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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Practical Animal Cracker Hat on: September 03, 2008 08:55:23 PM
Some of you Harry Potter fans may remember, from the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the scene where they are eating animal crackers that cause them to make the noise of that animal. In that scene, Ron was wearing a hat- here is a rather shabby photo of it:


In any case, a friend of mine fell in love with this hat. This same friend did the photography for my wedding, and as part of payment she asked for this hat, only more practical for actual winter wear, and a set of matching flap-top mittens. I haven't yet finished the mittens, but here's my practical version of this hat.




In order to make the hat more practical for MN winters, I used a worsted weight yarn at a fairly tight gauge, and lengthened the brim so it would cover more of the head. The earflaps are shaped better for coverage, as well.

This was mostly ad-libbed from looking at stills from the movie. I took inspiration from http://djinnj.livejournal.com/150838.html, and used pieces of the pattern Swell from Knitty and the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat for the earflaps and decreases.

Specs: Cascade 220 Wool in five colors, size 6 needles. Total knitting time- about a day and a half. I had to rip back twice because it was too small.

I really love the way it turned out, and I hope she does, too!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Various FO's (very pic heavy) on: April 27, 2008 12:12:01 PM
I have been knitting up a veritable storm lately! Here's a few things I haven't posted here yet.

I posted this before, but it wasn't complete in those photos. It's a yoga mat bag, made for my sister last Christmas out of Knit Picks Main Line. It's the Namaste pattern from Knitty.





Next is a felted laptop case that I made for my friend/coworker Nicole. She requested a blue case with Zelda heart containers, so that is what I made. It's based on the Detlef-13 pattern and is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.





This is my wedding clapotis, knit out of Malabrigo Silky Merino aka the best yarn ever. I LOVES IT.



Next is a set of booties and a hat that I made for the nephew of a friend of mine. The booties are the Baby Booties pattern by Carole Barenys, and the hat is from the Peapod Baby Set. I made both in Rowan RYC Cashcotton.







These are socks that I made for my mom for mother's day. She knows she's getting them because I was worried that the yarn was pretty rough, but she says it'll be fine. The pattern is River Rapids and the yarn is Trekking Pro Natura. No photos on her yet, since it isn't mother's day yet. Tongue



Finally one I just finished today- A hat requested by my lovely fiance, Cory. It's Koolhaas by Jared Flood and the yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. I cast on 128 on 6's since the yarn is DK weight, and switched to 8's after the ribbing. It worked great. And I promise he loves it, I insisted on snapping photos while he was watching a movie.





Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Another question- modifying wristwarmers on: March 28, 2008 06:31:28 AM
My friend has asked me to knit her some armwarmers using this pattern:

http://ysolda.com/wordpress/2007/11/25/garter-stitch-mitts/

The problem is that she'd really like them to be much, MUCH longer- like over the elbow, mid-upper-arm long. That wouldn't be a problem if they were knit wrist-up, laterally, in the round, but they're knit flat vertically instead. How would I do shaping to allow for her arm muscles? Short rows, maybe? I'm not terribly experienced with short row shaping, but if someone could give me some hints I might be able to figure it out.

Any ideas?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / baby bootie instep question on: March 27, 2008 08:36:38 AM
So I'm making these booties: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babybootsgarterstripe.htm
I'm a fairly experienced knitter- made lots of socks and things- but this part has me stumped.
It says:

Instep:
K 12 sts on needles 1 and 2. Do not work 12 sts on needle 3.
K 1 row; P 1 row; K 1 row; K 1 row for 15 rows over the 12 sts from needle 2 only.
Next row: K2tog, k across to last 2 sts, k2tog
P 1 row.
Repeat dec row - 8 sts remain

Now I have a cold, so I may just be too loopy to understand simple instructions, but I'm just not comprehending this. I've knit the 12 sts on needles one and two, and that's where I've stopped. is the "k 1 row, p 1 row" etc on needles 1 and 2? Just 2? It says "k 1 row for 15 rows over 12 sts from needle 2 only" but do the preceding instructions also only apply to needle 2?

This should not be so complicated! They are just baby booties, but I'm too sick and addled to work through this on my own.
Help, please!

