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1  Homemade yarn swift! in Knitting: Completed Projects by MmmKnits on: July 12, 2006 01:35:10 PM
Hey all, this isn't a knitted object but it is knitting-related. After I told him about some of the homemade yarn swifts I'd seen here on Craftster, my lovely boyfriend was inspired to make me one himself for my birthday last month.

This involved three trips to the hardware store, about eight hours of work, and many loud curses at our two cats, who liked to knock over round, rolling dowels just as soon as he had finished staining them and set them someplace to dry. But the finished product was definitely worth the heroic effort that went into it.  Smiley

As soon as the swift was done and my boyfriend gave me the ball winder he'd bought for me, I spent the next hour winding ten hanks of off-white chunky KnitPicks' Sierra (someday destined to become the Starsky cardigan from Knitty) into balls. Fast, easy, and highly entertaining! So for those who'd like to try their hand at a homemade swift, I say go for it.
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2  Samus from Knitty in Knitting: Completed Projects by MmmKnits on: April 11, 2006 11:20:46 AM
Just in time for spring, I have finally finished a heavy wool sweater!  Grin

Well, almost finished that is--I still need to add a zipper or some hooks and eyes, but I wasn't going to let that stand in the way of wearing it today. After knitting one sweater, twelve scarves, and five hats as Christmas gifts for other people, I've waited a long damn time for a sweater of my very own. I have to get in at least a couple of wearings before the summer heat wave begins!

The pattern is Samus from the Fall 2005 issue of Knitty. Thanks to unexpected interruptions from out-of-town guests and overwhelming work deadlines, it took me about two months to make. I used the recommended size 8 needles and the recommended yarn, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in the color Orchid Thistle. At first I wanted something more in the periwinkle range, but my LYS didn't have it in stock the night I was ready to cast on, so I went for the pink instead. I admit to suffering a slight attack of buyer's remorse the first time I saw it the yarn in broad daylight--it was a bit brighter than I'd expected--but I'm glad I bit the bullet and soldiered onward anyway. I've gotten used to it over the last two months, and now think it's exactly what my wardrobe needed. The yarn itself is a little scratchy on my forearms, but otherwise fine. It also sheds a bit at first, but I've used it before and expected it.

I followed the pattern almost exactly. The only modification I made was to add some waist shaping--just simple paired decreases and increases at the sides (ssk/k2tog every four rows a total of three times, followed six rows later by paired m1 increases in the same pattern). I'm glad I did this--although they looked a bit wonky at first (as did the seaming), they looked fine after blocking. And it kept the sweater from being too boxy, which was my only complaint with the original.

I love the celtic braid cable along the hem and cuffs. It's already gotten plenty of compliments. The pattern writer mentioned that it was from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge, which I just might pick up. Other knitters will probably be able to pick out the spot where I made a mistake, but since I mirrored that mistake at the opposite end of the cabled band, I managed to make it look like I did it on purpose. Now it's a "design feature."  Smiley
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