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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday 2013 on: June 27, 2012 05:19:24 AM
I haven't done a WIP Wednesday in soo long.  What have you guys been knitting?

I'm still working on my never-ending cable sweater.

My goal this week is to try to get another couple inches done.  If I just do a little a week...it *should* get done by winter, right?  Smiley

What are you guys working on this week?

Also, I really want to get a knitting challenge up and running next week.  Can you guys come over here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410291.0
and give me some suggestions for themes that you'd like to do. Smiley
12   / KNITTING / Meet Our Featured Member, mandyandbingley on: June 24, 2012 06:32:45 PM
This quarter's featured member, we're pleased to announce, is mandyandbingley!

How and when did you start knitting?

I started knitting in late February 2011 by watching youtube videos. I didn't have any knitting needles, but did have crochet hooks from a failed attempt at learning to crochet (it hurt my hands too much so I gave up), so I took two hooks and turned them around to use their handles as knitting needles until I got out to buy some real needles. Ever since then, I learn new stitches/techniques for almost every project I work on. I'm too impatient to do a lot of practice, I do best learning on a project. I look at scary looking patterns, and make myself dive right in.

What was your first knitting project?

My first project was a basic stockinette stitch scarf that I hoped I was making wide enough, lol.

Do you dabble in any other crafts? If so, which?

When I was a teenager I did a lot of counted cross stitch. I did lots of little projects, and only one large, 11x14-ish scene that I have hanging in my bedroom.
Other than that, I tried my hand at making jewelry for a while. My biggest hobby/craft has been photography (if that counts as a craft?), I have been doing that for about 8 years or so. (www.flickr.com/gira)

What's your favorite FO?

I think because of the work I put into it, it's my cabled sweater. But, a close second is my Sprinkes hat ... I wish I could always wear this hat, lol

What's your favorite yarn? 

My favorite yarn is almost anything by Malabrigo. It's just so nice to work with, and the colors are beautiful.

What's your favorite knitted FO made by someone else?

It would be, the NES Mario Bros blanket, because first, it's retro Mario, and it was an awesome amount of work put into it.

Who are your favorite designers?

For toys,  Anna Hrachovec  of Mochimochi Land
And for clothes items and accessories, it's a toss up between Ysolda Teague and Tori Gurbisz

What's your favorite non-knitted FO?

About a year ago or so I built myself night stands out of an old door from my brother's century house.. I had never built anything before but got it into my head to do it, and did, building drawers on the fly and everything (I was very proud of myself, lol). I redecorated my room around them, and also used an old door as my headboard. I'm glad my brother didn't want any of his old doors, lol.

What's your favorite Non-knitted FO made by someone else?

This crocheted Ewok... it's just too cute!

Did you make any crafty new years resolutions?

I don't do a lot of planning with my crafts. I tend to just suddenly want to make something then get to work on it as soon as I can... before I lose interest (too ADD, lol). My main goal right now is to finish the cabled blanket I'm working on in time for winter (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mandyandbingley/c224-cascade-eco--quilt-and-cable-blanket), but am not pushing myself to work on it like I did with my first sweater. I burned myself out a little on that. I also want to tackle a pretty lace project, like a shawl in fingering weight yarn (which used to scare me), and make another sweater. But mostly, just to keep learning new things and to keep improving   So far at least I'm making decent progress on the blanket, now just to find the perfect shawl or sweater pattern to make!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leaf Purse on: April 29, 2012 11:11:17 AM
I made this awhile ago and never got around to posting it.  I've been seeing a lot of knit leaf purses lately on pinterest like the one I made.

I couldn't find a nice leaf purse pattern at the time, so I used a cowl pattern and doubled it so I'd have 2 rows of leaves.  Then just folded it in half a sewed it around to make a purse.  Smiley

I've been meaning to make another one of these - maybe with some more shapping at the top so the opening isn't so big.  
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / AMC Stenciled Shirt on: April 12, 2012 12:47:35 PM
I made this awhile ago for my husband's birthday but never go around to posting it.

I love doing multiple color stencils..since it's more of a challenge...even though this one was quite easy.  Remember to do the lightest color first incase the stencils don't line up perfectly... I seem to forget that a lot Smiley

15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Yeti Sweater on: March 16, 2012 07:17:46 PM
I'm proud to say this is the very first thing I knit with my own handspun yarn (actually any handspun yarn...I'm a handspun hoarder  Embarrassed).

Anyways...I started with the super cheap KnitPicks wool.

After spinning and dying 5 of these, I realized that wasn't going to be enough yarn.  So, I went attempted to order 5 more...but they were backordered until May!?  I spun up some other undyed fiber I had and it turned out too dark. Sad  So, I went on raverly and searched for others with the KnitPicks wool.  Luckly, I found 3 nice ladies who ended up together selling me 6 more!  I'm so grateful that people are so nice!  Anyways, I ended up spinning and dying all 11 total.  One skien turned out super twisty and dyed darker so I didn't use it.

Oh and the dying process was a diaster also...ahh...So I thought I could get the most consistent results with kool-aid since I figured I would use the same number of packets each time.  This did work suprisingly well...I really ended up with pretty much the same color in 10 of the 11 skeins (only that weirdly spun one messed up!).  The issue was that of course I had to pick the "new" flavor of kool-aid and didn't buy enough at once.  The second and third time I had to buy kool-aid, I had to search several stores to find this color!  Grr..next time, I will pick a common flavor.   Grin

Here's the finished sweater.  It ended up being a nice easy knit.  I love the cable on the front!

Sorry for the super long post...I just had a lot to say about this..lol.  Even through all the troubles I had with this thing, I think it turned out great!  Smiley

Edit:  Here's the link to the pattern on ravelry incase anybody else wants to make this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yeti-pull
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday - March 2, 2012 on: March 02, 2012 05:52:57 AM
I didn't see a thread for this yet and I actually have something to contribute this week so I thought I'd start it.

I havn't spun in probably half a year and then all of a sudden got this urge and now it's all I want to do. Smiley  

Someone told me once that you'll just all of a sudden get "good" at spinning with practice.  It really did happen...one day I was spinning crappy..thick/thin...just didn't have it yet...and the next they are magically consistent!  Maybe practice really does make perfect!  Smiley

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - Feb 15 on: February 15, 2012 07:18:38 AM
What are you guys working on this week?

I'm still working on my watermelon socks-- I think they are turning out neat!  This is the first pair of socks I've actually made for myself. Smiley

And I started the Yeti Sweater this week.  I'm using my own handspun yarn!!  Another first for me.  I have so much handspun yarn but I've never actually knit anything with it until now.

So...what are you all up to this week?
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WIP Wednesday - Feb 8 on: February 08, 2012 08:39:34 AM
I started a pair of socks this week.  I've been wanting to do the Skew pattern for awhile now and finally decided I have time to do it.  Maybe I should have finished one of my sweaters before starting another project but...I needed something easy. Smiley

What are you guys working on this week?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thrummed Mittens on: January 31, 2012 06:28:17 PM
I've been wanting to knit a pair of these for years now!  I finally did it!  They are going to be really really warm!  Too bad winter seems to be over...with the 60 degree weather we are having this week!  (no complaints about that!!)  Maybe if I'm lucky I'll have to wait till next year to wear these.  Smiley

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Valentine's Day Hearts Tire Cover on: January 21, 2012 06:27:53 PM
Another tire cover!!  I saw this doily pattern and knew I had to make another tire cover for valentine's day!

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