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1  Look Ma! Cables! in Knitting: Completed Projects by karahtalia on: February 17, 2005 07:29:58 PM
 I am waaaaaaay too easily amused. After knitting odds and ends, I decided I had the courge to try cables. My first foray into the world of weird needles and twisted stitches ended up a fairly successful Basic Cable hat from S&B Nation.

I am terribly pleased with it. As I am sure you have noticed. You will have to ignore the scary chick in the pics. That would be me after drinking half a pot of coffee. Zing!

I didn't follow the pattern exactly, mainly because I did not have the right needles, so I did the main part on size 7 circs and then ended up downsizing to size 5 dpns since I did not have size 7's I think I should have made it a bit longer and I think I will when I do the next one.

Oh, and the yarn, that is the color hollyberry  in the Wool of the Andes by KnitPicks. I rather like it. Its not as smooth as cascade 220 but still real pleasant to knit with. Good feel, at least in my uneducated opinion.  Very intense colors, btw. Not sure if that shows up in the pics.

For those of you who are chicken about trying cables, don't be. Monsterous easy they are, yes yes. If I can do it, you can too. Grin

Coooooofffffffeeee!!!! Yes, still on that caffiene high, yep, definitely.

And here is a closeup of the cables since I know you were all on the edge of your seats waiting for this very image.
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2  Re: Neckwarmer of Looooove in Knitting: Completed Projects by karahtalia on: February 05, 2005 01:27:21 PM
ok, so have you ever had a problem where just nothing seems to work right? You knit, you frog, you knit you frog, you figure out the problem, you knit, you finish and once finished you realize that you have yet again misunderstood something?

This is the one for me. I love the neck warmer, its darling, i have muddled through it and finished it this morning. Excitement, hurray! Then before I go to block it I test it out and realize, after comparing mine to woolgathered's picture, that I misunderstood the pattern dealing with the lace. Its too long *sob*

But I am forcing you all to look at it anyway since I am still pleased even if i am pattern illiterate.

This is the whole thing, no, i am not going to try it on, at least not yet. Pictures of me before I have taken a shower are probably illegal in some country. I havent blocked it yet, so you will have to ignore the wriggly-ness of it. And I did not do the buttonholes the same way, and in retrospect did them too far in from the edge. Live and learn, I shall do better on the next one, honest.

I got some lame buttons, I live in the midwest, to get anything cool usually means either driving 6 or more hours or doing mail order and since I am wanting instant gratification, I figured to heck with it and bought some nifty heart buttons that I thought would suit the theme. Thankfully I am terribly easily amused, so simple cheapo buttons means hours of happy fun for this witch.

Many pardons for my ubercrappiness when it comes to taking pics. I am definitely not a photographer.

Anyway, hope you all like. It knits up pretty quick once you figure out the pattern and are not an idiot like me who cant read english with any sort of proficiency. Oh, and the yarn, I just went with some cascade 220 because I had it on hand and i actually like the feel of it.
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3  Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty in Knitalongs by karahtalia on: January 15, 2005 09:39:30 PM
*Does a dance*

I finished my sweater. Yay, I love it. Ok, so I don't look like a super model and I had a few odd complications when I made it, but hell, I made a sweater, my very first sweater *strutz*

Ok, I am such a dork but I am terribly pleased to have made my very first sweater ever, not a bad accomplishment for a person who just learned to knit a little over 2 months ago. Now I wish I was a size 3 instead of a rather Marilyn Monroe'esque body size and type. The sweater doesn't look bad on, but if you are busty like me, make sure you have a good bra on or you are going to look like Dolly Parton gone wrong. I tried this on braless when I finished it so I could adjust the bow properly and husband oogled.... a lot.

And I have pics, well one pic anyway. I will get better pictures later when I talk the husband into taking pictures of me. No teasin the chubby chick tho Tongue This was my present to myself for hitting the 25 lb weight loss point. Which took forever I might add and I am babbling again, aren't I.

I made the sweater out of woolease. I know, not as good as cashmerino but much cheaper for a first sweater project and actually pretty durn comfy if you ask me.

Gawd I hate pictures of myself.
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4  Re: First Sweater Support Group in Knitalongs by karahtalia on: January 03, 2005 06:33:02 PM

You have more guts than me Smiley I think sticking to a simple pattern is the way to go with my sweater making, at least till I get more experienced and using 'cheap' yarn isn't a bad thing. Heck, I crocheted for years on simple ole Red Heart acrylic for ... oh.... almost 15 years before I started knitting and realized a whole new world of yarns and blends and prices...oi ...the prices.

Anyway, your sweater, my vote is for some cute cap sleeves to go with the boxy neck line. If it were me I would crochet a cute scallop border on the sleeves and mabye the neckline and then rib the waist, or make it a tunic style with the side splits. However, if it were a tunic style, cap sleeves would look odd. Either way, I am a fan of cap sleeves, can you tell? lol

Progress on my Tempting sweater, I am using wool ease (I live up north, everything we wear is wool) and doing it in two colors, 4 six inch stripes in blush heather and rose heather, if i recall correctly.  So far I have about 10 inches done. It is going along nicely but the constant k2p2 gets old so I have to switch to other projects off and on to prevent burnout. I *really* want to finish this sweater because it is gorgeous. It would probably help if I were a faster knitter. That comes with experience,  I am guessing, or hoping. Smiley

I hope everyone is doing well with their sweaters and  I cannot wait to see all the completed projects.  Grin

Progress so far:
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5  Warm tootsies and ears in Knitting: Completed Projects by karahtalia on: January 03, 2005 04:00:16 PM
Over Christmas I was a knitting fool and I have to say that even tho I am not an expert by any means I have pretty decent results after only 2 months of knitting. Finally, after a scarf and several hats, I decided to expand my skills and made my first pair of socks. The pattern I chose was this one: http://knitting.about.com/library/blthreesock.htm  I used Adriafil Point, which I have decided I love the tweeds in the yarn. I also made a hat for my 5 year old niece. She loves cats and I am partial to the Hello Kitty cat so I knitted a basic hat and crocheted a two ears on and a bow. I decided, after working at it several times, to forgo the eyes and nose.I couldn't get it to look anything but stupid. It is my 3 year old son modeling the hat. He is a bit of a ham.

Son in a kitty hat:

My chubby legs in my new favorite socks:

I did the ribbing with the same needle as the rest so it stretches a bit more than looks appealing but I like it because I have a habit of scrunching my socks down:
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6  Re: "Ribbed for her pleasure" scarf in Knitalongs by karahtalia on: December 13, 2004 09:43:01 AM
Wee, ok.... my very first knitted scarf is officially done. I just did it in some old soft *dont gasp now* acrylic because it was handy and this is going to my brother who is allergic to wool.
I have been lurking on this particular knit along and have loved all the scarves so far. Mine is a bit,,,heh...wide but I did it with the idea that he could fold it in half to make it thicker and therefore a bit more effective against South Dakota winter winds since that is where he lives.

Short and wide, useful if a bit weird looking:

And now a closeup of the yarn, the gray is called charcoal sparkle, its fuzzy and interesting. I cant remember what the tan is, aside from it being older than I am:

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7  Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty in Knitalongs by karahtalia on: December 13, 2004 09:16:22 AM
My wool ease came in that I am considering making this sweater in. The colors are rose heather and blush heather, I was figuring on a cream ribbon against the darker rose color and doing it in broad stripes. I wish Christmas was over with so I can get started. Right now, howver I have a shawl hanging on my circs so cant get to this till I finish that for my husband's grandmother.

You will have to excuse the odd coloring in the image, digital cams are so touchy about light, I have learned.

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