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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Ballerina Wrap - From Hollywood Knits on: August 01, 2005 07:41:10 PM
Very Nice! I'm totally impressed.

Any change of scanning in the pattern so i can have a go? So far I've only been doing scarfs, so it would be a nice option, for pressies too! I've never seen hollywood knits.. must be an american thing. And for somewhere else, how does it go as a side wrap around the hips, with the ties on the waist?

Ditto do what others have said, I wouldn't feel right repeating the pattern--if you forget the legal issues, I couldn't do it morally. But the pattern itself isn't that difficult at all and really easy to reinterpret. I suggest checking out the library for the book if you can't figure it out on your own. It's a pretty popular book so I'd say a lot local library would have it.

As for wrapping it around the waist, I haven't tried it but it'd be a pretty great idea.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Ballerina Wrap - From Hollywood Knits on: July 31, 2005 12:56:30 PM
Lovely! Smiley
I made this last year in red Lion Glitterspun.  The ends curled under considerably, so mine doesn't look as nice (or as wide) as yours. 
I've worn mine as a strange scarf. 

Did you block it after you were finished? I found that blocking it helped retain the shape quite a bit. I mean, it will always curl but at least this way I can still wear it as a shawl.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Ballerina Wrap - From Hollywood Knits on: July 31, 2005 09:19:45 AM
yay for Hollywood Knits!  Although many people don't like HK, I think the patterns are great for beginners and more advanced knitters.  when i saw this pattern in the book i didn't really understand it, but know when i see it on you, its really cute!  did you find any other ways to wear it?  if so, please post!
great job!


So far I haven't found any other way to wear it but I'm still experimenting Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Ballerina Wrap - From Hollywood Knits on: July 31, 2005 09:15:58 AM
I like it Smiley What yarn did you use?

I forget the brand but it is a tweed wool/acrylic yarn blend. It's extremely soft and sold in huge skeins for knitting sweaters.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My knit Eddie Izzard Picture on: July 30, 2005 05:49:52 PM
That's wonderful! Knitting images is my next craft adventure Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Ballerina Wrap - From Hollywood Knits on: July 30, 2005 05:48:57 PM
Now, I know that not everyone likes the book "Hollywood Knits" and I think reasons are all valid---too much name dropping, lots of errors and Suss really does believe she created knitting. However, I think a lot of the designs in the book are quite hip. So, with that said, I decided to give "The Ballerina Wrap" a try.

Here's what the pattern looks like in the book:


And this is how it turned out for me:


Now, it is a little more narrow than the original pattern but I blame that on not properly gauging my yarn and needles since I was knitting smaller than the pattern called for. Other than that, I'm pretty pleased with the results. It's a fun alternative to a shawl and I'm looking forward to wearing it constantly during the autumn months.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: cabled wrist warmers on: July 19, 2005 10:03:11 AM
These are wonderful! And thanks for the pattern link--These are going to be great accessories for knitting in the fall and winter!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Christopher in a lamb suit. on: June 28, 2005 02:16:13 PM
I've really taken to knitting my plush softies lately. It's a good way to get rid of tiny yarn bits to make room for new yarn. This is my most recent creation:



Christopher, 2005

Standing 20 cm tall (8 inches). Handknit acrylic and 100% hand-dyed wool yarn. Embroidered facial features. Stuffed with polyestery fill.

Christopher is angry because no one told him that wearing a furry suit that resembles a lamb is a fashion faux pas.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tomas was attacked by a squirrel! (with instructions) on: June 25, 2005 09:19:51 AM
So cute!! I have to know---was the peg leg planned? It seems like an amazing solution to the 'ran out of yarn' problem.

Well, it wasn't completely planned. I wanted to knit the legs unevenly since most things I make have uneven legs, and then got the idea of a peg leg! It was most definitely a good decision. It made the bear!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tomas was attacked by a squirrel! (with instructions) on: June 23, 2005 10:50:09 AM
I collect vintage craft books, as I'm sure a lot of other people on this board do, and I finally decided to try one of the knitting projects. The original pattern was for a pretty normal looking teddy bear. I altered the pattern a little bit to get what I wanted.

Meet Tomas! He was hand-knit with hand-dyed 100% wool. His peg leg is knit from handspun natural merino. And, He is stuffed to the brim with polyfill.




Knitting a bear or people doll like Tomas is really easy. Here are the instructions read to me in the book:

Needles: US size 3
Yarn: Any 4-ply or double knitting yarn

Legs and Body
Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit plain (garter) for 4.5 inches.
Break off wool and leave sts. on needle.
Knit a second leg to match.
Knit both sets of sts. on to one needle, you will end up with 20 sts.
Knit plain 20 sts for 14 inches.
Divide for the legs and on the first 10 sts. 4.5 inches.
Cast off.
Rejoin wool to the remaining sts. and complete to match first leg.

Cast on 16 sts.
Knit plain for 3 inches.
Cast off.
Knit second arm to match.

Making Up
Fold the strip of knitting in half, right side inside.
Put marker pins for the neck 2.5 from the fold.
Oversew the head and leg seams and one side of the body, rounding off the leg corners for paws but not rounding off the head corners. Leave one side open for stuffing.
Turn it inside out.
Push the corners of the head weel out and sew across the corners, gathering them slightly for ears.
Stuff head firmly to make good shape.
Sew and stuff arms. Do not stuff the arms too hard at the top and then they will hang at the sides instead of sticking out.

Now these are the instructions I read in the book but I didn't really follow them closely. It taught me how to do the basic shaping and then I went crazy from there. This is a quick and easy project with really satisfying results. If you try it, post pictures in this thread!
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