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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Men's gloves--with colorwork! on: December 18, 2007 06:35:52 PM
I generally try to avoid doing a lot of Christmas knitting because it's way too stressful to get it all done in time.  Plus I am a selfish, selfish girl and I love to knit for myself.  But my little brother is always so appreciative of anything I make him that I thought he deserved a handknit gift.  So I made him these awesome gloves:



It's possible they aren't quite done yet because I'm not positive the fingers are long enough...he has REALLY long fingers.  So the finger ends are just pulled inside but not knit in, and I may have to undo the decreases and extend the fingers a tad on the 25th.

I am in love with these gloves!  I think they are pretty guy-friendly but the colorwork kept things from getting boring.  The yarn is Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, which I loved working with--I think I am going to have to start doing more fine-gauge stranded work.  They were also a surprisingly quick knit.  Not counting the third of a glove I had to rip out because of an inexplicably tightening gauge, it took me about two and a half weeks to make them.

I also wrote up a pattern for them, if anyone else has a large-handed guy in need of some warm gloves.You can download it here.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with ~400 yards cotton/tencel? on: December 03, 2007 09:19:24 AM
Awhile back I bought 13 skeins of Classic Elite Premiere, planning to make a top with long sleeves.  Well.  Instead I made this top and decided that 3/4 sleeves were the way to go.  Which means I have 4 skeins of premiere left over and NO idea what I'm going to do with it.  It's such a pretty yarn I hate to have it moldering away in my stash though.  Ideas?  Most of the small projects I can think of would also really work better with a warmer yarn (mitts, hats, etc.).  And I'm pretty sure 400 yards is not going to make another top of any kind, except maybe a baby sized one (there's an idea...)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mitered square/psychedelic squares blanket--finished! on: August 29, 2007 07:54:29 PM
After almost 4 months of almost non-stop knitting I finally finished my mitered square blanket:

The basic square pattern is available from knitting-and.com, or the mason-dixon knitting book.  There are some more details/progress pics on my blog, if anyone's interested (link in sig line)  I've also put a few in progress pics into Ravelry (username: CatherineS) if anyone's interested in that.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone want to test knit a sweater pattern? on: June 20, 2007 07:11:52 AM
Hey all-

I while back I knit this sweater:

http://clicksticks.blogspot.com/2007/01/i-happened-to-stick-my-camera-in-my-bag.html

And, I wrote up the pattern.  Since this is my first multi-sized adult pattern I would really like to have a few people test knit it before I submit it somewhere or otherwise make it available to the world!  I had a few test knitters lined up back in January but due to various life circumstances (like an impeding wedding and crazy job changes) they've all had this project on the back burner.  So, if anyone is interested in test knitting this sweater, and is fairly certain they would be able to finish it by September, drop me an email-- clicksticks AT gmail DOT com.

Some details you might want to know before volunteering:

Finished bust sizes are: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44)" (let me know what size you'd want to knit--I'd like to get a variety, not 10 people in the same size!)
Gauge is 18 sts x 23 rows=4"
Yarn requirements: 850  (900, 950, 1000, 1050) yard heavy worsted/aran weight yarn.  I used an Adrienne Vittadini yarn (Natasha, 72 yards/40 g), but obviously you can use whatever you want if you think it will work.

I can't pay for the knitting or provide yarn, unfortunately, but you will get a free pattern for a pretty awesome (in my opinion) sweater--obviously you'll also get a copy of the final, corrected version for free too.  And my undying gratitude and appreciation...that has to be worth something, right?


EDIT: Thanks everyone for your responses--I've gotten more than enough offers to test knit so I'm no longer looking for testers.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what's the most ambitious (insane) thing you've knit? on: May 07, 2007 05:48:34 PM
Right now I'm making a mitered square afghan (got the idea/basic pattern from the mason-dixon book, there are some progress picks on my blog for the curious) and I'm really starting to think I'm a little (okay, more than a little) nuts for trying it...this finished size is pretty big (queen size), and there's going to bea ton of seaming and ends to be sewn in to boot.  Oh, and I would really like to finish it before moving later this summer:)

I've definitely done more complex projects but I was looking at my stack of squares this evening and thinking that this is probably one of the more ambitious projects I've done to date, just because of the sheer SIZE of the thing.

So, what kind of crazy, over the top project have you embarked upon?  Really big, technically difficult, black yarn in a tiny gauge, whatever, it's all good.  I just need some assurance that I'm not the only one who occasionally bites off a bit more than I ought to be able to chew!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WEBS anniversary sale...an enabling PSA on: April 02, 2007 10:46:49 AM
WEBS (www.yarn.com) is having their anniversary sale all month--if you are looking for a good reason to expand your stash, you should totally check them out!  I actually got out with pretty minimal wallet damage, a few balls of a wool/silk blend to make a scarf for a friend, and a cone of some pretty purple wool yarn for myself.  And now that I'm done shopping, you all should go buy them out so I don't have to deal with the temptation anymore!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My friends are all having kids... on: March 30, 2007 07:39:57 AM
So I am making them all sweaters (the babies, not the friends)



This one is a semi-repeat of one I made last year--just with thicker yarn (DK weight instead of 4-ply) and more busy-parent friendly (washable cotton instead of handwash-only wool).  I think the collar on this is one of the favorite things I've designed ever, just because it is so damn cute:)  
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Earflap hat (free pattern link!) on: February 28, 2007 08:50:48 AM
I posted about this over in stash-be-gone-along, but since I have finished writing up the pattern, I thought I'd stick that over here.  I made this great hat:



out of some old stash yarn, and the pattern (for an adults and a kids size) is now available at my blog:

http://clicksticks.blogspot.com/2007/02/earflap-hat-pattern.html

This is a pretty quick knit, I finished the one pictured in one day!
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