Aug 28, 2006

Just had to share!

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 When I asked about shade plants, I really received some great ideas from many folks.   Here are some photos sent to us from Dora R Wilkerson.   Thanks to all for the imput.   I am going to have so much fun once the rain ever returns to our Virginia area.

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Aug 28, 2006

New Vest from Dora Renee Wilkerson

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Just wanted to share this vest from Dora.  Is this the same vest that your daughter is wearing?   Really cute.    Check it out from the back.

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  • Love the look of this vest top, I am just wondering if you have a free pattern for this particular top for the knitting board? Thank you in advance and very new to knitting all around. I do crochet alot, then asked Husband to buy me the 18″ knitting board and he did, love practicing on it. I am working on making something to wear and my 3 yr old daughter said to make her a top. Keep up the great web site.

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Aug 11, 2006

RUGS

  • rug1.JPGJust finished my first rug.   It’s about 26″ wide and 36″ long.   Really feels good on bare feet-Lion Brand wool Ease yarn, and some remmants of other yarns.   So, It was so much fun……I’ve decided to go into the rug business.   This has become such a  great project for me.   I think I’m going to decorate my house with unique rugs, wall hangings, placemats and so many other ideas.    I just need to find the  perfect  durable  yarns, colors and such.    The knitting board is perfect for this.   How else could you get the thickness with 2 sided effects?   Hand made rugs can be very expensive, but are so pretty coordinating with   a room’s decor.   Should I add fringe to this rug?   I was thinking of some Christmas designs for in front of the fireplace.   Matching throw pillows?   OK, as soon as I find the greatest yarn in the world for these fun projects,  I  will pass it on to everyone.

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  • I love your rug! Does it turn out thick enough that it would lay flat on carpet? How did you get that pattern with the white yarn?

  • Yes, It does stay flat on the carpet and on any surface. That’s the great thing about using a board for rug knitting. Because of the double knit it lays very flat. The white stripe is just one row of knitting.

  • Hi Pat!

    The rug looks wonderful!! Is this the one you were working on while at the Red Bud Festival with me? You certainly didn’t have much time to work on it there with everyone asking you questions, but that is a very good thing!

    I’ve set aside my looms for a little bit to make a cross stitch picture of my friends first baby. It’s coming along nicely, but for some reason, the colors look darker than what I think they should. I hope I don’t have to do it again, but for this friend, I most definitely will.

    Keep up the great work!

    Deb

  • Your rug is very, very nice! Can one of the knifty knitter long looms be used to create a rug and still have the thick, tight weave that you have in yours using a knitting board?

    Beautiful work!
    Patt

  • Thanks for the postins; the rugs look really good.
    Could you tell us the loom type and gauge please?

    thanks you,

    Jan from MA

  • I used the 28″ knitting board to make the rug. You can start with any color and then on the row where you want to change color just cut your yarn and tie in another color. It’s very EASY, no sewing involved. I am not too familiar with the knifty kniter. But to give it the nice thick tight stitch you need a knitting board where the needles are close together.

  • love the rugs going to have to try it am new to this loom knitting and man o man am I having fun with all the thing we can do on it, yes I made a lot of boo boo but live and learn right. lol, the sock and gloves I having problems with but im sure I can do it. went to looming because of my hands and couldn’t knit with them too good., my mom the same way so on the 7th when I go see her am going to give her a CRASH COURS on the loom and see if she like it , there no drought in my mind she will so today im buying her one too thank ladies love the site

  • I absolutely love it!

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Aug 7, 2006

Jupiter, our newest model

Jupiter just had her first photo shoot. She is  a 5 year old really cool GREAT DANE. She loves to wear knit creations and so far, she has had a lot of patience with wardrobe changes.

Jupiter wearing her favorite scarf. She’s waiting for me to knit her a cozy sweater to match.   I told her that there’s a lot of other good doggies out there that are waiting for a knitted sweater, too.   That’s something we’re working on.   She’s so patient-what a sweetie.

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Jupiter wearing a doggie cape.   Well, it’s not exactly a sweater, but she thinks she’s really styling.

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Jupiter dressed and ready for an outing.

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  • Do you have instructions for the great goncho sweater and the Newbury sweater. Good sweater patterns are difficult to find for the knitting board. Thanks

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Jul 18, 2006

We’re learning all the time.

Our site is so new, that I wonder what everyone is feeling about it.   We want to keep adding new stuff, but not sure if we are on the right track.   So, did you know that you can make comments on each entry-see the ‘comments’ box below the entry.   I would love to hear from some other knitters.   This is the time to really say ‘what you think’.   Ha, not often do you get to say exactly what you have on your mind.

Well, I have lots on my mind—I just finished developing the pattern for the Great Goncho Sweater.

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Also, I  re-wrote the Newbury sweater to be easier to follow-need some volunteers to test them out for us.

The next new items for patterns will be a button front vest, some great home decor items, and some men’s stuff.   What else-Oh the wooly jacket is in the works also.

Of course, my yard is also a big project that I’m currently working on.   Digging, hauling rock, seeding, and putting in some 6’x6′ timbers.   But I love to dig in the dirt and plant stuff.   Need some ideas for shady gardens other than Hostas. What would you plant?

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  • The sweater is beautiful!!! I haven’t made anything on my board yet, as the gauge seems a little loose even when I wrap fairly tightly using worsted weight yarn. I’m going to try and take out the spacer and just use washers and see if that will help.

