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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Busy Holiday Knitting and Free Patterns on: December 27, 2012 12:34:55 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought the ruffle yarn, but I'm glad my adhoc skirt pattern will get some use.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Busy Holiday Knitting and Free Patterns on: December 27, 2012 05:39:11 AM
I started my holiday gift knitting a little late this year (by not starting until Dec 1), but I managed to get 3 cowls and a skirt made. 

First, I joined the December Knit Along on Google+ and made my first Very Braidy Cowl

This one was made with Lion Cotton Ease and project notes are at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kasuro/a-very-braidy-cowl

Next, I made another Very Braidy Cowl, but this time I used stash yarn which was 100% cotton.

(that's an intentional stripe... yeah that's it.  Or I might have run out of yarn 5 rows short of the end...  Grin )

No project notes on this one because it was exactly the same needles as the first one. 

Then, while I was at the store, I picked up a ball of Ruffle yarn and thought I could whip out a quick scarf for someone, but as I looked through completed projects at Rav, all I could think about was some sort of burlesque show with a feather boa.  Needless to say, I couldn't gift a ruffle scarf after that.  Instead, I came up with a child's skirt.

The pattern I created is available, for free, at http://karlierobinson.com/2012/12/frilly-skirt-free-pattern.html

And since the last minute was screaming towards me, I decided I should knit one more cowl, but this time I needed a change of pace and even gave it the worst name possible...

Introducing the Mullet Cowl! (Business in the front, Party in the back!)

The transition between white and multi

The all white side

The mulit-colored side

Free pattern for the Mullet Cowl is available at http://karlierobinson.com/2012/12/mullet-cowl-free-pattern.html

Oh, and while I have your attention, I should also mention that the Flint Handmade Yarn Brigade is attempting a massive Yarn bombing this spring and I'm coordinating the pieces for the top.  The theme of the top is Yarn across the miles (or something like that) and we're looking for blocks that come from a distance. 

If you're interested in helping, there's more information at http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/flint-handmade-yarn-brigade/2390121/1-25

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the patterns.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Broomstick lace Wrap on: July 22, 2012 03:42:49 AM
Thank you! I got my copy! Now if only I had some more free time to work on it.. LOL

Great!  Whenever you get to it post pictures somewhere so I can see where your creativity took the pattern.  If you leave a comment on my blog when you do, I'll be sure not to miss it.

And don't wait until you have a finished object, because I act like a kid at Christmas once I know someone is working one of my patterns.  Or maybe it's more like a nervous mother... anyway, don't keep us in suspense forever.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Broomstick lace Wrap on: July 21, 2012 10:48:03 AM
Right now, the pattern is at http://karlierobinson.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/knittedbroomstickwrap.pdf but I'll be taking it down sometime on Sunday, July 22.  After that I'll send it via Ravelry with either your user name there or with your email address.  
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitter's Block Cowl on: July 21, 2012 09:08:15 AM
Very pretty!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Broomstick lace Wrap on: July 21, 2012 09:06:05 AM

I have been working on increases to release knitted broomstick lace from its natural, scarf-like, rectangle shape so it could become a lot of other things. The problem with that is that broomstick lace doesnt behave like ordinary knitting because of the large row of loops so standard ratios of increases didnt yield a predictable shape.

Initially I wanted to create a triangle shawl, but it looked more like a carrot than anything youd be able to drape over your shoulders.  The next iteration had a wider angle, but was creating too much fabric and arching at the center back.  I felt as if it would bunch up at wearers neck and look funny.

The roundness was intriguing to me though and I decided if I couldnt beat it, I would join it and this wrap was born. The best part is that I learned a lot about increasing with Knitted Broomstick lace and I hope it wont take me as long to push out patterns with even more shaping.

You wont believe how well this wrap stays on your shoulders. By adding increases in the style of a Raglan sweater, it hugs and wont let go. I also think the Broomstick Lace gives this wrap great flexibility to be dressed up or down depending on your moods.

The pattern is available at Ravelry, but, as always, I have free copies for my pals here at Craftster, so don't hesitate ask. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Broomstick Lace on: July 12, 2012 09:35:46 AM
Thanks!  I now it's not as prestigious as publishing a first novel or a scientific paper, but I'm really excited. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Broomstick Lace on: July 12, 2012 05:57:58 AM
Big news!  This pattern has been selected for Storey Publishing's 101 One Skein Lace Wonders to be released some time in 2013.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Broomstick Lace on: July 05, 2012 12:18:23 PM
Thanks for your kind words. 

At the moment, I'm working on my next pattern for this stitch... A Triangle shawl made with fingering weight, color changing yarn I purchased at Etsy

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: 300 Feet of Thorns, Planting a Bare Root Rose Hedge. on: June 18, 2012 10:39:22 AM
I hear you.  We have a large vacant field on one side and neighbors who don't hesitate to fog their whole yard for a picnic.  I'm pretty sure poisoning guests makes one a bad hostess, but I can always cross my fingers and hope the wind is blowing the other way before they entertain. 
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