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IMAGINATION IS THE EYE OF THE SOUL Joseph Joubert. I am a mother of four...I still remember the smile that refused to go away for weeks after our daughters birth. To have a little girl appear after three sons seemed such a miracle. I have always enjoyed My Doll World, sharing it with Lara when she was little. Today I design knitted outfits for miniature dolls and enjoy every minute of it. The fact that the outfits are removable is what makes it so special for me. Using ever finer threads has opened so many MINIATURE DESIGN opportunities.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Knit With Me

How would you like to Knit With Me?

Please remember what I have to say regarding miniature knitting is all about personal preferences and my knitting experience. 
One also has to knit in a style that one enjoys! I love miniature lace knitting, it just Pleases my Soul somehow.

The finer the thread used the more detail one can achieve in a design.

I don't believe that Venne 34/2 or DMC 80 and 100 threads are fine enough for miniature knitting, many people will disagree with me...sooooooo please remember personal preferences.

I started off my miniature knitting career using DMC 80 and 1 ply industrial yarn for my teddy bear patterns.
For larger dolls and teddies I believed I was doing just fine.

I now smile as I remember.

The best place for seasoned knitters to begin a miniature knitting career is to teach your fingers "miniature knitting memory"

With practice the finer threads and very narrow needles will become second nature, you will soon wonder what all the fuss was about. 

Then the next time you knit for the "big world" you will feel as though you are knitting with broomsticks and rope.

Making an Afghan to fold at the bottom of a miniature bed is a good place to start. 

There are enough stitches on your needles to keep the flow of your knitting going and the tension will come together with practice.....a few rows everyday will do just fine.

Looking through my collection of Victoria magazines from the 90's I came across a photograph of a bed dressed with a knitted afghan which incorporated a simple cable.


It was an Ah Ha  moment for me and I thought great this will be perfect for Rose's first venture into My Mini Knitting World.......
So I have named the Afghan "The Rose Evans Afghan" 

I tried various combinations of panels 
First the coral shade, then the green, finally settling on the cream!




May I suggest you knit the Afghan in Venne 70/2 Kolcotton which is a 100% mercerized cotton and 1mm knitting needles, This combination of the thread and needle size knits up giving a soft texture and drape to the fabric produced.

Folded into 1/3's and placed at the bottom of your miniature bed
it should look great.

If you would like to 

 Knit With Me 

 leave a comment and I will be in touch.

31 comments:

  1. Yes I would like to knit with you!

    I know there are three different samples on the picture, but I like the color combination coral, green white

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  2. Sharon, I would like to join you and Rose, I just don't have a lot of time until middle June, it is a lovely design and I need something like this to get me started.

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  3. I would love to give this a try!!!!

    Linda x

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  4. Sharon - I would love to have a go!! Like Elga, time is my enemy just at present, but I will be free to try around mid May if that's ok? Hope all is well with you. Mini hugs - Lidi

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  5. OK... Now I am drooling on my screen. I LOVE the lacy look of this beautiful afghan. It is perfect!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH MY! You must be the only person I know that kept all the Victoria magazines. I have all mine dating back to the first issue 1987. I still love looking through them.

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    1. You lucky fish Catherine...Victoria magazine form part of my most treasured possessions. I only realized they existed in 1994.
      I would give my eye teeth to browse through other copies.
      Every time I look through my copies I see something different.
      I think they are wonderful.

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    2. I am sorry you are so far away. I would be happy to lend them to you.

      You're right...You always see something different when you go through them. I think it depends on what you are looking for. If I want to find light fixtures, that is all I see. Next time I might be looking for something completely different. What ever it is I always find something. :-)

      The magazine changed a lot when it was sold. I haven't really collected them since that time. The old owner/publisher was a family friend. She decided to give it up when she had children.

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    3. I would love to knit along with the afghan also do you still have Riley patterns as I would love those
      Lorraine

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    4. Hello,
      Il iked to join the knit with me too. What must I do for that. Are there instructions in Dutch too.
      Thanks
      Sonja

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    5. Sonja the instructions are in Dutch I will send the pattern through

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    6. Thank you very much
      have a nice day
      Sonja

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  6. I would love to knit along :)

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  7. Ik wil het ook graag proberen,het is heel mooi.
    groetjes doortje

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    1. I am going to translate the pattern into Nederlands as soon as I can....So happy you want to join us Doortjie

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  8. Sharon, I would love to knit along with you, I have not had a moment to sit still and try....life has snuck up on me! Now I have the time to rest and relax and knit!!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B
    xxx

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    1. I am so excited that you would all like to Knit With Me.

      I will now have to think it through. Any suggestions on the procedures we should follow will be welcome.

      I have a Skype connection and am happy to to chat and have a webcam session with anyone who needs help.
      I so want you all to succeed, making the best miniature Afghan you can!

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  9. I already knit in Venne 70/2 so would love to join in with this project and knit an Afghan, brilliant idea.

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  10. I would love to knit with you too.
    Is it possible to use my Venne silk?

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  11. Oh wow! I have never knitted with anything this fine but your beautiful afghan is so inspiring that I just may have to give it a try. Judith x

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    1. Judith I do not have an email address for you. So cannot send you a pattern.
      Please contact me via the knitwithme email address to enable me to do this.
      thanks Sharon

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  12. Anna it will be fine,

    I am actually going to try out the silk this evening. I was asked about a colour in the Venne Cotton and then realized I had the colour but only in silk. I am going to knit the silk with 1.2mm knitting needles to see how it knits up.

    I'll send you the pattern.
    Hope you have fun with our Knit With Me project
    Sharon

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  13. Is it too late to join in? I'd really like to be a part of this!

    Barb

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  14. I know I am a little late to the party but I would love to have a go at knitting this afghan. My skills are very basic but it doesn't look to difficult so if I am not to late, please may I sign up?

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    1. Dear Sculptress
      It is never to late to join the gang, all I need is your email address so I may send you the pattern. I did look at your profile and was certainly amazed at what you are capable of doing with a magic wand, my grandson tried cross stitch using the scissors...
      Sharon

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  15. Hi Sharon, I would like to knit with you too if still possible. I have sent you my E-mail address.

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  16. Hi Sharon, can I still join? I would love to try to knit this beautiful afghan!

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    1. Lara Would you like the pattern in English or Dutch?

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  17. Got the 1mm needles, got the thread (thanks to you) and now I am ready to go....
    Where do I sign up?
    Bee

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    1. Belinda I have just sent you the pattern ....Begin!!!!
      Most important you need to enjoy.

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  18. Hi Sharon
    I would love to knit with you. What is my next step? Yeah!
    Rosy.

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