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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Grape Kool Aid Neck Tube (several pics) on: August 12, 2005 10:13:00 PM
My experiments with kool aid dyeing have become really addictive!  This was one of my first.  It was a small batch of undyed handspun I bought for a song at a local estate sale. 



I had soaked the yarn in vinegar and water then sprinkled the kool aid right onto the yarn, splashed some more water and vinegar on, then scrunched it up.  I cooked it by wrapping it in garbage bags and leaving out in the noon New Mexico in July sun.  It definitely got hot enough  Cheesy



Can't get over how yarn looks when it's in a ball.



Since I didn't have a lot of this yarn - roughly 70 yards at the absolute most - I decided to try out a neck tube pattern that had come on the label for Lion Brand Landscapes.  Basically it alternated 4-5 rows of stockinette and garter stitches.  There wasn't enough yarn for me to feel comfortable with stitching it up so I sewed some buttons from Joann on one end.  I knit it on fifteens so the stitches are so big that I didn't need buttonholes, although I might use some thread and create them.



It's kind of dorky but I love it.



There's more about it and my yarn dyeing experiments on my site.
http://www.egeltje.org/archives/fo_friday_812_grape_kool_aid_neck_tube.php
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Funky Page Boy Hat! on: July 30, 2005 12:01:06 AM
I knit this the other day.  The pattern is from the Stitch Diva Studios "Girly Couture Collection".  The yarn is Lion Brand Landscapes "Desert Spring".  The brim is felted but the crown isn't.  It's nice and soft and will be warm!  And Funky!



Makes me wish I had lots of long dredlocks!  But mine's more like a page boy cut, which works too.  But it's pretty cute on my dog too.

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Totally easy knit!  It only took a few hours.




You can read more about it on my blog:  http://www.egeltje.org/archives/finished_object_friday_729.php
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my favorite finished projects (many pics) on: July 15, 2005 06:26:08 PM
Hello!  I've been lurking here for a while now and I'm not sure why but I'm really in the mood to share today.  I took up knitting in February after getting the SNB books for christmas then having an aunt-in-law show me how to do a double cast-on and a knit stitch.  I've been on my own with books and knittinghelp.com since and have gotten fairly obsessive about it.  I think it's because I used to study sculpture and haven't been creative in a non-computer way in a long, long time and now I finally have that creative spark again.  

I love seeing what everyone else has made here.  You are all so talented!  Something made me think I should finally de-lurk and show some some of my stuff tonight.

http://photos14.flickr.com/22968250_46b791bd17_m.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/498016/
My first sweater!  This is the "Baby Kimono" from Interweave Knits knit in a Sirdar "Tiny Tots" Baby yarn.  I knit it in stockinette with garter edges rather than all in garter and made a big button flap with a big wooden button rather than ribbon to close.

http://photos15.flickr.com/21400689_1469ed34d6_m.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/498005/
A simple garter scarf knit from this completely crazy yarn I'd bought at a local fiber arts fair.  It has three strands:  one is a pink and orange variegated cottony string, one is a weird orangish poly fluff ladder, the last is a very very think pink sparkly polymid.  It's the Craaaaaazy Scarf!

http://photos16.flickr.com/19997070_cbb0aecb23_m.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/468168/
a fun fur toy hedgehog made for my nephew vaguely based on a pattern I found at a scandinavian arts store but seriously altered to suit a picky hedgehog owner Smiley

http://photos17.flickr.com/19997093_55254c9551_m.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/468179/
knit in lion cotton from chic knits bucket hat but resized to fit my baby niece

http://photos23.flickr.com/24447839_31584214c0_m.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlehedgehog/sets/558959/
Knit for my mom.  My first lace project and of course it had to be in Fiesta's Rayon Boucle because I'm a total masochist.  The pattern was a zig zag lace washcloth pattern from about.com that I just kept knitting.  I cut the yarn way too short for the fringe to look right so I took some of the pieces and put beads on the end.

http://photos21.flickr.com/24445255_dab363850e_m.jpg
Three purses.  The pink one with the bamboo handle is from a pattern on the JoAnn website.  Knit in lion brand landscapes then felted.  Since it's 50% acrylic it didn't totally felt which I think makes it look really cool.  I made a matching belt that closes with bamboo o rings to match.  The red one is from Hello Yarn but I added the marsupial part from SnB.  And the third one is a something I made up with Wool Ease and some nice fun fur called Firenze.  It's not felted and is knit in stockinette with fun fur at the top so it has a rolled brim.  I made a rolled scarf boa thing to match.  I made the wool/fun fur one for my best friend's birthday.

I hope that's not too many photos and that you all like them Smiley  Feeling like a total showoff now.  
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