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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Once More with Feeling emoticon hat! on: October 08, 2009 11:09:41 AM
I just finished what may be my favorite hat of all time. I'd had the idea to put emoticons on a hat for a while--I actually knit the whole damn thing about 6 months ago but it was an epic fail.

Well, I was housesitting last week so I had a ton of time on my hands. Voila--not one, but TWO versions of my emoticon hat, which I am calling "Once More with Feeling" .

I knit it with NaturallyCaron Country which I got at Michaels. I picked up 3 balls and had a lot of yarn leftover after making a red version and a white version of the hat.

It was a fast knit even though it has a gauge of 6 st/inch. Since the emoticon chart was only 11 rows, and right in the middle of the hat, it made it fly by. I had so much fun seeing all the little faces forming that by the time I got to the crown decreases I wasn't bored at  all.

It was an INCREDIBLY fun knit, and I'm getting so many compliments on it!  A few family friends requested their own so now I"m already working on hats 3 and 4.

More information on my blog skeinsandsteins.blogspot.com and ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chasingmyself/once-more-with-feeling
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / handspun recycled yarn--a whole new take on upcycling sweaters on: July 17, 2009 09:21:25 AM
Hey everyone! This is my first post over here on the fiber arts board. I usually stick to the knitting boards for some reason Smiley

Anyways, I've recently gotten really into reclaiming / upcycling sweaters. Nearly all of my stash is from recycled sweaters, and I love it. It's addictive. I got in the habit of replying everything, especially if it was a thinner (think: laceweight) yarn, thus getting lovely worsted weight yarn for cheap.

One day I decided I'd try plying two different yarns from different sweaters together, and it was such a revelation. Since then, half the fun is figuring out color combos, etc, and seeing what amazing results I can get from ugly thrift store sweaters!

Here's a collage of my most recent ones:

The two are both 100% wool; the bottom left is a linen / wool combo, middle is wool; bottom right is linen / silk! I love them!

and some ones from months ago: (these are still some of my favs)

These were both silk / wool combos, and were just lovely.

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / IK's Whisper Cardigan - Just in time for spring! on: April 09, 2009 08:26:41 PM
I finished this a while ago but it's just now getting warm enough to wear it!

The pattern is from the spring '09 Interweave Knits, and as soon as I got the magazine I fell in love with it. It was easy, well written, and is so cute!

The yarn was given to me by my boss for valentine's day: it was an uber soft wool blend that I knew I wanted to wear next to my skin but I only had 4 balls of it. Luckily, I even had a bit left over after this sweater!

read about mods on my blog or on ravelry: skeinsandsteins.blogspot.com  or http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chasingmyself

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spring into Spring with Fingerlesss Gloves on: March 26, 2009 08:47:16 AM
Here are some of the fingerless gloves I've been making lately. I'm really loving them! Many are made from recycled/upcycled materials, including reclaimed buttons. They're so comfortable and cute!

These are made from acrylic, but the buttons and embroidery thread are upcycled and reclaimed. They're so comfortable and funky!

These are pretty much my FAVORITE handwarmers ever! They're knit in 1x1 twisted rib, with a picot bindoff at the top cuff. The lace at the bottom is reclaimed, and the beads i had in my stash. They are so cute, flirty, and comfy!

These are entirely upcycled. The wool is from a recycled sweater, and the buttons are reclaimed.

Thanks for looking! Feedback and more ideas are ALWAYS appreciated  Grin

More info, as always can be found on skeinsandsteins.blogspot.com, skeinsandsteins.etsy.com, or http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chasingmyself.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swallowtail Shawl on: March 09, 2009 08:19:36 PM
I've been so bad about sharing my FO's lately...this one is from Christmas! But, I really like it, and I figure it's never to late to share pictures of knitting.

I knit it for a dear friend who recently recovered from cancer. I wanted her to have an extra special christmas present since it was such a rough year, and she really loved it.

I made it out of two hanks of a silk/cotton blend I had upcycled from a thrift store sweater many years ago. I wasn't sure what to do with the yarn, but I knew I wanted it to be something lacy. I think it really worked with the Swallowtail pattern!

It was a really quick knit--only took a few days over break (when I did nothing but drink coffee and knit, then beer and knit, then more coffee and more beer and more knitting). Part of that was because I used a fairly heavy yarn (more fingering than laceweight), and part of it was that the shawl itself is so small. It's more of a scarf, but I really love it.

