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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Boogie Time & Irish Hiking Scarf on: January 03, 2006 08:55:07 AM
Luckily this year I didn't drive myself too insane with holiday knitting (although the shawl I'm still working on has been threatened with defenestration multiple times already). So here are my little knitted gifts that happened:

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Knitty's Boogie Time using Knitpicks Sock Landscape in New England Foliage (same yarn that I'm making the Sock Memories Shawl that's driving me batty)

I made Boogie Time as a birthday gift for my friend Rachael, whose favorite sweater is the colors of the yarn I bought for Mom mom's Shawl. I had a hard time finding a good watch (and I still wish it was a little more understated) but I found this at Target on clearance for $6.46, plus only using a small amount of yarn I already had, it makes for a very inexpensive gift. I have small wrists (as does Rachael) and found that I had to make a children's size instead of the women's small (which seemed positively gigantic). The resulting watch is super comfortable and I think pretty cute, although if I were making it for myself I'd go with a solid color and hopefully a black plastic watch (which I sadly couldn't find).

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Hello Yarn's free pattern, Irish Hiking Scarf using Knitpick's Andean Silk in Slate

I ended up having to order more yarn halfway through this project, as all the cabling really eats up a ton of yarn without adding that much to length. Now I have a bunch left over as well (in case anyone wants to swap, it's a lovely yarn!). My first real project with cabling (besides swatches to learn how to cable). I think the pattern is really easy to "read" (as in the knitting, not the actual pattern) and memorize, and it's got just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I think the result is beautiful yet still totally masculine, and it fits the recipient's style very well, so I think he'll like it (I think I'll see him this weekend to give it to him). These pictures are the scarf in its unblocked state, I'm thinking about blocking it tonight to see if I can add to the length. Here's a more detailed shot:

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2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowball's Chance in Hell Scarf on: November 28, 2005 07:17:17 AM
Made this scarf for my friend's birthday, I think it really fits his personality. I used slightly-modified charts from TheAnti-Craft's http://www.theanticraft.com/snowballschance.htm Snowball's Chance in Hell armwarmers. I used Knitpicks Andean Silk in Slate and Pitch. I'm going to line the back in black polar fleece to keep him from snagging on the colorwork (and because I think it will keep his face really warm when he's biking.

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http://abinka.org/crafts/Snowballflakedetail.JPEG.jpg

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3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Fairly Easy Fair Isle Cardi & 1 Valentine Mitten on: November 03, 2005 08:24:50 PM
Both made out of Lion Brand Jiffy as a vegan yarn sub...













Both projects were super quick and are super warm. Thanks for looking!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / my first necklace - need honest opinions on: June 14, 2005 06:25:33 AM
The background: I have my cousin's bridal shower in less than two weeks. She's a middle school teacher, likes jewelry and purple. I have NO money to buy her anything (I'm already losing an arm and a leg over the bridesmaid's dress). I'm primarily a knitter but I've already recently given her a knitted gift, and don't even really have time to think of another. I tried knitting with wire but the wire I had was too thick and I broke a DPN, so I jumped in and randomly made this necklace. I've never made a piece of jewelry before. The back part is a bit wonky so I need to figure out how to make the curve even. It looks like the wire is really long on my neck, but that's because I have a chicken neck. She is much larger than I am and needs a lot more room at the neck, and the memory wire should be able to be adjusted to fit.

So please, give me your brutally honest opinion: Is this nice enough to give as a bridal shower gift?

http://abinka.org/crafts/purplenecklacewhole.JPEG

http://abinka.org/crafts/purplenecklaceclose.JPEG

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Sorry if the pictures are dark, I had to hurry up and put them on my webspace before work.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pasha the penguin and my first socks on: March 27, 2005 07:39:10 PM
The best part of this fabulous holiday weekend was how well my knitted gifts for the bf's parents' birthdays went over.

For Dad:
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/dadsocks2.jpg

For Mom:
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/pasha.JPEG
Pasha the penguin from Knitty.
Mom is a knitter and loves penguins, and when she opened it she actually cried! This was also my first knitted toy, and although the sewing is kinda rough it was pretty fun to make a toy.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / houndstooth scarflette on: March 13, 2005 05:38:20 PM
This is the first time I've done a project without any sort of pattern.

http://www.abinka.org/crafts/bwchevron.jpg

I made it to go with my new vintage coat (http://www.abinka.org/crafts/jackieocoat1.jpg)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Eve on: February 09, 2005 03:38:26 PM
I made Knitty's Eve http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTeve.html for a girlfriend of mine who's done a lot to help me get the job she's leaving. She's moving to Paris this month! She seems to dress up fairly often when she goes out with her boyfriend, and they're both kind of goth/punky. So here it is.

http://www.abinka.org/crafts/eveclose.jpg

Here it is flat...http://www.abinka.org/crafts/eveonboard.jpg
Here's another creepy picture of me wearing it...http://www.abinka.org/crafts/eveweird.jpg
Here's the back http://www.abinka.org/crafts/eveback.jpg
and here's my cat, trying not to let me finish it in the first place http://www.abinka.org/crafts/eveboo.jpg
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first ever hat (cloche) and the pretty scarf from hell on: January 12, 2005 04:43:39 PM
This is my first ever hat. I love it to death even though it's not warm at all. The pattern is here http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm although it's not totally clear in terms of gauge.
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/mycloche.jpg

And the worst picture ever of me, modeling my new Eros scarf. I look like a stuck pig. The scarf is pretty, but man I hate knitting with Eros. It's the only time when I enjoy the result and hate the process.
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/myeros.jpg
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/erosclose.jpg
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / judging length of circs on: January 10, 2005 07:49:47 AM
I have the Denise Interchangeable needles which are great, but I have a question about measuring the length of a circ... say a pattern calls for 18" circs, is that 18" from needle tip to needle tip, or does that only account for the length of the cord? I broke one of my circs because I think I misguaged how big it was supposed to be.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / my first embroidery... Jenny Hart Virgin Mary on: January 04, 2005 02:16:47 PM
I made this using Jenny Hart's Day of the Dead kit. I used more "traditional" (read: white bread) colors because it was on a silk pillowcase for my Mommom for Xmas. It sure was difficult to stitch on silk! The pic isn't that great but here goes...
http://www.abinka.org/crafts/virginmary.jpg
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