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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Manly projects on: March 25, 2006 09:01:58 PM
A couple of nights ago, my husband commented on how relaxed I looked sacked out on the couch with my knitting, and how we would like to have something to do in the evenings as well. Hes been super stressed lately, and we both agreed something similar would be great for him. After a few (joking) discussions about whittling, I sat him down with needles and some merino and he turned out a freakishly perfect beginner swatch. Today he braved a trip to our lys where we got him some (manly) Noro for his first scarf.

And here comes the plea for help: what does he knit after the scarf? I would really appreciate any masculine project ideas for him. To make matters difficult, hes a beginner, we live in California, and he doesnt really wear sweaters. Any ideas???

By the way, I cannot even express how adorable my oft-mistaken-for-a-football-player boy looks knitting. Tee-hee.

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yoga Bag (First bag post!) on: February 27, 2006 09:05:46 PM
After months and months of juggling my yoga mat, towel, water bottle, and purse, I finally got it together and whipped myself up a yoga bag. (And by whipped myself up, I mean I spent a good six hours intensively sewing- Ive only been sewing a couple of months.) I loooove the fabric I used, particularly the leafy print middle section (both fabrics are Waverly prints). Ive convinced myself that their yoga-deliciousness was worth the splurge. Plus, I have a good amount left over for another project. Im thinking that theyd make a pretty matching bolster.

The bag itself is pretty oversized, in case I ever upgrade my mat, and I left room at the top to cram a towel in. I put a bottle pocket in the bottom, which could probably use a toggle or some elastic. Im pretty happy with it, and I think its every bit as nice as the way overpriced bags they sell at my studio.

On to the pictures:

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23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stitches West- What's it like? on: February 11, 2006 10:52:41 PM
I just found out about Stitches West next weekend in Santa Clara (CA). Can anyone give me an idea of what it is like? The website (http://www.knittinguniverse.com/xrx/events.php) doesn't have much info on anything but the classes. Is there an expo that's open to the public for a couple of bucks admission? If so, is it worth going to casually browse? Are there deals to be had?

Thanks for any info!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I am not my mother (Magknits Sheer) on: January 13, 2006 10:51:54 PM
Let me preface this by saying that my mother is the type of person who loves to start projects, but is likely to abandon them without finishing. I have a fear of this trait in myself (and a number of unfinished canvasses to prove my tendency toward it). So, when I started the Sheer Poncho from Magknits Issue 1, I was determined to work on nothing else until I finished it. I should have known better than to start a poncho on size five needles. SIX MONTHS (of almost daily knitting) later

I used the yarn called out in the pattern, and it is really lovely and soft. Its really simple to knit, but I learned that hard way that you have to bind off super loose to keep it from turning into a sack. I did have lots of time to work on my technique, and Im a much faster knitter after this project. A great deal of it was knit while accompanying my husband to various bars during the football season (at least I got something out of the Packers miserable season).

In the end, Im just so glad to be done so I can finally start a new project!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Too Many Sock Monkeys on: December 18, 2005 08:37:30 PM
The day after Thanksgiving, with a long weekend stretching out before me, I decided to make my four nephews sock monkeys for Christmas. I figured I could get them done in a weekend Almost a month later, and after far too many hours of work on them, the monkeys are finished.

Each monkey is themed to go with a picture book: the first and third are winter monkeys with knit hats and scarves, the second is a pirate monkey with eye patch, earring, and vest, and the fourth is a camping monkey with a hat, backpack, and flashlight.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It may look like curtains, but it's really a skirt... on: October 09, 2005 06:57:26 PM
My very first successful sewn garment:

The pattern is Simplicity 4546, and the fabric is surprisingly cool, considering that I bought it at Joanne's. I made it in about a day with my brand spanking new Huskystar that I got for my birthday. I know the whole circle skirt thing is not real original, but I'm happy that I made something, considering that the last garment I attempted to sew was a shirt for my brother: I laid him down on some fabric and traced him. That was about 20 years ago.

Any suggestions for a next step garment project?
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bedside Tables and Bench on: September 12, 2005 08:36:35 PM
After much lurking, heres my first post:

We (okay 20% me, 80% husband) just finished the bedside tables (we did make two):

and bench:

from Todd Oldhams Handmade Modern.

I love how they turned out. We used high quality maple-veneer plywood edged in iron-on veneer. The only finish is polyurethane (instead of the orange-ish stain used in the book). We also didnt upholster the bench (Im planning on making cushions), and the bench needed a little reinforcement to get it up to sitting quality.

It wasnt exactly a cheap project (probably around $200), but Im really happy with them, and they dont look like anything Ive seen in a store (that I could afford, anyhow).

Now if only I could get that upholstered headboard made and a duvet and

Thanks for looking!
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