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1  Fair Isle Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by mandi on: February 03, 2009 02:20:00 PM
I knitted these in a matter of days because the pattern was so fun and addictive!  I couldn't wait to see how they would look when finished.

The pattern is "Selbu Mittens" from the book Folk Mittens.  The yarn is good ol' Cascade 220.
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2  Re: Mario & Princess Peach in Halloween Costumes by mandi on: November 15, 2007 06:35:58 AM
Let's see.  We actually didn't take that many good pictures, but here's what I've got:

(Shot luge, LOL) 
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3  My First Socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by mandi on: October 17, 2007 09:02:30 AM
FINALLY I knitted my first socks. 

They are the very basic 5-stitches per inch pattern from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd (a GREAT book - highly recommended!)

The yarn is a hand-dyed colorway made by Schaefer Yarns.

Anyway, they're not fancy or too exciting, but I was pretty proud because they're the first ones I ever made and they turned out pretty well.
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4  Re: Fill a Coffee Cup or Mug Swap! in The Swap Gallery by mandi on: October 13, 2007 09:50:22 AM
Wow looks like everyone has gotten some BEAUTIFUL things so far!

I have to show off my goodies I received from Victoria (ariaya)!!

This is what I pulled out of the box:

A lovely card and a mug wrapped in a colorful crochet gift bag/cozy.  I LOVE the color of the yarn!

Inside the bag/cozy, there was a really cool customized Starbucks mug.  It's going to get TONS of use... I needed a new mug to take to work because the seal on my old one broke so it was leaking! 

Then there's the coasters... here's a closeup:

Aren't these AWESOME!?  I can't wait to show these off to all my geeky friends/coworkers.  Hehehe.

Here's a beautiful notepad that Victoria made for me:

I haven't figured out yet what I'm going to use it for.  It's almost too pretty to actually use!

... And a "Love" mint-tin.  Smiley 

Then I opened the mug, and I think I actually squealed out loud:

Is he not the cutest lil' guy EVER!?!?!?!  I haven't picked out a name for him yet... I'm thinking he needs a coffee-ish name.  Wink

Here's a shot of everything together:

... or so I thought.  Victoria told me I better check the box one more time... hehe.


a piratey bag!  I think this is going to be my knitting bag for the fall.  I have a sock knitting class on Tuesday night and I think I'm going to carry all my stuff in this bag.  Smiley

THANK YOU, Victoria!!  I absolutely love everything!!

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5  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by mandi on: September 18, 2007 06:38:13 AM
I got my yarn in the mail yesterday!

Click for bigger picture

I was really surprised it was already here yesterday!  I know the colorway is pretty unusual (I think the name of it was "Hortalizas") but I liked it.  I wanted something kind of "earthy".

Now I have to get the needles... my collection of circulars isn't very big.
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6  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by mandi on: September 17, 2007 06:15:16 AM
AT LONG LAST!!  It's (*pant*) done!

Well, it still needs some finishing touches (like curtains) but here's my new craft studio:

Cheap IKEA desk, works for a computer desk as well as crafting space for scrapbooking and such.

Sewing area.  That's my ferret and hamster cage to the right.  Wink  You can also see some of the cabinet-cubes I use for various scrapbooking and sewing supplies.

Shelf with some craft and knitting stuff.  I arranged some of my bamboo knitting needles in a vase filled with sand. 

Folding cutting table, knitting basket (with He-Man sword from my childhood, LOL -- stuck in there "sword in the stone" style), aquarium with fiddler crabs, bookshelf.

Closet with more yarn & fabric stash.

What the room looks like when the cutting table is all set up.  There's not too much room around it, but I make do.

And finally....

Gracie says, "Mommy, are we done yet!?!!!"
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7  Re: Stash-Be-Gone-Along? in Knitalongs by mandi on: August 29, 2007 07:20:29 PM
@ april_cocaine - Thanks!  They're the first mittens I've ever knit.  I didn't like the type of increase the pattern called for though because it left holes.   Undecided so next time I'm going to do it my way.  Hehe.

Anyway, as promised, here is my meager stash:

^^ Assorted yarn.  I just picked up all that red mohair-blend Patons (6 skeins) the other day at JoAnn's for 97-cents apiece!  I couldn't resist... Roll Eyes

^^ Mostly Lion Brand wool-ease (chunky and worsted weights)

^^ All my cottons
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8  Re: Stash-Be-Gone-Along? in Knitalongs by mandi on: August 29, 2007 02:05:26 PM
Oh wow, I just found this thread and it's PERFECT because I'd just decided earlier this week I was going to be a "good girl" and use up the yarn in my stash before allowing myself to buy yarn for new projects!  So I'm totally in on this knitalong.

My yarn stash isn't all that big (I'll post photos tonight).  I have one large basket full of nothing but Sugar 'n Creme cotton yarn in every imaginable color.  (I'm a tad obsessed with knitting dish cloths for some reason.)  And I have another very big basket full and two small plastic baskets full of yarn.  I'm hoping to nip the growing stash in the bud before it gets out of hand, haha.  I also thought maybe it would be a good excuse to make things for Christmas gifts or maybe to start putting some things in my Etsy shop.

This is the first thing I've been working on -- mittens using Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn in "blueberry mix" (I only had one ball of it).  It's really beautiful yarn, the mitten picture doesn't nearly do it justice. The mittens are a pattern from One Skein Wonders

Here's a better look at the yarn (on the left):

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9  SnB: Hot Hedd Hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by mandi on: November 07, 2006 08:34:50 AM
This hat is supposed to be done with 4 colors, but I could only find 3 that I liked together that were the right type of yarn.  (I fell in LOVE with the white with the sparkley tinsel in it -- so I was working from that).

This is my 4th knitted project, and my first hat!

Here's how it looks on (colors are a bit "off" due to my webcam) --

Closeup that shows the colors a bit better --

This is definitely a good "next step" project for people who are sick of knitting scarves and want to try something different. 

Now I'm starting on the Kittyville hat and I'm really enjoying knitting on circular needles for the first time -- fun stuff!
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10  Re: Reversible tote bag - with tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mandi on: October 22, 2006 01:19:50 PM
Here's mine!!

I'm going to use it for my knitting bag.  Thanks for this great tutorial!!  I LOVE this bag!
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