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1  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

2  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.

3  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.
4  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

5  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.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silky Winter Set on: May 11, 2008 10:06:45 PM
I totally procrastinated finishing this set, but I adore it now that it is done. Too bad I promised it to my Mom!

Roses Wristwarmers (Doctor Who)
Pattern: http://www.christinaslattery.com/
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua
Needles: US 5 circular
Notes: This yarn is so fantastic, totally worth the price. Droolable!

Also made a matching Calorimetry that is great for those of us that wear their hair up a lot.

Pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua
Needles: US 5 circular
Notes: Ive gotten a lot of compliments on this, and a few friends asked if I would consider making them one. It took about a week to make, when knitting for about an hour a day.

More details on my blog and Ravelry if you are interested.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doll Blanket on: May 11, 2008 09:56:28 PM
Simple pattern, but I was still happy with the result.

Doll Blanket
Pattern: Giant Granny Square Blanket
Yarn: Various wool and silk blends
Needles: Size G hook
Notes:This is a great project for stash-busting. Ive made another in the past, but this one was just to use up some leftover yarn I had sitting around. Its mostly wool blends, and I made it for my friends 3 year old niece.

I added an improvised shell edging to make it a bit fancier. One tip I have is that you should definitely try to sew in the loose ends as you go, it makes your life a lot easier! More details at my blog, if you're interested.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Silly Sock Question on: May 01, 2008 08:02:25 PM
Ok, so I am in the process of finishing my first knit pair of socks, and it hasn't been TOO painful.  Wink I love the idea of having some really comfy, cute socks that last longer than store-bought. I'm really hoping that the wear and tear doesn't kick in as quickly as the ones from the store, but I don't have any experience yet.

It seems like whenever my socks wear out it's always at the bottom of the heel or the bottom of the toes first. Is there any way to reinforce or do a thicker stitch in those areas without sacrificing comfort? Those "reinforced" heel flaps that are in patterns only make the the sock thicker on the vertical part of the heel, not the horizontal lower section.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Floor Pillow on: April 29, 2008 09:00:16 PM

Pattern: Cabled Floor Pillow from Knit Simple Magazine Winter 06/07
Needles: Size 8 Addis Circular
Yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky (3.75 skeins)
Knit Time: Roughly a month and a half, but I didn't work on it every day

Notes: This was a very easy project but since it is very large (24 in x 24 in) it is very time consuming. I changed the pattern so that I could knit in the round without seaming two of the sides and it worked great. It would have taken forever otherwise! The yarn is acrylic since it's going to sit on the floor where it will probably be drooled on, flopped on, and tossed around.

There is a serious error in the cable pattern that is pretty obvious. I must be the only person in the entire              country that has actually knitted this project as there are no comparisons on Ravelry, so Im not surprised that it never hit the KnitSimple website errata. I even managed to finish the seams with a tutorial from http://www.studioknits.com/bookpage61.htm, so it is barely noticable! Seaming it a lot simpler when you know what the hell you are doing have a good technique to use.

I freely admit to being an awful photographer, but I did try. I even got the colors pretty accurate at sunset by braving the freezing cold balmy Minnesota spring evening on our deck.

If you want more details and better pictures, you can find them on my blog.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Handbag on: April 16, 2008 09:43:06 PM
Been working hard at stash-busting and I was able to use two skeins up on this present for my friend's birthday this week.

Cabled Handbag

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca 1 skein heather pink, 1 skein plum
Needles: Size 8 Addis
Time: 1 week! New record!
Notes: There isnt a real pattern listed for this purse, per se. Just a generalization of what you can try. I went ahead and did the cables in 2s and 4s since the double-strand was so bulky. If I make this again, I wont try and felt the Alpaca. It doesnt really lose its stitch definition very well, and it smells like wet dog when its washed. Im totally Febreezing this before I gift it to my friend.

I have a bunch of pictures of the whole finishing process at my blog if anyone is interested, as well as detailed pictures of the finished project.

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