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1  African Kanga... Coffee table... Mod Podge... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by decembersoflove on: January 11, 2008 06:41:16 PM
... and you get this. I had a leftover Kanga (a type of beach-wrap/piece of large fabric) from when I lived in Africa but it had torn. I loved the colors so I never threw it away. Well.. I got this solid wood coffee table at a thrift store for about $3 but never did anything with it until I went on a Mod Podge spree around my apartment (we've all done it. You know what I'm talking about...) I ended up cutting the shapes out of the Batik fabric because I wanted it to be symmetrical. I didn't finish it with anything because I wasn't sure if polyeurethane (sp?) would affect the color. So I just did about 3 coats of MP and it's pretty durable.

here it is!

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2  Hats! Banana Republic Knock-off and Knitty's "Fake-Isle Tam" in Knitting: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: January 11, 2008 06:13:56 PM
This really isn't called "Fake-Isle" but that's what I call it. I finished it in about7 hours and it's the third Tam from the new Knitty pattern (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTtam.html). It's Paton's 100% wool (solid color) and Debbie Mumm for Joann's (the variegated colors). the DM yarn is like fake Noro. not my favorite, but it was only $5 and these days I'm a tad broke ass. Smiley 

Oh, and it's supposed to be a tam but I don't really do the whole beret thing. So I just never blocked it and now it's another slouchy hat to add to my collection!

So the BR knockoff.. I actually had bought this yarn for ONE dollar/skein at some Michael's I was at and the very next day I saw this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197572.0. I knitted it the next day and it went reallyyyy quick. I added a few rows because it was too short but other than that it was super easy. So thanks to metaphysical_muse!!

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3  Noni Medallion Travel Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: December 25, 2007 03:24:46 PM
This was my sister's Christmas present and I'm SO relieved to be done with this. It wasn't hard, but pretty tedious. It's fair-isle, in the round, size 13 needles, patons 100% wool, felted (it was HUGE before I washed it.). That's about all the details. enjoy!!

(Wrigley, my sister's cockapoo puppy, wanted to model for me.)

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4  VK Shawl Collar Tunic in Knitting: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: November 11, 2007 11:32:20 AM
phew! this is FINALLY done. I started a knitalong for this and you can see its progress here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193078.0

I'm not entirely happy with the way it turned out.. It's not very flattering and I would have changed some of the shaping to make it more figure-friendly instead of being kinda box-y. It took about 2 months of off and on knitting. I could have finished it in 1 if I really would have worked constantly on it.

BUT.. this is officially my first sweater so I can't be all that upset with it.

(I think in the second picture I got wool in my mouth. Hence the weird face.)
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5  Kool-Aid dye- purples, maroons, yummy fall colors in Dyeing: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: September 24, 2007 07:21:12 AM
It seems like a lot of people do this and were successful so me and my friend Tamara finally dyed some yarn yesterday with Koolaid. If you haven't done this before, I highly recommend it. It's EASY and has gorgeous results. We each dyed a skein of cream Paton's 100% wool and the darker maroon was Paton's grey wool. We mostly used grape, black cherry, ice blue lemonade (or something like that), and strawberry.

(obviously the colors are a tad different in real life, but this is a pretty good representation)

Also, does anyone know a good way to handpaint yarn? I tried yesterday and gave up because it was taking too long. Maybe it does take a while and I just didn't realize it.
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6  the Slink from Domiknitrix in Knitting: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: September 18, 2007 08:33:47 AM
Hey guys. I finished this around February but never got around to for real "finishing" it. I didn't like the way the sleeves were so I just put it in my knitting box until a few nights ago when I saw the potential in it again. I just hemmed the sleeves a little bit so it looked a little more polished and voila! I was in love with again!

Also, if you have never knitted a garment before, I HIGHLY recommend this one for a starter project. it was the first one I did and it was really easy to follow mainly because it is knit not from top to bottom, but around the body. (The only major seam is on one side of the shirt. Then the two on the shoulders, but those are really easy.) Plus it's a very flattering fit!

In Bernat Satin in "Wine" (I think...)

ps, i'll post some pictures with it being "modeled" later...(I use the term "modeled" loosely.)
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7  Look! In the sky! A crocheted airplane! (plus some lessons learned...) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: September 18, 2007 07:24:15 AM
So this is what I made my dad for his 50th bday that was this Saturday. He's a pilot so I had this grand idea that I would make him a crochet version of his airplane. I'm a knitter at heart, but I know how to crochet so I figured "how hard could it be?" It's apparently a Mooney Mk20 (I know as much about planes as my dad knows about yarn) and I just looked at a bunch of pictures online then started with some graph paper to get the proportions right.

