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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Get published! on: October 25, 2007 04:41:11 PM
Hi Craftsters!  I'm the author of a forthcoming knitting book called *Picture Perfect Knits* and my publisher, Chronicle Books, is sponsoring a contest for knitters. The book is all about intarsia, and we want you all to submit your own intarsia charts. The top five designs will be included in the book---how cool is that? Plus, you'll get a free copy of the book when it's published and huge Craftster bragging rights!

Here's the link:

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/?p=622

The deadline is November 29, 2007, so get cracking on your own awesome designs! Good luck, everyone!
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / Yarn in Budapest, Hungary? on: July 10, 2007 04:10:11 AM
I'm visiting family in Budapest and I really want to find a yarn store to check out the Hungarian knitting scene, but I can't find one!!! Does anyone know of a yarn store in Budapest?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Peruvian Baby Sweater on: February 23, 2007 12:06:21 AM
I can't believe I've never posted this on Craftster, as it's one of my favorite knitting projects! I designed a baby sweater based on some Peruvian chullo hats and I think it turned out pretty well. Check it out:

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/24d56cbc59.jpg

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/adf16c1c34.jpg

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/2626563f2d.jpg

http://www.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/d75823650e.jpg

Thanks for lookin!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Baby Blanket on: January 09, 2007 09:13:01 PM
I'm on an entrelac/self-striping yarn kick right now. Hence this blanket:



The big news is that I learned how to knit backwards for this project, which greatly increased the speed of knitting entrelac.

More info on my blog.

http://nocturnalknits.blogspot.com/2007/01/entrelac-baby-blanket.html

EDIT: Here's a good link for instructions on how to knit backwards: http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/FEATreverse.html
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Caps to the Capital Hat on: December 17, 2006 11:08:30 PM
I've been working on making some baby hats for the "Caps to the Capital" program. Tonight, I pulled out some Moda Dea Sassy Strips yarn and whipped this one out:



Anyone else making hats for this program? If you don't know about it, here's a link:  http://www.savethechildren.org/campaigns/caps-to-the-capital/

These hats are so easy and quick to make, it's a great antidote to those huge, long-term projects we're all working on. It's also a great way to bust your stash (or a good reason to buy new yarn), and you're helping children around the world! What more could you ask for?

I've made a few more... I'll post them once I take pics.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Self-Striping One-Skein Hat on: December 12, 2006 10:15:49 PM
I felt like making myself a hat. So I went down to Michael Levine's in Los Angeles and found some Filatura DiCrosa's 127 Print yarn in color 41. I bought two skeins, but was lucky to get away with only using one for this hat:





(Sorry for the crappy pics. I took them with my iSight camera under bad lighting.)

Of course, I have a small head, so most people would probably have to use more than one skein to make a hat. 

By the way, my new obsession is self-striping yarn. I can't get enough.

So now I have another skein of this yarn left over. Any ideas of what I should do with it?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Photo Quilt Birthday Present - LOTS O' PICS on: December 12, 2006 06:52:37 PM
A week before my mom's 60th birthday I still didn't have a present for her. She's been everywhere, done everything, and has all the material things she'll ever need. So what on earth was I going to get for her?

So I decided to make her a photo quilt. I figured I would get 60 photos and make a quilt with 60 squares. I didn't have time to order the fabric you print directly onto, and I didn't have the wherewithal to go out and buy alum and whatnot to make the fabric, so I decided just to use those inkjet transfers, even though it ends up feeling like plastic.

So, with less than a week to put it all together, I got started.  It basically took three whole days, but I'm blessed with being unemployed currently, so I was able to get it all together.

Here's the result:









and here she is enjoying it:



I think it turned out pretty well. If I had more time, I would have definitely printed directly onto fabric because the iron-on transfer paper is really finicky. I've never really quilted, so I figure I did okay!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hearts and Ruffles Baby Dress on: December 06, 2006 02:58:02 PM
I was recently commissioned to make a baby gift for the upcoming arrival of a friend's niece. She wanted something summery, for when the baby will be about six months old. Here's what I came up with:



The little hearts around the band are done in intarsia, and the top is actually two pieces. The straps continue straight down the back, so the back is open...hopefully it's not too risque! The skirt is actually a full yard of eyelet cotton (with pink cotton lining underneath), and I sewed it on with my sewing machine.

If I could do it over again, I would add more of the light pink to the bodice, but I was getting a little pressed for time. Any thoughts?

(More info on my blog: http://nocturnalknits.blogspot.com/2006/12/baby-dress-and-entrelac-scarf.html)
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Entrelac Noro Kureyon Scarf on: December 06, 2006 02:45:44 PM
So, I had a dilemma. I loved everyone's Lady Eleanor scarves, but I didn't feel the urge to buy a million balls of Noro Kureyon. In desperation, I went to eBay and found a good deal on three balls of Kureyon. So instead of Lady Eleanor, I made a smaller, thinner version. Here's a pic of my foster kittens modeling it:



It's basically just an entrelac scarf of 7 stitches per block, and 3 blocks per row. I think it turned out to be a good compromise, no?

More pics and info on my blog. http://nocturnalknits.blogspot.com/2006/12/baby-dress-and-entrelac-scarf.html
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Self-striping and self-patterning yarns on: November 15, 2006 11:58:21 AM
Hi all,

I want to get some self-striping or self-patterning yarn to make newborn hats for charity. I want them to be pretty, but I'm not going to bother doing any color work when I'm trying to make as many of these hats as I can!

I want the yarn to be either worsted or sport weight, and preferably machine washable. Anyone have any suggestions? I've never ventured into the self-striping world before!

BTW, I'm knitting the hats for Save The Children. Here's a link: http://www.savethechildren.org/campaigns/caps-to-the-capital/

Any advice would be appreciated!  Grin
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