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« on: August 22, 2005 04:40:27 PM »

I'm a beginning knitter, and I would have liked to do something a bit more interesting, like a capelet or something, but, alas, this was the most I could knit (even with real yarn).  My mom was very happy when I decided to use up some of the Mardi Gras beads around the house.  This was knitted in garter stitch, with five stitches on US size 17 needles.  
(My first thought was to knit a purse with rubber snakes, but I couldn't find a place to buy them.)

Me wearing the scarf:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo09/28/1c/b47524af6aa1.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=9a3q0xn2d9klpg6sqg6szty2d

Me modeling again (sorry, I don't know how to flip it...):
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo01/e7/c5/37bfd21a0514.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=3dp61nyh59xf4ughebwh8xkwl

Close up of me wearing the scarf:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo06/d4/76/db4b35b9ff3d.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=6cft0eqkj8gwt2cmvpiujfwml

My sidewalk modeling the scarf:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo03/c6/57/10fc1bf4ec93.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=f3meb5idk5j6h7gcqkx7bb4d7

Close up of a stripe:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo09/f1/f7/7384cc6dd097.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=6f1qpxuvzgybqirk6oj6d4ki

Close up of a few rows:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo08/24/c5/a715de22a0aa.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=dej0z1ws6pof23xlyzyl4xt83

The stitches on the needles:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo03/79/66/8fc0b30644bd.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=eu3q68fsljhlcfr33rooifqw6

Action shot:
http://www.t-mobilepictures.com/photo/photo05/5f/91/7878a07c40bd.jpg?tw=305&th=228&_rh=30nyi91lsczm5egt265eisdqj


Camera phone pictures....  I tried to make up in quantity what I lacked in quality.  A couple of people wrote that their projects made their hands hurt.  Knitting this was a bit painful as well, but I think I like how it turned out, especially with the golden spheres, it kind of looks like clusters of lights.

-Megan
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2005 04:46:51 PM »

That's fantastic... I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2005 04:59:22 PM »

how very neat.  nice!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2005 05:03:38 PM »

nice
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2005 05:11:49 PM »

Oooh, I really like it!  Such a classy use for mardi gras beads!
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2005 05:20:50 PM »

I love it!  Great use for mardi gras beads.
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005 05:28:16 PM »

That is totally cool!
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2005 05:32:19 PM »

 Shocked I thought for DAYS about what to use and had no idea. Omg this rocks. Love it!
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2005 05:43:09 PM »

wel,l for a begginer, you did awesome!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2005 06:20:31 PM »

Great job and creative use for something many of us have lying around that we just can't bare to part with! Plus it's fun and sparkely which always makes me happy!
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2005 06:32:09 PM »

Oooooo how fun!
You would be the QUEEN of Mardi Gras if you took a bunch of those to New Orleans!
Now I want one in purple, green and gold.  Damn....I need to learn to knit.
I love it. 
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2005 07:00:44 PM »

Oh goodness. I never know what to do with all those stupid mardi gras beads. I live in southern Louisiana, and they just keep piling up. Its fun when all the parades are going on around the area, but then after I'm finished, I have walmart bags full of them, so I just stuff them in my closet and think, "Oh, I'll find something to do with them someday." I never do.


Thanks, I'll have to try this....
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2005 11:10:21 PM »

how many times did you have to show your boobies to get that many beads?
just kiddin'  it looks dazzling!
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2005 11:12:29 PM »

wow- who would have thought something so tacky could look so pretty!
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2005 12:15:07 AM »

damn you people and your clever knitting and crochetting ideas!  how am i going to pick one to vote for?!??!!?!?


and kind of off topic...crochetting?  crocheting?  two t's or one?
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2005 07:50:11 AM »

WOW!  that is some scafr!! 
But... how did you get all of those mardi gras beads!?  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2005 07:52:57 AM »

  Is this scarf very heavy?  I must admit, i LOVE the idea.  It's really creative.
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2005 09:58:44 AM »

that's pretty fantastic. It's about time someone came up with something useful to do with those endless piles of cheap mardi gras beads that every household seems to accumulate over the years.
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2005 11:36:19 AM »

That is AMAZING! Brilliant!
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2005 02:47:17 PM »

Wow, I never would have thought of that. Too bad I just threw a whole pile of those away  Sad
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2005 02:49:56 PM »

