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11  Atouria's first projects.. (photo intense) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Atouria on: January 17, 2005 06:10:42 PM
Here are the first things I've ever knitted.  I just taught myself in mid-December '04 and you guys have really inspired me.  I try to make each project a little harder than the last.  Although, nothing has really been hard thus far.. I try to up my skill with each project.

My first knit thing ever was the  Bernat Boa scarf in the color Ostrich to the left.  I didn't realize how hard I was making it on myself by using eyelash alone for my first project ever!  It was kinda nice though, it hid all the mistakes that I'm sure I made as I was learning.

The second knit thing was the scarf on the left.  I made it out of Wool-Ease Chunky in Charcoal for my husband.  I've since learned that stockinette curls, so I'll probably give this one to my dad.  My hubby hates the way that it curls and I can't blame him.  I'll do the middle stripes in 1x1 rib next time, and a seed stitch border instead of garter.

Here's a closeup:

The next scarf was made for my mom out of LB Homespun in Airdrondack (sp).  The colorway was perfect for her.  She loves the mauves, tans, and greens it has.  I did this one in moss stitch. She was at work, so this was a rushed shot.  I'll have to chase her down for a good closeup of the scarf.  The colors seem a little off on it.

This is a scarf, that is nearly finished, for my brother Ross.  It's  1x1 rib in his school colors.  The blue is LB Jiffy in Denim and the grey is Wool-Ease worsted in some grey.  I doubled up the grey to make it closer to the same gauge and I like that it stands out (kinda thicker).

Finally, here is my progress on my first ever sweater.  I'm doing the Hourglass sweater from Last minute knitted gifts.  This is a completed sleeve and the start of the torso.  I can't wait to finish up Ross' scarf so I can really get to work on this!

And just for fun.. a photo of the stash for the sweater.  I was So EXCITED when this came in the mail!!

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12  Re: Row counter bracelets - stylish AND functional! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Atouria on: January 17, 2005 05:54:50 PM
You inspired me!  This is my first time ever working with beads.  I double knotted everything, but will it hold??  Show I toss some kind of glue in there some where?  All I can think of is a hot glue gun.

  The dangle idea would have been confusing for me, since it's under your wrist, so I created my own way to tell which end to read it from.  I made the first bead in brown so that I know which end is the right side.  I also put a brown one for the 5th bead, since I commonly count to only 5 and I won't have to obsessively recount.  I'll try to re-explain if this isn't making sense.

Anyhow, here it is.. precut, awaiting your advice

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13  French memo boards in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Atouria on: December 19, 2004 04:52:40 PM
Here's  a few pics of the french memo boards I made for gifts this year.  They were a really fun and easy project to do.  Instant gratification!! Smiley

I made this black toile one as a gift, but I also made an identical one for myself.  I just love it!  I'm going to try to make or look for an antique finished black frame for it and hang it with a big black ribbon with a bow on top.

These were also gifts.  It was really hard to find decorative buttons around here.  The blue is kinda plain, but the pink ones have a texture like golf balls and are kinda see through. 

I got the instructions to make them here:  http://organizedchristmas.com/article83.html

Thanks to the original craftster who posted this project.  I had a lot of fun making these!
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14  Re: creative wrapping? in Winter Holidays by Atouria on: December 19, 2004 04:41:09 PM
Here's a pic of one of my boxes.. The bottom color is a little lighter than what the photo shows.  I think the bow's gold is pretty much the same color as in real life....hope ya like it!

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