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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Back-to-School Vest on: June 18, 2007 05:02:36 PM
I really need a Fitted Knits intervention.  I've completed three projects from it in less than three months (and frogged a fourth when I realized it wasn't flattering on me).  This one isn't my normal style, but it seemed really cute so I went ahead with it anyway. 

Source: Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Cascade 220 (about two and a half skeins)
Size: 34" bust, altered to fit 32-33
Color: Heathers 2449

I'm very happy with how it turned out, although I did make a mistake in the front increases (I was downsizing it to a 32"-33" bust).  You'd have to look pretty closely at my chest to find it, and I don't intend to let anyone do that.  Wink  It's still a bit too wide across the front, but not terribly so -- hence the slight bunchiness under the arms. 

I think there is a math error in the back on the size XS, for anyone making it.  It wasn't in the errata, though.  Under Upper Back, you have 56 stitches and decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next 5 rows.  That would be 10 fewer stitches, right?  Which would be 46.  But the book says you will have 44 stitches.  It's not a biggie, I just did one more decrease row before starting the work-even rows.   

Now, I just need to wait five months for it to get cold in Texas again! 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Coquette Lace Tube Top - Fitted Knits on: May 25, 2007 02:40:59 PM
I have another FO from Fitted Knits ... this time it's the Coquette Lace Tube Top!  Despite a few snags along the way, I'm totally in love with the result. 

I subbed yarn (Classic Elite Premier) and was running woefully short, so I eliminated a lace repeat.  In addition to that mod, I also added waist shaping on every fifth row.  It's pretty loose around the top -- be warned, my fellow small-chested sisters -- so I added crocheted straps to help keep it up. 

When I got to the bottom ribbing, I didn't bother with the eyelets.  And yes, I am missing an eyelet in the top ribbing on the back.  I didn't notice until I was well past that point and decided I didn't care.  Smiley

It took less than a week to complete. 

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Top-Down Raglan Mania: Custom Cardigan and "Fitted Knits" Shrug on: April 10, 2007 04:30:55 PM
Last month I made my very first sweater!  I used the custom-raglan formula from Woolworks:

(Yeah, it lacks buttons.  I haven't found really good ones yet.)

And this month I made the two-tone ribbed shrug from Fitted Knits:

I wasn't convinced of the bar increases at first (I never use 'em), but I like the way they turned out!

More photos and details in the FO section of my blog.  
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Branching Out Scarf and Loop-d-Loop Cowl on: February 14, 2007 05:23:39 AM
I finally finished some stuff in February!  After completing five projects last month, I was definitely feeling like a slacker.

First, Branching Out from Knitty:

And then the drawstring cowl (sans drawstring) from Loop-d-Loop:

I've never made anything from that book, and picked out the cowl on a whim.  I like it more than I thought I would, once I figured out that it looks better with the neck rolled down a bit.

When I started the cowl (hours after finishing the scarf), my husband asked just how many neck accessories one person needs.  Has he learned nothing from living with a knitter?    Cheesy

More photos and specs on my blog.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knucks! on: January 17, 2007 04:29:49 PM
Thanks to an ice storm and the resulting cancelled workday, I was able to finish a pair of Knucks for my husband before he left for NY today.  Unfortunately, I did not have the materials on hand to do the knuckle embellishment, so that will have to wait until he gets back.  (They will say SIDE SHOW -- that's his profession and his passion.)

More/bigger photos and details are on my blog .

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "One-Skein Wonders" scarf! on: January 04, 2007 03:54:52 PM
I decided that after all my holiday knitting, I needed to make something for myself.  So I chose the One-Skein Scarf from One-Skein Wonders -- made with two skeins of Patons SWS.

All kinds of details are on my blog!  That one spot on the right looks like it's knitted wonkily, but it's just the way it's laid out.

7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Seija Baby Blanket on: October 21, 2006 08:48:49 AM
This is my first real crochet project -- I've knitted for a few years, but just picked up crochet a few months ago.  It only took a few days to do the actual crocheting.

I used Bernat Denim Style, which looks nice but is rather stiff.  I figure that the blanket will be used outdoors with a stroller, so it's okay for it to be a little more rugged than a blankie for a crib.  It's for my coworker's baby shower today -- I hope she likes it!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tampon cozy, clutch purse, whatever! on: August 22, 2005 04:13:49 PM
A friend of mine gave me a ball of Patons Twister (in Pink Power) and asked me to make her a tampon cozy -- something that wouldn't announce to the universe that she was running to the bathroom with feminine hygeine products in hand.  This is the result:

Sewing the buttons was a total pain -- the fabric is way loose and floppy.  (It looks crooked, but I swear it's not!)  The handle is an I-cord of Plymouth Encore.  Theoretically, it could double as a wee little clutch purse.
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Mobile Monster -- Goofy Hot Pink Kitty! on: August 22, 2005 02:20:39 PM
I love this pattern!  It's so fast and so simple -- plus, the Berroco Plush is so nice to work with.  This cozy is for a kitty-loving friend of mine -- I hope it's identifiable as a cat!!

10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Completed Candy Stripers (Messenger) Bag! on: June 03, 2005 03:58:21 PM
I finished the messenger version of the Candy Stripers bag from SnBN last night ... I made a few slight alterations to the pattern.  I used the front panel stripe sequence on the back as well, and made the sides solid instead of striped.  Instead of a zipper top, I made a flap.  I also knitted the strap separately and sewed it on, instead of using a ring like the pattern showed.

The only thing I would've done differently is not mix in a different yarn for the small purple stripe and top flap.  It was Cascade 220 (double stranded) while the rest was Lamb's Pride Bulky ... it didn't felt as solidly as the rest. 

Here it is pre-felting:

The front and back sides after felting:

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