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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mom Rocks the Ripple on: August 10, 2007 06:38:54 PM
I'm a knitter (please don't throw things at me  Smiley ), but after drooling at length over Alicia's gorgeous ripple afghan, I convinced my mom to crochet me one. The fantastic results:

The pattern is "Soft Waves" from Jan Eatons's 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns and the yarn is all KnitPicks Merino Style. My mom did an amazing job: the blanket is perfectly rectangular and soft and cuddly. Forgive me for posting a project I didn't do myself (um, I did pick out and buy the yarn...), but I have to show off my mom's awesomeness. Yeah Mom!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt- Aqua and Red on: July 08, 2007 05:08:38 PM
I just finished my first quilt (I'm primarily a knitter) and I may be hooked. Behold, my questionable workmanship:

And the back:

It came out roughly crib/throw sized after I put the ginormous border. The center rectangles are 5" charm squares I hacked in half and sewed into strips. I quilted it on my machine without the aid of a walking foot (not the best way to do it, I imagine) and the binding is homemade bias tape, machine sewn on.

I'm looking forward to doing another, but not until I have some space to dedicate to it (and not have to take over the kitchen table for extended periods of time). I really want to try out something Denyse Schmidt-y in the future.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rusted Root on: July 01, 2007 05:05:14 PM
I do love me a seamless top-down raglan.

Rusted Root from Zephyr Style knit in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Cavern. Got about half of it done during a too-long visit from the in-laws. That's an upside, right?

Loved the pattern. Wicked is definitely going in the que.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I'm Afraid to Wear My Socks... on: May 17, 2007 11:59:18 PM
... So. Much. Work. What if I snag them? Or wear them out? Can you tell that these are my first socks? And that there was some ripping and reknitting involved in the creation of these socks?

The Jaywalkers:

The Details:
Pattern: Jaywalker from Magknits
Begun: 4/5/07 Finished: 5/12/07
Size: Calculated two sizes smaller than the smaller size
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Superwash sock yarn, Kool-Aid dyed
Needles: 2 sets of #1 Knitpicks classic circulars
Mods: I knit them together on the two circulars until I got to the heel flap, at which point I couldn't figure out how to continue both together (and was too lazy to look it up). I finished the socks individually on two needles.
Thoughts: Not so bad. I think I might even like this sock knitting thing. I did have some trouble with the first heel, but no trouble with the second. The pattern is written quite well. I was just a sock moron.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Christening Gift for Heathens? on: May 07, 2007 01:36:56 PM
My 9mo. old niece's christening is coming up. Despite being not very religious, my husband and I are the godparents (don't ask). I need to get a gift, and I would like to get something appropriate to the occasion, but not overtly religious (i.e. no bibles or crucifixes). Any suggestions for something sweet and secular?
Thanks in advance.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stuff Everyone Else Has Knit (Clapotis and Anthro Capelet) on: April 19, 2007 07:24:03 PM
You know those people who are just a couple of years behind the trends? Um, I guess that's me. On to the photos...

Clapotis knit from a wool/silk blend I bought this year at Stitches West:

And an Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet in Kool-Aid dyed wool:

Details on the blog here and here.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rogue... At Last on: March 16, 2007 06:26:07 PM
After about two years of admiring other peoples Rogue sweaters, I finally broke down and knit myself one. Started right after Christmas and finished just in time for spring in Northern California. I wore it on Monday. The temperature got up to 88 F. Sigh, at least my office is very, very air-conditioned.

More details and less b*%#$ing about the weather on the blog.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / PJ Pants and Robe from Amy Butler's In Stitches on: February 27, 2007 07:26:35 PM
I did the robe a few months ago and just finished the pants. Both were made out of a flannel sheet set- very soft and cozy.

More on the blog...
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Going to Stitches West this weekend? on: February 20, 2007 02:44:09 PM
Just curious. It's Feb. 22-25 in Santa Clara (CA).

I decided not to do any of the full classes, but I'm hoping to do a market session or two. And of course I'll spend some time in the market, touching everything in sight and maybe drooling a little. I can't wait.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater Shrinking Suggestions??? on: November 16, 2006 10:08:01 AM
About a week ago I finished my Hourglass sweater and tried it on- perfection! I was tempted to skip blocking, but the hem and neckline were curling just a little bit.

Disaster. I tried it on again this morning post-blocking and it is Way. Too. Big. It is made out of Knitpick's Andean Silk (Alpaca, Silk, Merino) and I wet-blocked it (handling it ever so carefully while wet).

Any ideas on how to coax it back down to size? The increase is great enough that re-blocking it seems pointless. I'm thinking of misting it with water and tossing it in the dryer under strict supervision just to full it a bit. Has anyone ever tried this? Am I nuts to try this?

Sigh, maybe this will finally teach me to not only swatch, but to block my swatches...
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