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11  some Easter cuteness in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: March 25, 2007 05:59:40 AM
Presenting a little Easter duckie that I knitted.  I found the pattern on-line.

Anyway.. it's knitted from some old off-white fuzzy acrylic yarn w/out a label.. and other scrap acrylic yarns.

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12  The cables that wouldn't end.. finally did.. :D in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: February 12, 2007 06:20:31 AM
I knitted this scarf for one of my bosses who is being promoted to another job.  It's 30% camel wool/70% merino wool.. The yarn is a little tweedy looking.  I found the stitch pattern in a sweater pattern and just added a 3 stitch garter border on both sides and a 3 stitch stockinette portion to help break up the different stitches.

Here it is blocking

and a close up of the stitch pattern:

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13  Yep, another baby hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: February 06, 2007 05:21:47 AM
Jumping on the 'APPLE hats for babies' bandwagon..

this is a hat I made for a co-worker (I'm a teacher) last year for her baby.  I didn't have a pattern- so, I just winged it- but, if you can make a hat you can make this anyway.  Forgive my 'ceramic model'.. I just didn't have any babies or stuffed animals to use.  Cheesy

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14  'Barbie' is ready for winter! in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: February 02, 2007 06:59:05 AM
I knitted a winter hat w/ a snazzy pompom for one of my friend's daughter's Barbie doll.. and since it was for BARBIE.. I figured that she would also need a purse to match. 

However, I didn't realize that I actually had my childhood Barbie stuffed in a box in the closet-- UNTIL AFTER I finished the purse and hat.. *It would have made 'knitting' it much easier.. since .. I totally 'winged' the knitted items.

AND.. I was happy to find that they did fit!  *The knit sweater on Barbie was a Christmas ornament sweater that I knit when I first learned how to knit many years ago- and discovered that it fit BARBIE and she's had it on since... at least she was dressed warmly while she was hidden away in a box in the back of the closet!

close up photo added- the hat was knitted about an inch above the 2 row k1,p1 ribbing and then I did a decrease every 4 stitches, k one row, then 1 dec every 3 st, then 1 dec every 2 rows until I had about 6 stitches.. then, I did an I-cord and decreased a stitch every row of the i-cord and it slowly tapers to a point.. (when I cast off the final 2 stitch i-cord) After I did the final 'cast off' of the 2 stitch i-cord.. I did a crochet chain for about 4 stitches... left a short string and used it to tie the pom pom on.. so, it swings real cute while on Barbie's head. 

I still have some of the clothes that my mom made for my Barbie-- and the ones that I made.. you know the ones.. a sock top w/ holes cut out for arms??  Hey, it was cute.. roll down the top and you had a collar!  Cheesy   I wasn't fortunate to know anyone to knit or crochet items for my Barbie- but, I've made many for children that I've known since I've known how to knit.  I really like to make soft fluffy sweaters out of the cheap fuzzy angora looking acrylic. 
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15  Finally, I made my first pair of mittens in Knitalongs by artteacher on: January 23, 2007 06:09:02 AM
I have knitted many things- clothing, lace, hats, etc..  but, I have never knitted any mittens or gloves..  The beautiful mittens and gloves have inspired me and..

so, I decided to make some this weekend.  I used a pattern to figure out the thumb part and I'm going to give these to a friend and make another pair w/adjustments for myself.  Longer cuff and a few other changes.. knit a few more stitches to make the palm area have just a little looser fit.

This yarn is chunky and 100% wool and - I think I might experiment w/ making a huge pair and see if I can felt them- I think the yarn will look pretty felted.

They are actually the same size... they just don't look it in the photo.  *sorry, had some trouble w/ the photo..

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16  newborn hat and baby mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: January 15, 2007 06:11:10 AM
A coworker is going to have her baby boy within 2 weeks.. so, I found some acrylic yarn that I had at home and knitted up a hat and some mitts this weekend. 

I made up the mitt pattern as I went along and added a crochet chain to each one so they can 'thread' it through the clothing sleeves. 

I also added a little school bus button to the front of the hat- since, his mom is a teacher.

I don't have anything at home to use as a model- so, one of my vases got the honor of 'model.'  Cheesy

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17  Red scarf for 'red scarf' project in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: January 13, 2007 05:28:54 AM
I just found out about this organization last week and decided to knit a scarf to donate to this wonderful agency.  I decided to knit it lengthwise and even though- I thought I had cast on enough stitches-it seemed a 'bit short' when I took it off the needles.  So, I decided to add some pom poms to give it visual length if nothing else.  The pattern is just knit and purl to form ridges on both sides.

The agency donates handknit or crocheted red scarves to children who aged out of the foster system without being adopted and are starting their college education.   They send a care package to them in Feb.

If you're interested - here's the website (donations must be received by January 31)  http://www.orphan.org/red_scarf_project.xhtml

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18  Last Minute Knitted Gifts- rainbow scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: January 12, 2007 11:14:02 PM
I found some yarn that had 'sort of the same properties' as the NORO Kureyon yarn suggested in the Rainbow Scarf pattern- but, much less expensive.

I bought the yarn on Wednesday and went back to show the 'yarn vendor' today (Sat.) the scarf that I had made out of the yarn.  I noticed several others, in the yarn market, eyeing my scarf or stopping me to feel of my scarf to see how I did the knit pattern.  I was very happy with the results of my 'much cheaper' yarn substitution and bought some more yarn to make scarves for Christmas presents next year.

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19  Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? in Knitalongs by artteacher on: January 06, 2007 05:00:10 PM
My never ending "LADY ELEANOR" is finally finished!   

It's blocking in the hallway and I'll add the fringe later.  First photo is w/out a flash and is more accurate for color.

Full length view:

And here she is all finished:
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20  Neck Cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by artteacher on: January 02, 2007 06:29:58 AM
Hot off the needles.. I used a royal blue mohair yarn.  It took about 76 grams of yarn.  The pattern is from: Creative Knitting Jan 2007

It only took a few hours to make- it would be excellent for a last minute gift.  EASY pattern and written very well.

I made it as a gift for a nice elderly lady that I know.
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