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21  Snowboarder Hat that Rocks in Cascade Jewel in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: October 11, 2010 07:58:22 AM
Here's my latest FO.  I'm a sucker for variegated yarns...I'm not sure why, I'm just seriously drawn to the colors, I guess.  This only took about 1 skein of yarn (Cascade Jewel Hand Dyed), but I switched back and forth between two skeins to avoid any crazy color changes, just in case.  I think I might make a matching neckwarmer or something with the remaining yarn.  I also added a crazy big pom pom, just 'cause.  On to the pictures and thanks for looking  Grin

Don't mind my crazy eyes in this one. I had major red-eye, and I think the red-eye remover made me look even more demonic...
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22  Citron Shawlette in Malabrigo Lace (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: September 11, 2010 02:00:15 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters!

Here is my completed Citron! I knit it up in the pattern's recommended yarn (something I hardly ever do), Malabrigo Lace.  Let me tell you: this yarn is SO incredibly soft against my neck it is ridiculous.  I tend to have sensitive skin, especially on my neck (I can't stand shirts with tags, I rip all mine out) and this doesn't bother me at all.

The yarn can be a bit difficult to work with, if you're not careful.  Luckily the pattern was easy and I didn't have to rip back at all...if I did, this yarn would have felted VERY easily.

I can't wait to wear this in the mornings on the way to work (it is starting to get a bit chilly in the AM).  Thanks for looking!! Oh, and if you're wondering why the ruched sections aren't that ruched, I blocked the shawl bigger than the pattern called for.  I wanted to be able to get the other tail over my shoulder so I wouldn't have to use a shawl stick.  On to the pics and thanks for looking! C&C is always appreciated!

This one was inspired by the picture on the pattern page on Knitty:

And of course, the obligatory cat picture:
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23  Re: WIP Wednesday 8/25 - Show off your in progress knitting projects here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: August 26, 2010 01:59:02 PM
How would you suggest I join them?  (I don't want a border - don't have enough scrappy yarn to do it - and I don't like the way borders look!)

I'm not sure if I would use mattress stitch, but feel free if you do.  I just don't think I'd want the ridge that mattress stitch makes on the wrong side.  You could try whip stitch, but I don't think it looks neat/nice enough...kind of sloppy IMO.  What about crocheting them together? That's probably what I would end up doing, just single crochet around and then attach them together by single crocheting into the other square from the first square.  You could make future squares by picking up stitches from one bound off or cast on edge of one square and make the new square already attached? I guess there are a lot of options available to you, lol.

My WIPs for the week:

My Kai-Mei sock #1, I got past the heel turn and am currently on the gusset.  I've done 1 repeat of the lace pattern on the foot (yes, I realize it is displayed on the wrong foot, but I couldn't get a good picture of the outside of my right foot, haha).

I also cast on for a Citron last weekend! It is coming along great! I'm almost done with section 4 so I'm hoping to start section 5 soon, but the knitting is definitely taking longer since there are so many stitches on the needles now.

Thanks for looking!
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24  Re: WIP Wednesday 8/18 - Show off your in progress knitting projects here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: August 18, 2010 02:01:18 PM
Lapoli- no worries!! You have a baby on the way with lots of busy stuff to go with that! So don't fret, in fact, it'll just build up the anticipation of when you get back on those needles  Wink

Bminks- cute waistcoat! I really like most of the Drops patterns, but I've put off because of the patterns...they don't seem very clearly written.  The yarn you're using is super pretty! Very bright! Do you have a specific shirt/dress you are planning to wear it with?

I have finished my cardigan!  Grin  It's currently blocking...it took me a long time to do the picot crochet edging.  But anyway, here is a shot of it blocking:

And detail of the picot edging on the sleeve:

I did the pin and spritz method with this.  Usually I prefer wetblocking, but I was a little concerned with the large silk content in my yarn to do that.  Then I was thinking I could try the steam blocking method instead, but was worried about the large amount of bamboo content, so pin and spritz it was.

This is my WIP for the week, my deliciously clown-barfy Kai-Meis!

They are less blue and more of a greenish tinge than the picture shows.  The yarn is Plymouth Happy Feet, color 21.  I guess I've learned my lesson: just because the colors look good in the hank, doesn't mean they look that great knit up...oh well.  They should be a fun pair of socks, nonetheless  Cheesy  I also think I'm going to cast on to make a Citron this weekend. I've got some Malabrigo Lace in the olive colorway just waiting to be a cute shawlette!
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25  First Crochet Project: Starling Handbag! in Crochet: Completed Projects by striker923 on: August 11, 2010 04:21:10 PM
This is my first crochet piece: the Starling Handbag! It's going to be a birthday gift for my Mom.  I mostly knit, and boy, was this a super-quick project!  Wrist kind of hurt after a bit though.  Futuregirl (the author of the pattern) offered excellent video tutorials, which really helped me out while making this. The pattern I used for the flower is called Super Simple Tawashi flower.

I used leftover yarn for this project: Caron SimplySoft in black for the purse and Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dye for the flower.  I'd also like to give a shout out to fellow Craftster SMLounsbury for giving me the 4mm crochet hook in a swap, without which I couldn't have made this!  Cheesy  Onto the pictures.  C&C is always appreciated!

