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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Balsam: a cowl with a swirl on: January 20, 2008 04:27:11 AM
This was a quick and fun knit! It was even the first time I didn't modify a pattern, but followed it all way through.
It was worked in the round top down.
Needle size 5.0 mm/US 8.
Yarn: a leftover I had in my stash... Ornaghi Filati HARMONY4... bought on the market in Neapels, Italy.

BALSAM  by Ilga Leja

Some more photos...

I'm on Ravelry as KOMPASSGATAN
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / GREY JAPANESE RIB BERET on: March 30, 2006 10:40:42 AM

This is the third rib beret I knit and I'm satisfied with the result at last!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Alexandra's Needle Case: NOW WITH TUTORIAL LINK on: January 19, 2006 10:41:28 AM
I finished this Needle Roll today. It holds all my needles, DPNs and circulars. I made up a TUTORIAL for it. I know there are several tutorials for needle cases, and you could make your own pattern, but it needs a lot of thinking and calculating.

This case has four layers of pouches. The basic pattern can easily be adapted for your needle need, adding or subtracting pouches, and adapting the length of the pockets for YOUR needles (I use very long ones). Click the photo if you want a larger image.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Crassula scarf - a felted bobbles scarf on: December 28, 2005 01:49:40 PM
This scarf was my brother's gift to his girlfriend for Christmas. He asked me to knit her a scarf. I had for a long time wanted to give felting a try. This is my first felted project (actually it's even my first post on Craftster). It's 100% alpaca wool and it felted very nicely. It's rather thick but still very soft. It shrunk quite a lot! I had it wash two times in the washer before I was satisfied. Maybe a little less would have made it less thick... 50stsx800rows in stockinette! But I cheated... it's machine-knit. The yarn I got was thin, but I think it would have been even nicer with thicker yarn and needles  It was 40cmx220cm (before felting and tieing in the marbles) and it ended up 18x160cm after stretching it! It took a lot of time tieing in the marbles though... and untieing them... I used marbles of different sizes. More pics on my blog.

If you don't see the picture: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7428/909/1600/DSCN3963.jpg


The swatch before and after felting: http://alexandrasknits.blogspot.com/2005/12/shibori-felting.html
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