Saturday, October 19, 2019

Mythical Creatures Too will be published this week!!! + Life in Nevada

My family in my sweaters   New hat and sweater on Paul my son

I want to introduce my new patterns (3) for this fall but also to give
instruction for finishing a Norwegian style sweater knit in the round
with steeks. The above sweater on my son Paul is my new Mythical
Creatures Too. The "Too" is to distinguish it from the earlier Mythical
Creatures hat. It had a different design. That other hat is in the last blog....

Men's or Women's Pullover with Placket and Pewter clasps in Rauma Finull PT2
Upper Back of Mythical Creatures Too.... Fabeldyr means mythical creatures
 in Norwegian (Dyr does not meen deer! but animal!)
this word may be omited if you want the grey boder all the way around.
See picture below for this border at sides...

 Note: you mark sides, that do not have steeks! Measure width of sleeve and
mark and cut body  slightly less than width. About 4-5 sts at edge of body are
lost at each side.

Armholes marked

Back of placket with 4 machine stitching rows ready to cut

Cutting placket open after sewn as above

Picking up sts along placket edge... Pick up 4 out of 5 sts for good ease
with smallest diameter needle.

Front Placket finished, cut, sts picked up along side and garter border knit on each side.

Sewing garter row on border to body with matress stitch on body side,
matching the garter bump on sleeve side.
You need to match sleeve to armhole in about 4 places and ease in body edge.
Facings is tacked to inside over cut edge later.

 Keep the body stitches exactly in the same line!

Upper sleeve with Gargoyle
I reproduced gargoyles from my daughter Tracy Horner's
"Castle Walls" Embroidery with her permission, of course.

Ink Circles "Castle Walls" with multiple wonderful Gargoyles!!!
I am stitching this too....

Hemming neckband to inside with whip stitch, keeping
 cut edges of steek to inside.

Mythical Creatures Too hat to match sweater

Ladies smaller Mythical Creatures Too hat .. Finishing up quickly then
to write the pattern!
I showed this picture so you can see how I follow the pattern
with a magnet board.

New St Olav cardi for children (in progress!!!)  Darling Kinley, my lovely model!!!

Back of childs sweater
Child's Olav

Viking ship on sleeves
What Annie and I do to get away from this computer!!!! This is
in my backyard. Fantastic small lake!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Recovered Blog and New House, New Hat!

Here is the new house! It has a roof! To the left is my garage.
 The first picture is the view from my new kitchen/ inside
before window is put in. That is Slide Mountain where the
Mt Rose ski area is located. The whole house and garage, plus big
garage for my son,are being attached to my son's existing house.
In fact that is what the workmen are doing right now.

New hat pattern/ nameless for now..... It has a Griffin on one
side and a Lion on the other. I am going to try to write up the
pattern today. It is a template for a new man's henley
sweater.   I want to get the yarn ordered and start soon. It is based
on 1500's patterns I was studying and doing a band sampler. The 
Facebook group "The Big Red Band Sampler***" is where my friends
and I are trying to show how to find really old, non copyright patterns
good for x stitch and knitting. Also crochet. Check out
one of the sites   I love the old
mideval animals like the spectalular Griffen!

Oh, I made the mistake of trying to change my google e-mail 
to my new name and lost my blog. Thank heaven I was able to
recover it!
Cute model is my son Paul who is building my house!!!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Catching up

I have been sorely negligant with my blog... much apologies!  I haven't
posted since I was suddenly divorced in December and moved from
Oregon to Nevada to be near my son's family. So much has changed since
then. My name for one. I took my father's and great grandfathers name in
Cynthia Atley Peterson. Still Cindy to friends.
After Christmas I moved into my new "Tiny House". I am so comfortable
here and enjoy my new life style. Although it is only 209 sq feet, I have room
for everything except my Glimakra loom. By the middle of next winter
I will have a house built by my son, small but room for the loom! In the
meanwhile I have a great space for knitting and embroidery. Even a little
office complete enough to do my patterns.
Big Blue sampler

Madona and start of Saint Mark as a Lion

St Joan of Arc and St George with "placketts"

Top of Sampler with Lamb of God
This is my new sampler. Everything but one pattern is free and
available on the internet.  To friends, Kim Hershelman Brehm, and 
Bhooma Avaramudan have started a new Facebook page ***The Big Red
Band Sampler      I was contrary and did mine blue this time. Kim's is the 
traditional red.
Kimberly Hershelman Brehm
In our group, you are all free to join, there are files where to find all

the patterns free and otherwise, to make your own.

