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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Shawls, One Skein on: June 17, 2008 10:12:33 AM
I decided to dip my toe in the lace knitting pool. Sure, I'd done lace stitches before, but I wanted to try it with real laceweight yarn. The pretty yarn was already in the stash (impulse buy!).  So I picked an easy pattern and was off. It really was easy, so I decided to finish this one, then make another (different pattern, though). The first is for my MIL, and the second one for my mother. I aimed for a Mother's Day deadline, but THAT did not happen (I'm so optimistic!). So the mothers received their gifts late, but I like to think of it as a little lingering holiday sparkle. Just when you think the holiday is over, you can always count on me for a card and gift with the word 'Belated' on the tag!

Without further ado, pics...

Sea Flower Shawl, from Knit n'Style (for my MIL)

Swallowtail Shawl, from IWK (for my mom)

I used the same skein of yarn for both shawls. I'm thinking of turning this into a tradition, something I'll do every 2 years, for both of my moms.

The leftover yarn...and there is quite a bit!

I'm so enamored with lace now, I'm working on two for myself, both from Knitty: Juno Regina, in a rich purple, and Seascape, in a light blue.

For more details, I'm on Ravelry as madgirl73.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My So-Called Neck Warmer on: January 03, 2008 03:30:14 PM
I wanted something cute (and warm!) to wear under my coat, and I wanted it fast.
I cast on 16 stitches, followed the pattern for about 29 inches (or however long as necessary),and bound off. Attached 4 buttons as shown in photos. If desired,you could lightly steam- or wet-block. Total time: 2 hours.  Looks great under a coat,without the bulk of a scarf.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Under one skein (little over 1/2) used. Size 13 or 15 needle (I forget which!) Color: Fisherman

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting Daily Comfort Shawl on: September 27, 2007 03:07:33 PM
I originally started this project for myself, but gave it to my mother when I went home to Florida on vacation.
It's the Comfort Shawl pattern from Knitting Daily (originally from IK) knit in Moda Dea Bamboo Wool, on size 8 circs. The yarn was excellent to work with, and the pattern was easy. I may make myself one for next fall.

Some of the eyelets are a bit wonky, and believe me, I've learned my lesson about those. But overall, I really like it. Mostly, I was drawn to the Faroese construction. The shawl is constructed with shoulder shaping, so it won't slip off the wearer's shoulders.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Patons SWS colorways! on: August 07, 2007 09:25:02 AM
It's kind of funny that today is the hottest day of the summer in Virginia Beach, but I got a hunch to procure some SWS for this winter's new scarves. I was going to pick up a few skeins in the natural geranium colorway, but I had a wonderful surprise when my eyes landed on so many NEW colors!
My crappy cell phone camera really isn't picking up the beautiful colors, but I ended up with 3 skeins of Natural Russet, which is like Natural Earth, but with more vibrant colors. I *wanted* to snatch up some Natural Crimson, Natural Coal (one of the new solid colors), Natural Moss (a gorgeous, olive-y green solid), and a few other colorways, but it IS summer, and I have a few warm weather projects on the needles still.
I may knit up a few entrelac squares in this new colorway and duck outside long enough to catch a good pic, without melting in the heat.

I just found a link to all the colors!

If you find yoursel in Michael's anytime soon, go check these out. I was really surprised. I'm glad Patons has expanded the selection.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Portable Storage Solutions (well...for me, anyway...) on: July 19, 2007 08:00:55 PM
I've had a few "Hey, that's a great idea!" moments this week. I'm such a container geek. From boxes to bags, I can find bliss in the rubbermaid aisle of Wal-Mart or in the organizing freak's mecca, The Container Store.

First, a repurposed pencil case has replaced my soft-sided tool bag (the small one that goes in with my portable WIPs).

And inside:

In there are a clicky row counter, scissors, ruler, tapestry needle, highlighter, pencil, row counters, crochet hook, and small post-its. With room to spare.

Next is my newest DPN storage, a tin pencil case I got in one of the bins at Joann's.

I was looking for a different color (hot pink really isn't my thing, but I found out that I had the very last one, and it only cost a dollar. I had a hunch that they'd fit, and they do. And I realized that the hot pink really looks nice against the bright colors of the DPN sets (and bamboo DPNs go with everything!):

Until I expand my DPN collection-that is, when I happen upon a pattern I absolutely MUST knit, and don't have the correct size DPNs already-I'll probably have to repurpose this for portable use. Then, I'll branch out to a needle roll.

Last, my new project bag. I *might* be getting one of these soon, but I couldn't help myself. I got tired of carrying my WIPs in ziploc bags.

It's cotton, lined with a thick poly/cotton fabric. There's a pocket inside for working yarn or a pattern, and it closes with black velvet 3/4' ribbon. It's 15.5"  by 10.5". Flexible, so it can be placed (that is, crushed and tortured) inside a big purse or backpack, or carried on its own.  The lining gives it extra strength that ziploc bags just don't have. I love it. Right now, my ribbed lace bolero (tragicheroine's design) is in there, along with all of the yarn to complete it and the pencil case seen above.

