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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Holiday Knitting A sock, a hat, and 4 octopii on: January 02, 2008 07:18:51 AM
So my mom suggested I knit a pair of socks for my dad for Christmas. At the time, I didn't realize exactly what a men's size 14 sock would look like.


It looks freaking huge right? That's not a tiny cat. However, it fit perfectly.


You'll notice that I refer to it in the singular. Because I haven't yet finished the second sock. I've started it, though! That has to count for something. The sock pattern is Dad's Father's Day Socks and it's quite a fantastic pattern, especially for someone who just started knitting socks (like me; this was actually the first sock I ever knit). The yarn is Elann's Esprit in Charcoal, I think.

I also knit my brother a Jayne hat. The pattern is my own. The yarn is Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool.


And finally, octopii. Three friends and I have a "band" we call Rocktopus. Here we are in our knitted incarnation.


The pattern is my own. I'm thinking of trying to write it up, but I've never written a pattern before. So we'll see. I just used random yarns from my stash. I stuck pipe cleaners (aka chenille sticks) in the legs to make them posable.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / E.T. phone home! on: November 11, 2007 09:03:35 AM
My friend is obsessed with E.T., so for his birthday, I knit him an Extra-Terrestrial!



I made him up as I went along. If I can get one of my friends to help me, I'd like to try adding a red light where his heart would be, so that if you push a button, he lights up.

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gargle the Giraffe on: July 18, 2007 06:26:36 PM
The lovely and talented Anna at MochiMochi Land created and wrote up the pattern for a cute little giraffe stuffy. As I have a friend who loves giraffes, I had to make the stuffy for him for his birthday. And here he is!




This pattern was so easy to follow and fun to knit. It took me about 6 hours to knit altogether, I think. And then just a little more time to stitch him together. I didn't felt him, because a) I wasn't sure that the yellow yarn I was using was feltable (stash-busting), and b) I knew the brown wasn't.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrinky Dink necklaces on: July 08, 2007 12:14:07 PM
Based on ohmystar's shrink plastic charms, I made a couple of necklaces using shrink plastic.


With apologies to Harry and the Potters, I call this "Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock."


Shrinky Dinks rule.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted-ish purse on: June 10, 2007 07:10:50 AM


I actually made this a few months ago, but I just joined up here, and this is one of my favorite completed projects. I got the idea for this after watching an episode of Knitty Gritty in which Kim Deal demonstrated her felted and Swiss-darned Rock Star Bag. I decided that I could do that, even though I hadn't really graduated from scarf-making yet. I'd never felted before, and my only experience with color work was putting stripes in my scarves, but I love the way it turned out. The design was all free-hand, just kind of "let's see if I can make this look the way it does in my head."

I call it "felted-ish" because, as you can see, it didn't entirely felt. At the time, i had a washing machine that didn't want to run hot water, so I couldn't get the right temperature for felting. I tried hand felting it in the bathtub as well, but it wasn't working fantastically and I'm incredibly lazy when it comes to stuff like that. So there's still some stitch definition, but I kind of like it like that.
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