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1  Autumn & Spring Leaf Hats - - - yay or nay? in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: February 12, 2007 08:17:50 AM
I was looking through a stitch pattern book and found a leaf design that I thought was pretty cool, so I decided to incorporate it into a hat. 

First, I made one in fall colors and put a single leaf on the side. But the striping distracted from the leaf.  (My husband said "I like the colors, but what's with that thing on the side?")

So I started again, this time in spring-time green. 

But I'm not too sure if I like the end results of either hat.  What do you guys think?
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2  Lacy wool hats - with link to free patterns in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: February 07, 2007 09:15:41 AM
My new head arrived today, so now I can show you these hats! Cheesy  (The lace doesn't photograph well against my dark hair.)  They were made from free patterns I found on the internet.  The patterns are well-written, easy to follow, and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to give lace a try. 

The first hat is the Maple Seed.

I used Patons Classic Merino in the Old Rose color and US 7 needles, and cast on 96 sts (adding one repeat to the pattern) then followed the instructions for the medium size. 

The second and third hats were made using the Beaufort pattern and PCM yarn in Russet and Storm Blue, and again I used #7 needles, cast on 96 sts, added one pattern repeat, and knit the medium size. 

All of the hats fit perfectly, but I think the russet Beaufort is my favorite!
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3  Re: Enterlac felting question in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Calysa on: January 19, 2007 11:26:07 AM
Entrelac felts wonderfully.  Here are the bags I made a while back, using the Three Bags Fulled pattern.

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4  Re: Stranded skull hat and plain ol' mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: December 21, 2006 10:30:34 AM
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery... 

...so I borrowed your idea and made one of my own!
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5  Re: Golf Club Recycling? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Calysa on: November 04, 2006 05:32:57 AM
Several years ago I went to an art fair & purchased this for my husband.  It is a loon made from a golf club.  

The woman I bought it from said she bought the old wooden clubs from garage sales. She turned them into a variety of ducks and waterfowl, all painted with authentic colorings on their heads.  Her husband carved the heads and she assembled and painted them.  I think I paid $40 US for it which seems like a lot, but not when you consider the amount of hand-work that went into it.  So if you have a lot of wooden ones...
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6  Well I finally got t-HAT out of my system! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: November 01, 2006 12:52:13 PM
Ive been in the mood to make hats lately, but I think Im over it now.   Wink

The patterns I used:

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Pumkinhead Hat (in cream & in brown - with modified cables)  
Winter Femme (in orange & in blue)  
The striped ribbed hat is of basic design.

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Braided Cap (in gray & in cream)
Leefs Ear Flap Hat (orange, green & brown)
Cabled Baby Hat (cream)  
Glaistig (modified, in purple)
Code 88 Hat (olive green)  
I used Cascade Ecological Wool, Patons Classic Merino, and Lion Brand Fishermens Wool.

Anyone else been in a hat-making frenzy?
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7  Re: How do you store your needles and/or stash? (come post pics!!) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Calysa on: October 23, 2006 08:03:41 AM
Here is my yarn closet.

The plastic bins are just big enough to store smaller skeins (Sugar & Cream, Noro) standing up.  5 drawer storage unit was originally a printer stand with drawers just big enough to hold standard sheets of paper.  I pulled it out of the depths of the basement and after a good scrubbing, it's perfect for storing my knitting supplies.  And I use a portable filing cabinet to store all my patterns.  I don't think my husband has ever opened this closet. *HA*
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8  Re: Finally finished something! ~ Armwarmers!~ in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: October 12, 2006 10:39:23 AM
Great armwarmers!  

Yes, SWS felts very well.  I knitted a square to try it, and now I use the square as a coaster.  It comes out slightly fuzzy, similar to Lamb's Pride.

I've been using it for a couple months, so it's kind of squished, but this will give you an idea of the texture.

*edited to add photo*
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9  Re: looking for thesmartyarns fat cat pillow chart - help? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Calysa on: September 20, 2006 09:48:51 AM
Here you go!   Wink

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10  Re: Missy Felted Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by Calysa on: June 27, 2006 05:24:37 AM
I did take before and after pics of my bag...

I posed it next to a yard stick.  It went from over 36 inches to about 22 inches after felting so it shrank quite a bit!  I felted it in the washing machine for about 20-25 minutes.  The handles curled up prior to felting but afterwards they were nice and flat.

You used a different yarn than I did, so that could be part of the difference, but I also think things felt better in the washer.  If you're not happy with the way your bag turned out, why don't you try felting it some more?  It might change the way the handles lay.
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