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1  Re: Oblique (from Knitty) Along? in Knitalongs by bijou_raoul on: February 26, 2008 07:09:53 PM
I finished mine on Sunday night!

It is so comfy and awesome. Definitely one of my favorites.  Smiley
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2  Re: Eunny Jang Deep V Argyle Vest in Knitting: Completed Projects by bijou_raoul on: January 27, 2008 11:59:02 AM
Here's what I've got so far:

I think it's going pretty well! The pattern is not too complicated and I'm liking the way the colors look together. I'm just reading ahead to the part where I have to do the steeks and getting a little scared. Good thing I have a whole month to figure it out!
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3  Eunny Jang Argyle Vest--My first fair isle and steeks--*FINISHED* in Knitting: Completed Projects by bijou_raoul on: January 23, 2008 04:07:12 PM
My New Year's knitting resolution is to make something in Fair Isle & to try steeks. So I found a project that has both!

Here's my dated photo:

I ordered the yarn last week & it just arrived today. Now to get to work!

Update Feb 17th:

I finished the actual knitting component of the vest yesterday & spent a couple hours working on the steeks.

Here's the vest before I crocheted the steeks. I think it looks like something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This is what the crocheted steek looks like before cutting.

Here's the inside of the steek after cutting

...and the outside

And here's an armhole being worked from the steek facing

I just have to finish one armhole, block, and tack down the insides of the steeks today. I think the finishing of this garment is more time-consuming than the actual knitting itself, but it will be worth it.

UPDATE 2/26/08  **FINISHED!!!**

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4  Re: Oblique (from Knitty) Along? in Knitalongs by bijou_raoul on: January 21, 2008 01:58:24 PM
Here's a shot of mine:

I just have to do the sleeves now.
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5  anthropologie on the cheap (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by bijou_raoul on: March 30, 2007 10:39:39 AM
For this challenge I used this pattern:


To make this:

This picture gives a better idea of the color and shows the clasp I put on it:

Price of materials:

I used less than one whole skein of LB Homespun. It came from my stash, so I didn't have a receipt, but I know I bought it at JoAnn so while I was there the other day I snapped this pic with my phone:

That's the regular price, though it was on sale for $3.99.

And here's the receipt for the clasp:

It's the "slvr classic clasp" for $2.50.

Total price: $7.49.

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6  Overdye? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by bijou_raoul on: February 27, 2007 12:31:30 PM
I'm working on a sweater right now that I'm making out of 6 different skeins of yarn that I dyed with Kool Aid. I tried to rotate skeins while I was knitting so there wouldn't be giant blocks of different colors, but now I've got some stripes going on and I'm not so sure I like them. Another fellow Craftster suggested I overdye the finished piece.

This might be a dumb question, but does overdyeing basically just mean adding insane amounts of dye to the yarn? Is there a specific ratio of dye to water that I should be using?

Here's a picture of the sweater in question just so you have an idea (plus my cat's tail):

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7  1930s-inspired sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by bijou_raoul on: February 21, 2007 09:55:05 AM
One week left in the challenge!

I wanted to design my own piece for this challenge, so I took inspiration from 1930s evening wear. I really like dresses like these: http://www.fashion-era.com/images/1932_dec_gh/dec1932lowback.jpg
so I created a sweater with a deep v neckline, elbow-length sleeves and an empire waist that's cinched in a bit with ribbing. I realize that from the pictures it just looks like a plain old v-neck sweater, but the construction was kind of unusual. The top part (everything above the ribbing) is made of two pieces and the bottom and the sleeves were worked separately. (Details on my blog.)

Here's another without my hair covering everything up:

And I also wanted a v-shaped back, so here it is:

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8  Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D in Knitalongs by bijou_raoul on: February 08, 2007 11:55:58 AM
I'm months behind on posting this (actually a whole year!), but here is my Tubey that I made last February:

Details on m'blog.  Smiley
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9  Re: Designing An "Inspired" Knit--Along! in Knitalongs by bijou_raoul on: February 05, 2007 03:03:18 PM
Here are a couple pictures of the clover lace Anthropologie-inspired sweater's progress:



I'm not so sure how I feel about the stripey-ness of it...I dyed 5 hanks of Bare with Kool-Aid and now matter how hard I tried I couldn't get them to come out the same color, so I decided to alternate hanks every few rows. I don't feel like re-knitting it, so maybe I'll try dyeing it again as a whole piece when it's finished if it will make a difference.
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10  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by bijou_raoul on: February 05, 2007 02:48:06 PM
I want to get a tattoo someday, but I can't really commit to something I feel strongly enough to carve into my body permanently yet. But I am toying around with the idea of a dandelion puff:

because they remind me of my childhood, and dandelions are my favorite flower (I know technically they're "weeds", but I think they're beautiful).

One of my boyfriend's paintings has something similar in it that I really like:

and since my boyfriend is the artist between the two of us, I kind of want him to help me with the design, but I think if I'm going to do that I should wait until we're married or something because if he does it for me and then we break up I'll hate myself for it...but those are a couple of the ideas I've got rolling around in my head these days.  Smiley
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