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21  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: April 25, 2007 03:39:13 PM
Nice job, farrah - I like the eyelets - they go really well with the lace. 

I'm finally making progress on this again:



I'm scarcely following the pattern at all any more, so we'll see how this turns out...
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22  Re: Too many WIPs-along in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: March 21, 2007 08:03:04 PM
Well, I sort of finished something:



Its the circular shrug [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=58497.0], and I'm pretty happy with it, as a technical success.

However, I'm not at all sure I would actually *wear* a garment like this.  So I'm trying to decide if I should add sleeves.  Probably 3/4 sleeves, with some kind of ribbing from elbow to the 3/4 mark.  I'm wondering if they might sit weirdly because of the way the thing is constructed.

What do you think?  I could really use some advice! 

More pix on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/03/19/shrug-encircled/

Thanks!

Oh yeah - this was in my WIP pile for a YEAR!  Or more.
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23  Tidepool handwarmers in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: March 15, 2007 02:29:01 PM
Ok, they're actually the Rib and Cable Mitts from IK Spring '06.  But the colors remind me of tidepools.





Made with some unknown hand-dyed alpaca yarn.

I'm pretty happy with them.  Though, of course, I managed not to make them identical and there's this funny bulge on the left thumb where I had too many stitches and had to decrease.  (I could have frogged back but, you know, no.)

A few more details on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/03/12/warm-hands-warm-feet/

I haven't seen many other versions of these - has anyone else made them?
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24  Grandma's slippers: the legacy continues in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: March 12, 2007 09:05:55 PM


These are the slippers my Grandma used to make for everyone in the family, every Christmas and sometimes birthdays, too.  She hasn't knitted for years, but it wasn't until she passed away in December at the age of 102 that I decided I needed to make them myself.  I'd lost the pattern, so just figured it out for myself (not hard).

They're not the cutest, most glamorous slippers you've ever seen, I'm sure, but they're comfy, warm, outrageously simple, and kind of addictive to knit. 

They are cuter on feet than flat, though:



Well, I just wanted to share these.  I wrote out the pattern on my blog:
http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/grandma-slippers-i-take-up-the-torch-needle/
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25  Re: What's alpaca like? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Aunt Suzi on: March 07, 2007 04:39:18 PM
I love alpaca.  It doesn't pill!  Sure, it hairs - uh, sheds - but it doesn't pill.  And it makes a relatively light, flowy fabric that's still very warm.  And it can be incredibly soft.  Elann.com's pure alpaca (the in-house brand) is soft as butter and super cheap.  I haven't yet made a sweater with it, but definitely the next cold-weather sweater I do will be with that yarn! 

Also, I love alpacas! 

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26  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: February 24, 2007 05:31:05 PM
I second that, tilliev.  I've been following this KAL since the beginning, but only just cast on last weekend. 



Using knitpicks main line in dusty lavendar.  Very nice color, but I"ve heard mixed reviews about the yarn.  Also, I'm knitting it really tightly to get gauge, so I hope it's not too stiff. 

I made the neck a little deeper and am leaving off the sleeve poofs (just not a poofy sleeve kind of gal) and doing elbow length sleeves I think.

Hope it all works out, because I love this sweater!  (Obviously it's all about the lace for me rather than the poofs  Smiley)
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27  Re: Too many WIPs-along in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: February 22, 2007 05:10:14 PM
So I went to California last weekend, which means, coming from central illinois, 8-12 hours of travel each way.  Plus some sitting around on sofas during family chit-chat.  => lots of knitting time!

As promised, I started rather than finished projects (seaming on a plane - no fun):


One mitt to go (and maybe a few ends to deal with)


Rusted Root

...And once I got home, got to work on all that seaming:

craftster circular shrug, begun... 1year ago???
It's not done, though.  I need to redo one of the seams (ugly) and plan to add sleeves.

Feelings of accomplishment!  Even as I begin to lust after more projects...more, more!  Stop me!
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28  DNA for beer, plus matching hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: January 27, 2007 09:10:58 AM


Here's the scarf and hat I made my boyfriend this winter, in exchange for all the delicious beer he's been brewing.  

The scarf pattern is Rosalind from Magknits (http://magknits.com/May06/patterns/rosalind.htm) and the hat is Tychus from Knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTtychus.html).  

I hope you can make out the DNA pattern - we meant for it to be subtle!



I just noticed how wonky that seam looks.  Sigh.  But I did finally figure out how to block a hat! (On a styrofoam ball)

Anyhow, fun and easy patterns!

More details on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/01/27/dna/
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29  November quickies: City Shawl & Coronet in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: November 23, 2006 03:42:30 PM
I made both of these to fulfill urgent needs this month.

Had to find something to wear to a wedding:

Glampyre's City Shawl - http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id125.html


In Lang Yarns Moon, took less than 2 weeks. 
Has anyone else made one?  I can't remember seeing any.  I recommend it!
(I'm hoping it's not too obvious that I lost my place *twice* in the ultra-simple lace pattern and disturbed the diagonal lines.  I, uh, meant to do that.   Really, I was just in a hurry! Embarrassed)

And had to keep my poor ears warm:
Knitty's Coronet - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTcoronet.html

Took less than one week.
For some reason, I did it in twisted stockinette stitch.  I think it was because I ended up knitting it inside out, and apparently my purls are twisted.  I don't really understand that, but whatever, I get around it..... (Has anyone else had these escher moments where your certain your knitting the way you've always been knitting, but suddenly it's twisted?)

More pictures and more details (probably too many) on my blog. 

Thanks for looking! 
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30  "Cozy"-derived lace scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: November 03, 2006 08:00:56 PM
I love my new scarf!



It's drapey and soft, light yet warm.

The lace pattern is from the knitty.com pattern "Cozy" <http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html>, repeated ad nauseum for 80" with doubled-up laceweight wool.  Actually, I like it this way much better than the original shawl (which I also made).

Details on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2006/11/03/a-scarf-for-me/

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