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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swirl Neckwarmer! with Buttons! on: November 15, 2008 04:57:40 PM
I just sent this neckwarmer off to my Mom. I posted the pattern at my blog http://redthreadsblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/swirl-neckwarmer.html
It's make with 3 skeins of Berroco Jasper, double stranded on size 10 needles. The buttons are actually fabric covered badges that I found at a local boutique!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Meander Double-Knit Scarf! on: March 17, 2008 06:25:13 PM
I'd been dreaming of knitting a Greek-Key pattern in a Double-Knit scarf since I first learned how to double-knit, and I'm SO HAPPY with it! I want one in every color combination!I love this design, it's completely reversible, and the squared spiral works absolutely perfectly for this. It's really easy once you get into it, and you feel like you've accomplished something after every repeat. Meander is named after the Meander River in Turkey that doubles back on itself as it winds its way to the sea. It inspired the Greeks to use its likeness in their decoration.
2 Skeins of Cascade 220 on size 7 needles gave me a nice looong 72inch scarf.
More info and pictures on my blog, http://redthread.blogspot.com and on Ravelry (RedThread)

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Suits-Anyone Fits-Everyone Hat + Pattern on: January 15, 2006 08:40:42 AM
Hi everyone! I'm teaching a beginner hat class at the LYS I work at, so I took the time to write up my basic hat pattern so I can use it in the class, and thought you all might like it as well! It's in .pdf format on my blog so you can save it to your computer Smiley
I love this pattern because it looks great on men and women, the brim is super stretchy so it fits everyone, and it's easy to accommodate many styles and types of yarn!
For my class I made one in just one color of Encore, and one hat using Lambs Pride worsted and Plymouth Alpaca Boucle.
Here's the alpaca boucle one:
And here's the link to my knitblog and the pattern.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trigger finger mittens! [EDIT: now with pattern!] on: November 18, 2005 04:57:42 PM
 My boyfriend goes deer hunting every year in Wisconsin, and he asked me to make him some mittens. Not just any mittens, Custom WISCONSIN-WINTER-TRIGGER-FINGER-MITTENS!
It gets pretty damn cold in Wisconsin in November, so I made them out of tightly-knit Lambs Pride Bulky, and lined them with Angora, which is supposedly 8 times warmer than wool, and super soft too Smiley
Because mittens are warmer than gloves, he insisted that only the mitten on his left hand (he's left-handed) have the index finger free (so he can shoot stuff).
I told him not to get any deer blood on them.

by the way, No, that is not his deer-shooting-rifle.. it's just his new toy he's very proud of.


inside the mittens. I double-knit them

I'm sorry if you saw my post about these already on LiveJournal, but I had to share!

Now with Pattern!
Materials: One skein Lambs Pride Bulky, 2 balls (about 60grams total) of Belangor pure Angora (any weight angora would work for this. You can probably get away with 50grams, but it would be pushing it).
Set of 5 Size 10 dpns

Using wool CO 24 stitches, work 1in 1x1 ribbing. Join Angora and kf&b of each stitch EXCEPT KNIT FRONT OF EVERY ST WITH WOOL, AND BACK OF EVERY ST WITH ANGORA. Your stitches should now go wool, angora, wool, angora etc. W=wool, A=angora
For the rest of the mitten I hold the wool english and the angora continental.
Work another inch of ribbing. For doubleknit ribbing kW, move W in front, kA, purl W, kA, move yarn in back, kW. remember to keep the angora loose so it follows the gauge of the wool. If desired, knit a longer cuff. I like shorter-cuffed mittens

Switch to Stockinette. (doubleknit stockinette=kw, move yarn in front, kA, move yarn in back,*)
Increase one stitch at the end of each needle. For the rest of the pattern One stitch=one wool AND one angora. So to increase one stitch you need to make one of each. (28 stitches)
Every other row I slipped the angora instead of knitting it to make it go further.
Knit 2 inches, increase again (32 stitches) For smaller hands ignore this increase.
knit 1 inch. Total inch of mitten=5inches

Left thumb gusset:
On needle 2 knit 2 stitches, then knit the next 5 or 6 stitches with waste yarn (knit the wool and angora together). Slip waste yarn stitches back onto left needle and knit them again with the working yarns, holding them together as one yarn(only for these 5 stitches). On the next round separate yarns in those stitches again.

