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1  Re: Gretel beret, anyone? in Knitalongs by cnp71201 on: October 02, 2007 03:56:54 PM
Here's my Gretel, yall. I haven't blocked it yet. Excuse my crappy camera phone pictures, please! The batteries on my digi cam are dead. Usually I post from Photobucket, but as I already have these on Flickr, I'm going to try using that.

Edited to add that I used 1 skein of Malabrigo in a purple colorway, knit the "slouchy" version, and had a little yarn left over. I did not modify the pattern at all, either... but I did start the ribbing on smaller needles than recommended, I think a 4? I have the hat blocking now.
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2  Seen this pattern? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cnp71201 on: April 14, 2007 03:18:59 PM
I saved this picture on my computer awhile back, but now I have no idea where it's from! I normally save picture with their info, but the filename I gave it makes no sense to me.

I would really appreciate it if anyone can tell me where it can be found. I think have the perfect yarn for it now, and absolutely MUST make it!
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3  Gatsby Girl sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: April 01, 2007 06:34:35 PM
Finally! I finished my Gatsby Girl sweater today.

The pattern is from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. I used Rowan Felted Tweed and lengthened the sleeves.

More details and pics at my blog:
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4  Modified Minisweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: November 29, 2006 03:36:01 PM
Inspired by the sweater shown here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pintuck/88235688/in/set-1764781/

I used Glampyre's minisweater pattern to create this:

More details and pictures here:


Sorry, I'm feeling a bit lazy right now, and didn't feel like rewriting everything that's in the post... I may edit this later with some specifics.
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5  Short-Row hat from IK in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: October 30, 2006 07:24:04 PM
I just finished the Short-Row hat from Interweave Knits last night.

Pattern: Short-Row hat available on the Interweave Knits website.
Yarn used: ~1.25 balls of Paton's SWS in the Natural Geranium color.
Needles: Recommended size, 7.
Mods: Left off the icord thingy at the top, felted to size

I really liked this pattern. At first, it confused me; although I'd used the short-row technique in a couple of other patterns, I really didn't understand it. This hat definitely helped, although I'm not sure I'm ready yet to use short-row shaping as bust darts (something I've wanted to learn). I think I'm going to have to knit a garment that uses the technique first, and I think there's an article on Knitty I should read as well. Anyway, the pattern was fun to knit, but I did make a very noticeable mistake right at the beginning. I didn't realize it was a mistake at the time, and actually couldn't tell it until I'd already felted and blocked the hat, so it was too late to rip it out and fix it. You'll see a picture of that under the cut. If there are any suggestions of anything I can do besides "Get over it" or "Rip it out," I'd love to hear them.

The hat turned out a little big for my head, although I knit to gauge... I guess I have a small head. I felted it down in the sink, trying it on in between feltings. It didn't take much, but I didn't get the result I really wanted either. It's a lot tighter now, but still too long for my taste - if I were to knit this pattern again, I'd definitely knit it shorter. I have to tuck under 3 or 4 stitches of the garter band now so that it doesn't cover my eyebrows and my eyes.

I've used this yarn in this particular colorway before, and I really like it. I like the way it looks slightly felted better than just knit up. It's a very soft yarn, and this hat is super WARM. If I were going to Alaska (or some place equally cold), this is the hat I'd wear. I imagine it's so warm because of the felting.

As I've already mentioned, this hat was a good practice piece for the short-row technique. I need more work on my turns, because there are some pretty big gaps between the diamonds. Are there any tips for better hiding the turns? The pattern has you YO, then later close it by k2tog the yarn over and the stitch after... which worked well most of the time, but for the diamonds, still left a big gap.

I closed the crown just by running a piece of yarn through it, pulling it tight, and knotting it. I could tell by then that the hat was a little too large, and didn't want to risk making it even a little bigger. I also didn't bother with the icord thingy on the top, partially since I didn't really like it, but even more due to my boyfriend's looking at the photo of the pattern and innocently asking "Why is there a nipple on top of that hat?"