Yes, I have an unnatural love for compartmentalizing objects. It makes me happy.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two hats for Dad - many pics on: June 20, 2007 02:24:20 PM
I'm absolutely notorious for sending holiday gifts after the holiday has passed. Optimistically, I see it as, "Hey, here's a bit of Christmas/birthday/Mother's (or Father's, as in this case) Day,etc. cheer! Betcha thought THAT holiday was gone 'til next year, huh?!" I don't really feel bad about it, though, because in my family, Christmas always takes a couple of days to get through, gift-wise, because of catching up with visiting family members, presents sent in the mail, and the like.

Anyway, here are a few hats I made my Dad for Father's Day. He loooooves hats, and after I made my sister a hat in black Cascade Superwash wool for part of her Christmas gift, he told me that he wanted one.

Both are in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, which is, at the moment, my favorite yarn. I love the way it feels and how it knits up. Each took under one skein.  My Dad will love these, because he's a big fan of newsboys and Kangols.

Please excuse the bad pics. My hubby just returned from a trip and hasn't unpacked the digital camera yet, so these pics are from my cell phone.  And ignore the clutter. I took these pics right before gift-wrapping and boxing these up. And don't mind any cat butts or faces you may see; my Gogo knows she's cute, and thinks I don't take enough pictures of her.

The first is the SnB newsboy cap, with a modified decrease at the top. The color is putty.

Side View

The second is a slouchy cap with a larger brim. After casting on for the ribbing, I increased every stitch (instead of every other stitch, as the first hat was), which resulted in a much slouchier hat. I looove this hat, and I plan on making myself one for fall.




 I did line the brims with needlepoint canvas, covered in thin cotton which matches the yarn color (I'm anal like that. I hate when it shows through). I also threaded a piece of thin rolled elastic into the very edge of the ribbing of each cap.  I like hats because they're instant gratification. These only took me one day each.
Now, on to finishing my cropped cardi.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting article in Jane magazine on: May 05, 2007 08:03:56 PM
Does anyone her besides me read Jane? The May issue has an article on designer Brooke Wilen (who I'd never heard of before I read this), as well as some resources on how to get started (they mention knitty, chicknits and knitting universe) and quotes from a few knitting celebrities. I didn't know that Ryan Gosling was a knitter!

Here's a preview of the article, with a link to Brooke's site. Her Fall lines have a few cute sweaters:

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New Anticraft is up! on: May 01, 2007 08:46:56 AM
Beautiful sock pattern, cute felted bowling bag pattern, and 2 surprises, to come on June 1st and July 1st.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Marvelous work, good for inspiration on: March 25, 2007 10:53:25 PM
This woman's work is beautiful! I have'nt checked the conversion site to see how many bucks one of her pieces may set someone back here in the US yet. Seeing her work, I get the same rush I got when I started designing clothes; I want to pick up some great yarn, the needles, and see where it all takes me. Her items are quite deconstructed.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Last year's FO's - Xmas gifts on: March 16, 2007 09:16:14 PM
Just a few things I knit as Xmas gifts for 2006. And my first posted pics.

First, an Odessa. I messed up the first few rows, when I noticed the pattern wasn't curving gracefully. But I liked it, and my friend loves it.
It's Caron Simply Soft, in Autumn Red.

Next, a simple knit beanie in Patons Rumors. i forgot the name of the color. It looks like a strawberry daiquiri, in yarn form. If I knew then what I know now, I would've knit it with larger needles. It turned out well, and fit its recipient, but slightly larger needles would've showed off the texture better.

Next, the stitch cafe's cabled beanie, in Thick & Quick Chunky. Easy and quick to knit. I made myself a cream one, too.

Then, a Brea bag for my MIL, made with Araucania Nature Wool. I loved the color of this bag. If I could do it again, I would've changed the handle. A variation on the i-cord handle someone else here did (on the same bag-it was great!) would have looked better. But I love the zipper.

And last, and my favorite, another Brea bag, this one for my mother. Made with 8-ply mercerized cotton, with bamboo handles. The button isn't the best. My dog decided he needed to chew it up, so I had to use something I had on hand. It doesn't matter, because my Mom looooves this bag, and I'm happy, because she's always been the kind of person who'd rather have a 'store-bought' gift than a lovingly handmade one.

So that's *almost* everything I've knit since I got serious about it. I've also made 2 Danicas out of SWS (Natural Navy for one and Natural Earth for the other), the 'big damn hat' (I think that's the name) out of SWSin Natural Earth (I have a lot of hair!) to match my scarf, 2 pairs of Fetching, and a few Newsboy caps.

Right now, I'm working on some summer hats, the Dollar and a Half cardigan, and some socks.

Glad to share with everyone.

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