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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fuzzy bear bonnet! Rawr! on: July 24, 2007 12:31:52 PM
Thanks to all for the kind comments! I'm a long time craftster, but a newbie to actually posting stuff.  Smiley 

This was a fun knit, and the pattern calls for circular needles, in a size 10 and 1/2 and a size 8.  You could definitely knit this pattern with any other kind of fuzzy eyelash type yarn.

It's made with two strands so I don't think gauge has to be spot on.  You can just stop knitting for the length when it's long enough.  Maybe go down a needle size if the thickness is too big. 

We need more bears in the world! Tongue
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fuzzy bear bonnet! Rawr! on: July 24, 2007 11:58:56 AM
Ok, I know what you all are thinking...

Why in the WORLD would anyone want to knit something this warm in the dead heat of summer?  Yeah, I know, but I've been dying to make this bonnet for a long time and finally plucked up the courage to knit it.  Plus, I just moved away from Florida and knew I would need something to warm my head in the future cold months ahead.

I mean, who cares if it makes me look like I am 12 again...  long live bear ears!

The pattern is from Debbie Stoller's "Stitch N Bitch Nation" book, called Russian Winter.

The challenge I first faced was that the yarn the pattern calls is, to my knowledge, discontinued. Poo!

I did find some of this yarn for sale on just one website, and it was a dark hunter green.  On a whim, I ordered 4 balls and decided that I had a new dying project.  Fun!

I've used KoolAid to dye wool yarn before, so I got the help of Magicpixieknitter (my knitting guru) on what colors to use to make my yarn turn black and a pinch of RIT black dye and vinegar and had a successful result:


After dying all four balls, I began the project and, in a few hours, finished. This is a fast and quick knit and I loved trying this thing on every few hours to see how it was coming along.  Of course the family made fun of me, but it was so worth it.

In the end.. I think they all wanted one too!

3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Ms. Marigold on: July 26, 2006 08:30:15 PM
I know I'm a wee bit late in starting the KAL but I just found and ordered this pattern and will be casting on asap! All of ya'll have the best results!!  Great job and I hope mine turns out looking as good. :-)
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hot pink monster fur messanger bag! on: April 28, 2006 07:06:15 PM
You know, me too!  I've been knitting for awhile and thought "if I see one more fun fur scarf..." I'm gonna die!  But this bag turned out really, really cute. 
I used size 10 1/2 needlies. I used circulars, knitting up a bottom "flap" and then picking up the stitches and knitting in the round.  Once felted, it's a tight bag, so no, nothing would slip out, not even a pen. (I'd be surprised if one did!)  I thought about lining it but since it's so thick, I'm just leaving it as is.
I'll try to post a better picture of it soon, where you can see the size and texture better in the finished purse.

Thanks for the feedback!

EDIT:  Here is a better picture of it!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hot pink monster fur messanger bag! on: April 28, 2006 06:41:48 PM
Hi there!

A long time ago I went on the search to find the cutest fur purse out there but never could find what I was looking for.  That was before I learned how to knit, and it recently occured to me that, duh, I could make a fur purse now just the way I want it to be (shape, size, color, etc.) and decided I would!  So, here is a condensed walkthrough of the process.  This thing was HUGE before felting...  but I just kept watching it as I felted it and stopped when I got to the size I wanted it to be.  It has a front flap like a messanger bag and is big enough to hold all the essentials.  

(just getting started)

(finished but not felted. so huge! note the full-sized B&B works spray next to it to get dimensions!)

EDIT: PICTURE ADDED LATER (finished! so pink!)

(2nd pic of finished product!)

The strap is just felted I-cord but the nice thing about the shape of the bag is that I can shorten the straps by knotting them to make them temporarily shorter if I don't want such a long purse and then let them out when I am ready for it to be long again.  
I will post a pattern if anyone is interested in making one.  Not sure if I was the only one out there who wanted a bright pink fur purse (or any color)!

My next one will be black felted wool with hot red fur so it will be a double contrast color which I think would look cool! BTW, I used cascade 220 and lion brand fun fur.  

Thanks for looking!

PS.  Sorry for the crappy pic but it's the best one I could get! :-)  I'm new to this whole digital camera thing!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: ima happy hooker! on: April 08, 2006 04:17:10 AM
That looks amazing!!!  I'm eventually going to make one too ...  what did you line it with?  Is it black, too?
Again, awesome job... as always!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: book club... is it worth it? cheap knitting books? on: January 21, 2006 07:29:38 PM
Once I joined, it took a few days to receive an email of the items being shipped, but I got it today and should have them soon. I also believe it has to do with availabilty of the books (some they have on hand and ship immediately, some are "pre-ordered" and will arrive, but can't ship asap).  When I joined and picked my choices, it had the availability listed for each item.  So, I think altogether, about 8-10 business days from start to finish.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Shocker Mittens on: January 17, 2006 05:18:54 PM
I just wanted to share with you that last night I came across this thread and my husband and I about peed our pants laughing.  Seriously, there was droolage.  Anyway, the "shocker" is a long-time inside joke for us and your mittens had us in tears.  So rad.  One day, I hope to be as cool as you.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: book club... is it worth it? cheap knitting books? on: January 16, 2006 07:30:38 PM
Yeah, I think so... I don't see why not, as long as you buy at least 2 books a year.  I bought one of my "2 books" since they had that promo going on for 50% off any book.  You are right though, it would save on shipping if you bought them all together.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: book club... is it worth it? cheap knitting books? on: January 15, 2006 08:14:45 AM
So true jnaos... I work retail and we sell magazines and if the company wants credit for the magazines then you "RTV" them, which is basically what you described... tearing off the cover, sending it to the mag company and then ripping the magazine apart.  It's such a waste and the paper isn't even recycled.  Makes you wonder about other items. 
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