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1  Yarn! I has some! in Spinning: Completed Projects by melosond on: February 17, 2008 09:04:09 PM
This is my second plied yarn! I used a BFL (er, I think) batt from Miss Babs (http://www.missbabs.com).

I haven't the faintest idea about yardage, which doesn't matter as I'm perfectly happy just snuggling it for now.

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2  Finally finished the cursed arch shaped stockings! in Knitting: Completed Projects by melosond on: April 18, 2007 03:48:59 PM
I wanted a no-think project -- you know, actually get gauge, no modifications. So I chose Meg Swansen's arch-shaped stockings from Vogue Knitting Fall '06.

Ha. Ha ha ha. Ha. I got gauge, but the stockings aren't so much made for curvy-calved folks (like me!) and the pattern itself... wasn't as detailed as I would've liked (they don't explain how the heel should look AND there are no pictures of it), but I slogged through and finally did it! Turns out it's less of a "pattern" and more of a "guideline."

What I didn't get I just made up. Here they are!

More on my blog.
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3  Cheap, quick fix to an overwhite apartment in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by melosond on: January 14, 2007 05:45:14 PM
I can paint, but the complex may have me paint it back when I leave, and I'm kind of, you know, lazy. But my apartment is oh-so-white (my cream colored couch didn't help).

So! I saw some kicky red stripey wrapping paper at Tarjet and taped it up. Classy? You betcha!

I didn't realize is that it'd make my apartment darker (the white paint used to reflect the light), but maybe it'll finally make me motivated to hang up some more lights.

I don't have a before picture, but just imagine the same thing without the red stripey bit.
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4  Rebecca Wrap with sleeves -- now understandable! UPDATE: Fisherman's Rib Tute! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by melosond on: September 15, 2006 04:51:59 PM

Time was people were having some issues with this pattern: http://www.rebecca-online.de/cont_en/anleitungen/heft_12_anl_17.pdf. Of course I can't find the original thread about it, but I was bored at work the other day and looked at it again and wrote it out to make it clearer.

It's all here on my blog: http://fibremonkey.blogspot.com/2006/09/back-in-days-when-i-first-started.html

(I originally had the decreases as SSK -- they're K2togs. I put that into the pattern).

UPDATE: How to do Fisherman's Rib!

I have a tutorial on my blog: http://fibremonkey.blogspot.com/2006/09/because-i-am-all-love-and-giving-in.html

But here's a taste (knitting into stitch underneath):

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5  Lace Leaf Pullover HELP! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by melosond on: June 30, 2006 04:42:37 AM

(photo ganked from interweaveknits.com)

I wrote down the pattern for traveling purposes and then lost the original and now I'm not sure about some of the stitches!

Does someone have the pattern that they can tell me what the left twist and right twist are? Because I looked it up and the description in Vogue Knitting seems different from the one in the book (left twist in Vogue Knitting: "With RH needle behind LH needle, skip the first st and k 2nd st tbl, insert RH needle into backs of both sts, k2tog tbl" -- but I thought in the pattern you DON'T ktog?).

I'm extra-super excited about this pattern and the yarn (Classic elite princess -- way yummier than expected) and it's driving me mildly crazy that I have to stop until I get this right!

Thanks for your help, y'all!
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6  Re: Lazy woman's plant pot cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by melosond on: June 27, 2006 10:28:49 PM
I knit one of these: http://knitting.about.com/library/blbabyaf4.htm with a whole skein of thick & quick (size 11 needles) for a kitten that I was fostering (my estimation was a bit off -- I was a little short on yarn and ended up with a corner missing). After he got adopted I laced up the blankie into a tube and slipped it over the pot (it was a little snug, which was perfect).

I folded the top down a little above the rim so the top of the cozy pulls in a bit and hides the rim of the pot AND some of the soil, and folded it underneath. Easy! Especially since it was already knit.

And a gratuitous shot of the wee beastie that I knit the blanket for, stalking the Wild Gray Yarns:

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7  Lazy woman's plant pot cover in Knitting: Completed Projects by melosond on: June 26, 2006 05:35:16 PM
I was getting tired of looking at the ugly, ugly pot that holds my highly delightful Japanese maple, and nice ceramic pots are all expensive. And so, with some lion brand wool ease, sha zam!

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8  Finished Daisy and a gratifying gifting! in Knitting: Completed Projects by melosond on: May 29, 2006 05:37:17 PM
I made Knitty's Daisy for a friend of mine who's known me since I was, oh, still in my mother's belly (this would be a solid 23 years ago). It's her first baby, so I wanted to do something Good. I didn't know the gender -- turns out it's going to be a girl -- so I made it as gender-neutral as I could.

It's made with Rowan soft baby. Lovely yarn; SUCH a bad idea for a baby garment. First off, who thought white was a good idea for babies? Clearly someone who doesn't have children. Also, it's not machine washable. I was about halfway through the body before I realized that. Oops.

Speaking of oops, when I increased for the hood it left a bunch of eyelets (why, why do my m1s always leave eyelets?) so I threw a ribbon in and sewed it down on either side.

I added the booties because I had a bunch of yarn left, and used the same ribbon (this one had intentional eyelets). I got the pattern here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/beths-booties.html

The baby shower resulted in a mountain of presents. We gathered with them all outside -- about thirty women and a dash of men -- to open them up. When she (finally) got to mine everyone ooh'd and aah'd. A murmur when around about "Did she make it?" I said yes, yes I did, and about twenty pairs of eyes shot to me and there was an uproar -- you made that? Oh my goodness, that's so amazing! Etc!

Her mother -- who was as close to a grandmother without actually being related as you can get -- immediately demanded that I come over and look at her stash of yarn and knitting -- she'd just started knitting too!

It was my first sweater involving seaming (which is simultaneously a pain in the rear and really gratifying).

I hear a lot of stories about people who don't appreciate hand-made garments. This definitely wasn't one of them. There was squealing. It was great.
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9  Reposted! Completed Sexie with seeecret bra! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by melosond on: March 12, 2006 07:50:17 PM
Right! Well! I posted and then there was nothing there! Why??

Anyway. I really liked the SNBN Sexie, but I don't look so great in halter tops. While I was in line for breast largesse I seemed to missed the line for "perk." So I attached a bra to my finished sexie! And it's hidden -- ooh, aah. The bottom curls up a bunch so I likely won't wear it much (would blocking help?).

It's made with Red Heart soft yarn and some junk black yarn I had lying around.

Sexie plus bra:

On me (Now With Added Perk!):

Now with pajama pants!:
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10  Y'all, I have made a sweater! A real sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by melosond on: January 26, 2006 12:49:22 PM

I finally finished my first sweater! It took me about three months of working like crazy on it.

I used Debbie Bliss alpaca silk DK which makes it so very soft and shed everywhere!. I used fisherman's rib, which I think takes forever and takes a bunch of yarn. Either that, or I am the slowest knitter ever, which is entirely possible.

The pattern was from glampyre's bottom-up raglan, and I added ribs (made it much harder -- decreasing fisherman's ribs? Difficult!) and guessed at, well, a lot of it. But it's so pretty!

Unblocked and I don't have a picture of me wearing it (camera batteries died), but still! So exciting! And warm!
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