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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby skull raglan hoodie on: November 28, 2007 12:16:02 PM
I knit this for my SIL's baby, who is due in February. First I tried to do the skull in intarsia, but I quickly discovered that doing intarsia for the first time in the round makes for FAIL of epic amount, so I ripped it, and tried to graft a pre-knit intarsia'd patch with a skull. That was also epic FAIL, so I ripped it back and tried again, this time with a strand of turqouise mohair knit together with the acrylic to make the skull. And it worked! It was fiddly, but worth it. Smiley

The hoodie is loosely based on this pattern: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babysweraglangarterstripe.htm - though I joined it instead of doing a cardigan, and pilfered the measurements for the hood from various DROPS/Garnstudio patterns. Anyway, I just hope it'll fit the intended recipient - I miscalculated the gauge, so instead of the 3-6 m/o size I was going for, it'll probably fit a 6-12 m/o. It's something to grow into, I suppose. Smiley

The material is Himalaya 100% acrylic in light blue, and the turquoise is kid mohair. I knit it on size 4.5 mm needles, in the round. It took just over one ball of the acrylic.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nothing much: Lovikka mittens on: October 03, 2007 02:16:37 PM
... for my uncle for x-mas. Traditionally, these are knit in offwhite wool yarn with red and blue, sometimes yellow, decorations. Then I found this GORGEOUS variegated turqouise Lovikka yarn, and decided to do untraditional traditional Lovikka mittens. I hope my uncle will like these, or I'll steal them back from him.

One pic to show off the color of the yarn:

And one to show off the decorations!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled bag from Garnstudio on: October 03, 2007 02:12:38 PM
This is going to be an x-mas gift for my cousin. She's 16, and I figured that at that age you won't wear hats or scarves unless they are really, really cool, so I safed it and knit her a bag instead (this is not as crazy as it sounds - I'm knitting all my gifts this year).

The pattern is from Garnstudio, and I knit in the recommended yarn, Eskimo. The color is really neat, it varies between brown, purple and dark gray depending on light. It says it's brown mix, though I'm pretty sure it's the unspeakable color HP Lovecraft wrote about.

The bag is lined with an old dress I never used, and the handles with some satin I had laying around. The buttons are second-hand finds.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Thinking ahead: Christmas gift for very old grandmother? on: September 23, 2007 03:58:10 PM
So, I checked the board for inspiration, but I'm still stumped. I have NO idea of what to give my Grandmother for Christmas. She is very old, over 90, and became blind a few years ago from cataract. Because she went blind so late, she's never learnt braille. She's also going a bit senile - I don't mean to sound harsh, but I don't know how her memory works, at all. I think that being blind, and I assume she's a bit hard of hearing, makes her a bit introverted, so she mostly sits around.

Because her memory isn't great, audio books might not be the bestest idea, and everyone else is going to give her chocolates. She won't use a knitted hat or mittens, or a scarf for that matter. She might be old, but she knows what she wants. Smiley

I'm thinking of maybe making her a shawl, in soft yarn, but that feels a bit uninspired. Does anyone have better suggestions? I know you do, I've read the other threads. Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Modern Quilt Wrap by KnittingDaily? on: September 18, 2007 04:32:58 PM

I just started the Modern Quilt Wrap from KnittingDaily. Is anyone else doing it? I thought it might be fun to compare color choices and the end result. I'm doing two; one for my mom for christmas, and one for me. Though I'm going to use the same colors, I'll let hers have more blues, and mine more pinks.

Here's a pic of my progress so far - it looks like it'll take some blocking to get it straight. Cheesy

The pattern can be found here:
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Garnstudio cardigan on: September 17, 2007 09:58:54 AM
Yay, it's finally done! This is a Garnstudio pattern in Drops/Garnstudio's Eskimo pure wool yarn. It was a pretty fast and easy knit, except the collar that nearly drove me INSANE.

The edging is done in double moss stitch, and the collar is too.

Btw, this is pretty much my first knit cardigan. I'm super happy with how it came out. Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hindsight button holes - is it even possible? on: September 15, 2007 08:33:01 AM
So, I'm knitting this sweater/cardigan from garnstudio:

... and as you can see, there are supposed to be button holes on one of the front parts. Stupid me forgot to do the button holes, and there's NO WAY I'm frogging that part to do it over and do it right.

So, what I'm asking is, is it possible to sew the buttonholes in later, in some sort of steeking manner? Or am I SOL?

I'm thinking of maybe getting a giant safety pin to keep it together with instead, but if anyone knows if it's safe to do button holes on moss stich, I might do that instead.
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