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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Kool-Aid Pink Charm Bag on: December 26, 2007 04:13:45 PM
I made something pretty similar to the Chinese Charm Bag for my friend's birthday, but in the round and no charm.  However, the kool-aid dyed pink yarn speaks for itself, I think.  The worst part of this project was the sewing of the lining (I used a gigantic tshirt).  Finishing nearly kills me on every project.

Here it is, modeled various places around my room:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 5 month legwarmers, just in time for summer... on: May 30, 2005 04:32:56 PM
Finally these things are complete!  AGH!

I bought 2 skeins of Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun (worsted weight) back in december or january, because I was inspired to make legwarmers that looked like baggy socks (but not socks, not white, etc).  So I happily knit along, and my yarn ran out a third of the way through my second legwarmer!  This would not be a nightmare for most people who have a normal LYS, but knowing from a bad experience last spring/summer with ordering yarn for my alien illusion scarf... ordering was the last thing I wanted to do.  But I had no other choice.  February, March, passed along with no sign of my yarn, and then sometime around the beginning of april (i think, i don't really recall), my good friend positron noticed the yarn was in the store.  Not that they ever called me about it.

So alas, I have managed to finish my legwarmers, despite the onslaught of end-of-school-year tests, papers, finals... hooray.  They actually knit up fairly quickly (I could get a couple inches done every day), especially if your boyfriend helps, and subesquently gets in trouble for knitting during math class Smiley

EDIT: Okay, I'm trying a pattern here guys (i hope i remember):

materials:  (needles are in US sizes)
-  US # 6 dpns (i used 4, because my 5th one broke)
- one 16 inch US #8 circular needle
- THREE skeins of that yarn.
- some elastic that you knit with the yarn.  I used stretchrite elastic sewing thread in black, 15-20 yards.

CO elastic and yarn onto dpns, 60 stitches (20 stitches each needle).

Rib stitch 1x1 (k1, p1) for about 1.5 inches. 
Note: it's really hard to knit with elastic so that it pulls tight.  when I first started, I let the elastic be too loose and it didn't do anything.  I solved this by sitting on the spool of elastic while I knit, so that I could pull the elastic fairly tight.

Work one round without the elastic, so it's looser.  Cut the elastic to have a long tail so it doesn't unravel.  You'll work it in as an end later.

Work onto circular needle, and begin st st (do all knit or all purl) until it's 25-30 inches long
Note: my legs below the knee are only about 16 inches long, and my legwarmers are around 30 inches, for bagginess reference.

Switch to dpns and 1x1 rib for about 1 inch.

Do some decreases (but not so much that they don't fit over your heel).  I can't tell you how many, but do enough so that it's not going to slip off your ankle.  I went from 60 stitches to 40.  1x1 rib in the decreased number for about 1 inch.

BO.  weave in ends.
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Idea for craftster: friends on: January 08, 2005 09:56:23 AM
You know how Livejournals have the possibility for "friending" so there can be a friends page to see all your friends' new posts to their journals?  Craftster should have the same thing, except to see all of your new friends' posts.  It could either be any post, or new topics started by your friends.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / winter holiday scarves on: January 02, 2005 07:21:00 PM
SO being the most excellent friend ever (right guys) I decided to knit 3 of my friends scarves for whatever holiday they go with.  Now, my craftster post is ready...dundundun.

Iiaeaux's scarf:

This one was knit with my friend Angelina.  It was meant to be a gay pride sorta thing originally, but it really doesn't look much like a rainbow come to think of it.  The whole thing is seed stitch, size 11 needles (they felt gigantic since the yarn wasn't very thick).

Domey's scarf:

Scarf for the boyfriend (don't worry, I wouldn't dare knit him a sweater) Combo of 2 yarns, 1 fuzzy, one worsted weight, to create the perfect manly-yet-fuzzy combo.  I also learned that it does not always take a mere 200 yards of yarn to make a scarf.

Noam's Scarf:

This isn't Noam wearing her scarf, I couldn't get a pic, so that's me  Sad  It's the butterfly scarf from SnB Nation, and I must say, knitting a butterfly is a completely ridiculous thing to do.  We have jokes about suicidal butterflies so it was perfect.
The butterfly:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / legwarmer-y question on: November 13, 2004 05:23:07 PM
I'm super duper excited about making myself some legwarmers (go go mini skirt wearing powers)... however, I'm kinda worried they might not stay up.  I want to make them flared and baggy at the bottom (kinda japanese schoolgirl-ish).  So how do you reccommend making sure that they're gonna stay up?  Which ribbing is the best (1x1, 2x2, or what), how small of needles should I use at the top, etc.  I want them to be just below the knee, in case that helps.

