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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Catnip Mouse on: May 17, 2007 08:19:06 AM
Long story short (there are TONS more details and pics on my blog). I wanted to felt something but I don't know how to use a washer, so it had to be small. I didn't want something I'd never look at again, so I opted for a catnip mouse. It's made from KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the color Carrot. It's a really pretty burnt orange color. 100% hand felted. I'm so excited that it turned out so great. Mr. Mouse is stuffed with catnip and polyfil. The color is more accurate in the top pic, although it's still washed out by the flash.

Pre-Felting...



Post-Felting...


I plan on making tons more since the entire thing took maybe two hours. Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Another first timer. on: May 02, 2007 10:59:24 AM
I have been lurking around and drooling over handspun yarn... So I figured I would try. Here is my first attempt...


Did I do it right? I bought the spindle on etsy and it came with that pencil roving. It's wool of some kind or another. Smiley I do like the color, and I don't know what I'll knit with it, maybe I'll use it as edging on a pair of fingerless mitts. *ponders* Anyways, I asked my boyfriend's dad if he would make me a spindle, since he's awesome at working with wood. He made me three. I really like his a lot better than the one that I bought for one reason. His wheels are bigger and have more weight so it's easier to spin. Which brings me to a question: There's no place close to me that offers spinning lessons.... yet. How do you keep the spindle spinning and use both hands for the fiber!? I have to predraft to perfection and then keep the spindle spinning with my left hand and feed the fiber with my right... Is that correct? I've only learned from online and the pamphlet that came with the spindle I bought.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Catnip and felting. on: May 01, 2007 10:57:16 AM
I have searched the forum for everything catnip related in hopes of not asking this question... but here goes...

I want to make felted catnip mice. My seaming is horrid and I can't embroider to save my life. (nope, not even little X eyes or the little nose) Aaaaaaand I've never felted anything before. I have the catnip, the yarn, and cloth to sew into cute little sachets and shove into the little mouse at the end... How do I do this?

1. I'm fairly certain I cannot felt the mouse with the catnip inside. Leaving a hole in the back IS an option, but how would I close it up? Would I use acrylic yarn to hold the stitches while I felt it and just seam it up with a thinner, similar color yarn? What about just leaving a hole in the back and seaming up the hole... but leaving some to act as the unfelted tail? (I'm kind of brainstorming as I'm writing this... sorry)

2. Which felting method would be best? Just toss them in with a load of laundry, or hand felt them? I'd probably only make two small mice, so I'm leaning towards handfelting (aaaaand I don't know how to use the washer/dryer. yes yes, laugh it up.). I'd be using 100% wool(probably Noro Kureyon or Knit Picks "Wool of the Andes" if that helps at all).

Any help is GREATLY appreciated.  Tongue
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair Isle is Fun Times. on: April 30, 2007 07:20:53 AM
So I wanted to do some Fair Isle that was more challenging than the simple patterns (a whole two patterns!) I'd previously done...

We Call Them Pirates looked fun... so I did it. I don't wear beanies or hats, though, so I ended up giving it to my dad. He likes it. Smiley This was super fun and the pattern was REALLY easy to follow.

The only thing, and I don't know why it happened, is that at the brim my rows don't match up. It's only there. Everything else was fine... Argh. >_<  You can see it in the photo. If anyone has any suggestions, please help so I don't do this to the next one I'm making. lol



You can also see that I didn't do the provisional cast on or the lining thing. I'm lazy. My dad likes the hat... that's all that matters, right? Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / I dyed some yarn.... on: March 27, 2007 08:28:52 AM
And I couldn't love it more. Smiley I think I did fairly well for my first time... all of the details are on my blog.


I call this one Solar Flare....


And this one Planet Earth...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair-Isle... Can I cut it? on: March 27, 2007 07:06:29 AM
I have a question, and I searched... and I did find some helpful answers that I can use for next time... (e.i. weaving the floaters into every other stitch or so) But is there anyway I can cut these little floaters and tie them together somehow?



They aren't too tight... But they make the hat fit oddly where there is colorwork. I just finished colorwork on another hat and realized it's going to fit the same way... I really don't want to frog it... so I'm hoping there is some way to cut them and make it all better. I probably should have read up all possible mishaps before I attempted this. Smiley Thanks for any help!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nerdy Retro Head Love (3 imgs) on: March 23, 2007 06:38:56 AM
I saw Knitty's Spring '07 space invaders socks... I can't make socks yet. I took one of the charts and adapted it to a hat pattern (if you use the kittyville hat pattern from the SNB books, it works out perfectly).
This is my very first colorwork FO... and I plan on making tons more!





Here it is on... and I can assure you I am not this angry and scary in real life.  Wink

8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / First kitty hat! on: March 23, 2007 06:25:42 AM
I finally finished my kitty hat... Please excuse the crappy pics as it was late and I was sleepy.



and on... at least the hat is photogenic.  Tongue

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super fuzzy extra soft scarf! on: March 23, 2007 06:17:17 AM
I made this scarf I think... in September. Oops. It's made out of Walmart's No Boundaries yarn in a grey and pink mix. I think it's all acrylic.. I lost the label. Cheesy When I wear it... I don't want to take it off. It sheds a teeny tiny bit... but it's worth it. It was knit with size 8 needles in garter stitch... not sure how long it is.



Up close so you can see the uber fuzzy!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first calorimetry... on: March 23, 2007 06:11:29 AM
I still have to add a button. I was thinking maybe a rainbow or a plain black one... Either something obvious or something completely inconspicuous.... Noro Kureyon #88 on size 8 needles. I cast on 80 stitches and it's a wee bit tight, but I'm also a tight knitter so I should have checked my gauge... whoops.  I'll still wear itI also didn't make it as wide as the pattern called for... Cheesy This was an awesome project... quick and easy. It only took me one evening to finish!



Please tell me if it looks like I did something wrong so I can fix it when I make the next one! Cheesy
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