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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A bunch of FO's. on: September 25, 2007 10:29:41 AM
Okay, so like a bad person I've left poor Craftster widow to the all consuming addicting Ravelry. So, I have a whole bunch of FO's to show off. I can say this for Ravelry, the one thing it doesn't have that Craftster has is a place to show off you projects as they get done, you have to trust that someone is paying attention to the 'people' page or stalking your notebook.

Anyways, here goes.

Of course I knit more dog sweaters.

This one is some Caron Shadows yarn, exactly one ball of it. Modeled by Allie Mae.

This is made from SWTC SoySilk, about half a skein. Modeled by Dixie Lee

My best friend is pregnant, and while I'm chomping at the bit to make baby stuff, we won't know the sex of the baby for awhile, so I've settled on making this letter bear clothes until I figure out whether I'm knitting for a boy or girl. The plan is to knit it themed sweaters (like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc.) so it has a whole wardrobe by the time the baby is born in April.

Here's the first sweater. Just to get the basic number of stitches I'll need, etc.

A few months ago I wanted to figure out short row shaping, so I picked up the Calorimetry pattern from Knitty and went to it.

It's knit from scraps from several different balls of Noro.

That's it for now. I've got a top down raglan cardigan on the needles (first people sized sweater I've knit!) and a cabled scarf for a swap I'm doing on Ravelry. Plus more sweaters for Pooh!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / and.....another dog sweater! yay! on: July 14, 2007 04:11:01 PM

So this is Wendy. She's not my dog, but she is my friends dog, and after forcing my own little Schnauzers to model countless sweaters for me, I 'borrowed' Wendy. Well actually I'm dog sitting her while my friend is out of town and it just happened to be a good occasion to make her a sweater.

So here it is. It's not a shrug like some of my other patterns, this is actually a cardigan. Tapered on the under side to allow for easy potty access. Knitted on 10 1/2 circs. No real pattern, though it does follow the pretty mundane top down raglan theme, though I placed the sleeves a little farther forward than you would for a human.

Knitted quick, last night and this morning. Finished weaving in ends between watching The Breakfast Club and starting High Fidelity.

Still needs Velcro on the underbelly to keep it closed.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / tiny puppy sweater on: July 04, 2007 03:47:12 PM
So....more dog clothes from me!

I don't have a dog small enough to model this, so right now I have pictures on the hanger, but I'm awfully proud of it. Done completely without a pattern using US8 circs and about half a hank of Crystal Palace Cotton Flamme in a really pretty emerald green. The color does not translate well in the photo.

I bought the yarn during a bag sale on littleknits.com, so I have 9 1/2 more hanks of the stuff. I think I might make myself a little cropped cardi out of it. It's soft, the texture makes the simple stitching interesting and it's lightweight enough to be warn even here in Las Vegas during the summer.

I'm pretty pleased with it. It still needs buttons or snaps or something though. I'm trying to decide between some small flower shaped buttons I have or small metal snaps. If I use the snaps they'd be hidden, and this could work for a little boy dog too I think.

What do ya'll think, is it masculine enough to be a boy dog sweater? Or is it still pretty girly without the buttons?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / very first (sewn) bag! on: June 21, 2007 08:54:36 PM
I'm a knitter normally, but today in an attempt to branch out into new areas (adding stock to my etsy store) I decided it was high time I put the sewing machine and stack of fabric I have to use.

Sorry for the links, but I haven't had a chance to resize the images to upload into craftster.
The beauty shot

Close up of hand embroidery

Inside of bag (please disregard the total amatuer pocket, I know I totally goofed that up.)

So, I made a bunch of pretty n00b mistakes, (I seriously sewed the pins I used to hold the peices together in between the bag and the liner. No joke.) but I also learned quite a bit, so hopefully the next one will be better.

This bag is made out of thrift store pillow cases, a Target tank top that looked like a potatoe sack on me and some scrap felt I had lying around (for the yellow leaves).

I think it's okay, but I am by no means wowed by it.

Constructive critiques welcome!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Puppy shrug. (Seriously.) on: June 19, 2007 07:44:21 PM
So, I'm sick. (Again. Stupid immune system.) Under the influence of several cold medications, a serious lack of restful sleep and the giant sale at JoAnnes yesterday (NEVER let a sick woman loose in a yarn store. It was like comfort food but...yarn! I bought way too much.) this is what I came up with:

A puppy shrug! I have been making shrugs lately, mostly because they don't use a lot of yarn, and they're nearly instant gratification because I can churn one out in less than a day. I have two adorable mini schnauzers, so I thought 'hey, I can make me a shrug in less than a day, so it stands to reason that I could make them one in a few hours!'

And here is the result:

This is Dixie modeling outside in the courtyard. (I think this might qualify as pet abuse, we live in Vegas and it's over 100 degrees outside. But I promise she was only out there long enough to take a few pictures and then I wisked her immediately inside to fresh cool water.)

And from the front.

Allie models the details. Some reverse stockinette around the edges of the top and bottom on the back.

And some 2x2 ribbing on the sleeves

I'm already working on a little green one for my friends Chihauhau. It's ridiculous, but all my friends thought it was adorable.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A couple of FOs and a sad story about yarn on: June 14, 2007 10:10:07 PM
Okay, we'll start with the FO's.

Some shrugs:

Teal and White Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, US8 needles, 2x2 ribbing around the sleeves and collar.

close up.