This is the back... see the huge mistake there? Yowsers!

More pictures and possibly more info available on my blog: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2006/10/fo-short-row-hat.html
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6  Knit.1 Vest and Noro Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: October 26, 2006 10:33:32 PM

Top with Epaulettes from Knit.1 Spring/Summer 2005

This was a very quick, easy, cute knit. I'd recommend it as a beginner project, although the magazine gives it a higher rating... if you can knit, purl, increase, and decrease, or are willing to learn how, you can knit this vest. I used around 2.5 or 2.75 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (man am I glad they are bringing that stuff back!) in color Pineapple, bought online from Smiley's Yarns. I used size 7 needles and didn't bother to swatch (gasp!), which may have been why it came out too long at first. I kinda thought it was going to turn out too long when I was knitting it, but went on ahead anyway. It ended up two or three inches too long, so I had to do surgery... I ended up picking up stitches, cutting off the extra length, and knitting the ribbing back down. I also knit the armhole rib on dpns. That was just easier for me, but the pattern is written to be knit flat entirely, if you're not comfortable yet with that. They also suggest knitting the belt something like 33 inches; I didn't understand why and so just knit it to fit my waist. I think it works.

I forgot where this pattern is from... whoops! I'll try to find it... but if someone recognizes it and wants to comment, that works, too. This bag was super easy... all garter stitch with some very simple shaping. I started it on Saturday and finished it on Monday... and, though I did manage quite a bit of time to knit, it wasn't all I did! So a very quick knit. I loved working with the Noro Silk Garden, color 84. I used two balls and like one yard from a third for this. There were bits of hay and stuff in it, but I thought it was part of the charm (maybe it's not supposed to be), and since it's just a bag, it doesn't matter. The stuff was easy to pick out when I bothered to do so, so I would ok this for a garment.

More details and pictures can be found on my blog: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/
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7  Recreating this hat? in Felting: Discussion and Questions by cnp71201 on: September 25, 2006 11:29:53 PM
Could this hat be re-created using this felting technique? I only knit and crochet, and I thought I could do it that way, but so far I haven't had a lot of luck getting it just as I want it. Someone told me it was more likely that the hat would work better if just felted... so I thought I'd ask here. I love the fold, but can't figure it out. Any ideas on its construction? Hints on techniques? I've seen some really beautiful hats on here, so I hope yall can help! Thanks.

Yes, it is Anne Darrow's hat from King Kong. Best part of the movie, imo! :-)
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8  Re: Kirsten Dunst Pithy hat knitalong anyone? in Knitalongs by cnp71201 on: September 16, 2006 06:24:39 PM
Well, my Spiderman hat is finished!

A couple more pictures and some details can be found on my blog: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2006/09/fo-kirsten-dunst-spiderman-2-pithy-hat.html
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9  Knit-along for Drops 87-03 (Wrap Cardigan with Flowers)?? in Knitalongs by cnp71201 on: September 13, 2006 07:26:09 PM
I probably shouldn't be starting this knit-along yet, since I haven't even decided on a yarn for this, and am not sure when I'll be ordering, but I really love this cardigan I just found and was wondering whether anyone wants to knit it with me!


It's all stockinette, so it looks like a relatively quick knit.

I was thinking of trying Wool of the Andes, or maybe Andean Silk, in Hyacinth. I know it's a totally different content, but is there any reason it wouldn't work? Also, would the cardi look good in such a dark color?
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10  Re: Kirsten Dunst Pithy hat knitalong anyone? in Knitalongs by cnp71201 on: September 12, 2006 02:59:50 PM
Ok, here's my finished Elizabethtown hat, along with pictures from the movie for comparsion:

Elizabethtown hat, from the movie:


I'm not 100% happy with it... the shape, I think, is not quite right, but it looks nice. Also, I think this style is better for girls with bangs.

More info here: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2006/09/fo-elizabethtown-pithy-hat.html

Now to finish the Spiderman one!
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