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11  Happy Chairs in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by wickedgoodknitta on: April 05, 2008 02:38:52 PM
I always tell my sister, who is a talented furniture painter/re-conditioner, that she should post on Craftster. But she hasn't. So, being the big sister, I thought I'd give her some PR. She painted these chairs for our playroom as a gift to me for my 40th birthday, which, unfortunately for me, was not exactly yesterday.

These were basic unfinished furniture, but she has also done outstanding work with curbside pickups. Unfortunately, she lives 400 miles away, so I don't have easy access to drop by for a photo shoot.

I hope you like these as much as I do. Maybe some positive reinforcement will convince her to share her other work.

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12  Knitted Wire and Bead Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by wickedgoodknitta on: February 07, 2008 04:32:06 PM
I made this a while back, but I just got around to putting some clasps on this afternoon. I'm not a jewelry-maker, and this idea originally started out to be a napkin ring. However, when I rolled the first one around a dowel, it got smushed. It looked better flat, so my bracelet was born. (If you jewelry experts have a better idea on how to clasp this, I'm all ears.)

Next time, I'd do fewer rows, because the wire stretches and the clasps add a half inch. I would like it to be more like a tight cuff. All in all, it's a quick project, and it dresses up a plain outfit.

Hope you like it.

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13  Baby Cable Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by wickedgoodknitta on: January 10, 2008 12:29:08 PM
From Sensational Kintted Socks by Charlene Schurch. Done in Rio de la Plata merino sock yarn purchased at my LYS.
This is my third pair of socks, and the first in which I ventured off a straight stockinette. The book had DPN instructions and for two circs. I prefer the magic loop, which I recently learned. Adjusting the pattern was pretty intuitive.

They are soft and warm; I do love the yarn. Here are the photos, though I'd submit that my calves aren't as big as they look in the photo. Hope you like them.

Close up of easy "baby cable" pattern:

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14  Re: Elann's pinwheel sweater in Knitalongs by wickedgoodknitta on: January 08, 2008 11:06:05 AM
This is my first knit along. When you finish something in a knit along, do you post it here or in finished objects? I figured here since we are the people who have been watching this sweater. I actually finished this in November, but I realized today when I wore it that I never posted the photos. I can't find the photo with me wearing it, but here is the finished object blocking. As you can see in the first photo, my cat enjoyed using it as a rug. (I couldn't get him off no matter how I tried, and I didn't have the heart to lock him in the basement for an extended period.) I'm generally happy with the way it turned out, but it is too long and bulky to wear under most jackets. Hope you like it. It's on to the Cable Luxe knit along. I LOVE that sweater. It will be a real challenge for me, and I hope I can do it justice.

Finally,  sincere thanks to all who answered my questions so well during this project.

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15  Goofy Candy Cane Rudolphs in Winter Holidays by wickedgoodknitta on: December 13, 2007 06:25:02 PM
It's a snowy night in New England, so my DD and I indulged in our annual making of Rudolph candy canes. They are simple, inexpensive, and good nut-free holiday wishes for her classmates, Brownie troop, etc. The antlers can be any style you wish. Because she is 8, they are all supposed to be hearts. However, I submit the individual one with some truer antlers.

Happy Holidays!

The goofy group:

A close up:

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16  Re: Elann's pinwheel sweater in Knitalongs by wickedgoodknitta on: October 18, 2007 03:49:01 PM
i did the i-cord on the needles specified, and it worked out really well - didn't bunch up, made a great edge.

One of my knitting group members has made this and I thought I'd pass on this;

when she blocked it the i-cord edging was bunching up and not as large in diameter as the knitted circle - she tried to ease it with blocking and the i-cord snapped. [gah!]

It is also on the naughty step but I thought I'd mention it as she must have significantly changed her gauge for the i-cord so... knit loose as poss for the i-cord!! I may use bigger needles.

This is a photo of my current I-cord status. I started mine last night on 10's (didn't have 9's). It seemed too loose, long, and loopy. I then went to 8's (still didn't have 9's). I thought the finish was nicer, but still a little more loopy than the nice, neat, tight spiral I'm hoping for. I was planning to rip it out tonight, and start over with 10 rows for each I-cord instead of 12. I'm aware that I need to stretch my round a little to be sure the I-cord isn't making the main body bunch. But is it the great wisdom of the knitting craftsters that it is better for it to be a little loopy because blocking will stretch the sweater, but not the I-cord? Or, in other words, should I rip it out or just keep going as is? The Red Sox are making a last ditch effort tonight, which is always good for 3 hours of knitting.

**Special thanks to my 13-year-old son for taking the photo and uploading it for me while I was making dinner.

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