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1  Sequin Cuff Bracelet w/Buddha Buttons - simple! pattern included in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: March 18, 2006 05:24:47 PM
I needed a quickie project so I decided to whip up this fun bracelet.  

Sequin Cuff Bracelet

Size US 9 (5.5 mm) needles. (I used straight/cheapie metal needles to minimize any chance of damaging my 'good' needles)
Any color 'single strand' sequins - I used matte silver.  I bought three yards to be safe but did NOT use all of it!
Gauge is unimportant - you just need to be able to get your needles and sequins around each other!
Three buttons (I used two vintage buddha buttons from ebay with a bubbly little clear one in the center)
Sewing thread to match the 'strand' (or thread) that the sequins are already strung on
Sewing needle

Cast on 8 stitches (or as many as you need to make this the width you desire).
Work in garter stitch until the bracelet meets around your wrist (remember that your bind off will add a bit more)
Bind off.

Weave your ends in a bit and then sew with needle and thread through these ends so it won't unravel but, more importantly, so your sequins don't start falling off the ends of the strand!

Use same needle and thread to sew the three buttons on evenly spaced.

I intended to sew some elastic loops on to button this up but these buttons just fit through my bind off row.

Please keep in mind that it is a bit of a struggle to get these sequins around each other as you are knitting.  I was being very deliberate and fussy in the beginning but then got quite a bit rougher towards the end.  I lost a few sequins here and there but you absolutely can't tell because of the density.

Next time I do this I will take the time to get elasticated single strand sequins to make the final product more user friendly.  Although having said that, I think it might possibly increase the difficulty of knitting it in the first place...hmmmm.

Well enjoy and if you decide to make one - post so we can see!!

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2  Meet Fang, young cousin of Spherey... in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: January 26, 2006 08:51:43 AM

He is of the somewhat preppy variety and although his limbs are somewhat truncated (yep, shorter on purpose) he is VERY proud of his favorite and somewhat large tooth.

The only potential problem is that he seems to have a somewhat disturbing, expensive and potentially dangerous drinking problem...

just look at that maniacal look in his eyes!
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3  quicky mega scarf! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: November 22, 2005 09:12:59 AM
I had these two BEAUTIFUL balls of Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky Duotone in oranges and I came up with this combination of stitches on US35 needles to make a yummy mega scarf in an hour.  So simple yet satisfying...

the whole thing

detail of the turkish stitch and best example of the true color

self taken photo of me wearing it (unfortunately not full length)

If interested, this is all I did:
co 11 st w/long tail cast on using VERY bulky yarn and US35 needles
knit one entire row
     then pattern repeat:
row 1: k2, *yo, slip1, k1, psso* 4 times, k1
row 2: p to last stitch, k1
     repeat these two rows until almost out of yarn (or desired length)
knit one more entire row
bo loosely

et voila!

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4  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by LeSophie on: November 03, 2005 09:25:48 AM
There are so many great costumes here!

I guess I'll crosspost also...

Son as Jayne Cobb (hat knit by me):

and me as Frida Kahlo:

We got lots of compliments from the people who actually knew who we were!!
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5  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by LeSophie on: November 01, 2005 11:27:48 AM
Man!  There are so many great costumes here that I can't list my favorites!  I'll just post some of my own:

This is my son and I as Jayne Cobb and Frida Kahlo this year:

But his last year was the best!  Behold the Tooth Decay Fairy:

and walking away with combat boots and all:

and, yes, he had the guts to wear this to school at the age of ten - turned out great because all of the 5th grade boys were chanting his name when he passed them in the school parade!  Cheesy

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6  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: November 01, 2005 10:26:13 AM
So I bought the kit from Emisanboo - THANKS  Cheesy - it obviously arrived in time for the oh-so-cute 11-year-old-boy-o-mine to go as Jayne for Halloween!:

You gotta love a kid who thinks it's ok that only five (ok, maybe eight) people know who you are because he'd rather be such a "cool character" than "something boring".  And then he said, "the people on craftster will know - are you gonna post my picture?".

