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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitty's avast (finally!) on: May 01, 2007 07:47:31 AM
Very cool!  That sweater came out great.  That looks like one happy hubby.
I'm going right now to look at Avast again.  It didn't catch my eye before but this version is awesome. 

Thanks for sharing the pic
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My new knitted top for autumn on: April 29, 2007 05:05:06 PM
How cute it that!!!  It looks lovely on you.
The rose look so cool, awesome job.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Save Cash - Use Your Stash Along! on: April 28, 2007 06:12:20 PM
I'm in!  In fact, I'm ahead of ya.  I just finished a big project with yarn that has been in my stash well over a year as well as halfway through another project I'm knitting with stash yarn.  May I include these items even though they were already in progress (or finished) just prior to this? 

I realized that I have a big enough stash to keep me knitting like crazy for a full year.  I need this stash-along to make me feel guilty and keep me in line.   
I do appreciate Cash.....I do I do I do!!!   Grin
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: IWK-Dollar & A half Cardigan? on: April 28, 2007 06:03:04 PM
Khakigirl, your sweater looks great!  I love it and hope mine comes out as nice. 

I actually cast on last week and am already on the second front half.  Unfortunately I'm thinking it's much too small (maybe my gauge is messed up).  This stitch really requires blocking so I'm hoping just maybe it'll work and I just keep plugging away.
I'm using Mister Joe Blanket I bought from Elann in charcoal grey (looks black).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first pair of socks on: April 28, 2007 03:49:22 PM
They are beautiful!  I really like that patterning.  Very cool.

Socks are addicting.  I was intimidated to try for the longest time but I really enjoy knitting socks now.  I've yet to try toe up though.  I'll have to look into it.  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished hubby's (Dark) Jedi sweater! on: April 28, 2007 06:01:27 AM
Irk... have to say although good it's an IMPERIAL sweater not a Jedi one!! That is the Imperial Logo... I should know I have it tattooed on the inside of my right wrist Cheesy

... sorry I'm a Star Wars geek and we get a bit stroppy about things like that Wink

 Cheesy So sorry to have irked you but sadly I must now disappoint you. (Said in my best Vader voice)
Don't look now but you may need to reevaluate your geekhood! 

There are in fact both Rebel and Imperial Jedis. The term used in the movie was "Sith" which was in fact originally the Dark Jedi ).  If you don't believe me Google "Jedi Imperial", you'll get lots of links.  "Dark Jedi" is even in Wikipedia. (Yes, you made me look!)

I used the term Jedi because it's more universally identifiable to non-geeks as opposed to the word Imperial.
But for you I will clarify the title of my post so as not to offend your SW sensibilities   Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished hubby's (Dark) Jedi sweater! on: April 27, 2007 11:19:54 PM
Wooohooo!  This FO really felt like an accomplishment.  
It was my first design-your-own sweater.  First knit item for my husband.  First time I ever tried charting anything (although I think it could use some tweaking but from far away it looks fine).  All this out of stash yarn, and what a stash buster this was!  And the biggest accomplishment is that he loves it.  
I couldn't be more proud! Grin

I used the the basic pattern template from Knitters Handybook of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd.  I highly recommend it to anyone who's played with the idea of designing their own but is too intimidated to do it completely solo.  She gives the basic patterns of the different sweater structures in childrens, men, and women sizes both in pullover and cardigan versions.  You figure out your gauge then just plug it into her formulas.  Honestly, it was so easy!

The photos are kind of hard to see.  Black is difficult to photograph.  There is 6x2 ribbing along the sides, bottom, cuffs, and neck.
He likes extra long sleeves so I reblocked and stretched them.  I would say they're a bit too long but he says they're perfect and that's what counts.
I used Elann connemara Endless Summer for the black.  And Sonata doubled for the Imperial logo.  I don't think the gauge matched exactly but it worked out fine.  
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL548/2462320/16257828/248899212.jpg
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL548/2462320/16257828/248899220.jpg
http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL548/2462320/16257828/248899216.jpg

Thanks for looking.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snow White on: December 31, 2006 08:00:32 AM
That looks so fab!  What a great pattern.  I love how you made it look so elegant and feminine but then funked it up with the beret and necklace.  It looked great styled like that.
Kudos to your talent and your artistic eye!

P.S.  I'll be waiting for the pattern for sure.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Giftalong (not a gift exchange) on: December 18, 2006 11:54:15 PM
Thanks for those links!  I'll definitely have to make some...even if it's for myself and my new bathtub  Grin
I started with just a couple tiny 90cent plants and ended up with huge 3x3 lovely monsters.  When my son was born I made lavendar wands with "It's a boy" charms on them and gave those out.  They came out great and 3 yrs later the ones I have from that time still smell great.  I just crunch them a little to release the scent.

RAPenguin - Nice scarves.  I hope you get your power back on soon.  Our friend was talking to his brother who lives up there and he's been without power too.   He said just staying warm is a struggle.  I feel for ya.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Giftalong (not a gift exchange) on: December 18, 2006 08:52:07 AM
Thanks for the compliment Kayrun.  It definitely felt like quite an accomplishment when I was finished with it.

Leaudemiel - Do you have a recipe to make those bathsalts?  I have several very prolific lavendar plants in my garden (I'm in Calif. as well!).  I'd love to make bathsalts from them. 

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