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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr Froggy on: June 06, 2008 12:45:30 PM
Haha!  Cheesy

I found this pattern too...  so cool!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to knit for an 11 year old boy? on: March 25, 2008 06:03:06 PM
does he have an ipod (or other mp3 player).. if so you could make him an Ipod cosy - there are loads of patterns out there
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting Cotton? on: March 05, 2008 04:52:53 PM
Cotton won't felt...  it might shrink slightly in the same way that jeans can, but it definately won't felt, and won't even shrink all that much.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: tapestry wool? on: March 05, 2008 04:49:56 PM
like soozeq I think it would be too itchy to wear as a garment, and also, being tapestry wool the dyes used may not be colourfast (you ought to check that before you invest lots of time knitting something from it!).  It will almost certainly not be machine washable either, so don't make anything that you are not prepared to handwash and take a lot of care over.

personally I would make something to felt out of it - slippers would be great as it will become softer and less itchy and rough when it is felted, and if they are a little itchy you could always wear a pair of socks with the slippers....  or what about a felted bag?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Boyfriend Sweater Curse on: March 05, 2008 04:47:06 PM
I am not really superstitious anyway... and I think the boyfriend sweater curse is just a coincidence - ie you would have broken up with him anyway sweater or no sweater...

Put it this way - 15 years ago I knit a sweater for my boyfriend - we are now married with 4 kids, and he is bugging me to knit him another one cos the original is looking more than a little worn and tatty....

 I would knit him another sweater - if only I could find the time!  Cheesy
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Amelia Earhart hat on: March 05, 2008 04:03:35 PM
I found it easy enough to knit, but did make a mistake quite early on by not paying attention to which line I was knitting...

I found it easiest to cross of each line in the instructions as I finished it so that I would not get confused...

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chemo-cap and Hallowig on: February 27, 2008 04:05:47 PM
I have a friend who has cancer, and is having to have chemo...

So I decided to make her a couple of things to cheer her up (actually they are going to be part of a larger collection of gifts that a group of us are putting together for her).

First off, I made her the Ameila Earhart aviator cap out of some Bernat Cashmere blend yarn.  It is gorgeously soft, and as it only contains 5% cashmere it hopefully won't irritate her scalp too much



And another view of it from the front:



And then I knitted her a Hallowig out of some bright green acrylic I had in the stash:



I am not necessarily expecting her to wear the Hallowig, but I know that it will make her laugh, which can only be a good thing!  Actually, she has a rather wacky sense of humour, so she might actually wear it anyway!

I have also made a needlefelted necklace that is going in the same parcel for her....

8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first felted projects - beads and little people on: February 27, 2008 03:57:31 PM
I bought some needle felting needles the other day while buying yet more roving (I use it to make thrummed mittens like these )

And followed the tutorial up above on how to make the little felted balls or beads....



I have strung them on some narrow satin ribbon, and have decided that I am going to give them to a friend who is having Chemo to cheer her up

Another pic of the necklace



Then, feeling brave about making 3-D objects, I decided to have a go at a figure...  I already knew how to make a ball, so I made one of those, then a sausage for the body.  I joined the 2 together and then added some arms and hair.....



And I made 4 little people to give to my 4 girls - even the "big" one at 9 yrs old was thrilled with hers!

They are all around 2" tall btw - hand-sized for the youngest one, and perfect for slipping into a pocket.  Actually, they remind me of Jelly-babies  Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simple sweater pattern on: February 13, 2008 05:45:12 PM
I was also going to suggest a top-down raglan - very easy, pretty much no seaming required, and all you need to be able to do is knit, purl increase etc....

I like this pattern - http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/raglan.html because you can plug your own measurements in to it and get a sweater that fits perfectly - I have used it to make sweaters for 4 kids (age 3, 5, 7 and 9 years old) and also am making one using it for myself.... so it really does fit all sizes!  IT is also great because you can use any yarn and needles you happen to have around too.. just calculate your gauge, measure yourself and away you go..
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Chemocaps... on: February 13, 2008 05:41:17 PM
One of my friends has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  She is going to be having Chemo in a few weeks time, and I was thinking of making her some Chemo caps.

I have discussed it with other friends (cos we are going to get a sort of "hospital care pack" ready for her, and they are all keen for me to knit Knitty's Hallowig for her in some funky colour...

Any suggestions for yarn (would need to be able to be bought locally in Calgary or obtained fairly quickly via online order) - am thinking of a bright coloured soft baby yarn in acrylic...  I do want it to be very soft because of scalp sensitivity issues....

Also, any other tips or suggestions for the "care pack" would be appreciated
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