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251  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Wintertime Gifts for Boyfriend -- Help Needed! on: November 16, 2006 08:47:37 AM
If he's Jewish, be careful not to make your "advent calendar" too Christmas-y.
Maybe make it in blue, yellow, and white (traditional Hanukkah colors), and fill it with a selection of both Christmas treats (like the candy canes you mentioned) and also Hanukkah goodies.  For instance, you could add gelt (the foil-wrapped chocolate coins) or small dreidels.
252  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gifts for college students on: November 14, 2006 06:03:19 PM
I'm a college student in Los Angeles (but originally from Cleveland, where Lake Effect makes it mighty chilly during the winters).  Probably the girls who work for you already have a scarf or two, but you can never go wrong with one more.  I made the fingerless glove/mittens from Stitch and Bitch a couple of years ago for my sister in law for the holidays (except I changed the color and made it all one color) and I finished a pair in a few hours.  Those might be nice because they have a flap to cover up the fingers so that the girls' hands could stay warm when they are outside, but then they could open up the mitten flaps if they need to use their fingers.
Also, I found these patterns online.  The headband is very similar to Panta, and it looks as though neither the headband nor the shawl/scarf would take much time, though I haven't tried either of the patterns yet.
Good luck!  Let us know what you decide.
253  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: MANLY knitting gifts (I'm at a loss) on: November 14, 2006 05:54:13 PM
Unless he's a knitter, don't do anything too stressful/time consuming.  I made a pretty intricate scarf/hat/fingerless gloves thing for my ex (we didn't break up because of knitting, promise!) and he was like "oh, that's nice..." but didn't really appreciate at all the fact that I had spent hours and hours knitting it all for him on tiny needles.  My rule of thumb is only to make intricate knit gifts for other knitters.
As far as the actual construction, all of the guys that I have knit for have requested ribs, and about 50% have been down with fringe.  And if you're not absolutely set on making a scarf, fingerless gloves have been REALLY popular gifts in my experience.
Would you please post pictures when you finish it?  I'm really interested to see what you decide.
254  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: !!Adult Content!! I need advice! Pic heavy on: November 12, 2006 03:22:29 PM
I really like them.  Especially the second one (blue on pink).  Go for it!
255  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: cupcake wall quilt on: November 12, 2006 03:21:26 PM
This is amazing.  Great job!
256  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Autumnal colored zipper baby quilt (not dial up friendly) on: November 12, 2006 03:20:09 PM
That is so gorgeous.  Wonderful job!
257  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: old pair of pumas + recycled thrift store sweater = rad argyle boots! on: November 11, 2006 11:25:08 PM
This is quite possibly the best thing I've seen today.  Next time I go thrifting, I'll be looking for big big big sweaters.  So cool.
Also, have you worn them out a fair amount?  How do they hold up to walking around?
258  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Reconstructed ballerina flats on: November 11, 2006 11:18:44 PM
Those are pretty amazing.  Quite an ingenious idea!
259  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: punky lolita skull-print hoodie...with short sleeves in time for winter! on: November 11, 2006 06:32:04 PM
That's really wonderful...so envious of your sewing skills.
260  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A comforting scarf and bunny on: November 01, 2006 05:34:46 PM
btw, do you mind if i put your scarf pic on my blog? i designed that scarf pattern, and want to collect a little gallery of all the ones people have made.

Not at all.  I don't know what yarn I used because I bought it a few years ago at a yarn sale and then made it into a ball and didn't keep the label.  It's a lighter blue than it looks in the picture, but the texture is correctly represented.  Also, I changed the pattern to be 24 stitches across (if I remember correctly) because I didn't want to run out of yarn too quickly, as I had no way of getting more of the same kind.  If you need to know anything else for your blog, just let me know.
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