EDIT: wait, I think I may have figured it out. is "K 1 row; P 1 row; K 1 row; K 1 row" a repeat, and you do that for 15 rows on needle 2 only?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Another first yarn post. on: March 11, 2008 10:04:47 AM
My sister gave me a spinning kit for my birthday, which she got on etsy. It came with several small dyed batts of roving and one very small undyed practice batt. I spun it up this morning using the instructions here- it was easier than I expected, though of course it isn't perfect  Wink It's thicker in some places, so I'd guess it's about worsted-heavy worsted, 2 ply. I haven't set the twist yet as I'm at work, but here it is!





The first photo is more true color. One of my singles was much more even/thin/twisted properly than the other as I was getting the hang of it as I went along, but I'm still pretty pleased with the outcome. Now to make pretty colored yarn!

Thanks for lookin!  Grin
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Pinfish's wedding thread! on: February 22, 2008 05:05:11 PM
I'm just gonna make one thread for all of my crafty wedding stuff, so I can keep track of it and all that good stuff.

My wedding is May 23rd, and I've got most of the big planning done at this point. I just started actually MAKING things, though, since it's about that time. Cheesy

General details: We don't really have a theme. Our wedding will be in a public park, in a little amphitheater (very little- holds 100 people max) and the reception will be in the neighboring GIANT picnic shelter (holds 300! Shocked). Our colors are sage green, brown, cream, and black.

My mom is making my dress (sage green two piece, with one long skirt for the ceremony and one shorter one for the reception so I don't fall all over myself). Bridesmaids are wearing brown dresses of their choice. Groom and groomsmen are wearing black kilts and black dress shirts.

Food is hors d'oeuvres made by various friends, and cake is fancy filled cupcakes baked by a friend of my BIL. Photography is by a friend as well.

I'm doing everything else myself. Decorations, centerpieces, invitations, flowers, the whole bit. I'm also knitting myself a wedding clapotis out of cream colored malabrigo silky merino, which is LOVE.

On to the craft photos!
So far all I have completely done is the lino block for the front of the invitations. The invites will have this image on a sage cardstock background, and inside will be a cream colored paper insert with a love quote and all the basic details.



The image is pussy willow, which will be our central flower (I'm not a big flower person, but I love pussy willow). The initials are (duh) our first initials.

I've also purchased the dried portion of our flowers- pussy willow branches, curly willow, willow eucalyptus (see a pattern? the park is full of weeping willows, too), and sarracenia. We'll have some fresh ferns and hopefully calla lilies for the bouts and my bouquet.


UPDATE April 15, 2008:
Wedding is really rushing up, now! Not much left to do- just centerpieces, flowers, and other decor.

Our invitations have been completed and sent! Here they are Smiley



The inside top quote is from Antoine de Saint Exupry, the author of Le Petit Prince. It says, if you can't read it, "Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction."

Here's my wedding wrap- a clapotis, in Malabrigo silky merino in "natural". It's also the background in the invite photos Wink

No pics on me yet, not til the wedding. Tongue

Another update- my mom made my card box, here.

I'll update when more is done!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Awesome party ideas for someone with lame friends? on: February 04, 2008 07:37:08 PM
Don't get me wrong, I love my friends- they just have VERY different ideas of what entails a "party" than I do. I grew up with big fat theme parties, complete with custom-made cakes (no we weren't rich, my mom would make everything herself) to match said theme and all kinds of activities and stuff. My friends... they think a party is ...going to dinner at TGI Fridays. Or sitting around at someone's house watching TV.  Roll Eyes Tongue

So anyway! I'm turning 22 in a bit over a month and I'm at a bit of a loss as to party ideas. Last year, we went to the Chatterbox Pub because they have board games and nintendo, and I got the party room which is free if your party spends over $500........ unfortunately my friends are also COLLEGE students so they're all too poor to shell out that kind of cash and I ended up paying over $200. Considering that I had asked for tattoo money for presents, it kind of ended up being really pointless as I spent nearly all of my tat money on the darn party room.  Undecided

Here's what I need, then:
-not at a restaurant, preferably. I'm vegetarian now and the number of restaurants that my friends can afford and that I can find food at... are very limited.
-not too "party games" oriented, because, again, lame friends. A pinata might go over well. But then I'd have to find a place to put it wherever we end up.
-no movies, no tv. my friends may love that crap but I can't stand it. SO not a social activity.
-no costumes. (my friends are so lame!)
-no bowling. some of my friends hate bowling, too. (agh!)
-nothing that costs too much.

