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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Doctor is In! (felted laptop bag) on: June 11, 2009 04:47:55 PM
Great job! I could tell right away that it was DT in the window!
22  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Yo-Yo Woes (and woeful first pattern) on: June 04, 2009 02:19:49 PM
So cute! Now I have a crush! (Oops, not a secret!  Wink )
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby's First Lobster Bib *with Pattern* on: May 25, 2009 11:34:27 PM
I knit up Molly Lincoln's lobster pattern http://dirigo.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/free-pattern-toy-lobster/ as a baby gift for a friend who is expecting, and I thought, "What goes with a knit lobster? A knit lobster bib!" So I made up this pattern to go with.

Materials: Sport weight yarn in white and red, US 4 (3.5mm) needles, 1 small button
6 stitches x 10 rows per inch.  
Finished size 8 wide x 9.5 long

Cast on 42 sts. Knit 2 rows (garter stitch).
K1, make 1, knit to the 2nd to last stitch, make 1, K1.Knit the next row.
Repeat these two rows 2 more times. 48 stitches.
RS: Knit all stitches
WS: Knit first 5 stitches, purl to the last 5 stitches, knit last 5 stitches.
Repeat these two rows. The center will be stockinette with garter stitch edging.
Continue alternating these rows, following the lobster chart on each row centered in the work.
Once the chart has been completed, work 2 more alternating rows.
Knit 8 rows (garter stitch).
Knit first 5 stitches and put them on a holder. Bind off the next 38 stitches. Knit the last 5 stitches.
Knit these 5 stitches (garter stitch) until the strap is 4.5 long. Bind off the 5 stitches.
Re-join the yarn to work on the other side, pick up and knit the other 5 stitches for the other strap.
When strap measures 4, create button hole. Knitting the next row, bind off the center stitch. On the following row, K2, YO, K2.
Knit strap to 5, repeat button hole.
Knit 3 more rows.
Bind off.
Sew a button to the first strap, 3 rows in from the end.

The cart: Link if chart doesn't load: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/3566082532_4121a5cde7.jpg?v=0

For the chart, I started with a typical lobster bib image, uploaded to Knitpro, cleaned up in Photoshop.
24  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: new to phoenix- looking to make crafty friends on: May 01, 2009 01:08:12 PM
If you knit or crochet, there are a lot of get togethers around town. There is a group of people that I sometimes join on Thursday nights at the Duck and Decanter on Camelback. If you live downtown, check out Conspire on 5th St and Garfield. It's a craft collaborative, and I think that they have open hang-out time some evenings. You could swing by there tonight for ArtWalk! I also belong to a meetup group, but there haven't been any get-togethers lately. http://craftswap.meetup.com/13/
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Another doggy sweater on: November 12, 2008 09:59:46 AM
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Girly Nerd Checker Vest w/ Tutorial on: September 26, 2008 11:03:24 AM
...hope you don't mind me saying you have absolutely huge boobs!!!!!!

LOL, as long as you aren't mocking them!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Girly Nerd Checker Vest w/ Tutorial on: September 24, 2008 01:57:51 PM
too cute, you should make a matching one for Timmy!

OMG, I'm totally plotting on making him one to go with a green argyle vest that I knitted so we can pose for X-mas card photos together! Green vest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris_wass/1404447085/in/set-72157594430471303/. My teeth hurt just thinking about it! Hopefully, people will see the irony and not think that I am a nut job, LOL.

For know, he has a coordinating crochet chain collar made from the contrast yarn so he gets used to wearing things.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Girly Nerd Checker Vest w/ Tutorial on: September 24, 2008 01:32:01 PM

Timmy helps me model!

Here's how I made it:
This vest is knit in the round from the bottom up. The only seaming is at the shoulder. I think that you could use any texture stitch that you wanted with this vest pattern, as long as the gauge was the same.

5 stitches X 7 rows = 1 on US 5 needles; knit swatch of 20 stitches, 10 knit, 10 purl. Sport weight yarn. (I used Knitpicks Shine sport in blush as the MC, and some Rowan Cotton Glace in a discontinued goldenrod color for CC.)
US 5 and US 4 circular needles
Each checker is 10 stitches X 14 rows.

I used the measurement above my bust (under the armpit) and cast on that number multiplied by 5, but rounded to the nearest multiple of 20. This is necessary so the checker pattern is even. I rounded down for my vest, because I like my knits to be clingy.

