Okay, so like a bad person I've left poor Craftster widow to the all consuming addicting Ravelry. So, I have a whole bunch of FO's to show off. I can say this for Ravelry, the one thing it doesn't have that Craftster has is a place to show off you projects as they get done, you have to trust that someone is paying attention to the 'people' page or stalking your notebook.
Anyways, here goes.
Of course I knit more dog sweaters.
This one is some Caron Shadows yarn, exactly one ball of it. Modeled by Allie Mae.
This is made from SWTC SoySilk, about half a skein. Modeled by Dixie Lee
My best friend is pregnant, and while I'm chomping at the bit to make baby stuff, we won't know the sex of the baby for awhile, so I've settled on making this letter bear clothes until I figure out whether I'm knitting for a boy or girl. The plan is to knit it themed sweaters (like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc.) so it has a whole wardrobe by the time the baby is born in April.
Here's the first sweater. Just to get the basic number of stitches I'll need, etc.
A few months ago I wanted to figure out short row shaping, so I picked up the Calorimetry pattern from Knitty and went to it.
It's knit from scraps from several different balls of Noro.
That's it for now. I've got a top down raglan cardigan on the needles (first people sized sweater I've knit!) and a cabled scarf for a swap I'm doing on Ravelry. Plus more sweaters for Pooh!
So this is Wendy. She's not my dog, but she is my friends dog, and after forcing my own little Schnauzers to model countless sweaters for me, I 'borrowed' Wendy. Well actually I'm dog sitting her while my friend is out of town and it just happened to be a good occasion to make her a sweater.
So here it is. It's not a shrug like some of my other patterns, this is actually a cardigan. Tapered on the under side to allow for easy potty access. Knitted on 10 1/2 circs. No real pattern, though it does follow the pretty mundane top down raglan theme, though I placed the sleeves a little farther forward than you would for a human.
Knitted quick, last night and this morning. Finished weaving in ends between watching The Breakfast Club and starting High Fidelity.
Still needs Velcro on the underbelly to keep it closed.
I don't have a dog small enough to model this, so right now I have pictures on the hanger, but I'm awfully proud of it. Done completely without a pattern using US8 circs and about half a hank of Crystal Palace Cotton Flamme in a really pretty emerald green. The color does not translate well in the photo.
I bought the yarn during a bag sale on littleknits.com, so I have 9 1/2 more hanks of the stuff. I think I might make myself a little cropped cardi out of it. It's soft, the texture makes the simple stitching interesting and it's lightweight enough to be warn even here in Las Vegas during the summer.
I'm pretty pleased with it. It still needs buttons or snaps or something though. I'm trying to decide between some small flower shaped buttons I have or small metal snaps. If I use the snaps they'd be hidden, and this could work for a little boy dog too I think.
What do ya'll think, is it masculine enough to be a boy dog sweater? Or is it still pretty girly without the buttons?
So, I'm sick. (Again. Stupid immune system.) Under the influence of several cold medications, a serious lack of restful sleep and the giant sale at JoAnnes yesterday (NEVER let a sick woman loose in a yarn store. It was like comfort food but...yarn! I bought way too much.) this is what I came up with:
A puppy shrug! I have been making shrugs lately, mostly because they don't use a lot of yarn, and they're nearly instant gratification because I can churn one out in less than a day. I have two adorable mini schnauzers, so I thought 'hey, I can make me a shrug in less than a day, so it stands to reason that I could make them one in a few hours!'
And here is the result:
This is Dixie modeling outside in the courtyard. (I think this might qualify as pet abuse, we live in Vegas and it's over 100 degrees outside. But I promise she was only out there long enough to take a few pictures and then I wisked her immediately inside to fresh cool water.)
And from the front.
Allie models the details. Some reverse stockinette around the edges of the top and bottom on the back.
And some 2x2 ribbing on the sleeves
I'm already working on a little green one for my friends Chihauhau. It's ridiculous, but all my friends thought it was adorable.
Teal and White Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, US8 needles, 2x2 ribbing around the sleeves and collar.
Same idea, better yarn. Blue Sky Alpaca in moss. So soft. Too bad this is the third shrug I've made that looks weird on me. I just don't think I can pull it off
Here's the front
And lastly, an iPod cozy I whipped up for myself from some artyarns wool I had been coveting forever but didn't have enough of it to make anything major. I like it. It works.
And finally the story about the yarn.
