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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Final Fiber Friday of 2010 - December 31st on: December 31, 2010 05:44:28 PM
It's my first time starting one, but I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. These are 2 of my first hand dying attempts that I spun up this week, both in superwash merino.

This first one is about 130 yards of worsted:


The next are both from the same batch, one of about 50 yards of bulky and the other about 45 yards of sport weight:


I meant to do the whole thing as the bulky 2 ply, but kind of miscalculated when I split it up. I kind of like seeing it as both a single and a two ply though.

Woo hoo!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ducky Love on: March 08, 2009 02:39:49 PM
I just finished this and gifted it to my soon-to-be-a-mom friend. She taught me how to knit a little over a year ago and this was my first ever sweater.





I made it with Knit Pick's Comfy and the Ducky Cardigan pattern from the Closely Knit book.

My friend was very happy. Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Latest projects on: January 25, 2009 08:06:33 PM
It has been almost exactly a year since I first learned to knit. I have enjoyed watching my skills improve over the year and wanted to share some of my latest projects, many of which have already been gifted. I do keep the occasional item for myself. Smiley These are from the past few months, sorry for the many pics.

I just finished this simple diagonal scarf today:


Here's a scarf I made for myself with some yarn that my husband picked out for me for my birthday:


I made these for my friend for her birthday last weekend. She loves them!


Here's a Thorpe hat I made for a friend's birthday in December:


Here's my attempt at the Bella Mittens. I think they turned out great, but they were WAY too small for me so I gifted them to another friend:


These mitts are my pride and joy and I kept them for myself. The pattern is called Nalu mitts. It was my first attempt at something using a cable needle and I am so so so happy with how they turned out. I wear them pretty much all the time:


I have about 30+ project ideas churning in my head right now. So much knitting to do and not enough time!

I'm over on Ravelry as missmuppy if anyone wants to be my friend.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yay for learning a new technique! on: July 30, 2008 02:26:47 AM
Today my friend taught me how to "picture knit" or intarsia or whatever it's called. I need some more practice for sure, but I am pretty freakin proud of my first attempt...

I used the generic beanie pattern from KodyMayKnits. Very easy to follow, as I am still only 6 months into knitting.

The design made it less stretchy and thus, way too small for my big head. But I am addicted to the look and have lots of stash waiting to be made into lots more cutie pie hats. And luckily one of my knitting buddies has a small head, so at least I can see this hat in action!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Peacock Fingerless Mitts on: May 23, 2008 04:08:49 AM
Now that the weather is finally warming up around here...I finished a pair of fingerless mitts. doh! Tongue  I used the Maine Morning Mitts pattern from The Knitter's Book of Yarn. You can also get the pattern free here:

http://www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/071011_b.asp

I used close to 2 skeins of Trendsetter's Tonalita in Peacock. I used size 8 needles instead of the called for size 7, and I also CO 36 instead of 33. The original pattern was a bit small. I think for the next pair I will also add on an extra stitch to the thumb as it is a bit tight, not unwearable though. I love love love this yarn and I love love love this pattern. I plan on whipping out a few more pairs as a start to my Christmas gifts.

I have only been knitting for a few months, so I am pretty proud of these. I plan on gifting them.



Here is one on, as it is impossible to take a picture of me modeling both..

6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Wavy gravy on: April 24, 2008 03:55:32 AM
Yay! This scarf wasn't too tough, but it gave me practice with increasing and decreasing. As well as the confidence building a newbie knitter needs! Smiley It's made with Joann's Sensations licorice yarn in purple multi and #11 needles.



7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow hat on: March 20, 2008 09:43:22 AM
This is my first hat after picking up the needles late February and making a couple of simple scarves. It wasn't knitted in the round, but as a rectangle-ish piece that is stitched together. I used this pattern: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevsbasichat.html , size 10 needles, and Jo-ann's Sensations Rainbow Classic yarn.



Here is a closeup of the stitches:


This was also my first successful pom-pom. Smiley Yay!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Increasing hat size on: March 19, 2008 12:40:14 PM
Hello! I've been crocheting for a while and just started learning to knit! I've made 2 scarves and am almost done with a hat. The hat is made as a rectangle to be sewn together. Now I am itching to make a hat in the round.

My issue is that usually hats end up too small for me. I don't have a freakishly large head, but seemingly larger than the "average" girl, as I can never find hats that fit in stores either. When I crocheted hats, I would usually just add a few rows and/or increase the hook size. Is this similar to what I should do when knitting? I know that knitting sometimes tends to stretch, but I don't like my hats feeling all tight.

For example, I may attempt the Kittyville hat from the SNB book. The pattern calls for a size 7 16" circular needle and size 7 DPNs. So to increase the circular needle, would I use a size 8 16", a size 7 18", or a size 8 18"? Does this make any freaking sense? Smiley How much would going up a needle size increase the size of the hat? And also, what would happen if I increased the needle size AND used a bulkier yarn? Would I end up with a gigantic hat?

Is this too many questions for a newbie?? Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Second FO on: March 19, 2008 10:58:05 AM
I  just recently posted my first completed knit item here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232747.0

Last night I finished my second knit item! Of course, it's another scarf, but I am happy happy happy. It was done in 2x2 ribbing with #11 needles and Moda Dea Tweedle Dee yarn in Indigo Run.


I wasn't impressed with the yarn at all. The shade changes throughout the project, and so when I started with a new skein, even though it was from the same dyelot, there is a very obvious line in the scarf. I didn't really feel like it was a project worthy of trying to remedy this, so I left it in to give it "character."


I still love it though, warm and cozy....just in time for spring. ? Tongue

I am currently working on a hat. Not in the round, but in a rectangle that will be sewn together. Here is a pic of it's progress so far....


Next I want to make something in the round! I may try the socks from the SNB book.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first knit item on: March 09, 2008 02:29:45 PM
I have been crocheting off and on since I was a child, but just started knitting at the end of February. Partially taught by a friend and partially taught by reading the Stitch N Bitch book. Here is my very first completed scarf. Obviously it's just garter stitch, but I am beaming with pride. Smiley I used size 10 needles and Bernat's Softee Chunky in Rustic Rouge.



Here's a close-up of the stitches:


I'm already addicted. Smiley


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