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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / some recent FO's on: February 22, 2011 10:38:41 AM
hi crafters!

here are some of my recent FOs.


They are susie's reading mitts from Dancing Ewe Yarns. The pattern was simple to follow but there are a few errors in it i think.
the only thing i didn't like about this project was my tension was uneven and they look kind of wonky, but not when they are being worn.
here's the pattern link
http://www.dancingewe-yarns.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?display=action&emptyoverride=yes&template=PDGCommTemplates/DE/freepatterns.html

next up is Meret from Woolly Wormhead


i used a skein of malabrigo worsted that i had lying around. this pattern knit up really quickly and is really pretty!

finally is another pair of mitts -

These are Cozy Thermal Mitts - i found the pattern on Ravelry. I had trouble making my gauge fit - i even went down 2 needle sizes and they are still a little big. I'm giving them to a friend for his birthday. I used 2 skeins of Knit Picks Shamrock i had stashed away.

hope you like it!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / owl-y french press cozy on: February 10, 2011 02:08:58 PM
my friend loves her french press. a lot. she brings it to work with her and everything. i figured a french press cozy would be a good present for her (although she drinks so much coffee i'm not sure she leaves any in the french press for a cozy to keep warm).

i made up my own design because i didn't find any patterns that struck my fancy.


the eyes look a little googly in the first picture - it makes me laugh.

here's an up close of one of the owl cables:


it has an owl cable on each side, and three regular cables evenly spaced between. it holds on with three braided ties. the first picture is more accurate color-wise.

if for any reason you want to read more or see extra pics, the blog post is here : http://wistfulplying.blogspot.com/2011/02/anissas-french-press-cozy-because.html

hope you like it!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Criss-Cross Cable Headband - My first pattern (link)!! on: January 19, 2011 12:11:23 PM
Hope you like it!

I've been playing around with knitted headbands lately, and haven't been satisfied with the patterns I've been finding..so I pulled out a stitch dictionary and came up with this headband.





Sorry for the cheesy pics - it's hard to take pictures of your own head!

I wrote up a quick pattern if anyone is interested. It look a little less than half a skein of wool-ease, so maybe about 75-80 yards? It's a great project to use up leftover skeins from other projects!

I put the pattern on my blog and on ravelry-
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/criss-cross-cable-headband
or
http://wistfulplying.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-first-pattern.html

Since it's my first pattern, please let me know if there are any mistakes or things that don't make sense... Cheesy

Happy Knitting!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cable Comfort Throw on: January 03, 2011 11:23:46 AM
This darn blanket took me forever!!
I started it in October, vowing that I would have it done by the end of the month. November rolled along and I SWORE I would have it finished by then. December crept up on me, and I finally finished it on December 19th - just in time for me to wrap it up and give it to my parents for christmas!

Here it is in all its glory-





I'm not a very good photographer, but you get the picture. It took me about 7 skeins of Wool Ease Thick n' Quick, so it weighs about 800 pounds. It is heavy and warm and wonderful (as evidence by the last photo, taken at my parents cabin in the snow).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / fake isle on: January 04, 2008 08:45:21 PM
i've fallen very behind on my knitting with school and work and such, so i decided that i had to finish at least one project over my holiday break. said break ends on tuesday, and i present my one FO! its the infamous fake isle from magknits, made with plymouth boku and wool of the andes. this was my first time using boku, and despite the fact that it breaks easily the colorway is really pretty.
i actually made it with size 7 needles, but it turned out HUGE! it was like i had a bucket on my head, and i hadn't even finished it yet... so i frogged it three days ago and started over with size 5s. this one fits perfect, and will work wonderfully keeping my head warm this january as i hike all over the forests of school in the rain.

without further ado..



lovely blurry close-up
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kitty in a doggy sweater on: July 09, 2007 05:47:32 PM
So I work at a dog boutique on the weekends, and we sell crappy made in china dog sweaters for obscene prices... so my boss asked me to see if i can make some cute sweaters to sell (yay). here is my first attempt! its a size small and i put it on my cat cause i love her and she hates me.





and here's a cute picture of her sleeping

(im not a crazy cat lady, i swear!)
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / not another short n sweet! on: May 18, 2007 05:30:57 PM
this is my first project from the happy hooker book. im not all that pleased with it, its kind of fluffy and ugly. and i dont like the sleeves. but thats what i get when i use woolease instead of cotton like the pattern suggested. student budget, what can you do?

it looks lopsided. i dont know why. i constantly have to pull on one side to make it match the other. hmmmm


damn, i have one crazy butt chin.


ignore my face in this picture. no clue what i was thinking.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / the most beautiful hat in the world! (pathetic attempt at pattern added) on: April 24, 2007 10:54:46 AM
alright, so i'm a little biased.
i got the most amazingly beautiful skein of noro kureyon from my LYS and it sat on top of my stash for months while i was debating what to do with it.



finally, i decided i couldnt sit there and oogle it anymore, i needed to make it into something. since it was the only one of that color at the store, it had to be something small... so i decided a hat was the best choice.


pardon my evil expression and my unmade bed!


it's really hard taking a picture of the top of your head.

i don't know how to express my love for the colorway of this yarn. the only way i can think of is : if i could have sex with yarn, it would be with this one. Tongue
the only bad thing about it is that it had little sticks and stuff in it, but that makes me happy too!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm a little behind the times.... on: April 13, 2007 09:25:20 AM
I finally made a garment that I will actually wear! (I think...)
I made Knitty's Eyelet (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTeyelet.html). I started it during my spring break (March 22nd) and finished it last night (April 12th). I like it so far, but I haven't worn it out yet. It was ssuupppper boring to make, which is why it took me so long to finish.

The top is a little big, I have to keep tightening the string. Maybe when I wash it, it will shrink?
It's pretty heavy, I'm guessing its the cotton yarn. I'm not complaining though, its usually cold and sunny here in Santa Cruz, so I can look cute and be warm at the same time. Tongue


look at my kitty!

there are more details on my lame little blog. Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / i have finally made the hat i've been envisioning! on: February 18, 2007 05:07:37 PM
so for the past year i've been on this quest to make this hat. its a hybrid of a hat my friend has and hat i made up in my mind (i think). I tried a bunch of times and finally gave up. Then, inspired by our faithful mod's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147907.msg1460995#msg1460995) i realized what my hat was missing was the front and back post double crochet. so i used this pattern (http://www.hometown.aol.com/tepperleen/page4.html) to learn how to do that. However, that hat turned out HUGE! so i modified the pattern and turned it more into a beanie. that hat was still a little big, so i modified it even more and this is how it turned out. For the bill I used Tiegh's pattern (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88721.0). the bill is still a little too small, so the next one is going to be a little bigger.

so after a year of attempts and more attempts (i have funny looking hats strewn throughout my house, and i keep unloading more on my friends) I have finally created that hat i've been waiting for.

oh, and i used jiffy yarn in caffe with a size J crochet hook, if anyone wants to know. Tongue





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