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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / modified bella's mittens on: August 19, 2010 11:15:41 PM
so.....i started knitting a pair of bella's mitts (the pattern can be found here: http://subliminalrabbit.blogspot.com) for a co-worker waaaaaaaaay back last december. until i ran out of yarn. and then i spent MONTHS looking for that yarn and couldn't find it anywhere, which is not surprising since i bought it about 4 years ago originally. it was quite frustrating because i had one mitt done (except for the thumb), and i only had about another twenty rows to go on the second one (excluding the thumb again). so i kinda tucked the project away in a bag, stuffed it into my knitting bin, and ignored it. until now.....

so fast forward to last week, when i *finally* dragged this forsaken project out of hiding, and decided to unravel the top portion of the basically completed first mitt, and i bound it off. then, i took the "new" yarn that i'd reclaimed, and used it to do half thumbs on both. i also bound off the unfinished edge on the second mitt; and now instead of being full bella mitts, they are beautiful bella armwarmers.

and my co-worker loves them! Smiley

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / burberry inspired cowl on: January 10, 2010 06:39:32 PM

as *soon* as i stumbled across this (http://juliannesmith.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/free-knitting-pattern-burberry-inspired-cowl-neck-scarf/ ) pattern on ravelry, i *knew* i had to knit it! i love the whole look of the slightly scattered cables, and it's pretty mindless to knit - i blasted through it while watching two pvred episodes of iron chef america - yes! i used lion brand vanna's choice yarn in rust, and it took *just* under a skein to do three repeats. it fits very nice and snug, which is exactly what i wanted, and it seems as though i knit it at just the right time because it was perfect for pulling up around my face while braving the *ultra* cold weather in toronto this weekend!

i decided not to do the provisional cast on (cuz i hate it with a seething passion), and instead just did a quick seam job up the back, which im totally fine with. Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap on: October 20, 2009 07:15:49 PM

i've been wanting to knit this pattern forEVER! and i finally got up the motivation after seeing a bunch of really well done ones over on ravelry. *unfortunately*, mine turned out a LOT larger than anticipated (which is extra odd due to the fact that i knit ULTRA tight, and usually have to go UP a needle size), but i'm still happy with the results overall as i now know that i need to go down at least two needles sizes the next time i make it!

since it's so big for my tiny little head, i've decided to wear it "milkmaid kerchief" style, as an homage to my half austrian heritage Smiley

also, when seaming it up there is a little hole left at the top that i did seam, but i need to find a different method next time as it created a little point at the top of the hat, although perhaps if it fit a big snugger that point would settle down as it gets stretched across the crown...things to think about for next time....

pattern: http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm
needles: US8
yarn: lion brand - vanna's choice in "rust" (i used about 3/4 of a skein)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / i *do* give a hoot! on: October 12, 2009 06:26:01 PM

when my sister requested a pair of mittens for her next gift, this pattern instantly came to mind. i'd seen it ages ago on ravelry, and you can find the original pattern on the kelbourne woolens blog (http://www.kelbournewoolens.com/giveahoot.html)

this is what they looked like before i sewed on the eyes:

i used two small plastic beads instead of buttons, just cuz i thought they looked nice, *and* they were already something i had in my stash of stuff Smiley

id been wanting to knit these ever since i saw the pattern, and now i finally had the perfect motivation. i used some old red heart soft touch yarn that i had left over from other projects, and i used US8 dpns for the whole thing. this was a surprisingly simple and mindless knit, and i was so excited to make them that i cast on right after getting off the phone with my sister (around 11pm i suppose), and had anticipated only knitting the first few rounds, but ended up knitting the whole first mitten in one go! i think i finished up around 12:30am or so. the only mod i made to the pattern is that i knit 12 rounds for the thumb, because 9 didn't seem to be enough. however i also recognize that i tend to knit VERY tightly. im ultra happy with how these turned out, and my sister *totally* adored them! she didn't take them off for the first full hour after she got them. and we were indoors. Smiley i LOVE it when people appreciate handknit goods. which she totally does because she's quite the little knitter too!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / bella's mittens from the twilight movie on: October 04, 2009 07:23:41 PM

ok, so i am always totally *ASTOUNDED* by the way that a quick 2-15 second shot of a knit item in a film or tv show will send knitters into a total flurry of geekasming followed by subsequent (and IMMEDIATE) attempts to suss out exactly how to re-create that item. case in point - bella's mittens from the twilight movie. i remember seeing these popping up all OVER the web shortly after the movie came out, and while i'm not really a fan of the whole twilight phenomenon, i do appreciate the fact that the movie inspired soooo many patterns for these lovely looking mittens.

