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41  Sensible Socks w/ link to FREE PATTERN in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: February 26, 2008 07:43:36 PM
I just wanted some simple, cute striped socks...  So here they are!  I also had just two balls of Knit Picks Gloss in Black and Cocoa and worked out perfectly with yarn to spare. 

I used my favorite heel, too, the peasant heel.  So, so, so easy, I wish more patterns called for it.  I like using the peasant heel because I like to carry sock projects around town, but I usually have to put it away when I get to the heel (because I need to think a little).  With the peasant heel, you can just zoom right through the sock and get back to the heel when you've got a little quiet time.  There's a link directly to the pattern at the bottom, enjoy!

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42  Canyon Hiking Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: February 18, 2008 08:51:05 AM

I finished a very late x-mas present, but things worked out.  These are for my dad (from Greetings from Knit Cafe), size large.  My family was supposed to come out around the New Year, but didn't (good, because I wasn't done yet).  Then they were supposed to come out about three weeks ago, but didn't, again (and again, I wasn't finished yet).  Well, now I'm finished and from the way my family acts, they're never coming out, they just say it because I guess it sounds nice.  I'm shipping all the presents out on Wednesday.
Anyway, I don't have a photo of the pair (DH took the camera), but here is a completed pic of the first one I completed.  Easy pattern, but man, I am not accustom to knit men's socks and this felt like it took forever.  Thanks for looking!

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43  Boyfriend Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: February 04, 2008 04:17:16 PM
Only they're for my BIL.  The pattern is FREE from slippedstitch's blog and I love the way it knitted up, very lovely. 

I used Knit Picks Gloss in Sahara, only two skeins with about 40-50 yards left over for the size Medium socks.  I'd really like to make a pair for myself in the same yarn because they feel so heavenly on my feet (only BIL is a size 10 men's, I'm a size 7 women's). 
More pics here:  http://yarnbearer.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/boyfriend-socks-sans-boyfriend/
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44  Dobby's Socks - Charmed Knits in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: January 29, 2008 08:41:49 AM
I knit our wee one a matching pair of Dobby's Socks from Charmed Knits.  Daughter wasn't crazy about the orange and pink, so we went with petal and blush (or pink and pink).  So here they are:

Yarn:  Knit Picks Palette in Blush and Petal, one skein each (I didn't even go through half of each ball, so I know I could get another pair out of them).
Size:  Child S
Needles:  US 1s
No mods, just a straight forward sock pattern.  Thanks for looking!
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45  Simply Marilyn - DONE! in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: January 23, 2008 09:33:45 AM
My US 1s and 3s always get a work out.  Tiny yarns and needles are usually what I look for in patterns and after getting used to that, I catch myself referring to anything over a US 8 as "chunky."  I've also notice that I make a lot of cardigans and wraps...  Never just a pullover or an actual top that can be worn alone.  This is the year I'm going to branch out, I'm giving big and bulky a try...  And hopefully I won't need to do nearly as much laundry if I can just make tops that don't require a paired item. 

So here is my challenge entry, this morning, I started my Simply Marilyn sweater (free from Interweave's website:  http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/Simply_Marilyn.pdf).  I'm changing just a few things about the process, but overall, plan to stick to the pattern.  Things I'm changing:  Knitting in the round (not flat), using US 10 needles (I had to make it just a little smaller because, otherwise, the 40" sweater will just drop right off my tiny frame), and I'm not putting a cable down the center back, just leaving it blank. 

I'll be using RYC Soft Tweed (in Blue Slate), which I got from a very generous friend (she bought too much for a project and had eight balls left over and sold them to me for $3.50 each!!!).  As for the picture, that's my daughter's new calender, she colors the months as we go, so there you go!  Thanks for looking and I hope to check in with more progress soon! 

01/24/2008 -

After only one day of knitting, I'm on ball number three and nearly finished with the body!  Can you believe that?!  I need to use the bulky (I sometimes like to call them "beefy") yarns more often!

I FINISHED!  I finished this sweater in FOUR days!  YES!  This is awesome!  AND I love the sweater!  Only thing I would do differently next time is make it a little longer before shaping the waist.  I had the EXACT amount of yarn, too, there was only one yard left over after it was all said and done.  So here she is, my finished Simply Marilyn!

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46  Kat's Pretty Pink Dress - Knit Cafe in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: January 22, 2008 04:18:10 PM
Well, it's not pink, but I like it!  This my pretty purple dress from Kat Coyle's pattern in Greetings from Knit Cafe.  I like how it turned out.  I used Shadow from Knit Pinks, 100% wool instead of the silk/mohair called for, but it is still light and airy.  I only used one and a half skeins for the smallest size.

I changed the bottom border and decided not to use the single crochet around the neck and arm edges (made it kind of snug and I'm not even busty).  Other than that, I stuck to the pattern.  Now I can start on the new knitting challenge!

There are more pics here:  http://yarnbearer.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/is-there-a-draft-in-here/
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47  Swampy Hemlock Ring in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: January 16, 2008 10:30:43 AM

Well, I finished my first Hemlock Ring Blanket from Brooklyn Tweed's instructions.  I really did love the pattern.  I'm surprised that there were no errors considering the I was watching the Darwin Awards when I was working through the last repeat and the bind off (woof). 
I changed the needle size and ended up using three different sizes and used three skeins of Cascade 220 Wool, which I'm calling "Swampy" because of the murky green color that it is. 
Oh yeah, this one is a little smaller than most (I think) because I wanted it to be more of a wrap than a blanket/lapghan.  Thanks for looking.

More pics here:  http://yarnbearer.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/everything-is-green-super-green/
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48  DD's Jumper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: December 28, 2007 04:58:12 PM
I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged this one.  DD picked out the fabric AND the buttons, I'm pretty proud of her fashion sense.  She spent about fifteen minutes in the bathroom modeling it for herself atop the toilet.  I think she approves.

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49  Knitting Needle Kimono *NOW W/ LINK TO FREE PATTERN* in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: November 18, 2007 04:40:45 PM
I had been thinking about this for a while and finally executed them when a friend said she is going to have a holiday craft sale at her house.  A lot of knitters at our local SnB have glass needles, so I finally gave them a go.  I call it a Needle Kimono because of the *sort of* kimono "neck."  Hell, if they don't sell, they will make great gifts (note:  I'm not selling these online, or trying to sell to you, I only made these for my friend's holiday thingy).

(you can see my glass needles in one of the blue needle kimonos)

I can get several out of two fat quarters (the outside and the lining fabric).  You can check out another pic and more info on see blog (scroll down toward the end of the post): 

Thanks for looking!

12/18/2008  HEY!  I finally wrote up the instructions for making the Needle Kimonos, it's free and you can find it here:
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50  Kim Hargreave's Joy cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by DropKickGrl on: November 12, 2007 09:22:54 AM
I finished this about a week ago, but my photographer slash husband was on duty (USCG).  Sigh, I love this cardigan, even without the 5,300+ beads requested.
I used Knit Picks Gloss in Sahara and really didn't change the pattern, except for omitting the beads and I haven't put the buttons on yet...

There are a more pics on my bloggy
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