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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Is it fall yet?--my newly finished sweater :) on: July 22, 2008 08:40:19 PM
I just finished this one today Smiley 

Yarn:  Joseph Galler Peruvian Tweed (approx 1000 yds or just over 1.5 hanks)
Needles:  size 2
Pattern:  my own, derived from a chevron lace pattern in a stitch dictionary and totally winging everything else.  Worked in the round to the neck, then back and forth.  Set-in sleeves.  After all was blocked and seamed together, I picked up stitches along the neckline for the ribbed collar. 

Should come in handy this fall/winter...the lace pattern and 3/4 sleeves will probably work out nice this winter in my office (which tends to be way too hot for normal winter sweaters, even in January when it's below zero outside).

More on my Ravelry page (I'm Rachillsk8 on there, too).
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A few finished sweaters...green cable cardi, wrap sweater, black cowl neck on: June 13, 2008 06:01:01 PM
I haven't posted nor updated my blog in a looooooong time (almost a year)...I finally got around to taking photos of some of the projects I've finished in the past year, so time to show them off Smiley   I apologize for the crappy photos, I'm the only one home to take pics right now!

1)  Green cable knit cardigan.  Yarn=Karabella Aurora (100% merino wool)...it's a Karabella pattern I followed for the most part.  I love this sweater, but it is VERY warm.  You can see in the first pic that I threaded some thin cord elastic along the WS to keep it nicely fitted at the neckline.  The edges are flipping out down the front, it doesn't normally do that but it's really hot/humid in my house right now.

2) Wrap sweater from the 2006 spring Vogue.  Yarn=Butterfly mercerized cotton (don't remember color names).  Not really happy with the fit on me (fits fine, more like the way it looks) or the way the crochet edging lays.  LOVE the yarn, love the ends of the sleeves.  Rather than an unattached belt that is tied on as the pattern called for, I made this a true wrap sweater with attached ties.  I wish I had made it a little longer--Vogue patterns always seem to be a tad short on me.

3) Tree Jacket from Zephyr Style.  Yarn=JoAnn Sensations Kashmira.  The JoAnn on my way home from work was going out of business (grrg...), they were randomly doing sales, and they happened to announce thirty minute a 60% off sale on all yarn right after I walked in.  I was kind of on a knitting hiatus, but grabbed 6 balls of this figuring I'd find a good use for it.  VERY easy top down raglan pattern.  I modified the sleeves--the pattern calls for the whole sleeve to be garter stitch and a bell sleeve.  I opted to switch back to the lace pattern after joining the sleeves since my office tends to be kind of warm for heavy sweaters, and didn't do the bell sleeves.  I'm happy with the fit and it'll be comfy come fall (looks really cute over a red or other brightly colored tank).

Thanks for looking!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Argyle Vest Dilemma...what to do!? on: June 26, 2007 07:49:07 PM
I pretty much finished Eunny Jang's Deep V Argyle Vest, but it is WAY too big in the shoulders.  I have two options:  Rip out all the ribbig around the neck and shoulders (losing two days worth of work), taking up the body, and redoing the ribbing...or just take in the shoulders on my sewing machine.  Any advice?  There are pics of my dilemma on my latest blog post: 

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fleece lined mittens pattern? on: September 23, 2006 08:15:03 PM
I bought a few ounces of roving today at a Sheep & Wool festival, and I'm looking for a free pattern for fleece lined mittens, or at least a good basic mitten pattern that I can adapt.  Any suggestions?

Edit: There is a good basic mitten recipe on Knitty. Has anyone made fleece lined mittens before?  How often do I need to put the fleece through, and how much bigger do the mittens need to be in order to fit?  (It doesn't seem like a whole lot of a size difference since the fleece tends to just take the place of cold air that seeps in to normal knit mittens!)
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first sweater! And first crochet project!! on: September 05, 2006 11:18:19 AM
Half of it is knit, so I also posted in the knitting forum....but this fab sweater (my first full sweater) I just finished is also my first crochet project, so I'm showing it off here, too Smiley  It's the Lace Edged Jackt from the Spring/Summer 06 Vogue Knitting.  I no longer fear crochet Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vogue Summer 06 Lace Edged Jacket on: September 05, 2006 11:15:57 AM
My first:
-sweater (just done shrugs)
-crochet project
-experience seaming in sleeves

Now I just need to get a camisole to wear under it, and we're good to go!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My latest purse...pink/green and super cute! on: August 15, 2006 10:37:23 PM
I posted this in the knitting forum, but figured I'd share it here as well! This bag is knit/felted, using a slightly modified Noni pattern.  I'm going to give this bag to my boyfriend's sister for Christmas.

Here's a pic of the material I lined it with:
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Noni bag! on: August 15, 2006 10:27:15 PM
Finished another Noni bag tonight Smiley I altered the pattern slighty, leaving out a few stipe repeats, to make it a little smaller. This will be a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's sister. 

Here's a pic of the green/pink flowered material it's lined with, it matched perfectly!

I plan to make the spider chrysanthemum embellishment to pin on the outside of the bag, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

By the way, I finished the knitting of this bag a few weeks ago while hearing Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) speak in Ann Arbor, MI. She touched it.  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Lace Edged Jacket-a-long!! (Summer 06 Vogue Knitting) on: August 05, 2006 07:48:27 AM
I started the lace edged jacket from Vogue Knitting the other day, anyone else want to do it with me?:

I'm using Knit Picks Main Line in ivory and two other colors that are pretty close to those in the photo.  The yarn is wonderful (and it was cheap--on clearance for $2/ball!)  It's a pretty easy knit, I've got the back done so far and am working on the front now. I just learned to crochet last week so that part will probably be a little more challenging for me. 

One modification I've made so far--I was concerned about this fitting right since I'm a little on the busty side. I   started with the XL size, but that was going to be way too big.  So I frogged what I had of the back (about halfway done), knit it up again in the large size.  For the front, I'm doing following the pattern for the XL size in terms of number of stitches, but following the length directions for the L size so that it still matches up with the back. When you get to the shoulder seam, it's only a difference of one stitch on each side so it's not a big deal.

More info on my blog!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first Noni bag! on: June 21, 2006 08:54:41 AM
This is the Noni medium carpet bag!   It was super easy to make.  I did it solid, rather than the striped verion pictured on the pattern, because I had some black Lamb's Pride Worsted laying around.  The flowers are Cascade 220.

The lining is suit fabric I got on clearance for $1 (for 1/2 yd) at JoAnn reinforced with some backing, and I also made a covered cardboard bottom to give it some structure. I probably could have skipped the backing since the felted yarn is pretty thick, but oh well.  I'm very pleased at how it came out, especially since it was one of my first attempts at both felting and at using a sewing machine (mom gave me her old one recently Smiley) and I can't wait to make more and do different variations as christmas gifts!!! 

The little piece sticking up on the right side is the pleat/snap that tucks in, not the top being uneven Smiley



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