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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gryffindor House Sweater on: October 30, 2007 03:58:19 PM
hey everyone. what's up? i just got finished with a craftster swap, in which i agreed to trade a hand-knit Gryffindor sweater in time for Halloween in exchange for a super-duper new needle roll. pretty neat, huh? anyhow, here's a picture of the finished product:



pretty okay, amirite? unfortunately my swap partner has only just received it, so I can't put up any action shots. the whole gripping tale was chronicled faithfully on my blog if you want to check it out, and there are a few more details in this post (http://sirknitsalot.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/the-season-of-giving-begins/)if you're interested. thanks for reading!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / a shrug of my own design (now with action shot, and a pattern-ish!) on: September 26, 2007 05:33:19 PM
so, i turned nineteen in august. and was blessed with a gift certificate to my LYS. after having grabbed all of the stuff i absolutely needed, my Elderly LYS Owner friend and I commiserated, and decided that the rest of the certificate would be best spent on two skeins of Paton's Shetland Chunky, in this gorgeous shimmery leaf-green color. It was just enough to make this:




It's a basic seamless raglan, with a "snowdrop lace" pattern that I picked up from a day-by-day knitting calendar. (tacky? maybe. but so it is.) it comes to just about the bottom of my ribcage; a good shruglike length, I think. it's blocking as we speak; this was a just-off-the-needles picture. and I have no buttons for it as of yet, which is why there are no action shots. (it's a pity because it means you can't see the nice crocheted edging.) still, though; pretty sweet.

okay, new and improved! here is a picture of me wearing the thing, also it has some buttons on it:



pretty okay, huh? now, one poor soul asked for a pattern. i didn't use one, so that's a little tricky, and the beginner's raglan KAL might be more useful to you. but here's the general idea.

1. take a tape measure, measure around your neck/shoulders to see how long this thing needs to be.
2. get your gauge. multiply st/inch by the number of inches you just measured; cast on.
3. do some ribbing, probably. afterwards, divide up your stitches with markers like this: 33% of total stitches, + 2, will be for the back. 25% of the back stitches, + 2, will be for each sleeve. what's left will be the front. (it would make sense to have these front stitches be divided evenly down the middle, for the front of your cardi-thing.)
4. start knitting. for the raglan sleeves: on the RS, inc 1 on each side of each stitch marker. (there should be four of them.) on the WS, just purl. continue until the sleeve-area is as wide as your arms; i needed about 10 or 11 inches.
5. after you've reached the right sleeve size, put those on stitch holders, join the under-arm area, and knit til you're done. later, go back with some needles, rejoin the yarn, and finish knitting the sleeves.

as for the "snowdrop" pattern - i'm not very good at speaking in knitting, so i'm going to do this zimmerman-style and just talk it out. on the RS, figure out a place where you'd like a snowdrop-thing. (i spaced them more or less evenly across the thing.) at this point, SSK, and YO. do this as many times as pleases you. then, on the WS, when you get to the same spot, do this: P2tog, and by 2 i mean the YO and the stitch directly in front of it. then YO, then keep knitting. does that make sense? on the RS, you're going to slip the stitch directly in front of the YO, then knit the YO, then do another YO... it took me a few mistakes to figure out, feel free to experiment.

i hope that's what you all were looking for. talk to me about it if you wish! love, rachel.

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / blackbird singing in the dead of night: a tote on: September 20, 2007 06:32:55 PM
this should be prefaced by the statement that i don't really know how to sew. or, i know how to use a sewing machine mostly, but i have been turning my mother's hair gray since the first pattern i lost patience with and ditched. but i had this fabric i liked, and this other fabric that was pretty okay, and a burning urge to spraypaint a bird onto something. so, here we are:



i am sorry if that is massive; i am not good at resizing things. but there you go. the fabric is a burlap-y sort of material, and the lining is an old, moldy pillowcase. the stencil is handmade and handpainted by yours truly. i supplemented my dreadful sewing skills with this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=29876.0 helpful tutorial on craftster. i have been using it all the time now; it holds up pretty well, and no one has figured out yet that i made it. (i think.) i will leave you with one more picture, because i think the lining is pretty neat:



thanks for reading!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Knitty's Thermal! on: August 02, 2007 06:24:45 PM
hello internet. i am writing on the tail end of a burst of joy and relief; i have all but woven in the very last end of knitty's thermal. see? (you can tell it was harrowing, because i look drugged and unkempt.)



specifics:

pattern: knitty's thermal in size A.
yarn: burgundy knitpicks gloss, 6.5 skeins.
needles: US size 3, i still didn't quite get gauge.
modifications: none, except for length so it would fit.
overall experience: highly enjoyable!

if you would like to read all of that again, and more of me rambling, feel free to check out my blog: http://sirknitsalot.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/free-at-last-free-at-last/

thank you for reading, and have a nice day!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hat and skirt! on: February 10, 2007 01:19:36 PM
hey craftsters. i'm really a knitter at heart, but taught myself to crochet over winter break from college. so far i love it; it goes a lot faster than knitting, honestly. to test my newfound skills, i started with a modified version of the City Girl Cap:



(by "modified", i mean that i ran out of yarn. but it's sort of ok; i think i like a shorter brim better.)

also, on a more self-designed note, a skirt!



the gray is all double crochet, and the red triple crochet. i need to find a red ribbon to use as a drawstring. it was based loosely on both Happy Hooker's Violet Beauregard and Knitty's eyelet skirt. the colors are less gross in real life, and there's some picot edging at the bottom that you can't see. i had wanted to crochet some roses and attach them near the hem, but i don't really have enough red yarn left...

thank you, crochet board, for looking at my first crocheted FOs. have a nice day.

love, rachel.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first sweater! on: February 10, 2007 01:11:45 PM
hey craftster. what's up. i'm a fairly inexperienced knitter, as is evidenced by the fact that this is my first post on the knitting board. but i like it a lot, and this winter i made a sweater as a friend's christmas present in order to thank her for the beautiful wool blanket she knitted me. the pattern is from Nicki Trench's The Cool Girl's Guide to Knitting. (don't judge.) i had to modify it so that it wasn't massive and tentlike; even the small is really large. it still came out too big; i'm modeling it in the picture below, and my friend is smaller than i am by about 30 pounds and three inches.

in all its glory:



it's a pretty warm brown; it comes off as more grayish in that photo. a truer color, and a closeup of the rolled hem, is here:



thanks for looking!

-rachel
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / muscle-y goodness on: December 24, 2005 06:02:32 PM
hi everyone! even though it's christmas eve, and i haven't finished my mother's present, i decided to sew a tshirt for myself? yeah, i don't really know either. anyways, here it is: (no before picture, sorry. it was a men's large, i can tell you that.)



and a close-up of the (awesome) graphic:



thanks for looking!


(this is my very first post, i'm sort of excited.)
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