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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Options Needle+Cable Case on: January 22, 2008 09:39:51 PM
The "key" is used for these interchangable needles to help tighten them... really all it does is give you something to hold onto while you tighten.  I've used all kinds of things instead, including safety pins and 18ga wire, but it's nice not to have to dig through the junk drawer anymore to switch needles! Smiley  Thanks for the paperclip tip, I hadn't tried that one.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Options Needle+Cable Case on: January 22, 2008 08:29:06 PM
So, after realizing that my Options needle tips were scattered all over the house, with no markings on them to tell me what size they are (my only hope was to look at what yarn scrap might be next to it and try and remember the project I was knitting!) I decided to invest in a needle gauge and do some fabric-stash-busting to make a needle case for the tips and cables.  This is the 5th iteration of the design, so by the time I was done I was just about pulling out my hair, lol.  It doesn't seem so troublesome now that it's finished.  It's about 6"-6.5" square-ish.

Outside- pretty swirly cotton from JoAnn's with boring button to be replaced later:


Inside it's like a book, with the needles on the first page (sizes 4-11) and then 5 pages of clear vinyl pockets (one for each cable size,) using fabric from a local chain:



I need to write the cable sizes on the vinyl...  I think I'll get a silver Sharpie, so I can wipe it off if I mess up.  I might also paint needle sizes on the pockets.  You can see the "key" attached to a safety pin pinned inside; sadly, that's the only darn one I can find anymore, so it's staying put!! Roll Eyes
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Invaders- From Space! on: January 22, 2008 07:55:27 PM
"I can't get the last guy!  My brother always got it for me!"

I'm glad I'm not the only Futurama/video game geek around!  I really wanted to put the New New York skyline in the background, but it looked really weird, lol. 

Thanks for the great comments!  Now, off to plan some Final Fantasy socks....
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves- Pattern Included! on: January 22, 2008 10:46:44 AM
I bought my yarn from KnitPicks.  It's listed under "fingering" yarn.  It's also called sock yarn.

And, just because I can, a few close ups of the gloves.   Grin



15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Invaders- From Space! on: January 20, 2008 10:55:40 AM
This is my first project that I "designed" myself... with large parts lifted from the Space Invader Socks from Knitty and inspiration from Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts  Knit in KnitPicks Palette with a size 1 circ (magic loop.)



They were also my first colorwork project.  Haunted by memories of overly warm, scratchy sweaters with long floats that caught on my ears and hands when I was younger, I swore I'd never ever knit anything with 2 colors.  Well, my resolve soon faltered when I realized I could geek out with my knitting!  I made these mainly to wear to a part-time testing job where my hands get frigid, but I still need to be able to handle a game controller.



They're pretty long, over 100 rows (they go halfway up my forearm!)  The shooter and ship at the top were added after the gloves were finished with duplicate stitch.  They've got a bunch of problems, the big one being that they're hard to get on, because I didn't adjust my tension when I switched from one color to two colors.  Oops.  (They also attract more cat hair than you can shake a stick at.)

But the floats are all super short!  Cheesy
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nintendo Pillow on: January 20, 2008 10:26:26 AM
That's so cool!!  Shocked Shocked  Of course, I'd spend all my time mashing the buttons and pretending I was playing a giant Mario game instead of sleeping, lol.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves on: January 20, 2008 12:36:16 AM
Awesome, Excel will save in a PDF!  I've spent a while tidying things up and writing things down; all it needs now is my proof-reader tomorrow and then I'll post the pattern!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves on: January 19, 2008 09:07:47 PM
Hey CailynDragon!  Wonderful work!  They are Beeyooteefull!  I started a rockin' vest (designed by Kaffe Fassett) YEARS ago that required (of course) immense color work.  I think I got through about 3 inches before I slumped unconscious to the floor from brain and finger fatigue.  Do you (or does anyone else reading this) have any good resources (books, CDs, etc) on color work that you could recommend so I could get back up to speed?  Many thanks!

I'm glad you like them!  Cheesy Cheesy

I think color work takes a special kind of crazy.  I'm strangely addicted to it now, though.  Once I started doing the whole 2-handed thing it got easier, because I wasn't constantly untangling the yarn (I literally threw my needles across the room a few times.) 

I looked at a few blogs (mainly Knitting In Color)and used this pdf from KnitPicks: Color Stranding.  There's also some good stuff on Knitty, I think.

Really pretty! Did you base the pattern off of anything like Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts?

Thanks!  I used the Endpaper Mitt thumb increases as a basis; I wasn't sure how many stitches/how often to increase.  I also used her method of increasing, using yarn overs instead of M1s: Tips, Tricks, and Treats (down near the bottom.)  So much easier!! 
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves on: January 19, 2008 11:52:25 AM
Thanks for all the great feedback!!  I can't stop smiling and DH is starting to wonder if the cold medicine is effecting my brain. Smiley

I'd love to share the chart/pattern.  I designed it in Excel '07,  so I'm looking for some way to convert that into something more... universal.  Should have it figured out soon!

 Grin  Grin
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowflake Fingerless Gloves on: January 18, 2008 07:40:06 PM
Ok, my first post with pictures!  Here goes nothin'.   Cheesy


http://www.snowlakestudios.com/cailynimages/small/100_2521.jpg

I designed these myself; they're my second finished design and my second colorwork project.  I love them sooo much!  I wear them everywhere.  I finished these in October, so they've been worn a lot (hence the fuzzies, etc.)  I also had to felt the right one a little because of some tension variation.

http://www.snowlakestudios.com/cailynimages/small/100_2524.jpg

There are 7 colors in KnitPicks Palette, made on a size 1 circ.  I didn't intend to use black in the center, but some of the colors I ordered didn't get along (there was name calling) and black was all I had to substitute.

http://www.snowlakestudios.com/cailynimages/small/100_2529.jpg

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I spiffed up the pattern (fixed mistakes, etc) and saved it as a PDF (it seemed easiest with the charts and all.)  (8/28/08) Pattern is now published on blog.  The link is below where PDF used to be. Please let me know if there are any errors, typos, questions, etc!  I'm happy to fix/answer.

Without further ado: http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2008/04/30/post-ii-this-time-its-personal/
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