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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Big Girls Can Wear Shrugs Too!!! on: July 17, 2007 04:16:21 PM
I would cordially like to invite you all to experience my rite of passage: the successful knitting of a wearable that is not a hat or a scarf.  This was the Anthropologie-inspired Capelet/Shrug found on this link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0.  I was a little concerned about how a shrug would look on me, a big girl, at size 2X.  But I found that if I made the shrug longer (to right above my hips) it looked more proportional on my generous figure.

I credit the author for helping me cross that scary chasm between hat and sweater knitting.  I'm truly excited and am ready for the next sweater challenge!  The next project: a top down raglan.  There's nothing stopping me now!

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Small, Felted Knitting Clutch on: July 15, 2007 12:54:47 PM
I bought this cool, dark denim book bag to carry around my knitting projects.  It retailed at $60, but I got it for $19.99 at Ross ("Discount High-Five"!).

I knitted up a felted lil' clutch to put some of my teensy knitting supplies in.  I like how it came out.  It was the first time I've ever sewn a zipper in ("Learning New Skills High-Five"!).  The flower was from an awesome pattern in One Skein Wonders (http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Wonders-Judith-Durant/dp/1580176453).  The pattern is "Monica's Flowers" page 68.

I love "One Skein Wonders"!!  It is the most awesome book!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mustard Pithy on: July 13, 2007 04:56:33 PM
I finally made a Mary Jane Pithy hat (http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm ) in a cool mustard color.  I like this hat a lot!  However, the "purse stitch" was a bit challenging for me at first.  If I made a mistake, it was hard to "unknit" the stitch to find the error.  Consequently, I frogged this hat many times prior to success.  This is not to scare anyone off, I just want to forewarn those who've never done this stitch before to pay attention to what you're doing.  It's not super-hard, you just have to get used to it.  I finally just cast on for a totally new hat (the mustard color, the frogged one was white).  This last time was the charm: I just got used to the stitch and I didn't make any mistakes!  It was worth the process though, because I like the looks of this hat a bunch and I will definitely make more!

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Headbands O'Plenty (Image-Heavy) on: June 28, 2007 12:50:49 PM
I have lots of hair that begs to be tamed, so I knit up a bunch of summer-friendly headbands.  The patterns to the lace headbands are from http://www.knitpicks.com/Lacy+Headbands_PD50552220.html.

Thanks for looking!  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Easy, Cool Stitch for Variegated Yarn on: April 28, 2007 04:46:43 PM
Variagated yarn can be "zzzzzz..." sometimes.  The linen stitch makes variagated yarn look woven and interesting.

CO any mutiple of 2 to desired width.
Starting rows:
Row 1 and your 2nd to last row: Knit across the row
Row 2 and your last row: Purl across the row
Linen stitch:
Row 3: Slip first stitch knitwise.  *Knit 1 stitch, bring yarn forward between the needles, slip 1 stitch purlwise, take yarn to back of work* repeat between * until the last stitch, knit last stitch through the back loop.
Row 4:  Slip first stitch purlwise.  **Purl 1 stitch, take yarn to back of work, slip 1 stitch purlwise, bring yarn to front of work** repeat between ** until last stitch, purl last stitch.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have just enough yarn to repeat
Rows 1 and 2 if you are fringing.  (For scarves).   

This pattern is supposed to be for scarves, but I made a dishcloth with Sugar and Cream cotton yarn (I have lots of variegated colors I have been heretofore uninspired to use).

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Headbands on: April 16, 2007 03:46:34 PM
Cascade 50/50 cotton and Tencel yarn:

50/50 merino and Tencel yarn:
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Le Slouch" (Image Heavy) on: April 14, 2007 05:09:50 PM
I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (50/50 cotton & acrylic).  I highly recommend the yarn!  I decided not to do the seed stitch (it's takes a lot longer).  This is a great pattern and easy knit: awesome for bad hair days!  Comments?  Suggestions?   Smiley

Buttons for embellishement:

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Sister's '06 Christmas Gifts! on: February 24, 2007 07:22:11 PM
Okay, okay.  I just mailed my sister's Christmas presents out today.  How's that for pathetic?

Lion Brand Watercolors (wool-mix) hat:

Wool-Ease Slippers (they do stretch!):

Very first cabling project!  Wool-Ease Thick 'n Quick:

Thanks for looking   Grin
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm Still Knitting These... on: February 18, 2007 04:29:55 PM
Another pair of Irish Hiking Mitts in Patons Chunky Shetland Tweed on size 7's.  They knit up very warm in this yarn!

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More Irish Hiking Fingerless Mitts on: February 16, 2007 05:20:15 PM
Someone earlier posted this as her first cabling knit (in a beautiful red yarn).  I like this pattern a lot because it knits up fast and looks great.  There are a lot of cabled fingerless mitts out there, but I really like the cables in this pattern.  Knit with worsted weight Wool-Ease.

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