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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yoga Mat on: September 29, 2006 09:08:34 AM
I knitted a yoga mat and bag for my brother's girlfriend, for her birthday. I think she likes it. I just used acrylic (for washability & durability) double stranded, and garter stitch throughout. The two colours of purple made a nice alternating pattern. It ended up all soft and squishy. When I was knitting it everyone thought I was making a scarf. I wouldn't want to wear this around my neck.

The "In Progress" shot:



The mat:



The bag:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for IPOD Nano patterns for fingering weight wool on: September 28, 2006 01:53:11 PM
I have lots of leftover orange wool (fingering weight) and a tiny tiny bit of forest green wool (bulky) that were from a hat I knit my brother for his birthday (pics to come).

I was thinking of using this wool to make a 'matching' IPOD cozy for his IPOD Nano. I did a quick Google search but most patterns were using sock wool, and what I have is a lot thicker.

Anyone know of any existing patterns and/or can give a pattern-making virgin some ideas on how to make her own pattern? I was thinking of doing the cozy in the orange with the green as a bit of a stripe or accent, as the hat is mostly the green with a bit of orange.

Thanks.

Havent' been on the site in months - did a bunch of knitting though and will be sharing pics soon.

EDIT: Need pattern by Saturday, since his birthday is Sunday and I'd like to get it done by then. Thanks!!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP - Saxon Braid Cable on: August 03, 2006 11:09:30 AM
This is the saxon braid part of Samus from Knitty.com that I'm making for my Oma. Its going very, very slowly. In my defense, this is the very first cabling I've ever done, and I've had to frog it a lot. Wink



I've done this bit three times now and have started the fourth. I need 8 repeats in total, so I'm almost half way there (I'm being generous with 'almost').  So, what do you think? I'm using Paton's 100% Merino in Natural Mix, as said Oma wanted a neutral colour.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Adding new colours & striping - help on: June 30, 2006 06:16:31 AM

I want to make the Nautie (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATTnautie.html, as a side project while I'm working on my vest version of Samus http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html. Whenever I get bored or frustrated, its nice to have a second project to work on.

However, one thing is stopping me. I can't for the life of me figure out how to add a second colour. I tried multiple ways last night, and every time ended up with a mess of tangled yarn and gaping holes in the pattern. I've searched and googled and watched the knittinghelp video, and I'm still flummoxed. So maybe someone here can help me out.

How do I add a second colour? Especially when (as in the Nautie) I keep switching colours every row? I can't just keep cutting the yarn and tying the new stuff on. Well, I probably could but it would take me forever and be a huge mess.

Help!

(I could just do the body one colour and the face another, but I want stripes dammit! If I can knit on dpns and circs and do cabling and all that other cool stuff, I should be able to do stripes!!!)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some things I've knitted (Pics, lots of pics) on: June 29, 2006 09:58:01 AM
I'm addicted. Slow, but addicted. Here's some pics of completed works I've done (since January):

Bunny from a Square:


My Very First Sock Ever:


Cat Toys:
(wonton)
(the purple thing - I stuffed it with fresh catnip and couldn't get it away from them long enough to take a proper pic)

Hat:


Winter Collar (my dad is modelling):


It was supposed to be a scarf, but it was too short, so I improvised. My dad loved it - it kept him warm working outside without a lot of bulk under his jacket or long scarf tails getting caught in stuff. Sorry for the poor photo quality - camera phone.


Well, there you go.


6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favourite Summer Salads on: June 28, 2006 11:58:41 AM
I'm sure this topic has been gone over before, but every year I have new favourites.

I've been making and modifying this salad for a couple of years now and always does well:

Spinach and Strawberry Salad (yay alliteration!)

1 bag baby spinach leaves
1 pint strawberries (preferably picked that morning)
1/8 cup sliced or shaved almonds
1/4 red onion
Raspberry vinagrette

optional:
1 pint blueberries
1 tin mandarin oranges

Just toss spinach, fruit, and nuts together until well mixed. Add vinagrette to taste. I usually drizzle a bit on and then leave the bottle for people to put more on if they like, since I have a family whose taste in dressing ranges from 'practically none' to 'lets drown the salad'.

I'm going to try a variant with feta cheese next.

So, who else has a super-yummy summer salad to share (hey, more alliteration!)   Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Am I crazy? - Latest knitting project on: June 22, 2006 08:02:48 AM
I started knitting in January, and its already an obsession. I've made a stuffed bunny, a shawl, a heavy neck warmer (it started out as a scarf but it was too short, so a couple of buttons transformed it), a pair of socks, a hat, several cat toys, and I'm just about done the tie I knit for my grandfather. I've mastered a variety of increases, decreases, DPNs and circulars, and I feel ready for a challenge.

Now my Oma wants me to knit her a vest. One she can zip up. And I want to try something with cabling. Well, I searched and searched online for a good pattern that a) zipped, and b) had cables, but I couldn't find anything I liked. Well, I realized I could knit a cardigan and just leave off the sleeves. Then I found this:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html

I love, love, love the cabled edging on the bottom. I so want to knit this (not in orange, I hate orange and so does my Oma). But, having never done cabling before, am I crazy to start off with something that complex?

Any advice, encouragement, or alternate suggestions for a zippered cabled vest are welcome.
8  CANADA / Ontario / Guelph KIP on: June 08, 2006 11:37:37 AM
When: June 10th, World Wide Knit in Public Day (www.wwkipday.com)
Where: Joseph Wolfond Memorial Park (on Arthur St., alongside the Speed River)
Time: 1pm
Bring: Works in progress, stash, extra needles, something cold to drink, and something to sit on. No washrooms in the park, but there are some within walking distance. There is a kids playground and some benches and trees to sit under.

PM me if you want more info.
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