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1  hunter's mitts & a hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by lesleycayton on: January 03, 2008 04:43:10 PM
Hooray for small projects!  I spent more than a year & a half working almost exclusively on a knitted blanket---it's all short projects for me from here on out!  These 2 were started & completed in the past 2 months:

1. These hunter's mitts are based on a pattern from Green Mountain Spinnery.  The yarn is sock yarn by Trekken, it's a wool/bamboo blend.  The stripes are from yarn in my stash for which the label is long gone....   The mittens were really fun to make & feel great on my hands!



2. This hat is a modified Tychus from knitty.com:  I used only 1 strand of Risata (by Knit Picks), increased the number of short rows in the crown, and increased the number of wedges.  Risata is a sock yarn & I love it!  The bit of elastic that's in it makes for a great-fitting hat.  My next project is to make socks with it. 

By the way, I'm not as cranky in real life as I look in that picture...





Thanks for looking!
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2  Froggy baby blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by lesleycayton on: March 29, 2006 04:02:07 AM
So it has become a tradition for me to knit something for an expecting coworker----which I love.  It's totally fun & I get to be creative with what I make!  So, this time around my expectant coworker is putting together a baby room that has the theme "The Princess and the Frog."  I found this awesome green fleece yarn---have you ever seen fleece yarn?  I'd never seen any before---it feels great to the hand once it's knitted up, but it's backed with thread which can be hard on the nubbins when you've got it on the needles.  Anyhoo, I digress.

The plan was to make a green fleecey baby blanket with a hood and then to put froggy eyes on the hood, a la Kermit the Frog.  Well, once I finished it, all the previewers thought it looked froggy enough without the eyes.  The purl side is the "right side" 'cause it's all bumpy like froggy skin & it looks so cute!  Okay, on to the pics....

Here's my sock monkey, Drusilla, modeling the FO, papoose-style:



And here's a pic of the blankie all stretched out with the purl side up:


Thanks for looking!

The basic design is the lovely, classic pinwheel baby blanket.  I just added a hood between one set of the yarnovers and  blanket-stitched the hood's edge with the contrast color.  And I finished with a ruffle that increases with yarnovers----I found it in "Knitting on the Edge."  That's a great book.

Ok, I stop typing now.
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3  kiddie scarf+hat---just in time for spring! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lesleycayton on: March 16, 2006 07:09:56 PM
I started these projects at Halloween & just finished this week---phew!  The scarf is double knit, which took the longest.  It saved me lots of end-weaving, but good golly!!  Anyhoo, on to the pics!





I'll update with an action shot of the cutie pie who'll be wearing this set next winter!
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4  pink skull tank in Knitting: Completed Projects by lesleycayton on: May 17, 2005 05:07:43 AM
This tank has a lot of firsts for me---it's my first finished garment, my first attempt at short rows, and my first self-designed tank top.  The skull is slightly modified from the SnB "Skully" sweater.  And I used the White Lies Designs "shapely tank" as a guide for the bust shaping and neckline 'cause the person I made it for fits into the "big boobalage girl" group  (here's a link---this is a great free pattern!   http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lpullovers/fbc.html)   

Please share your thoughts!

Here's the whole shebang---you can't see the texture pattern very well, though...



The color isn't as good in this photo, but you can see the "king charles brocade" texture...working the intarsia and maintaining the pattern made for lots of counting, but it was worth it!  My only regret is that the crossbones don't line up perfectly with the criss-cross of the brocade---c'est la vie, obsessive knitter!
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