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1  Sweater virgin no more! in Knitting: Completed Projects by amtista on: February 22, 2005 03:50:06 PM
So I took the leap and made my first sweater. The pattern is from knitty.com and it's called Sitcom Chic. It's nothing spectacular but I think it's pretty respectable for a first try. And I even changed the patten a little bit- it had a row of eyelets across the chest and shoulders but I didn't like it so I just knit a couple of purl rows on the knit side to make a decorative "ridge".

Here it is lying flat

And here I am wearing it (I actually wore it out in public today!)

And I have a question for you guys-- what's the best way to block a garment that's made out of cotton yarn? I steam blocked this sweater and it really didn't seem to do much... I was hoping I would be able to even out the structure a bit more. Any suggestions?
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2  Beaded clock in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by amtista on: January 30, 2005 01:01:27 PM
Here's a clock I made using seed beads. The base is a piece of matboard and I glued the seed beads to that using regular ol' elmers glue. It took a really long time because I basically glued one bead at a time, but I think it was worth it 'cause I love the results. It used to be hung on the wall, but now it's on a shelf and I used a metal plate rack to prop it up.

And here's a close-up

Let me know what ya think...
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3  Mama purse & baby purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by amtista on: January 30, 2005 12:45:22 PM
Here are a couple of bags I've made using the same fabric. It's from the Temple Flowers collection by Amy Butler- I absolutely love her stuff! I've actually made three different bags using this fabric combination but I gave the third one away before I could get a picture of it.

Here's the bigger "mama" bag, it's a messenger style bag

And a shot of the inside lining fabric and the zipper pocket (made possible by one of the great tutorials on this site)

And here's the "baby" bag

Thanks for looking!
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4  Re: One hour hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by amtista on: January 29, 2005 07:34:07 PM
This is the second one hour hat I've made (I printed out the pattern a long time ago, before it was taken down). I splurged and got Rowan Ribbon Twist yarn and I love it! I only wish I could make more stuff out of it, but alas the budget won't allow for it.  Wink

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5  Re: Projects from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick in Knitting: Completed Projects by amtista on: January 29, 2005 07:04:35 PM
I recently finished the Garter Stitch Cuff Gloves from Weekend Knitting. Well, finished besided weaving in the ends- I always put off that finishing work at the end.
I'd have to say I'm not crazy about the way these came out... there are some holes at the base of the fingers but I'm pretty sure I can tighten those up when I weave in the ends. Mostly I'm not real happy with the pattern itself. I disagreed with the finger lengths and ended up ripping out a couple of the fingers on the first glove and re-doing them. I also think there's just too much "fabric" to the palm/back of the hand areas, maybe I just like my gloves to be a little more snug. And in the photo in the book the garter stitch cuff looks longer than what the pattern calls for, and I liked the look of the longer cuff better.
I feel like I'm being really negative about these gloves, but I guess they're not all bad. I would have to say that they look better on than when you just see a picture of them laying flat. Plus I'm pretty proud of myself for knitting them because I'd have to say this is my most difficult project I've done so far.
Here are some photos of the finished product...

Comments/Suggestions are welcome Smiley
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6  Re: my "roll your own needlecases" in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by amtista on: January 29, 2005 12:39:17 PM
I was tired of the mess that was my box o' knitting needles so I finally made a needle case. Thanks to everyone on this post for the inspiration.  I'm very happy with the way it came out and now it's so much easier to find a set of needles.  Wink

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7  Re: skull illusion chart in Knitting: Completed Projects by amtista on: January 29, 2005 10:44:55 AM
This post is what brought me to Craftster in the first place. (I did a search on Google for illusion knitting and this post was one of the results.) So I doubly thank ysolda for her pattern. I made ths scarf several months ago for my husband but am just now getting around to posting it. I love this illusion knitting thing! I just wish there were more patterns out there for it.

With the stripes--

Showing the skulls (I just did one skull on each end)--
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8  Re: stitch n' bitch felted marsupial tote in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by amtista on: January 02, 2005 06:37:08 AM
Here's my contribution to the marsupial tote thread.
Before felting:

After felting:

I absolutely love this bag! I use it all the time. Plus I made another "mini" version for a friend for Christmas and I bought some more yarn to make another one for myself. This project has definitely turned me on to felting projects. I love it!
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9  Fluffy Cuff Mittens w/ Matching Scarf & Hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by amtista on: December 28, 2004 07:55:11 PM
Hi all.  Here's a set of winter weather goodies I made.

All three- hat, scarf, & mittens

The Fluffy Cuff Mittens from SnB. I used Lamb's Pride Bulky for the body of the mitten and Lion Brand Landscapes for the cuff. I've been wearing them for a couple of weeks so that's why they look not-so-pristine.

And here's a close-up of the scarf- it's a checkerboard pattern. The scarf is all Landscapes.

And the hat is the two hour hat pattern from ChicKnit. It turned out a little bit bigger than I prefer, but it works. It took one ball of the Landscape yarn.

Thanks for looking!
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10  Lighthouse cross-stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by amtista on: December 27, 2004 07:16:58 AM
I did this cross-stitch for my grandma for Christmas- she collects lighthouses. It's nothing fancy and it just came in a kit, but I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out and my grandma loved it.

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