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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: AU Trinity Stitch Baby Blanket on: August 12, 2008 05:13:21 AM
Maybe I can use this blanket to teach myself to crochet!   Cheesy
I meet with a knitting group that is mainly older ladies and myself, and they always have a trick or two I've never heard of.  I am going to take it by there and see what all help they can give me, because I really was excited about this project and still think it would be great if only a little more secure.

Thanks for the suggestions!
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Nautical Twins! on: August 11, 2008 04:37:52 PM
Thanks!  I like being able to see all the stitches, so I intentionally did them all on the outside.  I wanted to put buttons and things on them, but since both of these are going to babies under 2 years I thought maybe I shouldn't.  I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Inappropriate plushies a.k.a. dick army (warning! penises!) on: August 11, 2008 01:30:59 PM
i love mustachio the best!!   Cheesy
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nautical Twins! on: August 11, 2008 09:42:53 AM
What do you do when you wake up at 6 am?
I make stuff!  These two cuties are going to two little girls for Christmas.  I based the pattern on the Black Apple Dolls that I'm sure you're familiar with; I just winged the design, and sewed things together a little differently, but basically they follow the pattern. 

Link to the pattern:  http://www.marthastewart.com/article/black-apple-doll

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / AU Trinity Stitch Baby Blanket on: August 10, 2008 04:57:24 PM
I made this for a friend.  She's having a baby but decided to be surprised about the sex.  We may not know what the sex will be but we know this baby will be an Auburn Tigers fan, so I made the blanket in orange and blue!  I knit two squares each and then sewed a seam up the middle (hope that makes sense) with garter stitch borders and trinity stitch in the middle.  Altogether it's about 3 feet each way.  I used Wool Ease Thick & Quick, which makes huge, squashy bobbles in trinity stitch, and is very warm and squishy, which I hope will be comfy and fun for baby to play with. 

The middle seam was hard to do; in the photo you can see that the weight of the blanket is pulling it apart, and after I post I'm going to do another run-through to strengthen it.  Overall I like this blanket, and I hope the weight doesn't turn out to be a problem for them!!

Correction - I *was* going to give this to her, but I don't think I can.  I can't get the blanket to be a nice shape; it's pulled in the middle by the seam, but if I try to make it looser the seam pulls apart.  I think I either shouldn't have made the square so big or should have used a lighter yarn, cuz this thing really is heavy.   Undecided
Luckily we're Auburn fans too so we can hold onto the wonky blanket.
26  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Princess Snowball Cat Bed...Kind of on: August 10, 2008 01:07:50 PM
Perfect Christmas gift for a friend with two kitties?  The cat bed from SnB!
Except I hate working with the fun fur yarn that's in the pattern, and I had some old acrylic bright red yarn, and this friend loves red...so the Ring of Fire cat bed was born!

Please excuse the crap photos; it's dark and rainy here, so no natural light, and I was too lazy to adjust the lights on my table to better suit the intense red!   Shocked

I used two strands of red held tog to knit the bottom; they are slightly different shades, so it looks kind of heathery up close.  For the side piece I found this great chenille/bobbly stuff for $0.97 a skein at JoAnn's!  I also stitched the side down all around to make it a bit sturdier instead of just every 3" like the pattern said.  This pattern was very quick, easy, and fun; I hope she likes it!!

And a close-up of the fancier yarn:

27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Little Red Riding Hood Twirling Dress on: August 10, 2008 05:37:23 AM
Adorable!  I love the fabric choices, and the hemline and hood are just so cute.  You did an amazing job!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first knitted items on: August 08, 2008 06:03:30 PM
Great job & keep it up!!  I still do scarves, especially to try out new techniques; they are addicting in a way, because you can really get the hang of a stitch or pattern when you have to repeat it 100 times  Cheesy
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Easy Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves - pattern included! on: August 04, 2008 10:25:54 AM

I used some leftover yarn from my Danica scarf  and made these for a friend.  I'm going to knit up a red hat to match & give the set to her for Christmas.  I finished these in just a few hours each; I'll definitely be making more pairs!!

PS - taking photos of your own hand is hard!!   Cheesy
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet Another Danica (but the first for me!) on: August 03, 2008 10:27:38 AM
Yep - another one!!  It's no wonder everyone loves this pattern; it's strangely addicting, even though you have to weave in approximately 80 thousand ends!!  This will be my husband's Christmas gift; I started this for a friend a year ago, then kind of fell out with them and put the project aside.  Amos saw it and asked that I finish it for him, so even though the colors are a little too emo for me (but fit the friend pretty well) I finished 'er off.

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