Same idea, better yarn. Blue Sky Alpaca in moss. So soft. Too bad this is the third shrug I've made that looks weird on me. I just don't think I can pull it off

Here's the front

And lastly, an iPod cozy I whipped up for myself from some artyarns wool I had been coveting forever but didn't have enough of it to make anything major. I like it. It works.

And finally the story about the yarn.

So, a few months back I bought a ball of super soft marino wool from a shop in San Diego while I was there for an Honor Society convention. I didn't do anything with it until today. So, I pulled it out of the massive stash pile determined to make something with it, and started to wind it on my center pull ball winder. About half through, I run out of yarn and the rest of the yarn is laying on the table. A big WTF moment. So, what I got for my $9.00 ball of yarn, was two small balls. Which means,  more @#%&^ ends to weave in. Which I hate.

So, it makes me sad.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Exchanging crafting books for new ones? on: June 02, 2007 06:53:39 PM
Okay, I'm going to assume this goes here, if not feel free to move or delete!

I'm a member on www.paperbackswap.com, which is a site that allows users to post books they no longer want, and other members to do the same, then when you find a book you like you can order it (assuming you have points, from other members wanting your books.) It works on a system kind of like swaps on here, in that you get credit once your book was successfully sent and received in the condition you promised it. Which keeps down the instances of getting crap.

Anyways, how this pertains to crafters: I posted not only the novels I was done with, but also some of my older crochet and knitting books I was done using. Ones I either didn't like any of the patterns from once I bough it, or had moved past the level of patterns in it.

So I just wanted everyone else to know about it, that way if you're like me and you have a shelf full of 'beginner' books you haven't looked at in months, and REALLY REALLY want a copy of oh, say Twinkles Big City Knits but don't really want to shell out the $25 for it, give paperbackswap a try.

Sometimes you're on a waiting list for awhile until someone posts the book you want, but the more people that sign up and start posting books the easier it is going to be to get the books you want.

Anyways, I just thought it was a good idea for those of you like me who hoard craft books.

(oh, and if any of you join, make sure to add each other as friends, that way your friends get first pick at the books you post but you're still earning credits on the site by sending to each other through it. My nickname on the site is danidocrafty if anyone wants to peruse my list of books available.)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Isabeau purse (my first lace like FO!) on: May 26, 2007 02:44:04 PM
So here she is hanging up (trying to stretch the handle out a bit.)

Here it is in the sunlight so you can see the button (reclaimed from an ugly coat of my mother in laws)

This is the yarn detail. I used K1C2 Merino Gold yarn. Just one skein (I had some left over from a sweater I made my dog.)

And here's the lining (salvaged from MILs quilting stash)

My sewing skills leave much to be desired, but overall I'm quite pleased with it. I'm going to a concert tonight (Gym Class Heros) and it's the perfect size for chapstick, cell phone, ID and cash.

I finished the main bag portion yesterday afternoon while watching t.v. and then I finished the handle, sewing it up and lining this morning. Quick and easy knit!

I know everyone is making this bag, but on the off chance you haven't seen the pattern yet you can get it http://www.chezplum.com/ for free. Then the larger versions of the bag on there too, but those patterns cost money (which I will be buying, so I can make the tote.)

I'm so freaking pleased with myself. This is the first non rectangular item I've made other than simple dog sweaters.
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / short n sweet and a fit to be tied (lots o' pics) on: February 27, 2007 06:24:08 PM
Okay, I finally finished the short n sweet pattern, which in my house had been renamed "The Devils Jacket" because it was driving me crazy that I couldn't get it right. I actually learned how to crochet specifically to make this item, I bought the book for this pattern. So, after I tackled a few of the other projects: the one skein scarf, (that I made about twelve of to give away as gifts) and the fit to be tied clutch (which I made a flower to put on instead of doing the ribbon part.) and I even started the fat bottom bag, which I'm still working on.

So, here's some pics of the short n sweet a.k.a The Devils Jacket that I am just THRILLED to have finished and below that the Fit to be Tied that I actually did six months ago and finally got around to taking a picture of.

Lying flat

I worked a button hole into one side of the finishing so if I want to add a button later I can, I had a button already but I didn't like how it looked so I took it off, I'm going to wait until I find the perfect button. You can't tell there's a button hole unless you know it's there.

AND the action shot! This is me being SUPER happy I finished something wearable.

the purse

I still need to line it and sew up one side.

Now, I just need to finish the fat bottom bag I've been working on for six months and the baby blanket I've been making for almost a year. Smiley I'm terrible at finishing things.
10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / the short n sweet is KILLING ME! on: January 28, 2007 03:01:11 PM
I'm a fairly accomplished crocheter. However, I'm not great with patterns. I've been working on the short n sweet, but I didn't like the relief stitch, so I've just been doing the shell and following the chart. However, I'm on row 8 of right front, and I'm confused. Seriously confused.

What the HELL is the "attach a seperate strand of yarn in first st in row 8, ch 3." for? I mean, I understand what to do, I just can't figure out why I'm doing it, I read the rest of the pattern and I don't see where I pick this yarn up later. Also, am I leaving a loop at the begining of the row, or just a peice of string, is it long? Short? Knotted? The only other person I know in real life that can crochet is my  mother in law, she looked at it too and couldn't figure it out either.

AAAACK! I LOOOOOVE this bolero and really REALLY want to make it, I've been eying the pattern ever since I got the book a year ago, but was waiting until I found the perfect yarn to make it. I found the yarn (thank you knitpicks.com) but now I kind of want to gouge my eyes out with my size H hook!

Help me before I harm myself in a grievous manner.

Oh, and I already have the errata.
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