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1  Aleita Shell in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: January 06, 2009 04:34:36 PM
This is from Interweave Knit's Spring 2008

A really easy knit.
I used Cotlin on 3.75mm.
The pattern runs really huge and I had to stop increasing for the bust after the 2nd set.

To stablise the armholes, I did a round of single crochet which also gave the edge a pretty look

I messed up the neckline, but I don't really think that can be seen.  Aiyah!  Can wear good already la.

The fit was really nice when it was done

But washing it caused it to stretch width-wise and shrink length wise.  The shrinking was ok, but the stretching makes it not so fitted anymore.
Oh well...

Still love it, though.
Except that Cotlin is warm warm warm!!!
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2  Top down spinach and rice raglan in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: January 06, 2009 04:26:41 PM
He needed a sweater to survive in the Arctic chill that is his office.
So I made him a sweater

A very simple raglan top down sweater - no cables or anything else, just deep ribbing at the hem and a rolled collar and sleeve hems.

The yarn is thick and heavy and when I used it for the Wall Street Cables, resulted in DeQuervain's syndrome - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeQuervain%27s_syndrome

Anyways, in different light, he looks like a medieval knight in chain mail, or an Irish militant.

We both love it
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3  Rusted Root in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: November 26, 2008 03:21:40 PM
My sunshine Rusted Root
As I was knitting it, I was regretting the colour - so bright you need shades.
But am very pleased with it, apart from little bits here and there - like the fit.  It's not terribly fitted even though I did the XS and my gauge was smaller than stated.
Ah well... Loads on Ravelry did say the pattern runs big.
The 'real' colour

Similar shot

Lace closeup

I tried to add more poof by doing the M for the poof part of the sleeves, reducing to the XS, and working an elastic band at the edge.
Some poof at least...

Quite happy with this, but a little concerned that it will bloom and grow since it's 100% mercerised Egyptian cotton from Garn Studio - Muskat

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4  Buttermilk Ripples in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: September 10, 2008 06:57:32 PM
I did Kat Coyle's Indigo Ripples Skirt in Sublime Yarns Soya Cotton dk.
The yarn is simply divine - soft and swishy, and so far it hasn't grown yet - I've worn it about 2 hours, sitting, standing, walking etc.
The lace looks a little odd, but it's still pretty.
I am so going to stock up on this.  It is a heavenly yarn with gorgeous drape.  A little concerned about fluffing - it was already having a halo when I was knitting, but will put it through the 1st wash test...

Gratuitous photos:

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5  The Kim Cloche in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: September 10, 2008 06:51:03 PM
I made myself a hat - I'll be in Chicago in Sep/Oct and thought I'd make it to keep the chill off my head.
This is a free pattern from Kim - http://www.yarnabuse.com/the-kim-cloche/ and I made this in Patons Smoothie DK - a lovely acrylic with a wonderful sheen.  It took 1 ball and a little more, and 2 days of non-continuous knitting.
Very quick.

I changed the pattern a little.
1.  after the crown, I alternated rows of ktbl and k until the band
2.  did a picot edge for the brim - *yo, k2tog* repeat to the end

It's really cute and easy to do.

The look...

The coy look...

The brim and stitch

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6  Molly Ringwald - Ravelympics in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: August 12, 2008 03:36:10 AM
I took part in the Ravelympics in the Vest competition.
My entry, Molly Ringwald from the Fall 06 Knitscene.

It's a really easy knit and I completed it in 4 days.

Am so happy with this.  Not only did I use my stash - Knitpicks Shine Sport on 3.5mm and 3mm, I used about 4 balls, so I have a ball left... Hmm... Is that a good thing?

Anyways, photos!

Thoughts anyone?

1st look:

Angled look:

The ruffles at the bodice:

If you look carefully, you can see the increases which I am quite happy with:

I'm not sure how they're gonna stay on my shoulders though...:

I just like this photo:
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7  Bottom's Up - Champagne in a top (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: August 07, 2008 06:00:22 PM
I fell in love with this top when I first saw the pattern, and when Alice Bell made it free for Ravlers (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bottoms-up), I cast on almost immediately.

It turned out exactly as I envisaged

Now, a gratuitous number of photos...



A closeup of the back

A comparison between the front and the back

One last look

Whaddaya you guys think?
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8  Two-Textured Shrug [img heavy] in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: June 16, 2008 05:52:21 PM
This was a really easy knit which I could not get my head around the first time - not too good at reading. But it really is easy and quick. Took about a week to knit this in Paton's Smoothie (acrylic), sweet and easy.
Took another week just to do the fluffy edge using Moda Vera's Fluffy - very hard on the eyes.
It's really warm and has a gorgeous sheen, and the fluffy part's really soft.
Some action shots...

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9  An Affair to Remember - Top (image heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: June 09, 2008 06:10:46 PM
I did this a long time ago... A long time ago...
It started as a skirt, this is what happens when a person has body dysmorphic disorder and cannot gauge how large or small one is.
Ah well, this was my 1st knit item (after ot knitting for about 20 years, so...).
Anyways, what happened was, I knit with 1 strand - thinking it would stretch ad I could save yarn - it didn't.
When I came to terms with the fact that it would be a tube top, I overestimated the size of my front - it wouldn't stay up.
So, an i-cord to the rescue - but the bamboo stretches.
So, there's elastic in the i-cord - which is a real pain to thread through AFTER you have sewn the i-cord down.

But, I love it, I love it, I love it! I love the drape of the bamboo, I love the feel and the shape.  I love that it hugs the top and falls gently from the waist - isn't it nice that the ribbing accentuates the waist?
Enough said, I love it. So, tonnes of pics!

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10  Grassland Brawl in Knitting: Completed Projects by HermioneJ on: April 24, 2008 05:43:10 PM
On the quiet plans of the study table, with hawks and condors flying overhead, a vicious battle is about to start.

The Ambush

The Standoff

The Tactical Retreat

The Winner!

Friends Again!

So easy to kit up and totally adorable   Grin
The bi-coloured one is meant for a colleague - Ill leave it on his table with the multi-colour side up, with a little card which says The grass is always and when he turns it over, hell see its totally green.

The single multi-coloured (is that an oxymoron?) was actually a trial with manga-like eyes. The other half scoffed at the pattern when I first showed it him some time ago, but when I got home last night, he said Can I have this one? I dont know what to do with it, but its so cute!!! Men

Doing a few more for 'deserving' colleagues when I leave.
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