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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / My silver is too shiny. How do I 'antique it'. on: April 25, 2010 04:01:51 PM
Hey all.

I have silver pendants and chain (not real silver but plated) and I dont like how shiny it is and want to dirty it up. Any idea how?
Thanks!


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2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting a cabled blanket. What yarn to use? on: September 28, 2009 05:37:25 AM
Hey all. Im looking to knit a cabled blanket for my aunt for Christmas and Ive narrowed my choices down to Superwash bamboo (65%wool/35%bamboo) and Elann Incense (50%wool/25%silk/25%bamboo). Both sound like they'll be wonderful but I want to know what will be softer, what will be more durable and hold up better with cables and be an all around better choice for a blanket. Any suggestions would be great!
Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know how to translate? on: July 08, 2008 09:51:43 AM
I found this on Ravelry and think it is gorgeous! http://adelheidin.vuodatus.net/blog/1411446
Alas, I have no idea what language its written in and if I did, I wouldnt know how to translate. Anybody?
Thanks!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Making Amanda's Squatty Sidekick.. not so squatty? on: May 21, 2008 08:38:30 PM
Hi all. I was interested in knitting Amanda's Squatty Sidekick found here> http://www.knittingdaily.com/freepatterns/felted_items/45-1.html  which is a great pattern for a super cute purse, but I was hoping there was a way to make it bigger?  I am mathematically challenged, so all I could figure was double strand and go up a few more needle sizes than recommended?
If any one has any better suggestions than my pathetic one  Roll Eyes I would much appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!
-Marie
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My newest creation in stashbusting. *Instructions added* on: February 28, 2008 04:12:28 PM
Made on size 4 1/2 needles using sirdar snuggly from a frogged razor cami.  I didnt know what this was going to be, I just kinda cast on, and let it become what it wanted. It is my new favorite among my knitted items. Maybe its crappy,  Roll Eyes  but Im pleased  Cheesy

With hair down:




Hair up (Would make a decent dread hat, or at least good for bad hair days  Grin




Being modeled my my cooking pot (I didnt feel I could get the right angle of the back while on me)


And a close up of the stitch definition:   Not sure if its called anything in particular ; Rnd 1 Knit 1, yo, knit 2og
                                                                                                                 Rnd 2 yo, knit 2 tog, knit 1


Sorry for the abundance of pics 


I havnt finished the second hat yet, but I figured Id forget that I said Id post the pattern, so I'll give you my half asses attempt and make changes if the proper notes actually ever get finished in this century  Roll Eyes   Thats what happens when life catches up to you, anyhoo,

I cast on 102 st. using sirdar snuggly and size 4 1/2 needles
Worked in 1X1 rib for 2 1/2 almost 3 inches
The next row I increased, and this is where Im lost, I started to inc. every 10th st. and then a quarter way in the round I realized it wouldnt be enough, so I switched to inc. every 5 stitch. (As long as at the end you have enough to work in pattern.)
I knit 3 rounds of stockinette and then started to work in pattern.
Pattern: Round 1 *Knit 1, YO, knit 2tog*  Repeat for the round
            Round 2  Knit
            Round 3  *YO, Knit 2tog, Knit 1* Repeat for round
            Round 4 Knit
Repeat these 4 rounds until desired length is reached, I knit these 4 rounds 16 times, then I decreased.

Round 1  knit 1, knit 2 tog,
Round 2    knit
Round 3   knit 2 tog, knit 1
Round 4    knit

And that was that. Any questions or criticisms of my pathetic attempt at explaining my self let me know  Grin

-Marie
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slouchy Goodness.... Pattern added on: February 18, 2008 04:56:28 PM
Got bored and wanted a new hat. I have an addiction. Undecided    I saw a girl a few days ago with a really cute hat and thought I could replicate it. And I think I damn near succeeded. Without further ado......









Mayhap a bit pic heavy, but its not every day I just make up a pattern.  Grin  Thanks for looking!



Hi all,
thanks for all the comments, I didnt have much time, so I did my best pattern-wise
Good luck to anyone who attempts to read my pattern notes  Tongue  Any questions I'd be happy to answer.

