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1  Torture by sweaters and other knit goods in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: November 28, 2010 02:22:43 PM
So, yeah... I put this in the wrong forum initially... I'll put it here instead.

Okay, so I'm sorta horrified with myself that I've turned into this person, but I'm justifying it with... I'm moving to Chicago and knitting things with my yarn is better than transporting yarn, no?

So yeah, I thought it would be funny to knit my cat a hoodie when I saw thishttp://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/archives/774 pattern. I had some cotton yarn, so I gave it a go.  And it was hilarious.  Then I had some sock yarn laying around, so I doubled it up, modified the pattern and knit her another one.  She's not as crazy about it, but seems quite contented at the moment.   I also decided to knit some balls and throw some jingle bells and feathers so she can play with fun things not mouse-shaped.  Those she frickin loves, which makes me contented  Smiley


 Keep in mind, I was too eager to try the damned thing on her that I took pics before I wove in all the loose ends.


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2  Stash-busting knit cat things - because I'm now that person in Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions by rhythmgrl on: November 28, 2010 02:00:44 PM
Okay, so I'm sorta horrified with myself that I've turned into this person, but I'm justifying it with... I'm moving to Chicago and knitting things with my yarn is better than transporting yarn, no?

So yeah, I thought it would be funny to knit my cat a hoodie when I saw thishttp://www.craftleftovers.com/blog/archives/774 pattern. I had some cotton yarn, so I gave it a go.  And it was hilarious.  Then I had some sock yarn laying around, so I doubled it up, modified the pattern and knit her another one.  She's not as crazy about it, but seems quite contented at the moment.   I also decided to knit some balls and throw some jingle bells and feathers so she can play with fun things not mouse-shaped.  Those she frickin loves, which makes me contented  Smiley


  Keep in mind, I was too eager to try the damned thing on her that I took pics before I wove in all the loose ends.


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3  VK Off Center Zip Cardi in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: October 24, 2010 07:42:46 AM
I've been out of the knitting/craftster world for a while, but I haven't seen anyone post anything about the Off Center Zip Cardi from VK Fall 2010.  I love, love, loved it and it was one of the reasons I plunked down the money for the mag.  Since I'm considering a move from NYC to Chicago, I'm on a budget  Undecided and had to go with acrylic yarn for this project, since the yarn I really wanted would've set me back around $80.  The knitting was fairly easy, but I was lazy and didn't take the time to adjust the pattern to not have to seam things.  So the sewing of the pieces is what took the most time.

I know it would drape differently with a natural yarn, but overall, I can't complain.
 
 


and the back, because it's there
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4  World AIDS day quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: December 06, 2008 01:22:05 PM
So I was charged with the task of making a quilt for World AIDS day with our patients and a group co facilitator.  We had one month and only met as a group once a week.  An inter generational group came to the nursing home and helped decorate squares that we incorporated into the log cabin pieces... I was hoping to get a little political with some of the fabric choices, which is why I chose some camouflage and the red fabric, i thought was reminiscent of blood/platelets; I also bought an African print... although, I'm more about bringing awareness to the fact that AIDS is on the rise in America in certain neighborhoods and demographics, which is a shame.  And now, off my soapbox and onto the pictures



and the quilt, finished with grommets and secured in the lobby of the nursing home.  It's around 8' wide by 6' tall

The center panel is the shape of the building/the logo for the facility.  I only had my camera phone so I don't have a great pic or closeups of any of the squares... but it was an interesting project and well received, so I'm happy.


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5  Re: herringbone mosaic-y goodness in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: February 16, 2008 10:16:53 AM
So I've updated the hat and scarf with some buttons I picked up.  I added a seed stitch band around the hat too, as the original was feeling too short.  I'm not sure how I feel about the buttons on the scarf... any thoughts?



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6  herringbone mosaic-y goodness in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: February 09, 2008 08:06:47 AM
A couple of weeks ago, I was in the hospital.  My awesome friends in San Francisco called up Knit New York, which is two blocks away from the hospital, without me knowing and had delivered two skeins of Misti Alpaca, some knitting needles and the 365 stitch calendar to keep me occupied during my stay at Beth Israel. 