the pattern i used was this one by subliminalrabbit (http://subliminalrabbit.blogspot.com/2008/12/bellas-mittens-updated-pattern.html)

the only mod i made is that i used dpns the whole time. i totally loved knitting this pattern, and so far i only have one mitten done, but i plan to finish the other one this week. i am making them to be used as a raffle prize or an auction item for my office's united way fundraising campaign. the first mitten took prolly a total of 3 hours, but i was watching tv the whole time, so i was a bit distracted.

i am using some leftover red heart super saver, which is definitely not the nicest feeling yarn in the world, but will totally do for a freebie project. besides, the colour is actually really nice, despite being a colour that i would never personally wear. i'm not a neutrals kinda gal, can't you tell? Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 3 recycled t-shirt yarn dishcloths on: April 26, 2009 09:54:38 AM

i read about using old t-shirts as yarn aaaaaaaaaaaaages ago, but just never really got myself together and went through my closet to harvest material. well last night, i finally gathered up some old t-shirts, scissors and patience, and voila! these three dishcloths are the product of two small cotton t-shirts that i cut up into strips and tied together to form the yarn. on the white one i just did a plain stockinette stitch with a 2 stitch garter edge on the sides. for the beige one i did stockinette stitch with no edging. and for the two-toned one i did plain stockinette again. the whole thing took about two hours from start of cutting to completion of knitting. my one tip is to make sure then when you tie each strip together, you give it a nice yank first in order to stretch out the cotton. im totally going to make more of these as they are marvellous for wiping up excess water around the sink after dishes, face washing etc. im actually planning to use the plain white one as a shower puff substitute since it is a little bit stiffer and will provide good exfoliation while i suds up.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / i can't believe this is my first dishcloth on: April 03, 2009 09:40:32 PM
i have been knitting for over 4 years now, and have made many *MANY* projects, however this week i actually knit my first dishcloth. so weird that i never did it before, but here it is in all it's simple glory. i used bernat handicrafter cotton, double stranded it, and banged out four of these in less than 2 hours while watching tv. i gave two to a coworker today, and saved two for myself. i have yet to actually use one and see how effective/ineffective it is, but i'm pretty excited about finding such pleasure in such a basic little project.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / clear vinyl wallet made from various paper items on: September 14, 2008 04:55:13 PM
so i made this wallet for my boyfriend using pages from an old chemistry text book, an old piano music book, a map of the british postal code system and an advertisement for health food supplements from a punjabi newspaper. all in all it came together quite nicely, although the plastic was a TOTAL pain to put through the sewing machine and i had to basically cover the whole thing in paper, sew through that and then tear off the paper after the fact. ugh. and i broke two sewing needles in the process. double ugh. but overall i was SUPER pleased with how it turned out, especially since this was my first attempt at anything like this! Smiley

i based it on this pattern for a tape wallet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=9299.0

i also added some grommets so i could thread an elastic closure through it, but unfortunately i was so tired at the end of the day when i was making it that i accidentally hole punched through the inner layer of the wallet, so that's why there are some extra holes visible. fortunately my partner didn't mind! Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Riyo's hat on the Pageant Place season 1 finale on: February 05, 2008 08:46:33 PM
did anyone notice the black beret type hat she was wearing in the last scene when the three girls are checking out the billboard of themselves? it looked like there were four sections, two of which were really chunky ribs, but i couldn't tell what the rest of the hat looked like and i can't seem to find a picture ANYWHERE on the net. i'd really love to make that hat, but i need a reference of some sort. can anyone help, please? thanks! Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / amanda's squatty sidekick from knitting daily (interweave) on: August 04, 2007 09:58:08 AM
so i get those "knitting daily" emails from interweave, and when this pattern showed itself in the midst of my inbox a few weeks ago i *knew* i was in love! i've been wanting to try felting for a while and figured this was a nice small first project.


i used patons merino wool in peacock blue, if i recall correctly.
i held two strands together and the only mod i made to the pattern was extending the icord bit in the middle of the handle to an extra two inches to ensure that it would fit under my arm. i'm *really* not a hand-held purse kind of gal.

here's a pre-felting pic:

i should warn you - the claim that this can be knit in one day and in use the next is a *LIE*!!!! it took at least two days for my bag to dry out after felting, so be warned. otherwise, it really is a simple little knit that yields lovely results.

here's a post-felting shot. it took two runs through the machine to be fully felted. i used bunched up plastic bags to help mold the shape. i realize this may be why it took so long to dry, but even afer i removed the bags on day two, it *still* took another two days for everything to be 100% bone dry.

and here's the end result!

how friggin CUTE is that thing?!?!
i'm soooo in love.  Grin

the closure is a yarn wrapped bead that i bought from http://relishdress.etsy.com a while back. i think it works quite nicely and once again this is yet *another* project featuring my favourite colour combination of blue and green!
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