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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Honeymoon Cami - slightly modified on: May 28, 2006 11:19:54 AM
Hi, I just finished the honeymoon cami from knitty (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATThoneymoon.html). I found this yarn at Maryland Sheep and Wool -- Autumn House Farm Sagamore, the color is called "beach plum" and it was pretty cheap too, so I snatched it up. The gauge was right-on for this pattern. My only modification was to make the straps a little wider (to cover bra straps). I'm really happy with it, although it is a pretty deep vee. Definitely need a cami underneath.

And here's the yarn. It was three unspun strands of silk, linen and rayon, with purple, pink and gold. I was worried that might make it hard to work with, but it wasn't really a problem, and it knits up into a neat, slightly shiny FO.

thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Coveting a Silk Sweater on: April 06, 2006 11:21:55 AM
I'm just doing the misery-loves-company thing...because I keep finding new things I want to knit! My brain goes sooo much faster than my needles. And then I end up un-enthused by my current project, which is dragging on forever. I've been working on Orangina for over a month. And I have at least two weeks left to go. But I'm already coveting tubey, and tivoli, and green gables, and then I saw this!

I just got an email from an online yarn store about the new Debbie Bliss 100% Silk yarn and the pattern book, and I LOVE this sweater. The yarn looks divine.  Of course, at 13.99 a skein, I definitely couldn't afford this -- it would be well over $100 for the yarn and book. But I can't help but drool.

There are some other nice patterns too. You can view them here: http://www.royalyarns.com/ptrn/DBS/DB-PureSilk/index.html
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / coffee table out of picture frames! on: January 15, 2006 02:28:54 PM
I'm so happy with my new coffee tables! When I was trying to figure out what I could use to build one, I searched on craftster and found a link to an external site with a tutorial on how to make a coffee table out of picture frames but the link was dead. I still thought it sounded like a good idea so I tried it sans guidance.

I used wooden picture frames and plant stands from Ikea. I put a step-by-step tute on my blog if anyone's interested: http://buonasara.blogspot.com/2006/01/adventures-in-interior-decorating.html

Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitted Street Art on: December 22, 2005 11:07:40 AM
Did y'all see this article? It was posted on my stitch-n-bitch listserv.

Knitta, Please! Hitting the streets with Montrose's craftiest taggers

The artists' website is http://www.myspace.com/knittaplease

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ene's Scarf on: December 13, 2005 07:34:50 AM


After a few weeks of knitting I finally finished my first lace shawl! The pattern is "Ene's Scarf" from Scarf Style using Knitpicks Shimmer. It was about a skein and a half, so a total of about $7.50 for the yarn! (I love cheap-o knitpicks.) I thought it was a pretty good pattern -- not too complicated but definitely a challenge.

The only thing I wish I'd done differently is used a smaller needle -- this is pretty airy and cobwebby. The other pictures I've found by googling Ene's Scarf look more...I don't know, substantial? Could be the yarn too.

Thanks for looking.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nose Protector on: September 23, 2005 07:05:31 AM


the short version is: family of east-coasters travels to Colorado. Certain brother suffers from abundance of gas. Emergency knitting ensues.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Henna-Inspired Painted Wall Shelves on: June 21, 2005 07:58:41 AM
I've started painting everything in my apartment -- most recently these wall shelves that I got to hold pictures. The unfinished shelves are from Home Depot, like $10 so I did two of them, with acrylic paint from Michaels. I printed off some henna patterns to inspire me.

They really brighten up a dull wall, which I'm too lazy to paint (since I'll have to paint over it when I move).

I didn't think yellow+red=McDonalds until they were finished. yuck. but with the different colored frames on them, I think it keeps them from looking too McNasty.

Thanks for looking!

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Ugly Buttonhole Bag - felted on: June 15, 2005 08:27:43 AM
I love the buttonhole bag pattern from Mason Dixon knitting and just made my first one. It was fun and I was really happy with it, until I felted it.

It turned out looking like a strange hairy muppet thing. I was ok with a little fuzziness but this is just out of control! I tried shaving it with a fabric shaver but mine just wasn't powerful enough for the 2-inch long mohair frizz.

Anyone know what went wrong? Did I felt too long (a full cycle in hot water)? Next time I think I'll try a pure wool like Cascade 220, because it doesn't seem to turn out so hairy.

Thanks for any help/advice. Here's pictures:

Before felting:

After felting:

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My uterus and knitting activism on: June 10, 2005 05:34:37 AM
My knitted uterus!

Yes, she's very well read!

I know these have been posted before but I wanted to remind you all about Wombs on Washington! Knitters are sending uteri from all over the country to be dropped on the steps of the Supreme Court on June 27th.

Any other pro-choice knitters out there? If you're so inclined, take an evening to whip one of these babies up and send her to D.C. It's an easy, fun knit and a great stashbuster!

The pattern is here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwomb.html

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Can I Decoupage My Toaster? on: June 07, 2005 06:23:02 AM
Is that safe? It's a boring white toaster and I'd like to beautify it, but I don't want to start a fire because I'm on the second floor with no fire escape Smiley

I saw a picture on here where someone painted a toaster but I'd rather decoupage.

Has anyone done this?

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