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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbed Baby Cardi & Aviator Cap on: November 17, 2008 12:38:00 PM
As a new member of Ravelry, I've been crawling all over the community looking for new patterns.  Here are two that I adore, made up using James C. Brett's Marble yarn for a friend's baby's Christmas gift:

The Ribbed Baby Cardigan:








and the Aviatrix Hat
 (knit on two straight needles!!)




2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pinwheel Blanket with a Ruffly Edge on: October 28, 2008 12:19:23 PM
My take on the super versatile, stash-busting pinwheel blanket!
I added a ruffled edge like bluesmom, without the picot edging, and I really like the result.  It's simple, washable, and pretty thick since I used 2 strands held tog for both the pink and green parts.







(The photos are a little dark, as it's all rainy here, but the colors are basically the same.)



3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Birthday Cake! on: October 16, 2008 11:19:58 AM
I made this cake for a friend's little girl who turned one year old today.  She's too little for most play food sets, so I thought she could safely play with this now and add more play food to her collection later on.  I attached the cut piece with a ribbon so she can't lose it!  Enjoy Smiley




4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DD's First Halloween Costume on: October 05, 2008 09:37:08 AM
Our new daughter will be about 10 weeks old on Halloween, so we get the pleasure of dressing her up in anything and she'll pretty much love it!  My husband and I both thought of this costume on our own, so I guess it was just fate that our daughter be dressed like this on Halloween:





I knitted the main body on the fly.  Making a ball isn't hard, so making a really big one with huge "buttonhole" arms wasn't too bad.  The leg holes I fashioned by ending the ball and then knitting a flap on just the front; I pull that through and button it in the back and her legs stick out each side, allowing easy diaper access.  Underneath she has a onesie with brown sleeves I sewed on and some brown leggings.  The hat and bib I sewed out of red flannel with a baby boucle yarn as the parmesan cheese.  I still have to find some brown socks or shoes that will fit on her teeny feet, but otherwise our meatball is ready to con some candy out of people for her parents!!   Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Carrie Bag on: August 25, 2008 05:56:42 AM
So named because it's a Christmas gift for my friend Carrie!
I made up the pattern as I went along, which I'm partial to doing.  This is the first bag I've tried to make, so although it's a little...bulky...I'm happy with it.  I want to add something to the outside, like a pin or something.  It needs something, am I right?

The yarn is Moda Dea Cartwheel in Coral Reef.  I used a basketweave stitch for the body with some garter right at the top.  The handles are also garter stitch, but knit on size 6 needles instead of 8 like the body of the bag.  It's hard to see the pattern in these photos, sorry!!



Here's a photo of it inside out.  You can see the lining, which I love!  I hand-sewed that on using the yarn so it's not visible on the outside of the bag.



And here's a close-up of the top of the lining.  I stitched an i-cord all the way around to hide the top of the lining and to add a little detail and support.  My first time making an i-cord also -- how super easy is that!!!



Any comments or critiques would be great!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Colorful Kimono Baby Sweater on: August 15, 2008 10:09:42 AM
After making this pattern once before I knew I would have to try it out again!  I used some Debbie Mumm and some regular acrylic and came up with this version:





The gauge for this yarn was just a tad different than the original (surprisingly), so even though I tried to adjust this sweater will probably not fit my DD this year but the next year. We'll try it out this winter though and see what happens - I don't think I can wait a whole year!   Wink 
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nautical Twins! on: August 11, 2008 09:42:53 AM
What do you do when you wake up at 6 am?
I make stuff!  These two cuties are going to two little girls for Christmas.  I based the pattern on the Black Apple Dolls that I'm sure you're familiar with; I just winged the design, and sewed things together a little differently, but basically they follow the pattern. 

Link to the pattern:  http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll








8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / AU Trinity Stitch Baby Blanket on: August 10, 2008 04:57:24 PM
I made this for a friend.  She's having a baby but decided to be surprised about the sex.  We may not know what the sex will be but we know this baby will be an Auburn Tigers fan, so I made the blanket in orange and blue!  I knit two squares each and then sewed a seam up the middle (hope that makes sense) with garter stitch borders and trinity stitch in the middle.  Altogether it's about 3 feet each way.  I used Wool Ease Thick & Quick, which makes huge, squashy bobbles in trinity stitch, and is very warm and squishy, which I hope will be comfy and fun for baby to play with. 

The middle seam was hard to do; in the photo you can see that the weight of the blanket is pulling it apart, and after I post I'm going to do another run-through to strengthen it.  Overall I like this blanket, and I hope the weight doesn't turn out to be a problem for them!!




Correction - I *was* going to give this to her, but I don't think I can.  I can't get the blanket to be a nice shape; it's pulled in the middle by the seam, but if I try to make it looser the seam pulls apart.  I think I either shouldn't have made the square so big or should have used a lighter yarn, cuz this thing really is heavy.   Undecided
Luckily we're Auburn fans too so we can hold onto the wonky blanket.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Princess Snowball Cat Bed...Kind of on: August 10, 2008 01:07:50 PM
Perfect Christmas gift for a friend with two kitties?  The cat bed from SnB!
Except I hate working with the fun fur yarn that's in the pattern, and I had some old acrylic bright red yarn, and this friend loves red...so the Ring of Fire cat bed was born!

Please excuse the crap photos; it's dark and rainy here, so no natural light, and I was too lazy to adjust the lights on my table to better suit the intense red!   Shocked



I used two strands of red held tog to knit the bottom; they are slightly different shades, so it looks kind of heathery up close.  For the side piece I found this great chenille/bobbly stuff for $0.97 a skein at JoAnn's!  I also stitched the side down all around to make it a bit sturdier instead of just every 3" like the pattern said.  This pattern was very quick, easy, and fun; I hope she likes it!!

And a close-up of the fancier yarn:



10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet Another Danica (but the first for me!) on: August 03, 2008 10:27:38 AM
Yep - another one!!  It's no wonder everyone loves this pattern; it's strangely addicting, even though you have to weave in approximately 80 thousand ends!!  This will be my husband's Christmas gift; I started this for a friend a year ago, then kind of fell out with them and put the project aside.  Amos saw it and asked that I finish it for him, so even though the colors are a little too emo for me (but fit the friend pretty well) I finished 'er off.


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