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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Autumn & Spring Leaf Hats - - - yay or nay? 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?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy wool hats - with link to free patterns 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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Well I finally got t-HAT out of my system! 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:

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

Bottom photo
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?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felting in chlorinated water??? on: July 17, 2006 06:42:31 PM
We just had a chlorination system put in our home to get rid of some funky odors in the well water, and now I'm concerned that the chlorine might affect my felting projects.

I know from experimentation that wool will dissolve in chlorine bleach, and although the amount going into our water is small, I'm still worried because I have only ever felted in natural, chlorine-free well water.

Do you felt in water that has chlorine in it?  How does it affect your wool?

I plan to felt a couple of test swatches before trying it on a big project, but I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, or comments about water quality and how it affects wool and felting.  Thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Three Felted Entrelac Bags on: May 09, 2006 10:51:13 AM
A few weeks ago I took an entrelac class & once I got started, I couldn't stop!  Here are the results.

I used the Three Bags Fulled pattern from Knitability and Lamb's Pride worsted.  These were all knit in the 'medium' size, and measure 9 inches high by 11 inches wide after felting. 

The entrelac was a lot of fun once I got the hang of it, so now I'm looking for more.  Besides the Danica scarf and Lady Eleanor stole, are there any other good entrelac patterns out there?

*edited to fix picture link*
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Treesweater = a sweater for my tree! on: April 13, 2006 12:31:20 PM
I stumbled across Erika's post about her Treesweater and was inspired to knit one for the little tree in my yard.  I did it in honor of Arbor Day which is coming up on April 28, but considering the colors I used, it works for Easter, too.

Here it is from a distance:

And up close:  (a turtleneck!)

I used cheap acrylic yarn that I had on hand figuring it would be the most rain & bug repellant.  I'm going to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't hold in a lot of moisture or attract insects that may cause damage to the tree.  If I notice anything, I'll simply cut it off.  Instructions to knit your own can be found here.

I like to think of it as art.  What do you think?
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