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11  Re: knitscene's central park hoodie in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: July 27, 2006 05:09:36 PM
I figured I should actually post a progress pic!!!

I've been whizzing through this. Back and fronts done, hood half done... I'm SO loving this pattern. Nice and easy for TV watching/lazing around. I just hope I can block it to be as wide as I want it to be (since my yarn is a little thinner than the recommended yarn)!!!!

Green and yummy.

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12  Elann's Pinwheel Baby Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: July 06, 2006 12:31:40 PM
Whee... I love fun, quick super cute baby things! And this sweater definitely fits the bill! I used some recycled cotton from a thrift store tank top, the pattern is free on the Elann website, and it only took me a week (and that was intermittent knitting with several other things on the go!)

Here's the front:

And the back:

Not as cool as the multicoloured versions, but I still think it's pretty cute!!! AND no seaming! :-)
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13  Yellow Baby Sweater of DOOOOOOOOOOOOM in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: June 30, 2006 07:39:53 AM
It's finally done. Three months and WAYYYYYYYYYY too much seaming later, my yellow baby sweater is FINALLY done.

Here she be:

The pattern is the Ballerina Top from Debbie Bliss's Quick Knits for Babies, and the yarn is Microspun (finally found a use for the three balls I bought on impulse last summer...)

Overall, I'm thrilled with it because it's SOOOOOOOOO cute, but it took me so much effort to finish it that now I don't want to give it away. Besides the baby I was making it for is growing at astronomical rates and the bloody thing probably wouldn't fit her! So I'm whipping up Elann's Pinwheel Baby sweater for her. This yellow thing is getting saved for my babies, should I ever get around to having any!

Here's a closeup of the shawl collar (sorry for the dark picture)

I swear I will NEVER knit another sweater where I have to knit the collar separately and then sew it on. THe only thing getting me through was sheer willpower. But it is so danged CUTE!
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14  Baby stuff... in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: March 09, 2006 05:03:57 PM
A couple friends of mine had a baby three weeks ago... and I finally finished the projects that I wanted to send them (I got sidetracked by the Knitting Olympics).

First item, a green hoodie made out of TLC baby from a pattern from the Bernat website. As far as inexpensive acrylic baby yarns go, I think TLC Baby is my favorite. Fairly soft and I like the sheen. This is a picture from before I finished seaming, added buttons, and wove in the ends, but you get the idea..

The second thing I made was a baby blanket. I wanted something really easy and reversible, but not *too* boring, so I decided to do a modified basketweave with the row and column size of the squares determined by the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence (I'm a math geek, it's not my fault). After fiddling with Excel to get a pattern that gave me the right dimensions and was pleasing to the eye, I came up with this:

Well, that's 1/4 of it anyways. For something so simple in technique, I thought it turned out rather well!

And the last thing that I whipped up over the last couple of days was a stuffed bear from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I really wanted to make another elephant, but I don't have enough grey yarn... So here is Pudgy Pete (as my boyfriend calls him).

Crappy pic, but it's so dark out and I have crappy lighting in my apartment... hopefully I can get a better pic before i stuff him in a box for transport! Total amateur job, but I think the wee one will love him all the same.

Now that that's all done, I have to make something for yet another couple of friends who are expecting in April...
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15  Re: Jaywalker Socks KAL in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: January 31, 2006 09:09:02 AM
w00t.... the Jaywalkers are done and on my feet (and oh so comfy!) The red/pink Kool-aid dyed spaghetti-like KnitPicks yarn is now...

I went down to 17 stitches on each needle (instead of 19), and went up a needle size. That gave me a looser fabric that I could actually get over my heel (first attempt not so much).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these socks. I'll definitely make more... sometime... I have way too many sock patterns in my collection that I need to try! But they're fun. And definitely comfortable!
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16  Re: Socks - toe up worsted weight with Cascade 220 in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: January 30, 2006 08:16:37 AM
First Traveler sock done! :-) The best thing about worsted-weight socks is that you can finish them in an evening... even with the distracting influence of a little Pinot Noir and some good company. I used a ball of Paton's Classic wool that I had laying around (yay for stashbusting) in Dark Natural Mix. I can't wait to finish the second sock so I can wear these around the house for days on end.

Thanks for the super pattern. I ixnayed the short row toe in favor of my usual toe, but other than that I pretty much followed them to the letter. Well written out (although I'm a chart girl myself... but the cable pattern was simple enough that I had it memorized after the second repeat anyways).

Well, here she is... so warm I really didn't want to take her off!

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17  Re: Jaywalker Socks KAL in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: January 19, 2006 02:59:07 PM
I'm in... I cast on for these this morning, and I'm two inches down my first one... I'm using some Knit Picks Dye-Your-Own sock yarn that I kool-aid-ed on my summer vacation...

Here's the yarn....

I'll post a pic of my sock when I get to my digicam...

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18  Re: Fingerless Mosaic Mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: November 16, 2005 09:30:28 AM
I made a pair of these a few months ago and I LOVE them. I did both mitts exactly the same, but I really do like the ones with the opposite colours. Maybe my next pair..

I found these super easy. Slip-stitch colourwork is definitely easier than true fair isle (for me anyways).

(PS. I LOVE the pink/black ones... I think I have to make some for my sister to match the pink/black hoodie I made her)
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19  Re: Projects from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: November 02, 2005 10:35:46 AM
After seeing all your lovely projects from this book, I just *had* to run out and get it, especially since I had a gift card from Chapters (love those Air Miles).

I absolutely fell in LOVE with the knitted elephant... and after digging out some Red Heart acrylic that had been in my stash, and knitting up a storm with my trusty aluminum DPNs, I'd like to introduce you to Blinky:

Before he had ears or was stuffed, my boyfriend decided that he looked like a pig-rat... but then as this little fellow took shape, he just couldn't keep his hands off him. :-) Watching a grown man falling in love with a stuffed animal is just too cute... but come on, who *WOULDN'T* love Blinky? I originally set out to make him as a gift, but he's pretty much been adopted into the family now. I think I need to knit him a sweater or something.. and methinks he needs a girlfriend too...
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20  My first clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by westcoastchica on: October 13, 2005 02:01:07 AM
So I found this Chinese patterned robe thing at the thrift store and I thought to myself "what can I make out of this"?? And then I came across the free Kwik-Sew clutch pattern (I can't remember the link for the life of me) and I thought "hmm... a red chinese patterned clutch with black piping - PERFECT". I even followed the pattern and everything... Rare for me. The only thing I hacked was that I used non-fusible interfacing instead of the iron-on stuff. It's a little uneven in places, but I don't care! I'm SO taking it to the opera in a couple weeks :-)  My sister will be jealous!  Grin

Here's the outside.

And here's the inside (nothing fancy, just some black felt I had laying around).

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