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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2x(sewing thread)+1mm needles=Bolero on: June 17, 2011 03:14:22 PM
Another project no longer a WIP.  Grin

Ysolda Teague's Cloud Bolero (Ravelry link) knit on 5/0 (1mm) needles with two strands of sewing thread. For reference, this doll is 27cm tall (about 10.5") and can wear some Barbie and Liv doll clothing (her skirt and top are Barbie as a matter of fact).

Oh, and I also knit her socks (though I didn't get them into these shots), on 4/0 needles with #20 thread. I think I'll have to consider making her some with sewing thread in the future.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Top to Doll Top on: May 30, 2011 08:11:18 PM
Previously seen in WIP Wednesday posts and not longer a WIP!

000 (1.5mm) needles
#30 thread

This is an adaption of the Dolphin Bay Baby top.

I cast on 128sts and knit the yoke in the round. Then I picked up 40 stitches and worked some short rows at the ends to make the curve from the yoke into a nice flat edge. After that I cast on for the underarm, picked up across the front, and then cast on for the other under arm.

After knitting even until the body reached the bust point I did enough short rows across the front to being it down even with the back and then it was just waist shaping and a hem pattern of my own design. Smiley

It looks nice with a skirt and shawl (Little Flower Doily) I knit before.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hats, Slippers, and Shrugs, oh my! (Image heavy, half thumbnails) on: April 06, 2008 08:05:04 PM
To start, my favorite one:


I probably won't wear it closed like that, but for knitterly showing off, it's there. Blame the squint on the sun being in my face and the smirk on the photographer and feeling like a dork standing in the driveway for after work for a photo.

Yarn: Caron Kolor Match, a discontinued yarn from my stash
Needles: US 13 circular

1. Provisionally cast on for the center rectangle, knit in feather and fan until it was long enough.
2. Picked up the cast on and continued in the round, adding increasing pattern wedges between each pattern repeat until the stitch count doubled, bound off.
3. Tried it on, figured I made the rectangle a bit long, sewed up a couple inches of the armhole.
4. Tossed it in the washer with lots of softener and a prayer to the gods of old scratchy acrylic.

It's actually all soft and squishy now.  Grin

As per usual with me and feather and fan I forgot to take some of its nature into account and therefore cannot really recommend this method with this stitch. The cast on area has bubbles in the k2tog sections because of the change of direction. As a result there is a definitely "neck edge" on this shrug since the easiest way to deal with the bubbles is just to fold the collar back at that point.

Modified from Yarn Harlot's "An Unoriginal Hat" pattern. I made it to use up some bits of left over yarn and had just enough black (and had to frog an abandoned project to get enough of the gemstone.

Yarn: Caron Kolor Match (the small ball left from the shrug), and Red Heart Super Saver in gemstone ombre
Needles: US 13, 2 circulars

Modifications: I cast on 70 stitches (5 repeats) and worked row 14 from the chart, then rows 14-16, 1-16, 16, 16-19, one row of knitting the knits and purling the purls, 20, and a row of k2togs. I had just enough black for this or I would have made it about 4 rows longer.

Same pattern obviously.  Grin

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver "Aspen Print", double stranded from the two ends of the skein
Needles: US 11
Modifications: Cast on 70 stitches for 5 cable repeats in the round, added a round of k2togs at the end.

Four rows too long this time. If I make another (and I probably will next winter) I'll omit rows 6 and 8 from the chart.

My first sock-like objects. First short rows too.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver "Gemstone" ombre
Needles: US 4 DPNs
Pattern: just winged it

I was over zealous in making sure the ankles wouldn't be too tight, but they fit and stay on so it's good enough.

My second Trinity Stitch Hat (pattern by BreadnBadger). And the front and "side" of the first in thumbnails.