Ideas I've had- some kind of dinner party at my place, though that might be hard because I know some real carnivores and I don't cook meat. ...also my place is pretty small. Way too small for a party of more than, say, 7 people. Ideally I'd like to invite at least 15.
Maybe The Square (restaurant, yes) because it's one of the very few restaurants that is both cheap and veg-friendly... but then what else? Dinner out does not a party make.
Board games are good, my friends quite like those.
Drinking is ok but none of my friends get drunk, so it can't rely on that.

PLEASE help me out, I'm dying here. I hate boring parties, but my friends will totally drag their feet if I try to do anything fun!

oh one more thing. I did manage to have ONE theme party that my friends enjoyed- a boob theme party, coz I was getting reduction surgery- and we had boob cake, boob themed foods, pin the boobs on the breast reduction patient, and a water balloon fight- so some party games might be ok, but not too many!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A few miscellaneous FOs on: December 11, 2007 07:11:08 AM
So, I've been doing a lot of knitting lately (so. much. knitting). Here's what I've come up with.

First, here is my sister's Christmas present. Kristen, I don't know if you read craftster but if you do, no peeking!


First time with cables. Pattern is Namaste from Knitty.com, and the yarn is Knit Picks Main Line. I love pima cotton, it's really shiny. I hadn't done the strap yet in these photos and of course there's nothing in it, but now the strap is on there (it's a six-stitch i-cord.)

Next is my friend Kiah's Christmas present, the Buccaneer's Booty socks from the pattern here on Craftster.

There are two, I promise. I just only have a photo of one of them and I already wrapped them up for gifting. They're done in the recommended yarn (Knit Picks Elements, I think it was). I loved this pattern! First time with Fair Isle.

Finally my friend Jody commissioned me to make her some mittens! This pattern is from http://www.konop.net/lifework/ and I love the way they turned out.


 These are  made with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Forest Heather. I loved this pattern, it was so fast and easy. First time with increases.

...can you tell I like trying new things with every project? Cheesy soon I'll run out of new things to try!  Grin

Comments and crit welcome!

oh and here are two pairs of knucks I made a while ago.



 
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Totoro costume :D on: October 29, 2007 07:51:31 PM
So, My Neighbor Totoro is just about the cutest movie ever, and I decided to dress up as Totoro for Halloween. Here's a pic for anyone who hasn't seen it... Totoro is the big fuzzy gray dude.

Isn't he cute? Well, here's my interpretation.

I used a gray hoodie for the base of the costume, and sewed on a big fuzzy fleece tummy in beige. I used flexible permanent fabric glue to attach the chest ...triangles, and then sewed, stuffed, and handsewed on each individual claw. The ears are actually made of the fabric from the original hoodie pocket, which I removed before adding the tummy. They're stuffed and handsewn to the hood. The whiskers are just pipe cleaners, they're also sewn on. Then I just popped on some gray sweatpants, painted my nose and some whisker spots, and voila!

This photo is a bit yellow but I think I got the facial expression right. Tongue


Comments/crit/whatever welcome! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I was considering painting my face gray but it looked pretty awful so I settled for just the detail painting. And, I really wanted to do big gray slippers with claws, and a tail, but I didn't have enough fabric of the right color Sad Ah well, maybe I'll add those on later.
Oh, and the umbrella is because of several scenes in the film where it's raining, and he has a blue umbrella.
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Root Vegetable Stew on: September 30, 2007 03:25:14 PM


I made this stew tonight, and it is SO GOOD and SO EASY! Here's what you do:

Chop up:
2 large potatoes
3 carrots
1 parsnip
1 yellow onion
1 bunch broccoli

Put in a pot with:
2c water
2c vegetable broth
1/2 c lentils
chopped garlic to taste
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Stir it up and boil it for about 30-35 minutes, or until the lentils and potatoes are good and soft.
Serve with a good beer.  Grin or whatever else you like with stew.
It's a bit like a vegetarian version of pot roast, really- not a very sauce-y stew, but excellent all the same. And great for you!

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