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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mother's Day Haruni Shawlette on: May 26, 2010 02:39:33 PM
This project definitely deserves a thread by itself.  I knit the lovely Haruni Shawl (free Ravelry download) for my mom for Mother's Day.  The yarn is the (sadly) discontinued Knit Picks Essential/Stroll Kettle Dyed in Bordeaux.  This not only was a pleasure to knit, but a fairly easy lace project as well.  I think this happens to be my most favorite knit to date.  I'm planning on knitting myself one with the same yarn only in the Ivy colorway.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley

(The sun was in my eyes, sorry for my squinty face):

Kerchief-style (not my best pic, but whatever):

Fully spread:

Close-up of the edging details, while blocking:
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled socks, Bella's Mittens and a pair of Dashings! on: May 26, 2010 02:26:58 PM
These were a pair of socks that I got to knit for myself! Cables are my favorite knitting thing ever...both to knit and to wear!  The pattern is Slippery Socks, a free Knitty pattern and the yarn was Knit Picks Imagination in the Looking Glass colorway.  I'm not sure if it is my camera or what, but I think the socks look 100x more awesome in person!

I also have been craving a pair of Bella's Mittens for a looooooooong time, so finally I decided to go for it! I knit them with Cascade 220 held double.  They are cozy and warm and perfect for when I have to shovel! They really do keep my hands super toasty!

My hubby was complaining of cold hands while gaming, so I knit him up some Dashings (another free Knitty pattern) with Patons Classic Wool.  They work great and I have been known to grab them every once in awhile for myself...I guess I should just make myself a pair Wink

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Holiday Gift knits (hat, stranded mitts, socks) on: May 26, 2010 02:23:11 PM
Here are a few holiday knits that I put together (yes, I was lazy and didn't post until now).

Stranded Herringbone mittens for my mother made with some leftover Caron Simply Soft and Vanna's Choice from a simple striped garter stitch scarf I had made for her previously.  She picked the colors.  Pattern is here. My husband is such a good model, too!

Tri-Peak hat for my dad, knit with Wool-Ease.  I really like this hat: it is a very easy and fast pattern, but it's a wicked fun finished project! Pattern here. (That's me modeling.)

Socks for the hubby!  These were knit with Valley Yarns Huntington (a great sock yarn!) and the pattern was Spring Cable socks, which can be found here.  I really liked the seed stitch backdrop to the cable as opposed to the standard reverse stockinette.  These are a bit big for him, but he hates socks that cling, so he wanted them a bit baggier.

Socks for my friend Steve, who is such a pleasure to knit for.  He was so super-excited about socks, that now I know exactly what to make him for his birthday and Christmas alike!  These were knit with Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed in Timber...I'm so sad to see this yarn go, such an awesome yarn and I just LOVE the subtle variation/kettle dyed look.  I don't think I've seen another yarn like it... Sad  I also knit Steve's wife (one of my BFFs) a Snowboarder Hat that Rocks in white Cascade 220, however I forget to take a picture of it, whoops.  The pattern for the socks is Mr. Pitt's Socks, which is a free Ravelry download.

As always, thanks for looking!!  Grin
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wedding knits (lace purses, camisole, handfasting cord) on: May 26, 2010 02:05:26 PM
Here are a few things I had knitting for my wedding, which was Sep 9, 2009.  We were married on a gorgeous day up at Beardslee Castle in Little Falls, NY.

For my bridesmaids and matron of honor, I knitted up a few lace purses with Knit Picks Shine Sport along with a Knit Picks pattern.  These were a great introduction into lace as well as excellent practice of vertical mattress stitch.  The white one is mine (which I didn't really need to use) and was made with Louisa Harding Jasmine, which has this cool silver thread running through.  It was very pretty, however you can't really see it in the picture that well. Pattern is here.
Matron of Honor's:



Here was our handfasting cord, basically just a simple icord with fringe using leftovers from the purses (in the picture it is hanging with my dried bouquet).

Finally, here is my modified Tswirl camisole that I wore for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The back view was taken in the mirror shortly after I finished the project, and the front was actually taken after the rehearsal at the castle.  Sorry for the heavily cropped-ness of the photo and please excuse me if I blind you with my paleness. I'm not a vampire, I promise  Wink  Oh, and you can view the pattern on Ravelry. Thanks for looking!

(Back version)

(Front/final version)

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Cardigan and Baby Hats on: May 26, 2010 01:48:44 PM
It has been a long time since I've posted projects and I just wanted to share some of the things I've worked on. 

Several friends are having babies and so I've been baby knitting.  The green set is for friends who are having a (as of yet) unnamed boy and it was knit with Wool-Ease, and the other hat is for 6 month old boy (about 4 months in the picture) and was made with Loops and Thread Impeccable Ombre.  The cardigan pattern is here and the pattern for the hats is here.

