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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / remember those hat and mitten sets you used to wear as a kid? on: July 07, 2004 11:51:58 AM
well, here's an updated version...

that's me being a goof and modeling the set because i'm just so pleased that it's finally done.  they're getting ready to be shipped off to denver, co. as a birthday/much belated christmas present for my dear friend julie, so i figured i'd post some pictures while the posting's good.

first up, the hat.  i followed the kittyville devil hat pattern from stitch n' bitch, which i'm sure a million other people have done, but i don't really mind because it's such a cool hat when you get it done. 

this was my first item ever i knit in the round, and it was my first time using dpns, for the horns.  this hat took forever to make mainly because i got nearly finished with it and then realized i'd twisted my stitches somehow and the thing was permanently halfway inside out.  so it was my first frogged and restarted item as well. 

however, i finally managed to get it done, and much to my surprise, it's a fabulous hat.  i almost don't want to give it up, i like it so much, but it definitely suits julie's personality more than mine, which is why i'm totally going to make the black kitty cat one for myself.  it's one of the few hats that actually looks good on me, which is amazing since i usually look terrible in hats.

the stitches are somewhat difficult to see due to the fluffiness of the yarn--i used red heart tlc because i'm cheap like that--but that's good in real life because little mistakes are easily hidden.  it's bad, however, when attempting to take close-up pictures of how the stitches look, however.  the border and earflaps are seed stitch, and the rest of the hat is stockinette.

now, onto the gloves.  i got this pattern from melanie falick's weekend knits, and i'm sure i could've gotten these done in a weekend if i'd tried a little harder.  weekend knits is another good book full of interesting ideas and unique patterns, but it's a little more rustic than snb.  lots of pictures with barns and fields and animals, as opposed to city streets and laundromats.  still, some of the patterns are really fabulous, and you should definitely check it out.

i would highly reccommend these gloves to a new knitter who wants to move beyond scarves and try something new, but who isn't comfortable yet to work in the round.  these are knit flat on straight needles, and short row shaping helps shape the hand part.  the directions are a little confusing at time, but that's only because the pattern features a wide ranges of sizes for all different kinds of hands (definitely a plus!).

i'll probably make these for myself in a fun color like pink or something, because i'm a sucker for some super old-school dickensian style fashion.  everyone who saw me knitting them asked, what's the point of a fingerless mitt?  to which i replied, do you need one?

of course not.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / brand spankin new kittyville devil hat on: April 19, 2004 04:02:46 PM
so after months of working, restarting, working some more, the kittyville devil hat is finally complete.  it's not for me--it's for my friend who lives in colorado--but i wanted to take pictures modeling it still just because i'm so freakin proud of it.  i want to make a pink, fluffy kitty cat one for myself next, among other things...

even if the horns do look a little like bunny ears...

side views.

top view and token boob shot (aka the tail ends).

i'm damn proud of it.  up next?  fingerless mitts to go along with this hat and a t-shirt sweater for myself.  after that, who knows?  
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the takin' care of business scarf on: April 13, 2004 07:20:42 PM
all right, so onto my latest finished project, since i just posted about my first.  The Takin' Care of Business Scarf, for my mother.

here she is modeling her scarf.  she told me she wanted something simple and classy that she could wear while working.  she's a pharamaceutical sales rep, so she's frequently driving about and dealing with the elements.  i thought that the windy city scarf from stitch n' bitch would be the perfect pattern to use for this.

i took her to my lys and had her pick out her yarn (she paid for it, which as a poor college student, this is definitely a plus) and she chose a pretty medium blue shade of berrocco's softwist (i looked at the shade card online and i think it's French Blue).  this is a nice, soft, silky yarn with a light sheen to it and it's easy to work with.

i extended the length of the scarf somewhat from the pattern because longer scarves draw the eye downward and elongate the figure and my mom is constantly worried about looking thin and whatnot.  she didn't want any fringe, so i kept it simple and sweet in a k1p2 rib.

this was a relatively quick and simple scarf to knit up.  working with two separate balls of yarn gets a little tricky there when you're making the keyhole, but once you get the hang of it, it's all good.  the keyhole adds a nice little bit of flair to what would otherwise be a relatively plain accessory without going overboard.  

currently working on: the devil hat from stitch n' bitch and some fingerless mitts to go with it for a friend in colorado.  wish me luck...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first ever completed item! on: April 13, 2004 07:06:30 PM

okay, so i know i've posted pictures of other items i've completed since this one, but i finally took some good shots of this one and wanted to show it off.  this is my little sister erin modeling the scarf i made for her, my very first ever completed item.  

i started working on this scarf in july of 2003 and didn't get it complete until that december.  mainly because i kept knitting and then unravelling it to practice my knits and purls until i finally got it all down right.  it's made in a k1p1 rib with four different colors of red heart vareigated yarn, all worsted weight.

