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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sounders Mitts on: November 17, 2012 11:00:52 PM
After finishing my brother's Sounders scarf, i have some leftover yarn. So i made myself a pair of mitts!

I'm obsessed with linen stitch.

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Mitts on: November 17, 2012 10:58:06 PM
I knit my nephew some mittens before he was born in a pretty cotton, kind of forgetting that cotton doesn't stretch or hold its shape all that well. The ribbing stretched out, so they kept falling off. So i made him a pair in some leftover Bamboo Ewe i had.


I had Frankenstein in mind as i knit, but now all i can see are reverse eggplants.
They work much better than the cotton ones.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sounders Scarf on: November 17, 2012 10:54:07 PM
This scarf took exactly one year to knit. Not because it was hard. Because i kept getting so sick of it. I started it on my brother's birthday last year and finished it on his birthday this year.
Anyway, it's a Sounders scarf, so at least he can wear it during their game tomorrow... And he'll have it for every season to come.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Sonic Screwdriver Sleeves on: November 17, 2012 10:33:46 PM
Who looks at their coffee and thinks, "ooh, this could be a little more sonic"?

I do!

My favorite part is rolling it up and pretending it's really a sonic screwdriver.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Bomber Hat on: November 14, 2012 11:14:23 PM
My nephew turned one month old yesterday (how time flies), and my sister wanted something special for him to wear to take some pictures. She kept whining that she hadn't made a sign, or anything, so i set about crocheting him a hat.

I made the thing completely before trying it on him, and it was a perfect fit. Score!


I didn't get any good pictures of it on him. Meh.

Since most bomber hats have two buttons on the flap, i think I'm going to take off the 1 and add some buttons.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Snowflake Hat on: November 04, 2012 01:09:01 AM
I had a lot of problems casting on for this hat. I kept messing up just casting on.
Then, at least three times as i was working on my 1x1 rib, i purled twice in a row.
Got off to a rough start.

Then i didn't like the snowflake chart i had chosen. So i made my own, simple chart.


I think it turned out well for all the problems i had.

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Terribly Simple on: November 04, 2012 01:00:15 AM
I bought two balls of Knit Picks Galileo recently as a treat to myself. I couldn't decide what to make, so i turned to Caitlin Ffrench. She has several cute and easy-looking patterns.

I chose one called Terribly Simple.

I kind of love the curly ends.


By the way, i highly recommend this yarn. It's super soft and drapes beautifully.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / So, i made some TARDIS socks... on: October 29, 2012 12:15:22 PM
I knit some TARDIS socks for my partner in the latest Doctor Who swap.

I started with this pattern by Keladry Bonnett: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tardis-socks
But i only have size 2 needles, so the first one started out fine... then it started becoming huge. Like, legwarmers huge. That's what i get for not swatching, right?

So, i started over, using a basic heel flap pattern i've used before by PetYarn: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-heel-flap-socks

I modified the first chart to fit the lesser stitch count.
And i made the windows a little bit shorter.

I didn't really care for the "textured" part of the pattern (the squares), so i looked for other TARDIS socks and ran across these by buxtrosin on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/buxtrosion/7058806299/
I liked that better, so i borrowed it.

So, these are the ones i sent to my partner:

(Thank you, sparks, for the picture.)

The only semi-good picture i could get:

Then i had a bunch of yarn left over. I had only used tiny amounts of black and white, so i made myself a pair.

I finished them in the hospital while my sister was being induced and we waited for my nephew to be born.

So again, i drew inspiration from two patterns and one random photo, so there's no one pattern i can give you.

Needles: US size 2
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette -- 2 balls of Jay*, 1 ball each of White and Black (just remember you only use small, small amounts of the white and black)

I used 1 ball of Jay, but i did end up needing to join the second ball right at the very end. I mean, i only had a couple more rows to do before i grafted the toe together. So, depending on how tall and how long your socks are, i would say it's probably best to get 2. To be safe.

If you have any questions, ask away.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thor Wings for My Slouch on: August 05, 2012 10:33:15 PM
My mom and i decided to see The Avengers again today. I had told myself i would make myself a Thor helmet hat before i saw the movie again. Well. I didn't end up making one, so i scrambled to think of something in the half hour i had before it was time to leave. Then i remembered the first hat i ever knit was grey, so i decided to cut some wings out of felt. Boom. Thor hat.

I was sure i knew where it was.

I was wrong.

Then i remembered i have a couple slouches with grey in them, and i had about 8 minutes left at this point. One of them would have to do.

I found one, cut out the wings, grabbed needles, embroidery floss, scissors, and ran out the door. I had them mostly sewn on by the time we reached the cinema, but i finished the second one during previews. Cheesy

Welp. Here it is.



I decided it can be half Thor, half Captain America, since they both have wings and the top of the hat is blue.

Thanks for looking!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ninja Turtle Infinity Scarf -- with instructions on: August 04, 2012 10:46:29 PM

I suppose you could call it a long cowl. I can't decide if there's any difference between the two...

Anyway, for Christmas, my mom gave me several skeins of Bernat Mosaic in different colorways. I finally set about using it up. With "Optimistic", i made this infinity scarf. As i was knitting, i really looked at the colors. At first glance, it's kind of just rainbow-y.


But upon further inspection, i realized there is green, the color of... turtles. Blue, red, purple, orange. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo.

I mean... am i right?


For anybody interested, here's how to make your own!

You'll need:
1 skein Bernat Mosaic in colorway Optimistic
Size US 9 40" circs

Cast on 187 stitches
K1, p1 until you are ready to bind off
Bind off in pattern

Just a note. You can definitely cast on an even number of stitches, if that's your kind of thing. But when you're knitting seed stitch in the round, if you have an even number of stitches, there will be an obvious "seam" of sorts where each round ends and begins. If that doesn't make sense, feel free too ask me any questions you may have.

Weave in ends. Wrap around your neck. Be a ninja... turtle.
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