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High Fiber—A Look Back, Part I: Knitting

While I'm on vacation, I thought I would report on some knitting projects I've made over the years, before I started my blog. For example, this is the first sweater I made for Charlie (my DH). 

As long as I've known him, he's been an avid skier. (It's funny; he didn't look like this when I married him. He's still pretty cute, for an old guy, though.) The pattern is from "Hand Knits for Men in Bear Brand and Fleisher Yarns, vol. 56. Bear Brand "Shetland and Wool" Purchased at Menlo Yarn Shop in San Diego, 1964.

I made this sweater for him in 1965. I wonder if that what why he proposed.

I made this one for myself in 1965. I was tired of the motifs I used for the previous sweater, so I used the same pattern but designed my own motifs.

This Fair Isle vest was completed in 1988 using wool yarn purchased in London in 1988. The pattern is "Katie's Fair Isle" from The Traditional Sweater Book by Madeline Weston, 1986. It's also found in her new book, Country Weekend Knits.

I found the yarn for this in Pitlochry, Scotland, in 1988, and bought enough for this coat and the afghan. It was hand-spun and cheap! The pattern is from Wendy #588 "Outdoor Arans", #1, Ladies Cardigan, shown on the cover, only I exchanged the chain cable for wishbone cable. I made it super-long just because.

Here's the Aran afghan from the hand-spun yarn I purchased in Pitlochry. I finished it in 1989 in California. Pattern is "Killarney," from the Spinnerin book, Fisherman Afghans, 1972.

Here's the intarsia cat pullover I made for our daughter in 1989 from Cat Knits by Melinda Coss. the mice are 3D, and each one has his own pocket. Besides the one you can see, there is one on the sleeve and one on the back.

This Fair Isle card vest I completed in 1989 using yarn purchased in London in 1988. The pattern is "Diamond Fair Isle" from The Traditional Sweater Book by Madeline Weston, 1986.

This Kaffe Fassett's "Carpet Pattern," made with leftover yarns and sale bin finds, using intarsia. It's from his Glorious Knitting, 1985. I also made the coat in that chapter in the book.

Persian Poppy Waistcoat from Kaffe Fassett at the V & A. Finished in 1989. Used miscellaneous bits and pieces of yarn for this project.

Sunbeam’s 1157, Aran jacket. I used an acrylic yarn, which I had on hand. I made this while we were living in Indonesia for a holiday trip to New Zealand. The photo was taken during a day cruise on the Milford Sound on the west coast of South Island. Matching hat pattern was not included in the pamphlet.

Cable-down Raglan from Interweave Knits Spring 2007. Made from Countrywide Windsor 8 ply D.K. from New Zealand, 100% wool. Completed in time for Easter, 2007.

There are more, but I hope you'll find something here that inspires you to knit a sweater for yourself or others. Next week I'll show some of my older quilts.

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 28, 2014 at 8:34pm

I wish I still had all the baby sweaters and blankets I made for our kids. Afghans are really fun to knit. They don't have to fit anyone. They just have to be cozy. Here's the link to that quilt, photo and description:

Comment by Barb/WI on July 28, 2014 at 5:27pm

Fun!  A timeline of knitting!  Sounds like a lot of great memories connected to the knitting.

Comment by Roxann on July 28, 2014 at 2:54pm

Forgot to mention I love the quilt DH is standing in front of!

Comment by Roxann on July 28, 2014 at 2:53pm

Holy sheep!  :) No wonder you are so good at knitting! Love the sweaters and Afghan! My mom just finished an Afghan for me this year that has cables in it! She has one just like it in the back of her couch, I often tried to steal it! So yummy warm in the winter!

Everything is beautiful! I hope you are enjoying your vacation! Safe travels!

Comment by Barbara Graham on July 28, 2014 at 1:04pm

I agree with WOW! I couldn't pick a favorite, they are all beautiful.

Comment by JB on July 28, 2014 at 1:03pm

Peggy, your colorwork is just fantastic.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on July 28, 2014 at 10:56am

Wow! Just wow!  They are ALL wonderful.  Wow.

Comment by Pam/NY on July 28, 2014 at 8:33am

No wonder you are so experienced at knitting!

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