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1  A Tidbit of Lace in Knitting: Completed Projects by mel_lovey on: December 02, 2006 08:33:26 PM
This is just a small bite of what I've been working on lately... I figured it's been way too long since I've last posted a finished object, but I can't post my mounds of knitting until Christmas is done with!! So without further hesitation, here is my Nona's new doily (do you actually know anyone besides Grandmothers that use them??):



Pattern: Free knitting pattern from this tag: http://www.suite101.com/external_link.cfm?elink=http://www.knitlacepatterns.com/
Yarn: unknown weight crochet cotton
Needles: Cheap boye size 1 dpns
Changes to the pattern: I used smaller needles, and had a little oopsies in the fourth row that gave me 10 pattern repeats rather than 8. But I had fun!
It took about a week, and is about 12 inches wide side to side.
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2  Re: Socktoberfest Knit-A-Long in Knitalongs by mel_lovey on: October 20, 2006 03:04:25 AM
Socktoberfest? I've never heard of it before! (I'm relatively new to this whole knitting thing...)

Anywho, I suppose you can count me in! Here are my first socks (before I had woven in the ends) And yes, I know my feet are chubby  Tongue :


They were made with elann's peruvian silk (alpaca/silk blend) and knitty's hedera pattern (but with only one pattern repeat before heel, for a short version.
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3  new to color working- need lots of help with technique in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mel_lovey on: October 14, 2006 10:13:43 PM
I'm making a beanie for my boyfriend for his birthday, and he's absolutely in love with the Gators (UF College ball, #2 ranked team). I'm hoping to knit something such as this gator logo or just their insignia on the front of the beanie- but how?



Would it even be possible to do either of these in a pattern? And how do I create a chart? What would be the best way to knit these- by carrying the strands (even though they'll only be knit on the front of the beanie, which I'll be knitting in the round), or using intarsia?

Like I said in the subject, I'm completely new to colorwork, so I'm at a loss for where to start. I need the help of all you knitting divas to get me through this!
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4  Re: a general first-sweater knitalong? in Knitalongs by mel_lovey on: October 05, 2006 02:44:11 PM
I agree, festive is adorable! Unfortunately, there's something about high-neck Asian clothes that doesn't work with me (which is probably a good thing, otherwise I'd be ordering more yarn right now).

I've finished the lace cardigan for now... meaning that I need to get buttons and put a crochet edge on- but I can't do that today  Undecided

I'm happy with how it turned out, but the seaming is a bit different from what I imagined. I used mattress stitch on the sides and top of shoulder (turned out really well), and then followed directions on knitty for seaming up the shoulders, which turned out kind of bulky. For now, all I have are flat pictures, but I'll post some live when my mom gets home (this is her sweater now- I was right, it's too big for me!).



I modified the sleeves a lot. I didn't used the stripe pattern (it looked somewhat clown-like), and I cast on 39 stitches and increased rather than the 75-decreases.

What kind of buttons should I use? I think I like the way bamboo looks with this color yarn, but I was also thinking that mother of pearl might look nice. I need help though!!

spiderdust- I got my yarn today! Yours shouldn't be too far behind  Grin
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5  My first socks! img heavy in Knitting: Completed Projects by mel_lovey on: September 23, 2006 10:37:40 PM
I'm so excited about these socks... They're my second finished knit project and my first socks- and I just had to hurry up and post them (even before I weave in the ends and block- do you have to block socks though?).

Let's see- they're a modified hedera from knitty. I made them ankle height because that's how I wear them mostly. Looking back, i probably should have started on the heel straight from the ribbing to avoid the little "hump" in the back, but I still think they're great. I knit these in elann.com's peruvian baby silk in pink (seashell pink?). It's so wonderful to knit with and is so absolutely soft and warm because of the baby alpaca.

The first sock took me two months to finish, the result of a new kitten in the home that turned my ball of yarn into a tangled, felted pile of fuzz, but the second sock took me a total of 2 days. And now, the pictures:





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6  Just one of those days... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by mel_lovey on: August 15, 2006 11:40:00 PM
Do you guys ever have a day of knitting where you're making great progress, and everything is turning out beautifully... and then you take a a really good look at everything- and you realize your pattern is just slightly off? Well, I did that today on my lace cardigan pattern! I was finished with the front when I looked at the whole thing (instead of just the top few rows) and noticed that the repetition in the pattern was all wonky. Nothing that anybody else would notice right away, but enough to make me cringe and swear like a sailor. Take a look for yourselves:

So, on to my question: What would you all do in this situation? Rip out half of your work (that you spent hours on), or just let it be and do the same "mistake" on the other side? I'm debating... but I think I'm going to frog it (so frustrating!!).
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