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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / KnitScene: special issue from Interweave Press on: January 05, 2006 04:51:12 PM
Apologies to those of you who are already aware of this publication, but I stumbled across this special issue (KnitScene) from Interweave Press on their website earlier today and had to share: they have got some really cool and beautiful, hip patterns, and a few of them are available for free on the KnitScene website: http://www.knitscene.com/projects.asp

Also check out the Web-Exclusive Projects button at the top of the projects page -- there are a few more free patterns.

Just thought I'd point this out as a great source for cool online patterns for those who aren't already aware. I love the Tweedy Vest, the Chanel Jacket, and the crochet circles belt. Ribbon Wrap is fun, too...

Anyway, enjoy!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Beaded scarf & 1-hour hat set on: December 10, 2005 05:52:31 AM
This is a Christmas present for my friend Jennifer, who has been bugging me to make her a scarf. Actually, it's a holiday present; and not because I live in the state of Massachusetts, where it seems that we now have to refer to "Christmas trees" as "Holiday trees," but rather because my friend Jennifer is Jewish.

Anyway, just a basic ribbed scarf made of luscious Malabrigo wool with some fun beads added to the ends instead of fringe. And then I had just enough yarn left over to make a one-hour hat!

close-up of the beaded ends of the scarf:
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted baby ruffle hat with flower on: November 28, 2005 06:25:01 AM
Of course, this wound up being a little too small for its intended recipient... but it was perfect for this buttercup squash, which was sitting around on the counter awaiting its inevitable doom on Thanksgiving Day.

I learned all kinds of new techniques for this hat, though -- the ruffle, the tuck stitch (to create that raised purple band above the brim), etc. It was a good learning project.

I was attempting to recreate something like the wavy flower hat from Pick Up Sticks (http://sticksknits.com/wavy.html; they have some really cute stuff!!), and the pattern that I wound up basing this on was a free ruffle hat pattern that I found online (I bookmarked the page at home -- I'll update this post to add the link in).

I learned the tuck stitch from a pattern that I bought on KnitWhits (http://www.knitwhits.com/ripley_autumn_w.shtml; again, a whole bunch of really cute patterns!). And finally, I added an adaptation of one of the Petals projects from Knitty as an embellishment.

Ta da. What a well-dressed squash.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Color bleed with Lamb's Pride? on: November 25, 2005 08:06:33 AM
Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone might be able to tell me if I should be concerned about Lamb's Pride colors bleeding upon washing...

I am working on a sweater in Lamb's Pride worsted and have bands of cream-colored yarn bordered by bands of dark green and deep red, and I fear that the darker colors are going to discolor the cream color when I wash the sweater to block it (if I ever finish the knitting part of it, that is). Has anyone had any experience with this happening, or, hopefully, not happening? There would be nothing worse than the white stripes turning pink upon washing; and would be especially ironic considering I am knitting S'n'B's "Manly Sweater." Pink stripes would be very decidedly NOT manly.

Thank you in advance for any warnings or assurances anyone might be able to provide!

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Magknits -- Nov. 2005 on: November 08, 2005 06:15:08 AM
Check it out; there's a new issue of Magknits up at http://www.magknits.com.

I'm lovin' that Jessica pattern -- cute idea!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Cleaves (w/pics) on: September 18, 2005 10:11:09 AM
I posted this in the knit-along section as a number of people have been knitting these babies up, but I thought I'd post here too, just in case anyone was curious to see how this thing comes out.

This is from the Spring 2005 issue of Knitty -- the cover item. I thought it a little strange at first (especially where the Knitty model is wearing nothing underneath!l), but then my sister-in-law mentioned that she loved it and wanted one. So she's getting it for Christmas!

It's a little bit awkward to wear, but all in all a pretty cool project and very unique. I may have to make one for myself! (or just keep this one and make a 2nd one for my SIL)!

I used Lamb's Pride bulky (as called for in the pattern) in the color of wild oak, and the one modification I made was to do only the first set of increases on the sleeves after the ribbed cuff so that the sleeves are less puffy.

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Girls' night out veil on: August 07, 2005 05:31:15 AM
I made this fun little veil for my brother's fiancee for our girls' night out with her. I just took part of a single yard of tulle (about $1.99), gathered it at the top and tied it with a ribbon and then glued it to a little hair comb. Then I took some heart-shaped rhinestones and glued them back-to-back on the veil part. She adored it!

We took her to a paint-your-own-pottery studio and had her select pieces that we each did for the couple. She even chose a color scheme that we all followed but did our own patterns on the different pieces. It was a great non-traditional girls' night out; not too expensive, and the couple winds up with a bunch of handmade items for her home at the end of the evening!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Petals on: May 28, 2005 05:49:18 AM
Lovin' the different flower patterns in the most recent edition of Knitty.

Here are a few felted ones that I've done in the last week.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how to shrink stretched-out wool? on: March 22, 2005 06:19:30 AM
I made a tank out of Rowan's Big Wool -- it was about the right size, if not a tiny bit too large, when I first tried it on. But then I tried to block it, and when I got it wet, the whole thing stretched way out. Even after I blocked it and tried to cinch it back up, it's all elongated and is now waaay too big! Is there a way to safely shrink it up a bit, without felting the wool?

Thanks so much for any suggestions you miight have! I really want to save this sweater!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rowan's "Nat" sleeveless cowl on: March 08, 2005 07:37:15 PM
This is the "Nat" sweater from Rowan's 'Bigger Picture' book; I adore all of the patterns in this book and plan to make many more of them in the future! A great purchase! (http://theknittinggarden.com/ro-magbiggerpicture.htm)

The bulky wool makes it not the most flattering thing in the world (damn, the models in Rowan's books are all so freakin' skinny!!), but overall I'm pretty happy with the way it came out!

A drawback is the cost of the Rowan yarn if you use what the pattern calls for -- it's kinda' pricey -- cost me about $75 for the yarn for this sleeveless jobby. I used Big Wool in "Shriek" for the body and Biggy Print in "Splash" for the cowl. I'm not teeny, but I actually made a small and it's plenty big enough (atthough it's not actually for me).

A fun knit! Plan to give to my sis for her b'day in June...

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