Postcards from New York :: Day 2

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Hitty Sparrow liked this building she saw today – it looked as if it would fit in nicely in Paris…and it has a rooftop garden.  Plus…can you spy the Empire State Building?

Today she visited Gulliver’s Gate, which is an HO scale replica of important (and imaginary!) world landmarks.  (The link will give you a better description.)  Hitty Sparrow was delighted to find that, in this world, she was giant sized!  She “traveled” many places, including Paris:

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London:

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And Brussels:

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Do you know about the Atomium?  It was, like the Eiffel Tower, built for a World’s Fair.  You can read more about it here!

Hitty Sparrow was tired of posing.  (Can you see her pained expression in front of London Bridge?  Hittys get crabby too sometimes…)  Lunch at Brown’s Bagels provided some much needed sustenance.  Hitty Sparrow was anxious to try a real New York bagel and it did not disappoint.  See how happily she posed, because she knew she was about to eat:

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An exciting discovery this afternoon at the hotel!  Hitty Sparrow saw the Empire State Building from her window:

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Ah, the beauty of a Spring evening in Madison Square Park:

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Tomorrow, Hitty Sparrow will journey home and tell Hitty Jean all about her adventures in New York City.  Hitty Jean had to stay behind, as her arms are much too loose for travel.  But that is a story we will have to save…

…’til next time…

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Postcards from New York :: Day 1

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Hitty Sparrow rode the subway today!  She was very brave and even managed to figure out the maps and get on the correct train!  Here she is in action, being very well behaved:

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She took the Uptown Train to the Metropolitan Museum of Art – or The MET as it is known:

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She saw the largest surviving dish from the 15th century:

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A glass from the 12th century:

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“Look!  Paintings by Matisse!”  (She really enjoyed those…)

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Outside of the Museum is Central Park – the weather was cooperating nicely:

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Despite the subway ride, there has been miles and miles of walking today.  Hitty Sparrow has made her way safely back to her hotel, where she will rest her sore little wooden feet…

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Where on Earth is Hitty Sparrow?!

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‘Til Next Time…

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Let’s Knit for Hitty!!!

Hitty Jean is breaking protocol today and allowing me (Martha) to take over the blog!!!  I have had so much fun this winter, knitting for Hitty…I cannot seem to put the 0000’s down!  But it’s no fun to knit alone….would anyone out there like to knit along with me?!? Here is the tale of my backwards journey to fun and enjoyable knitting for Hitty that results in a useable sweater *most* times.  You will soon read that I started out with patterns in 1/12 scale that were very fiddly.  I will tell you how to avoid this!

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I have knitted before for Hitty, but it all started big time when a friend introduced me to another friend last Fall.  This new friend, L, was knitting oodles of gorgeous Hitty sweaters and gave me some pointers…she sent me on my merry way and I gave it a go.  Below is my first project as I was putting it together.  I had seen one made by L at my friend’s house and  I was keen to try it.

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It was a labor of love, for sure…and in subsequent conversation with L, we compared notes.  I had made mine with 5-0 needles and #8 thread.  Her’s was made with 4-0 needles and #12 thread.  Both fit!  Her’s was more open and airy and we both agreed that was prettier.  Below is a photo of the two sweaters…L’s on the left, mine on the right (I did add buttons later…)

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Lesson I learned: knitting for Hitty is a highly experimental, process oriented hobby.  If you get a nice finished sweater that actually fits Hitty, that is a bonus!

I went on to knit this sweater…which needed alteration in the neckline to fit over Hitty’s head…It barely fits over her head, and at the same time the body of the sweater is too big.  (But Hitty Jenny loved it so she got to keep it.)

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Having knit a pattern once, you would think it could be knit again to fit…..right?  Well…not always.  There was the second cable attempt…I dropped a needle and thread size, and skipped some repeats of the pattern.  It was coming along perfectly….except the darned neck hole!!!  I had to ruin it to put it on Hitty….and when I took out the neck stitches to try making it bigger…disaster!  And *poof*!!!!  It was unsaveable!  I ended up binning it.  Two weeks of knitting.  And I enjoyed every minute of it, but have no results!  (Another lesson learned…keep trying!)  How can that be fun, you may ask?!  Because my brain is chock full of ideas about that neckline…I learned quite a bit…and when I finally am ready to knit another cable sweater for Hitty, I am pretty certain I will end up with a sweater that fits and I love!  Here is the ill-fated attempt:

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I needed something easier…something I could play around with without such a large time commitment from start to finish.  There are *maybe* half a handful of published patterns for knitting a Hitty Sweater.  The above two are upsized from 1/12 scale patterns.  You can find about a handful of those out in the world.  It seemed I had come to the end of the road as far as available patterns were concerned, and these are fiddly, not too easy patterns.  What I really wanted and needed to improve my tiny knitting skills, was a simple, quick to knit (but still to a good scale) pattern.  Hmmmm….

