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321  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Rats on: February 14, 2008 08:07:28 PM
aww, they remind me of my dearly departed rat  Beanie Smiley

do you have a pattern by any chance that you can share?
322  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: New purse ! Pistachios and almonds... on: February 14, 2008 02:22:12 PM
this purse is so beautiful, it really feels/looks inspired.  and it's funny, but when i saw that bag the first thing i thought of was Dar Williams
323  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Another bento box swap? on: February 13, 2008 03:31:36 PM
I would likely be interested, but i'm signed up for my very first swap right now and won't be able to another until it's over (late march)
324  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yummy Cozy Marshmallow Cloud! on: February 11, 2008 01:38:42 PM
This was my first knitting FO ever, and it's still one of my favorites.  It's so warm, soft and toasty.  Our apartment is never very warm in the winter, so this is perfect for staying warm. 

This hood/scarf/handwarmer pattern is from scenester, and I made it out of Patons Melody in Pastel Clouds (I really like the pale pastel/snow bunny look for winter cozy stuff)

Here it is all stretched out:

And here's an action shot:

Thanks for looking, and I highly recommend this pattern.
325  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: FIREFLY / SERENITY SWAP ROUND 7 (SIGNUPS 2/7-2/16: SENDOUTS 3/23) on: February 07, 2008 10:38:54 AM
yay! this is my first swap ever and i'm super excited! what better way to start swapping than with firefly paraphenalia!

we're in the midst of cold, dreary, super snowy winter here, which means oh so much time for knitting and crafting!
326  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my very first knitting proj! checkerboard scarf :) on: February 07, 2008 09:33:26 AM
nice job! i like the pattern, and welcome to the world of knitting!

and to prepare you, knitting in the round isn't nearly as scary as it seems.  in fact, it's very easy! so good luck
327  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Science IS Art swap! on: February 06, 2008 02:07:24 PM
i would LOVE to participate in this swap.  my molecular biology grad student brain is full of nerdy sciencey ideas!

please keep me posted on this.
328  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Hats! (image heavy) on: February 05, 2008 05:50:34 PM
Now that I've made my 10 post minimum, here are three of the hats I made as presents this past Christmas (unfortunately there were three others that I didn't get pics of before they went to their new homes).  I just started knitting in November and I love making hats!

1) For my boyfriend's brother, the ever popular Jayne Cobb hat, and the first hat i've ever knit:  a huge hit with the recipient, he wears it all the time!  based on this pattern: http://redshirtknitting.com/?page_id=222  (this was before I had the knack of purling, so the band isn't ribbed correctly)

I used vanna's choice in brick, rust, and mustard

2) And for his sister, a soft mohair kitty cat hat, based on this pattern:

as you can see, my own kitty, Buddha, tried to help, too
I used Patons Divine in Floral Fantasy

And an action shot:

3)A nubby earth-tone-y rainbow hat for the boyfriend's sister-in-law:

(Buddha's not as amused with this one)
I used Homespun in Quartz

And one last action shot:

Thanks so much for looking, and I appreciate the feedback!

Action shot:
329  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: vegan knitters? on: February 04, 2008 10:25:15 AM
I am one of those vegan knitters not ashamed to use acrylics.  if you touch and look through enough yarns, you can find very beautiful, soft yarns.  also cotton yarn is fabulous for a variety of patterns.  i'm a poor grad student and so haven't looked into other options like hemp and bamboo (which my guess are more expensive than my budget at this point)

but then again i don't knit much clothing, and i can see where it could become a problem if drape/etc. is a factor in the pattern

one word of warning: when using acrylic in place of wool (for, say a hat or plush toy), and the pattern calls for felting, i sometimes modify the pattern so that from the beginning i'm making it the size of the Finished dimensions, since acrylic won't really felt much at all.

good luck, and yay vegan knitters Smiley
330  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any suggestions for hats that are quick to knit up? on: February 04, 2008 10:16:08 AM
This is a cute hat pattern that I have based a lot of hats off of:


by all means you don't need to keep it as a "jayne hat".  the picture makes it look nappier and messier than it actually is.  i've done variations with or without the earflaps, with or without pompom.  just use your imagination and whatever colors you like best.  i like the pattern as a guide for making a decent-shaped hat.  this hat usually takes me 3-4 hours (i'm a little slow, still a little new at this).

good luck!
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