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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: December 04, 2007 05:25:59 AM
greenapple, I love the scarf. I've been getting really into illusion patterns lately and I really like the one you chose.
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Well, now that it's December! on: December 02, 2007 06:48:05 PM
It's been a while, hasn't it?

How have you all been doing with your holiday gifts? Despite everything, I've fallen behind again; school, college applications, work - it all conspired against me! I have a lot of catching up to do!

How about you?
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cobblestone Pullover anyone? IK Fall '07 on: October 08, 2007 05:25:55 PM
I'm in! My boyfriend idly mentioned how much he liked this pattern - seven times. Hopefully I'll have it done by our fourth anniversary at the end of January. I've bought seven skeins of gorgeous coffee colored Silky Wool off ebay. It's not as flecked and tweedy, but it has a subtly rich effect knitted up and it's one of C.'s favorite colors.
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: September 28, 2007 06:04:33 PM
Two more down!

Both the hat and the fingerless mitts were made using Cascade 220 in my stash. I'm hoping to ONLY use my stash for most of these gifts, since I've not been able to put a sizeable dent in it for a year now.

The hat is based on the Kim's Hat pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (again). I wish the ribbing were more visible in this picture.

The mitts were made from Knitty's Fetching, possibly my favorite mitt pattern ever. Despite the cables these go so FAST. Definitely the best return for time invested that I've had in a while.

I also finished Ysolda Teague's Cloud Bolero for my sister, but I have to weave in the ends and find a button for it.

So far, this is the first volley of gifts I've got to finish:

1. My sister: Cloud bolero [DONE]
2. My mother: Fetching or Dashing mitts
3. My boyfriend: Cobblestone Pullover
4. My boyfriend's mom: Fetching mitts
5. My boyfriend's stepdad: hat
6. My boyfriend's dad: Dashing mitts
7. My boyfriend's stepmom: Fetching mitts
8. My friend J. : hat [DONE]
9. My friend P. : hat [DONE]
10. My friend S. : hat [DONE]
11. My friend L. : Fetching mitts [DONE]
12. My friend C. : hat [DONE]
13. My college counselor: Fetching mitts
14. My mentor: scarf
15. My boyfriend's sister: Fetching mitts

So. Yeah, I have a while to go, but things are moving faster than I thought! Hopefully I can keep up the pace.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: September 27, 2007 09:20:59 PM
Hm, I don't think he'd mind. And if all else fails, I could make it for our anniversary a month later. Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: September 24, 2007 08:08:43 PM
Wow, I'm so thrilled to see everyone's progress. As the weather cools in Northern California I feel more motivated to really get cracking on my knitting projects.

Here's a hat I finished for my friend Mr. J.

For the most part I'm only knitting smaller projects (hats, mitts, scarves) but when the new Interweave came out I became smitten with the Cobblestone Pullover - as did my boyfriend. What do you think, is it too ambitious for a project with a December 25th deadline?
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: August 17, 2007 10:36:34 PM
amyb444, have you seen the combined cap and scarf pattern in the newest issue of Interweave? I don't know if it's to your niece's taste, but it looks like it might fit the bill and is an awesome pattern besides.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / color combo dilemma on: August 13, 2007 04:38:57 PM
Here's another hat:

Okay, I have a confession. While I love this hat pattern, I'm getting kind of sick of hats. I think it may be time to take a break for a bit.

That being said, I've already started my friend J.'s hat, so I might as well finish it before I start something else. But I'm torn between two possible color combinations.

Here's the color of the brim:

Should I do combo one

or combo two?

9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: August 02, 2007 03:20:03 AM
Oh, what a pretty washcloth!
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Christmas in July on: July 30, 2007 07:10:49 PM
Here's the hat I finished for my friend P.

The heathered orange yarn is Elann's Peruvian Wool, the blue is Cascade 220 and the multicolor is a scrap of merino, I think from the same company that makes Lamb's Pride. Here's a close up of the multicolor:

Again, I was ecstatic not only at how quickly it went but that I got to finish up the scraps of Elann and multicolor, which have been lingering in my stash for more than a year. They don't take up that much room, but not knowing what to do with them frustrated me a little.

prettyfloralbonnet - Have you had any experience with Knitpicks' yarn? They have one blend called Panache that's incredibly soft, a blend of alpaca, silk, merino and cashmere (I think) and fairly affordable, at a little under 100 yards for $4.99. The colors are limited but rich, and from firsthand experience working with it I can't recommend it enough, and I think they offer free shipping on orders $40 and over so if you need yarn for the DNA scarf and such, you could try ordering it all in one go.

Emily - Thank you so much! I really hope she likes it. She goes to Tisch so hopefully it'll get a lot of use in the winter.

TAOJ - Ooh, socks. I still haven't tried knitting socks yet. I wear them so hard I'm afraid I'd destroy them. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Luna Tuna - I adore Malabrigo. What colorway do you have?

dancingbarefoot - Have you seen the surprise pattern up on Knitty for a mesh hemp shopping bag? I really liked it.

crochetninja - I made Christmas stockings last year (sewn, not knit though) and I rather liked how they came out, but I waited until three days before Christmas Eve and felt like I was racing against the clock. Sounds like a good place to start!

Robsica - Yay, scarves! I can't wait to see them!

juliesnider - I'm glad you're joining in! I'm so excited to see how many people are participating!

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