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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / late Christmas present - it's the thought that counts! on: February 13, 2008 04:58:45 PM
For Christmas, my mom asked me to make a scarf for my aunt.  She gave me fair warning - she asked in early November, and I had the scarf done by the end of December (after Christmas, but it's the thought that counts, right?).  Then, for over a month, it sat on the desk in the family room because she and I disagreed on how to finish the scarf.  I wanted to leave the ends plain, because I thought fringe wouldn't look right with the busy pattern.  She wanted me to do some sort of corkscrew fringe or crocheted edging.  Ultimately, since it was my hard work that went into the production of the scarf, I decided to send it off sans fringe.  What do you guys think?  Sorry I couldn't get any "action shots" - my camera wasn't cooperating.

The specs:
Pattern stitch: Baby Cable Rib from Knitting on the Edge
Yarn: Vanna's Choice in Dusty Purple, 2 1/2 balls (my aunt is tall, so the scarf had to be long) - the true color is a bit lighter than it appears in the first picture.

closeup of the stitch

Front and back of the scarf:
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first good knitting project! on: October 23, 2007 02:18:11 PM
I've been crocheting for several years, and took up knitting about a year ago.  After several practice swatches and a technically good (but ugly colored) scarf, I decided I wanted to knit something pretty.  During a family trip to Vermont, I got my mom to buy me some gorgeous, handspun, hand-dyed wool/silk (mohair/silk? lost the labels, can't remember) yarn from The Wool Shed in Worcester, with the promise I'd make her something nice.  That was in March.  It's now October, and I'm finally done!  I'm an extremely slow knitter, but I'm getting better Smiley  I used the Lace 1, 2, 3 Shadow Scarf pattern from knitpicks.com, and size 8 needles.

Pictures!  The yarn appears shiny/glittery from the flash and resizing the pictures; in real life, it has a slight sheen, but it's not shiny or sparkly.
Most of the scarf, laid out to display the gorgeous colors:

Closeup of the pattern:

Action shot:

http://www.woolshed.net/index.htm - Barbara and her husband are very sweet, have a great little shop, and were nice enough to show us around the farm and let us pet the animals!  For people in the area, she's not far from Montpelier, and makes appearances at both the Montpelier and Barre farmers markets.

http://www.knitpicks.com/ - Pattern is under the "Free" section.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby hat and blanket on: October 16, 2007 01:31:58 PM
One of my coworkers is pregnant and going on maternity leave this week.  We're throwing her a shower on Thursday, and I decided to make her a blanket.  I used white Caron SS and blue/green/white variegated Bernat baby yarn.  It's a simple "open" ripple pattern, and because the yarns are a slightly different weight, there's a neat texture to the blanket.  I decided to throw in a hat as well, which I did with a strand of each.  I made up the pattern as I went along, and threw a bobble on top, last minute.  I think it's cute Smiley  My mom suggested I make the blanket bigger, but I made a similar size blanket for another pregnant friend, and she said it was the perfect size for the car seat, so I figured I'd stick with a smaller size.  It's about 2 1/2 feet long, and a little less than 2 feet wide.

I'm putting the blanket and hat into a "bedtime" themed box, with Johnson's Bedtime Bath wash and lotion, washcloths, and the book "Goodnight Moon."  I know babies aren't supposed to sleep with hats and blankets, but I think (I hope!) she'll appreciate it.

Anyway, pictures!

Blanket and hat together:

Closeup of blanket:

My bear modeling the hat, sitting on the blanket, for size:
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Fat Bottom Bag on: September 06, 2007 12:05:42 PM
This is actually my third FBB - the first two were clutches, done in Sugar n Cream cotton with a G hook.  I'll post pictures if anyone wants to see them.

This one was done by request for my mom (as so many of my other crafty works are).  I crocheted it, she lined it.  It's adorable, she loves it, her friends love it, and I'm now being commissioned to make a felted one for winter.

The lining (pic taken before it was actually lined, but this is the fabric she used).  This color in this picture is more true to life.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 2 blankets! on: September 06, 2007 11:58:58 AM
These aren't really new projects; I finished them both a while ago, but never got around to posting them. 

"Rugby stripe" blanket that the boyfriend helped pick colors for.  I had the brown (Patons Classic) from an abandoned sweater project, and he picked out the red and cream (Lion Wool-ease) to complement it.  It's stretched out on my queen-size bed, for size comparison. 

Next up:
Hexagon-granny blanket, inspired by a similar blanket I saw on a magazine cover.  Theirs was cotton and had smaller motifs, mine is 6 shades of Patons Classic wool.  I was obsessed with placing the motifs so that similar color repeats weren't placed next to each other, and because of that, the blanket turned out long and narrow.  It's ok though, it drapes nicely across the end of my bed, and is a good car blanket - it's long enough to cover the whole backseat without falling all over the floor.

Next up is a baby blanket for a coworker and a shrug for my mom.  Stay tuned  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help on binding off/dropping stitches on: March 15, 2007 04:52:23 PM
I need help  Embarrassed  I'm a new knitter (but an old crocheter), and I'm working on the Waterfall Scarf from Scarves - A Knitters Dozen.  The bind-off is called the "Waterfall bind-off", which I've searched for and found nowhere else, and it's supposed to create dropped stitches that ladder down the length of the scarf.  The scarf itself is seed stitch, it doesn't have dropped stitches.