Using a US 8 circular needle, cast on 84 st. (Use smaller needles is you want)
For approx. 10 rnds (or longer if you prefer) work in 2x2 rib.
When ribbing is complete, onto the inc. rnd.
INC RND:
There needs to be 102 st. In which case you will knit 4 then inc. the next stitch (the 5th) But to get the 102 st. you will knit into the very first st. in the round, but when you count the 4 before the inc. include the first stitch in your count. Also, you will have to inc. into the very last stitch in the round, and you should have 102 stitches (I hope that bit makes sense, if you have any questions let me know)

Rnd 1:
*Knit 11, purl 2, knit 11, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2* (Cont)    Knit this for 6 rnds (incl. rnd 1)
7th Rnd: Knit 11, purl 2, knit 11, purl 2, first 3 st. to cable needle, hold to the front, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle then continue in pattern until desired length. (I knit rnds 1-7 six times then started decreasing)
After the last cable (rnd 7) I knit 2 more rnds, on the
3rd round I knit the first 2 st. tog. Knit 7, then knit the next 2 tog. Purl 2, and continue shortening the 11 stitch sections all the way around.
4th rnd. Knit the 11 st. section but when you come across the 2 purl stitches, purl them tog.
5th rnd. Dec the first 2 st. knit 5, knit the last 2 st. tog, purl 1, (CONT)
6th rnd (knit)
7th rnd dec. 1st 2 stitches, knit 3, knit last 2 stitches in section tog, cont (reminder to also keep up with the cable rnds)
1st rnd. (knit)
2nd rnd. Decrease (knit first 2 stitches tog. Knit 1, knit 2 st. tog, purl 2) CONT
3rd rnd. (Knit)
4th rnd. Decrease (knit 1st 2 stitches tog. Purl 2)
5th rnd. (Knit)
6th rnd (Knit)
7th rnd. Cable
 [This is where my notes get kinda hazy (haha like all of it till now makes sooo much           sense)]
Im pretty sure I knit 1, purl 1, knit 2 tog, knit 1, knit 2 tog, CONT
Next rnd. Knit 1 rnd,
Next rnd. Knit 2 tog all the way around
Next rnd. Knit 2 tog all the way around
Cut yarn and run through remaining stitches.
 
My instructions suck, but its a very basic pattern, so anyone should be able to pick up on it right away. Let me know if theres anything that needs clearing up.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Just a small FO to interupt the drudgery of X-Mas knitting...and stash bust too! on: September 02, 2007 03:07:15 PM
Inspired by tragicheroine's starlet hat, I cast on some stitches and knitted a hat. First time doing popcorn stitch and its much easier than I had originally thought. Without further ado....


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 'Im just a girl'.....wearing Gwennabe! on: July 23, 2007 06:04:17 PM
Finally an FO to post. Think its been a while.
And without further ado........may I present Gwennabe! Been working on it for what seems like forever and now its is done. Thank god.





And a close up the neck line which I changed, instead of two straps, which doesnt make sense and which will probably lead to a wardrobe malfunction for me and the girls, but meh. I'll deal with it when the time comes.




Only mods I made were extra decreases for the waist (and its still too loose) and instead of 2 inches of the boob part as suggested in patter.... I knit about 10 inch or more *shrugs* Comes with having gi-normous breasts-ses

Thnx!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gwennabe = gorgeous yet confusing... help? on: June 15, 2007 09:01:06 PM
I am confuse-ed. Gwennabe top? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Questions concerning this gorgeous, yet confusing (for me) top..found here >http://knittingfog.blogspot.com/2006/08/gwennabe.html

1) Im to the point where I begin knitting across 29 stitches, then psso, ect. Ive done it once, I tried to do it the second time, and it seemed my amount of stitches shrunk. I spent a good 45 min, undoing the round, and trying again. Grr... to no avail. Same thing.
Ive gathered that I should have 108 stitches to begin with, and then I knit the 29 stitches, psso, ect and the next round still doesnt work out. So frustrating.
 

 2) The short row part, I understand the technique of short rows.. and HOW to do them, but Im not sure WHERE to put them. In the middle? To the side? How many short rows should I add for my D boobs. I've looked through all of Craftsters discussion boards on the topic, Ive read Knitty's article, and Im still slightly confused  Undecided

Anyhow, I apologize for my long spiel, any help would be great. And to anyone else knitting Gwennabe Good luck!
-Marie
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beta testing patterns is awesome! (Image heavy) on: April 17, 2007 08:00:06 AM
Thanks to Twilight for this awesome pattern!  I used Bernat Natural cotton with size 8 circs for the stockinette and then changed to size 10 for the lace. Really easy pattern and Im pretty pleased with how it turned out, though Im contemplating picking up stitches around the top to make it longer. Haven't decided. On to the pics.

I love the ruffle, but binding off was sooooo time consuming. I think it must have been over 500 stitches.


Hahah, ewww.. my mirror is so dirty.





Oh, and just because, thought I would add my attempt at ohmystars buttony sweater. I loved the pattern and it was easy - I started on a Sunday night and finished by Thurs. My only issue is I have to learn how to short row for boob shaping. The sweater is awfully tight and the girls are much too big  Roll Eyes  Story of my life. I will definitely try again though.





Thanks for taking a gander.
-Marie
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