 Shocked  that's awesome!!
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2005 11:01:36 PM »

That is soo cute!!  I have one question for you though....how'd you connect all those strands of beads??
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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2005 07:43:14 AM »

that is awesome!  I'm totally stealing your idea!
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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2005 11:24:42 AM »

That's beautiful, I love it! (I only wish we could get free beads like that here in England)
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2005 11:40:03 AM »

Wow... luv it!!! Now i have to go to the local marti gras to get some beads. You should name the scarf  so I can say I made an awesome "______" scarf designed by "Memyers".. Very awesome.
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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2005 11:51:32 AM »

Geez louis....I bet that was a super bitch to make.  but it's so intriguing as well.  I like this a lot
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2005 01:14:32 PM »

OMG - I have some friends that dress in costume for Mardi Gras every year - I'm totally going to have to make scarves for them - they will love it.  Hope you don't mind me stealing your idea.  It's genius!
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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2005 01:27:00 PM »

Yeah you right!  That is awesome!!!  I'm from Slidell, and I have so many bags of throws up in the attic.....thanks for the inspiration.  This is definitely going on my to-do list.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2005 01:31:05 PM »

I have a couple of jars of these as well . . . from two years living in New Orleans. . . as well as "throw" cups and doubloons (I wonder what I can do with those???).  I may have to make myself a Mardi Gras scarf!!!!
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« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2005 08:57:03 AM »

You're right, it really does look like dancing lights!  Good job.
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« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2005 03:04:25 PM »

WoW WoW Wow Grin  I looove it!!! I'm a bead freak and love knitting, and you putting those two together is amaaazing, and especially if you're a beginning knitter, wooheee!!!  Totally 4 thumbs up, lol~
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« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2005 01:25:45 PM »

I'm so sorry I haven't had a chance to answer questions earlier.  I've been moving my sister into college in Atlanta. 

ragamufyn:  These were only a few of the beads my mom has in a basket behind the front door.  I used about 50 beads, probably, and I didn't even make a dent in the basket.  (My sister and I have lived here all our lives, and we would always throw fits when Mom would try to get rid of the beads.)

krebstar5: The scarf is amazingly heavy.  It feels like I've loaded my necks up to the chin with beads, but it's not unbearable, and I can still move and everything. 

night_owl: I broke the strands and twisted the last bead on two strands together.  (Does that make sense?  That's how we always fixed the broken ones when we were younger..)  Halfway through, I found that it was best to break the part where the two beads were glued together off entirely, because it had a tendency to break while I was knitting.  (But that was the nice thing, even though it broke, it never unraveled, because the beads would just get stuck together before they did any damage.)

apixiegrl:  I'm so bad with naming things...  but you can feel free to name it if you want.  Let me know if you do.

bijouxmaster: Steal away!  But, you might want to make the scarves thinner than I made them, maybe two or three stitches, because the scarf did get rather heavy and bulky.

Everyone else, thanks so much for your comments! 

-Megan
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« Reply #32 on: August 29, 2005 11:01:10 PM »

This is so fun.  I think there's a designated mardi gras night here at the bars...   How is Mardi Gras, by the way?  Is it as super-crazy as it's always portrayed to be?
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« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2005 09:28:56 PM »

it's very pretty
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« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2005 11:10:14 AM »

This is so fun.  I think there's a designated mardi gras night here at the bars...   How is Mardi Gras, by the way?  Is it as super-crazy as it's always portrayed to be?

It wasn't my cuppa when I was living in New Orleans -- at least not the French Quarter (too many people).  But some of the Uptown and Mid-City parades were lots of fun, especially early in the season before all the tourists came.
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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2005 03:40:03 PM »

This is fantastic...I never would have thought of this, but now that I have seen it there are a few people I could see making this for.

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« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2005 03:36:50 PM »

oh that's pretty, I love beads! I would totally knit one of my own, if I knew how to knit (note to self: learn how to knit!) Would it be possible to make the scarf more narrow? I bet that'd be neat if it were more narrow and could be worn as a belt!
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« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2009 06:43:14 PM »

wow..how did I miss this?  I wish I knew what size needles. You could knit a curtain too. Someone gave me huge bag of these, all colors, shapes and sizes. Grin
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