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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Long Shawl-Collar Coat (Sort of...) on: December 21, 2005 08:34:18 AM
This is my 'real' knitted FO.  I've done several scarves, hats and baby booties but I decided to move on up in the difficulity area.  This sweater is the Long Shawl-Collar Coat from the Hollywood Knits Style.  I substituted the yarn.  It calls for 16 balls of Suss Mohair (about $136).  I just can't afford that right now!  So, I went cheap and used Red Heart Light and Lofty in Colorado Multi.  I swatched and got guage using my size 10 needles.  The pattern was easy to follow and I was very pleased with the experience overall.

I learned a very important lesson about substituting yarn though.  The light and lofty apparently has more give or elasticity to it.  I got it knitted and seamed up.  When I put it on to test the fit, I found it stretches so much!  It's a lot bigger than I expected.  When I was knitting my measurements were correct but now that it's done it's so large!  I made it for my Mother for Christmas.  She's a smaller size than me.  I'm the model in the pictures below and you can see how it fits.  It should be tight on me.  Oh well, she can wear it as a coat instead of as a sweater.

Oh, and two more things I did differently.  The pattern length was 17" but since my Mom would probably never wear something that long, I modified it and made it 13" long instead.  I also didn't use the goofy pin that the book used, I used buttons.  With all the problems it has, I'm still pretty proud of my first "real" knitted garment.

Onward with the pictures.

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / What I made for the dog lover who has everything... on: December 20, 2005 09:05:14 AM
My father and stepmother make plenty of money.  They've been the most frustrating every year to find a gift for.  If they want something, they buy it throughout the year.  But, their weakness is that they have a dog.  The dog is the center of their life.  So, one of their gifts this year is going to be an ornament I made out of polymer clay.  I tried my hardest to get it looking like the real thing.  I don't think it looks very much like the real dog.  Tell me what you think.

The dog and me

The ornament

Another view
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Shaun the Sheep Ornaments on: December 12, 2005 09:00:45 AM
My husband and I recently made my mother-in-law watch the Wallace and Grommit shorts before allowing her to see the feature film.  The MIL couldn't stop talking about Shaun the Sheep and how cute he was.  I decided to create a Shaun the Sheep ornament for her.

I made one out of polymer clay (aluminium foil base) and the other one is made from felt, stuffed with a knitted sweater.  I'm going to keep one and give the other to her.  I think they turned out really well.

On with the pics...
Both of them hanging together. (No christmas tree for me this year)

Stuffed Shaun Closeup

Polymer Shaun Closeup
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