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1  Thistle hat with earflaps in Knitting: Completed Projects by Kerry Berry on: December 30, 2006 04:33:53 PM
I was in Seattle for a week, visiting my parents, and my hands felt restless.  After digging around in my mother's stash, finding only acrylics and novelty yarns, I came up with a thistle hat with earflaps.  The shape is based on Knitty's Cross-Country Chullo, though I didn't actually read the pattern--I just looked at the picture.









There are more details on my flickr set if you're interested.
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2  Re: Knit AIMEE with me? in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: February 14, 2006 10:47:04 PM
I finished the back of my Aimee:



Random thoughts:

I'm using Misti Alpaca Lace.  It's so soft and it smells wonderful.  So far I like it with this pattern.  There's far less haze, which means my lace sections are more cobwebby, which makes it a bit more goth.  And preppy goth is always good. 

The color is a little darker in real life, and it alternates between having brown, purple, and red undertones.

My underarm sections don't look as wing-like as I had feared.  Look at that waist, though--I might need to borrow a corset from work.

I'm not doing the bow in the front section, because I think it's too big and, frankly, it looks silly. 

This pattern is great TV knitting--it barely requires any attention.

You can find gratuitous progress photos at my blog (linked in sig).
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3  Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: February 12, 2006 09:04:58 AM
Here's my progress, as of last night at 1 am:



I'm knitting Aimee from Rowan Vintage Style.

I purposely spent beaucoup time knitting on Friday and Saturday since these next several days are going to be really busy for me.  I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get done.  The schedule I made for myself says I should finish this piece on Monday, which I can definitely see happening.

I've been considering waking up a few hours earlier than normal just to knit.  Is that weird?
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4  Re: Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: February 04, 2006 05:10:47 PM
Mine's almost too small.  I can barely get it on my head.  I didn't think using US 5s would make that much of a difference.  I might do it again adding a couple repeats.



I do like the yarn and the buttons.  I just wish it were a bit bigger.
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5  Re: Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: February 03, 2006 10:42:25 AM
I am the slowest knitter ever:



I'm about 4" in.  I did all this while watching The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Seinfeld, American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Fargo.

Hopefully I'll have a finished hat soon.
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6  Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: January 22, 2006 08:32:45 PM
I'm doing this shawl from the Fall '05 Vogue Knitting:



I've done some lace before, but nothing like this. I'm hoping to post progress pics each day of the Olympics on my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/meglawson/

That is, if my three-month-old will let me. Wink
I'll be watching your blog.  I bought yarn to make this a while back, but because of the stupid error I didn't get enough.  Damn you, Vogue Knitting.  There's also the bugaboo of learning how to do the longtail cast on (and with two colors, to boot)...

I e-mailed Stephanie/Harlot immediately about wanting to participate.  I've been questioning my sanity ever since.

I'm doing Aimee from Rowan Vintage Knits.  The challenge is not really in the knitting (although laceweight on metal needles is not fun), but more in the finishing.  I start projects and don't finish them. 

Here's my swatch:
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7  Re: projects from jess hutchison's booklet in Knitting: Completed Projects by Kerry Berry on: January 18, 2006 08:22:37 PM
I finally finished my Kate yesterday while watching Seinfeld.  She was ready to pose during American Idol:



I made her for a friend of mine to whom I had originally promised a scarf (for xmas 04).  Turns out I hate knitting scarves, so the project got put on hold until a year later.  She likes cats, so I figured I'd try this.

Kate's facial expression is my friend's signature expression: the frowl.  I couldn't make a toy for Talia and not make it frowling.  Also, cats inspire me to frowl--I'm terribly allergic, so I have a particular aversion to these horrible creatures.

Knit with Lion Brand Microspun on size US5 DPNs.  I love the colors that Microspun comes in, and I love its shine.

I haven't given it to my friend yet, and I have no idea how she'll be received.  Wish me luck...
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8  4 skeins of Silk Garden go a long way (ballet tee) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Kerry Berry on: December 28, 2005 04:22:51 PM
For my birthday present to myself back in October, I bought 4 skeins of Silk Garden (color 228 I think, although I don't have a label with me).  I was able to make the Teva Durham ballet top with them.  I actually had a bit left over.  I wish I had planned the color on the sleeves better so that they would be a bit longer. 

Trying to be a model, while not fully understanding the principles of using a flash while standing right next to a wall:


So you can see both sleeves (they don't match, and I'm not sure if I like that or don't).


If you look, you can still see the ladders from my DPNs.

I modified the pattern for gauge and for sleeves.  I had the pattern out of the Loop-d-Loop book, with cap sleeves.  I used Option #1 from Grumperina's guide to adding long sleeves, and it worked really well.

If I were to do this pattern with Noro again, I'd modify the way I did the body so that the width of those stripes matched the width of the stripes on the sleeves.
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9  Re: Butterfly a-long (Rowan 37) in Knitalongs by Kerry Berry on: July 21, 2005 08:04:08 PM
I started the hem frill last night.  I'm knitting and knitting and feeling smart and happy, and then tonight I come to this:



And I'm like, "Why is this hole bigger than the others?...oh crapppppppp."  I somehow managed to drop 3 stitches somewhere, and I can't figure out where.  I'm going to have to unknit and put on my thinking cap, which is an ambitious endeavor at 10pm.  So I'm having a wine cooler and debating leaving it until tomorrow.

P.S.  It doesn't look that crappy in real life; I just neglected to completely flatten it out on the scanner bed.
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