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« on: February 14, 2008 11:48:03 AM »

This past November, I learned to knit at my husband's urging.  Now I can't stop!
This was my first project, the now infamous Jayne hat I sent to Iraq: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208149

Here are projects 2, 3, and 4 for my poor unsuspecting son. 

He is way too polite to tell me they are ugly.  When I look at the projects I see TONS of mistakes, but he insists they are warm, snuggly, and awesome... So I can't argue with that.  I've made the boy a Mickey Mouse beanie, doubleknit in garter stitch in the round - with crocheted ears (finally learned to crochet in the round AND have it lie flat, after a week of scary results... and I still don't know how to knit a circle)
My first sweater, seamed with raglan sleeves. with a duplicate stitch Jolly Roger (as I was too intimidated to try fair isle yet).

Then the piano vest - that I created myself without a pattern just by taking his measurements and figuring out gauge, etc... , this was also my first fair isle project, and my first 'top' knit in the round.

I've discovered several things, mostly what NOT to do, but here are the Top Five:
1) I HATE seaming. 
2) When doing Fair Isle, I should go up one needle size.  No matter how much I tug, the tension will be just a little bit tighter throughout that section than the solid color.
3) Next time I make sleeves, I will knit them together side by side on one long circular so they come out the same length and width.
4) Double-ended stitchholders are the greatest thing since chocolate pudding.
5) I am raising an exceptionally polite child that has never hurt my feelings by telling me my FOs are ugly, even when they obviously are!

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008 12:00:52 PM »

OMG where did you learn to knit like that in just 3 months!! That is awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 12:02:56 PM »


you're insane, woman.  i would KILL to be able to make that skully sweater, and if i had even attempted to make ANY sweater at three months' knitting i would have been so very proud of myself.

seriously.  two years knitting here and i still haven't done the two-color knitting OR made a sweater.  MAJOR kudos to you. 

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 12:43:24 PM »

 Shocked Haaahahahaha! You are doing great for 3 months knitting! I have been knitting about a year or so and I haven't done any fair isle or intarsia. You are also totally correct on your top 5!

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 01:14:28 PM »

1. That skull sweater is awesome.

2. Your son is so cute!!

3. I am way impressed by your determination to get better! Every time I try an ambitious project and it starts looking fugly I give up. And I'm absolutely terrified of fair isle.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 01:45:07 PM »

Your FO's look great! Your son looks too cute in his skully sweater. Of course he tells you they're great because they ARE! I'm really impressed with your fair isle...I consider myself a fairly experienced knitter, and I still hate fair isle!

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008 07:40:08 PM »

I love the sweater vest.  I think it needs a border on the bottom, neck, and sleeveholes to spice things up ... but that's my pearsonal preference. 
Also love your son.  What a sweetie!  And he's so cute in that sweater!

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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2008 07:44:47 PM »

Oh, I love the Mickey Mouse hat!

And I've been knitting for a little over a year and have yet to try any sort of shirt, so you're way ahead of me. Cheesy
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2008 10:35:51 PM »

Wow, I'm so jealous.  I wish I could learn to knit that well in so little time!
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008 07:15:58 AM »

You totally misled me. Here I thought I was going to be startled but I'm more amazed at your work. They look freaking awesome. For 3 months??!! I wasn't even that close at 3 months.

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