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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Needles Case on: September 05, 2007 02:29:16 PM
I made this case for a Flickr friend of mine.  She always sends me nice fabric, cute buttons, and other what nots and our last swap we did she made little barettes for my girls.

Well, such as myself, she loves to knit (amongst other crafty endeavors) so I made a knitting needle case as a surprise for her.  I told her she was getting something and to keep an eye out for her mail but I didn't give one clue as to what is was going to be.

Both the fabrics our from Walmart and I'm  Angry because the paisley print one is out of stock.  (Or at least I haven't seen it at mine).

Here is the case all rolled up with a little fabric flower for embellishment.


Then showing the case opened up with the flap covering so needles don't fall out all over the place.


Opened up all the way to show it holds both long and short needles, gauge guy, stitch holder, circulars and DPNs are placed towards the bottom.


Then it even has a place for stitch markers.  The stitch markers shown are ones that I made that I'm also giving her because she loves to knit hats.  So I made one stitch marker different from the rest to show where your round begins.


I'm almost tempted to keep it for myself but it's better to give than to receive.  I think she'll like it.  Grin

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  Sorry, forgot to mention that I didn't really go by any exact pattern.  I just browsed for a case and took bits and pieces from a few that I've seen and based this one from others.  (Thank you all you Craftsters for making nice needle cases, it really helped me out!   Kiss )
32  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Boy Beanie (Girl Beanie) on: September 01, 2007 07:19:27 AM
With winter right around the corner (and trust me, here in Ohio we could be knee deep in snow by next week) I figured that my family could use some new hats to keep the chill off.

I made my oldest daughter the Boy Beanie and just used a smaller hook than the pattern required to make it a "child size" hat.  The pink is some Australian (sp?) wool that I picked up from somewhere (lost the ball band) and the brown with copper specs in it is Patons Allure (LOVE this yarn and am going to pick up more).  The flower on the side is Flower B from the Garden Scarf.  Just hand stitched it on using the pink that I used for the center.  The flower looks a little wonky in the pic but it's just because the colors from the flower and the stripes sorda blend together in the pic.

She absolutely LOVES it and can't wait for winter.


and the side to show said flower
33  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Classic Street Page Boy on: September 01, 2007 07:07:03 AM
I completed this a few days ago but have been sick so not getting around to posting.  Anyways.  It is from the book Not Your Mamas Crochet by Amy Swenson.  (On a side note I LOVE this book.  There are so many projects that I really want to make)

So onto the stats and pics

I used Caron Simply Soft Black and size H hook for the hat and switched to a size G for the mock ribbing around the head.  (That's what the book stated)  I still have to finish the brim of the hat but was too sick to focus so I kept having to frog it.

I did find one pattern errata in it that was really no biggie just probably a typo or something.  Other than that it was really super easy.  Oh, and this was my first time actually getting the hang of FPDC and BPDC.  I've tried before in the past but it always came out wonky.

(It's hard to take pictures of yourself wearing a hat)


Then the side of the hat


One thing that I do love about this hat is that I can wear it a couple of different ways.  1. as sorta of a rasta hat  2. as sorta a beret and 3. as a newsboy hat.  I just need to finish the brim and then I think this will be my FAVE hat.

Thanks for looking!

ETA:  I forgot to mention that the hat is actually turned inside out.  I like it better this way for some reason than with the big ribbing going down it.  I guess it's all about personal preference.
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