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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thistle hat with earflaps on: December 30, 2006 04:33:53 PM
I was in Seattle for a week, visiting my parents, and my hands felt restless.  After digging around in my mother's stash, finding only acrylics and novelty yarns, I came up with a thistle hat with earflaps.  The shape is based on Knitty's Cross-Country Chullo, though I didn't actually read the pattern--I just looked at the picture.

There are more details on my flickr set if you're interested.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Seattle beret on: December 23, 2006 04:08:29 PM
I'm out in Seattle visiting my parents for Christmas (I'm from Chicago).  While walking around in the rain, I decided I needed a hat.  My mom brought out her stash and I just started messing around.  I love crocheting hats because it goes so quickly--it's a matter of hours as opposed to a matter of days for knitting.  Anyway, this is what I came up with:

(You never realize how dirty your bathroom mirror is until you start taking pictures with the flash...)

It's incredibly warm because it's so thick.  I alternated popcorn stitch (5 dcs) with one sc, and then every odd-numbered row was just sc all around.  Very easy!  It took over one skein of Wool Ease Chunky, which is why there's a band of light grey.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL on: February 01, 2006 04:59:58 PM
Grumperina's pattern in the new MagKnits: Odessa

I love this cute little hat.  I cast on already with the recommended Cashsoft DK in color "Thunder" -- had it in the stash.  I'm doing it all on US5 DPNS, because that's what I have, and I wanted to get started.

Sadly, my cute little beads are too small to fit on the hat, but I have an idea for embellishment.

Anyone else interested?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 4 skeins of Silk Garden go a long way (ballet tee) on: December 28, 2005 04:22:51 PM
For my birthday present to myself back in October, I bought 4 skeins of Silk Garden (color 228 I think, although I don't have a label with me).  I was able to make the Teva Durham ballet top with them.  I actually had a bit left over.  I wish I had planned the color on the sleeves better so that they would be a bit longer. 

Trying to be a model, while not fully understanding the principles of using a flash while standing right next to a wall:

So you can see both sleeves (they don't match, and I'm not sure if I like that or don't).

If you look, you can still see the ladders from my DPNs.

I modified the pattern for gauge and for sleeves.  I had the pattern out of the Loop-d-Loop book, with cap sleeves.  I used Option #1 from Grumperina's guide to adding long sleeves, and it worked really well.

If I were to do this pattern with Noro again, I'd modify the way I did the body so that the width of those stripes matched the width of the stripes on the sleeves.
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