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1  Two Shawls, One Skein in Knitting: Completed Projects by madgirl66 on: June 17, 2008 10:12:33 AM
I decided to dip my toe in the lace knitting pool. Sure, I'd done lace stitches before, but I wanted to try it with real laceweight yarn. The pretty yarn was already in the stash (impulse buy!).  So I picked an easy pattern and was off. It really was easy, so I decided to finish this one, then make another (different pattern, though). The first is for my MIL, and the second one for my mother. I aimed for a Mother's Day deadline, but THAT did not happen (I'm so optimistic!). So the mothers received their gifts late, but I like to think of it as a little lingering holiday sparkle. Just when you think the holiday is over, you can always count on me for a card and gift with the word 'Belated' on the tag!

Without further ado, pics...

Sea Flower Shawl, from Knit n'Style (for my MIL)

Swallowtail Shawl, from IWK (for my mom)

I used the same skein of yarn for both shawls. I'm thinking of turning this into a tradition, something I'll do every 2 years, for both of my moms.

The leftover yarn...and there is quite a bit!

I'm so enamored with lace now, I'm working on two for myself, both from Knitty: Juno Regina, in a rich purple, and Seascape, in a light blue.

For more details, I'm on Ravelry as madgirl73.

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2  My So-Called Neck Warmer in Knitting: Completed Projects by madgirl66 on: January 03, 2008 03:30:14 PM
I wanted something cute (and warm!) to wear under my coat, and I wanted it fast.
I cast on 16 stitches, followed the pattern for about 29 inches (or however long as necessary),and bound off. Attached 4 buttons as shown in photos. If desired,you could lightly steam- or wet-block. Total time: 2 hours.  Looks great under a coat,without the bulk of a scarf.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Under one skein (little over 1/2) used. Size 13 or 15 needle (I forget which!) Color: Fisherman

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3  Knitting Daily Comfort Shawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by madgirl66 on: September 27, 2007 03:07:33 PM
I originally started this project for myself, but gave it to my mother when I went home to Florida on vacation.
It's the Comfort Shawl pattern from Knitting Daily (originally from IK) knit in Moda Dea Bamboo Wool, on size 8 circs. The yarn was excellent to work with, and the pattern was easy. I may make myself one for next fall.

Some of the eyelets are a bit wonky, and believe me, I've learned my lesson about those. But overall, I really like it. Mostly, I was drawn to the Faroese construction. The shawl is constructed with shoulder shaping, so it won't slip off the wearer's shoulders.
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4  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - July 2007 in The Swap Gallery by madgirl66 on: July 24, 2007 10:23:14 AM
I received my swap package from frix220 yesterday! I was sleeping when it arrived, and took it to work (the graveyard shift) with me. Which explains this:

I had all the materials with me to cast on for Knitty's Everlasting Bagstopper, but I liked the Sugar n'Cream in Shades of Green that she sent me better than the plain mercerized cotton I had planned to use. So...here's what's left of that yarn, plus the WIP that it has become. I picked up another ball this morning to finish it.

A skein of Lion Brand Wool in Scarlet. So pretty! And an adorable note card (my hubby's in the Navy).

Some divine shower gel and bath beads. She must be reading my mind, because I really need to de-stress. And great-smelling soap, which my husband tried to eat]!

Some cute little organizing accessories. These will be put to use in short order, believe me.

An adorable little project bag, which will soon house a pair of socks I want to knit.

And the piece de resistance, the needle roll. I love this! All of my circs and straights are in here.

My dog is in some of these pictures; he wants all of my attention. Don't mind him.

Oh! She also made me some cute address labels with Navy emblems, patriotic stars and stripes, cats, and cute skulls and crossbones. They're at my desk.
Overall, a successful swap, I do think.

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5  New Portable Storage Solutions (well...for me, anyway...) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by madgirl66 on: July 19, 2007 08:00:55 PM
I've had a few "Hey, that's a great idea!" moments this week. I'm such a container geek. From boxes to bags, I can find bliss in the rubbermaid aisle of Wal-Mart or in the organizing freak's mecca, The Container Store.

First, a repurposed pencil case has replaced my soft-sided tool bag (the small one that goes in with my portable WIPs).

And inside:

In there are a clicky row counter, scissors, ruler, tapestry needle, highlighter, pencil, row counters, crochet hook, and small post-its. With room to spare.

Next is my newest DPN storage, a tin pencil case I got in one of the bins at Joann's.

I was looking for a different color (hot pink really isn't my thing, but I found out that I had the very last one, and it only cost a dollar. I had a hunch that they'd fit, and they do. And I realized that the hot pink really looks nice against the bright colors of the DPN sets (and bamboo DPNs go with everything!):

Until I expand my DPN collection-that is, when I happen upon a pattern I absolutely MUST knit, and don't have the correct size DPNs already-I'll probably have to repurpose this for portable use. Then, I'll branch out to a needle roll.

Last, my new project bag. I *might* be getting one of these soon, but I couldn't help myself. I got tired of carrying my WIPs in ziploc bags.

