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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / this is what happens when you mock a knitter! on: December 24, 2007 11:11:13 AM
My brother was making fun of me this weekend when I said I needed to go home and finish knitting the christmas gifts I'm giving... and he *thinks* he's getting chocolate chip cookies from me (special request, actually the only gift he asked for! and yes, I baked him his own personal batch of cookies.)

... so he rolled his eyes and told me obviously I had time to play a board game because I didn't have to knit his cookies.


... so, I knit him a chocolate chip cookie!



I'm not sure he's prepared for this!



Anyway, I was looking for a fast, flat round thing I could knit, and decided to just use the base section of the Five-Pointed Star (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215154.0)
(Pentalia, I hope you don't mind, but I've taken a few liberties with your pattern... partly because I can't double knit, and partly because I just wanted something to help me make a round, flat object...)

I knit to row 7, and then exchanged all the M1s for K2tog, stuffed all my waste yarn from all the other knit gifts into it and sewed it down, all lumpy, into a cookie... I then added some darker yarn "chocolate chips" on top to make it look more authentic.  The cookie itself is not double knit, it's just single-layer, but I used two strands together - some smart wool and tove I'm trying out.  I think it's exactly what my brother needs... a little more wooly irony in his life!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / updated snowflake earflap hat on: December 09, 2007 10:16:11 AM
alrightey... I posted this in the challenge section (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209773.0), but I've since updated it, and want to share my terrible self-portrait photo skills!

Here is my version of the non-horned adults only devil earflap hat from Stitch n' Bitch, with snowflakes, now in duplicate stitch.  Okay, not all the snowflakes are in duplicate stitch, only every second one, but I think it helps A LOT!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / snowflake earflap hat on: November 24, 2007 01:03:51 PM
okay... first challenge ever!
actually I'm a little nervous - who knew!

hopefully my mother remains as non-internet-savvy as she currently is, or her Christmas gift is ruined, but I just had to share with you all...









I followed - very loosely - the Adults Only Devil Hat from Stitch n' Bitch.  And I mean very loosely.  I cast on the same number of stitches, and did some seed - but in 2x2 not 1x1 (making it more difficult on the ear flaps unfortunately) and followed the decreases, as well as approximate ear flap design, but made it much longer than the pattern called for.  The one thing about Canadian winters is that typically (this year is really odd, we're barely freezing yet) one doesn't want much flesh showing, so a toque that covers the full head and ears is desirable.

I used the delicious Bunny yarn from Tahki.  ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!  I'm trying to come up with more excuses to buy it, just so that I can run it through my fingers.  The extra bonus of alpaca is that it's not itchy.  Usually wool hats immediately cause my forehead to itch, and this one - no such problem.

I made up the chart myself, loosely based on the snowflakes of the interweave knits (Christmas 07) stocking project, and added some extra dots to transition from blue to white.  I JUST had enough blue to get to the ends of the i-cord ties, and literally no more than what I needed to weave in the ends.  I wish there was more of that colour, but alas my LYS is all out of everything except white and a pumpkin orange colour.

I'm debating duplicate stitching the main snowflakes to make them stand out, but it's not going to happen by the deadline of this challenge.

Let me know what you think!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting while sick on: September 05, 2007 06:11:24 PM
This may seem like an odd question, but I feel compelled to ask, knowing the history of how the west was won with smallpox infested blankets.

Now, I don't have smallpox, but I get colds quite regularly.  And since I'm currently attempting to speed my way through a baby blanket, knitting while under the weather allows me to accomplish my goal a lot sooner (perhaps concurrent with the babe's due date) than if I wait for this frustratingly long-lasting cold to finally disappear. 

Should I be concerned about spreading this cold to the infant when I pass the blanket on?  Yes, I will be washing and blocking it, but it's a wool-acrylic blend, I'm not putting it in hot water or harsh detergents.


Additionally, the thought has occurred to me that allergy sufferers might not appreciate my munching of peanuts while knitting some stuff (it doesn't happen often, but one cannot be blamed for sudden attacks of the munchies!).  Are these issues I should be concerned about?  Or does my gentle washing in Woolite remove any trace of either food or nasty bug?
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