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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My First Sweater! on: March 25, 2012 10:17:06 PM
Wow! You did a really, really great job! I'm just going to echo the sentiment of "you should be very proud" that's already been showered on you :-)

I'm curious to know if you made any adjustments to the pattern for better fit & shaping. I always have trouble with shaping, but this sweater looks like it fits you like a glove!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help? Not sure how to start a neckwarmer! on: December 03, 2010 10:31:31 PM
Awesome, thanks for the tip! I'll definitely keep that it mind when I get ready to cast on.

I'm actually making it with the intention that he wears it at night while sleeping. He keeps the thermostat set low at night and, since his head and neck stick out of the covers, I want to make something that will keep his neck cozy Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help? Not sure how to start a neckwarmer! on: November 24, 2010 10:33:42 PM
Thanks very much, oyhana and soozeq!

This helps A LOT (...I definitely forgot to factor in that he'll need room to pull the neckwarmer over his head!!) Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help? Not sure how to start a neckwarmer! on: November 23, 2010 11:48:20 PM
Hi knitter friends!  Smiley

I'm in need of some help. I want to make a neckwarmer for my father (think turtleneck sweater without the sweater part) but I have no idea where to start.

I know I want to make it in 2x2 ribbing ( I hear it's the stretchiest), I want it to be a tube (so probably will need to knit in the round), and his neck circumference is 18.5".

What I don't know is how many stitches to cast on (and how long the "tail" of my cast on should be), or how to calculate said magic numbers.

I'm going to be using a nice wool/cashmere blend. I was planning on using size 7 needles, but will adjust for gauge accordingly. Also, I'm a beginner knitter but I'm fairly confident that I can pick up a possible suggested technique or two with help from a book, the internet, etc.

Any advice/ideas on how to get started would be greatly appreciated! Smiley

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first crochet - berry granny square blanket! on: November 06, 2010 06:08:07 PM
I was going to suggest "raspberry," but I like "pink berry" way better Smiley

This is a very impressive first project! Way to stick it out for 6 months--you have a lovely finished product to show for it!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ipod touch cozy on: November 04, 2010 10:42:20 PM
Great work! The colors go very well together, and I love the pearl--very classy finishing touch Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Create your own Boye Needlemaster interchangeable cables! on: October 18, 2010 09:14:32 PM
This is GENIUS! Smiley

It's really impressive that you 1) came up with the idea in the first place, 2) took the time to sort out the proper measurements, screw size, tubing diameter, etc., and 3) made an incredibly clear tutorial!! I will definitely try this out, as I just got my Boye set a few days ago Smiley

Thank you sooo much for sharing--I love this idea!!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Chunky Cabled Blanket - The Perfect Summer Knit for Air Conditioned Houses on: September 22, 2010 02:37:02 PM
aDORable! Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: The scarf that started life as a bag... on: January 17, 2010 08:56:53 PM
Thanks, everyone!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The scarf that started life as a bag... on: January 11, 2010 11:21:07 PM

A story of crochet reincarnation:

I started making a bag (Priscilla Hewitt's Summer Sling Tote) for a friend of mine. It looked like this

when I realized that there was no way it would hold up as a bag. The sides were lopsided, floppy, and just all around un-bag-like. Dismayed, I frogged the two sides and decided to make something more suitable for the yarn I was using (Wool-Ease Chunky). I decided on a zig-zag scarf and, not happy with any of the zig-zag scarf patterns I found, ended up modifying a zig-zag afghan pattern (Susan B's Easy Ripple Afghan, found here: http://home.att.net/~susanBinKC/patterns/ripple.html). My first shot at it looked like this:

(notice all the loose ends to weave in?)

At this length, the scarf began looking way too wide. It was from an afghan pattern, after all...so once again I frogged hours of dc stitches. I had cut the yarn at each color change, and ended up with many short pieces of the balls of yarn I had started with. I modified the already-modified pattern to half the width, added a fringe, and ended up with this:

(me showing off my work)


(close-up of stitches)


(fringe)

Third time's the charm, I guess  Wink

Thanks for looking!
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