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1  blanket/knitted quilt/play mat for baby in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: October 09, 2007 08:59:29 PM
I just (finally) finished this blanket for my as-yet-to-be-determined niece or nephew, done just in time for the baby shower on Saturday.  It's my slightly sloppier version of Knitty's Wild Stripes.  I used Lion's Brand Cotton Ease which I kind of heart a lot.  It's approximately 40 inches by 40 inches.  The backing fabric is named something, I'm sure, and I just used DMC floss to blanket stitch around the outside and quilt through both layers.  The knitting was easy, the finishing took for-ev-er, and I may need a tetanus shot after stabbing myself about a dozen times while working the embroidery needle.  But overall, I'm pretty happy with it.  It's a bit heavy for an everyday blanket, but will be just perfect to lay out on the floor for a cushy play space.

Sorry for blah-blah-blahing so much, and thanks for looking!

Good shot of the colors:

Rolled to show the fabric and some of the stitching:

Overall (sorry for the blurriness):
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2  little girl sweater with butterfly buttons in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: May 29, 2007 06:02:24 PM

I made this sweater using Cecilia from Knitty as my general pattern.  I changed it by running the stitch pattern from the top of the body throughout the entire sweater.  I also made the sleeves a bit longer and added ribbing around the neck and cuffs.  The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic, one of my favorite yarns.  The colors are Tahki's brand of peach, pink, baby yellow, bright yellow, and white.  I was initially afraid it was ugly, but after some reassurance, it grew on me.  I picked up the buttons at Joann's--they cost half as all the yarn, but they looked so perfect I decided to splurge.  The sweater is going to the daughter of my school's career advisor.  It was originally supposed to be one of two (for her and her new baby sister), but I think little sis is going to get matching booties instead.  I'm happy with the result here, but I have no desire to weave in a billion ends ever again.

Thanks for looking!
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3  FO: Knitty's BPT (cabled raglan zippered cardigan) in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: January 08, 2007 01:40:24 PM
I've been working on BPT for the better part of this past semester, so my goal was to finish before spring classes started tomorrow.  Color me successful.  This sweater is my favorite project of all time.  The pattern was pretty easy but still clever.  The cables turned out great.  After blocking, it fits so *perfectly* that I can't hardly stand it.  I'm so proud! It's my 5th sweater, but the first I am absolutely thrilled with!

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (love this yarn!), less than 6 (?) skeins (which means this sweater cost less than $35!)
Color: Chestnut Brown
Needles: US 6
Pattern: BPT
Size: medium
Changes: no hood


Raglan shaping:

Detail of the cables all over:


Thanks for looking!
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4  earflap hat, basketweave scarf, my so-called scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: January 03, 2007 10:33:13 AM
My goal over Christmas break is to get WIP-less.  I've still got a sweater and a Clapotis to go before next Tuesday, but considering that these two scarves were literally years in the making, I'm feeling pretty accomplished.

Basketweave Scarf from SNB Nation and My So-Called Scarf:


The yarn for the Basketweave is Patons Canadiana, which I hated until I washed it.  It came out of the dryer so soft and fluffy that I actually took it along to my finals for comfort.  The My So-Called Scarf (pattern here) is in Lions Brand Landscapes.  It's a beautiful wool yarn, which can be a rare find at Hobby Lobby. Too bad my Hobby Lobby stopped carrying it.  If I may say, this scarf may be one of the most beautiful things I've ever made.  Too bad it's attributable to the yarn and pattern instead of me.  Roll Eyes

And, an earflap hat:

Nothing really fancy, but I did use a provisional cast-on for the flaps so that they wouldn't have that picked-up stitches seam.  And, as always, I put the stripe too high.

Thanks for looking!

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5  Re: iPod Cozies in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: December 19, 2006 08:12:30 PM
I'm giving some gift certificates for Christmas this year, and I thought I'd make some iPod cozies to put the cards in.  Because my family is full of University of Kansas fans, I went with a Jayhawk motif.  The detail on the Jayhawk isn't really there, but I suppose most anyone from Kansas could recognize it nonetheless.

The bigger two are for regular iPods (which have yet to get their buttons), the little is for a Nano, and the non-KU one is mine for my Mini.  I made mine a year or so ago, but it's still holding up well.  They're all made with Tahki Cotton Classic.

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6  Knitty's Cecilia in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: December 12, 2005 04:25:45 PM
I finished Cecilia for my niece Kate today!  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  There are a few spots that I wish were better, but, hey, story of my life!  I modified the pattern a bit (details on my blog: http://mrsmarciadentist.blogspot.com/).  Take a look:

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7  Re: Umbilical cord hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by redbirdrae on: November 05, 2005 10:02:05 AM
I made this hat for my niece on the day my sister found out she was having a girl.  Because her two older brothers have HUGE heads, I made it a little bigger in the hope that she could wear it for more than a week after birth.  Turns out her head was a normal size, and at 8 months, it's still got room to go.  Here we are:

She's usually much more smilely than she looks in the picture.  But trust me, she is super cute, hat or not.  And that's not a biased opinion at all.  I may be her aunt, but I'm in law school, so I've been taught to be objective.  Grin
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8  Re: Poster Boy Bag in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by redbirdrae on: September 20, 2005 06:15:29 PM
Okay, I am really bad with this graph paper thing.  I want to make a bag with this picture on it (it doesn't have to be this exact picture of whatshisface, but I want it to be recognizable).  I've tried a few different images on the graph paper and the website that put graphs on pictures for you, but it isn't coming out right.  Any help?

Here's the gist of what I want to put on a bag:

EDITED TO ADD:  I think maybe I finally found a picture that worked with the graphing webpage, so nevermind!
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9  Basic Cable from...SNB Nation!!! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by redbirdrae on: November 06, 2004 12:36:01 PM
Here's my inaugural project from Stitch 'N Bitch Nation! It's called Basic Cable and it was really easy. I just started it last night! It is my first real project with cables and my first pom pom ever.

I just used some cheap-o acryllic yarn from my stash just to see how it knits up. I'm definitely going to be making some wool ones---this hat is going to make great presents for my friends because it was so easy and quick, and it's pretty much identical to the ones they're selling at Gap and J-Crew.
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10  Felted Big Bag o' Law Books in Knitting: Completed Projects by redbirdrae on: October 06, 2004 08:48:11 PM
I just started law school in August, and let me tell you, lawyers love heavy books. So everyday I'm toting my books for class to school, plus the other books I want to study in between classes. They don't all fit in my backpack, so I was using this ugly and cumbersome carry-on luggage bag. But what I really wanted was a good heavy-duty felted bag, so I made one! I fashioned the pattern off of the Marsupial tote from SNB, but just modified it to be more along the lines of a bag instead of a purse. I just knit a garter stitch rectangle and then picked up and knit around it until it was as tall as I wanted, then I bound off the long ends and knitted a long strap from one of the short ends and grafted it onto stitches held on the other side (the strap turned out nice and comfy). I'm not too special, seeing as how I pretty much janked the SNB pattern, but I think this qualifies as my first quasi-original pattern. It's not perfect, but I think it will work for what I wanted. It would also make a good knitting bag.

(When I was just uploading these pictures, I realized that my Torts book (used for scale) covers it up, but I think y'all can get the idea...)

Before felting:

After felting:
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