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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / **NERD ALERT** Knitted pipetman holster - pic heavy on: April 09, 2007 07:45:06 PM
What more could a knitting scientist need than a handmade holster to tote about her measuring devices?  I made this for a friend knitter/scientist for her bridal shower (I know, how romantic) and I am amazed at how well it turned out.  I pretty much just designed it as I went, but it curled too much so I did sew a backing on it in a thick fabric I found in the sale bin at Joanne's.  It is so functional I think I'll have to make one for myself!

Here are some pics of it in action!  Look at the actual scientific equipment in the background (instead of the crazy look on my face - I had to TA today).





I made little intarsia hearts and erlenmeyer flasks.



The back got a little funky because I got tired of charting stuff - the mystery blue things are squid, or birds, or whatever science-y thing you want.



Here is a close up of one of the holster pockets and a little fishbowl.

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baudelaire socks! on: March 05, 2007 01:48:25 PM
Gorgeous!  I am making a pair in gray - I "finished" one sock on size twos and realized they are a little too big (too big to wear with my maryjanes like I wanted) so I restarted sock 2 on size ones.  Maybe in a month when I'm done I'll be able to post a pic of mine  Cheesy
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: cotton candy with flair on: February 27, 2007 11:03:06 AM
Wow that's awesome!  I love the details (buttons, collar).  Love it!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A good mystery needs a lot of twists... on: February 26, 2007 01:06:01 PM
Thanks!  I wasn't sure if this was going to turn out cool or just bizarre, especially since I opted to have it not crush my ribs, unlike the short-sleeved sweaters of the 1950s.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "Sheila Franklin" halter on: February 25, 2007 11:12:40 PM
That's adorable!  I really like the embroidery.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A good mystery needs a lot of twists... on: February 25, 2007 02:30:07 PM
So here is my knitting challenge entry, both my first challenge entry and my first self-designed sweater.  Here was my thought process:

1.  When I think "vintage" I think cute 1950s short-sleeved sweater.
2.  When I think Miss Marple, spinster sleuth, I imagine it covered with crazy bobbles and cables and lace because, frankly, she probably has tons of time on her hands when she's not solving mysteries, being a spinster that lives in a remote town and all.
3.  I saw this cable/lace pattern on a sweater at the Guess store a year or so ago and have been wanting to figure it out ever since.

Thus, mystery twists was born!



Here's the back



and here's a close-up of the cable/lace pattern.



I made this in the round up to the armholes, then split for the front and back.  I made it out of some baby weight acrylic yarn I had lying around, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with these results. 
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tattoo question (about colors) on: February 16, 2007 11:24:34 PM
I have 7 tattoos, and I am fairly tan.  Most colors look good right after tattooing on my skin, but the lighter ones do sometimes fade.  The biggest problem with a tattoo fading, at least that I've found, is from sun exposure.  If you go to the beach it will definitely fade, and every time you expose it to the sun it will fade more.  Plus, the older you get, the more it will fade.

My friend has very pale skin and pretty much every color looks awesome on her, but she refuses to go in the sun ever.  Her colors stay beautifully.

Colorwise, I've had yellows, whites, blues and greens stay well on my arms, slightly less well on my calves.  I've never done the foot, but I imagine it would fade as fast or faster than my calves.  If you really want the colors to stay, I recommend slathering your feet with SPF 50 any time you go out in flip flops, that's what's kept my arm tattoo so bright.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My boyfriend is impossible to knit for! on: February 01, 2007 07:14:12 PM
My boyfriend is also impossible to knit for.  He'd wear a sweater, but I'm not sure he's worthy.  I could make him a sweater, and he'd probably wear it, but somehow I just can't see myself spending that much time on something not for me  Cheesy  Also, I figure if I'm not sure he'll appreciate it, he probably won't.

Little toys are always nice.  A felted lunchbag could work if he brings his lunch to work.  You could also knit a sleeve for his powerbook, and put a cool design he'd like on it.
If he loves Guitar Hero and likes to flaunt it (as my boyfriend and I both do) then an awesome guitar strap (like the knitty pattern linked earlier) could be cool.  Whether he'd appreciate it, unknown.  So unless you can think of something awesome, I say don't knit him anything. 
 
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Atia on: January 31, 2007 07:46:24 PM
Wow that is really beautiful!  I would never guess it was your first design.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: using a different yarn than pattern calls for on: January 31, 2007 07:32:48 PM
Ok so the pattern calls for a certain gauge and needle size.  Is the yarn you are using instead thicker, thinner, or the same as the pattern?  If you knit up a swatch on 10.5 needles, how many st/in (since the pattern calls for 3.5st/in).

Find this out.  If the yarn is thicker, you will have to use larger needles to get the same holey effect, and alter the pattern for the gauge you knit with the larger needles.  If your yarn is thinner then you can probably use the same needles if you wanted.

Grams/yard can help you get an idea (how many yards for 25g of your yarn?  More than 154 your yarn is thinner, less and your yarn is thicker).  Then you can guess needle size based on how similar these measurements are, though you should still gauge a swatch if you want the sweater to fit.
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