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26  Re: WIP Wednesday 8/11 - Show off your in progress knitting projects here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: August 11, 2010 07:58:44 AM
Lol, my socks are still in hibernation because I'm trying to finish two garments that have been hibernating since the beginning of summer and I want to be able to wear them this fall/winter!

Lapoli, sorry to hear about your lack of knitting time this week Sad  I'm a big fan of ripping things out that aren't turning out as planned and knitting something else with the yarn  Cheesy  There has to be something else out there to work with that yarn that will go a lot better  Grin  If it is one of your gift shawls, maybe you could give it one more go and then if it still isn't turning out good, try something else?

This is my WIP for the week, and I'm almost finished!

With flash:

Without flash:

My WIP part:

I cant really seem to get a good picture that accurately portrays the color.  It is so much nicer in real life, lol.  I'm currently finishing up the second sleeve.  Then I'm planning on doing a crochet picot edge on all the sweater edges and the sleeve edges, it looks a lot easier and quicker.  Plus, I learned on the second sleeve that I did NOT like the knit picot edge bind off at all, so I just did a standard bind off.  Hopefully this will no longer be a WIP come next week!  Also, don't mind all the wrinkles, it's been shoved in a bag for almost 2 months while hibernating. Thanks for looking!
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27  Baby Sheik Sweater and Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by striker923 on: July 30, 2010 10:13:53 AM
I desiged and knitted this for the recent Legend of Zelda swap, baby shower portion for Zelda.Suicide's baby who is aptly named Zelda! I thought what a great idea it would be for a baby named Zelda to be able to dress up as Sheik, and so Baby Sheik was created! I'd like to thank the Happy Seamstress for her Baby Link outfit design, for which I probably would not have been inspired to make Baby Sheik.  This didn't take me too long to make because of the bigger gauge and it being a baby item and all.  I used some random stash that was given to me by my mother-in-law (who happened to give me red, white, blue) which I'm sure most be Red Heart or Caron or some such standard acrylic stuff.  I'm planning on publishing this as a free pattern at some point, just have to finalize a few details such as yardage used, gauge, redo the Sheikah chart so it can be done in several sizes, and also to design some pants to go with it (didn't have enough time or materials to do it for the swap). Thanks for looking and as always, your criticism and comments are appreciated!  Onto the pictures!

This one is baby Zelda wearing her outfit, isn't she SO ADORABLE?!?! Also this picture is not my own, it was taking by Zelda's mom, Zelda.Suicide.

And just for ha-ha's/reference a picture of Sheik herself:

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28  First Embroidery project: Zelda shirt in Needlework: Completed Projects by striker923 on: July 28, 2010 03:39:17 PM
This is actually my first non-cross stitch hand embroidered project! I made it for my awesome partner, SMLounsbury for the Legend of Zelda swap!  It didn't take me too long, probably about a week working a couple of hours every evening.  I used 4 threads for a really bold look and the split stitch for the majority of it.  I did use back stitch for a few of the smaller details on her belt.  I transferred the design by taping the picture on a lampshade and tracing with a disappearing fabric pen.  I'd also like to thank Mary Corbet for her wonderful video tutorials on needlenthread.com! They were extremely helpful for figuring out which stitch I wanted to use and of course, how to execute that stitch..thanks Mary!  Now on to the pics:

Close up:

Full view:

Reference picture that I used for tracing (not the original, this is the one I modified using Gimp):

Thanks for looking! I'm super excited about this project and can't wait to make something for myself!  Grin
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29  WIP Wednesday - 7/28 Post your knitting WIPs here! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: July 28, 2010 01:17:51 PM
So I figured I would start the knitting WIP Wednesday because I've finally got a WIP that I can post! Smiley  It's the Mr. Pitt sock pattern for my Dad.  These were originally supposed to be a Father's Day gift, but due to starting them late, a few baby shower projects, a swap and a birthday gift for my mom, they got pushed to the back burner.  The yarn I'm using is Valley Yarns Huntington (great, soft superwash wool!).

Sock #1, I've knitted to where I'm going to start decreasing for the toe:

Sock #2, currently starting the gusset decreases after the heel.  Do you like my combo of dpns and a circular needle?? Yea...I sat on one of my KP Harmony circs while doing these 2 at a time...suckage.  So had to bust out the dpns to get these finished.  So far so good, normally I get lots of laddering with dpns, but so far it is looking ladder free!  Grin

Thanks for looking! I hope to see other people's WIPs!
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30  Re: WIP Wednesday - July 21 in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by striker923 on: July 21, 2010 09:59:07 AM
Hello Crocheters! This is my first project post in the Crochet forum! Smiley I normally just hang out in the knitting forums, but thought it was about time to try my hand at crochet.  Smiley  This is my first project that I plan to give to my Mom for her birthday in August, it's the Starling Handbag!

So far I just have the bottom:

And this is a close-up:

Thanks for looking!

Fantasticmio: I really like your flower, it is really pretty!  Good choice on colors!
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