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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Onesies for Lily on: September 01, 2008 05:39:59 PM
So, friends are having a baby in a few months that they are naming Lily.  Here are a few onesies I made for her: Lily of the Valley, Water Lily, Tiger Lily, and a Cubs logo, for the dad.

I was too impatient to post, so the Tiger lily and Cubs onesies both still have stabilizer on the back of them, and the Cubs one is still sopping wet from washing out the tracing marker.  Oh, and I've only embroidered two tea towels before this, so I'm still a beginner!

I used back stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch (padded), split stitch, pistil stitch, french knots, threaded back stitch.  I also learned that t-shirt stabilizer doesn't like it when you use all 6 strands, but does okay with 3 or 2.  I got the lily patterns from a book of embroidered flower patterns, but after the Lily of the Valley, I just used them as outlines instead of following the complete stitch instructions.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / First Embroidery - Veg and Camping Tea Towels on: September 01, 2008 05:27:01 PM
So, since I never have enough time to knit, I decided that meant I had spare time to pick up a new hobby - embroidery.  Really, I needed another hobby.  Anyway, here are my first two projects.  Nothing too tough, mostly split stitch, stem stitch, and backstitch.  I have a sushi towel in the works too, and am posting a series of onesies in the other, non-Sublime, completed projects board.

Close-ups of Camping:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Granny Square Beanie? on: October 02, 2007 05:42:02 PM
So, my sister, who endlessly mocks my knitting, has asked me if I could make her something like this (in the red/orange colors):


Now, I TOLD her that it's crochet, and she should really talk to our Mom who can and does crochet, but I thought I'd see if there was something similar I could do.  Do any of you creative craftsters have ideas for making something that would look similar?  I'm thinking a lace pattern of some sort around the bottom and then an open twisted drop-stitch pattern for the rest?  If you could direct me to any websites or stitch encyclopedias I would really appreciate it.  I've looked around a bit, but haven't found anything I thought was quite right yet.

Thanks for your help!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Diagonal Striped Baby Blanket and Baby Pumpkin Hat on: September 26, 2007 05:16:56 PM
A couple more recently finished items.

I got a whole bunch of Caron Simply Soft awhile ago in a gift basket and I finally decided to use it.  I asked on the discussion board for suggestions and this is the result - Thanks!  This will be given to one of my many friends who have recently had babies. 

I have a lot more of the yarn, but I won't be making anything this striped for a looong while.  Weaving in all those ends! Ugh!

I snuck ahead in the SnB calendar to get this pattern - infant sized pumpkin hat!  So super cute!  It's a very easy pattern and I didn't get frustrated once, even though it was my first hat and my first time using dpns.  It knit up super-fast too, in about 3/4 of a college football game on tv.  I'm just holding it on my hand so the pattern isn't stretched out at all, but it looks great.  I'll be making several more of these in the next few weeks - again, for all my baby-making friends.  I think I might have to make one for myself though, too!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Argosy and Branching Out on: September 26, 2007 05:07:56 PM
I've know how to knit for a few years now, but I only recently decided to really get into it and learn how to read patterns and all.  The first pattern I ever used was Argosy from knitty.com.

Inca Alpaca in Peridot
knit on size 6 needles
Knit from Aug. 13-24 with a couple long coast-to-coast flights
New moves: cable cast on, ssk, yo, k2tog, and generally how to read a pattern

My second adventure in pattern reading was Branching out from knitty.  I had purchased some KidSilk Haze for it, but it was too fiddly with metal needles.  So I went out and got bamboo needles and some 50/50 merino/silk instead.  I'll get to another version in the Kidsilk someday. I started on size 8's but then I made a mistake about 5 repeats in and started over with 6's, which was just as well since I felt like I was knitting a table runner, not a scarf.  The second time around I learned about lifelines and it was much less stressful.

RY Silk Wook DK (50/50 merino/silk) in velvet
size 6 needles
knit from Sep 1-9
New Moves: using lifelines, k3tog, sl-k2tog-psso, sl2-k1-p2sso

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / easy baby blanket for Caron Simply Soft? on: August 31, 2007 12:54:44 PM
Hi Everyone!  This is my first post, but I've been obsessed with craftster for more than a year now.  Everyone here is so inspiring!

Awhile ago my mom gave me a knitting basket that contained a book, some needles, a stitch marker, etc, and 6 skeins of Caron Simply Soft.  I have 2 skeins each of light country blue, country blue, and dark country blue.  I have a friend who recently found out she is pregnant, and I wanted to make something for her.  I plan on making Saartje's booties and maybe a hat or sweater, but I thought I could make a blanket out of all this Simply Soft, as I don't know what the heck else I'll do with all of it.  Also, I feel like since it all coordinates, it would be a shame not to use it all in one big sort of project.  Does anyone know of a beginner-advanced beginner free pattern for a baby blanket that would showcase the three colors or is easily adaptable for 3 colors?  I have known how to knit for a few years, but I'm just now getting around to learning how to read patterns and move beyond basic stitches. 

I have the first Stitch n Bitch book, the SnB page-a-day calendar, and an encyclopedia of stitches, if that helps at all with suggestions.  I considered the Big Bad Baby Blanket, but I am not good when it comes to substituting yarn, and I wasn't sure how to add 3 colors into the pattern - stripes? Border on color, blocks another? - and make it look good.

Thanks for your help!
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