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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty "Monkey" Handwarmers on: January 29, 2008 02:10:40 PM
I started knitting these socks on a train from London to Paris...  I was pretty jet-lagged, so I don't know if my gauge was off or my pattern reading skills stunk, but the ankle on these socks came out really fat!

http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter06/PATTmonkey.html

I decided to salvage them into fingerless gloves. They have been gifted to my friend Jenny for use when she moves to Wales to be an au pair in a month.. I figured fingerless gloves are the perfect thing for a working woman.



Here's me wearing them around the house all day.... I didn't want to see them go!



2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / PurlBee - Daisy Stitch Handwarmers on: January 14, 2008 06:06:51 PM
This post is partly to share a pattern I think is beautiful and partly to ask if anyone's ever tackled anything with daisy stitch before.

http://www.purlbee.com/daisy-stitch-hand-warmers/

Any pointers? My "daises" look more like lopsided tentacles on the swatch I tried and now I'm afraid of how the warmers might turn out. Huh I'm an experienced knitter and there's even a tutorial! Am I a hopeless mess or is there a trick to this I've missed?
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Om Yoga Mat Bag on: January 01, 2008 08:59:37 AM
My roommate is ADDICTED to yoga, so I made her this bag for her birthday. I used Sugar n' Cream cotton, which was incredibly cheap and very sturdy.



I have some cotton left-over, so I'm thinking of modifying the pattern a bit to make a re-usable shopping bag. Has anyone else had experience modifying the pattern to do something similar?
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Giant boring Granny Square Advice on: December 31, 2007 09:12:41 AM
I'm typically a knitter who just started learning how to crochet.  I've made a gigantic granny square blanket of which I am very proud, it being my first time and all...

I'd like the blanket to be a present for my best friend, but my dilemma is how to finish it up. What do you typically do to finish out a granny square? Are there any easy stitches that will provide a nice edge along the border?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I am so excited by this sock algorithm! on: December 26, 2007 08:53:56 PM
A dear friend of mine got me hooked on knitting socks, but I have terrible gauge difficulties whenever I make wearables from patterns. The same dear friend passed along a solution - a generic sock pattern some lovely unknown fellow knitter in cyberspace developed. You just fill out some numbers on the worksheet and voila!

http://kategilbert.com/ms_genericsock.html

I just bought some beautiful Regia sock yarn that stripes up in blues and greens and browns. I can't wait to see how they turn out now that I am armed with this pattern. They might even fit someone with normal sized feet.  Shocked
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First post: Banana Silk Purse on: December 26, 2007 08:06:52 AM
I've been to London twice now, and each time I return with a suitcase full of yarn! In January, I purchased some dyed banana silk from a stall at Spitalfield's Market. (http://www.visitspitalfields.com/) It's much too coarse to be wearable, and much too finicky to work with to make anything large, but I finally got around to making this:



I wish I could have found some banana-themed toile to line it with, but I stuck with my default love of birds.

Has anyone else ever worked with weird handspun yarn like this? It breaks constantly, but I'm looking for something creative to do with the bit I have left.

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