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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Earrings Galore! on: January 07, 2010 08:24:36 PM
Lovely!  My favorites are the last ones Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first ever shawl "Gabriels Wings" on: November 21, 2009 08:41:24 AM
Oooh, I generally only knit socks but this is lovely and makes me want to knit one!  Great job Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 3 pairs of socks to share! on: November 17, 2009 08:01:29 AM
These are great!
I just started knitting socks and I can't wait until mine are this beautiful!

I took a peek at some of the topics you've started and I must say.. I don't think it will be long before yours make me jealous.  I'm in awe of the things you can do with fabric!  You've got skills Wink
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 3 pairs of socks to share! on: November 17, 2009 07:27:23 AM
Pretty sure I won't have complete any more pairs this year, so my (unproductive!) year in socks follows Smiley

First, Crosshatch Lace socks from Sensational Knitted Socks knit with Austermann Stepp.  This yarn felt soooo nice to knit with, but I'm not terribly fond of the colors.  They socks are cushy and nice, though.  (I took this photo awhile ago, and I'm not sure why I didn't include both socks.  They both exist..)

Then, for my boyfriend's daughters 12th birthday, Parachute socks!  Also from Sensational Knitted Socks and knit with Noro Kureyon Sock which she picked out.  When I first started knitting these, I thought "I will never ever knit socks with this yarn again."  It was thin and frail and not terribly soft.  By the time I finished, I was used to it, but I think I'd stick with a stockinette pattern if I used it again.  And they softened up after washing.  Smiley  Happy with the end result, but these seemed to take foooorever.

Finally, my personal favorite and so terribly fun to knit... Mamluke Socks from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks book.  Knit inn Gypsy Girl Creations handpainted fingering weight in "A Taste of Wine" and "Fresh Lemonade."  I loved the yarn; the pattern was well-written and beautifully designed.  They're a touch big, but they'll be fabulously cozy in the Illinois snow.  The pattern just flies by.  I knit the entire second foot last night. These were my first fair isle socks, and I can't recommend Nancy Bush enough for first anything.  I first learned to knit socks from Folk Socks and that was lovely as well. I bought 2 extra skeins of this yarn since I feared running out, but I had just enough from the original skeins so I can't decide whether to exchange it or knit these in reverse.

They're in need of a good blocking, but I love love love them and wanted to share Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Cleaning up Crochet-alongs: Thoughts on organization. Feedback wanted! on: February 18, 2009 06:29:13 PM
I like the idea, but it seems like a lot of threads never officially close.  People continually work on the project, sometimes making multiples, since there aren't often deadlines.  And sometimes someone will randomly revive an old CAL, which I think is great.  So, right.. I like the idea.. except the part about closing the CAL Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Anyone up for a 200 Crochet Blocks Crochetalong? on: February 16, 2009 12:23:47 PM
Well, I just finished the Sunshine Lace Square.  It was easy.. but temperamental.

My first piece of advice is to trust the pattern.  Round 1 you're gonna be thinking you need to try a larger hook.  Round 2 you're going to be SURE you need a larger hook, cause this is clearly a tube.  Round 3 you know this won't be a square.  Round 4, it starts to flatten, but it's kinda wonky.  It gets better from there.

My second piece of advice is NOT to trust the pattern.  Sure, it ends up square-ish.  But still wonky.  I'm pretty sure it just needs fewer increases in the corners.  So I'm gonna make it again in a few days, but doing (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in the corners and just 3dc in each corner on the last round.  I think then it'll be quite lovely! Smiley


Usually my camera makes everything look worse.  This time it improved the color!  It's actually a god awful granny rose color.  
7  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: February 16, 2009 11:01:10 AM
Nope, not hard at all.  It's the same thing.. just takes a little longer.

It's a lot like this pattern (http://www.geocities.com/alyssa5000/jane.html).  In fact, exactly like it except the corners.  My pattern alternates from:

(2dc, ch1, 2dc) in corner stitch


3dc in corner ch1 space.

It just changes every other round to make the corner holes happen only every other round.
And obviously you just keep going in the same manner instead of finishing off at the end of that pattern. Tongue

I love granny square blankies, but I think these are a tad more baby friendly since there aren't hundreds of holes for fingers to poke through Smiley

Yours is really cute Smiley  As far as it being off center, I think they tend to straighten out more the larger they get, especially after they're washed.  So don't fret too much over it!
8  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: baby/childrens blanket along? on: February 16, 2009 10:05:16 AM
Figured I'd join you guys since I finished making my first baby blanket for Project Linus and have started the second.


Sorry for the bad camera phone picture.  I made this using 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool-Ease held together throughout. It's very thick and soft.  The pattern was simple, fun, and fast.

The one I'm making now is in Chicago Bears colors, and the pattern is a big "no holes" granny square from a Leisure Arts book "Snuggle Squares."  I'm on round 17 of 43, but of course they're getting progressively larger.
9  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Anyone up for a 200 Crochet Blocks Crochetalong? on: February 16, 2009 09:03:52 AM
I'm in Smiley  I've been needing an excuse to get over my fear of joining blocks together.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Subversive Cross Stitch... with squirrels! on: May 06, 2007 08:39:52 PM
How cute!  And I love the foxes on your blog.  Grin
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