by mops Moderator 28 Jul 2020

During the last couple of months I've done a bit of knitting.

The two green ones (colour looks grey-ish in pic #6) are made of a cone from which I knitted two others - I am happy to say I have just enough left to knit a hat. The wine coloured one is the second I made from an equal sized cone - so there are two left to do.
The smaller sized ones aIl have raglan sleeves, some short, some long; some are knitted by hand top down, others bottom up by machine.
The one in picture 2 is made from remnants of cotton from my mother's stash (she died in 2001 - so it's really old).
The one in picture 5 used up some of my own remnants. Did this one by hand, when I started on the sleeves I divided the remaining material in half using a very accurate scale and the only thing left when I finished was 12" of the pale blue.
They all go to charity once the lockdown is over.

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by jrob Moderator 01 Aug 2020

I’m so envious of your skills.

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mops by mops 01 Aug 2020

I used to be far more accomplished with that knitting machine, I'm envious of my skills at that time :)

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by sewdoctor 01 Aug 2020

Beautiful,,,,every one of them....Bless you for your giving heart...

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mops by mops 01 Aug 2020

Thank you.

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by mrskiki 29 Jul 2020

Love the colors. Are they all Childrens' size? Very pretty. Hugs. Nan

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mops by mops 29 Jul 2020

Yes, they are, European size 92-122 (roughly 3 - 10 yrs.)
Hugs to you too.

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by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I took another look. The bottom of the stack in gold looks like a V-neck. I also wanted to add 12 inches was cutting it close! You really got your money's worth out of that ball of yarn. The other stack shows the green better. Ashley has a sweater that she wears and was mine that I wore when I was young. It still looks great. No pills or fuzzzies. It has a kind of cowl neck. I wish I had a picture of me wearing it and then take one of her. It's an olive green.

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mops by mops 29 Jul 2020

You are right, I did a V-neck as a variation. I also did one with the button band in the raglan seam. It would not make a difference to the ones who eventually get them, but it made me happy to do each one a bit different.
How rewarding to see Ashley wear one of the sweaters you used to wear. We did not take that many pictures then in a year as we do in a week since our phones are so clever.

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by pennifold 28 Jul 2020

Wow! Martine, what fabulous work in all of these. My favourite one is the yellow one. There is always something about yellow that makes me smile and think of warm sunshine. What a lovely story about your mother's stash too in the striped jumper and I know whoever receives these will love them.
Your Grandmothers would be thrilled to know that you are still doing all of this knitting after being taught by them as a young girl. The old traditions are the best, aren't they? You are one very talented lady and I do hope you are keeping well and safe, away from this virus. Love Chris

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mops by mops 29 Jul 2020

Thanks Chris. I must say I think of them a lot when I am knitting, how different their lives were. They both died in 1974, aged 85 and 90. That seemed a nice old age at the time. Now I don't think 80+ is old ...
Fortunately there has been hardly a case of the virus in this part of the country, and I have been quite busy organising the internet church meetings and keeping in contact with the elderly and lonely parishioners. But I do miss seeing the children and grands. Stay healthy. Love, Martine

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by sebsews 28 Jul 2020

Your knitting talent among other talents are fabulous! Some child will be so happy to get one of these. Thank you for donating.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you, but they are actually quite simple, stocking stitch mostly. I'd love to do something more intricate now and again, but to reduce my stash I prefer speed over challenging.

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by graceandham 28 Jul 2020

Gorgeous. My favorite is the multi-colored stripe with the "M & M" looking buttons. Very cheery.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you.
They are snaps and I applied those as I wanted them in colour too.

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by pennyhal2 28 Jul 2020

These are fantastic! Your skills are a lot more advanced than mine!

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Practice makes perfect - and I still have my mishaps :)

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by sewdeb 28 Jul 2020

Sure looks like more than a BIT of knitting! It appears like you've created a whole sweater store all by yourself! These are fabulous! I'm sure whoever receives one of these will love them and will feel a warm hug from you, too!

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you. I hope so.

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by clintonmiss22 28 Jul 2020

Love all of these! and your clever use of remnants. These will make several folks happy. Wish I'd learned to knit in school. Learned to speak Spanish (very poorly) and play volleyball, but nothing as practical as knitting. LOL My gran sewed (never her knew her to knit) to the end of her days, but didn't have patience enough to teach me - had to learn on my own.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 28 Jul 2020

Wow you have been busy. Some children will be kept warm by your sweaters. Sadly I have not been knitting since my puppy Coco is in my life. She wants to chase the needle or the ball of yarn. One time I was not watching and she had gotten a ball out of my basket. I found her in the yard all tangled up having fun tossing it in the air. Keep it up.You do such nice work and there is much need.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Enjoy your puppy during this time of play and fun. I hope she will behave better as she gets older. Those balls of yarn will keep!

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by airyfairy 28 Jul 2020

They are all just beautiful. Well done.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you!

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by 02kar Moderator 28 Jul 2020

Oh my! That is quite the stash of completed items. I never tire of seeing what you can do with yarn and needles. I know each one will make someone happy and warm.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you for you kind words. I always wish I could see the smiles.

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by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Gorgeous knitting! I’m afraid I can’t choose a favorite as they are all so nice. I like something about each one from the raglan set sleeves, crew neck, boat neck, stripe. Beautifully made and the receiver of each one will be warm inside & out, with your sweaters and generosity.

If Angie is looking-this is on my ‘can’t do list’ but wish I could!😉

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thanks Toogie, I always love the last best :)

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by dailylaundry 28 Jul 2020

I love your talent!!! I especially love that you are making these as donations. I can just imagine the smiles on the faces of those who will be lucky to receive theses gems! Again, Martine - your talent amazes me! Stay safe and hugs, Laura

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you. My grans who taught me to knit 'properly' (which was a lot more interesting than what we learned at school) would have loved to see me still doing it. Both knitted till the very end of their lives.

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by asterixsew Moderator 28 Jul 2020

Gosh looks like you have been busy both using your time well and stash busting. I particularly love the striped one using up your late mothers stash.

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mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

Thank you. Using up remnants requires a bit of imagination and improvisation to get it right, which I love. But doing a 1-colour one is the thing to do when watching the telly.

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