Here is IAN 1823 that I finished last spring. It is a Fresian
sampler that was an old Permin sampler. Instead of the traditional blue, I
chose to make it with left over silks of all colors.
New "Tiny House" delivered Christmas morning

My son Paul plowing me out!
My new stitching chair, really comfortable!

The Kitchen
Living room

My son's house and boathouse, my tiny on left
You have to look really hard to the left to see my tiny house! The best part of
living at my son's is it comes with a lake. I purchased an old canoe and my 
Annie loves to go out with me.
Annie jumped in
Heading to the island

Annie says good night

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Saint Olav Reincarnated/ It is not complete until it is "Finished"!

I have spent the past few months re-knitting the Saint Olav Pullover
for my son Paul. Unfortunately it was lost or stolen last winter. As this is
his very favorite sweater for skiing, and he was totally devastated,
I was happy to do it again for him.
I got to thinking it is a good opportunity for those who knit my
patterns to see up close exactly how I knit and finish most of my sweaters.
Saint Olav Pullover

Back of Saint Olav Pullover
 I made the first version in 2012. This one I made some changes. I almost
always knit in the round with steeks for the plackett and neck openings.
The armholes do not have steeks but use the existing stitches which are
marked carefully before sewing and cutting.

Intarsia in the round

back of intarsia
Intarsia in the Round
As you can see the sleeve design dips way down, where the design
does not go all the way around. It is a little fiddly but easy to do this.
On the sts where the pattern starts attach the pattern color (white) and knit
across as usual with both colors. Catch the white and continue on with the
background. The next row if it is 5 or 7 sts the white can be brought loosely
across the back and knit the following row. When it is too far to bring
it across:  knit all the background sts as usual, slipping the stitches that will
be white/ following the chart. Catch the pattern color carefully a st or so out
side the last design st. Turn work over and purl the slipped sts with white
across the row. Slip the worked background stitches.  If you are good at
knitting backwards from the front you could do that for the pattern and
not turn it over.
Don't pull too tight!  Drop the white  yarn and turn work over to right side,
slide all sts worked back to right needle and continue on.
Every other row will be knit normally with both colors as the white will
end up on the right.  See in the pictures how the white is carefully twisted
around the red at the ends of rows so there is no hole.
The first sweater had his initials and date on one arm. (So if anyone ever
sees this sweater, being the only one in the world! Let me know and nab
it off the person wearing it please!!!!)  This time I got the bright idea to
do the second sleeve also in this manner and it says TAHOE... where he skiis.

Measuring depth of armhole to sleeve/ make the cutting 1/4" less than sleeve.

Marking and sewing side at armhole
I make the first stitching down both sides of the center stitch, then 2
more rows around the next two outer stitches. Use a small stitch with any
color thread as it is all covered. After cutting up the center I zig zag the edges.
It would not fall apart if you don't!

neck and steek for neckhole all ready to stitch

Inside of  front neck steek from wrong side

Cutting neck steek

Front placket ready to sew

sewing plackett

finishing edge of plackett

Knitting 3 needle bind off of shoulders
If you do the 3 needle bind off from the same side (back) it will make the
orange stitches pop on the front. If you don't want to have it show at all do
this from the inside. I used to do kitchener st as it looks great but the arm
will pull the shoulder seam down and not look so great. I do it more as a
decorative trim lately. It matches the garter stitch at the top of the sleeves too.
finished sleeve with 1 row garter stitch and facing

matress stitch to garter on sleeve

It pays to mark the exact row where you do the matress stitch side
on the body so you stay in the exact groove. I put about 4 safety pins to
match the sleeve to armhole. On the sleeve side I match the  purl bump
putting the needle up or to my left and then back down on the other side of
the st. It makes a double purl bump on the sleeve side. I think these pictures
say better than words, or I hope so.  It does not work out exactly st for st and
I usually have to ease in the body side a bit.
I used to always wash and block sweaters after the sewing/ cutting.
This time I did the pieces for better pictures and it was so much easier!
Now I will wash first, cut and sew secondly.
The pattern... Saint Olav Pullover... is available on Ravelry under Cynthia
Wasner designs to download the pdf immediately or on my website Here you pay through paypal and I either
mail the pdf  to your e-mail or snail mail the printed copy (Printed only to USA)
Also I do have the Finullgarn from Rauma available here to sell if you so desire.
It is in these colors too. Just e-mail me if interested.
Please e-mail me to say if you need more explicit pictures or anything I can
do better here! I am alway available on Ravelry or e-mail for help!!!!