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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Unscrupulous Characters on: September 01, 2009 12:35:04 PM
This is so incredibly creative! Its amazing that you were able to make the characters so lifelike with such minimal details. A+!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Unfortunate initials..monogram help! on: June 26, 2009 09:49:11 PM
Hehe, if it makes you feel any better, when you put my intial with my husband's you get:

T&A  Roll Eyes

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bella's Mittens 2.0 - Twilight on: November 27, 2008 08:33:28 PM
I reworked my version of the mittens Bella wears in the movie Twilight, and I like the new ones a lot more. I changed the cable just a bit and adjusted the ribbing so that it is only on the bottom.

This pair is a lot more fitted and shaped than the first pair too. So warm and toasty for the cold Minnesota weather!

Oh, and these pilgrim smileys rock! Cheesy

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bella's Mittens - Twilight on: November 20, 2008 11:14:08 PM
Thanks! I've never worn such long mittens before, but they are soooo toasty and warm. I forgot to add that there are more details on my blog if anyone is interested.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bella's Mittens - Twilight on: November 20, 2008 08:45:04 PM
I made the mittens that Bella wears in the movie Twilight and I love how they turned out! I'm totally wearing them to the movie tomorrow night. First date night with my husband in six months and he's taking me to a theater filled with screaming 'tweens and teens....he must really love me.  Wink

Bella's Mittens
Pattern: My own!
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted (double-stranded)
Needles: US 10 circular

Notes: I've never made a pattern before, and it was harder than I thought it would be. I'm fairly good at technical writing, but even I didn't realize the level of detail that needs to go into a small project like mittens.

The mittens are VERY long, 17 inches when finished. But since the gauge is bulky, they knit up pretty fast. The resulting fabric is warm enough for even the coldest Forks nights.  Cheesy Anyone who knows the basics of cables and magic loop could make these easily. I think now I'll make a pair for my sister for Christmas.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / RNC Booties and Socks on: October 11, 2008 10:27:59 AM
I started a pair of booties and socks for my two sons when t he Republican National Convention was in town and therefor dubbed them this name. I realize simple socks and garter stitch booties aren't the most exciting thing to most knitters, but I was really happy with how they turned out! Grin I used 1.75 skeins of the yarn to  make both projects. Pretty economical!

RNC Booties
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet
Needles: US 1 circular

Notes: Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a picture of a babys feet that doesnt blur?  Shocked This pattern is great as long as you catch the errors posted below the pattern.

Supposedly they are guaranteed to stay on, but Jameson inevitably kicked his off. I did put a pair of socks on under them one day, and they stayed on pretty well though. This yarn is a joy to work with, and the colors are very vivid even in the dark colorway. I havent used a lot of sock yarn, so I dont know if this its normal for it to fuzz and pill up so much. I shaved the pills off before taking these pictures, and hes only worn them a few times. The way the colors alternate so frequently is gorgeous though, and almost worth it. And isnt the baby quilt my MIL made awesome?

RNC Socks
Pattern: http://members.shaw.ca/sntdesigns/Most%20Basic%20Kids%20Socks.pdf
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet
Needles: US 1 circular

Notes: I love this pattern! So easy to follow, so well written! These were my first cuff-down socks, and I liked the logic of the heel better than toe-up ones. It just seems to go faster.

I did knit the second sock in a bit tighter gauge, but I figure theyre going to stretch out and be washed anyways. Plus, Aidan is 7 years old. Itll be a miracle if he can wear them longer than a few months before outgrowing them.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blah First Socks on: August 28, 2008 07:10:24 PM
Widdershins Socks
Pattern: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTwiddershins.html
Yarn: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies
Needles: US 1 circular

Notes: I actually did these both at the same time on one circular. I didnt enjoy working with this yarn, and I think that made the project more tedious. Its a beautiful yarn, but really really thin and stringy. I wish I had used sharper pointed needles than my addis.

The finished sock was much warmer than I anticipated, but less stretchy as well. I added a band of elastic in the cuffs, and made it an ankle sock since I got bored with making them. They do wash up really well and I even tossed them in the dryer with no problem. Unfortunately they are a bit loose, but not bad for a first-time attempt. More details on my blog if you're interested, (ie. the 5 Commandments of Sock Knitting).  Cheesy

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Placket Sweater on: August 28, 2008 03:39:15 PM
Childs Placket-Neck Pullover by Joelle Hoverson
Pattern: http://www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua and Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby 4 Ply
Needles: US 5 circular

Notes: I was very determined to use up my stash yarn for this project, so it made gauge a bit tricky. I also think that baby patterns arent the most accurate for sizing. I ended up double-stranding the Dream Baby, and using one strand of the Debbie Bliss in alternating rows. There are more details on the process on my blog, if you're interested.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Blues Brothers swap? on: August 27, 2008 09:55:08 PM
I know this is a really old thread, but I would ADORE to do a Blues Brothers swap. I've never even participated in a swap before, but this one would have so much potential for interesting things! Shocked

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Sousage dog hat on: August 18, 2008 09:47:33 PM
Absolutely adorable! Classic and kitschy at the same time! You should post a pattern on Ravelry for this.
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