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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting in church: acceptable? on: March 08, 2008 04:21:48 PM
I have knitted in church without a fuss---it may have helped that the minister's mother is an ardent knitter!  It is worth it, in my humble opinion, to try it & see if the congregation will be supportive.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hunter's mitts & a hat on: January 03, 2008 04:43:10 PM
Hooray for small projects!  I spent more than a year & a half working almost exclusively on a knitted blanket---it's all short projects for me from here on out!  These 2 were started & completed in the past 2 months:

1. These hunter's mitts are based on a pattern from Green Mountain Spinnery.  The yarn is sock yarn by Trekken, it's a wool/bamboo blend.  The stripes are from yarn in my stash for which the label is long gone....   The mittens were really fun to make & feel great on my hands!

2. This hat is a modified Tychus from knitty.com:  I used only 1 strand of Risata (by Knit Picks), increased the number of short rows in the crown, and increased the number of wedges.  Risata is a sock yarn & I love it!  The bit of elastic that's in it makes for a great-fitting hat.  My next project is to make socks with it. 

By the way, I'm not as cranky in real life as I look in that picture...

Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Suggestions for modifying SnB "Skully" sweater sleeves on: September 11, 2006 03:50:35 AM
I, too, started the Skully Sweater, made one sleeve & then got mad at the shapeless tube it was.  I frogged the whole thing and haven't started it again because I never got around to looking up some sleeve construction patterns.  You inspired me!

Since you're going to follow the pattern for joining the sleeve to the body, don't worry about the "measurements" of that join, just count the number of stitches that you're going to use. 

 Here's what Vogue Knitting says about making a sleeve:

Measure your wrist, add at least 1 inch or two for ease, more if you want a looser wrist opening.  Then calculate how many stitches that would be for your gauge.  That is, gauge x wrist measurement.  Always be sure to add ease to your measurement.

Next, subtract the # of wrist stitches from the # of shoulder stitches.  That is, shoulder stitches - wrist stitches.  This is how many stitches you need to decrease. 

Then, decide how long you want the sleeve to be.  This will help you plan where to put your decreases.  You can put the majority of them at the top to make a tighter sleeve along the forearm or space them out evenly, like every inch or every 1/2 inch.  When you do the decreases, always do them when you start a row by binding off the first stitch.  You can make for a more dramatic tapering by binding off 2 stitches if you want.  (This is a flat-knitted sleeve, so if you ever make a circular sleeve it'll be a different decreasing method.)

I would recommend trying the sleeve on periodically to make sure it's turning out how you want and also to know when to start the cuff.  When you get to the cuff, just keep knitting until it looks long enough.  Then count your rows so you'll know how many to do for the next sleeve.  Which reminds me, I've done this before where I didn't write down what I was doing, which meant that when I did the second sleeve I had to guess when I wasn't sure about my counting.  So, whatever you decide to do, write it down so you won't freak yourself out when you start sleeve #2!

Good luck! and I guess I'll be pulling out my Skully stash now!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Michael Kors Tunic - VK Spring/Summer '06 on: April 20, 2006 03:44:05 PM
I'm heading out to buy that issue right now so I can make that sweater, too!  That color looks great on you & I love the blanket stitch (?) edging!   
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's Mrs. Beetons on: March 31, 2006 04:42:25 AM
Adorable!  I would pick those colors if I made Mrs. Beetons!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Socks galore! Knitty's Thujas and Broadripples on: March 31, 2006 04:39:57 AM
Those are some good looking socks!  Hooray for all the socks folks have been posting lately!   Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Zip up cardigan on: March 29, 2006 12:02:53 PM
That looks great & it's a great color, too!

I had bookmarked the panda jacket awhile back---I went to go print it a couple of weeks ago & was sad to find that it's gone gone gone.   
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Froggy baby blanket on: March 29, 2006 05:53:13 AM
Thanks for the compliments!  Grin

The fleece yarn is by Knit One Crochet Too, I think.  It feels so soft!  I would definitely knit with it again.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: somewhat Somewhat Cowl on: March 29, 2006 04:03:15 AM
That is one awesome shade of green for your lovely lovely sweater!  What a great springtime garment!! Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Froggy baby blanket on: March 29, 2006 04:02:07 AM
So it has become a tradition for me to knit something for an expecting coworker----which I love.  It's totally fun & I get to be creative with what I make!  So, this time around my expectant coworker is putting together a baby room that has the theme "The Princess and the Frog."  I found this awesome green fleece yarn---have you ever seen fleece yarn?  I'd never seen any before---it feels great to the hand once it's knitted up, but it's backed with thread which can be hard on the nubbins when you've got it on the needles.  Anyhoo, I digress.

The plan was to make a green fleecey baby blanket with a hood and then to put froggy eyes on the hood, a la Kermit the Frog.  Well, once I finished it, all the previewers thought it looked froggy enough without the eyes.  The purl side is the "right side" 'cause it's all bumpy like froggy skin & it looks so cute!  Okay, on to the pics....

Here's my sock monkey, Drusilla, modeling the FO, papoose-style:

And here's a pic of the blankie all stretched out with the purl side up:

Thanks for looking!

The basic design is the lovely, classic pinwheel baby blanket.  I just added a hood between one set of the yarnovers and  blanket-stitched the hood's edge with the contrast color.  And I finished with a ruffle that increases with yarnovers----I found it in "Knitting on the Edge."  That's a great book.

Ok, I stop typing now.
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