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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hey Ho, Let's Go! Ramones intarsia bag - POST-FELTING UPDATE! on: June 20, 2010 07:57:36 AM
A friend asked me to knit something Ramones-related.  I charted out the Ramones logo and realized that whatever I made would have to be huge!  So I decided to knit up a bag.

The Ramones logo chart took forever, and knitting it was tedious, but it turned out well:

For the back, I thought I would make it perfectly clear that it's a Ramones bag:

I sewed the pieces together and crocheted handles directly to the bag.  The bag as it is is ENORMOUS!  The plan is to felt it.  I will update with results.  

Thanks for looking!

Lori G. aka tangemeenie



Well, the felting didn't work out exactly as I had hoped.  The straps didn't work at all, so I just cut them off.  The intarsia looks OK, but the bag itself somehow managed to get mangled out of shape, and no amount of pulling and stretching and molesting in hot water would get it into a rectangle.  OK.  No big whoop.  

I sewed some handles for it out of a great fabric, and I had planned to do a lining as well when my sewing machine decided to crap out.  So no lining. I did add a magnetic clasp.
Here is the bag!

It's not exactly as I had pictured it, but it will do.  I hope my friend likes it!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The NOT $200 Acorn and Pompom Hat on: June 09, 2010 08:29:51 AM
I call it the "Acorn and Pompom" hat because I think it kind of looks like an acorn, and, well, check out those pompoms.

I created this hat for a friend who sent me a page from a magazine of a woman wearing a similar hat that was selling for $200.  $200?!  The challenge was on.

I used a bulky acrylic yarn that was very wool-like in its texture rather than wool (due to an allergy issue).  I knit the flap first in garter, about 4 inches, then changed to stockinette for the top of the hat and made 8 cables around, narrowing to the center, about 7 inches.  Then I folded up the flap.  I knit the two earflaps with cords separately and sewed them onto the folded-up flap (if you pull down the flap, it would cover up the earflaps, but if you did that, you would look quite silly!).  Then I made the pompoms and sewed them on.  

I love this hat.  I was so sad to have to give it away!

Thanks for Looking!
Lori G. Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bloody Halloween Bat Scarf on: June 09, 2010 08:17:29 AM
Is it too early for a Halloween scarf?  Never! 

I used sport-weight orange and black yarn and the double-knitting technique to create this scarf.  It's 6 feet long, about 8 inches wide, and features a bat on each end and two color changes where the colors "bleed" into each other.  Colors are reversed on either side. 

Sadly, I gave this scarf away!  I guess I will have to make another one for myself (once the memory of what a PITA it was fades).

Thanks for Looking!

Lori G.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pompoms -- what am I doing wrong?? on: February 19, 2010 11:30:47 AM
I have been trying for years to make pompoms that don't fall apart.  I have tried the cardboard rectangle method -- wrap yarn around a rectangle, pull off rectangle, tie yarn around yarn and snip ends.  I have tried the two donuts method -- wrap yarn around two donut-shaped pieces of cardboard (or plastic, since I have plastic pompom makers), thread yarn through yarn on donuts, tie, snip yarn between two donuts and pull donuts off.  Either way I get the same result -- a pompom that has pieces that pull out easily or just falls apart altogether.  I have tried tying a tighter knot.  I have tried tying more than one knot.  What can I do to keep my pompoms from coming apart??

Thank you kindly in advance.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted dog toy on: November 01, 2005 03:44:05 PM
I am planning on making some knitted toy blocks for a friend of mine who has a baby.  I did a practice run and came up with this:

It's messy, but I think I know what to do now.  And...

...my dog is loving it.  It's his new favorite toy, and it doesn't even have a squeaker in it!   Grin
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first knitted hat on: November 01, 2005 03:39:03 PM
I made this with 2 balls of Bernat Boa:

fluffy hat 1 by Lori G., on Flickr

My first hat!  It's very stretchy and fluffy and soft.   Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / spooky tree pumpkin on: November 01, 2005 03:28:13 PM
My favorite thing about Halloween is carving pumpkins.  Here is this year's design:

I got many compliments from trick-or-treaters and their parents!   Smiley
Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Jesse's flames! (sans flames) First sweater done! on: October 04, 2005 01:00:20 PM
This was my first attempt at an actual article of clothing requiring pieces to be sewn together.  I used Caron Perfect Match in Taupe for the main color, and Caron Simply Soft in DK Country Blue for the stripe.  No flames, but everything else is done according to the pattern.  It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped and dreamed, but I am a perfectionist and I had hoped for and dreamed of machine-like quality.  As it is, it looks homemade.  But it should look homemade, right?  Here it is: 

I bound off the neck too tightly the first time, so I had to take it apart and bind it off again, and now it seems like the neck is too big... some of the joints where the arms meet the body seem loose... the bottom curls up and there are sloppy stitches all over the place...

...but DH loves it, so I am happy.   Smiley
Mostly I am happy because I can finally move on to something else!!!

Lori G.

P.S., I love mattress stitching!  It is a bit of magic.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first topic -- Mari's baby blanket on: August 24, 2005 12:12:05 PM
I've been knitting for about 2 years now, though my knitting projects have mostly been small rectangles.  I decided that I would do one big rectangle and move on to something more complicated.  

I had already been working on this baby blanket for about 3 months when I found out I was pregnant.  I was excited that I happened to be knitting something I could use for the baby!  I had about 50 rows to go when the worst happened.  I found out at 18 weeks that my daughter had anencephaly, a neural tube defect that is, as the doctor said, "incompatible with life".  My daughter Mari was born and died on July 7, 2005.  

I decided that I needed to finish the blanket before her memorial service.  It is, after all, Mari's blanket.  I finished it on a Thursday, two days before the memorial service.  It is a treasure to me now.  

Lori G.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Jesse's Flames -- need help!!!! on: August 22, 2005 08:16:25 AM
Re. Jesse's flames in SNB Nation:  This is my first attempt at any kind of sweater, and I'm not sure I understand the instructions for this one... can someone please clarify this for me?

I've finished the front up to the end of pg. 79 instructions.  Now, pg. 80:

"Joining a new ball of MC to left front, work both sides of neck at once and cont to dec one st at each shoulder edge EOR and, at the same time, BO 1 st from each neck edge EOR until there is 1 st on each side."

OK, what???

How does one "work both sides of neck at once"?  And I'm confused about how to dec here too.  I'm just not getting this...  Huh

Please help me, master knitters!!

Lori G.
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