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1  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!

2  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!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / book club... is it worth it? cheap knitting books? on: January 11, 2006 04:39:06 PM
Hey guys!

I saw an ad in a knitting magazine for this book club.  You get 4 books for $4 and then just buy two books in a year.  They have tons of knitting and crafty choices, many books that I've been wanting to get... I was wondering if anyone else out there had joined before and if it was reputable.  Thanks!


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Needing advice on scarf for mother! on: January 01, 2006 11:38:24 AM
Hey all you knitters!!

I really need some help.  I was wanting to make a scarf for my mother's birthday.  I had chosen a very soft baby pink and cream yarn that I was going to knit in either the lace "branching out" pattern or "leisel," and then adorn the bottom with freshwater pearls for a really elegant look. 

I was thinking... lace, freshwater pearls, cashmere-y soft yarn (though it isn't).... elegant.  But... I have discovered that I HATE knitting lace. 

So... anyone have any suggestions on a new pattern for me that would LOOK fancy... but require less frusteration than lace knitting?  I've frogged the "branching out" and "leisel" patterns so many times.... I cannot seem to get started.   I was thinking of maybe an easy cable pattern instead?  I've only knit cables before once, just to learn...

I would appreciate any help you guys could offer me...  Thanks so much!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wavy scarf from Knitty (and bonus pug shots for good measure) on: December 09, 2005 09:26:24 PM
Here is my version of the Knitty.com's wavy scarf using 100% wool hand-dyed.  Turned out very warm and soft and exactly what I wanted!  Yes, that's an additional pug for good measure... she wouldn't move out of frame. Damn diva.  She likes my scarf, too....  chewing on it, that is.  Thanks for looking!


6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / sparkle wraps in time for xmas! Glitter fans unite...! on: December 09, 2005 09:18:27 PM
Here are a few variations of the same pattern.  All were done using bulky yarn and crocheted very fast (1-2 hours max) so they made EXCELLENT last minute Christmas gifts...  Fun-fur was added to make them unique.  Incidentally, these were my first projects to ever crochet so I am even more proud of them! 

Let me know what you guys think... 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet another totally awesome faux fur fox stole (her name is Annabelle!)... on: December 09, 2005 09:14:21 PM
Here is my version of Knitty.com's faux fur fox stole... loved making it and will probably make more for friends.  Just substituted similar yarn to get a similar texture. The gauge wasn't that crucial.  I had to name her, and she looked like an Annabelle!  Her feet were the best to make... I couldn't stop giggling.  Most. Fun. Ever.


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