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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Whirlwind neckwarmer, with silvery buttons and pattern link on: March 31, 2007 04:18:58 AM
I was going to post this a couple of weeks ago when I first put the photos on Flickr, but I got sick shortly after and never got around to it. Smiley Anyway, I knitted a neckwarmer a while back, and was going to submit the pattern somewhere like Knitty, but never got around to taking the right pics for it, so I'm just posting the pattern on my blog instead. Smiley It's starting to get too warm here in Seattle for neckwarmers, but not always. Wink

The yarn is one of the Jo-Ann yarns, which unfortunately seems like it might be discontinued! Which is a shame because I loved it. The color, with blues and purples and a bit of silver, was just gorgeous.

Anyway, it was a fun and quick project to knit and I might have to knit some for gifts this Christmas. The pattern is on my blog.

Now, I have a month to knit a first birthday present for a little girl. Any ideas? Smiley I'm thinking maybe a little jumper dress (in the American sense of jumper). With a lace pattern on the front.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted laptop sleeve with little apples (Pattern link too!) on: March 11, 2007 07:02:47 AM
I got a Macbook recently so I decided I had to knit a sleeve for it. Smiley So I did, and finished it yesterday!

(There are some other pictures of it on Flickr as well.

I had some struggles here and there. (Mostly because my stranded knitting was too tight.) But felting forgives many sins. Smiley And now I have a pretty red sleeve to keep my Macbook scratch-free!

I wrote up the pattern tonight and posted it on my website if anyone wants to make one of these. Here you go.

I kind of want to try some other motifs now, like little happy Mac icons or something, but I don't know when I will have a chance to knit another one. I have a bunch of other stuff to knit. Smiley And only one laptop!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 Hour (or less) Santa Hat on: December 22, 2006 01:26:27 AM
I wanted to make a Santa hat but didn't have time to go to the yarn shop and get nice yarn... so instead, I have found a use for cheap yarn! Smiley I whipped up a quick Santa Hat last night using Light & Lofty for the white part and Homespun for the red part. The L&L looks really good for the white part of a Santa hat! And I have to admit that the Homespun color "Candy Apple" is a perfect Christmas red.

The pattern (such as it is) is on my blog. There's not much to it, really.

I'm making a baby one next for my niece.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Madison's hat with link to pattern -- easy Fair Isle winter hat! on: November 29, 2006 07:32:09 PM
It's been snowing in Seattle lately, of all things. And I wanted to learn stranded knitting. Combine these and what do you get? A new knitted hat (or 3) and my own new pattern! Smiley Two hats for my new niece Madison and one for me!

The pattern is here and you can see more Flickr photos here.

I had a lot of fun working out the pattern and then seeing if it would work. I had never done Fair Isle so I really didn't know for sure, but it worked! And now I want to do lots more of this technique. It was so much fun because you could just watch the design grow, round by round.

It doesn't hurt that the hat is extra warm (because of the stranding). I needed that this week! Lows here were below 20 degrees F last night.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cupcake baby hat with pattern link on: May 15, 2006 01:58:33 PM
I knitted a baby hat for a new niece last month and thought it looked like a cupcake. I've made the pattern available on my website: the Cupcake hat pattern.
It was a fun project and should be adorable on any baby's head.  Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Airy Scarf" in blue on: April 24, 2006 03:17:38 PM
I've just finished the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Here 'tis:


It took longer than the book promised but was still pretty quick. Blocking makes a world of difference with this one -- don't skip the blocking.

Tech info: US 10.5 needles, Douceur et Soie laceweight yarn (70% mohair, 30% silk).
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Twist Wristwarmers (with Pattern Link) on: February 16, 2006 11:28:25 PM
It has been a while since I've had anything much finished to post here... but now I have a new project and pattern. Smiley Voila, the Little Twist Wristwarmers! They were quick and easy to knit, and they are so soft and warm! Mmm, cashmere... well, part cashmere, anyway...

I posted the pattern and you can download it via my blog. Enjoy!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1-Day Wristwarmers (with link to PATTERN) on: December 14, 2005 02:02:27 AM
This is the first pair of very easy wristwarmers I wrote my own pattern for, a couple of months ago, trying to figure out if I could write a pattern at all -- but I couldnt post the pattern or photos then because the wristwarmers were supposed to be a gift for someone, so I had to wait until I gave her the gift. In the meantime, I made the cable wristwarmers pattern I posted a few weeks ago, to wear myself. Cool So here is my first pattern. (The cable wristwarmers were the third!) Its easier, so if the cabled version scared you, try these instead.  I can make these in one (8 hour) day of knitting, and if you are not a slow knitter like me, you can probably make them faster. They are great for quick Christmas presents!

The wristwarmers are ribbed, with a vertical thumbhole. (They are sort of like the Knitty Voodoo wristwarmers, but they have a vertical thumbhole instead of the horizontal one, and of course the yarn is different.) They are made of Cascade Pastaza, bulky yarn that is 50% Peruvian Highland Wool/50% Llama wool. (I really like this yarn, and bought several skeins of it for all of these wristwarmers!) They require US9 double-pointed needles.

The pattern is here (PDF), and the blog post is here, and here are the photos:

I promise the next pattern I post won't be wristwarmers.   Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers -- with PATTERN on: November 08, 2005 11:13:44 PM
I have been working on a pair of cable wristwarmers and the associated pattern.

I basically wanted wristwarmers that didn't cover the thumb or the knuckles, because the ones I have that do interfere with my typing. And I really wanted to try a cable, a really obvious one. But not just a plain rope cable, as that seemed a little too boring. So I went off looking for a cable pattern I liked that would fit on the back of the wristwarmers. I found a loose braid in the Knitters' Bible (I think) and liked it, so that is what I used. I gave the wristwarmers ribbed cuffs and a two-row buttonhole-style thumbhole (horizontal, and it turned out to be much easier than I expected).

Here they are:

The pattern is available as a PDF download at: http://slumberland.org/patterns/warm_cable_armwarmers.pdf. It calls for Cascade Pastaza bulky yarn, 50% wool/50% llama, which is really wonderful yarn. I love it to death! Smiley

This is the first pattern I have really written up from scratch. I want to eventually be able to create more elaborate works, so this is a start.
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