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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Capucine as knit by Megan LaCore on: December 31, 2012 10:36:02 PM
Thanks guys!

To get the top pointy, after I joined the 40 stitches in the round, i placed 5 stitch markers, one every 8 stitches. Every other row I k2tog after the stitch marker until there were only 10 stitches left, then I gathered them all on the tail of the yarn and closed the top. This is a more gradual decrease and also creates that spiral shape on the decrease line.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Capucine as knit by Megan LaCore on: December 31, 2012 03:00:21 PM
Hi everyone!

My salon always does a Secret Santa gift exchange for the holidays, and this year I knit a pattern called Cappucine from Adela Illichmanova, found on her blog here: http://navlne.blogspot.com/2009/12/knitting-pattern-capucine.html

I used a pattern adaptation by SpiderWomanKnits on Ravelry to make adjustments for my yarn (a whole bunch of scrap Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn from making all my reading shawls over the years) but made the back end pointier and omitted the back tassel.


Here's Denise sporting her new hood


From the side, showing the color transition.


A k2tog 5-point decrease every other row gives the fun swirl-shape that gradually comes to a point.

Hope you enjoy!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012. Discount coupon code in first post! on: January 31, 2012 07:42:24 PM
Finally finished my sketchbook and got it mailed out just in time.  Here it is!

The front half of my book is a collection of small mixed media pieces that relate to the little intro I wrote on the first page of the book. Some images remind me of moments that flew by, some to time that seemed to sit still.


Front Cover by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Stamped ink


Title Page by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Mixed Media


Title Page Open by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Marker


Warm Abstract and Parakeet Tree by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Warm Abstract: Watercolor Pencils and Parakeet Tree: Marker


Red Orchids and Floral Collage by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Red Orchids: Colored Pencil and Floral Collage: Mixed Media


Ledger Ink Doodle and Cody's Eyes by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Ledger Ink Doodle: Acrylic and India Inks and Cody's Eyes: Graphite


Cody's Eyes Closeup by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Graphite


Bright Bold Paisley and Pink Goddess by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Bright Bold Paisley: Water Soluble Oil Pastel and Pink Goddess: Acrylic Ink


Vintage Afternoon Collage by theartofmegan, on Flickr
Mixed Media

My son Parker was born at the beginning of this month, so I decided to flip my book over and do 10-minute sketches of him in the back of the book.


Sleeping Parker Sketch by theartofmegan, on Flickr


Parker's Ear Sketch by theartofmegan, on Flickr


Parker's Feet Sketch by theartofmegan, on Flickr


Parker's Hand Sketch by theartofmegan, on Flickr

And just for fun, we inked his feet!

Footprints by theartofmegan, on Flickr

Hope you guys enjoy my work!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Crochet Stripes Beanie with pattern on: January 17, 2012 02:47:20 PM

Parker by theartofmegan, on Flickr

My son Parker was born last Sunday, and while I've been hanging out holding a sleeping baby on my chest, I've taken the opportunity to have some yarn in my hands. This beanie is made with Knit Picks Shine in worsted weight, but can be made in any soft worsted weight yarn. Machine washable is always a big bonus for babies, who I'm coming to find out are very messy! I came up with this very basic baby beanie with stripes of a coordinating color worked through the bottom. This hat pattern is quick, easy, and doesn't use much yarn at all.

Note: Stripe colors can either be carried up the back of the project, or can be trimmed and worked into the rows.

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
Knit Picks Shine worsted weight yarn, 2 colors

Gauge: 8 sts x 4 rows in 2"x2", double crochet stitch


Beanie by theartofmegan, on Flickr


Detail by theartofmegan, on Flickr

Size 0-3 Months:

Row 1: with Main Color (MC) chain 3, then sl st into first chain st to create ring.
Row 2: ch 2, dc 9 into ring. sl st into 1st dc to close round.
Row 3: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2 into each st, 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 4: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 1, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 1) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 5: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 2, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 2) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 6: (ch 2, dc 1) into 1st st. dc 3, (dc 2 into 1 st, dc 3) 9 times. sl st into 1st st.
Row 7: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 8-10: ch 2, dc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 11: with Accent Color (AC) ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 12: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 13: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 14: with MC, ch 1, hdc all sts. sl st into 1st st.
Row 15: with AC, ch 1, sc all sts. sl st into 1st st. Trim ends and weave in.