-Cast on US 4. Join to knit in the round and Knit 3 of 2x2 rib in Contrast Color, placing markers at the beginning of the round and half way if you are doing waist shaping.
-Switch to Main Color and US 5, (K10, P10) repeat to end.
-Continue in checker pattern for 12 more rows. If doing waist shaping, start it on the next row (row 14 of MC); reduce 4 stitches, one on both sides of each marker.
-Reverse pattern, i.e. purl the stitches you had been knitting, knit the stitches you had been purling.
-Continue decreasing for the waist every 7th row while working checker pattern. I decreased 5x. If you desire more decreases than this, you should do them more frequently.
-On the 7th row from the decreases, start your increases with the same frequency.
-On the next to last row of increases, add short row bust shaping in the front half, if desired. I highly recommend this for bustier gals like myself. I did 4 of short rows. Keep following the checker pattern as you short row, it seems like it may look funny, but it looks fine later. Pick up all stitches to knit in the round to finish row, including increases.
-Continue in pattern until work reaches 16. If you want the garment shorter, start the waist decreases sooner after the ribbing and compensate from there.
-I like to bind off for the arms in a straight shot, so work to the desired place before the half-way marker, bind off desired stitches, removing marker, work to other side and repeat. I bound off 20 stitches (4), but smaller people will want less than that. Measure under your arm and -2.
-Youll be working the front and back separately from here on out, but they will be the same.
-Front: WS; work in pattern. RS; work 1 stitch, work 2 tog (k or p as appropriate), work to 3 before end, work 2 tog, work 1. Repeat these 2 rows 5x. While working this, at the last row of the checker pattern, split for neck on RS.
-Neck: RS: BO center 2 stitches. Work to end with reductions for the arm. WS; work all stitches in pattern. Work each side of the neck separately.
-RS: at neck edge, work 1 stitch, work 2 tog, work to end (or do last arm decrease). WS: work all stitches. Repeat decreases at neck edge alternating with plain WS work until 20 stitches remain. Continue to work in pattern until 8.5 (or shorter as desired) from armpit.
-From outside edge, BO 7 stitches, work remaining in pattern. Turn and work all stitches. Turn and BO 6 stitches, work remaining. Turn and work all. Turn and BO last 7 stitches. Tie off and cut yarn, leaving enough tail to sew shoulder seam.
-Attach yarn at center, pick up and work all stitches on WS of other half of front. Work reverse shaping for decreases at neck edge.
-Back: Attach yarn at WS right edge and work all stitches in pattern. Work as for Front.

-Arm bands: With CC and US 4, on RS, pick up stitches along arm opening on 2 of every 3 rows and all bound off stitches under the arms. You should have an even number of stitches. Work back and forth, 3 rows of 2x2 rib. BO in pattern. Leave enough tail to seam that section at shoulder. Repeat for other arm. Sew should seams, starting at neck edge with MC. Seam rib with CC.
-Neck: With CC and US 4, on RS, start in the center and pick up stitches along one side of neck opening on 2 of every 3 rows, to center on other side. Work and forth, 3 rows of 2x2 rib. BO in pattern. Leave enough tail to sew seam. Repeat on other neck edge. Sew neck band edges to the opposite side of the V so that they overlap.
-Tuck in ends and youre all set!
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Homestar Runner Inspired Cozies on: September 05, 2008 09:45:24 AM
I love them! I hope you send these photos to the Brothers Chaps for inclusion in their weekly fanstuffs; how can they not enjoy your cozies for some cold ones?
30  Arizona / Arizona: Central / New Yarn Store in South Scottsdale! on: August 25, 2008 08:05:07 PM
A new yarn store just opened up in south Scottsdale, and I checked it out today. I was really happy to find a really nice space with a good selection, and everyone was very nice there. They have a very good selection of sock and worsted weight yarns, and a few nicer novelty yarns. The only thing lacking for me is a selection of sport weight yarns, as I like finer yarns for more versatile weather garment wearing here. They also have a nice selection of wood and bamboo knitting needles. I talked to CJ, and she said that shell be updating and changing up her inventory as people make requests.

They'll be publishing a class schedule soon. There is a big area for classes, including a washing machine for felting, and a lounge area with sofas and a TV. Right now, they are open M-Sat, she said that she does want to be open on Sundays as well, to be open 7 days. Shes working on getting staffing up by the time football season starts, to give people a FoodTV-watching knitting haven for knitting away from the footballers. They are open until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There was some snarky chatter on Ravelry about her sign reading "Knit Happen's". She was also horrified by the awful incorrect apostrophe in her temporary sign (and the awful font), but didnt think that it was worth making a huge deal over something temporary, but people ask her about it all the time. It has become kind of a joke.

If anyone wants to go there and have a little knit-in on a Tuesday night from 6-8, Id be up for it!

Knit Happens
7777 E Indian School Rd
Scottsdale AZ, 85251
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