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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweet baby booties on: June 10, 2007 05:25:45 AM
This pattern came from the book "Not Just Socks" by Sandi Rosner. I adore it. I'm working on my 2nd pair now, as I have many pregnant friends who are going to get these quick knits as shower gifts in the coming months.

The yarn is a washable wool blend sock yarn, which I'm embarrassed to say I've misplaced the label for at the moment. But I have plenty of it left over for more booties, or perhaps I'll double the strand and make a hat to match these booties I've already made.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sock on: January 27, 2007 05:57:19 PM
Socks sure are tiring to knit, but it sure is fun to try them on when they're finished! And yes, there's only one so far. Someday soon this one will have a mate... I just couldn't wait to complete the 2nd one to post.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Center Square Hat on: January 27, 2007 05:55:30 PM
I whipped this up in a single evening, and it's my first try at fair isle (the tutorials that are linked to the pattern are pretty helpful). I've already started a 2nd one! The color possibilities are endless and it knits up so quickly -- I think everyone I know is going to have one of these before I'm through...

I used 2 strands of Paton's Classic merino held together, as called for in the pattern.





(the dark color is called olive green, but the top picture is actually closer to the true color)
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Why I do like knitting. on: December 09, 2006 12:29:33 PM
Margaret Nicole Cabled Bangle Bag: $150 online

Free pattern that some wicked crafty Craftster whipped up and graciously posted online: Free

Some yarn that was already in my stash, a square of fabric, some pink ribbon, and some bamboo handles from Jo-Ann's: ~$9

Voila!





Does it look just like the Margaret Nicole bag? No.
Are the cables perfect and does it have a magnetic snap? No.
Is the hand-stitching on the lining just horrendous? Absolutely.
Do I love it anyway? Oh yes, I do...
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbed Ruffle Shrug (Interweave Knits) on: September 17, 2006 07:05:08 PM
The pattern is from the Staff Project special from the Summer 2005 issue of IK (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/Shrugs_instructions.pdf).

I made a rather glaring error in the first few rows and did K2 tog instead of K3 tog after the ruffle on the first sleeve. And didn't realize this until I was too far along to turn back! So my shrug wound up 1/3 wider than it should be (and hence used 1/3 more yarn than it should have!). But I actually rather like it like this.

I used Mission Falls 1824 wool in Raspberry.



And it can live an alternate life as a scarf! (as most shrugs can probably do)
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cherry Garcia Neckwarmer on: September 17, 2006 05:29:33 AM
From the Hello Yarn pattern here: http://www.helloyarn.com/cherrygarcia.htm. Kind of hard to see the cables in the photo... this is a super-quick, in-the-round project to make for Christmas presents (and the non-knitting friends are impressed by the cables!). The yarn is Malabrigo 100% merino.



17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wed-Fest Craft-o-Rama (image-heavy) on: June 14, 2006 05:54:43 PM
So... about 5 weeks to go before the wedding (mid-July). Here are a few of our wedding crafts so far-- we're hoping to use as much nature-as-decoration as possible... More to come!

Centerpieces are going to be Dwarf Alberta Spruce and mini Emerald Arborvitae trees in silver pails. They can be taken home and planted in peoples' yards after the wedding!


I think we're going to use these rocks on the tables around the trees and/or maybe on top of the napkins. I have a bunch of letter stamps and just collected a bunch of flat, smooth rocks that I could stamp words on. No shortage of rocks in our yard. Each word means something to us... a place we've been together, a favorite thing, etc.


18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / First round of invitation samples (IMG heavy) on: March 26, 2006 08:13:24 AM
We are having an outdoor wedding in July and are a very outdoorsy couple -- I'm going for lots of fern and pine (I'm from Maine) at the wedding.

Sat down this morning and assembled a bunch of samples to show my fiance when he gets home from his business trip. Card stock for the back (12" x 12" scrapbooking cardstock) was on sale at AC Moore for $0.12 a sheet. Laser printed the words onto text-weight paper from the Paper Source (color is chartreuse). To hold the top and bottom layers together, I punched a small hole through both layers and inserted a silver brad. No glue!!

The full array:

Love the ones with vellum on top and the fern stamp showing through, but the copy on the vellum smudges too much. Even though it's supposed to be laser-printer-friendly vellum...

I think this is my favorite:


This one is a close 2nd:


Actually thinking of using purply-pink envelopes! Paper Source has a great color called Beet: http://paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/envelopes/ps_collection_beet.html.

Now the boy has to vote and I have to make a whole mess of these things...

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted sushi: decoration or cat toy? You decide. on: February 11, 2006 07:07:03 AM
I knitted up a couple of the tekka makis and california rolls from the Magknits (www.magknits.com) patterns. Way cute. Good way to use up a bit of yarn in your stash (if you've got the right colors -- I lucked out). I used mostly acrylic.

Best use of these has been cat toys. I rubbed a little catnip on a tekka maki and it has become my 2 kittens' new favorite toy because they can hook it with their claws and toss it in the air.


I just finished this tekka maki and california roll that I plan to package up with a little bag of catnip and a set of takeout chopsticks & some fortune cookies to send off to my sister, who also has a cat who will love these!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spiral Ruffle Scarf on: January 12, 2006 05:49:40 PM
An easy, fairly quick knit... kind of a fun alternative to the standard scarf. We'll see how warm it is.

Pattern available free on the Lion Brand website here: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kmm-spiralScarf.html

Took 1.5 skeins of Araucania wool that I picked up at A.C. Moore -- love this blue! -- and was done on 10.5/36" circulars.

           

I sure do gots a lot of scarves... and I gots more in the queue.

You can never have too many scarves in New England.
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