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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Three cupcakes & 'My So Called Scarf' 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

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mbius scarf thing 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?
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / LB Bolero & Berroco Ultra Alpaca 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
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Purple Noro Cash Iroha 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.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Vogue Embellished V-Neck 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
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Golden apples of the sun on: May 14, 2007 01:34:35 AM
How did I not know this board was here?!

I can't wait for school to be over (this is the last week.. ever!), because then I can devote my time to all things crafty, which includes having a day long dye fest.  I'm even going to teach the boyfriend how to dye AND how to knit.  Cheesy

here's some handspun wool/mohair I dyed sometime within the last month.  (I bought the handspun from etsy; didn't spin it myself)

I used Jacquard acid dye in Gold Ochre, stovetop method.  I love the lighter yellow bits that are mixed in there.  I've knitted an earflap hat with it, which I hope to finish in the next week.  (I only have to crochet the edging and that takes me forever to do)

I also dip dyed some SWTC Optimum, using Jacquard acid dye in Pink.  I don't know how crazy I am about how it came out.  Sure it looks nice in the hank and balled up, but knitted?  :\  Maybe I'll find a good use for it.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink Cabled Scarf on: May 05, 2007 10:20:49 AM
I haven't had many FOs lately.  Maybe that's because I work on too many things at once...
Here's pink scarf scarf I finished in March or so.  The pattern is from One Skein and I used 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden.  It's not the longest scarf in the world (56"), but it's bright pink and it never gets very cold here anyways, so I'm happy.

See that part on the left side where the light pink suddenly turns into bright pink?  Yeah.. I wasn't too happy that the yarn was broken, tied back together, and suddenly changed into a different color.  Oh well


Hopefully I'll have a more substantial FO to post this month.    I'm "this close" to finishing a sweater.   Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Norway? on: April 22, 2007 07:33:54 PM
The last week of May, I'll be going to what my dad refers to as "a suburb of Oslo."  I don't know the name of the town, but obviously it's near Oslo.

Are there any interesting knitting/fiber shops/places in/around Oslo?  er.. places besides Dale of Norway?  (I see Dalegarn is sold in a ton of shops in Norway)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lion costume ? on: April 10, 2007 01:30:30 PM
My friends are having a surrealist themed party this weekend and my bf and I are going as The Lion and Unicorn (you know, from the Royal Coat of arms of the United Kingdom and also from Through the Looking Glass).

Obviously I don't have much time to do anything.  We're not interested in making a full out head to toe costume either.  I just want your ideas on how I could make my bf's head look liony.

I'm a knitter, so I've been thinking of knitting and slightly felting a headband thing that could be the mane.  I guess I could knit and felt ears as well?
I don't think he'd be interested in any sort of make-up for his face.

And should I make something for his hands to make them paw-like? 

What are your suggestions for making him liony?

I'm pretty sure I can make myself look unicorny.  (haha)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ISO: Elann Peruvian Highland Silk--Calypso Green on: April 04, 2007 09:20:56 PM
I am in dire need of 3 skeins of Elann's Peruvian Highland Silk--Calypso Green; dyelot doesn't matter.
I've submitted a "Desperately Seeking" request on elann's website, but I thought I'd post here too, just in case.

My WIP (a sweater) was spirited away by a car thief and now elann is out of this colorway.  Cry  c'est trs chiant
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