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11  on my quest to find the perfect slouchy hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: February 14, 2007 08:53:27 AM
This is probably my favorite thing I've knitted so far.  I accidentally felted my favorite hat in the wash...so then of course I had to make a NEW favorite hat.  I haven't done any of the finishing yet, but I was just way too impatient to take pictures!

on the ironing board:

on me (excuse my appearance):

I based the pattern off the e-town hat (http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm), but I made a LOT of modifications.  I used Rowan Kid Classic on US 6 needles.  CO 100, then increased to 120 for the body.  For the cable pattern I did: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k5 for 3 rows, then on the fourth row I did: p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, cable 5 back.  The decreases are the same.  I'm so proud of it!
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12  Re: Legwarmers Pattern - Help?? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tamagotchi on: February 06, 2007 11:00:01 PM
Tama I found a pic and note about the KAL but no pattern?!


it's a magazine, so you'd have to go buy a copy of the magazine to get the pattern.  it's a recent issue, though.  I don't think it would be too hard to find it.
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13  the owl cable hat - it's hootarific! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: February 03, 2007 05:28:16 PM
After I saw this post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147646.0) I immediately plunked down and whipped out an owl cable hat of my very own.  I used Plymouth Encore, which I had lying around from a previous knitting project.   I only made a few adjustments to the pattern.  The ribbed band is 2" instead of 1.5".  I cut out the second St st section immediately after the owl motif and went straight to the decrease.  And I added a pompom.  I love it!  I might toss it in the wash soon to tighten it up a little.  Also, I wanted to give one of the owls eyes, as someone suggested in the original post...but all my buttons were way too big.  This might require a shopping trip...

The close up (ignore my inability to move the camera strap out of the shot...):

And the action shot:
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14  doubleknit "snowball's chance in hell" scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: January 29, 2007 12:59:08 PM
yaaay, my first project with double knitting!  it actually turned out to be a lot easier than I had originally anticipated.  I found the chart at anticraft and then just kind of made up the pattern.  I knit this for my sister, so she picked out the yarn.  it's manos del uruguay in black and a kind of silvery gray.

one side:

the reverse:

my sister models the finished product:
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15  my cherry garcia neckwarmer! - now w/the MODIFIED version in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: December 17, 2006 02:36:45 PM
It turned out really cozy.  I used some of the Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky that I have lying around.  The color is a really beautiful burnt orange.  And my gauge was bigger than Hello Yarn's, so I did the cables on the 8th row instead of the 9th.  I'm glad I did, because the Baby Alpaca has a tendency to drape, and that gave it more bulk.

Just blocked:

Action shot (ignore my sleepy face, it's finals!):

Over the winter break I reworked this to be less floppy.  Basically I took out one cable and then redistributed the stitches of its companion in a series of knit stitches which divide the cable panels (did that make sense at all?)  I lost my notes on this, but I will try to figure out more specifically what I did if anyone's interested.  Here's the finished product:
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16  Holiday knits...and some cute baby hats! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: December 15, 2006 03:26:07 PM
I finally spent a few hours just doing the finishing on all my knitted gifts this year, so of course I did what any self-respecting craftster would do...and took pictures!

1. scarf for grandfather
It's actually much more of a deep red color than in the picture.  Moss stitch and fringe...simple!  I used some alpaca I had kicking around.

2. Basic Cable (SnB) hat for sister
My first venture into cables.  I had a lot of Mission Falls merino superwash scraps, so I made it stripey.  I used to be intimidated by cables...but no longer!  I am fearless!

3. baby hats for cousin
My cousin just had a baby (yay!).  I started knitting these before the baby was born...way back in October.  It was my first experience with DPNs, and I found out that I love them!  They're awesome!  I will never knit anything flat ever again.  To make these hats I just modified the umbilical hat from SnB.  A shortened umbilical cord = cutey looking fruit!
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17  earwarmer? forget that, I've got earwarmEST! [PATTERN ADDED] in Knitting: Completed Projects by tamagotchi on: December 09, 2006 12:33:13 PM
EDIT: Pattern at the bottom of the first page, scroll down!

I saw an earwarmer like this in a store, and realized I could make a far better one from materials I had lying around the house.  I thought about using Knitty's calorimetry as a basis, but I liked the way the pattern of the one I saw goes up over the head instead of across it...so I just kind of made something up.  Cast on, and an hour later I was ready to go out to lunch in style!

This kind of shows the shaping...I don't know why it looks so angular in these photos, I think the edge was just folded weird:

The inside:

Action shot:

I went back later and added a lining inside for extra warmness and to help keep its shape.  Soooo cozy!  This is my new favorite for winter.
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18  I accidentally knitted the biggest and ugliest beret ever [Edited to add photos] in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by tamagotchi on: December 05, 2006 06:18:53 PM
I thought to myself "hell, why pay for one of these things?  I'll just knit one!"  After five hours I had something that would only be worn by a giant.  Or an elf.  A giant, giant elf.  Despite the fact that I followed the pattern exactly, the decreases make the top into a kind of conical shape.  Damn.

So...can anyone suggest a pattern for a beret that ISN'T big enough to fit my entire head inside?

I figured someone should at least benefit from my hard work, so here are the photos for you to chuckle over.

It's big:

You could seriously fit a tiny country on top of my head:
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19  Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by tamagotchi on: November 12, 2006 11:15:39 PM
I had that situation of dating-but-not-really for a few months and it ate out my insides, I finally told him that if he wanted to have the privilieges of being my boyriend he was damn well going to BE my boyfriend and he could make a decision NOW or lose me. He shaped up and committed and I haven't had any crap from him since.

This may or may not work for you, but it feels really good to say.

That made me feel awesome because I totally just said that to my boyfriend!  So now I'm just waiting for him to get his butt in gear...

I've posted this before, but a couple years ago I made him some pillowcases out of a vintage sheet I found.  I sewed a nice ribbon on them and then embroidered his initials in the corner.  It went over so well that he asked me to make a Spiderman pillowcase for him too (he picked out the fabric).  Then I appliqued his name on using some soft corduroy.  He loves them.  They're the only pillowcases he will use now.  Here's some pictures:

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20  Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by tamagotchi on: October 31, 2006 10:57:38 AM
I'm a bear!  Excuse my grumpy face...it's really hot in this costume!

It took me about three hours to make, including resizing the leggings.  I'm also wearing little fur legwarmers, but you can't see them in the picture.  I'd never sewn fake fur before and it was a nightmare!  It kept shedding all over the place.  Whenever I shook the fabric out, bits of fur would go flying into my mouth and nose.  Yuck!  But it came out so cute, I was happy with it anyways.
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