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1  its raining cowls. *with pattern* in Knitting: Completed Projects by tkemewthyou on: March 12, 2010 11:20:17 PM
it seems that lace cowls were my end-all-be-all gift to give for christmas this past year.  they were great stash-busters and left me wishing I had kept one for myself!  I ended up doing several using the same general construction w/ either cables, lace, or both.  Now that I finally have internet back, I wanted to post my favorite, made with Lion Brand Amazing:

I can post a pattern if anyone wants it....   see below for pattern
it was super easy and took about a day to do.  I <3 instant gratification knitting  Smiley

i doubled the yarn (lion brand amazing, colorway: wildflowers; i bought 2 skeins, there will be about 1/3 of each leftover i think) and used US 10 needles:
CO 89 sts (i don't remember the exact amount of CO sts, but i know there was 8 repeats of the shell lace around, so i'm going to say 89 from the shell lace pattern below)
1 1/2 of 2x2 ribbing
shell lace pattern for 3 repeats, i found that i liked this one the most from one of Lion Brand's free patterns (shrug).
1 1/2 of 2x2 ribbing
cast off all sts.
i told ya it was easy!  Wink

shell lace (multiple of 11 sts + 1)
Row 1 (WS) and all WS Rows: Purl.
Row 2: K2 tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from end last repeat ssk.
Row 4: K2 tog, k4, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from end last repeat ssk.
Row 6: K2 tog, k3,yo, k5, yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from end last repeat ssk.
Row 8: K2 tog, k2, yo, k1, yo,k5, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from end last repeat ssk.
Row 10: K2 tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k4, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from end last repeat ssk.
Row 12: K2 tog, * yo, k5, yo, k3, sl 1, k2 tog, psso; rep from * end last repeat ssk.
Rep Rows 1-12 for Shell Lace.
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2  just thought id share another "inspired" knit in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tkemewthyou on: December 30, 2008 08:43:57 PM
i happened to come across this Leifsdottir short sleeved sweater at Nordstroms the other day:

sorry for the large pics, but they show the details  Wink
it was calling my name until i looked down at the tag....$188.  it was made out of a wool/nylon blend and the feeling was "ehhh, its a bit stiff and itchy for something worth so much money"

but this could totally be done, and could be done with, at least i think, a much better yarn choice that isn't so scratchy.  i think the biggest challenge would be the poof of the puffy sleeves. but i love the oversized buttons!

like i said, i just wanted to get everyone's creative juices going with a little inspiration Smiley
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3  one of many scarflet/cowls this holiday season...(several pics) in Crochet: Completed Projects by tkemewthyou on: December 22, 2007 06:34:46 PM
since everyone is making one of these...here's mine!
i used some walmart brand yarn (but its oh-so-soft) and just did sc to form a rectangle, then picked up sts along the right side to elongate in the other direction, with 2 double rows of puff sts and some sc thrown in.  i went back with some teal and brown Lydia's new wave to chain along the top and bottom edges at the "back" and to create the button placket.  the button holes i worked within the sc, but the gaps in between the puff sts work well too, for a different look.


a close up of the puff stitches:

different possibilities:

and action shot:

i'm not sure what i'm going to do with it....gift away?  keep?
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4  Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 in Knitalongs by tkemewthyou on: September 01, 2007 04:53:48 PM
i made these, oh, a year ago for a friend's bday.  and....as you can see i still have them in my possession.  i blame it on the fact that there are 3 states b/t us...and mail doesn't exist, heh. yes.  Undecided anyway, i used a gorgeous deep royal blue color in a cashmere/merino worsted weight blend.  i love how velvety soft it is knitted up on the smaller needles.  i also need to try the spray blocking just to flatten out that curling, but i do really like the picot b-off.  
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5  Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket in Knitalongs by tkemewthyou on: August 31, 2007 09:18:31 PM
i agree, i like the way the yo's spiral around.  has anyone made any more progress?  i am about to wind my last skein of yarn into a ball to finish up the bottom and for the sleeves.  i think i'm going to do the sleeves w/ dpns, only so i won't have any seaming, and can just weave in ends and wear it in the 90 degree weather!  okay, maybe at work.  i didn't do any waist shaping either.  this is my first sweater, err that i will actually finish, and i kinda just want it to be a cozy comfort sweater Smiley

ozknitter: i can't believe how fast you churned that out, and i really like that lavender colorway!
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6  some clutches in Knitting: Completed Projects by tkemewthyou on: August 31, 2007 08:54:17 PM
This was shown in Spring 2006 of Knit It: http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/2006SpringKnitIt-Pat9.html
a really (let me stress - really) easy pattern, just straight St st, sewn up, and fulled.  

I added a little applique instead of a broach, and found a necklace at Target that i split up to make the chainlink strap.  I would lose the clutch if I didn't have that strap.

I made this clutch for my friend's bday.  she always dressed a little fancy and worked in a law office, so I really was excited to make her this.

No pattern really, just played w/ the yarns - alternating rows and knitting both yarns stranded together - to create the fabric.  I used TLC Amore (tan) and Moda Dea Curious (mauve).  I liked the little wisps of curious popping out.  It reminded me of a carpetbag, actually, haha.  I wish I had a pic of the interior, I tried my hand at lining w/ some nice, almost a corduroy-type fabric w/ an interior pocket.  I had to add some wooden dowels on the left and right side to keep it sturdy, which i actually sewed into the lining.  I don't know if I would do that again, it was a tad difficult and I'm not too keen w/ the sewing machine.  You can't tell from the photo, but i also crocheted a little handle on the right side, just large enough to go 'round the wrist.
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7  Re: Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by tkemewthyou on: July 24, 2007 07:11:48 PM
wow, too funny....i started this pattern at the end of june, little did i know there was a kal for it!  i've made it up to the front/back split sections now.  i accidently made the ribbing section a 1/2" longer, but i think i'll like the tunic in a slightly longer length than the original, so i added an extra 1/2" to the torso portion, as well.  still undecided about the ribbon choices, maybe even a crocheted chain w/ some silky yarn....i'm not sure yet.

i ended up using an acrylic yarn thats super soft in a khaki green color, sirdar snuggly dk:
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