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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally, after one year: Cobweb Lace Stole on: November 30, 2008 06:47:30 PM
This was the longest I ever worked on a pattern, but it was definitely worth it. The yarn is Malabrigo Lace, the pattern is from Interweave Knits, and my brain is surprisingly still intact Smiley More info on my ravelry page (minabear). Thanks for looking!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / own design: hooded tunic on: June 06, 2008 09:19:29 AM
Since I'm trying to stashbust as much as possible before Rhinebeck, I've been looking for interesting ways of using up yarn that I've apparently had in my stash since the beginning of time... This is what I've come up with for my first summer top this year:

And a close up of the lace & the shaping:

The MC is Knit One Crochet Too Angora Soft (discontinued, which tells you for how long I`ve had it Wink), the lace is done in Berroco Seduce. It was knit from the top down & grew very organically (lots of trying on & stuff), but I did take some notes & might eventually write up a pattern... What do you guys think?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first no-pattern sweater, inspired by the Tree Jacket on: April 21, 2008 06:36:46 PM
So I really liked the Zephyr girl's Tree Jacket pattern http://kpixie.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=4671, but I'm way to poor to be able to afford to pay six bucks for one pattern (I really wish I could, I do, and when I have money I will support all those great designers out there!!!!!), so I used it as an inspiration instead. I tried it on a lot & kind of made it up as I went along. I really like how it turned out, but I might make it a little longer... we'll see.
The yarn is Berrocco Comfort, which is super soft & knit up nicely Smiley


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr Greenjeans? Are you in there? on: February 13, 2008 07:38:59 AM
Here's my version of Mr Greenjeans. I changed quite a lot, adding bell sleeves and more front ribbing. I also knit pretty much the entire sleeves in the rib cable pattern,  made less body increases and omitted the buttonhole in favor a tie. It hasn't been blocked, yet, I was too eager to put it up to wait any longer  Grin.
The yarn is a cotton-faux-suede mix that misbehaved badly during the knitting process, so it took quite a long time to finish. I'm very happy with the result, though.
Ok, ready for waaay too many pictures? There we go:

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Boatneck Bluebell from Fitted Knits on: December 30, 2007 06:23:04 AM
Well, I really love the sweater, but knitting it was so extremely easy that I had to knit other stuff at the same time, just to be able to finish it. I highly recommend this project for beginners who want to venture away from scarves  Cheesy
I used Patons Classic Merino and was pleasantly surprised by the quality. In my opinion, it works just as well as the more expensive cascade 220. Blocked beautifully, too. Yey saving money  Grin!

And this I knit to keep my sanity:

It's a shorter version of the Ariel scarf, which can be found here

Thanks for looking  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chevron Lace Beret on: December 03, 2007 06:28:34 PM
I've been really good with ravelry, but a little neglectful here  Embarrassed Well, here's my first winter hat for this year. I knit it with a merino-silk blend, very yummy. The pattern is easy to follow, if you mark the lace repeats with stitch markers. Right now, I'm making some matching gloves. Enjoy!

With Vladimir, my cat  Grin

Action shot!

A close up of the lace detail
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The duplicate stitch and my sanity on: November 14, 2007 05:39:29 AM
Ok, I am pretty much about to go crazy. A while ago, I decided to knit a Mets jersey. I got some yummy Cascade 220, figured out a pattern and got my knit on. I began with the back, which, even though it included intarsia AND double-sided fair isle, went ok. Then I made the front and that was where the horror started. At first, I thought I could use the double-sided fair isle method again, but after having knit almost the whole Mets Logo, I noticed that with four colors, the whole thing had become too thick. So I frogged. And reknit, this time with intarsia, which didn't work out so well, either, because I had dozens of little, different-colored fields. So I frogged again (by this point I was ALMOST ready to give up). Then I reknit using intarsia for the main part of the logo (blue), thinking that I could duplicate stitch the white and orange at the end. So stupid stupid stupid me went ahead & sewed the two parts together, weaved in all ends and duplicated stitched the night away. Now it's blocking & I hate it. The main color was black, so the white duplicated sts look ugly, because the dark kind of shows through. Oh, who am I kidding, it shows through a lot. Now the whole friggin sweater fits nicely & looks great, except for the 9" high and 12" wide logo on the front. That looks as it a not very talented 5th grader had knit it. Aghhhhhhhhhhhhrgs!
What should I do? Is there any way to save it? Frog it? I know that I won't wear it the way it looks now, so it'd be a waste of yarn....
HELP!!! Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Christmas gift on: October 23, 2007 06:11:01 PM
I made this for my mom. The pattern is from Fabulous & Flirty Crochet. I used a 3 strands of a DK weight homemade (not by me) mohair-silk blend. I love this scarf so much, I'm gonna have to make one for myself, too!

Here is is on my bed

A detail of the ruffle (is that how you call this?  Huh)

Aaaand an action shot...

Here's a link to the gloves I made to go with the scarf:

Tell me what you think Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Christmas gift, Cleo, the Spencer and my crappy bathroom mirror ;) on: October 23, 2007 12:33:08 PM
Just some stuff I finished over the summer. I miss having nothing to do but knitting all day long  Cry Well, the Spencer was my summer project, I loved the pattern I adore how it turned out. I've worn it out a bunch of times & got tons of compliments on it. I made it out of a cheap acrylic yarn that my mom got me sometime during one of my previous attempts to learn how to knit (which finally worked out alright in February  Cheesy).

The other thing I made that I actually wear out is knitty's Cleo. I made it in a cotton yarn that I bought over ebay. It's no particular brand but hand made by the lady I bought it from. It worked up nicely, but split A LOT because it is made up of single pieces of thread. It was really cheap, though.

And here are gloves I made for my mom for X-mas. They match a crocheted scarf/wrap that I made from the same yarn. I'll post that later on the Crochet board & will put the link here. Again the ebay stuff, but a nice mohair-silk blend for CHEAP, so bring it on, splitting yarn, bring it on!

Thanks for looking! Please comment & criticize!

Here's the link to the scarf I made to go with the gloves:
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's your favorite yarn? on: October 11, 2007 12:51:00 PM
There are millions of different yarn types out there, and some are pretty expensive. Which ones are the ones worth investing in, which cheap ones are nice to work with and which yarns make your knees go weak and your heart beat faster?
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