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1  This here giraffe in Felting: Completed Projects by lexer on: February 09, 2009 02:24:31 PM
I've gotten hooked into needle felting lately...this is my third (and best so far) project. I've used the instructions from Wool Pets to make both of these guys.

And the blue guy below was my first attempt. Not quite a giraffe or really anything, but I still think he's cute.

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2  Little Chicken - My first project! in Felting: Completed Projects by lexer on: January 21, 2009 04:23:10 PM

This is my first attempt at needle felting. I used the chicken in Wool Pets by Lauri Sharp for a guide. His proportions aren't quite right and adding his bead eyes was a bit of a challenge. Thanks for looking! Tips and tricks are appreciated.

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3  Kandinsky Inspired Slippers in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: January 08, 2009 08:30:27 AM

I wasn't sure if these should be posted in knitting or felting, but I knitted them first, so I put them here. I used the keep away slipper pattern (ravelry) and then used wool roving I got a Hobby Lobby to needle felt the polka dot things on and add the thrums. They're warmer than socks and fit perfectly! I only increased up to 24sts so they weren't too wide.

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4  Wiggle Fingerless Gloves :: With Pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: December 02, 2008 08:15:20 AM

I was bored one day, so I made these up. Here's the pattern....it's the first time i've written one out, so please respond with corrections!

Wiggle Fingerless Mitts

Yarn: Worsted weight and soft. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca. It took much less than one skein.
Needles: Size 6 dpns.

CO 44 sts an join rnd, careful not to twist
R1: (p1, k4) 4 times. p1. work in 1x1 rib, starting with a knit st, to the end of the round. Repeat this rnd 1 more time.

R3: ( p1,C4B, p1, k4) 2x. p1. work in 1x1 rib, starting with a knit st, to the end of the round.
R4: work the same as rnd 1.

R5: Work in cable panel pattern as follows:

1: (p1, k4, p1, C4F) 2x. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
2: (p1, k4) 4 times. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
3: (p1, C4B, p1, k4) 2x. p1. work rest of round in stockinette.
4: work same as round 2

Repeat these 4 rounds until you're ready to place the thumb. for me, that was at 4 inches.

Thumb: For the right hand, work across the cable panel. K2. Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn. Continue working the rest of the round in pattern.

For the left hand, work the round you're on until 9 sts remain on the left needle. Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn. K2.

After setting up to make the thumb, work in pattern for another 2 inches and BO. Almost done!

Finish the Thumb:
Remove the waste yarn and place resulting live sts on two double-point needles. There will be 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach yarn and k the 7 sts on lower needle; using a second needle, pick up and k 2 sts (I wrap the picked up sts. to help avoid holes) in the space between the upper and lower needle, k first 3 sts from upper needle; using a third needle, k remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up (and wrap, if desired) and k 2 sts in space between this needle and lower needle. 17 sts.

K 4 rounds. BO and weave in ends.

Ta Da!

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5  Re: mr dangly - knitted monkey (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: October 09, 2008 04:29:43 PM

We all know that it's not the funky in the monkey, but the angle of the dangle  Wink

I loved knitting this pattern. It was so much fun. I knit it in the round and it went really fast. I loved the yarn I used too...O-wool Balance. I used leftovers from a hat I made and it was just enough. (about half a ball of each color) And I made his eyes using french knots...the intended recipient is a baby, so no chokeable buttons for this guy!

Thank you for the pattern!

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6  *Paper Window Frame* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lexer on: October 03, 2008 07:11:26 AM

I framed out my window with a little brown craft paper, some freehand curves, and tape to stick it up. It's a cheap easy solution for a small apartment.

I did something similar years ago for a headboard -

I think it would look a little weird to do both a headboard and a window in the same room. But when I had no space, no budget and wanted a little whimsy, this worked well.

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7  brooklyntweed "Square" hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: September 14, 2008 10:37:20 AM

I loved making this hat! It was quick and fun. The pattern is Turn a Square by jared flood for brooklyntweed. Here's the link to the pattern: http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2008/07/turn-square-pattern-now-available.html

I used 0-wool balance, which is a 50/50 cotton wool blend. It's perfect for the mild but damp and windy Texas winters.

I haven't knit anything I like this much in a long time!

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8  Little Purple Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: September 08, 2008 03:44:55 PM

I whipped these up (and by whipped, I mean I waited 3 months between socks) with some knit picks bare sock yarn I dyed and a stitch pattern I made up after a bit of trial and error.

I used the universal toe up sock recipe from knitty and this is the stitch pattern I made up:
k 1 round
sl1 kfb psso both sts, repeat for the round
k1 round
k1 sl1 kfb psso both sts, repeat for the round

The full blogpost: http://wagonfullofstars.blogspot.com/2008/09/little-purple-socks.html#links
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9  Spare Change Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by lexer on: July 06, 2008 09:08:26 AM
I made this for my cousin, who had a baby boy in early june. it's based on the stacked coins quilt from last minute quilted gifts. I really wish I had a walking foot, as the quilting is really bunchy in places. But overall I like it and i hope she does too.
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10  Artichoke Socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by lexer on: April 21, 2008 07:24:03 AM

I made these using a free pattern I found through Ravelry - http://www.soxie.com/artichokes.html (it's not a Ravelry link though, so if you're not a member, you can still see it.

It was a fun pattern to make and I really like the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, it seems very durable.

It's a shame that it's too warn to wear them now, but oh, well.
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