After perusing the stitch guide, and knowing that I didn't have cable needles, I found a herringbone pattern that is subtle and different.

I started out with a simple scarf and devised a plan for a hat in the round, which took some thinking.  The yarn is amazingly soft and I highly recommend it.  And I couldn't be more grateful to have such amazing and thoughtful people in my life.  I hope you like.






After seeing a swatch of the yarn knit in stockinette, I decided that I was glad I picked the stitch pattern I did, because it gives it this cool Mosaic look, but upon closer inspection, you can see the diagonals zig-zags of the herringbone pattern.
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7  Applejack Hats - why aren't there any patterns? in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: December 22, 2007 06:23:14 PM
Seriously, you can find patterns galore for crocheted applejack hats, but not knitted.  So I made my own.  I made it as a thank you for my secret Santa from work, even though she should've been my Hanukkah Harriet, but I digress.  She went above and beyond what I wanted.  I thought this would be her style.  It's just wool-ease.  The band around the bottom is a woven cable; and I slipped the stitches to demarkate the triangle panels that make a typical applejack style cap.

The brim has buckram for shape.  What do you think?  I'll give it to her Monday since she called out sick on Friday.



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8  Bias Cable & Lace Wrap, plus a gabillion socks (IMG heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: December 02, 2007 05:26:16 AM
So I woke up this morning to find that it's snowing in Harlem. 
Not like it's never snowed in Harlem before, it's just that Fall came and went in a minute.  Anyhow, it's definitely the holiday season and I have finished a bunch of Hanukkah gifts.

I designed this bias cable and lace wrap for my mom's cousin, who is allergic to wool and is travelling to Budepest in the spring.  I figure that it'll still be chilly there.  It took 5 hanks of Blue Sky Cotton (color - Thistle)  By far, one of the most expensive things I've knit.  I hope she likes.




My mom is a sock fiend, and she especially hates socks that have seams across the toes.  They blister her feet.  She has become a fan of knitted socks and it's been a couple years since I made her some

Retro Rib Socks from Interweave Knits - Patons Kroy Sock Yarn (2 balls)



Stockinette sock in Opal Crazy.  They are finished, but they're too small for me to wear.  Which worries me they may be a smidgen too small for her. .  But we'll keep our fingers crossed.


And I have only finished one Spiral Boot Sock from Interweave in Opal Caterpillar.  I'm not crazy about how it fits, but that's probably my fault since I used a different needle size, because I only had four of the recommended needle size and this pattern REALLY does require the five that it suggests.  These will be for me.




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9  Snowdrop lace stole in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: October 05, 2007 04:55:43 AM
So my uncle is getting married this Sunday; Saturday, there's a huge party.  I needed a wrap for a sleeveless dress, since we'll be partying to all hours of the evening.  I had some hand painted yarn that I bought over a year ago and it was the right color to blend well with the dress.  Originally, I was planning on doing the snowdrop pattern throughout the entire stole, but after six repeats, I determined that it would take me four months to finish... so I modified my design and have the snowdrop repeats running up the middle and outer edges with stocikinette panels in between.

 

 

It still ended up taking a couple weeks to make, which is too long in my opinion, but it's warm and pretty!
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10  I never thought I'd knit a skirt, did you? in Knitting: Completed Projects by rhythmgrl on: October 02, 2007 04:04:59 AM
Seriously, I never found a pattern that I thought would be flattering; and all of that bulk.  So when the fall lines began to roll in at the local stores and I saw a cabled knit skirt that I thought was adorable, I decided to take a crack at it.

I, of course, used the bulkiest yarn I had, don't ask me why.  I'm very happy with what I came up with.  Smiley  Now, I'm just waiting for it to drop in temperature so I can wear it!



and closer details of the cables


At the top, I used a woven criss-cross cable, then it moves into separate sections of honeycomb, rib, and six-stitch cables.  I knit in the round; the back is purely stockinette... with a couple of short rows for the booty.
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