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21  Re: Orangina a-long in Knitalongs by gloriana on: June 17, 2005 04:26:48 PM
I've finally got round to taking photos of my finished Orangina...



I'm quite happy with it - I've been wearing it all day today.  More photos and notes on my blog (click the link below).

Incidentally, I'm so pleased with this pattern that I bought Stefanie's One Skein Wonder today - can't wait to try it out!  Smiley
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22  Re: "Loll" cardigan from the Rowan Calmer collection in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by gloriana on: May 10, 2005 01:17:06 PM
After nearly 8 months of procrastination, I've finally finished Loll:



I'm quite happy with how it turned out - although my fringes are much more unruly than the ones in the photo.  For notes on the pattern, please visit my blog (link is below).
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23  Re: Completed Spiderweb Capelet in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by gloriana on: April 09, 2005 09:57:05 PM
I finished my capelet recently and I LOVE IT!  I used one skein of the Merino Frappe in pale pink.  This pattern is so quick and cute.... here's the result:



More details can be found at my blog - click on the link in my signature.  Thanks to everyone for great advice on this pattern!
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24  Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty in Knitalongs by gloriana on: February 05, 2005 03:44:32 PM
I finally finished today!  Here's a photo:



Notes on the pattern can be found on my blog (click on the link below).
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25  Re: Block(ing) Party, anyone? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: November 14, 2004 12:25:29 PM
well, I have finished the cardigan - and have got a picture of it with pom-poms.  let me know whatcha think:



I think I like the pom poms - I made them a little smaller than the pattern dictated.  The pattern, just FYI, is "Honey" from the Rowan Ribbon Twist collection.  It's quick to knit and very warm.

Oh, and here is a pic of that baby sweater I was working on last week -



I'm now caught up on my odds and ends of finishing - I finished the eyelash scarf yesterday - thanks, y'all!  Smiley
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26  Re: Vintage knits in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by gloriana on: September 12, 2004 08:32:55 PM
I have finally finished the short sleeved ribbed lace sweater from this book.  It took me a really long time, mainly because i was distracted by other projects, but also because it was my first project on #2 and 3 needles and it took a while.  but I'm pleased with how it turned out:



Sorry it's not the best picture!  I used the Linen Drape yarn in cornflower blue - have to say I wasn't the biggest fan of this yarn; it splits really easily and hence is somewhat annoying to work with.  But the results are nice - it hangs beautifully and is very comfortable.  The sweater fits really nicely and definitely has a very vintage (I think 1940s) look.  I wore it the other day to work with a knee-length flared skirt and platforms and felt very retro-y.  The only thing I changed was the length - I don't usually wear belly-baring stuff so I made the side length 12 1/2".  Here is a closeup of the stitch, which is a very easy but pretty lace rib:

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27  Re: Salt Peanuts Knitalong (IK Spring 2004) in Knitalongs by gloriana on: June 14, 2004 12:44:13 PM
My Salt Peanuts is done at last!!  I am very happy with how it turned out... here is a picture:



It looks nicer in person than it does in the picture - I don't look quite as lumpy as I do in the photo. 

This was definitely the hardest knitting project I've tackled yet - knitting the two front pieces correctly was a challenge, but a really enjoyable one.  I wrote out each row individually (as others have done) for the armhole and collar shaping, and it turned out really well.  I had to consult other folks' online tips to understand the short row instructions, but again, it worked out beautifully.  My gauge turned out to be more wonky than I thought it would be from my swatch - essentially I used 10 1/2 needles and knit the smallest size, but it turned out to be the next size up when I blocked it - which actually worked out perfectly for me.  I used 14 1/2 balls of the Bergamo.  Blocking really helped the YOs in the lace rib to pop out more - the blocking process was pretty essential to making my sweater look good...

