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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pick, pick, pick it up! sweater. (open front cardi in recycled yarn) **pattern** on: May 26, 2009 12:41:02 AM

This pattern was made on a whim in a little over a week. It's kind of a weird sweater, but I was getting really tired of gappy button bands and baggy fronts and needed something weird to get me out of my sweater-funk, thus this sweater was born. I had the idea in my head and kind of crossed my fingers and hoped i wouldn't run out of yarn. I have about 10 yds left over, so it turned out pretty perfect.
The idea was to make a seamless sweater based on a series of picked up stitches; first on the back, and then around the neck. I am pretty pleased with it all around...(get it?!)
I want to try this whole sweater on a much bigger needle with a more drapey, flowey yarn, but until then I give you the "pick, pick, pick it up! sweater"

I used recycled yarn, so this may be a bit tricky. from my best estimations It was about 700 yards, worsted weight.
US 8 / 5.0 mm 24"+ circ
US 5 / 3.75 mm DPNs or 16" (or smaller) circ

gauge: 5 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette on smaller needles, but i would just start knitting the sleeve and try it on a lot as you go. I have narrow shoulders and chubster arms, so this may not be perfect for you. this is a very try-as-you-go sweater.

SLEEVE(make 2, duh)
cast on 42 st onto smaller DPNS or 12-16 circ.
row 1: k
row 2: p
row 3: k
row 4: p
k 30 rows
on 30th row do the following inc row: make one on either side of the PM like this: m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1
knit 10 rows
on tenth row repeat inc row
increase until sleeve is desired length.
for me that was to my elbow, aka ending with 50 st.

stop knitting in the round and work in stockinette stitch until it fits on your arm and stretches to the exact middle of your back
for me that was 10 from armpit
place stitches on holder and make second sleeve

graft the sleeves together using kitchener stitch

start picking up stitches using size 8 needles 15 stitches beyond where you split the sleeve, across sleeve split, across back and another 15 stitches beyond other armpit splitaprox 110st
knit for as long as you would like.
for me that was 21
knit 8 rows in garter stitch and bind off loosely

pick up 178 stitches all the way around the front and neck.
knit in garter stitch for 8 rows and bind off loosely.

weave in ends and block

rav. link

12  Washington / Washington: West / spinning/knitting guilds in everett area on: April 29, 2009 04:43:59 PM
I live in everett, but would be willing to go to snohomish or anywhere withing 30 minutes for a decent spinning guild. I would really prefer if it was not deep in the heart of seattle or anything, but i can dabble on the skirts of seattle and not get lost. haha
I have found some info, but no contact info for anything :/

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / disk one of heroes hat (cabled and bulky) on: December 15, 2008 03:39:34 PM
during my 1st ever episodes of heroes, which my friend molly forced on me, I whipped up this cabled hat.

Needles: 13 16" circs, DPNs or circ big enough to magic loop
yarn: 6WPI, super bulky. I used vintage yarn from my grandma's stash, so I have no idea what this was besides wool and very bulky.

-CO 40 st onto size 13 needles
-k1p1 for three rows
-at the beginning of next row K2  and purl 4st and knit the rest of the row.
you will be cabling over these 4 sts with cable needle hanging inside work. Basically you are knitting reverse stockinette and cabling on the inside of your work. I worked four rows and then did the cable twist.
-rep  the cable 4-5 times
-k8 ssk2tog
-k7 ssk2tog
-repeat in this pattern until you are knitting 2tog and keep cabling as long as you can until the cable-stitches are encroached on.
-draw yarn through live stitches or kitchener shut.
-weave in ends, block and all that jazz!

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / marie antoinette--a little late, my halloween costume on: November 15, 2008 10:29:44 PM
took an old prom dress, an ugly dress and lots of ribbons and this is what i got!
I sewed loops into the back of the dress where the zipper was and laced it up (since it didn't zip up over my ribs anymore) with a velvet ribbon. The over dress was an ugly dress that overdyed, added a clasp and cinched up all bustley-like. i chopped the sleeves and added lace and bows. TADA

hair and makeup. the hair took me a TON of time as my hair color and length are usually like thishttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3181/3028445419_f8d3292247.jpg

me: take a picture of my butt bows!!!

the whole shlameal!

let me know what you think. I wish i hadn't been too lazy to post earlier.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / handsewn felt rancor on: June 21, 2008 03:47:02 PM

the teeth are fimo clay and the drool is E600 Cheesy

the bf walked into my apt and said "is that a rancor!?!" and was completely in love. best.anniversary.girft.ever.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Wits "boxie" shorts for swap on: June 16, 2008 11:31:23 PM
I knit a pair of gorgeous "girly boxers" from the book "knit wit." I knit a medium or a small and they turned out probably closer to an XL. They are knit in a discontinued, bright blue lion brand cotton ease with the waist band in green and blue variegated cascade fixation.
What I would love would be these shorts and the effort i put into them go to a good home. My ideal would be an hourglass girl, with some extra bedunk to fill the shorts and maybe some spinning fiber to get rid of. I am open to swapping these for anything you have though, as I can't use them at all.


that's what I get for not gauging well, i suppose! my loss could be your gain! I can get specific measurements if you need them!
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / digital sketch--would love some feedback on: February 20, 2008 12:39:02 AM
Even though I am a design student, I have not had much time to tinker with any sort of digital doodling. I am not much a doodler as it is, but I found digital doodling SO refreshing and fun!
here is my first doodle.
constructive crit would be a blasty blast.

the swirls were an afterthought. I plan to silkscreen her.

((fullsize http://www.flickr.com/photos/loudxmouse/2279333742/sizes/l/))
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / nes themed psp cozy on: December 28, 2007 10:55:44 AM

few years ago I knit a DS cozy for the BF's brother. He LOVED it (it had link from zelda on it and beltloops on the back) and he uses it pretty much every day. SO in the rush of the last 3 days before christmas (and my flying to florida) I sewed up this PSP cozy. It is made of fleece, felt, a sweater that my mom had accidentally just felted, and a grey tee shirt that my dad decided he didn't like anymore. haha. Also, i single crocheted cascade fixation (a cotton and elastic yarn) and turned it into a button loop
I was in a pinch.... and this is what I got!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 'moonberry juice' bottle label--World of Warcraft geekery on: December 20, 2007 12:55:20 AM
30 minutes in Adobe Illustrator, a nerdy bf and a bottle of sparkling blueberry juice from trader joes.

super easy to make and really looks GREAT. I think my boyfriend will love it  Grin
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / bunny DS cozy on: December 20, 2007 12:43:26 AM
fleece and embroidery floss. whipped it up lickety split for my friend

his cheeks are the embroidery attaching the snaps to the case. thought it was pretty clever. haha
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