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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sequin Cuff Bracelet w/Buddha Buttons - simple! pattern included 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!!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Meet Fang, young cousin of Spherey... 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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / quicky mega scarf! 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!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / New baby hat - needs more? 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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my ubernatural w/long sleeves - first sweater! 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!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / beware of the CLAW... on: May 24, 2005 09:47:10 AM
So here are my version of the SnB wristwarmers.

I changed this pattern in the following ways:
- by using the cable named "claw" instead of the vine called for.
- I also picked up and knit through the back of three of the body stitches when it came time to finish the thumb as I wanted it to be 16 stitches around vs. the 13 called for.
- I chose quite a lot of ribbing over the hand instead of another cable repeat so that they would stay snug over the hand.



I used Noro Silk Garden color #50 which I liberally chopped up to rid the gloves of the dreaded acid yellow in the middle of each skein and voila!  I love them and will take them on their first camping trip this weekend!
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