  • Having lately become a fond fan of fresh, organic vegetables, I’d plant an edible garden!

    It will cost the same as planting flowers, but the wonderful benefit – fresh, organic, delicious herbs, veggies, and perhaps fruits – is IMHO many times more beneficial than any other use for the garden.

    Good luck, and love your website!

  • Try clematis, epimediums, heucheura, astillbe, oxalis, arum, solomon seal, jack-in-the-pulpit, columbine, bleeding heart…there are so many variations of hosta try this website: plantdelights.com…I volunteer there and they specialize in hostas.

    annuals = impatiens

    Enough?…not sure of my spelling…

  • i love that sweater!

  • Hi!

    I had a sneak preview of a knitting board last year and was really taken with the idea as it looked so easy (or at least a lot easier than knitting – I can crochet!).

    Am really excited about the prospect of being able to make menswear (being a bloke and all that!).

    Haven’t yet got round to buying a board but will definately be interested to see what you come up with in the mens range – it may just be the incentive to dig out the credit card and get knotted – I mean knitting! lol.

    Regards
    John (United Kingdom).

  • Hi I’m new into knitting but I love the sweter were can I get instruction of how to do it?

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Jul 7, 2006

Dora’s Warm Afghan

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This is an extra thick and warm Afghan by Dora Renee Wilkerson. It was knit on an “S” Loom which means it was done with 2 loops over 2   – or double thick. Dora says ” If I was to do it all over again, I’d do it 1 over 1 and 2 feet longer. I do like it, and boy, it’s warm! It will be great for those cold nights.”

Yarn used was Pebbles yarn, about 53 skeins. It looks like a great pattern for the 28″ knitting board.

Now Dora is working on some camp shorts for her son. He’s in the photo on the sofa.

Thanks for sharing. Now we’ll have to wait to see the shorts.

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Jun 19, 2006

Graduation

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This is graduation for 7 delighted inmates of the Ablemarle Regional Jail.   We spent 2 hours each week for 6 weeks in which time, each of these ladies learned to knit.   They are so proud of the adorable little premie hats and booties that were completed by each to be donated to the UVA hospital in Charlottesville, VA.

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These gals worked really hard and will continue by making some baby buntings to match the hat and bootie sets.   Each of these ladies feel that knitting is now a goal to continue once they return to their respective homes……soon, we all hope.   We wish them all the best.

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  • Hi, just wanted to share an update with everyone on our class at Albemarle Regiomal Jail.
    We have 8 ladies at this time and they have completed the second session of 6 week classes. They are such a delight to work with. Each one has completed a set of premie booties and hat-just so adorable. Now they are all working on the baby bunting with hood. I can’t believe how far they have all come in just 12 short weeks. But the greatest satisfaction is their pride in what they have done and the excitment they feel just knowing that their creations will be given to a tiny little infant, that they will never know or see.
    Next week, we will begin a class for each lady to make something that they can keep or give to family member as a gift. We have been so fortunate to have the local knit shops donate lots of great yarns.
    More photos will be coming of the buntings with hat and booties. Now, I hear, the men want their own class, so they also can be knitters.

  • I’m having a really bad morning and this post made me smile. Thanks. I think it’s wonderful that you did this.

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Jun 4, 2006

All patterns look special–just change the yarn.

What a Great first Project
Rebecca Thompson creation on the first project. As you can see the different yarns change the look of the project –  Just beautiful.

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  • I have been a knitter for 30 yrs and I just came across this kind of knitting and I am very impress on how fast you can knit with this. Right now I just started with the basic stitch but I really like the patter on the Baby Hat. I think it’ s call the english stitch . I can wait to have my book of instructions.

  • Hi Lyse, the pattern on the hat is Rib Stitch. It’s the vareigated yarn that creates the color changes. I have been a knitter for over 40 years and working with the knitting board now for about the last 8 years. I love both methods, but when you want the double knit, you can’t beat the knitting board. Hope its going good for you now. thanks, Pat

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Jun 4, 2006

Where is the Best Place to Knit??

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Anywhere!

Who said we have to knit in our rocking chairs?    How  cool for this knitting board knitter  relaxing on  a camping trip in Massachusetts!   “I just tossed it into my backpack and was able to really relax after a day of hiking”.

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  • Well for me I find anywhere is a great place for me to knit. Heck I knit at work, resteraunts, while my wife is driving. So for me it’s not so much the place, but the relaxation I feel from knitting that I enjoy.

  • My sofa, the balcony, my sister’s house, my office (during lunch, of course). People ask me questions about what it is that I’m doing. I’m glad to educate them that knitting doesn’t have to involve two long metal things.

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Jun 4, 2006

Festival at Brownstown, VA

We were invited to participate in the Redbud Festival with Debra Blankenship.   We had a great time!  It always helps to see it done and this type of festival is great for lots of demos.  Debra is queen of loom knitting and really did a great job with her demos and sharing her new hobby. Just look at all the looms she works on.   It was a cold and rainy day, so we had our table in a shelter, but our double knits brought some attention and kept us warm.    
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Jun 4, 2006

Everyone wants to try on the pretty yellow shawl.

George is there to help and loves the yellow shawl. Well, you can get a nice close up photo of the yellow shawl thanks to George. Check out all the different looms that Debra is working with. Debra says “I’m addicted to looming”. I think she’s right, but maybe, we all are.

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