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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lacy Toddler Socks on: June 10, 2008 09:28:32 AM
My first knitted garment was a pair of socks. They're a lot easier than you would think. It's awkward getting started with the dpns, but the thing to remember is that you're still knitting with only 2 needles. Once you're past the first couple of rounds, it's easy peasy lemon squeezy. Child-sized socks are the best for getting started because they go so fast. Using knittinghelp.com helped me figure out the hard stuff like heel-turning, the gusset, and kitchener stitch. Now I've always got a pair of socks on the needles.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: ...how to become a clapotis... on: June 09, 2008 12:21:00 PM
Now I want to knit a Clapotis AND I want that yarn!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Toddler Socks on: June 04, 2008 02:35:44 PM
I searched high and low for a more feminine toddler sock pattern that was made for fingering weight (so many are intended for DK or thicker) and wasn't simply ribbed or stockinette. Oh, and free! These are lacy without being too fussy. They make a great on-the-go project. Plus, they're super quick. (Please disregard the pen scribbles on her leg. Tried not to include them.)

Pattern:  Socks for Little Witches (Ravelry link; sorry, non-ravelers.)
Needles:  Knit Picks Nickel-plated DPNs US 1 (2.50mm)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Felici in Mixed Berries
More at my blog.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hemlock Ring Blanket on: May 16, 2008 08:21:58 AM
Hey, I'm using that same exact color for my Hemlock Ring Blanket. Didn't you just love knitting this?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ballband Washcloth--What the eff?! on: May 01, 2008 08:01:59 AM
You're going to kick yourself once you realize how easy the pattern is to follow.  Heed the advice of soozeq and don't think, just do.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ballband Washcloth--What the eff?! on: May 01, 2008 07:10:25 AM
Little sister, you are making this way more complicated than it should be. You do the yf (as if to purl) and slip the stitch pwise when you're working on the wrong side. On the right side, you do the yb (as if to knit) and slip the stitch pwise. The point is to have one long slipped stitch without interruption separating the rectangles of variegated. See how long the orange stitch is on mine.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Revolution Baby Blanket on: April 29, 2008 09:08:04 AM
I just finished a baby blanket for new nephew, who will be here in June. My sister just received it at her baby shower this weekend and I think she really liked it.

You think she really liked it. I think you're crazy! She probably freaking loved it. I know if my sister knit an entire blanket on size 4s, I'd probably have to pay her with my baby. Plus, it's an amazing pattern that can grow with a child. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back, you have officially created an heirloom.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Antique bubbled glass picture frame updated on: April 09, 2008 01:43:40 PM
Man, you Craftsters, what the hell kind of fancy thrift stores do you people have? Anytime I look in the ones here, all I find are chipped dishes, broken toys, and clothes that smell like my grandmother's attic.

Pieknits: I have yet to see you churn out anything not up to par. This one is yet another winner.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cowl/Collar/Neckwarmer on: April 03, 2008 01:05:46 PM
I love these. They're a more modern take on scarves and MUCH more painless to knit.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: simple socks. on: April 02, 2008 08:52:41 AM
spunk: I bind off tightly, too, and have stayed away from toe-ups for that reason. That is, until I discovered the genius of the sewn bind-off. I believe it's an Elizabeth Zimmerman trick.

You use a tapestry/yarn needle and working yarn cut to 3 times the size of your bind-off. *Put needle thru the 1st 2 sts pwise, pull yarn thru, leaving sts on needle. Put yarn thru 1st st kwise and slide st off needle and pull yarn through. repeat from *. The result is a decorative, ropy, and elastic edge. Nice on a sock or top-down hat, but a day's worth of work on anything larger.
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