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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby YoYo Blanket [pic heavy] on: August 24, 2008 11:28:01 PM


I finally got around to do these yoyos.  I started them (not these ones specifically) last year from a thread I got on the CAL... never did get any further than making one or two of them from this ugly blue I had...

After I finished my Sudoku afghan, I had a lot of left overs of the same weight yarn, so I decided to do the yoyos again last month.  I just got inspired all of a sudden. 

I made a whole bunch, then decided that I was going to make a baby blanket out of yoyos for my cousin's new baby girl.  So I went on a stash dive for pinks and baby and girl inspired colors... these colors were the best ones I could come up with.

one month later... but really only like 8 days worth of work...  It took about 5 days ranging from 2-4 hours a night assembling.  this includes weaving in the ends and actually assembling the yoyos together. 

Before that, like 3 days of making the yoyos from about also 2-4 hours a day.  the days making them were continuous, but the lapse in between was why it took so long.  I took a break, and well didn't feel like weaving in the ends.

Now the specifics.

Hook: H hook
Yarn:  Various DK, and Worsted.  It's mostly worsted, but some DK got thrown in.  Including, Ambrosia from knitpicks, wool-ease, and some other random ones that were scraps, which I don't remember.  The white border is one full ball of SWS in the snow color.  I had enough left over of the SWS to make one yoyo for another yoyo project.

Measures:  10 rows of 15 yoyos each (43" x 24")  (it's really not wide enough on one end for a baby blanket... but oh wells, my cousin can wear it like a shawl... like this!)

although it's holey, it's still warm... odd huh?

more pictures of more progress in my flickr set labeled yoyo. (if you're into that sort of pic by pic stuff, which I am.)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what a mess! on: February 20, 2008 05:28:10 PM
hi, does anyone have any tip on how to detangle this?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / When the muppets band meets the yarn harlot on: February 12, 2008 01:55:50 AM
Meet the Muppets band.

(what to do with a handspun yarn?  )
somehow stumble upon yarn harlot's one row handspun scarf pattern.  What about yardage?  with only 85 yds, how am i going to make it stretch?  stripe it of course!
Hm, I have some alpaca left overs, let's go with that?

Hm... Maybe not!  Oh! I spied a solid white left over ball in my stash, what about that??

BINGO! looking good muppets!


and Tada!  One month later from original cast on date, I'm done!!
CO: Jan 5 2008
FO:  Feb 11 2008
Pattern: Yarn Harlot's One row Handspun Scarf
Needle: US 7
Yarn:  Handspun: The Muppets Band by Whisp3rd & Patons Classic Wool :Aran

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Korean drama swap? on: January 15, 2008 01:13:22 AM
Is anyone else into Korean dramas?  You could craft items relating to the drama, or maybe a care package for while watching the drama, or... expose a fellow craftster to the lovely world of Korean dramas.  although i think it would be kinda hard because the subtitles that I've seen in english are crappy to the point that i can't even tell what they are saying, so... hm.  

well just throwing it out there. maybe there are other asian craftsters out there that are into korean dramas...
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / This is most definitely Crochet right? on: January 03, 2008 01:25:29 PM
http://shanalogic.com/item.php?item_id=1589

OK, most of the time I can't tell whether things are knit or crochet unless it's muy muy obvious and this is definitely crochet.  If I was the creater, Cotton Candy Vomit, I'd make sure to tell Shana Logic that it wasn't hand knit.

Maybe when they say hand knit, they just means that it was handmade, but a simple handmade word would have been sufficient instead of saying handknit no? 

Or am i just being too picky.

i think the thing that irks me most, is the line at the end where it says, can you imagine how long it took the artist to make.  Personally, I know that it doesn't take me that long to crochet a scarf like that, DC all the way, with the ends weaved in.  I make those verticle scarfs all the time, perhaps not in rainbow colors...

$50 dollars makes it seem a bit steep for that price... although the yarn just said it was natural... i don't know what that means... wool? acrylic?  what's natural yarn?

Perhaps the artist dyed its own colors & spun the yarn, then ok, maybe $50 is accountable.

Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed today!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Alpha Beads Stitch Markers on: December 28, 2007 02:09:07 AM
I broke out my old beading materials, I got into beads 2 years ago, and bought a whole bunch of things for it, tools, beads, etc... it got all put away when i got into knitting last year (the beads and stuff was just sitting there in the cupboard.)... and now, I've combined the two!!!  I've seen ones like these around, and wanted to put my own words into them.

I made these lighter, as in not that long or bulky because i find that sometimes when i knit, I don't necessarily like a heavy stitch marker... that's why i mainly use those round plastic things, but I lose those a lot... so instead of buying more of those plastic ones, I made my own.




I think my favorite has to be the yarn one... i really like the turoquios crystals that surrounds the alphabeads plus who doesn't like yarn?  I made some with a claw clasp for crochet, cuz I crochet too... i found that there were less "cool" saying with crochet.  I was going to put hooker, but i didn't want people to get the wrong idea.

I might change the jump rings into the toggle ring cuz it might snag, but I have to go buy more toggle rings.  so these will do for now.

I ran out of the jump rings... but I had more made without rings, HP themed...

I have more on my dropshots page  I didn't want to flood this post with pictures.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knit tubular in a new way or at least new to me on: December 21, 2007 11:13:55 PM
did anyone else happen to see this article?  it was in an british knitting magazine... I forgot the name, but it most likely had knitter in the title.

but the article said that you can knit in a tube with straight needles, just by doing slip 1, purl 1 across the stitches in even stitches. 

2 rows makes up 1 row...

but i forgot how to bindoff.

I was going to buy the magazine, but a. it would have been like $10 bucks for one article since it was a british magazine, and b. i didn't want any patterns in it...

so i just read it in the store. 

i was searching for things to knit right now, and thought since this technique was fresh in my mind, I thought i'd test it out... but I had forgotten how to bind off... or i just didn't read it... hm.

does anyone know of this technique?

Basically the directions were to cast on an even number of stitches, and then just slip one, purl one, and basically you're knitting inside out.. and by the time you finished, you have a tube after you turn your knitting inside out...  the point is to keep your yarn in front...

is this method sorta like the icord?

NM, i just figured it out.  Use a third needle to slip the stitch you're not using and then just BO when you get to it!  It's rather neat... I might try this way to knit my next hogwarts scarf!
8  UNITED STATES / Nevada / Vegas Yarn stores on: December 21, 2007 09:09:52 PM
i know it's a bit last minute, but I'm heading out to Vegas tomorrow, are there any yarn stores around vegas?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / eighteen on: December 18, 2007 11:18:33 PM
that is what I'm calling this thing... it's based on fourteen by Yarn Ball Boogie.


Yarn:  Tahki Ghost Print
Needle:  US 13
Notion:  Spare button on a recent purchase.

I'm calling it eighteen because I casted on eighteen stitches instead of fourteen.  But the stitch pattern is definitely NOT the Brioche rib stitch, it's instead the K2 p1 of the Scrunchable scarf...

so really it's a lovechild of fourteen & scrunchable scarf called eighteen.

It's not itchy at all.  I found though the yarn is colored funny... I started out with a skygray, hazy gray color, but then in the middle of the knitting, it changes to a brighter blue, like when the gray lifts from the sky, it's just clear blue... then it goes back to the gray hazy color.  It's rather weird.  i thought perhaps there was a mistake in the yarn... but that's just how it is.  Odd.

My friend purchased 2 skeins on the suggestion that 1 skein does not make anything... and this thing only used up one skein, so now I have another skein left over... perhaps I should really try fourteen with the extra skein... I think I got how Brioche  rib stitch works.

Maybe I can return the yarn to the store that my friend got it from, to exchange it for something else?  I should call up the store and ask.
 
and this is how she wears it!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I don't design it, I just knit it. on: December 12, 2007 11:17:55 AM
So whenever I make something, with a yarn I've purchased, making it from a pattern I've been on the internet or book or whatever source I've got.  When I'm done, and I present it, I find that I don't know how to accept the compliments that comes with it.  because a. i didn't design the pattern, I just followed the pattern accordingly, and didn't do any adjustments or anything. b. I didn't spin the yarn, i just purchased what i saw at the store.
So when people go, oh wow, that's pretty, you're so talented... I go, well I just make it, I didn't make up the pattern, i just make it.

does anyone else feel this way??  Just me huh?!
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