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141  Hallowig !! in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 07, 2005 12:38:42 PM
So, the second I saw Hallowig in the fall Knitty, I knew I had to make it.  I had most of a skein of REALLY yellow acrylic yarn, a friend with an upcoming birthday who has different colored hair everytime i see her and halloween was coming up.  So, I made one.  Then I modelled it:

(My face looks huge in this picture.  Also, the developing place cut the edges off all of my pictures when they loaded them to cd.  great.)

Then I took it home at Thanksgiving (Canadian) and my nephew (and others but I don't have pics of them) modelled it:

Then my girly-girl niece asked for one for her halloween costume "but make it smaller, auntie Lori.  My head's not that big!"  so, hallowig jr. was born: (no models were available on such short notice, so my couch stood in)

I cast on the same number of stitches but used US size 5 (I think) needles and kids/sport weight yarn (which just happened to be the same shocking yellow.  WHY did I have so much of this same color when I don't wear yellow???)  I followed the directions/shaping exactly the same but used the smaller yarn/needles and it turned out like a miniature of the original.  Unfortunately, I haven't received the pictures of her wearing the jr. version. 
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142  Felted purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 07, 2005 12:31:20 PM
This bag was knit for my best friend to give to her sister for Christmas.  I can't find the pattern on-line but I'll look to see where I got it from when I get home tonight. 

Modelled by my friend who "commissioned" the bag (notice the beautiful scarf she was crocheting her mom in the background -- her first crochet project)

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143  Christmas Scarves! in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 07, 2005 11:26:02 AM
I knit a double stitch Harry Potter scarf for my completely un-girly and interesting niece.  I had some gauge issues, since I ended up taking a really really long time to knit it (it was my computer project:  wait for screen to load, knit a few rows).  It turned out well and if you don't look at both ends at the same time you would never know there was a problem! 

modelled by the girl:

For my other niece, the polar opposite of her sister in terms of girly-ness, I knit the knitty heart scarf out of the remnants of yarn from her afghan.  I wasn't sure how a scarf would go over for a 5 year old, but I thought i'd give it a shot.  Her response was "It's a SCARF!!!!  MOM!!!  It's a scarf!!!"  Then she proceeded to hurdle the pile of presents on the floor and hug me.  "Did you know that my favorite color is purple??"  How could I not know that??  Her mom told me that she had been begging for a scarf for weeks.  She wore it the rest of the night, but somehow I didn't get a picture. 

close up shot of the heart pattern:

BTW, this was the first project that I have knit that involved "lace" patterning.  I was a little over-proud when it was done.  It curls something terrible though and being that it is acrylic yarn it won't block!! 
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144  Christmas Toques! in Knitting: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 07, 2005 11:16:51 AM
--This is my first post with pics in the Knitting section (long story...  i just got pics developed to a cd...  yippee!!) so my apologies if it gets messed up!

So, for Christmas I was crocheting afghans (I KNOW this is the knitting section) for my nieces and nephews.  I had leftover yarn so I decided to KNIT toques for them to put in their stockings.  I used Bernat camoflage for all of them.  I had expected the patterning to just be random varigated but it stacked so it really looked like camoflage! 

The one in the bottom left corner is a double thick toque I made for my brother as part of his Christmas present.  I knit one side from bottom to top in the round, then I picked up the same number of stitches and knit the other side in the other direction.  It turned out exactly like I had hoped and I've had requests for more of them since. 

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145  Re: Afghans! phew in Crochet: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 07, 2005 09:47:40 AM
Sorry bout that!  i think they are there now.

Individual shots (sorry if this is too much.  i'm just excited about posting pics!!)

This was for my very VERY girly 5 year old niece.  The flowers and the background were really quick to do, but then sewing the flowers on took FOREVER!!!  I had pictured exactly what I wanted to do and then stumbled across a free pattern on the Bernat website that was very similar to what I had started.  I got the flower pattern from there.

Green afghan for my 10 year old almost-tomboy niece.  Very crafty/creative girl, all she cares about is that it's not too girly and that it's green.  Originally the stripes were going across the width, but with 1 1/2 weeks to go before Christmas, I realized that I was making it too wide and it would take forever.  SO, vertical stripes!

The afghan that inspired my crazed Christmas crocheting ... er...  nightmare?  This was for my 11 year old nephew.  I had made one almost exactly like this for my dad just before he passed away and my nephew, who was very close with my dad, asked me everytime we've been at my mom's if i would make him one. 

Very boy-ish afghan for 8 year old nephew.  I actually frogged a couple of unfinished (like by 2 years) projects and discovered that the yarn was the same colors as that of the Bernat camoflage yarn I had picked up.  hence, the big granny squares (plus that was much faster).

Nephew #3, the 3 year old, received a fleece throw with a printed scene of a farm (he is completely crazy about the farm.) so I didn't crochet one for him.

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146  Afghans! phew in Crochet: Completed Projects by subloke on: January 06, 2005 08:20:24 PM
Okay, I will now attempt my first picture post!  (please cross your fingers!)

I wasn't working for a few months, so I decided that I could make afghans for my nieces and nephews for Christmas.  Cheaper, give me something to do, no problem.  Hmm...  I felt like I was in "afghan hell" after a while there.  I ended up starting a bunch of different projects while I was "supposed" to be working on these!  I got them finally done about 1 week before Christmas.  So, here they are.  4 crocheted afghans in 2 months. 

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