1st photo, second hat:
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver "Monet" ombre
Needles: US 5 DPNs ("provisional tail" tubular cast on with #4 straights), US 8 circulars (2) and DPNs

Yarn: Bernat Super Value "Denim Ombre"
Needles: US 5 DPNs, US 8 circulars (2) and DPNs

Time line on these... well the slippers were my first non-scarf project after I resumed knitting this past summer. From my blog posts it seems I knitted them in September and October. The last thing knitted was the Aspen Unoriginal hat, I knit that this past Friday evening and Saturday. The shrug was an on and off project for January/February (a distraction from my still waiting to be frogged Cherie Amour). Hats are always my "leave by the PC and knit on them when I have time" projects.

4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Anyone up for knitting John's Sweater? on: March 29, 2008 05:36:18 PM
I fell in love with it when I saw it on Norah Gaughan's blog and some of you might have heard the *squee!* of total glee when it went up as a Berroco free pattern.

Take a look at it.

Seeing as I'm female and have hips and a butt I'm going to be making some changes with mine. Just what changes will depend on my swatch (already in progress).

I'm thinking that 1" of ease at the bust might be wearable, or rather, I really hope it will be since that's all the 2X will give me. Being pear shaped, I need to do something about the hips however, -3" of ease is NOT attractive around my hips. I may use larger needles over the hips if the fabric looks decent, or I might be working up a chart for the side seam area and doing the body of the sweater in the round. I'll let you know when I get the swatch done.

4/6: No nibblers yet. Oh well. I'm swatching still, but it looks like using US#10.5 needles will give me enough room for my hips so I won't have to get creative with charts.

The photo is poor because I shot it late at night (I originally wrote "knit"!) under florescent lighting, but you can see the cables at least. I should finish the swatch soon, only 20 rows left, I just took a break to knit my last hat of the season. Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / '07 Gift Knitting (Winterized Topi. Dalek, Moebius Starf/Scole) *5 big images* on: January 11, 2008 01:04:54 PM
Since I'm all over the Knitalongs here maybe I should post some FOs.  Grin

The gift knitting I did for Christmas, most of it completed on time but the dalek took til New Year's day.

(Unfortunately the best lighting in the house this time of year is in the bathroom, I apologize for the setting.)

For Dad

A winterized Topi.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Country Blue and Light Country Blue (less than one 6oz skein each)
Needles: US 7 DPNs, circular, and straights, US 5 circular and straight

I knit the smallest size (20") but with the doubled yarn I ended up with a 21" hat, perfect size for Dad. The fact that I don't have a tiny head like his is why Toboe is modeling.

Modifications: I shaped the brim stiffener to be more rounded, though I suspect not enough for Dad's taste so I might be "fixing" things when I see him in the summer.

The ear flap was knit separately on straights and joined with a 3-needle bind-off. I've gone into a bit more detail about it in my LiveJournal and InsaneJournal (same post, different services) or you can just ask me here if you have questions.

For Mom

A bit wide for a scarf, a bit narrow for a stole... it's 9.5" wide and about 49" around. Garter stitch so the dimensions are flexible to a degree.

Yarn: Paton's Bohemian in Indigo Indulgence, 3 skeins (I have maybe 18" left)
Needles: US 10.5 straights

I can't resist petting it. One of the most boring to knit things ever, I knit about 2/3rds of it while visiting people at Thanksgiving since I could chat and knit on autopilot.

For my annoying older brother  Cheesy

Pattern: Extermiknit! by Penwiper
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heater and Black
Needles: US 2 DPNs, US 1 steel crochet hook for setting beads
Notions: 56 black pony beads, 2 white pony beads, a surprising amount of polyester fiberfill

You can knit double stranded worsted on size 2s! The gauge is so tight that there's no wire in the appendages.

I really need to work on my corrugated rib before I try another one of these. And I need to get new size 2s, mine are inherited and very beat up. Can you polish metal needles to make them super smooth and slick again?

For my kittybabies

I made it up as I went along, it's knit in one piece (including ears). They obviously love it, as you can see from how beat up it is.  Grin

Left overs from the Topi on size 7s, beady eyes because I could, and a bit of T-shirt scrap holding catnip in the middle. It's big, a catnip sewer rat or R.O.U.S.

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