Here are the instructions for the bind-off, my comments in italics:
1. Bind off 4 sts, remove loop from right needle and pull skein of yarn through loop. I can do this.
2. Work next 2 sts.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 across piece.  Bind off remaining sts, fasten off. I can do this.
3. Remove needle, drop the paired stitches down to the cast-on edge, forming ladders. I cannot do this.  I can get the bind-off edge to sort of pull apart, but I can't get anything else to unravel.

I cannot understand how pulling the yarn through the loop does anything to create dropped stitches.  All I can see it doing is fastening off in the middle of the piece.  As far as I can tell, I'm following the pattern to a T, my knitting looks like the diagram, but I have no idea why this isn't working or what I'm doing wrong.  I'm thinking I should skip 2 sts, then continue binding off?  That's the only way I can figure out to create dropped stitches in the finished piece.  I checked the publishers website, and there are no corrections listed for this pattern.

I'm on the verge of tears over this - can anyone help?
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Question about attaching paper - glue? tape? on: January 04, 2007 12:18:34 PM
I have almost all of my pages done, but I can't figure out how to get them in the book!  Please help!

I'm working on my first scrapbook, and wanting to start off small, I bought a 6x6" book, filled with white cardstock pages.  I also bought a stack of 6x6 pattern paper, which I'm using as backgrounds for all of my pages.  I've been using mounting squares to do all the mats and photos and stuff, but my question is this - what's the best way to attach the background paper to the scrapbook page?  My first thought was to cover it with mounting squares, but there has to be an easier and more effective way to do it.  Double-stick tape?  Gluestick?  What works and what doesn't?

Thanks for any suggestions!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / New Years Crochet Resolutions on: January 02, 2007 03:29:59 PM
Saw this on the knitting board ,https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=142713.0, and I thought I'd bring it over here to crochet.

Mine are to stay at 2 WIPs at a time, one big and one small (currently an afghan and an iPod cozy).  Along with that, I resolve to set a finish date for all my projects.  Also, not to buy any more yarn until I make a scrap blanket with the stash I already have.

Anybody else have any crochet resolutions for 2007?
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Some FOs, recent and not-so-recent (pics galore) on: December 26, 2006 07:53:38 PM
I recently realized that I've been commenting on other people's stuff more than I've been showing off my own  Undecided  So here they are, some new and not-so-new finished objects  Grin

First up: My red (raspberry?) beret.  I tried to make a cool, slouchy beret-type thing, and I ended up with this.  Not exactly what I wanted, but it serves its purpose - its warm and it covers my ears.  For whatever reason, my hair looks crazy shiny in this picture.

Second: The black-and-white scarf.  My mom went to a high-end craft show, where she saw these scarves that were knitted and felted, with a wide center panel and ruffled edges.  She figured I could make her one, and I did.  Well, I tried.  It was my first time felting, I over-accounted for shrinkage, and ended up with a massively long and heavy scarf - almost to the point of being unwearable.  I used Patons Classic Wool, and it felted nicely, but it's a little itchy.

Third: The cranberry scarf.  This is a much nicer and softer version of the black-and-white scarf, using Peru DK Luxury from AC Moore; it's a merino/alpaca/silk blend.  This was part of my mom's Christmas present.  She loves it, and so do I.  The color in the pic is off, the scarf is more of a wine color.

Fourth: The curly scarf, and the oldest piece of the bunch.  I made this from some beautiful pink flecked wool/silk.  The pattern is really just the edge from the black&white/cranberry scarves.  I made it to be more of a look-pretty accessory than a keep-warm accessory, and it's very thin.  Now that I've made those other two scarves, it feels too thin, so I might put a body and another edge to it.  Opinions?  I had originally made it for my aunt for Christmas, but forgot to send it (oops!).  Again, the color is off, and the scarf is brighter in person.

Last: The baby blanket.  I absolutely love making stuff for babies!  At the time of crocheting, the parents-to-be didn't know the sex of the baby, so I made it a neutral off-white color.  I picked a simple, repetitive stitch pattern from one of my pattern books and took off.  The pic is a close-up of the stitch; the whole blankie is about 2 1/2 feet square.

So thats it for finished stuff.  In the works, I have a blanket for my boyfriend and me, which I promised to have done by our anniversary in March.  After that it's de-stashing by way of scrap granny square blankets.  And maybe a toy to go along with the blanket for the soon-to-be baby Smiley

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Question about felting with wool silk on: August 24, 2006 03:12:34 PM
I love the In Bloom clutch from Happy Hooker, and have one in cotton that I've been carrying all summer.  I'd like one for winter, and I'd like to make it with this pretty pink wool silk from my stash.  It's 60% wool/40% silk, and the yarn is somewhat thick-thin, so I'd like to make it slightly bigger than I want it, and felt the finished product.  Has anybody tried felting with this kind of yarn?  I don't want to attempt a test-felting, and not have enough to finish the bag.

Would I just be better off doubling the yarn?

Here's the yarn in question: http://www.kpixie.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=175
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