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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Socks in August -- oh well on: August 06, 2008 04:34:53 PM
Nicely done and what a beautiful color!  You used one long circular and I have been changing my methods to 2 circular knitting needles to combate second sock syndrome.  I just started blogging about my sock adventure today.
http://somersetknits.blogspot.com/ Cheesy

Thanks for the feedback everyone. (A question for Marnie (or anyone else who would like to chime in: What is the advantage to two circular needles versus one on the magic loop for two socks at a time?  I am in the midst of the heel turn for my first set of toe-ups, two on one circular needle. I saw a tip online about putting the two balls of yarn in a Ziploc and zipping the middle and letting the yarn from each ball feed out of each corner of the "zipper." This has been very successful for me in avoiding tangles. It has gone fast, but I've been on a mini-vacation this week, so I've put many more hours in than usual. The only thing is that the stockinette is boring, but I figured changing to toe-up, two at a time was enough of a challenge without mixing in a stitch pattern.
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted Girl's Vanity on: August 02, 2008 08:10:14 AM
I bought this set unfinished several years ago and painted it up for my little sweetie. She is now making noises about wanting a more mature room, so it may go in the attic soon. Sad

Since I removed all the trinkets on the surface to do some cleaning this morning, I thought I'd share it for posterity before it is retired. I am not really artistic at all, but I was happiest with the bench and the painting around the mirror. Most important, she used it lots and still uses it when she thinks no one is looking.

Sorry the photos are a little dark and shadowy. The family camera is off on a trip, so I used my cell.










43  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Socks in July -- oh well on: August 01, 2008 11:16:09 AM
They are gorgeous. What yarn did you use?

Thanks. I'm glad you like them. I used a yarn I got on etsy from dkKnits. (I don't know if I'm allowed to link to it here.) She dyes herself and gives the colors all kinds of fun names. I don't remember the exact name of this color, but it is from the Technicolor Dream Toes line. I have a bunch more different shades in my stash. They are really fun and a really smooth knit.
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wool Socks in August -- oh well on: August 01, 2008 10:54:53 AM


After being on the needle (1 circular) for months, I finally finished these socks this morning. (I had to send the family ahead on a visit and I'll catch up in a few days, so I could have some much needed quiet time.)

Here's a close-up of the fun pattern:



These took me so long, because of various non-crafty distractions, that I started to get grouchy  Angry, but I can honestly say this was a fun knit and the pattern (Froot Loop from knitty.com) came out cute  Kiss. I will be saving them for a gift, probably for my daughter's horseback riding teacher. I hope they are long enough.

Next up, a plain sock, but I'm going to try toe up and two on the needle at the same time, both of which are new for me. Then, the Ravelympics!!

Go USA and Team Red Sox Nation.
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Not your Granny's Granny Square...line a bit over used :) on: July 22, 2008 02:10:52 PM
Very cool -- love the shape. Is the leather strap taken from another bag or is it a belt. I have been looking for one for a felted bag I made to no success.
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Finally got my sewing desk! on: June 07, 2008 06:28:56 PM
I would venture to say I love it as much as you do. Happy sewing on your new desk!
47  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES / Re: Garbage heap to garden chic on: June 06, 2008 03:50:47 PM
I will never look at a broken down chair the same way again. What a great idea. It is beautiful and truly made treasure of someone else's trash.
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mostly Babette on: May 26, 2008 06:45:07 PM
That is just beautiful and happy. It is destined to be an heirloom.

I saw the pattern said "easy." Is it really easy? Something this gorgeous could make me learn to crochet.
49  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My bootie bag knockoff on: May 21, 2008 04:52:02 AM
That's great. I can't tell a bit of difference from the ones that sell for $100+ at a store near here.

Outstanding job!!
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Private Benjamin on: May 18, 2008 10:50:11 AM
That's a great hat. How do you get the bill to stay stiff enough?

Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.
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