We got together again and L pointed me to a pattern called Little Greenup (this is a Ravelry link) – a human baby sweater.  Wait…what?!  Yes, it is true!  L had discovered that when knit on 4-0 needles with size #8 cotton, this sweater would fit Hitty!  The floodgates opened!  I knit one!  It fit!  I knit another…with short sleeves and a slightly different pattern on the bottom.  It fit!  I knit two more…and completely changed the pattern on the bottom.  They all fit!!!  Short sleeves, long sleeves…whatever I wanted, this pattern delivered!  Yahoo!!!  Here is my first gray one…and my second, the blue one:

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This is a perfect starter pattern for Hitty sweater knitting!  If you have a Ravelry account, the link above will take you the Little Greenup pattern, which you can purchase directly from the site.  Follow the directions for the smallest size which is 0-3 months and you *should* end up with a quick-ish to knit sweater for Hitty!  The only caveat I must put here is that we all knit differently and though this has worked for L and myself, it is possible that your knitting will be tighter or looser and fit differently.  This is part of the fun!  Knitting is a process…if it doesn’t work, try again going up or down a needle size!!  It gets easier every time!  And if you love to knit, a failed attempt means you get to knit more! 

Here’s what you need to get started:

Knitting needles.  I used a size 4-0 for the Little Greenup.  You will need double pointed needles for the sleeves.  You can order from your local yarn shop (preferred method) or online.  Amazon sells them, or a Google search will turn up some options.

Size 8 Perle (some call it Pearl) cotton.  DMC is a good brand to start with as it isn’t super expensive.  It comes in a small ball.  Joanne’s sells it in-store in limited colors.  Lots of places to purchase online.  I suggest making your first project in a lighter color, for your eyes’ sake!

GOOD MAGNIFYING GLASSES!  I use the cheaters you can buy at your local pharmacy….you will need these.  Get the magnification that works best for you.

You will want cute buttons!  I buy mine here.  (I love the 3mm shank buttons.)

Lots of patience – I cannot stress this enough.  Sometimes, you will be able to pick up a dropped stitch, or correct a mistake.  Other times, the best solution is to bin it and start over.  I never consider this time wasted…I get better at knitting tiny with each stitch.

Find me on Ravelry!  My username is Mundane.  I have now tried several baby sweater patterns and I have started to put up projects as I have had success with them.  This means you don’t have to buy a pattern that turns out to be completely wrong for Hitty, since I have only put up the ones that work.  (Be sure to read my project notes.)  My “Little Greenup” for Hitty is there on my project page with pictures.  This is the best pattern to start with because it is easy and customizable.

Join the Hittygirls Yahoo group!  Then you will have access to the HittysKnittys Yahoo group which is all about knitting for Hitty!  You can show off your results there, if you like, among kindred spirits!  Yippee!!

And please do let me know how you get on!

‘Til Next Time…

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A Visit to the Yarn Shop

Ima and Hitty Sparrow made it to Aunt Doll’s Yarn Shop just before closing!  They want to look at sweaters.  Let’s go in!

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Ima sees something she likes right away.  “Try it on, Hitty Sparrow!”

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The fit is just right!  Ima sees another sweater she thinks will be just right for a friend.  Hitty Sparrow agrees:

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Just then, Aunt Doll comes out of the back room.  She has just finished a sweater she thinks Hitty Sparrow will like:

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Aunt Doll is ready to close the store.  She sends the girls on their way, happy with their new and cosy purchases:

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How nice it is when friends and family visit her shop!
And now, Aunt Doll will be knitting away…
‘Til Next Time…
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Visiting the Robertsons

Hittys Jean and Sparrow have just returned from a visit with the Robertson Hittys!  Great Aunt Doll wanted to go see her sister, Grandma Alice, and they went along.

A pizza party was planned for the first day. Yum!Hitty Colleen and Hitty Sparrow decided to take a look at the pictures in the Hitty book:Hitty Sparrow was so taken by the “Charles Dickens” outfit in the pictures that Grandma Alice let her try on the replica in the Robertson’s closet. What fun!As consolation for having to return the outfit, Hitty Robertson said that Hitty Sparrow should wear the new Halloween dress. Hitty Sparrow was so pleased!  (The dress was a gift from a friend at Hitty Club – thank you, friend!)No visit to the Robertsons is complete without a trip outside to feed the chickens!Hitty Jean and Hitty Robertson reminisced about good times:And then…all too soon…it was time for goodbyes. Grandma Alice and Aunt Doll had such fun together, they couldn’t believe how quickly five days passed! It was time for goodbye hugs:‘Til Next Time…

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PS-There is always so much to do on a visit to the Robertsons…these are only a few snippets. For more about our visit, please visit Hitty Robertson’s Journal, HERE.

Where On Earth…

…is Hitty Jean?!‘Til Next Time

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