Thanks everyone!
There is more on my blog, and my ravelry page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chasingmyself
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Madeleine Tam on: February 04, 2008 04:10:00 PM

Just finished this tam for my sister's birthday. I joined the yaer long gift-a-long at http://knitallyear.blogspot.com/ with the intention of knitting presents now, for holidays later on.

So one hat done. For October 8th! I am way ahead of schedule. I started it about the 30th of January, and finished February 1st. Here it is wandering around Holland Park

Side View:

Hat in repose:

Some stats:
-I knit the hat out of about half a ball of an acrylic/wool blend I'd gotten (took about 75 grams)
-the gauge was 5 stitches/inch, and I knit it on size 5 needles
-the pattern is my own design. I made it up as I went along, and am quite pleased with it! It was a lot of fun to make. I hope my sister likes it!

more information on my blog: http://skeinsandsteins.blogspot.com/2008/02/madeleine.html

and on Ravelry:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/madeleine-tam
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super Chic Cabled Tunic! on: January 28, 2008 09:34:40 AM
Hey all!

Here is my latest sweater! I love it a lot, although I'm not sure how much i"ll wear it.

It's my own design, based on a top-down, v-necked raglan. The bodice is all simple 4 stitch cables, and the sleeves are loose stockinette, with a cable design on each one. It was surprisingly quick, for how long it was, and very easy!

it took about about 7 balls of Sirdar Indigo Pure Cotton Denim DK, which was fantastic to work with. I love the color!

I can't wait for spring so I can wear this more. I want to get a thick belt and wear it right under the bust.

As always, there are more details on my blog, http://skeinsandsteins.blogspot.com/2008/01/lights-camera-action.html, and on my ravelry page. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chasingmyself
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cool Cabled Mitts on: January 27, 2008 08:44:57 AM
Hey everyone!

I whipped up these little handwarmers while watching Buffy yesterday, and I just love them!

I knit them out of some leftover Sirdar Denim I had, on size 5 dpns. The cables are staggered, like steps, with the tallest one in the middle, and the shortest ones at the wrist by the thumb.

They were really quick and easy. I've been wearing them around the house all day, and I can't wait for spring so I can wear them outdoors!

Now I just need a name for them! Does anyone have any ideas? I don't want to call them just "cabled mitts" or "cabled handwarmers" but my creativity is severely lacking today.


9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maple Leave roses on: November 11, 2007 01:07:51 PM
A while ago I made a newspaper bowl

And then, I stumbled across this great tutorial on making roses out of maple leaves. How cool! http://haha.nu/creative/how-to-make-roses-from-maple-leaves/

I went out, collected some maple leaves, and voila! A decoration for my desk, made completely by me.

It was really easy! I made the bowl using the tutorial over here on Craftster, and just fussed around with the roses until I liked thew ay they look. There are 10 in the bowl, and each one took about 3 or 4 leaves. They were really quick to make too!
I actually made a ton more (like 15?) because I want to try to make them into a christmas wreath. Unfortunately, there are no vibrantly colored maples where I'm living right now, but I do like the muted, vintage look of the leaves i've gathered. The greens and the browns are quite lovely I think!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fun and games with newspapers and magazines on: October 28, 2007 04:51:22 PM
Hey everyone!

This is my first post on this board, so enjoy.

First, a bowl I am making out of an old newspaper, inspired by all the magazine bowls.

A shot of the top!

I want to make it a little bit bigger, so I can put a small plant in it, but it's essentially done at any point. I just used newspaper folded into strips, and a gluestick. I plan on coating it in modge podge too, but I had to have my parents send me some because I couldn't find it anywhere!

It was my first time making a project like this and i'm quite addicted. So fun!

The second thing I made is a pencil/pen holder for my desk. My flat had 8 magazines dropped off by our university, even though there are only 6 of us who live here! They were destined for the recycling so I rescued them, thinking I might have some fun with them beforehand. I was lucky enough to find two pages of comics, which when I added the stiff cover, and a bit of newspaper become this :


I'm really pleased with this one - it took under an hour, and is so cute! It's not the sturdiest thing in the world, since i just used the cover of the magazine for the form. In the future I think I'd glue the comics onto a cup or something a bit sturdier. But it does the job!

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