ribbon for the category. Knitted of lilac baby yarn, probably Phildar, probably acrylic based.

Child's Irish Knit Sweater
This is a child's Irish knit sweater. Again, this is a Phildar pattern (honestly in the 1980s at least Phildar had some superb patterns that were unique). Knit in fingering weight acrylic, what I love most about this sweater are the wooden shoulder buttons — attractive, interesting and less wear & tear on the garment. I won Best in Fair for this item and am proud of it.

I knitted this scarf for my husband last year. He loves the colors and the mulitidirectional element to it makes what would be a boring item far more interesting. This is knit of acrylic based yarn (my husband can't deal with itchy wool). I'll probably be making more of them. The original pattern was not symmetric at the end, I adapted a different finish to it, but it looks like someone else finally submitted a similar correction. This pattern is available free.

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