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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DNA cable & lace tank shell (pattern link!) on: May 05, 2006 07:25:56 AM
I was inspired by this beautiful knit: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88165.0
and this cool cable: http://www.twosheep.com/helix/

to create THIS (my own design)!



Here's me acting all cute in it:



I did actual math while writing the pattern, and it fits perfectly -- waist shaping and all. I couldn't be more proud.

The pattern is on my blog!
 http://squeakyweasels.blogspot.com/2006/05/protopretty-dna-sweater-shell.html

Please email or PM me if you have any questions or problems. It's my first real attempt at a pattern with sizing, so don't hesitate to point out any issues.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace wrap/tie sweater on: March 28, 2006 09:39:08 AM


Huzzah! I love this thing.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The infamous Mountain Laurel blanket on: March 17, 2006 09:48:36 AM
Okay, it's only infamous to me. I'd always thought it was the most beautiful and intricate baby blanket imaginable, but I didn't have enough faith in my pattern reading until recently to actually attempt it.

http://wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatlaurel

Eight weeks and 1200 yards of white acrylic later...







I modified the size a bit (the actual pattern would make it almost adult sized, and I needed a baby gift), making it a respectable 48 x 33 inches. The yarn I used was Plymouth Utopia, which turned out to be a really good choice for showing stitches, although my first impulse was to use cotton. My only complaint about the yarn was its tendency to split.

I loved this project. I never got bored with it, and it was so satisfying to keep sewing each little piece together and watching it grow.

I'm going to miss it when I send it off to its new home with baby Harry T.!

First, one more gratuitous photo of my 4-year-old posing with the freakishly lifelike doll:



"Can't move... doll will eat me..."
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Mountain Laurel Counterpane blanket (Masochist in search of same) on: January 19, 2006 08:37:06 AM
Here is the most beautiful baby blanket ever:

http://wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatlaurel

This is me knitting it for a friend's baby who is due in less than a month.

Actually, I've started the little star hexagons on double pointed needles, and they are tremendous fun. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.

Join me! We shall knit till we're cross-eyed and delusional, at which point we'll run naked through the streets! Or something!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby blanket paralysis on: January 18, 2006 07:58:22 AM
Here's my problem. My husband's best friend and his wife are having a baby in less than a month, and I promised to make them something special. I was thinking sweater and booties, but I started getting pressure from husband to do a blanket because he thought that would get more use and have more heirloom potential. So I said fine, and I cast on for a simple blanket with a seed stitch border in white cotton. Nice and classic.

About three inches into it, I found out husband had been bragging to his friend about what cool stuff I make, and then he admitted to me that he liked to "show off" with the gifts I've made for folks. Now this simple classic blanket doesn't seem to be cutting it, and I want to do something more complicated and "heirloomy." I've even been given the okay to get expensive yarn. But I'm frozen! I can't decide on a pattern, or a type of yarn, or a size, or anything, and all I can think about is the time ticking away with each day I waste thinking about it.

I need to commit to something, but I'm afraid I'll start it and then it won't be good enough. Urgh!!! Too much pressure!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn from a dry-clean-only sweater on: November 21, 2005 11:19:19 AM
At my thrift store today I found two  (two!) angora sweaters to unravel. One's angora-silk and the other is angora-lambswool. The labels both say dry clean only. Do you suppose I could oh-so-gently handwash the yarn? I don't know how else I would get out the kinks.

Also, one is a hideous fuscia color... can it be dyed? It's such a beautiful fiber, except the color is so dated.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Button hat/booties for a new baby boy on: October 06, 2005 07:17:14 AM


I made the hat and booties for a couple who weren't finding out what they were having. I made it in blue thinking if it was a girl I'd pop a big, floppy flower on the hat. But he turned out to be a boy, and it seemed so plain without any decoration. So I sewed on some little white buttons for cuteness.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hush Hush nightie from Knitty on: September 22, 2005 01:10:15 PM
My lil nightie is done, from this pattern: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATThush.html! It's made of a recycled silk/cashmere yarn from a sweater I thrifted. I got gauge with the size 2 needles, and it took me about a month to make.

http://static.flickr.com/29/45639852_ccfe62bbe2.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/30/45639853_6f96fc2474.jpg

I think I'm actually going to miss working on it every single night. I'll be wearing it instead! It's very soft and drapey.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / They LIED to me! on: September 21, 2005 12:05:42 PM
All this time I thought a yo was this:

Move yarn to front. Knit next stitch as usual, which wraps the yarn OVER the needle to create an extra stitch.

In reality, a yo is simply wrapping the yarn around your right needle? You don't knit a stitch?

HOW WIDESPREAD IS THIS LIE?

Because I just finished a feather & fan lace pattern that involved a string of 6 yo's, and that can't mean just wrapping the yarn six times... that would create a giant hole, wouldn't it? Instead of six separate holes? Are there some patterns out there perpetuating this erroneous yo and adding to my confusion?

I'm stymied and disillusioned. Somebody help. Huh
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hush-Hush & leftover yarn... on: September 20, 2005 01:52:29 PM
I'm almost done with Knitty's Hush Hush (half a strap to go!!!) and I've decided it's too pretty not to wear outside the bedroom, so I'm putting a lining in and calling it a dress.

I'm going to have an undetermined amount of this tiny silky yarn left over. I don't really know how much because it's recycled, but I think it's probably enough to make either a shawl or a shrug.

Any thoughts on what would look best? I was thinking of carrying on the vintage look with something classic and lacy, but is that overkill?

What would you do?
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