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Long in the Making March 12, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona, Project Ideas

A few years ago I designed a little top for my daughter and called it “Toddler Tee” in the pattern I published. Since then I have gotten quite a few requests to make it up for adult sizes which I did but it took longer than expected to write this pattern. I am finally done and here is the “Grown-up Tee”. It is available in a large range of sizes, from 29″ to 52.25″ and…

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Momentary Obsession March 5, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona, On the Needles

It has been a while since I have knit a sweater. I am knitting one right now, a cardigan that is, for my Mom for her birthday. (It is okay to mention this here, since she doesn’t know about this blog and doesn’t read English either. Don’t tell her, though, it is supposed to be a surprise!) The cardigan in question is “Lotte” from “Fresh Fashion Knits”, a collection of “more than 20 Must-Have Designs…

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Drive by blogging February 20, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

I received a package last week. It was a bit surprising since I did not remember ordering anything. The box gave me and idea that it must be a book – still, no bells ringing. I opened the package, of course. And wished in return for more than 24 hours in a day so I could commit much more time to reading this: It looks innocent enough, I know. Let me assure you, the 712…

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You don’t have to be afraid February 13, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Of finishing, that is. I am teaching a Finishing Class tonight. For three Mondays in a row six eager students want to learn about the techniques that make a knitted project ready to wear. We cover everything from weaving in ends, sewing seams and picking up stitches to placing buttonholes, binding off with a sewn bind-off method and much more. Here are a couple of the things I am going to tell my students tonight:…

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About knitting with Mohair February 6, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

If you had asked me a while ago, I would have said that I don’t like knitting with Mohair. I think I might have found the reason I said that, and so if you ask me now I will say ‘no, I don’t mind it at all!’ I am knitting a whole cardigan with Rowan Kid Silk Haze on 3.25 mm needles and at this time I am enjoying it. When I started out, that…

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How to…bind off with beads January 30, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Here we are with my finished ‘Before and After’ Bias Scarf – that is the knitting is finished but I have not bound off yet. I have knit until I just have enough yarn left for finishing. To be able to add the beads to my bind-off I am going to use the Stem Stitch method, which is a sewn bind-off, i.e. it is worked with a tapestry needle (a blunt one is better than…

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Are your hands cold? January 23, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona, Project Ideas

Past week it has been freezing and nasty in Montreal. Especially last Wednesday the cold was bone chilling and the strong wind did not help. I have a remedy for keeping at least your hands warm, though. Knit on 8 mm (US size 11) needles to get a dense fabric with a super bulky yarn these mitts are sure to keep your digits cozy – even at -18 Centigrade with a wind chill of -26.…

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Useful Knitting Techniques January 16, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

While I am knitting away on my “Before and After” (some progress is made but before I want to add the beads in the bind-off there is really not much to see) I thought I tell you about some useful techniques a knitter stumbles upon one time or another. One of my hat patterns called Put a Knot in it! asks you to begin with knitting I-cord. When I encountered I-cord (in my very first…

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How to…cast on with beads January 9, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Hello again. You did not think I would let you hang there, mentioning something about casting on with beads involved and then not telling you how, did you? Of course not. Here we go. When you want to add beads to your long-tail cast-on, you need to string your beads onto to the ‘tail’ of the yarn. Always use one bead less than stitches to cast on, since the beads will sit between the cast…

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Bead it January 2, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

First, Happy 2012 everyone! The new year didn’t come with a ‘swoosh’ (I always expect that, it has never happened) but crept in calmly and quietly. I’ll have to remind myself to write 2012 for a while, wonder how it can be 2012 at all – then by mid January I’m over that and accept that time just goes by at its own rate. As announced in last weeks’ post I have actually sat down…

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