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1  Three cupcakes & 'My So Called Scarf' in Knitting: Completed Projects by ijsblokje on: August 10, 2007 04:10:12 PM
Well, now that the Secret Pal thing on livejournal is over, I think I can post the knits I sent to my Secret Pal.

Each month I sent her a knitted cupcake/muffin, which increased in size.

baby cupcake:

made with size 3's, I think

bran muffin:

made with US 7

blueberry? muffin

made with US 10

made with acrylic scraps, noro kureyon scraps, lamb's pride bulky and mystery nubby thick & thin wool I bought when I first started knitting.

pattern here: http://ax174.blogspot.com/2006/02/my-own-pattern-iv-cupcake.html

I also sent her a scarf..

heh.. sorry for the faceless, 'fierce' photo.  it was the best for showing off the scarf.
I used 2 skeins of Colonia 140 from handpaintedyarn.com in 'Sotobosque,' which means underbrush in Spanish.
pattern: http://www.sheepinthecity.prettyposies.com/archives/000079.html

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2  Mbius scarf thing in Knitting: Completed Projects by ijsblokje on: July 15, 2007 07:29:18 PM
In June, I had just returned from a nice vacation to Norway and was brutally confronted with the heat and humidity of SE Texas.  I was so sweaty and I couldn't help but think, "there's no way I can knit wool in these temperatures."  My solution was to knit a mbius loop scarf thing with handpainted cotton, preferably in pink.

So, here's what I came up with:

the yarn is Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton

worn as a cowl..

my original concept

a wrap?

I think I can 'rock' it, but it does seem a bit like I'm wearing a big pink tube thing.

This yarn sheds a lot, unfortunately.  Would a wash help that?
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3  Re: Leaf Camisole Knit.1 Summer '07 in Knitalongs by ijsblokje on: July 10, 2007 08:09:17 PM
heh.. I didn't know there was a knitalong for this.

I cast on yesterday..
this is the first 14 rows of the front:

Somehow I managed to mess up a SK2P.   Huh
I'm sure it's easily fixed though.

I'm using lion brand cotton ease, btw
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4  LB Bolero & Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Dyeing: Completed Projects by ijsblokje on: June 24, 2007 07:11:26 PM
I've been really busy dying yarn in the past two weeks.  I ran out of dye twice!  Silly me for not checking the levels of what I had and um changing my mind at the last minute over what color the yarn will be dyed...

First is 8 skeins (440 yds) of Lion Brand Bolero that I overdyed.  The original colorway was "Blue Lime" and though the colors were nice, I thought they'd be way too busy and distract from the pattern.  (I'm using the yarn to knit the Rockefeller Sweater from Twinkle's Big City Knits)

My camera doesn't do well with subtle variations in dark colors..

If I had to give it a name, I'd call it "Deep Forest."  I used Jacquard acid dye in Spruce.

Next up is a bit less than 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca that I dyed pink.  I had planned for over a month to dye it dark blue, then suddenly changed my mind.. it had to be bright pink!  with slight purple tints!  This will become the Luna Moth Shawl from Elann.com.

I am so happy with this.   Grin
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5  Purple Noro Cash Iroha in Dyeing: Completed Projects by ijsblokje on: June 23, 2007 12:12:46 AM
mmm I got a bit less than 3 skeins of Noro Cash Iroha (Natural) in a swap and I finally dyed them on Monday.

here are the results:

I wanted it to be a bit more pink (I put too much blue in), but I love the results.

I also overdyed some Lion Brand Bolero, but haven't photographed it yet.
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6  Vogue Embellished V-Neck in Knitting: Completed Projects by ijsblokje on: May 21, 2007 02:28:38 PM
Ok, so this still isn't 100% finished, but that's ok.  I actually finished knitting this in January or so and finished the seaming in March.  I wasn't motivated to finish because I wasn't sure I liked how it was turning out.  The armpit seams were too tight, did I like the length?, what would I wear underneath it?, etc..
I still haven't woven in the ends because I had been seriously thinking of frogging it and knitting something else with the yummy yarn.
However, I think I've finally decided that I like it.  I plan on weaving in those pesky ends on my loooooong plane ride to Northern Europe this weekend.

It's been raining outside, so the photoshoot had to be done inside and things came out a little dark.  With flash:

That's not the true color, but you can see how it fits.

Without flash:

Many thanks to the "sheer jersey chemise" from American Apparel for renewing my faith in this sweater!  I need to buy some more of those..

Laying on the floor.  This is the best representation of the color.

Yarn: plymouth suri merino
Pattern: Embellished V-Neck from Vogue Knitting Fall 2006
Notes: I made the smallest size and because I'm lazy I decided to leave the embellishments off even though I've made 5/6 of them.  I aggressively blocked the shoulders/armpits to get them to not be so awful looking.  I also left off the weird crochet detail around the neck.  I suck at crochet and it looked bad.

I'm starting to love this sweater.   Grin
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7  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by ijsblokje on: May 13, 2007 01:07:28 PM
I'm sort of lazily knitting 2 clapotis this summer.  I'm an ADD knitter.. I have about a million projects going at once.  I have plans to climb back onto the "Knit from Your Stash" wagon when I get back from my next trip.  That means that I actually have to finish projects I've started so that I can use up my yarn.

here's a photo of one:

I'm using MCY's wool/silk blend in "Exotic" with US 7 needles
Thanks to the high silk content, I probably won't have to block this much whenever it's finished. (if at all)

the other:

handpaintedyarn.com's Ejido 160 with US 8 needles.  I forgot the name of the colorway.  It might be Rocas.
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8  Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong in Knitalongs by ijsblokje on: May 09, 2007 11:38:43 AM
here's a progress photo of my Twiggy Tunic.  I'm 30 rows into the cable patterning.

and a badly lit modeled photo.  it's hot outside, so I didn't bother getting it just right.  It fits pretty well.  I ended up making the XS size.
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9  Re: Knitty's Danica in Knitalongs by ijsblokje on: March 25, 2007 10:11:58 PM

this is SWTC Karaoke in Splash.  I'm on the fence on how I feel about how the colors are turning out.   Undecided
I know I wouldn't wear it as a scarf.
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10  Re: Knitty's Dashing (Spring 07) in Knitalongs by ijsblokje on: March 25, 2007 09:50:15 PM
So glad there's a KAL for this.

I finished #1 last week in Albuquerque waiting for my stupid hotel room to be available after being up since 4 am.   Angry

the yarn is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Hyacinth and I made the smaller size

Now I just need to start and finish the second...
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