Thanks for your tips guys!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / ridiculously cool halloween costume (it involves a whip) on: November 08, 2004 05:40:09 PM
Okay so Halloween was an entire week ago, but whatever.  I'm posting for my friend, mpitt, because he doesn't really uh... frequent craftster by any stretch of the imagination.  But I asked if I could post his costume. 

So there's his costume (ooh scary).  We're not sure what he is, but here's what it's made of:

A list of what things were made of (written by mpitt):

"tassles" (those things that I got my feet caught up in all night.
That's not what they're really called) made out of an old halloween cape
cut into strips.

red material dangling from my wristsmade out of another cape

black stuff draped from neck to wristsmade from a skirt

red around neckmade out of an old t-shirt

Here's another picture:

Impressive, eh?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / is the world ready for my ASH KETCHUM GLOVES? on: September 26, 2004 09:28:02 AM
ALRIGHT, it's sort of lame, and I completely SUCK at making gloves (I had to wing it, because I couldn't understand any instructions)....

My brother gave me the idea when I was pathetically leafing through all my knitting books, deciding what I could muster up the energy to make (I don't like knitting dry spells)... so here we go:

The real thing:

And my version!

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / dream inspired pacman ghost on: August 24, 2004 02:56:32 PM
A while back I dreamt I was moving into a new house with a gigantic walk-in closet, and it already had clothes in it, but new ones.  There were two white shirts, with dead pacman embroidered on them, one in orange, one in pink.  So I woke up, and made one, but I also embroidered the word "totemo" in Japanese, which means "very".  It's my first attempt at doing embroidery too.  Whee!

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / orange yarn = one hott shirt on: August 23, 2004 05:25:17 PM
I finally made my first shirt.  And I'll be so kind as to tell you how:

Step 1) Kool Aid yarn.  There's nothing like BRIGHT orange, smelly, kool aid to make some boring white yarn awesome.
Step 2) Watch the Olympics and knit some garter stitch in a weird way, that I got from  http://knitting.about.com/library/blveil.htm

It sounds really complex, but basically all you are doing is making sure you knit EXTREMELY loosely, but at a consistent gauge.  Other than that it's just plain ol' garter stitch.

Step 3) Do a decrease or 2 getting toward the armholes, and do a neckline, just by binding off in the middle.
Step 4) Do it all again to make the back
Step 5) sew up the shoulders and sides and TADA it's sexy sexy!

In all these pics, I'm just wearing a black tank top underneath.  Side-ish view:

front-ish view:

back view (yay for mirrors):

neckline detail:

closeup of the fabric:

Practical information:
Needle size: 8 (but it doesn't  matter in the least)
Yarn: no clue, my dear friend positron got it in Japan.  It's fairly average, but nice, in every which way.
Number of stitches: each side has 20 stitches.  The idea was that it would be knit a bit small and then stretch when I wear it to be form fitting.  I'm definitely not the biggest girl around, so what I reccommend is that you estimate how many will work based on the yarn you're using or whateva, knit a few rows, and see if it looks big enough.

I definitely reccommend this to a beginning-ish knitter who doesn't feel up to the whole "sweater" thing, or someone who wants to knit something FAST... seriously, it's extremely fast to knit up, since it's so empty.  I think it would look spectacular on anyone, you could add sleeves to make a sweater, make it a tube, make it shorter, longer, whatever!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / the fuzziest skirt on the planet on: August 16, 2004 11:14:56 AM
Last winter, I made this skirt for my winter formal dance at school (yes I have weird taste)... basically, it's just a knit rectangle sewed together to make a "skirt"... even though it's really more like a buttwarmer.  I wear it over pants because it's pretty short, and because skirts over pants rock.  Anyway, I bring you, my really weird skirt:

and a major closeup of the knit fabric: purple eyelash yarn knit with some other bluish cheap acryllic yarn (it was thick).

Yay for weird knitting projects!  Well, everyone wanted to feel my butt.
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