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My Stuff (one-of-a-kind designs and knitting):

Dick's Mittens
Dick's 'matching' mittens    Dick asked me to make him some mittens to go with an orange parka. These were what I came up with. The mitten pattern is from "Fox and Geese and Fences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens", by Robin Hansen. I put a different design on it. The reason for the different color band across the center is, I didn't have enough of either color for two mittens.

Click on the picture to see a close-up of the mittens.
Jill's Mittens
Jill's Magnificent Mittens   I like making mittens. They are a portable project and are quick to knit.
The pattern for the small mitten is from "Fox and Geese and Fences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens", by Robin Hansen.
The pattern for the larger mittens is from the book, "Magnificent Mittens", by Anna Zilboorg, with photos by Alexis Xenakis. These mittens are bulky. They come up nearly to my elbows but they really keep out the wind. Notice how the colors are reversed on the left and right hands.

Canoe Sweater, back Canoe Sweater, front
Dick's Canoe Sweater    When I planned to make this sweater from recycled yarn, little did I expect that it would be such a major project. Dick decided he wanted something to do with canoeing. I flew a few ideas past him to no avail. Then he chose a tiny Francis Lee Jacques woodcut in a favorite book ("The Singing Wilderness", by Sigurd Olson). We scanned it in, I transferred it to Pattern Maker for IBM PC (by Scott Horton of Hobbyware) and I "colorized" it with my yarn colors. This program was designed for cross-stitch, but Scott was kind enough to add non-square grid capability so I could "stretch" the pattern into one for knitting. Six months had elapsed before I started knitting. Hand knitting the front took another six months. The back took another six months to plan and six months to execute. In designing the back, I started with wide stripes of each color. Then I used the spray paint tool from the Windows Paint program to swirl the colors together like a paddle swirls the images in the water. This heavy sweater is of knitting worsted, mostly wool -- too hot for summer, but Dick hardly takes it off all winter.
Turkish Slippers
Mary & Bob's Turkish-style sock-slippers    I wanted to make some pizzazzy toe-up slippers for my sister Mary and her DH Bob.  I combined Turkish and Peruvian elements, chosen for their symbolic meanings (Wolf and Arrows for Bob, Coyote for Mary) as well as design.  May these slippers keep the intended toes safe and warm for many years to come!
Treasure Pouch
Mary's Little Treasure Pouch    For very special treasures. I used a space-dyed singles in blues and purples, plus some similar-sized gold yarn.
Watermelon Mittens
Nancy's Watermelon Mittens    My friend, quiltmaker extraordinaire Nancy Halpern, and I decided to trade skills. She designed and made me a little wall quilt, and I designed and made her these mittens. The backs are the muted colors of a watermelon rind; then you open your fist to reveal the surprise in the palm! I handknit these mittens, using some orlon yarn from my stash.
Moose Gloves
Kristina's Moose Gloves    My response to a request by Kristina, our games reviewer and good buddy, for gloves with moose (moosen? meese?) on them. I hand knit these 100%-wool gloves of Nature Spun 3-ply fingering yarn. I also gave her moose tracks under the moose, and spruce trees on the palms. (Palm trees didn't go well with the moose.)
Jill and Afghan
Mare & Bob's Afghan    Here I am, showing off a Christmas gift which was only two months late. Again, I used small balls of various colors of worsted-weight acrylic yarns which were in my stash. This project went fast on a borrowed Singer bulky knitting machine.
Vest, modelledVest, close-up
Dad's Fair Isle Vest    My Dad wanted a vest with a V-neck so he could get to his pocket where he keeps his glasses. This project is made of Symphony acrylic yarn. It went not-so-fast on my ancient Brother Profile 550 knitting machine (because I had to hand-pull all the needles for the design).
Baby Sweater and Tam
Baby John's Sweater and Tam    I designed this baby outfit to use up some yarn in my stash. It was hand knit in the round, using sport-weight acrylic yarns. The tam ended up a bit wavy; next time, I'll try seven panels instead of eight.

Knitting Links:

Wool Works, the Online Knitting Compendium is the most comprehensive knitting site on the Web with links to lots of hand- and machine-knitting sites. See its Resources links.

The Knitting Guild of America Patterns, conferences, Master Knitters Program.

Lion Brand Yarn has lots of free patterns.

Knitting Patterns for Dolls, Bears, and Toys has neat animated knitting instructions.

Sweater Pattern Generator site. Input your measurements, and this neat program generates a custom knitting pattern for you! See its links to do the same for ponchos, hats, socks, gloves & mittens.

Another Sock Pattern calculator site. As above, but only for the sockophiles.

Lists of free knitting patterns.