I'm currently working on another baby cardigan and tri-peak hat (this time for a girl) for a baby shower in June.  Thanks for looking! Smiley
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw Team/School Spirit shirt on: May 07, 2009 09:11:33 AM
This is my very first venture into the iron-on transfers! I made this shirt for my first swap partner, RockDragon! Anyway, I wanted this shirt to have a school or team spirit feel to it. I found the two images on Google, one is the shield/coat of arms of the House of Ravenclaw and the other came from kokopellitattoo.org which I think is a tattoo, lol. But it was definitely the perfect eagle image I could find...I needed an eagle with attitude! Everything else was more of a patriotic or heraldic type of eagle. Well anyway, here are the pics! Thanks for looking!


Front close-up:

Back (the edging around the words is a little less noticeable IRL):
27  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sprite Stitches on: May 07, 2009 08:58:35 AM
These are my first two cross stitching pieces that I've completed. My mom donated a TON of floss and scraps of Aida cloth to me from when she used to do cross stitch, so I thought I would give it a whirl! The cross stitching part was pretty easy, if a bit time consuming with all the color changes I did on the bookmark, but the back stitching is a killer...trying to keep my tension even on those was a bit of a struggle. But I guess practice will make perfect?

The first are 2 Kirbys from Spritestitch.com and the second is a Hermione Granger bookmark that used sprites from Little Mojo and JoanneSanderson.com. I had a really hard time photographing these, so I apologize for the photo quality.

Kirby was given as a birthday gift to one of my best friends and Hermione was given in a swap to fellow craftster, RockDragon. Without futher ado: the pictures!

Full bookmark


The Kirby was matted and framed, but I forgot to take pictures of the finished product

Thank you for looking!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first stranded project: Harry Potter Pouch (pic heavy) on: May 07, 2009 08:13:59 AM
This is my very first stranded project (very exciting!) I made this for my very first swap partner, RockDragon for the HP and the HBP swap. The pattern is HP House Fair Isle Pouch Bags by Rosemary Waits that I got on Ravelry. The yarn is Valley Yarns Northampton in Navy Blue and Gold Heather (which looks more bronze than gold) and I reversed the colors too (gold eagle instead of blue). Anywho, here are the pics!

The final piece with fringe/strap (I did a bias knit strap instead of crochet strap)

The inside before it was lined

The inside detail of the lining and my spectacular hand-sewing skills


All in all, I'm very pleased with it and more importantly, RockDragon likes it  Grin Also-- thank goodness for wool and blocking...it really helped even out the puckering and what-not.

Thanks for looking  Grin

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / BFF "Ron" Socks on: February 21, 2009 05:38:23 PM
My first knitted socks!!! SO EXCITED! I can't wait to cast on for the next pair! These were knit with Opal Harry Potter in the Ron colorway...who happens to be my favorite Harry Potter character Smiley In fact, I bought the yarn not having a clue how to knit socks...they always seemed difficult, but I just trusted the pattern and viola! Out came a pair of socks! Now I feel like I can knit anything! It's hard to see the pattern because of the crazy colorway (which I love!), but it's Cookie A's BFF sock pattern which is on Ravelry. And now onto the pics, thanks for looking!

The Pair:

Close up, Sock 1:

Close up, Sock 2:

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Several Winter FOs (Pic Heavy) on: February 20, 2009 08:01:05 PM
I had posted all these on Ravelry but not here! Silly me! Without further ado:

Earflap hat and matching Snake scarf for my nephew! Used leftover Vanna's Choice.

Garter Stitch Scarf for my Mom...black was Caron simply soft and orange is Vanna's Choice. Modeled by one of my cats, Autumn!

Hannah Hat for Moi! It's a little big, but serves it's purpose here in New England. Used Cascade 109. I really liked knitting with this yarn Smiley

Action Shot:
(sorry the pics aren't good quality, some were taken with old camera and some with the new)

Dim Sum Wonton for the Kitties. Knitted with some scrap yarn...I think Bernat Satin?

Action shot of the wonton being demolished by the other cat Aries:

Coronet Hat for moi. Knitted with Di.Ve Teseo...soft yarn but kind of a pain to knit with..kept on splitting the yarn.

1st of 5 bridesmaid purses (Generations Purse). Used Knitpicks Shine Sport.

Cabled Cup Cozy. Used leftover Vanna's Choice.

I'm currently finishing up my first pair of socks...very exciting!! :-D

Thanks for looking! Oh, and all the patterns were found using Ravelry in case anyone is interested. Smiley
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