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A Work in Progress: Marian Part I
As I discussed in my previous post , I have a son who is an Irish dancer.  Last year, during a growth spurt and while training with extra long hours for the World Championship competition, he developed pain in his legs.  The pain grew progressively worse th...

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Amigurami Irish Dance Doll: Jigs, Slip Jigs, and Slip Stitches
Crochet is not my first language.  Nevertheless, needing an outlet for some excess time and creative energy sent me reaching for my hook.  One of my sons is a Irish Dancer.  For years I drove him to lessons, to feises (competitions), and more recently even ...

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Amigurami Irish Dance Doll: Crochet Slip Jig and Slip Stitch
Crochet is not my first language.  Nevertheless, needing an outlet for some excess time and creative energy sent me reaching for my hook.  One of my sons is a Irish Dancer.  For years I drove him to lessons, to feises (competitions), and more recently even ...

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Mardi Gras Cycling Hose
Inspired by my last historic knit [ Yachting Jersey ], I decided to undertake another pattern from Weldon's Practical Knitter... the "Cycling Hose" from Volume 12 34th Series.  I chose this pattern because I was intrigued by the so-called "Plume Pattern," w...

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Isle of Mull Slouch
Traveling in Scotland with my middle son to the Irish Dance World
Championships, I suddenly realized that I hadn’t packed ENOUGH YARN for
all my nervous energy. LOL Had already completed a pair of socks and a
hat on the flight from the US…so to Queen of ...

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"Juar Awesome" Musher Hat... Let the Iditarod Begin!
Though obscure to many Americans, I follow the Iditarod as passionately as most people follow the Superbowl.  My obsession with this trans-Alaskan dog-sled race stems from at least four factors.  I was born to a Norwegian father, and as a result, I am drawn...

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Yachting Jersey: How to Put a Spin on a Fisherman's Sweater
Fishermen Saluting Mrs. Buxton, from the Norfolk Museum collection of Fishermen Ganseys As previously mentioned, the "Yachting Jersey" is somewhat pompously described as "specially intended for yachting and boating, may yet be worn for football and other at...

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Yachting Jersey: Franklin Habit [Part III]
Having struggled through the materials section of my pattern, I began to need additional help with some of the more archaic instructions.  Enter Stage Left: (superstar knitter) Franklin Habit.  Franklin Habit, known for his blog, Panopticon , as well as his...

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Yachting Jersey: Materials & Methods [Part II]
There are many challenges in knitting from a historical pattern... availability of yarns, translating units of measure from a foreign (in this case, English to American) system, and occasionally the challenge of making sense out of something which makes no ...

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Yachting Jersey: Weldon's Practical Needlework [ Part I ]
     Weldon's Practical Needlework was a monthly subscription newsletter printed in England at the turn of the 19th Century.  Approximately one hundred years after their original printing, Piecework magazine re-published these patterns as facsimiles bound i...
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