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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Knitting Projects - November 2010 on: November 01, 2010 05:09:25 PM
I'm giddy! Cheesy Thanks for the love! Grin
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dancing Cranes Stole: My First Craftster Project and My First Big Lace Project on: November 01, 2010 05:23:28 AM
Do you think that this would work as a throw/afghan if I repated the patter 3 times. I am looking for a really beautiful pattern to truly pamper someone and this is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

If I had finished a third repeat, the finished width would have been about three inches wider. I've never made a throw or afghan, so I'm not sure what the ideal dimensions are. It would be easy to adjust the dimensions of this pattern by adding pattern repeats and by changing the number of stitches cast on. Good luck! 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dancing Cranes Stole: My First Craftster Project and My First Big Lace Project on: October 17, 2010 10:48:46 AM
Thanks for all the comments!

Burgz and striker923: The color is purple. You can check it (color 5561) out here:


The natural light photo most accurately represents the true color. I took the picture late on a very dreary day and I was only able to get one good shot before it got too dark. The other pictures were taken in my living room which is lit by two compact fluorescent table lamps. What a difference lighting can make! 

Jane2: I was quite surprised by the ease of the pattern. I know when I first saw a picture of the finished product, I got the impression that I was going to be difficult. After checking out the pattern and working out the yarn substitution it was easy sailing.         
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dancing Cranes Stole: My First Craftster Project and My First Big Lace Project on: October 15, 2010 06:17:57 PM
This is my first completed project post and my first big lace project! Yay!

I am very pleased to introduce: the Dancing Cranes Stole

And one more time in natural light:

This wonderful and elegant patten can be found on Elann.com. The designer, Shui Kuen, has a knack for creating knitted masterpieces. The stole is considered an intermediate level project. I've been knitting for less than a year and I think that this pattern can be tackled by an advanced/ambitious beginner.

Here are the changes I made:

The pattern calls for Elann Silken Kydd, a lace weight mohair/silk yarn. I used Lily Chin's Greenwich Village yarn. It is a worsted weight mohair/nylon/acrylic blend. I swatched and swatched some more and decided to use 6.5mm/US10 1/2 circular needles with a 40 inch cord. I suspect that 6mm/US10 needles would also work.

I intended to cast on 223 stitches, but for some reason I cast on 225. I discovered this after I completed 4 purl rows. My two extra stitches simply became an extra stitch on the end of each row.

I completed a total of two 28-row repeats and an addition half (14 rows) repeat. Keep in mind that a half repeat will leave a uneven edge. I don't mind it at all. I may have continued the last repeat to completion, but it turned out that 4 skeins of the yarn I used was the perfect amount for two and a half repeats.

The pattern instructions specifically mention cast on/bind off tension. It warns against binding off to tightly. When it came time to bind off, my tension was in fact tighter than the cast on. I realized that I preferred the tighter tension of the bind off compared to the cast on. I'm not particularly prone to loose cast ons, but I do wish I had cast on a wee bit more tightly. No worries though, I still love the finished product.

Blocked, the finished dimensions are 15'' wide by 64'' long. I expect it to lengthen with wear.

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Wreath-Lots-O-Pictures! on: September 23, 2010 07:12:36 PM
This is amazing! I absolutely love it! I'm a huge fan of cute halloween decor.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Kirby's Epic Yarn with pattern! on: September 10, 2010 04:59:21 PM
Love, love, love Kirby! He is so cute it stinks! I can't wait for the game. Crochet instructions still look like a foreign language to me Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Ringed Socktopus!! on: July 08, 2010 05:49:37 AM
I love your color choices and the eye buttons. Grafting annoys the stuffing out of me! I constantly find myself improvising and then ripping out my seams. I think it just takes practice and frustration. Keep up the good work! Grin
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: July 07, 2010 09:22:29 AM
Everything looks great! I'm in the process of gathering an assemblage of moon/star mirrors for my bedroom mirror collage and I happen to have that exact crescent moon mirror. Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: My 2010 garden is complete on: July 07, 2010 08:58:35 AM
Congrats on getting your garden complete! It's so nice to enjoy the fruits (and veggies and herbs) of your labors.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Herringbone gloves on: July 06, 2010 02:00:04 PM
Pretty amazing. Nice job!
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