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1  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.
2  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. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More pattern drafting - Garner Market Bag on: June 13, 2012 07:40:25 AM

Wool is alright, I guess, but I love knitting with unusual things.  Ive knit potholders with strips cut from old t-shirts, turned plastic grocery bags into plarn and the mason twine I had left-over from my rose project was just begging to be knit into something.

That something turned into a market bag because the nylon will stand up to major amounts of abuse, which is why masons, landscapers and construction workers can drag it all over their work sites.



The bag has a bottom-up, seamless construction and I used size 5 needles to knit the top band and handle of the prototype, but only because Im the family Sherpa and wanted a smaller opening so that I could smush jackets, mittens, scarves and other items of shucked clothing in without them popping out of the top.

To loosen the top band and opening of the bag, without adjusting stitch count, choose a larger needle.

There are more details about the yarn and needles in my blog post about it.  And, as always, I have gift copies of the pattern available, so just ask.

Hope you like it.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / 300 Feet of Thorns, Planting a Bare Root Rose Hedge. on: May 21, 2012 04:00:27 PM
Late last week we finally put in our "fence," made with 150 bare-root Robin Hood Musk Roses. 

The plants arrived looking like this...


As you can see, my dog, Fly, was keeping watch making sure I wasn't molested by any squirrels as I worked. 

We have 2 acres of property, but apparently that's not enough to keep our dogs and chickens from wondering the neighborhood, so I had to close up the North property line as economically as possible. 

The top and right sides of the red box equaled approximately 300 lineal feet. (measurements in the photo are for the whole yard)


While it still cost me $525 to buy 150 roses, it turned out to be 1/3 of the cost of chain link. 

It took me 2.5 days to get all the roses in the ground and would have taken longer if my husband hadn't helped by digging the holes. 


My son also helped by inspecting DH's work


Next up, waiting for the hedge to fill in and we'll need to close up the hole between the house and garage and come up with something to close in the SW corner of our front yard, but we will probably need more traditional fencing for those areas. 

I did write a rather lengthy blog post, that reads a little bit like a tute, about the process I went through to get the roses evenly spaced along a straight line and how to treat a bare root nursery stock when it arrives in the mail. 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Broomstick Lace on: April 29, 2012 08:23:33 AM
Heres my latest Project, Knitted Broomstick Lace. Arent the stitches divine?



I had seen the Stitch Diva videos showing how to do Broomstick Lace and fell in love with the look of gathered loops, but too many years of abusing my wrists makes crocheting a very painful experience for me.  With that in mind I spent a few evenings doodling while watching TV and came up with a method to create a 100% knitted Broomstick Lace.



Then, a few months ago I saw Storey Publishings call for submissions for their next book 101 One-Skein Lace Wonders! It was probably the kick I needed to formalize my doodles into a usable pattern.



I was so pleased with the results.  Lace can sometimes look too formal for everyday, but not this scarf.

I know there isnt anything terribly exciting about a scarf, but with just one skein, and stitch not normally seen as a knit, I figured a rectangle was the easiest way to kick things off. Though I couldnt get past the boringness issue so I chose Habu Textiles A-174 Cotton Gima in color 25, Lemon (1oz, 100% Cotton, 265 yards).

The project knits up quick and is so light and airy, its the perfect accessory for cool spring outings. The best part is the lace is created without a complex chart and there isnt a yarn-over to be found.

While washing the scarf to prep for blocking, I couldn't decide if the Cotton Gima looked like a Yellow brain or a handful of Ramen noodles. 



The pattern, if youd like to knit your own Broomstick Lace, is available at Ravelry.

Also, I made a decision about my patterns... If you can make money on a finished object made from one of my knitting patterns, I want you to do it.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted buttercup bag on: September 11, 2010 08:32:50 AM
A [long] while ago I posted my pattern for a Knitted buttercup bag.  (It's on Ravelry now too.)

We'll I've made another, but this time felted it. 



I want a thick, dense bag to help protect my items without needing to line it. I also intend to felt the bag, so I knitted with two strands of wool and then felted it.

The shape came out great, but the pleat detail was lost along with the seed stitch top band. It was my first knit-then-felt project so I knew going in that it would be an experiment.

Im loving the super thick felt and the overly felted texture of not seeing my knitting in the bag.

If I felt another, Ill skip the pleats and just do k2tog to bring the top in. Ill also skip the 10 rows of seed stitch and just do a couple at the top to keep it from curling.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted version of the buttercup bag on: October 19, 2009 08:18:16 AM
It's not that I can't sew... I'm actually not too bad if I put my mind to it.  Instead, you could classify my problem as dinner-table-itis.  Meaning if I can't finish by dinner time or don't have a really good reason, I probably shouldn't haul out the sewing paraphernalia.  Unfortunately, a pretty little handbag doesn't fit into my schedule right now and it's not a good reason to prevent us from dining at the kitchen table.    C'est la vie.  

However, a few minutes of knitting now and then, does fit into my schedule.  Yes, it probably would have been faster to simply get out my sewing machine to make Made By Rae's Buttercup bag, but I just can't resist a knitting pattern challenge.  

Here's the results...


Filled, hanging, More Accurate color


Flat, Colors washed out with the flash

Pop out to my blog for full instructions on how to make the bag or add it to your queue at Ravelry
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gift Bags - or is that bags as gifts? (3 big images) on: December 02, 2008 08:16:16 AM
Hi All!

I'm doing a lot of knitting but I wanted to post 2 out of the 4 bags I'm making for Christmas presents this year. 

These are all variations on the Everlasting Bagstopper

I did use a bobbin knitter to create the icord handles and used 4 grommets.  When the bag is full the grommets slide on the icord and keep the top of the bag closed. 

First bag - made with Red Heart Saver  - I sort of can't believe how good it looks considering the money spent on yarn. 

Second bag - made with Lion Brand Incredible Nylon Ribbon Yarn.  I actually bought it at the dollar store of all places so this bag has only $3 in yarn making it less expensive than the RH Saver above. 

Sorry my pictures don't do this bag justice.  It's shiny and jewel toned.  Very bling. 
This one is totally Knit in the round starting on DPN. 

Hope you like looking at them
~Karlie
edit- changed the knitty url since everything over there is wonky right now. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cotton and Hemp twine Soap Sack on: April 19, 2008 08:24:59 AM
This is my first post.  I learned to knit just a few months ago and this is one of the first completed projects (besides everyone in the house getting a scarf!)  
I used two strands - 100% cotton and Natural Hemp Twine.  

The second image is what the hemp and cotton look like after they've been machine washed.  The hemp fluffs up for a gentle scrub.  




Unless I get uber busy in the next few weeks, I plan on making these for my two boys' preschool teachers as end of year gifts. Heck I may even splurge on a fancy bar of soap to chuck inside Grin
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