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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / easy summer skirt on: July 17, 2006 11:23:37 AM
Here's a picture of the skirt I made a few weeks ago.  I had small amounts of really cute fabrics so I made stripes on the bottom.  It's just an a-line skirt with a drawstring waist.  I didn't sew the front and back together all the way so it left small slits at the sides, which makes it super-easy to move around in.  It was so easy! 

The best part is that bacause of the different fabrics I used, it matches almost anything!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cabled armwarmers on: July 16, 2006 03:21:12 PM
Here are the armwarmers I just finished.

I set them aside when the weather warmed up but then I went camping in the mountains and wanted something warm so I finished them up.  I used less than 1 skein of lambs pride worsted.  The pattern is free and you can find it here:

More details are on my blog. 
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cabled intertwining tree pillow on: July 14, 2006 01:15:21 PM

This is a pillow I knitted for my friend as a wedding present.  I used knitpicks merino style and I designed the intertwining trees myself.  I read an article in knitty on designing cabled trees ( you can find it here:  ttp://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATdesigningtrees.html) and this is what I came up with. 

I found this awesome fabric that looks like tree roots and has the same blue color as the yarn.  My camera can't take a good picture of it.  It really does have a lot of blue in it. 

I made an envelope back and made a pillow form to fit it so it can be taked off to be washed if needed. 

I love this pillow and am sad to give it away but I know my friend and her soon-to-be husband will love it too!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / felted bag from a recycled sweater on: July 05, 2006 09:32:43 AM
My favorite grey sweater that I've had for almost 10 years finally got too many holes to be wearable.  So I felted it and sewed in to this fabulous bag! 
I sewed some craft plastic on the inside of the bottom to give it some more structure and stability.  I lined it and put two pockets on the inside with some fun comic book print.

It took me a long time to decide on the handles.  I knew I wanted something fun and different thanthe usual bamboo or plastic handles you can buy at craft stores.  I was inspired by plastic tubing at Home Depot.  I threaded some orange yarn through it and flattened the ends by putting it between 2 pieces of cardboard and pressing it with a hot iron.  Then I punched holes in the tubing with a leather punch and sewed them on.  I love how it turned out!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / corset pullover on: July 05, 2006 09:24:11 AM
I finally finished my corset pullover!  

It's free pattern from interweave knits.  You can find it on their web site.  I used Knitpicks shine sport.  The pattern called for a worsed weight yarn so altering it took a lot of math!  I think it was well worth it, though.  I love the thinner fabric and the drape I got with the thinner yarn.  

I left off the straps on the sides because I think the pattern is "fussy" enough without additional accessories.  The best part is that it's something I'd actually wear!  

I have a close up picture on my blog.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / How Tempting got cables and became a tupe top on: May 07, 2006 01:25:11 PM

This started out as the Knitty pattern Tempting.  I decided to liven up the plain ribbing by knitting it in a ribbed cable pattern.  I loved how it was turning out but then I got distracted, started other projects, blah, blah, blah.  6 months later, I decided to finish it and realized that I didn't have enough yarn and I had no yarn labels so I didn't even remember what the brand of yarn was.  All I know is that it's 100% merino.  So I knit until I ran out of yarn, bound off and threaded a pretty brown ribbon around the top.  Viola!  A pretty tube top.  Come visit my blog!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Silly Apple Cozy **NOW WITH PATTERN!** on: May 07, 2006 01:18:08 PM

I made a couple of these apple cozies for my knitting friends who just had birthdays.  They had seen the pattern in my book and said they would love to have one.  They're silly but really fun and they only took me one evening to make!  The pattern is from the book Knitorama but the pattern was pretty poor so I modified it quite a bit.  If anyone is interested, I can give you my modified version.  I changed it enough that I don't think it would be a copyright violation or anything.  Or maybe I'm the only one who finds an apple cozy worth knitting!  I have another picture of them on my blog.

Sorry it's taken me so long to get the pattern up.  Thanks for being patient- life got a little crazier than expected for a while!  If this doesn't make sense to you, I may have time this weekend to put up a pictoral tutorial.  Here goes:

Materials: I used size 8 dpns and Lion brand woolease.  Guage doesnt really matter, you just want it to fit an apple.  If you get to the end of the increase section and it doesnt seem big enough, add a few more increase rows and the same number of decrease rows to compensate.  This will make your cozy both wider and taller to better hold those gigantic apples you can buy at the supermarket.  This will also work if your yarn is thinner than worsted weight.  Dont forget, though, that the finished product will stretch!

CO 12 stitches and divide evenly on 4 dpns. 
Row 1: knit across
Row 2: make 1 (m1) stitch at beginning of each needle 16 st
Row 3: on each needle knit to 1 stitch before end, m1 20st
Rows 4-13: Repeat rows 2 & 3 five more times 60 st

(This explanation might help you visualize the pattern. Each dpn holds the stitches for 1 side of the apple cozy plus 1 stitch to simulate a seam between each side.  So after casting on, 2 stitches on each needle are the beginnings of one side and the 3rd stitch is the seam stitch.  On the first increase row, you increase at the beginning of each of the four sides.  On the next row, you increase at the end of each side, then knit the seam stitch.  By doing this, you create evenly rounded sides and, therefore, an evenly rounded apple cozy.  If you use fewer dpns or magic loop, just place markers between the stitches for each side and follow the instructions.) 

Rows 14-15: knit across
Beginning with the next row, begin knitting back and forth, not in the round!  (you could switch to a straight needle but I found it easiest to stick with the dpns)
Row 16: On each needle, purl the first stitch (this is your seam stitch), purl 2 together (p2tog), purl to end 56 st
Row 17: slip, slip, knit (ssk) 1st 2 stitches on each needle, knit to end 52 st
Rows 18-25: repeat rows 16 & 17 four more times 20 stitches (5 on each needle)
Row 26: on each needle, purl 1, p2tog twice.  On last dpn, CO 8 stitches.
BO all stitches. 

Finishing:  With scrap yarn, sew end of 8 cast on-bound off stitches to the edge of the cozy, making a loop. 

Bobble button and leaf:  I knitted these as written in the book, Knitorama, so I wont post the patterns.  Its really easy, though.  For the bobble, CO a few stitches, increase a few more, decrease and cast off.  Then roll or fold up the tiny knitted piece you just made and sew it across from the loop you just made.  Viola- a button!
The leaf is knitted the same way only bigger.  CO a few stitches, increase a few more, knit several rows even, decrease down to 1 stitch to make a nice, pointy tip and bind off.  Sew it on wherever you would like to embellish the apple.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cascading leaves socks on: March 24, 2006 03:41:55 PM

These socks are knit from the cascading leaves sock pattern.  It's a free pattern from the yahoo group Townsend Sock Knitalong.  I altered it to make them longer and I continued the pattern downthe top of the foot.  The yarn is sock garden from Knit picks.  They're super-soft!  I have some other pictures on my blog. 
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / soleil- knitted with bamboo! on: March 24, 2006 03:37:44 PM
This tank top is soleil from Knitty.  I knit it with bamboo yarn from Southwest Trading Company and it turned out great!  I knit the body 1 inch longer than the pattern specified but other than that, I didn't make any changes!  More details are on my blog.

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / backyard leaves scarf! on: February 01, 2006 03:15:55 PM

Here is my backyard leaves scarf from the pattern in Scarf Style.  It's so soft and warm!  I used 3 balls of cascade yarns "cloud 9".  It's 50% merino and 50% angora so it's super nice.  It came out nice and long- in the pic it's wrapped around my neck twice!  I have more detail pics on my blog so you can really see the pattern and what it looks like where the 2 halves joined.     
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