i had to make it super-long for her because she's six feet tall, and i'm so jealous, being the shortest one in the family.  for the fringe, i wanted to do it a tad different, so i unravelled each bit of fringe after i tied it on to give it a softer, fuzzier effect.

after i finished this, i went on a knitting rampage.  i guess once you finally finish something, you realize how nice it is to have finished stuff and not just bits of projects lying around unfinished.  so, my advice to beginning knitters who are having trouble getting motivated to finish that first big project?  get on it and get it done!  it gets a lot easier.  trust.
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / help with the kittyville devil hat... on: February 29, 2004 10:16:30 PM
so i started the kittyville devil hat and it's my first time knitting in the round.
it said to work in seed stitch for the first inch and a half, but i figured garter would be a lot easier to keep track of.  

so i knit every stitch, and low and behold, it turned into stockinette.  what gives here?  did i miss something?

any and all help would be much appreciated.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for knit cloche hat? on: February 16, 2004 04:06:16 PM
does anyone know of any kind of pattern, free or not, for a knit cloche hat with a low brim?

i really love these kinds of flapper-esque hats since i have short hair and look lame with any other kind of hat.

i can only seem to find crochet patterns, but i want a knit one if possible.  if not, is there are super-easy knitter-friendly one out there?

any ideas, suggestions, and help would be much appreciated.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / a scarf for a slushy day on: February 05, 2004 08:33:13 AM
it's a nasty slushy kind of day here, and so i thought i'd post the pictures of the scarf i made for my boyfriend for christmas.

i made the mistake of letting him pick out the yarns, so i ended up with three different weights of yarn--the black was worsted acrylic, the cream was aran cashmerino, and the grey was bulky wool.  i had to keep starting over again because the tension for each chunk had to be different--the grey had to be extremely tight and the cream extremely loose--for everything to look right.  this was also my first time switching yarn colors, so it started out kind of shaky there, and weaving in the ends was definitely a pain.

but it did end up turning out nicely.  i love the thicker ribbing for more "manly" items, and this also introduced me to the wonders of all natural fibers.  i want to make myself a cashmere sweater sooooooo bad now.  too bad i don't have $200 to dish out on yarn.

oh well.  the good news is, people are always asking him where he bought his scarf.  his answer?

"my girlfriend made it for me."

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / super warm, super easy winter sock cap on: January 23, 2004 01:22:36 PM
i am always terribly worried about one of my guy friends because he keeps his hair closely-cut to his head (he's african-american and hates when his hair grows out and gets "nappy"), but he never wears a hat.  with the way the weather's been this winter,  and him with no hat to catch that 90% of body heat escaping from the top of his head, i decided to make him a hat for christmas, just for my own peace of mind, if not to keep his head warm.

i reccommend a soft, somehwat bulky yarn (i used bernat's denim yarn, it's soft and slightly stretchy too) and medium sized needles (i think i used size 8, maybe).  i only used one skein and it turned out plenty big.

here is a link to the pattern i used: http://www.groovy-mom.com/crafty/patterns/chunkyribbedhat.shtml.  

it knit up really quickly and turned out nicely too.  if it's too long, it can always be folded up at the brim too for a roll effect.

this is a good boyfriend/husband/brother/dad hat or for little kids, and it's easy enough for someone still working on their knitting skills (like me) who wants to move beyond scarves.

i'm just glad his dumb ass has a hat now...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitting with multiple strands (lots of pics here) on: January 21, 2004 05:44:49 PM
i wanted to make some really thick, squishy, chunky scarves for my friends for christmas.  however, funds were tight and purchasing a good, natural chunky fiber was out of the question.  i also really dislike acrylic yarn just because it seems kind of cheap.  but then, i discovered the joys of knitting with multiple strands of yarn at a time.

the first one, i did in basic k1p1 with three strands of red heart kids neon variegated yarn on size 13 or so needles.


i loved the way the colors turned out and i really thought i matched my friend trish's bright personality, so i gave it to her.  here she is modeling it:


then for my friend kate, i had a whole bunch of acrylic i wanted to get used up, i put four strands of more red heart acrylic variegated together and knit it on size 15 needles.  i mixed the ribbing up a bit and did k2p3 to make it even chunkier.  here's how it turned out:

i was actually surprised at how it turned out.  the colors worked nicely together, amazingly.  here's kate modeling hers:


don't ask me what that face is that she's making, however.

anyway, this is a good way to make a big, chunky scarf without dishing out too much dough.  great for cheap ass college students like myself.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / glam boa scarf on: January 20, 2004 02:55:55 PM
so i saw this yarn, a copper-colored eyelash by lion brand, in the store and thought it would suit my super-glam friend perfectly.  

so i knit her up a little boa of a scarf on some hella huge needles (size 50!), and it first it was a little tough to work with tiny little yarn and huge needles, but once you get the hang of it, it's a breeze.  

this turned out nicely, with a pretty drape and it's very delicate and girly.  it's also lightweight enough to be worn in the summer.  i think it would look mighty hot with a little tank or tube top and some capris.

more to come...
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