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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Knit Socks on: May 20, 2008 09:00:01 PM
I'mmm baack. I've been neglecting craftster lately in favor of ravelry but the prodigal daughter returns.
Anyways, I've gotten into knitting socks lately and wanted to show off two finished pairs.

This pair is made with two skeins of Koigu (color 123) and knitty.com's Universal toe-up pattern. I used US 1.5 double-pointed needles. They fit my feet pretty well, but the foot is a wee bit long and the bind off is a bit tight. It was very tight when I first finished it, but I ripped it back and did a sewn bind off. I really like the way the colors pooled/striped on the foot. It would have been nice if the colors pooled to match, but I don't care enough to stress over it or rip it back.

The second pair is in Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock Merino in Life's a Beach and knitty.com's RPM pattern. I did one extra pattern repeat in the leg and made the foot stockinette. The first time I knitted the (first) foot I didn't do any decreases and kept it in pattern. The fit was horrible! So I ripped it back and added decreases. I didn't want to mess around with keeping the decreases in pattern, so I didn't. This pair fits me much better! The pattern was fun to do and turned out great! They are cuff down, which I think I prefer.

I have the same name on ravelry, in case you're interested. I'll try to get some of the other projects over here eventually.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Pithy Hats (Four pics) on: August 09, 2007 07:44:17 PM
So, I made this hat for my friend's birthday and loved it so much that I had to make one for myself. The pattern is "Mary Jane's Pithy Hat" by Little Turtle Knits. http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm
Thanks and props to Quad Mom for inspiring me with your hat in Mustard!

Side view. I used Ty-Dy by Knit One, Crochet Two. 'Tis 100% cotton and very nice to work with. I used most of a 197 yard skein.

Close-up to show stitch pattern and the lovely color changes.

Front view. I'm making a weird face, but you get to see the shirt I sewed as well.

Here's a back view of my hat. The shape is pretty much the same as the other. This version is in Lily by Noro, which is 70% cotton, 30% silk. I used about 1.5 skeins at 118 yards a skein.

Woo and yay! This is my first FO post on the knitting side!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bamboo Scarf! on: January 15, 2007 07:06:17 PM
Hello hello!
I recently finished this scarf, and am in love with it. I haven't gotten to wear it much, due to some unseasonably warm weather. But, that will all chance soon!

Anyway, I used two skeins of South West Trading Company's Bamboo. (Creative name for a yarn, eh?) It's made of 100% bamboo and is about DK, I'd say. I think the color is called parrot.
I used a pattern in the back of a Caron Simply Soft label that was called "Crocheted Scarf with Fringe," if I remember correctly.

I love the shells in the stitch pattern, especially in this colorway. It makes me think of mermaids!

The photos show the color pretty well, but not the sheen. The yarn was mostly wonderful to work with, although the second ball had way too many knots where pieces had been tied together.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lovely Pasta Sauces on: October 17, 2006 08:10:01 PM
Here are a couple of pasta sauces I came up with this week. Thought you guys might enjoy them.
I usually don't really measure, but I've approximated them here.
I just used what I had around and like. Feel free to play around with it.

Creamy Ginger Sauce.
-1 cup milk
-1 cube vegetable bullion
-olive oil
-2 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-powdered ginger, to taste
-wasabi powder, to taste
-2 tablespoons soy sauce
-1-2 tablespoons flour

Mince garlic and saute in oil. Reduce heat and add milk. One at a time, add other ingredients whisking to combine. Thicken with flour.

Pasta with creamy Krab and Tomato Sauce
-noodles, enough for 1 person
-grape tomatoes, washed and quartered
-1 cup milk
-1-2 tablespoons margarine
-1/2 cup diced krab
-1 cup of your favorite cheese (I used Brie and goat)
-1/2 cup red whine vinaigrette salad dressing

Boil the noodles and drain the water.
Over low heat, melt margarine and cheeses, one at a time.
Add milk and dressing, stirring well.
Mix in krab and tomatoes.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower scarf and Crazy Math. Model on: October 01, 2006 03:20:51 PM
I've been crocheting up a storm lately, so here are a couple of projects.

I modified a couple of patterns for this guy. The leaves and vine were made connected and the flowers added after.



I was inspired by some models of hyperbolic geometry I found at
The Institute for Figuring (http://www.theiff.org/oexhibits/oe1e.html) and made my own.
I used single crochet and increased in every other stitch.
I'm thinking of making tons more and hanging them as a mobile or something.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Can I make items with Craftster's logo on them? on: September 17, 2006 08:56:20 AM
I would love to have a stencil of the knit pirate and other images/logos that are used at the craftster cafepress store. I'd put them on items that cafepress doesn't offer, for swaps or personal use. Is this allowed? Do I need to buy the stencil from cafepress or make it myself?

When the store was first suggested someone suggested selling stencils, but that's the only mention I could find.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / To frog or not to frog? on: August 23, 2006 09:10:46 PM
I've been working on some slippers for my best friend's birthday for some time now, and they're not turning out like I'd hoped. The pattern looks so cute, but mine don't.

This is what they are supposed to look like.

Mine look rather less elegant. The round part is more short and chunky and probable too fat. I'm pretty close to being finished, I think, but they just look bad. I'm using 2 strands sport weight cotton held together and an F hook, so it's really slow going as well.

So, is it worth it to slog through and finish the pair or should I frog it and make something more fabulous from the yarn?
(The actual b'day is long past, so that's not really a factor.)
I'll try to get a photo up tomorrow.
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Cupcake, w00t! on: April 02, 2006 10:54:18 PM
I finished cupcake, yay!
My gauge was all weird, so I had to make a size bigger than I would usually wear, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. I used Mississippi 3 by Katia. It's a cotton blend (60% cotton, 40% acrylic). It is a bit thinner than the recommended yarn, so I would probably use something different if I did it again.

I was rather amused by the pattern-maker's claim that it only took a few hours. Whipped one up in a night my ass! Try more like about a week at a couple of hours a night. I didn't even frog that much. (I'm not bitter at all.  Wink)

It wasn't blocked when I took this picture.
I'll wear it with a tank or something and probably a belt that I haven't made yet.

I can't wait for it to dry so I can wear it!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simply Shawl, Yay! on: April 02, 2006 10:43:29 PM
I finally have a digital camera, so I finally can post finished projects, yay!

Anyway, here is my shawl. I used Caron's Simply Shawl Pattern and Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Spice. I think I used a K hook, but I'm not sure.
The pattern was really simple and lovely. I just did fewer rows because I didn't want it to get in my way when I'm trying to type. I really love the results and wear it all the time. (In fact, I'm wearing it right now!) I think I worked on it a few hours a day for about 2 weeks.

Some pictures!
This gives you an idea of how long it is. It comes about half way down my back.

A close up of the edge.

A close up of the body. It looks much more complicated than it was. (At least I thought it would be more complicated.)
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Granary flour on: March 17, 2006 08:36:16 AM
I have a recipe book from England and one of the bread recipes calls for Granary flour. I live in the US so I can't buy it, as far as I know. Does anyone know of any substitutes or whether I can just leave it out? Thanks bunches!

P.S. I found a place to buy it on-line, but shipping would be killer, as they charge the same for up to 5kg: 22 pounds!
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