Because I chose yellow instead of orange. I love orange, but I made this for my sister and she's more of a yellow person. I used knitpicks Shine Sport in Butter, 4 skeins. Super cheap. I wanted to use the alpaca that the pattern calls for, but my sister lives in California, so she doesn't need (and didn't want) anything with too much extra warmth ever. The Shine sport worked great, I got gauge with it no problem. The pattern was pretty simple, too, I picked up on the lace pretty quickly, so it would have been a very fast knit if I would have worked on it more consistently. Anyhow, behold:
and a detail of the lace:
Sorry I don't have a better action shot, I was still in my pjs when the pictures were taken. You can imagine, though, how cute it would look with a cami or dress or something, though.
Hello, hello! I finally finished this toy bag from the book Nursery Knits by Zoe Mellor. I started it in February or March as a first birthday gift for my nephew (which was March 23), but didn't finish it in time, then moved, so it kind of got lost in the shuffle until I went for a visit earlier this month (he lives in CA, I'm in RI). I used the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan Handknit Cotton. This was my first "big" intarsia project (the elephant on the pocket). I wish I would have had a chance to take more pictures, but I finished knitting it on the plane. It's a drawstring bag, with I-cord ties at the top. The only changes I made were I use a different color yarn for the I-cord than the pattern called for and I lined the pocket to keep the mess of my intarsia hidden and as a practical matter to help make sure there would be no snags of any of the stitches. I didn't line the inside, though, because I wanted it to stretch to hold as much as possible. My nephew (and my sister) loved it. He dragged it around with him all afternoon and, as you can kind of tell in the picture, it now holds his favorite stuffed toys.
Hi everyone! So I'm probably the last person to jump on the Loop-d-Loop bandwagon, but here's my first finished project from the book. I present to you, the braided neckpiece!
and the detail:
Kind of an interesting story how this came about. I was visiting my local yarn store for the first time (I'm new to the area) and I picked up and fell in love with the yarn first. Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky. Ever touch it? Oh my GOD, soooo soft and light...I just wanted to cuddle it! Anyhow, I wanted something to use it for, but it actually wasn't chunky enough for the first project I'd had in mind, so I kind of left it aside and kept looking around the store. I opened the Loop-d-Loop book and fell in love with the braided neckpiece. Simple, yet elegant and it looks difficult even though it's not. Come to realize, the baby alpaca is the PERFECT size yarn for the project (so you know, it took 2 skeins). So, after meaning to just go into the store for the first time for a look-see, I walk out with a new book and yarn for my first project from it!
It was a really quick knit, coulda finished it in a day if I didn't start so late at night. This is one that DEFINITELY needed blocking, though. All of the edges were curling, but it looks great now that it's blocked. Ahh, the magic.
I just finished this blankie for my nephew, shown here with my Spherey from Jess Hutchinson's booklet (which I posted earlier in the week in that thread).
Spherey was knit with Paton's Be Mine in Wuzzy White and Cuddly Blue (nothing like super cute color names for baby yarn!)
Leftovers were paired with random acrylics from my stash and knit double stranded for the blue and triple stranded for the white on size 15s to make the blankie. I borrowed the "f" design from Stitch n' Bitch Nation's Letter Have It.
Hi all! Now that I'm done with school (officially a college grad), I finally got back to my knitting! Fresh off the needles is "Bobble Blue," except it's pink.
and close up of the front:
I'm not sure if I like it all that much. It's a little bulky and I wish it was just a little bit longer. I never thought I had a long torso but according to all of the knitted tops I've made I guess I do.
Anyhow, this was the first true sweater I've made...first time seaming and all...so I guess I'm pretty happy with it at least construction-wise. It was dirt cheap, too, because I used some cotton yarn I scored for free. The whole thing cost me $15 because that's how much I shelled out for the buttons:
For once my crummy JoAnn's store served me well. (Please excuse the brightness of the pink in the button pic...had to make it that way for the detail to show up.)
Ok, ok, so it's another "Kate" from Knitty. I hope you don't mind I put him in a different thread...
I brought him home with me for my semester break a month ago and asked my lil' bro what to name him/her. He took one look and said "Bob. When you look at him, don't you just think Bob?" So Bob it is. I thought I'd end up giving him to my sister or my mom because they will always love cute stuffed toys and at 10 I was afraid my brother was too old to want him. I was wrong. He snatched him and now sleeps with him every night. My envious sister took these pics for me:
I finally have another FO to post! Yay!! It's been a while. On November 17 my fiance's sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Leslie Marie. This provided me with the opportunity to finally knit up a pattern I'd been saving. It's Berroco's "Cutie Patootie" http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/cutie_patootie.html.
I used Caron Simply Soft Brites in Limelight and Rubine Red. I wanted to do something other than the traditional pastels. It doesn't really show in the picture, but the red is actually more of a deep reddish-pink. I love this yarn, though, because it really is super soft.
I can't wait to hear back from Mommy and hopefully get to see little Leslie in it over the holidays! Enjoy!
I don't know about you guys, but I am fat quarter obsessed! You know, the cheap little 1/4 yard fabric cuts at JoAnn's? Anyway, how about a challenge to see what could be made from just one of them?? They could be embellished with beads, zippers, buttons, whatever, just so long as the only fabric for the construction of your item is the one fat quarter.
I used up the last of my dental floss this morning and was left with the empty container that I just didn't want to throw away. I was wondering what uses you crafty people might come up with for them. I was thinking that because they have the little cutter, you could wind thread around the bobbin and restring the container that way with sewing thread. Not particularly genius, but it works and is pretty convenient, no? Thread and cutter all in one? Anyone have any more creative ideas??
I live in Taunton and would LOVE to know of any yarn stores near me. I'm kind of new to the area and the only ones I can seem to find from searching are in and around Boston. Is there anything more near Taunton, though? I don't mind driving, but I'm really unfamiliar with the city and would like to find some place other than JoAnn's within a half hours drive time.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/recommendations!!