He's my favorite ham...

p.s. OH!  the tattoo I found for his arm says 'Mother' - hee.
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7  New baby hat - needs more? in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: October 18, 2005 12:05:23 PM
Hey guys, I've just finished this baby hat as a gift and I'm wondering if it is 'done'.  Do you think it needs more to it?  I was thinking the kitty ears could be more prominent but how?

the hat

blurry (!) close-up of flower

Thanks for any input!
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8  Re: my ubernatural w/long sleeves - first sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: October 16, 2005 08:29:26 AM
Hi guys - I'll start in order...

yahaira:  thecolor is Verde VA.  The VA stands for verde azul.  This is the darkest blue, it does have green with some less deep blue in it and yes, a bit into the black.  It reminds me of blackwatch plaid.  My pic of the wool by itself isn't very good.  The pics of my finished product at the beginning of this thread are more true.  You can see hpy's picture of it here:

For trade, I guess I'm pretty picky at this point.  I have enough random balls for hats, scarves, small projects to tide me over for a lifetime so I think I am mostly looking for a sweater's worth.

mayerlove:  My ubernatural took just under seven skeins and there are six full and a bit here.  If you are going to modify it exactly like I have and are making the large you might not have enough. I am a 38C/size 14 for reference on size.  Anything a bit smaller or without the looong sleeves or high neck you will definitely have enough.

Yay, taloola, make sure to show us pics!

edited to add:
I am only going to ask $26 total (that includes shipping in continental US) for six full skeins (65 yds each) and I'll throw the extra bit at the bottom of that picture by my foot in for nothing.  Also, as all wool from these guys, it does smell of the vinegar that they set the color with but I gently bathed this sweater with mild shampoo so I could block it and it went away  Smiley
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9  Re: my ubernatural w/long sleeves - first sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: October 14, 2005 11:37:13 AM
Hey BlackMarketBaby!

Thanks and let's see if I can help you with the yarn questions.

I believe that the malabrigo/handpaintedyarn.com super bulky yarn has a slightly heavier gauge than the yarn Stefanie used.  Even with that in mind I think she overestimated the yardage needed.  I took her literally and ordered 13 skeins of my yarn which measures approx. 65 yards per skein.  Then I used just under seven.  That means that - count em - I have SIX SKEINS left over!  There is a possibility that the crew at handpainted yarn underestimates how many yards they are giving you per skein but it can't be by that much!  At their site ( http://handpaintedyarn.com/index.php?cPath=38&osCsid=e2e83456ce186edb50b2a10ea4dd88d0 ) they do not give gauge info - just yardage info.

I actually have no plan for my extra yarn so if you (or anyone else) is interested in a swap or purchase I have a picture of it here:

The colors show better in my first post.

Here is their identification/shipping info label if you need it for any verification that this is the real thing:

And, yes, if you read Spanish, I returned the very poo-like color of 'roanoke' that I originally ordered and they were very nice about exchanging.  If you haven't read elsewhere, you take a bit of a chance on colors when ordering from them (it also takes a while to get the shipment but - the prices are AWESOME).  If you don't like what you get, they will fix it!

If this particular yarn isn't what you want, make sure you purchase your yarn from a shop that will give you money back for any unused skeins.  That's pretty good insurance.  Remember, it's better to have too much than too little to complete.  Having said that I think I only used about 450 yards for a large size with a higher neck and long sleeves!

Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions.

p.s. how do you exchange email info on craftster without broadcasting it to the world in a posting?
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10  my ubernatural w/long sleeves - first sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by LeSophie on: October 06, 2005 10:25:58 AM
I have finally gotten around to sewing on the 11 buttons and taking photos of my first ever sweater.  It is the free 'ubernatural' pattern (found here: http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/uber.htm ) by glampyre.

blocking it's lovely self

girl needs to find someone else to take her photos!

very cool 'eyelet' raglan increases up close!  these actually look much better in person - again, blame the photographer

yay - looong sleeves

My specs:
Yarn: MalAbrigo super bulky wool in VerdeAzul (7skeins even with the added long sleeves) for a size L on US15s

I wanted the neckline a little less off-the-shoulder so I cast on fewer stitches in the beginning and continued until it met under the arms. 
I also wanted long sleeves so at that point I just kept knitting (via magic loop) w/ a few decreases at the wrist and loooong ribbing to mirror the long ribbing at the waist and the sleeves lovingly end at my knuckles just like I wanted!

My recommendations:
Can you say big needles/gauge + NO seaming + NO picking up of stitches to add a button band = PERFECT first sweater?  I am not a small girl and consider this to be one of the most flattering bulky sweater patterns around.

Now on to glampyre's bulky mini cardi  Grin she is my favorite designer hands down!
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