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1  Bejeweled Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by rjbell on: August 20, 2007 07:44:27 AM

I started this scarf late last year and must have got distracted by some other project because I recently found it unfinished at the bottom of my knitting bag.

The pattern is by Lisa Shobhana Mason, author of YarnPlay, and is called Bejeweled.  She wore the scarf in a picture in the book but the pattern wasn't in the book.  So she made it available on her website.  At the time she was trying to raise money for medical bills for her dog.

I took a sweater class from Lisa right after I learned to knit.  I was in over my head having only made scarfs and hats up until then.  But Lisa patiently helped me to pick out a pattern and yarn even though I was freaking out a bit by all the choices.

The sweater actually turned out pretty good if not a little big.  It is a great sweater to wear around the house.  And now that I'm on my way to Seattle, I'll be able to wear it more often.

Anyway, the Bejeweled scarf is an easy knit.  For the green one I only increased to 24 stitches because I didn't have enough yarn to make it wider and have it long enough.  The pink one has 32 stitches like in the pattern.

I'm taking the pink one on the plane with me today on my trip out to California to meet my new boss and go for some training.  I'm using Baby Bee Little Britches in Breebug/#4112.  I like how it has flecks of purple, yellow, and pink in it.  It is a soft yarn.

The green one is from a mystery yarn from my stash so I don't know what it is.  But I think it is Cascade 220.  It is rougher then the Baby Bee but I think it will be okay after a couple of washes.

Pattern:  Bejeweled by Lisa Shobhana Mason
Needles:  Denise Size 8
Gauge: 16 sts/4 inches (green), 15 sts/4 inches (pink)
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2  Baby Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by rjbell on: August 19, 2007 07:53:43 AM

I made this shrug for my friend's daughter. I made the 9-12 months size even though she is 18 months.  She is small for her age.  It ended up a little big for her. But it is August and about 95+ degrees everyday so hopefully by the time it gets cold she'll have grown into it more.

I used Vanna's Choice which felt softer in the store then when I knitted it up. I'm hoping that it will get softer with washing. The pattern called for Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran but I wanted a machine washable less expensive yarn.

It wasn't a difficult knit. It is knit all in one piece so there was only a little bit of seaming.

I think if I was to knit it again I'd use a sport weight yarn instead and adjust the pattern. It ended up a little to thick then needed for a baby in Texas.

Pattern: Baby Shrug from Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Vanna's Choice in Rose (#142), 2 1/2 Balls
Gauge: 18sts/4 inches
Needles: Size 7
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3  Re: 50 Wash Cloths-along (now with MORE patterns!) in Knitalongs by rjbell on: July 22, 2007 06:36:31 PM
Here's my Darrell Waltrip Cloth

I used Peaches and Cream in Faded Denim.
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4  Re: IK Josephine-along in Knitalongs by rjbell on: July 18, 2007 07:18:11 PM
I got my yarn for this top last week.  So far I've knitted two of the pattern repeats of the rib/lace.  I'm usin Knit Pick Shine Sport.  The color is Willow. 

I couldn't get my gauge to the suggest one so I changed the pattern to match mine.

I can't decided if I like the right side with the reverse stockinette showing mostly between the lace panels:

or the wrong side, that shows stockinette v's.

I may just go with the wrong side as being my right side!
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5  Re: Anthropologie-inspired capelet + Tutorial! in Knitting: Completed Projects by rjbell on: July 07, 2007 07:32:53 AM
Here is the capelet I did.  I used Lion Brand DK Wool Ease that I got a few years ago.  Instead of a broach I used a cuff link that I found in my grandfather's cuff link and money clip box.  I have more about the caplet on my blog:

The inside edge curls some.  I tried blocking but that didn't work.  Can I iron acrylic?
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6  Re: cell phone/ iPod cozy knitalong in Knitalongs by rjbell on: June 30, 2007 03:11:40 PM

Here is the iPod cozy I made today.  I just used some left over varigated yarn I had.  It was an easy knit and now my iPod is snug and happy! Cheesy
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