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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Flapperish or 1930's Cloche Hat with Flower - - Pattern Too! on: January 29, 2007 10:27:54 AM
Oh, I feel so silly! I just made a very similar hat over the weekend and was all proud... I even posted it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=148764.0

Then today I browsed the boards and found this beautiful hat! I guess it's just one of the perils of crafting, right?
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flowery Skull Cap on: January 28, 2007 05:44:12 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/176/372082681_2ab5c4a6c4_b.jpg

It feels so weird to be posting on the crochet board- I'm mainly a knitter! But I got the urge to start hooking the other night, and in a matter of hours I had worked up that hat!

I based the pattern on an old skull cap pattern that I found years ago at an old website called GroovyCrochet.com - you can find the link here now:
http://web.archive.org/web/20011030183301/www.cei.net/~vchisam/groovy/kim_skull.html

I made quite a few modifications, as the gauge is TOTALLY off in that pattern (the first time I made it, it could have fit a watermelon). The yarn is just some random worsted weight acrylic I had in my stash. I used a size G hook.

I wore this hat all day yesterday on a wine tour, and it was a hit! I may have just converted back to crochet ;-)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Projects from "Handknit Holidays" by Melanie Falick on: January 08, 2007 08:32:28 AM
knittnkitten those are beautiful! I bet your grandma loved them. I've been wanting to try that pattern--how hard was it? I've never made gloves before.

You know, they really weren't too bad- just time consuming. The directions are pretty clear. The only thing I had trouble with was that when I first cast on, the cuff seemed WAY too big. Had I actually read the pattern a little more carefully, I would have realized that the cuffs are meant to bell out, and that once you start the hand part, you decrease.

Even if you've never done gloves before, I'd say go for it! Especially if you don't mind working with dpns (I actually love dpns). It's really a beautiful pattern- and if you need any help, just post here or pm me!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Projects from "Handknit Holidays" by Melanie Falick on: January 07, 2007 04:05:38 PM
I knit up a pair of Vintage Beaded Gloves for my Grandma for Christmas... they were a lot of work, but SO worth it!



I only had time to snap a quick picture- I finished these at 3:45 on Christmas day!!!

The yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca & Silk, and I knit these on size 0 dpns.

P.S. I was one of the lucky recipients of knitchick2's knit ornaments, and let me tell you- she did a beautiful job! I was so happy to get a little bit of knitted happiness to hang on my tree Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help make me a pin-up girl! (need DIY photo/costume/hair/pose ideas!) on: January 05, 2007 02:29:10 PM
Just adding my two cents! My boyfriend and I take a funny Christmas Card photo every year, and this year we went with a fifties theme:


To do my hair, I just curled it like crazy, and then pinned it up a little in the back so that it looked more like a bob (my hair is actually more shoulder length). Bobby pins and lots of hairspray helps.

As far as my outfit- the skirt is just a regular old A-line skirt that I had in my closet, but to make it more "fifties", I hiked it up to my high waistline and used a clothespin to secure it in the back.

The shoes are from Wal-Mart!

Also lots of blush on the apples of your cheeks for nice, rosy cheeks.

Hope that helps Smiley Sounds like a fun project.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My first felted sweater re-con - mittens!!! They are sooooo warm!! on: November 09, 2006 09:24:52 AM
That's so funny- I have thrift-store sweaters felting in the washer downstairs as we speak! I'm planning to make them into mittens for a warm winter clothing drive that my friend is doing for an inner-city elementary school. The only problem is that I don't have a sewing machine, so I'll be hand-sewing!  Undecided

Your mittens look great, and have really inspired me even more!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anna Socks from Rowan #40 on: October 31, 2006 09:17:42 AM
Guys, thanks so much for all the sweet comments! I absolutely love these socks, and would highly recommend them, even for beginners- the lace pattern is really easy, and I think it would be a good introduction to socks.

Just thought I'd share how I incorporated the socks into my Halloween costume on Saturday:


The only problem was that I didn't realize how slippery handknit socks can be- in the middle of my party I wiped out on the wood floors in front of everyone, and fell flat on my butt!  Embarrassed whoops!

Happy Halloween everyone!  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Anna Socks from Rowan #40 on: October 26, 2006 06:45:48 AM
Question -- did you block them?  Your lace, like mine, seems to be spiralling a bit. Which doesn't look bad per se, but different than in the picture in the pattern.  Hmmm.

I haven't blocked them yet...and I'm not sure if I will. I kind of like the spiraling look... plus the socks fit so perfectly now that I'm afraid if I do anything more to them, they won't fit anymore! I may still block them though- I know that will make the lace pattern open up more. I don't know, I'm torn!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anna Socks from Rowan #40 on: October 25, 2006 08:22:15 PM
http://static.flickr.com/93/279350184_7d691a0194_b.jpg

As part of my contribution to Socktoberfest, I present to you my freshly-finished Anna Socks! I'm very pleased with how they turned out!

Rowan isn't really in my budget at the moment, so I substituted Knitpicks Gloss in Black. What a great yarn! Smooth and silky, but tough at the same time- no splits, no pilling. Just pure perfection. Best of all I was able to get away with using only one hank per sock, bringing the grand total for these babies to about $8.

The lace pattern is easy to memorize, and interesting enough so that I didn't suffer from second sock syndrome. I seriously want a pair of these in every color!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New VK and IK previews on: July 24, 2006 04:28:58 PM
Both issues definitely look promising, especially IK's (and especially after their horrendous summer issue- the vast majority of patterns were just so BLEH). The patterns in the issue are beautiful.

There is one thing though- and maybe it's just cause I've had a glass of wine- but don't alot of the IK patterns look sort of.... familiar to you? Like the Supernova pullover seems just like the Pentagon pullover that Grumperina made from Knitting Nature...and the Equnox Yoke pullover is really reminiscent of the Sugar Plum Pullover from Handknit Holidays. What do you think?
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