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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / oh my, is that skirt on fire?? on: July 12, 2005 05:14:20 PM
My cousin is turning 28 this Saturday and for the past few years, I've tried to make her stuff for her birthday and other holidays... mostly because I'm poor and or was in school, etc.

This is what I came up with for her birthday (it's not quite finished.... I couldn't help but post)
It's my first embroidery project (freehanded...woo hoo!!).  Finished size is about a Gap size 10, it zips in the back and has the same pleats, minus the embroidery on the backside.

I hope she likes it!!!  What does anyone think??

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / just what everyone needs in the summer... on: July 01, 2005 04:48:37 AM
another pair of warm, wooly socks!  oh yeah!!
These are the Go with The Flow socks from the summer IK knits.  They're the first non-plain socks I've knit.  Sadly you can't really tell from the pictures, but there are small eyelets running up and down the length of the socks.


23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my "what the hell do i do with this yarn" shrug on: June 25, 2005 08:04:12 AM
My mom's friend bought me several balls of yarn as a graduation gift in May, very sweet gesture.  They're yarns that she likes (and her being 55 and me being 26, well, we have different tastes...) I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth... and she wanted pictures of whatever I made, so I figured exchanging the yarn would've been rude.

I was sitting in Bryant Park last sunday looking at this yarn... what do you want to be?  what do you want to be?  Apparently, it wanted to be a shrug.  So this is what I came up with.  It's Artful Yarns Broadway in a rainbowish colorway with black ribbing around the sleeves, neck and back.

I'm fairly pleased with it - don't know how much use I'll get out of it, but it was nice to just knit something without a pattern for a change.  Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / has anyone seen my needles? on: June 16, 2005 04:14:35 PM
I had them before I moved out of my apartment.  I'm sure they made it to the new apartment.  I just can't remember what the hell I did with my sock needles and I got a bug up my ass today to make socks. 

Does anyone know what I did with them?  I figure asking random strangers would be just about as insightful as my trying to think of where I packed them.  Wink

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the most beautiful skirt - EVER!! on: May 26, 2005 07:31:59 PM
I've been in love with this fabric for three months and finally gave in and bought it from my fabric guy.  It's white satin with allover black embroidery.  I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!

I haven't quite finished the skirt, I need to hem it and add an inside waistband so it doesn't stretch, but I couldn't wait to post Cheesy

closeup of the fabric

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yay spring! on: May 11, 2005 03:49:36 PM
My family chipped in and bought me a cruise for a graduation present - good thing because grad school tapped me out.  Instead of buying new clothes for the trip, I figure I should use up some of the tons of fabric that I've managed to acquire these past couple of years.   Cheesy


and, well, the tie wasn't for me, it was a present for my internship supervisor.  He was a fantastic example and guide, and so appreciative (which made me happy!)  When I bought the silk for it, I wasn't terribly crazy about it, but it's hard to find non-girly raw silk for some reason.  After I finished the thing, I wanted to keep it and make it into a belt for me!  Thankfully I have more!

I'm not sure about the length of the dress, should I leave it or shorten it?  Decisions, decisions!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Angelina Vintage Jacket - FINALLY! on: April 26, 2005 04:27:16 PM
Good God!  This sweater took so freakin long for me to knit!  The 2x2 rib over and over and over and over is pretty uninspiring.  But, on the upside, the lace pattern is cool and fun to knit.  So, I guess it's a balance.  Overall, I think the construction of the sweater is interesting, but I'm not sure if I like the way it fits yet.  Maybe it'll grow on me  Cheesy

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / birthday skirts on: April 24, 2005 12:14:01 PM
So yesterday was my brother's fiance's birthday...  I pretty much have always made  her something for holidays or birthdays and what not... Tomorrow I'm dropping these off for her. 


The first skirt is a stretch cotton twill, with a satin ribbon border and should hit right at the knee.  The second is that material that piano shawls are made out of, so she can wear it over jeans or with a solid slip underneath.  It hits right below the knee (it's more a-line).  It doesn't photograph well, but such is life.  They're both my own patterns.  Yay math!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit bag for charity auction! on: April 10, 2005 04:34:27 PM
My friend Holly solicited me to donate one of my purses for a fundraiser for her daughter's school.  I donated one of the ones I would normally sell, but also decided to knit a bag.  This is what I came up with.  I hope it sells well!!   Cheesy

I didn't have a chance to put a pocket inside, oh well!  Oh, I just doubled some Jiffy Yarn that was donated to me... I figure it's a good way to pay it forward... and knit on size 13 needles.  It took less than 3 hours to knit.  I interfaced the knit bag and then machine stitched the lining (stretch poplin) to the yarn and seamed up the sides.  Super fast and easy!
30  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / I wish that I had Erin's (Jesse's) flames! on: February 21, 2005 06:30:04 AM
Where can I find me a sweater like that?  Okay, I'm done channeling Rick Springfield.  I'm sooooooo excited about this sweater.  I changed it up a bit from the instructions.  The yarn is Red Heard TLC, which is probably one of the softest acrylics out there - although the finished product seems to weigh about as much as a small child.  

Anyhoo - I made the men's medium; added a little black panel on each side for some shaping; shortened the length by about 5 inches; did the sleeves in the contrast color 1 and the flames in the main color Smiley I also ended up taking the border off at the bottom of the sleeves because they were just TOOOOOO long.  

The one thing I'm not happy about is the curling on the bottom, but I think I cast on tighter than I knit.  Oh well. Live and learn.  I still think it's a kick-ass sweater.  It was my first intarsia project too!!  Now, if those ends would just weave themselves in, I'd be the happiest girl in the whole-wide-world! Wink

Me in the sweater:

Close up of the finished product on my unmade bed - thank god my mom lives hours away, she'd kill me if she saw this!:

I think if I were to do it over again, (you know, just to torture myself) I'd knit with a dk yarn and maybe do a larger size since worsted weight yarns look way too chunky on me.

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