I also have sizes 3-6 months and 6-12 months on my webpage.

Hope you enjoy!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Sketchbook Project 2012. Discount coupon code in first post! on: November 02, 2011 11:45:39 AM
Thank you so much for the promo code!  Because of the 20% off, I was just able to sign up my friend so he can participate with me!

My theme is In 10 Minutes and my friend chose Monochromatic. I got my sketchbook already and am about to start pages today. I'll definitely keep you updated with my pages and hopefully keep you updated on his too!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled T Shirt Rainbow Rug on: April 26, 2010 03:21:31 PM


I made this great recycled t shirt rainbow rug for Earth Day, and I wanted to share it with you as another great idea for recycling old or thrifted t shirts.

Each round is made from part of a cut t shirt. I used t shirts in 14 different colors, and saved the left overs for other t shirt yarn projects.



Here's the t shirts before being processed into strips.  I used Tulip Spray Fabric Paint to splatter paint them all before cutting them into yarn. This time I cut strips across the width of the shirt at a slight angle, and broke the strips at the weak point while stretching the strips, overlapping to join the pieces as I crocheted them.

I love using old things to make new and beautiful items, especially when they have a lot of vibrancy and color like this item. What will you make with t shirt yarn?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Cabled Cowl with Pattern on: February 03, 2010 08:07:42 PM
Thanks!  It's my engagement ring.  I just wear it on my right hand now that I've got my wedding ring on my left hand. Smiley  It's rhodalite and white topaz.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Cabled Cowl with Pattern on: February 03, 2010 08:03:06 PM


Over Christmas break, my husband Mark and I were watching a TV show with my mom about knit and crochet cables. I enjoy elegant details in my work, and loved the thought of crochet cables. However, I wasn't a big fan of how they worked their cables, and ideas started running through my head on how to create my ideal crochet cable.

I pictured this design as a cowl, because by design cables act a bit like ribbing, and a tube of ribbed fabric makes an excellent neck covering, which is perfect for the rainy winter months in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tiny scalloped top edging can also be omitted for a more masculine look.



Hook size H
Gauge: 7 sts by 10 rows = 2 inches
Yarn: On Line Linie 208 Nature-Wool
Weight: Bulky / 12 ply (7-8 wpi)

Pattern:

Row 1: Ch 78, sl st into first st to join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.

Row 2: Turning foundation chain over, ch 1, then sc 77 into back loop of chain. Sl st into first st to join in the round.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc 77, sl st to join.

Row 4: Ch 2, dc 1, *(dc 4 into front of post, dc 2)* 12 times, dc 4 into front of post, sl st to join.

Row 5: Ch 2, dc 1, **(sk 2, dc 2 into front of post, cross in front of work and dc 2 into front of post of skipped sts, dc 2 into 2 following cabled post sts)**, sk 2, dc 2 into front of post, cross in front of work and dc 2 into front of post of skipped sts

Rows 6 - 8: Repeat row 4

Row 9: Repeat row 5

Row 10 - 12: Repeat row 4

Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14 - 15: Repeat row 4

Row 16: Repeat row 5

Row 17 - 18: Repeat row 4

Row 19: ch 1, sc 77

Row 20: Repeat row 16

Row 21: (Sl st, ch 3, sk st, sl st), repeat to end of row, slipping last st into first st. Pull tail straight up through final st.

Weave in ends. Block to shape.

Enjoy!  I'd love to see photos of your variations in this thread.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Reading Shawl with Pattern on: January 05, 2010 11:10:10 PM
3 more reading shawls completed for holiday presents:




For my mother-in-law Laurie




For my husband's grandma Eleanor



For my sister-in-law Jennifer


All plus my step-niece's shawl

I've got plans for a couple more, too, and eventually at least one for me.  Plus, this pattern was featured as pattern of the day on dailyknitter.com, and I got 1700 hits on that page yesterday!   Hooray!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Reading Shawl with Pattern on: November 25, 2009 11:23:37 PM
Update:

Finished another one! 



This one's for my step-niece Alissa for Christmas.  More to come, I've already cast on for the next one for my sister-in-law.
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