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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gretel! on: November 05, 2007 08:55:49 PM

Ok, ok guys ... so maybe I am under-stating my abilities. Still, they LOOK super advanced, even if they are do-able for us still kinda new not really knitters. And that's the important thing. Wink

Knittinghelp.com has a really good cabling video that helped me learn.
And don't fret the cables, you can do it! I believe in you!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My rather offensive costume ..not for the faint of heart on: November 04, 2007 06:49:10 PM
Just wanted to say that I think that this costume is hilarious and is a perfect parody of those ridiculous "Sexy" costumes that have been so popular this year. You are my hero.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gretel! on: November 04, 2007 10:40:34 AM
Looks lovely, I love the colour! That's a great idea to use a dinner plate to block slouchy hats. Ysolda's patterns all look so lovely, but they're a little too advanced for me yet, heehee.

Don't say that! I am working on gretel right now and it is my first time doing cables and my second hat  Tongue

Caribou, it looks great! aaaand you can always knit more in different colours with a yarn that won't bleed  Grin

This was only my second hat too! I love knitted hats, I just don't knit them as often as I really should.

Ysolda recommending using Grumperina's tutorial for cabling without a cable needle, but I didn't really like that. It was easier for me to use a cabling needle because then I could remember if I needed to do a front twist or a back twist next.

The cabling on this project is super fun though. Good luck!!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gretel! on: November 04, 2007 10:06:33 AM
Looks lovely, I love the colour! That's a great idea to use a dinner plate to block slouchy hats. Ysolda's patterns all look so lovely, but they're a little too advanced for me yet, heehee.

You'll get there! The cabling on Gretel actually isn't that hard to do, but the fact that I've done cables before definitely helped.

And yes, her beret patterns are awesome. I think I might do Estella in pumpkin orange and cobalt blue next.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gretel! on: November 04, 2007 09:38:55 AM
I finished my Gretel beret!


Mine's the slouchy version. The pattern called for 230 yards, but I managed to get away with one skein of Cascade 220. Only thing that annoys me is holy MOLY does this yarn bleed! It got dye on my hands, and then I went to type on my white Macbook and now some of my keys have a rosey tint. Arrrgghh!  Angry

This beret is so cute though that I think it might be worth it:


I also recommend blocking this beret over a dinner plate. When I first finished it, it looked like a giant sea creature that was trying to suck my brain out of my skull. Blocking it gave it a lovely shape.

Overall, a really great pattern and I had so much fun knitting this, despite Cascade 220's attempts to tint my world red. I'd recommend this for anyone who wanted to try getting fancy with their cabling.

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: puffy wicked on: November 04, 2007 09:31:50 AM
I LOVE it with the puffy sleeves!
I've always liked this pattern but could never find the motivation to knit it...now it's going on the list!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Joke on: October 09, 2007 08:21:17 AM
LOL! Finally, a funny knitting joke! I've heard so many bad ones, believe me..  Roll Eyes

OOH! I wanna hear a bad one!

This one by the way, made me giggle.
...largely because I do totally knit and drive. But only when I'm at a stoplight! I live in a big city with horrible traffic and there's some very long stoplights here. I don't have the patience to just sit there.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there any way I can save my Orangina? on: October 02, 2007 04:17:13 PM
Oh snap! I'm a dummy.
The yarn is 100% cotton, more specifically, Rowan 4-ply cotton.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there any way I can save my Orangina? on: October 02, 2007 10:52:52 AM
So awhile ago I wore my Orangina over a cheap-o black top from Forever 21. Then last night, I went to show my Orangina off to a friend and the yarn had been tainted black around the arm pits!!! GROSS!

I gave Orangina a bath this morning in the soap I usually use for my knits, and I added some salt. It seemed to help a little, but not much.

Is there any way I can get these hideous stains out? I really love my Orangina  Embarrassed
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: Calorimetry and Flower Petal Shawl (img heavy) on: September 29, 2007 10:32:18 AM
I'm in love with both of these patterns!
Here's an action shot of my shawl taking flight:


And all wrapped up because the alpaca yarn is super warm:


This is the Flower Petal shawl from Elann.com and I used the recommended yarn, Elann.com Peruvian Pure Alpaca. The yarn was a little fuzzy and tended to shed on me a bit as I was knitting the shawl, but having a soft and warm shawl at the end was totally worth it.

It also drapes beautifully:


And I made a Calorimetry!


I used Noro Kureyon. Now I can see why everyone loves their Calorimetry so much, it is a really good pattern and super fast to knit.

Thanks for looking!
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