Here are some things I learned:
- sometimes whipping up something last minute is probably not such a good idea. it does wonders for your social life. (sike)
-stash busting is a GOOD thing. EXCEPT when you run out of yarn when all you have to finish is the right wing.
-don't depend on Michael's to save your butt at 6:55pm when they close at 7pm and have the same dye lot of yarn you bought two years ago.
-don't depend on another Michaels location AND a JoAnn's to have that yarn either.
-sometimes ripping up the original project you bought the yarn for is your only solution. We sacrifice for the ones we love...
-finishing the project upstairs in your parents spare bedroom 30 minutes before the party is NOT a bad thing. At least it was finished before I gave it to him.
-gifts are so much better when there are dramatic stories involved.

and last but not least...

- i won't be crocheting another airplane for a loooong time.

So without further ado...

Thanks for looking!!!
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8  Vogue Knitting Fall 2007 Shawl Collar Tunic (finished!) in Knitalongs by decembersoflove on: August 29, 2007 08:36:09 AM
**finished pics are here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207429.0https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207429.0 **

Being a stubborn and ambitious knitter, the second I saw this, I knew this was my next big (or should i say HUGE) project. I've only made one other garment and it didn't fit too well. but I have much more faith in this one.

So... Has anyone else started this or thinking about it?

Here are pics of the sweater and my progress so far. I am using the yarn they called for, Patons Merino Wool. Pardon the cell phone pics. I'm at work (not knitting... sigh...) and without my digital camera.

the sweater:

my 2" x 4" swatch* of the tweed pattern: (I'm doing it in Leaf Green instead of the blue they have shown.)

*I do half swatches sometimes because I'm lazy and if I get the stitch pattern immediately I don't see any point in doing it an extra 2 inches, haha. so if 32 rows are supposed to be 4", and my 16 rows are 2", I figure I'm good to go.

the back bottom edge ribbing that is almost at it's 7" mark where the shaping (and fun!) begins:

I'll try to keep my progress posted, but I wanted to see if there were any fellow knitters out there tackling this!

update 9/2:
here's what I have so far... just a few more inches on the tweed pattern and I'll be making the arm holes. pretty tedious so far because there haven't been that many increases or whatnot and the stitch pattern is easy/mindless. overall though, i really like it.

the back so far. the pleat looks better when hanging upright, but i'm at work and had to sneak this picture in before my boss saw me. and yes, this is in my cubicle. where i basically just waste time on here all day long. (and pardon my toe in this picture... i had to pull a 007 and take this really fast so nobody saw me)


what the front will look like if you're working on this: 

and as of this moment, i have the front (sans collar) and the back done. i'm working on the sleeves now... slowly...
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9  Help! I need a yarn substitution for the sweater on the cover of the newest IK!! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by decembersoflove on: August 23, 2007 09:32:01 AM
Hello everyone!

I'm stumped. I don't want to spend $8/skein for Berroco Peruvia (plus noone around here carries it...). But I don't know what is an alternative. I've never ordered from KnitPicks but apparently all of you guys seem to like it a lot.
Here are the specs for Peruvia:
100% Peruvian Highland Wool

4.25 sts = 1"
17 sts & 22 rows = 4" (10cm)

Needle size:
10 US/ 6mm

(Isn't it gorgeous?)
and here's what I want to make:

Any help would be appreciated!

PS... Is it just me or did you start salivating and freaking out when you saw the newest Vogue Knitting issue that just came out??!!
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10  Knit1's Human Heart and Knitty's "Flora" in Knitting: Completed Projects by decembersoflove on: August 06, 2007 01:52:40 PM
Hey guys. I'm new to this whole Craftster thing, and after ooh-ing and
ah-ing over everyone's creations, I figured it would be time to post
some of my own.

This is a human heart that I knit on dpns around Christmas time for my
sister and her boyfriend who are both in medical school. I'm sure most
of you saw it in the Knit 1 issue that was out around that time for
Valentine's day. enjoy!!

and the grey scarf I knit when I was living in Africa this fall
dreaming of cold weather... I think the yarn is from Hobby Lobby. very
soft and an awesome shade of grey. The pattern is from knitty.com,
except the pearls were a little somethin-somethin extra I wanted to

**Sorry the pics are on the larger size. I was too lazy to resize them.
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