Anyhow, I look forward to seeing ever-more permutations of this gorgeous sweater - and Iko, feel free to use my photo to create a button if you'd like!  Smiley

By the way, what do y'all think of the pale gray silk ribbon I've used to close it?  Is it good - or should I search for a blue one that matches?  (I couldn't find a blue that I really thought worked, but I only looked at one store)...  I'm on the fence about it.
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28  Re: kitty hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by gloriana on: May 06, 2004 07:56:03 AM
I've finally gotten round to capturing my kitty hat on film - here ya go:



I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted - it took less than a full skein and at $6.50/skein it couldn't be cheaper!  I adjusted my needle size a bit - I used 8 circulars instead of 7s.  And I used my Denise Needles - woo hoo!  This was a super-fun project and I'm pleased with how it turned out.  Now i just have to wait a very very VERY long time before I can wear it (I live inHouston).
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29  messenger bag with gusset tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gloriana on: February 12, 2004 07:31:20 PM
hi everyone:
i love reading the step-by-step projects on this site, so thought i'd post one of my own.  this is intended as a sort of companion piece to Jordy's square bottom lined bag tutorial.  this is for a messenger-style bag with a flap and long strap and a gusset (inset fabric on sides and bottom).  Here's a photo of the completed bag:



And here are the instructions...

1. Cut out your fabric.  The photo below shows the pieces you need.  From top to bottom: cut 1 "flap" of fabric and 1 of lining; cut 2 "front and back" of fabric and 2 of lining; cut 3 "gusset" sections from fabric and 3 from lining (two gussets are the same size, and one is slightly smaller, for the bottom of the bag); cut 1 "strap" from fabric and 1 from lining.  The dimensions of the pieces should be the finished dimensions (see below) plus 1" for seam allowances.



2. If you're using interfacing, sew or iron it on first - to each of the pattern pieces.  I ironed mine on to the lining, since I used kind of a thin cotton for the lining and it needed some toughening up.

3. Sew the 3 gusset pieces together at the short ends, with one long section on each side of the shorter section.  You should have one long strip of fabric with two seams.  Press the seams open.

4. Pin the gusset to one of the "front and back" pieces (which are identical at this point).  Here's what it should look like:



Pin the corners first: the way to do this is to clip the gusset seam a bit and pin it to the fabric like so:



Pin the rest of the gusset on and stitch; trim the seam and clip the corners.  Stitch the gusset onto the other "front and back" section in the same way.  Here's what it looks like when both sections are pinned/stitched to the gusset - you can see the bag starting to take shape:



Turn the bag rightside out when both sides are stitched, and press seams.

5.  Next you're going to make the flap that attaches onto the front of your bag.  First, attach one half of a magnetic snap to the lining.  Pin the fabric and lining flap sections together and sew around three edges, leaving one long edge open.  Trim seam, turn rightside out, and press.  Sew optional trim around the edges.  Here's what it looks like when finished:



Attach other half of magnetic snap to bag front:



Pin the flap to the back of the bag, right sides together:



6. Pin strap and lining sections together and stitch along long edges.  Trim seam, turn righside out, and press.  Topstitch along both edges.  Pin the strap to the gusset sections, right sides together:



7. I made two interior pockets - cut four rectangles from the lining material.  Pin two pieces together for each pocket, sew around the edges, and leave a small opening for turning. Trim seams, turn, and press.  Pin the pockets to the "front and back" lining sections.  I made one a pen and pencil holder (in photo on right) and one is a regular pocket with a Velcro closure (in photo on left).



Topstitch around edges of each pocket; topstitch in 1-1/4" rows for pen holder.

8. Prepare gusset lining sections same as for main bag.  The only difference is that you should leave an opening in one side to turn the bag rightside out.  Here's a photo of the bag lining stitched together with the opening in the bottom:



9. Pin lining and bag together at top edges, with bag inside lining and right sides together.  Stitch top edges together, trim seam, and turn rightside out through hole in bottom. Here's a photo of the bag after turning:



Press the top edges of bag, and sew up the hole in the lining.  Push the lining down into the bag, and press the top edge again.  Topstitch around top edge of bag, and voila!

This particular bag's finished dimensions are: 13" long, 10"wide, and 2 1/2" deep.  The strap is 48" long and the flap is 7 1/2" long.  You can make this bag any size you want, of course.  This size can hold a good amount of stuff without feeling too bulky:



Any questions, please let me know - and I hope this is interesting/helpful!
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30  Re:Flower washcloth (or whatever you want it to be) in Knitting: Completed Projects by gloriana on: February 12, 2004 11:02:55 AM
hi there:

i also made this washcloth from the book and like it a lot - although mine looks a lot more like a starfish than a flower.  here's a picture so you can see what I mean:



am I doing something wrong when i'm knitting the petals, do you think?  i followed the pattern exactly - maybe I'm slipping those last stitches wrong?  I still dig the cloth - it's super-soft and sooooo nice to wash my face with - but just wondrin'...
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