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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sheri's Lace Socks on: December 22, 2006 03:49:56 PM
I love socks. Knitting them, wearing them...

My latest pair is Sheri's Lace socks from SockBug (there are a whole bunch of free patterns on the right sidebar...)

The yarn was Lanett Superwash, which unfortunately has no nylon, but it's SOFT. I should probably have used some wooly nylon to reinforce the heels and toes, but I was too lazy to go to the store to get some.

The pattern was totally easy to follow and memorize, and I'm super happy with the final result!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / St. Nikolaus Day goody sack on: December 22, 2006 03:39:25 PM
So in Austria (where my mum is from), they celebrate St. Nikolaus Day on Dec 6th. St Nick is basically a trimmer, fitter version of Santa who wanders the snowy Alps (no sleigh, the man WALKS) bringing little treats to kids (Baby Jesus brings the kids presents on Christmas Eve, I personally think St. Nick takes a long holiday over Christmas in a tropical clime to recoup from his long trek).

ANYWAYS...

Traditionally, the goodies include oranges, nuts, and sometimes chocolates or little toys. So for my sister, I decided to knit her a little drawstring bag out of some of my handspun and fill it with stuff! (And she LOVED it!)

Here is the bag all by its lonesome:



And with its contents...



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ripple Weave Socks on: November 20, 2006 09:05:44 PM
Here are my latest socks... they're the Ripple Weave socks from the Fall 06 VK. A birthday gift for my mom... two months late... but they're done! And she LOVES them!!!

I actually used the recommended yarn (Lang Jawoll) because I happened to have some in my stash. :-)


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ribbed panel sweater from VK Fall 2002 on: November 05, 2006 02:20:55 PM
I just realized that I hadn't posted this sweater that I finished a couple months ago. It's from VK Fall 2002 (pattern #7), worked in Paton's Decor. The original pattern called for drop sleeves, I decided that set-in sleeves would be more flattering, so I fudged some sleeve cap shaping and an armscye.

I love this sweater because I can fold the collar up and cover my neck when I'm FREEZING in my office!

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first plied yarn... on: October 03, 2006 08:30:12 PM
OK, it's not much, but it's my first yarn, so I'm proud of it. It's Perendale top spun on my Ashford drop spindle...



I just ordered 5 pounds of fiber and I can't WAIT for it to arrive so I can spin LOTS MORE yarn!!!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene on: August 09, 2006 06:44:55 PM
Well, since I posted my Camisa from this issue, I figured I should post this too (I posted in the KAL board but not here)

I haven't gotten around to taking a non-crappy pic of it, but here's what I have.



Without the clashing pajamas and morning hair.



I used KnitPicks WOTA in Avocado (cheap!) and I LOVE this cardi.  And it was fun to knit; the pattern was super easy to follow. I'm going to be wearing this thing all winter long! I am planning to attach some toggles or something to make a closure, but for now I love it just the way it is :-)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Camisa from Fall 06 Knitscene on: August 09, 2006 06:39:39 PM
I love this magazine! This is the second FO I've made from it...



I used some recycled cotton from a thrift store sweater that was much easier than most recycled cotton because it was NOT made of 10 little tiny loose plies!! It *is* a plied yarn, but it acts like a single; you almost have to make an EFFORT to split it.  A nice change from most cotton.

Here's another shot:



It ended up being a little wide for me because my gauge was a bit off, but it fit my sister (who's modelling it) perfectly so it's hers now!! (And she was SO excited to get it too.. I love people who appreciate hand-knits!)

If I were to make this top again, I'd make the waistbands shorter and then put in some increases in the bottom and top panels to make more waist shaping. Other than that, I love it. The instructions were nice and clear, and it was a quick knit (2 weeks, with several other projects going on at the same time).
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elann's Pinwheel Baby Sweater 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! :-)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yellow Baby Sweater of DOOOOOOOOOOOOM 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!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby stuff... 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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