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231  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Stitches breeding like rabbits on: October 21, 2005 06:37:59 AM
I did this when I started knitting too. Turns out I was picking up stitches from the previous row and knitting them into the row I was working on! Once I noticed what I was doing, I was able to stop myself.
232  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: kitty scarf on: October 09, 2005 07:34:46 AM
That is such an adorable scarf. Really, your cat is ultra swanky now.  Tongue
233  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Girlfriend's Birthday on: October 03, 2005 08:06:10 AM
A free bag massage would be just as appreciated as a back massage in this house!  Grin
234  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Birthday Present for a best friend Turning 14 on: October 03, 2005 07:59:28 AM
For a friend who really likes to cook, I made a little cookbook of fun recipes with stuff that's not really expensive. She's already done a bunch of the recipes in the book. I just wrote the recipes on index cards, decorated them and bound them together with a cute little cover.
235  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: THE GENERIC BOYFRIEND GIFT THREAD: A How-To! on: October 03, 2005 07:56:57 AM
My husband is a tricky one to make stuff for, because he's a computer geek and it's not like I can make him the kind of thing that he'd use on a daily basis. So I'd make him things for his desk like little organizer boxes and such, picture frames for photos of us and our wee one, that kind of thing.

Then I learned to knit, and it opened up a whole new world of possibilities. He swears up and down that men love gifts that took care to create but are useful. The most recent gift that he loved was a pair of blue slippers I made, and I'm now working on a stylin black scarf and hat for this winter. You could take it further and make a big blanket or an afgan or if you can, and you had enough time, you could try your hand at a sweater.
236  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Cute hat and bootie set to knit! on: September 30, 2005 09:55:50 AM
Hello! This is my first post, so hopefully I don't muck up the photos.

I'm making a ton of these this year. They knit up really fast on straight needles and you just sew them up the seams when you're done.

The Hat
Needle size depends a lot on how big you want the hat to be and how thin/thick your wool is. This hat was made on fairly thin wool, I used 4mm needles and it's a little on the small size. This hat will fit a newborn.

Cast on 50 stitches

Knit 2, purl 2 for the whole first row
Then purl 2, knit 2 for the whole second row.
Keep going like that until you've done 5 rows of each.

Knit the next row, then purl the row after that and keep going like that until you've done 6 rows of each.

Now, knit 2 stitches together for the whole row.

Purl the entire next row.

Knit 2 stitches together for the whole row again.

And purl the last row.

Now, leave a tail of wool and cut your wool. Thread your wool through a large needle, and sew up the side of the hat. You'll also have to do the same with the other tail you have hanging from when you started.

And now the booties
Needle size depends a lot on how big you want the booties to be and how thin/thick your wool is. These booties were made on sort of thick wool, I used 3.5mm needles. These will fit a newborn.

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit 15 rows in garter stitch (just plain knitting)

Now, for the pattern at the toe:
Knit 2, (purl 1, knit 1) 3 times, knit 5, (purl 1, knit 1) 3 times, knit 1
Next row - (knit 1, purl 1) 4 times, knit 4, (purl 1, knit 1) 4 times

Continue with that two row pattern until you've knit 5 rows of each. Am I making sense? Do the first row, then the second row, and then teh first row again until you've got 5 of each.

Now, knit 2 stitches together for the whole row.

Purl the next row.

And knit 2 stithes together for the whole row again.

Now, just like with the hat, sew up the slipper. Here, the tail of wool you're ending with will stitch up the top of the slipper and the tail of wool you had hanging at the beginning will stitch up the heel.

Please let me know of these instructions made sense.  Smiley
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