Archive for November, 2010


More creativity from Marsha!

She has been working on a Tomten Jacket (design by Elizabeth Zimmerman)…..one of my favorite children designs (which can also be knit in adult sizes). It’s simple, practical, and elegant…all at the same time. In this case, Marsha was worried about enough yarn…she was using a sock yarn that was also taking a lot of knitting time. So….in the interest of time and yarn she decided to knit the sleeves “short” to fit so that sleeves fit right into the armhole but were only long enough to line up with the body of the sweater. Remember that this design has the sleeves “set” into the body.

This design also has a hood, but Marsha chose to convert that into a collar by leaving the hood off. This version can either be a stand-up collar or roll back. Isn’t it great to be so inspired by a pattern design that you can add your own touches?

Marsha did a beautiful job of the I-cord trim. She is now looking for the right closure. Will it be a frog that she creates from I-cord or will it be a shopping trip to  Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley for the best closure. Stay tuned!

Oh…and remember the Tomten is a modular jacket…any size yarn can be used…just need to get the propotions right…..1/4 of total stitches = back; 1/2 of total stitches = 2 armholes; and 1/4 stitches = 2 fronts. This pattern is available through School House Press.

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  I was so excited recently!  Marsha returned from vacation at Rabbit Stick…..she came to knitting workshop full of such excitement and enthusiam and rightly so! I caught her enthusiam.

She had spent several days in Idaho at a creative native craft experience. She felted fabric from old sweaters and made boots. She crafted (pounded) blanket pins (cowboy pins) out of copper wire..looked like shawl pins to me.

She estimated that 300 + people were in attendance….Rabbit Stick was celebrating its 25th anniversary….Marsha has been going for years….I’m thinking it would be a wonderful experience!

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