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1  Ravelry Bonita Hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadyLeitzen on: April 26, 2011 12:38:29 PM
hey all, this is my first foray into a crochet-knit combo hat, but since it's 90% crochet, i'm going to post it here instead of over there.

this is the bonita hat from ravelry, i used one skein of vanna's choice in autumn print, and i did a couple of pattern modifications.

i did one round smaller and shorter than the pattern indicated, and i followed other raveler's pattern corrections (there are a few minor errata). also, instead of doing the crochet band, i picked up 80 stitches around the edge (should do 84 next time) and did knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.

i'd love to show you a picture of it on, but it's exceedingly hard to take a picture of the back of your own head!

thanks for looking, c&c welcome!
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2  Re: April 2011 Birthday Swap - Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by LadyLeitzen on: April 26, 2011 12:27:35 PM
yay! i got my birthday package from puzzler! she sent not one, but three knitting needle holders, which is good because right now they're completely randomly out of control.

this one's for DPN's

and for straights

and for circulars!

thank you thank you!
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3  interesting/hilarious vintage knitting patterns... in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by LadyLeitzen on: April 26, 2011 12:24:56 PM
... found in a thrift store for a grand total of $1.50. the mens one is from the 50's, the columbia one ranks late 60's, and the sweater pamphlet on the bottom is 80's.

my favorite is the men's one on the left: "men's classics Choose-O-Matic makes it easy to customize your look!"

if i ever knit anything from these i'll be sure to post it. anyone ever found crazy vintage stuff?
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4  Re: Share your Mess...Then let's clean it up! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by LadyLeitzen on: April 26, 2011 12:20:22 PM
after nearly a year of living here, hubby and i have finally made some headway on our spare (read: 8x8') room. It's got his computer, gaming stuff, and tools on one side, and my crafty stuff on the other. the room has a weird "L" shaped doorway, so its really hard to get a good picture. These two corners still need some work:

(this one is mostly his corner)

it's not too bad, but i'm not sure what the desk chair is doing on this side of the room, and my sewing machine is supposed to go on that table behind it...

this is the corner i'm really proud of. it used to have wire storage cubes stacked to the ceiling, but it made the room feel more claustrophobic than it already is. sorry i don't have a before picture, i shipped the crates off to my nephew this past weekend.

but this is after! and i love it. the top shelf is yarn, spindles, my "yarn fund" kitty bank, and the "juice dispenser" is full of my small balls of leftover yarn. then everything else is pretty much organized. books and patterns are on the bottom shelf, and the wooden cabinet on the side of the picture? the whole top half is yarn, and the bottom is scrapbooking supplies. i do have quite the stash, and i <3 it. i saw an episode of hoarders the other day and nearly freaked out, but that didn't stop me when i found two HUGE balls of multicolored wool at the thrift store for $4.
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5  mini-multi-tiered... tray?... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by LadyLeitzen on: April 12, 2011 01:07:37 PM
don't know what to call it, don't know where to put it, but i made this today and it only cost $3.75! (p.s. i <3 thrifting)

here it is empty:

and with my knitting notions on it:

another view... you know, i don't see why i couldn't put jewelry on here...

and for scale, the smallest plate. the whole thing is only about 7" high!

comments appreciated! thank you for looking!
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6  XOX mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by LadyLeitzen on: March 08, 2011 12:53:27 PM
hey all, i adapted this pattern from "designer one-skein wonders."

the original pattern was clearly and well written, but it just didn't fit my hands right and i had some aesthetic things i wanted to change...

for me, the thumb was too big, so i narrowed the gusset and didn't add as many rows, and the wrist was too short and the finger portion too long, so i moved the gusset up as well.

the heart itself hit me at the wrist, and i didn't like the way it looked, so i changed the pattern (made it a bit wider at the widest part) and moved that up as well, so it was actually on my palm.

the last thing i didn't like was the cable pattern wasn't incorporated into the ribbing, so i finished the ribbing before starting the cable pattern.

ta! thank you for looking, and comments appreciated
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7  my first sweater!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LadyLeitzen on: January 28, 2011 10:25:48 AM
i made my first sweater!!!! it's the concentric stripes cardigan from ravelry, size 0-6 months (or... possibly a little larger? i don't have a babe, i dunno. it's for a friend)

i must have done the make-1 parts a bit wrong though, because i have a weird disruption in my purl rows....? anyway, i'm enthralled with it, and it's a fantastic pattern.

and the cutest tractor buttons!

see what i mean about the color disruption??

and the little ribbed sleeve cuffs.

anyway, if any of you knitters have any pointers for me, it'd be great before i try and start my next sweater! thanks for looking!
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8  craft your resolution 2011 in Craftalongs by LadyLeitzen on: January 05, 2011 12:05:24 PM

do you have a crafty resolution this year? will you be the next julie powell (a la julie and julia)? how about taking after the yarn harlot and her self-imposed sock club? or maybe you'd rather follow adrienne martini down the rabbit hole and tackle that one pattern that you've been coveting but are too intimidated to try?

the idea of the craft-your-resolution craftalong is to pick a goal, then divide and conquer. here are some ideas:

complete at least one ufo (UnFinished Object) a month before starting something new
knit/cook/bead/crochet/sew/craft your way through a book of your choice
learn a new technique each month
try a __________-a-month club (sock, afghan square, cupcake, etc.)
divide and conquer your christmas list for this coming december
pick up a new craft and document your progress

anything you'd like! use this forum to share your progress, find motivation, and to get helpful tips from your fellow crafters.

me? i have two resolutions this year. one is to knit my way through the Fearless Knitting Workbook, and the other?

well, i did all my christmas shopping already for this coming year. crazy? yes. sometimes it takes a little crazy to get life into gear. each month, i'll pull out one of these bags of fabric and make singlet style shopping bags courtesy of our very own craftster tutorial.

so, what'd'ya think? will you jump onboard?
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9  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LadyLeitzen on: January 05, 2011 11:14:08 AM
i adapted my bags to fat-quarter size. i made four! with fat quarters, i needed 2 for the outside and 2 for the lining (and an extra for a pocket, if you want one)

my favorite part is picking out coordinating linings

i'm so enamored with this tutorial that i made it part of my new year's resolution. i bought enough fabric to make 30 of these (one(+) for each member of my extended family), divided them into twelve ziplocs, and i'm tackling a bag a month so i'll have them all done by christmas time!

thank you so much for this!
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10  beaded lace shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by LadyLeitzen on: January 05, 2011 11:00:09 AM
hey guys. it's funny, i wasn't even intending to enter this challenge... i just logged on today to post a completed birthday/christmas shawl for my grandma and realized, hey, this fits right in!

so, here's my entry: it's a shawl, based on a basic stitch pattern from mypicot. the stitch is theirs, however, i determined the shape, edging (my original honeycomb mesh pattern), and added all of the beading myself. 5 tubes of size 8 glass seed beads!

here it is...

and a close-up of the stitching:

and the whole cone: out of all this, i have about a 1" ball of silk left. pre-washed silk is rough on the hands.

each of the five tubes of beads had to be pre-strung individually, then worked into the shawl. i overnighted it to florida yesterday, so if i get a cell picture sent to me, i'll post it here as well.

thanks for looking!!!
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