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1  Re: Tilted Duster from IK Fall 07 in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: September 09, 2007 09:25:12 PM
Ok, she's all knit up and blocked, with ends woven in... now all she needs are buttons!

Of course, now that she's done, we're in the middle of an absolutely lovely week of warm, sunny weather so I'm totally not motivated to go button shopping (or even trolling my mum's button jars).

The only mods I made to the pattern were to make the skirt a bit shorter, as I am rather petite and wanted to maintain the overall proportion.

I used Cascade's Ecological Wool... so far I'm really happy with it. Nice to knit with (I llike hints of lanolin in my wool... makes my hands soft!) Totally impressed iwth the yardage; I knit this and the Back-To-School Vest from Fitted Knits out of just over than 2 skeins. Not quite soft enough for next-to-skin wear, but somehow I don't think I'll be wearing the Duster without a shirt underneath!!! LOL.

I'll post an action shot when I have the buttons sewn on...
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2  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: January 22, 2007 09:47:57 PM
I'm SO in! I LOVE recycling sweaters! I think I've recycled about 10 so far. I've made Starsky, Rogue, two lap blankets, a baby sweater, and i'm currently working on a Log Cabin blanket using yarn from 5 different sweaters in the tan/beige/brown colour family. A whole afghan for less than $12 CDN. And they're all wool or wool-blends so it's SUPER warm.

Just yesterday, I cast on the Arctic Diamonds Stole from the current Interweave knits... I'm using some periwinkle blue fingering weight 100% Shetland wool from a recycled sweater ($1.99 CDN, w00t). I should go take a picture!
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3  Sheri's Lace Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: December 22, 2006 03:49:56 PM
I love socks. Knitting them, wearing them...

My latest pair is Sheri's Lace socks from SockBug (there are a whole bunch of free patterns on the right sidebar...)

The yarn was Lanett Superwash, which unfortunately has no nylon, but it's SOFT. I should probably have used some wooly nylon to reinforce the heels and toes, but I was too lazy to go to the store to get some.

The pattern was totally easy to follow and memorize, and I'm super happy with the final result!

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4  St. Nikolaus Day goody sack in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: December 22, 2006 03:39:25 PM
So in Austria (where my mum is from), they celebrate St. Nikolaus Day on Dec 6th. St Nick is basically a trimmer, fitter version of Santa who wanders the snowy Alps (no sleigh, the man WALKS) bringing little treats to kids (Baby Jesus brings the kids presents on Christmas Eve, I personally think St. Nick takes a long holiday over Christmas in a tropical clime to recoup from his long trek).


Traditionally, the goodies include oranges, nuts, and sometimes chocolates or little toys. So for my sister, I decided to knit her a little drawstring bag out of some of my handspun and fill it with stuff! (And she LOVED it!)

Here is the bag all by its lonesome:

And with its contents...

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5  Ripple Weave Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: November 20, 2006 09:05:44 PM
Here are my latest socks... they're the Ripple Weave socks from the Fall 06 VK. A birthday gift for my mom... two months late... but they're done! And she LOVES them!!!

I actually used the recommended yarn (Lang Jawoll) because I happened to have some in my stash. :-)

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6  Ribbed panel sweater from VK Fall 2002 in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: November 05, 2006 02:20:55 PM
I just realized that I hadn't posted this sweater that I finished a couple months ago. It's from VK Fall 2002 (pattern #7), worked in Paton's Decor. The original pattern called for drop sleeves, I decided that set-in sleeves would be more flattering, so I fudged some sleeve cap shaping and an armscye.

I love this sweater because I can fold the collar up and cover my neck when I'm FREEZING in my office!

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7  My first plied yarn... in Spinning: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: October 03, 2006 08:30:12 PM
OK, it's not much, but it's my first yarn, so I'm proud of it. It's Perendale top spun on my Ashford drop spindle...

I just ordered 5 pounds of fiber and I can't WAIT for it to arrive so I can spin LOTS MORE yarn!!!
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8  Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: August 09, 2006 06:44:55 PM
Well, since I posted my Camisa from this issue, I figured I should post this too (I posted in the KAL board but not here)

I haven't gotten around to taking a non-crappy pic of it, but here's what I have.

Without the clashing pajamas and morning hair.

I used KnitPicks WOTA in Avocado (cheap!) and I LOVE this cardi.  And it was fun to knit; the pattern was super easy to follow. I'm going to be wearing this thing all winter long! I am planning to attach some toggles or something to make a closure, but for now I love it just the way it is :-)
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9  Camisa from Fall 06 Knitscene in Knitting: Completed Projects by westcoastchica on: August 09, 2006 06:39:39 PM
I love this magazine! This is the second FO I've made from it...

I used some recycled cotton from a thrift store sweater that was much easier than most recycled cotton because it was NOT made of 10 little tiny loose plies!! It *is* a plied yarn, but it acts like a single; you almost have to make an EFFORT to split it.  A nice change from most cotton.

Here's another shot:

It ended up being a little wide for me because my gauge was a bit off, but it fit my sister (who's modelling it) perfectly so it's hers now!! (And she was SO excited to get it too.. I love people who appreciate hand-knits!)

If I were to make this top again, I'd make the waistbands shorter and then put in some increases in the bottom and top panels to make more waist shaping. Other than that, I love it. The instructions were nice and clear, and it was a quick knit (2 weeks, with several other projects going on at the same time).
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10  Re: knitscene's central park hoodie - She's done!!! in Knitalongs by westcoastchica on: July 31, 2006 08:18:05 AM
I just finished! Like 5 minutes ago! :-D

OK, in all fairness, I still have to figure out some kind of closure. But it's seamed up, and the ends are woven in, so I'm considering it done!!!

Here's another shot (excuse the pajamas and the clashing greens... I was just so excited to be done!!!)

Now I need to find me a new project!
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