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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ravelry Bonita Hat 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!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / interesting/hilarious vintage knitting patterns... 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?
3  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / need RAK advice on: April 19, 2011 08:22:05 AM
hey all, i have an idea... it hasn't gotten the greatest reception over on ravelry, but i thought i'd ask you lovelies.

in short, i'd like to leave little simple shawl kits (yarn, needles, instructions) around town with big "take me, i'm free" tags on them. i'd include basic knitting skills and resources like the local yarn stores. i live in a quasi-smallish town (a college town, but we have a really intimate campus/downtown setting), and given the demographic i thought maybe the kits had a pretty good chance of success...

a few people objected that there are more efficient ways to reach the less fortunate, basically saying i should just knit and donate to a shelter instead, that most people wouldn't bother to pick up a kit. my answer to that was that i'm not necessarily trying to to a charity cause - there are plenty of economically viable people with problems of their own, maybe they're dealing with depression, death or illness in the family, or just need a pick-me-up - and i thought leaving these kkits could be a doorway for someone into a lifelong activity with so many benefits.

and of course, it'd have to be clear plastic bags.

what do you all think? am i out of my mind? or should i give it a shot?
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / mini-multi-tiered... tray?... 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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / XOX mitts 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
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first sweater!!! 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!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / craft your resolution 2011 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?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / beaded lace shawl 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!!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / fuzzy square pom-pom hat! on: December 23, 2010 11:35:52 AM
i had some leftover fuzzy yarn that i was never going to use for myself, so i made a hat for my friend's daughter for christmas, worked longways then folded in half and sewn together.

i like how the yarn made a semi-plaid pattern

and because she's so cute, here she is:

thanks for looking!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / wooden sunburst clock and DOCTOR WHO! on: December 15, 2010 10:40:07 PM
i just finished up (with my hubby) two more christmas presents tonight, and he knocked out another one while i was working, so, only one (and two halves, of different projects) left.

anywho, i found this awesome wooden tray at a thrift store for three bucks, but i thought it would make a pretty neato clock for my sister-in-law's newly redecorated bathroom. the hubby put in the clock guts and stuff, i just helped on this one.

^ i promise the numbers are straight, he's just holding it at an odd angle

and here's the one i worked on, with all the doctors! well, except #12. i put in my brother-in-law for #12

stupid phone camera. i got some really cool pictures of the doctors, and i put the tardis in the middle!

we're running both the clocks tonight to make sure they keep time ok.
i hope they enjoy their presents!
thanks for looking
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