It's cotton, lined with a thick poly/cotton fabric. There's a pocket inside for working yarn or a pattern, and it closes with black velvet 3/4' ribbon. It's 15.5"  by 10.5". Flexible, so it can be placed (that is, crushed and tortured) inside a big purse or backpack, or carried on its own.  The lining gives it extra strength that ziploc bags just don't have. I love it. Right now, my ribbed lace bolero (tragicheroine's design) is in there, along with all of the yarn to complete it and the pencil case seen above.

Yes, I have an unnatural love for compartmentalizing objects. It makes me happy.

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6  Two hats for Dad - many pics in Knitting: Completed Projects by madgirl66 on: June 20, 2007 02:24:20 PM
I'm absolutely notorious for sending holiday gifts after the holiday has passed. Optimistically, I see it as, "Hey, here's a bit of Christmas/birthday/Mother's (or Father's, as in this case) Day,etc. cheer! Betcha thought THAT holiday was gone 'til next year, huh?!" I don't really feel bad about it, though, because in my family, Christmas always takes a couple of days to get through, gift-wise, because of catching up with visiting family members, presents sent in the mail, and the like.

Anyway, here are a few hats I made my Dad for Father's Day. He loooooves hats, and after I made my sister a hat in black Cascade Superwash wool for part of her Christmas gift, he told me that he wanted one.

Both are in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, which is, at the moment, my favorite yarn. I love the way it feels and how it knits up. Each took under one skein.  My Dad will love these, because he's a big fan of newsboys and Kangols.

Please excuse the bad pics. My hubby just returned from a trip and hasn't unpacked the digital camera yet, so these pics are from my cell phone.  And ignore the clutter. I took these pics right before gift-wrapping and boxing these up. And don't mind any cat butts or faces you may see; my Gogo knows she's cute, and thinks I don't take enough pictures of her.

The first is the SnB newsboy cap, with a modified decrease at the top. The color is putty.

Side View

The second is a slouchy cap with a larger brim. After casting on for the ribbing, I increased every stitch (instead of every other stitch, as the first hat was), which resulted in a much slouchier hat. I looove this hat, and I plan on making myself one for fall.




 I did line the brims with needlepoint canvas, covered in thin cotton which matches the yarn color (I'm anal like that. I hate when it shows through). I also threaded a piece of thin rolled elastic into the very edge of the ribbing of each cap.  I like hats because they're instant gratification. These only took me one day each.
Now, on to finishing my cropped cardi.

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7  Re: New VK Lace Cardigan KAL? in Knitalongs by madgirl66 on: March 28, 2007 01:02:32 PM
I love this cardi-I started a week ago.

Excuse the photo posting craziness. I'm still a bit new at this. Grin

However, I *may* end up frogging it for two reasons.
First, I can't find more of the yarn I'm using so I can finish it. I'm using the Peru DK Luxury, which should be okay because of the airiness of the cardigan. I ordered some from the littleknits website. I thought I'd be receiving my yarn soon, but I got an email last night informing me that my order could not be filled. I'm a bit upset about that, but what can you do? I only ordered 3 balls, which is one more ball than what I need. I wanted to extend the sleeves to the elbow, possibly.
Second, I'm a solid girl, never been small, and I think the largest size won't fit me. I've heard how notorious VK can be with the limited range of pattern sizes. My measurements correspond with the largest size, but as it knits up, I'm not sure it's going to work.
If I do frog it, I may end up making one of the tanks from IWK's spring issue instead.

It's all up in the air right now. But I do love this pattern.

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8  Last year's FO's - Xmas gifts in Knitting: Completed Projects by madgirl66 on: March 16, 2007 09:16:14 PM
Just a few things I knit as Xmas gifts for 2006. And my first posted pics.

First, an Odessa. I messed up the first few rows, when I noticed the pattern wasn't curving gracefully. But I liked it, and my friend loves it.
It's Caron Simply Soft, in Autumn Red.

Next, a simple knit beanie in Patons Rumors. i forgot the name of the color. It looks like a strawberry daiquiri, in yarn form. If I knew then what I know now, I would've knit it with larger needles. It turned out well, and fit its recipient, but slightly larger needles would've showed off the texture better.

Next, the stitch cafe's cabled beanie, in Thick & Quick Chunky. Easy and quick to knit. I made myself a cream one, too.

Then, a Brea bag for my MIL, made with Araucania Nature Wool. I loved the color of this bag. If I could do it again, I would've changed the handle. A variation on the i-cord handle someone else here did (on the same bag-it was great!) would have looked better. But I love the zipper.

And last, and my favorite, another Brea bag, this one for my mother. Made with 8-ply mercerized cotton, with bamboo handles. The button isn't the best. My dog decided he needed to chew it up, so I had to use something I had on hand. It doesn't matter, because my Mom looooves this bag, and I'm happy, because she's always been the kind of person who'd rather have a 'store-bought' gift than a lovingly handmade one.

So that's *almost* everything I've knit since I got serious about it. I've also made 2 Danicas out of SWS (Natural Navy for one and Natural Earth for the other), the 'big damn hat' (I think that's the name) out of SWSin Natural Earth (I have a lot of hair!) to match my scarf, 2 pairs of Fetching, and a few Newsboy caps.

Right now, I'm working on some summer hats, the Dollar and a Half cardigan, and some socks.

Glad to share with everyone.

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