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11  The First Step in Knitting: Completed Projects by bananaleg on: January 26, 2015 05:16:19 PM

I'm not a stranger to colorwork. I'm also not a master. That's why my knitting goal this year is to do more. Not just colorwork, just more in general. I want to learn and practice more stitches. I want to design more. I would love to one day have a pattern published. So, more.

This is the first step.

I made this up as i was knitting. It's nothing spectacular, nothing outrageous, but it's more interesting than the stuff i usually make up.

I didn't have high hopes in the process, but i actually like how it turned out. I hope this is the kick in the pants that will help me grow.
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12  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: January 26, 2015 05:06:37 PM
karin - in the last picture of your blog post, with the 3 cups and saucers... i adore the one on the right. The flowers almost exactly match the flowers on an old handkerchief i inherited from my grandma.

bushbaby - that blanket looks great!

Here's what i've photographed.

My first step toward pushing myself with my knitting this year. Learning and practicing new stitches, more colorwork, more designing.

Double thick brim hats keep popping up on instagram. Each one seems to be cuter than the last, so i decided to give it a shot.

LimeRiot sent me this yarn as part of a giveaway almost 3 years ago. I knit a hat with it not long after i got it, but i really didn't like the hat, so it just sat there for a long time. I decided to do something else. I loved it before blocking, but now it feels really loose, and i might end up re-knitting it.

P.S. The yarn is Cascade 128 Superwash. It was a dream to knit. It felt like a cloud in the bath. I love it. And i need more.

And now... the stashghan.

It's been on my bed since i finished. I love it.
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13  Re: 15 knit hats in 2015 in Knitalongs by bananaleg on: January 26, 2015 04:53:20 PM
Love it, lola! I've also had that pattern in my library for a long while.

Okay, here's what i have photographed.

I think i might need to redo this one. I loooved it before blocking, but now it feels way too loose. The yarn is Cascade 128, which i got from LimeRiot in a giveaway some time ago (as in almost 3 years ago). It's hard to capture the color. It's navy with green throughout. Looking at it, it mostly looks blue. But when i try to take pictures, it's either too blue or too green.

(It was seriously a dream to knit. And when it was in its bath, it felt like a cloud. It's like my favorite thing right now.)

I keep seeing pictures of hats on instagram with double thick brims. I never really cared, but since i keep seeing them pop up in such pretty colors, each one has started looking cuter than the last. So, i gave it a go.

I just love knitting these oatmeal hats with blasts of color.

I've gotten several requests for these lately. Unfortunately, Jo-Ann was completely out of Seahawks colors yesterday... Just in time for the Super Bowl.

It needs some work, the top is not at all what i wanted it to be, but people don't seem to care.

My goal for this year is to push myself. More colorwork. Learning and practicing stitches i don't usually use. This was my first step in that direction. Nothing crazy. A little colorwork, some slip stitches, but the vertical striping at the crown was new.
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14  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: January 26, 2015 01:58:38 PM
Okay, i finally have a couple photos to post. Both hats are in Seahawks colors.

Here's my peaked cap. I still need to add the buttons, but i figured i'd take a picture of it, anyway.
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15  Re: 15 hats in 2015 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: January 02, 2015 11:58:14 PM

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16  Re: 15 knit hats in 2015 in Knitalongs by bananaleg on: January 02, 2015 11:55:53 PM

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17  Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 in Knitalongs by bananaleg on: December 31, 2014 07:57:24 PM
Last (photographed) hats of 2014.

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18  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: December 31, 2014 06:13:07 PM
Seahawks elf hat.
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19  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by bananaleg on: December 31, 2014 06:07:40 PM
Okay, all. Here are the last few things i've gotten pictures of.

I had planned on making two Seahawks elf hats for my two nephews, but only one got done... and it got passed around at Christmas. I think everybody but my nephews wore the hat. (It's big because i wanted the boys to be able to wear their hats for a while. If i ever get the second one done...)
For example, here's my niece:

Made matching slippers for all 4 niblings (which is a real, actual word meaning nieces and nephews).

I don't know. I thought the burgundy strip going up would look cooler... I need to block it, too, it's a bit snug.

Also had higher hopes for this one. Fun to knit, but the colors looked better together before being knit up together.

Some of you knitters might know about Meredith Lee, of Leethal Knits. She posted a hat pattern on instagram and tumblr, with a new piece of the pattern being posted each day. This is how mine turned out. Not a pattern i would usually jump at, but i actually quite like it.
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20  Re: 14 hat in 2014 in Crochetalongs by bananaleg on: December 22, 2014 03:17:20 PM

This was a commission for a friend. Her boyfriend is a Lakers fan.
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