I cast on for this on Thursday night, and I'm already past the armholes. I'm really happy with how quickly it's been going. Here's a picture for the heck of it, even though it doesn't look much like the real color (which I love).
So here's my finished kind-of-Danica. Blocking in my mom's basement (she doesn't have nosy cats to help with blocking). This first photo is really close to the real colors.
how thick it is when it's rolled up
This took me way too long to finish because I got nervous that it wasn't going to turn out right. It's for my husband's guitar teacher, who is sweet and wonderful but is also internationally known/famous (he has a wikipedia page, I mean, seriously, how could I NOT be nervous???). His favorite colors are blue and green, so I tried to go with that but not be too crayola-y. I'm still not really happy with how the decrease stitches look, and how that little chunk of green sticks out on the right, but I tell myself he won't really notice. Overall though, I am really happy with how this turned out. I'm going to tell him I expect to see it on an album cover soon. For now though, it will be hanging out and waiting until it's not 90 degrees. (We live in Missouri so he will get use out of it if this stupid heat ever breaks.) Needles: size 9s Yarn: RYC Cashsoft Aran in Shades 006 and 008 (two balls of each) Vital Stats: 6 feet long by 6.25 inches wide
I used the instructions for entrelac by Eunny Jang in the Spring 07 IK. It's only 8 repeats, but it's an entrelac scarf so I figure it counts. I'm using RYC Cashsoft Aran. It's so soft and nice. I'm a poor college student and we splurged on this as a gift for my husband's guitar teacher, so it's really nice to use such awesome yarn.
Okay, here is my bag. It still needs to be shaved and buttoned.
This pic isn't all that great, the one side looks like it sticks out more than the other, but it doesn't. Bbut it was 97 outside today, so I didn't feel like messing with it. This pic also washes out the color again, but I'm sure you're sick of me saying that by now.
I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I can't wait to go button shopping for it!
ETA: Here it is shaved, buttoned, and with my stuff in it.
Obviously I haven't needle felted an embellishment yet. And the flash made the button/toggle look a lot lighter than it is, I promise it doesn't clash in real life. That's what's left of the skein of Lamb's Pride, yay for one skein projects!
I'm nervous about posting this because I know it's pretty lame and boring, but this is my very first needle felted project, and I'm excited. I usually hang out in the knitting board, and I know those guys are pretty cool with beginners posting simple things, so I'm hoping you guys will bear with me and my coaster. The main part of the coaster is knitted and then felted (it was a swatch for a felted knitting project that I've been using as a coaster for months). I used Patons Classic Merino yarn because that's all I had lying around. an A I just made up to mess with the felting kit
I have a couple questions too. Do I keep stabbing until the plying disappears (if that's the right word, I'm talking about the twists)? By looking at the back, did I stab too deeply? You can't see a lot of the brown, but there is some. Are you supposed to see any of the color you're felting on? Sorry if these questions have already been answered a bunch of times, I tried searching the discussions board but I don't even know enough about felting to know what to ask!
I believe you are making a hem. I'm guessing it's worked from the waist down, so you are making the waistband part. I think the thing that might be confusing you is when it says you will end up with one stitch on the right needle. It means you will have one stitch for each of the two you are purling together. You put the CO stitches up to the normal/live stitches, and you have x stitches on each needle. With your right needle (the folded part is in your left hand) you will purl the first stitch from the CO stitches and the first stitch from the live stitches into one stitch. You repeat this, purling the second stitch of the CO stitches and the second stitch from the live stitches, and so on. If it helps, another way you could achieve this look is to have just CO normally, and then later you could fold the CO edge up and sew it onto the sixth row. I hope that makes some sense, it's really hard to explain without pictures, and I couldn't find any. You could also search for how to do a picot edge, because it's the same idea just without the actual picot part.
Also I drew some crappy ms paint diagrams. I'm sorry that they suck. This is how your two left needles will be lined up. One green stitch and one red stitch will be purled together.
Now this is supposed to be after you've purled them. Notice how there is only one new blue stitch for every red and green pair (there are less total stitches in this picture but that's just my leet art skillz). This is to show how the red and green stitches get purled together under the new stitch.
If that doesn't make sense, let me know and I will whip something up and take some real pics for you.
I have to share the newest addition to my cotton stash with you guys. I went to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) thrift store, and they had a ton of 100% cotton sweaters, AND they had 50% off today! I got these four sweaters for $6.75. I was pretty excited. The one on the upper right (with the cat checking it out) is bulky and super soft. (If it wasn't an extra small I would wear it). As for the white one on the bottom, I have never felt cotton as soft as it is. It still had its price tag (I got a $68 sweater for 2 bucks!) and it might not become washcloths after all because it's so incredibly soft.
This will be my first time recycling yarn, and I figured washcloths were a good start because if I end up wasting some yarn by not cutting it in the right places or something, that'll just be one less washcloth, as opposed to one less sleeve. Sorry to ramble but I'm just really excited. Look at all those washcloths to be for less than $7!
I'm trying to make a dog sweater (more like a vest) but the patterns I've seen are too complicated for my knitting experience level. I'm wondering if you all think it would be possible to knit one entirely in the round, with long buttonholes instead of shaped leg holes. Could it work? What other modifications would you suggest?
Knitting for Dogs has a pattern called "Feral Fair Isle" that is knit in the round. You could easily make it without the fair isle part if you wanted. It is knit in the round until you reach the armholes (legholes, whatever ) and then the part that's over the back of the dog is worked back and forth while the tummy stitches are on a spare needle. Then the tummy part is worked back and forth (on a separate set of needles) and then the two are rejoined after the armpits in the round again. I hope that made some sense, I can try to explain it better if not. I've never made it personally though, I just have a copy of it, so I can't vouch for how good of a pattern it is, though it is a pretty general, custimizable dog sweater. You might want to check it out at the library or something and see if it's what you're looking for. http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Dogs-Irresistible-Patterns-Favorite/dp/0743270169/ref=sr_1_2/104-2369821-4999145?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1185598418&sr=8-2 Here's a picture of the copy I have. It's not the best pic because the sweater is white so it doesn't show up well, but at least you get an idea of the shape.