Knit 10 more rounds.
If dividing for trigger finger on the left hand, slip the last 5 stitches of needle 2, and the first 5 stitches of needle 3 onto waste yarn. Continue knitting remaining finger section until piece reaches the top of your pinky. For rounded mitten top, k2tog the first 2 stitches of needle 1, and ssk the last 2 stitches of needle 4  EVERY 3RD ROUND three times (3 decrease rows total). Use a 3-needle bind off to close the mitten.
If Left mitten is intact (no separate finger) work decreases on both sides of mitten: end of needle 1 k2tog end of needle 2 ssk. Beg of needle 3 k2tog, end of needle 4 ssk. Repeat every 3rd row 3 times as above.

Thumb: remove waste yarn and pick up 10-12 live stitches around the hole. knit to 1/4 inch below the top of the thumb, k2tog every st, then run working yarn through all remaining stitches and cinch tight.
Finger: Follow directions as for thumb.

Right Mitten:
Follow as for left except:
Thumb Gusset: on needle 3 knit 1 st, then knit the next 5 or 6 with waste yarn, slip back onto needle, knit again with working yarns.

If you have any questions feel free to Pm or IM me! Smiley

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what can I do with unspun silk? on: June 18, 2005 08:23:43 AM
So I was sent a small amount of handdyed unspun silk from here http://www.treenwaysilks.com/ from a friend I swapped some stuff with, and I have no idea what ot do with it or how to use it! I'm not a spinner (yet) and I don't know if there would be enough anyway. It's lovely and soft, but I'm worried it will pull apart
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / not-quite-a-boobholder minisweater on: June 01, 2005 07:39:30 PM
So, I had this really fine weight cotton/rayon yarn I bought in korea and I wanted to do something like the boobholder, but the gauge was so off that I decided to triple strand it, but even then it was a bit wonky, so I just started knitting and it turned into this! I like the keyhole neckline since I have the chest of a 12-year-old-boy and it kind of lessens the effect of that, maybe? I don't know, it's different... I don't have buttons for it yet, so it's held together with hairclips hehe I don't know if I want to keep it or try for something a bit more shrug-like... oh, by the way this is my first sweater!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / stripey felted tote! on: May 15, 2005 09:22:32 PM
I made this about a month ago but wasnt really happy with it, I could still see through it in some places and it was kindof floppy. So (since my washer doesn't do hot water) I popped it back in the bathtub and rubbed and rubbed it until it shrank up a lot more and now I love it! Actually I just sent it off to a friend who loves it even more though Smiley
The bag before ANY felting:

After 1st felting (drying)

And after 2nd felting (it's about 2/3 the size now)

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fiber Crimes! (and Noro mystery yarn) on: May 08, 2005 08:13:38 PM
So there's a sale going on at my LSY and I found some really interesting stuff for super cheap so I thought I'd give it a try. I found some 100% Linen ...braid..I guess you'd call it (it's like a hollow tube-rope, worsted weight), for about $2/ball (82 meters).
I also found some very different Noro yarn that I had never seen before, cannot find ANYWHERE on the internet, and it's only labeled in Japanese (i'm in Japan) so I can only read that it is 60% rayon, and 40% of something else that appears to be PAPER! I have heard of and see 100% washi (japanese handmade paper) yarn here before, but this is a bit more interesting because it has the shiny stripe of rayon in it and is in gorgeous Noro colors. It was marked down to about $10/hank (that's 50% off or more), fingering weight (?). I ALSO found 3 small balls of hot pink EYELASH YARN for about $1 each. I've never knit with linen before, and I did a test swatch, and WOW is this stuff DIFFICULT! Someone on the board here compared it to knitting with cardboard, and they were on to something. It's especially frustrating because i'm trying to knit with it on large needles in double-sided stockinette, which is a chore in itself. (excuse the messiness, linen likes to fall off the ball. on the needle is just my double stst trial)

Now, I plan to use the Noro yarn and one ball of the linen (not pictured) to make a purse, but I want to use the other two balls of linen AND the eyelash yarn to make a skinny spring scarf. It feels like a SIN to mix something as high-class as 100% Linen with something as low as Eyelash Yarn!! Am I committing a heinous fiber crime?!

Also, the linen knits up kindof stiff, even on large needles. Is there a way to make it softer once it's finished?

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / inspiration on: May 03, 2005 09:54:14 AM
These bags are cool Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Cherry Blossom design help! on: May 02, 2005 09:59:34 PM
I want to do a flower-motif scarf commemorating Spring here in Japan. I want to use a cherry blossom design (of course) but I havent been able to find a crochet pattern for a cherry blossom. Here's a picture of some, could anyone help me with this?
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