So, a few months back I bought a ball of super soft marino wool from a shop in San Diego while I was there for an Honor Society convention. I didn't do anything with it until today. So, I pulled it out of the massive stash pile determined to make something with it, and started to wind it on my center pull ball winder. About half through, I run out of yarn and the rest of the yarn is laying on the table. A big WTF moment. So, what I got for my $9.00 ball of yarn, was two small balls. Which means, more @#%&^ ends to weave in. Which I hate.
I have several other tattoos already, but today I got my first knitting tattoo.
It's a crappy camera phone pic because I'm visiting family back home (Alaska) and my camera cable is at my actual home (Las Vegas) so my phone had to do for now. It's on my left fore arm just below the elbow joint. The angle is awful because I was taking the picture myself. But basically, it's a pink ball of yarn, needles with skulls on the top and some teal colored spots around to make it pop off the skin a bit. It's eventually going to get worked into a larger peice.
But I'm just so freaking excited about it, and I wanted to see other peoples knitting tattoos! So, show 'em please!
So here she is hanging up (trying to stretch the handle out a bit.)
Here it is in the sunlight so you can see the button (reclaimed from an ugly coat of my mother in laws)
This is the yarn detail. I used K1C2 Merino Gold yarn. Just one skein (I had some left over from a sweater I made my dog.)
And here's the lining (salvaged from MILs quilting stash)
My sewing skills leave much to be desired, but overall I'm quite pleased with it. I'm going to a concert tonight (Gym Class Heros) and it's the perfect size for chapstick, cell phone, ID and cash.
I finished the main bag portion yesterday afternoon while watching t.v. and then I finished the handle, sewing it up and lining this morning. Quick and easy knit!
I know everyone is making this bag, but on the off chance you haven't seen the pattern yet you can get it http://www.chezplum.com/ for free. Then the larger versions of the bag on there too, but those patterns cost money (which I will be buying, so I can make the tote.)
I'm so freaking pleased with myself. This is the first non rectangular item I've made other than simple dog sweaters.
This is just a close up of the embroidery on the tank top. I'm so glad it fits! I hope you find your camera cable because I would love to see an action shot.
These are chocolate cookies made with crushed tea (I used Republic of Teas Vanilla Almond tea, so good.) These are a very special creation of mine to fit the tea theme, they went over so well in our house that I make them every three or four days now to keep on hand (same with the biscotti)
Heres the bag I knitted. It ended up WAAAAY smaller than I thought it would, but it was the first thing I did with cables so I think it turned out okay.
This is the biscotti. I make my biscotti a little less dry and flakey, because I like to eat it as a suppliment to my coffee, not dunked in my coffee. So, its almost like shortbread.
And the really fun thing!
I sent her yarn dyed with tea too! (I also put frozen blueberries and raspberries in with mine to add color.)
I'm glad everything made it there safe. And boy do things ship quick from Ohio to Nevada! I sent on Monday and she recieved today, she sent on Saturday and I recieved on Monday. SUPER QUICK!
Okay, day two of dental procedure induced intoxification, BUT I think I managed to get the pictures uploaded properly. Here goes:
This is the stuff I recieved from yarn_tart
Heres the store bought yummies she sent. (The coffee crisp bar lost the fight during mailing, but the rest of the stuff is fantastic!)
GORGEOUS tea themed stitch markers. They are SO cute. I am already using them, I started knitting up a sweater last night, and it just so happened that these markers fit on my US9 needles best. They are also my favorite shades of green.
This is some Australian wool she dyed with tea
Scented coasters (that soak up "spilled during nitros haze" hot chocolate accidents quite well!)
A flower pot with a wonderful overlapping tea pot pattern and quote on it. Inside and next to, is some cocoa mix and scone mix that she sent, I'm going to bake the scone mix tonight to have with breakfast tomorrow once I can eat solids again!
And my personal favorite: This GORGEOUS hand thrown ceramic mug. I do pottery too, so I was stoked to get this! It's nice and light weight so it doesn't feel like you're lifting weights when it's full, and it's glazed a very pretty goldish brown.
She also requested that I post pictures of the stuff I sent her, since her camera cable is lost. I'll wait until she recieves though!
Firstly, as soon as I opened the box and dumped the contents, my cat started claiming things for her own:
I got tons of fabric (which means lining for purses!)
And a bunch of notions type stuff, like a bag of buttons! (great for purses and puppy clothes) and some frilly tidbits that will make great additions to the teddy bears I'm knitting for a womens shelter in town.