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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the owl cable hat - it's hootarific! on: February 03, 2007 05:28:16 PM
After I saw this post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147646.0) I immediately plunked down and whipped out an owl cable hat of my very own.  I used Plymouth Encore, which I had lying around from a previous knitting project.   I only made a few adjustments to the pattern.  The ribbed band is 2" instead of 1.5".  I cut out the second St st section immediately after the owl motif and went straight to the decrease.  And I added a pompom.  I love it!  I might toss it in the wash soon to tighten it up a little.  Also, I wanted to give one of the owls eyes, as someone suggested in the original post...but all my buttons were way too big.  This might require a shopping trip...

The close up (ignore my inability to move the camera strap out of the shot...):


And the action shot:
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / doubleknit "snowball's chance in hell" scarf on: January 29, 2007 12:59:08 PM
yaaay, my first project with double knitting!  it actually turned out to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.  I found the chart at anticraft and then just kind of made up the pattern.  I knit this for my sister, so she picked out the yarn.  it's manos del uruguay in black and a kind of silvery gray.

one side:


the reverse:


my sister models the finished product:
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my cherry garcia neckwarmer! - now w/the MODIFIED version on: December 17, 2006 02:36:45 PM
It turned out really cozy.  I used some of the Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky that I have lying around.  The color is a really beautiful burnt orange.  And my gauge was bigger than Hello Yarn's, so I did the cables on the 8th row instead of the 9th.  I'm glad I did, because the Baby Alpaca has a tendency to drape, and that gave it more bulk.

Just blocked:


Action shot (ignore my sleepy face, it's finals!):


EDIT:
Over the winter break I reworked this to be less floppy.  Basically I took out one cable and then redistributed the stitches of its companion in a series of knit stitches which divide the cable panels (did that make sense at all?)  I lost my notes on this, but I will try to figure out more specifically what I did if anyone's interested.  Here's the finished product:
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Holiday knits...and some cute baby hats! on: December 15, 2006 03:26:07 PM
I finally spent a few hours just doing the finishing on all my knitted gifts this year, so of course I did what any self-respecting craftster would do...and took pictures!

1. scarf for grandfather
It's actually much more of a deep red color than in the picture.  Moss stitch and fringe...simple!  I used some alpaca I had kicking around.


2. Basic Cable (SnB) hat for sister
My first venture into cables.  I had a lot of Mission Falls merino superwash scraps, so I made it stripey.  I used to be intimidated by cables...but no longer!  I am fearless!


3. baby hats for cousin
My cousin just had a baby (yay!).  I started knitting these before the baby was born...way back in October.  It was my first experience with DPNs, and I found out that I love them!  They're awesome!  I will never knit anything flat ever again.  To make these hats I just modified the umbilical hat from SnB.  A shortened umbilical cord = cutey looking fruit!
25  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / old band tshirt - want an UNUSUAL recon on: December 12, 2006 12:05:25 PM
I have an awesome ripped up Scorpions tshirt that I reconned in high school.  I used to wear it around all the time and feel super ironic while hanging out with my uber-hip art friends.  Unfortunately, the tshirt has since gotten pretty raggedy in places and now I can't really wear it.  Also my style has changed; I don't think I could wear a ripped up hair metal shirt anymore.  But I love this shirt too much to let it go!  I've seen all the usual ideas: shirt to skirt, bag, pillow, quilt, etc.  I'm looking for an idea that might be a little bit more...unusual?  Something unexpected and quirky.  Any ideas?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / earwarmer? forget that, I've got earwarmEST! [PATTERN ADDED] on: December 09, 2006 12:33:13 PM
EDIT: Pattern at the bottom of the first page, scroll down!

I saw an earwarmer like this in a store, and realized I could make a far better one from materials I had lying around the house.  I thought about using Knitty's calorimetry as a basis, but I liked the way the pattern of the one I saw goes up over the head instead of across it...so I just kind of made something up.  Cast on, and an hour later I was ready to go out to lunch in style!

This kind of shows the shaping...I don't know why it looks so angular in these photos, I think the edge was just folded weird:


The inside:


Action shot:


I went back later and added a lining inside for extra warmness and to help keep its shape.  Soooo cozy!  This is my new favorite for winter.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I accidentally knitted the biggest and ugliest beret ever [Edited to add photos] on: December 05, 2006 06:18:53 PM
I thought to myself "hell, why pay for one of these things?  I'll just knit one!"  After five hours I had something that would only be worn by a giant.  Or an elf.  A giant, giant elf.  Despite the fact that I followed the pattern exactly, the decreases make the top into a kind of conical shape.  Damn.

So...can anyone suggest a pattern for a beret that ISN'T big enough to fit my entire head inside?

EDIT:
I figured someone should at least benefit from my hard work, so here are the photos for you to chuckle over.

It's big:


You could seriously fit a tiny country on top of my head:
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help me modify a pattern, knitting gods/godesses! on: November 19, 2006 10:33:34 PM
I want to make something like this (these were the only pictures I could find that describe what I'm talking about, but more like the second than the first):

http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=13462&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=1787&iMainCat=11
OR
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=25597&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=10&iSubCat=23&iProductID=25597

I found this as a starting point:
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/prudence/prudence_easy.html

But I want the sleeves to be a little longer and the v-neck to be deeper.  I know this can't be especially difficult - it looks like a mind numbingly easy knit.  But I am just a complete dunce at patterns.  Can anyone suggest how to modify the above, or maybe another pattern that's closer to what I want?
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / MANLY knitting gifts (I'm at a loss) on: November 12, 2006 10:12:15 PM
I want to knit something for my boyfriend for Christmas, but I want to make sure it's something he's actually going to wear.  I was thinking a scarf, because he always seems to be losing his and taking mine.  The last scarf he had which he loved was a nice long one in a thick maroon/cream stripe.  I don't have anything like that...but I do have a nice red alpaca wool, so that's that he gets.

Men: what kind of scarf would you put around your neck?  can I do fringe?  am I allowed to do an interesting stitch, like moss or seed stitch, or will men only wear things in garter stitch?  can I do moss stitch AND fringe, or is this a strictly one-or-the-other kind of deal?

Ladies: any comments on what kinds of knitting gifts you've had success giving to your favorite men in the past?
30  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / "Mix and match" challenge? on: November 06, 2006 10:21:27 PM
This idea occured to me after seeing this post:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107543.0

What about a challenge where you have to combine two craft areas?  One area has to be one that you're already familiar with, and the other one has to be something you've never tried before.  then you have to use them together to create one craft.  for example, maybe you know a lot about quilting but have never tried oil painting.  so you'd have to somehow use both skills in making something.  Most creative combinations win!

I think it would be neat to see what people come up with.  Also it would be a fun way to encourage people to branch out and try new skills.
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