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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 5 ENTRIES / Mardi Gras Bead Scarf on: August 22, 2005 04:40:27 PM
I'm a beginning knitter, and I would have liked to do something a bit more interesting, like a capelet or something, but, alas, this was the most I could knit (even with real yarn).  My mom was very happy when I decided to use up some of the Mardi Gras beads around the house.  This was knitted in garter stitch, with five stitches on US size 17 needles.  
(My first thought was to knit a purse with rubber snakes, but I couldn't find a place to buy them.)

Me wearing the scarf:

Me modeling again (sorry, I don't know how to flip it...):

Close up of me wearing the scarf:

My sidewalk modeling the scarf:

Close up of a stripe:

Close up of a few rows:

The stitches on the needles:

Action shot:

Camera phone pictures....  I tried to make up in quantity what I lacked in quality.  A couple of people wrote that their projects made their hands hurt.  Knitting this was a bit painful as well, but I think I like how it turned out, especially with the golden spheres, it kind of looks like clusters of lights.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! How would I knit this awesome hat? on: July 31, 2005 08:39:04 PM
I'm a new knitter, and I'll be the first to admit that even as I'm making things, I have no clue what's going on.  But, I am madly in love with this hat:   (that white thing on top is just snow...  not part of the hat...)

It is my very favorite hat, and I really want to try to recreate it, or something similar, before I wear it out.  Unfortunately, I accidentally left it in storage, so I don't have the actual hat to work off of, just this picture.  

Does anyone have any insight on what kind of stitch that is?  I thought it looked like stockinette at first, but then I noticed how the stitches were sort of slanted.  I read something somewhere about a broomstick stitch that used a US size 50 needle, which makes sense for the size of the stitches on my hat, but when I googled it, the things I saw didn't look the same.  Please, if you have any ideas on how I could recreate this, I would appreciate it so much.  (It's really a wonderful, wonderful hat...)

Thanks so much!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Winged Drawstring Backpack on: July 29, 2005 10:42:23 PM
Hi!  This is my first post, though I've been lurking for a while.  My name's Megan, and I live in New Orleans and go to college in New York.  I was so proud of this bag, and I wanted to share it with someone!

I've been wanting to make a backpack like this for years, ever since I saw the movie Kikujiro and the kid's blue backpack.  I finally got around to making my own version last weekend:

The wings are made of white felt and stuffed.  The lining is cotton, and the main fabric is a stretchy, gummy, awful fabric that I had already.  If I did the project again, I'd use a different fabric, as this one kept gumming up my sewing machine needle, and it hangs strangely, making the wings lean to one side or the other most of the time.  That said, though, I love this bag, and it makes me so happy when the wind picks up and the wings flutter.

Me wearing the bag.  (Sorry for the pictures.  I took them myself with a camera phone...)

Close up of the lining and drawstring (and the contents of the bag...)

Close up of the wing.
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