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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bird on a Branch knitting needle roll on: December 11, 2006 02:54:15 PM
I already posted this in the "Projects from Stitch & Bitch", but since it's not knitted I thought I'd post it here too. I made this for my bro's fiance for christmas since the hat I made for her last year inspired her to start knitting.

The bird & branch were "free stitched" on my sewing machine. i just drew out the design with tailors chalk and went to town with my quilting foot. The inside fabrics are both vintage from thrift stores.

outside



for scale



inside open



flap down



all rolled up!



I hope she gets lots of use out of it. I worked for about 5 hours straight on it yesterday!

Comments & questions welcome!

Liz
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple but Gorgeous Neckwarmer on: December 11, 2006 11:52:17 AM
So, recently my boyfriends' mom ever so casually mentioned that she had seen some really nice handmade scarves that were short and buttoned up. And then his dad told us that he wanted a black & grey striped scarf for christmas. Subtle!

Anyway, I made this in garter stitch so that my boyfriend could say we both made it. (He only knows the basic knit stitch and refuses to learn anything else  Roll Eyes )





It's made with Manos Del Uruguay handspun in "Prairie". I'm not usually a fan of varigated yarns but this one's pretty! I think I cast on about 24 sts and knit in garter st til I was almost out of yarn. I made button holes on the 3rd to last row by doing k2 tog, yo. Next time I'll do the button holes near the beginning instead of at the end to avoid the guesswork / panic. The buttons are wood (made out of branches!) from my lys.

Comment & questions welcome!

Liz
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Embroidered Bird on a Branch Knitting Needle Roll! on: December 11, 2006 10:53:22 AM
Last year I made a "Basic Cable" hat for my brother's fiance for christmas and I guess it inspired her to learn how to knit. Now she's knitting socks and everything! So, this year I wanted to give her something knitting related cause I'm all about feeding people's addictions  Wink

The bird & branch were "free stitched" on my sewing machine. i just drew out the design with tailors chalk and went to town with my quilting foot. The inside fabrics are both vintage from thrift stores.

outside



for scale



inside open



flap down



all rolled up!



I hope she gets lots of use out of it. I worked for about 5 hours straight on it yesterday!

Comments welcome & appreciated!

Liz
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Cabochon/Cameo Pendants/Brooches! on: December 06, 2006 02:02:06 PM
I recently started making jewelry combining vintage & new pieces. It keeps me productive when I'm not motivated enough to sew! Here's some of the necklaces I've been working on. They have brooch pins on the back so they're multi-functional!







I hope you like them!

Liz
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Beret or une petit jaunty chapeau! *Now with Pattern!* on: October 16, 2006 05:09:44 PM
After searching high and low for a suitable beret pattern I was pointed to this pattern: http://www.thegarterbelt.com/wb_lastminutepurl.html by a few people so I took that, added some simple cables and kinda winged it and ended up with this:



close up of side/top & cable action



It's made out of Misti Cotton (http://www.mistialpaca.com/catalog.php?collection=9&page=0) in Eggplant. It's 83% cotton, 17% silk, & dreamy to knit with. I think I'll have to make a wool one when it starts to get colder though!

Here's my modified version of the pattern!

I used a set of 5 US size 9 DPNs (5.5 mm). You may want to use a size smaller for the ribbing so it stays on your head better. Oh also, if you decided to cast on less stitches (72), you won't have enough to do the last cable round.

CO 80 stitches and divide evenly among the needles (20sts) each. Place stitch marker every 10 sts. (I just put one in the middle of all the sts on each needle and think of it as an imaginary marker when I switch needles. Make sense?)

Join in the round and work in 2 x 2 rib for 8 rounds.

Row 9: (Increasing) *K2, M1; Rep from * to end.

Row 10-15: Knit

Row 16: *CF6, K to marker; Rep from * to end.

Row 17-23: Repeat Rows 10-16

Row 24: (Decreasing round 1) *K3, K2tog; Rep from * to end.

Row 25-29: Knit

Row 30: *CF6, K to marker; Rep from * to end.

Row 31: (Decreasing round 2) *K2, K2tog; Rep from * to end.

Row 32-37: Repeat Rows 25-30

Row 38: (Decreasing round 3): *K1, K2tog; Rep from * to end.

Row 39-43: Repeat Rows 25-29

Row 44: CF6; Rep to end

Row 45: (Decreasing round 4): K2tog; Rep to end.

Row 46: (Decreasing round 5): K2tog; Rep to end.

Row 47: (Decreasing round 6): K2tog; Rep to end. (6 sts remaining)

Leaving a 12 inch tail, cut off yarn and draw through remaining stitches. Pull tail through to the inside of the hat and pull tight & fasten. Weave in ends with a tapestry needle.

xo Lizbot
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know of a cute BERET pattern? on: October 11, 2006 02:55:33 PM
I'm looking for a beret pattern. Preferably made with worsted weight.. Maybe with a bit of lace or cables.. Something good.. So far my search has been fruitless. Anyone seen any around?

Thanks!

Liz
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink Skulls & Tweed! Slouch Purse & Matching Wallet on: January 19, 2006 02:41:43 PM
I whipped these up at the request of my friend. Thanks to tinafish and hdoglovesyou for their tutorials.

http://www3.telus.net/moonboots/knit/briannespurse%20010.jpg
http://www3.telus.net/moonboots/knit/briannespurse%20008.jpg
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skull Mitts for my Dad! on: January 04, 2006 02:07:19 PM
I made my dad these mittens for his 51st birthday which was right before xmas. I used a free pattern off bernat.com and just made up a chart in excel and used duplicate stitch to put the skull on. The yarn I used was some Norwegian celestial something or other chunky handspun 100% wool that i picked up at my LYS. The picture's sort of on a weird angle... I'll have to try to get a better picture next time i see him.

http://www3.telus.net/moonboots/knit/dadmitts.jpg
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Big Lebowski Jesus Quintana stencil? anyone want to help? on: December 08, 2005 11:47:46 AM
does anyone want to help me make a stencil out of this photo?:



It's the biggest version I can find of it but i want to make it big enough for a t-shirt... thanks!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! with Bernat "Soft Boucle Mitts" pattern on: November 16, 2005 09:01:29 PM
I'm working on my first attempt at mitts using this pattern http://www.bernat.com/data/pattern/pdf/instruction_210.pdf?PHPSESSID=81d06108b25cbd10500c4ce322259b61

I just finished all the increases in the "Shape Thumb" section and now I'm at "***Beg with purl row..." but I'm stumped! do I just keep working on the thumb section and then do the main section after?

Thanks!
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