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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Moebius Cowl on: April 18, 2006 09:09:44 PM
This is a free pattern from Cat Bordhi's website and it uses her unique moebius cast on.

the yarn is Araucania Magallanes
I used less than a skein


I like how the thin/thick yarn makes the edge kind of scalloped, though you can't quite see that in this photo.

and here I am pretending it's not 90-something degrees outside and that wearing a wool cowl is perfectly practical...
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sloped bind off ? on: March 09, 2006 11:31:49 PM
I know there's a video on how to do a sloped bind off on knittinghelp.com (used for shoulder/neck edges and the like) but I guess it only shows you how to do it on the right side/ beginning of a row. 
If I'm trying to do the sloped BO on both sides (for arms holes in a sweater) how would I do it on the left side?   Drop a stitch and then pass it over the previous stitch?   ayyy  That is so hard to explain..  If you know what a sloped BO is then maybe you'd get what I'm saying?   I feel all confuzzled.

Or I guess I should just work it on the next row, which for me is the purl row. ??
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elfin Earflap Hat on: March 06, 2006 09:48:31 PM
Ok, so they don't call it that, but because of the yarn I was using and the little point it made on top, I thought it looked like a little elf hat. Smiley

I really liked this pattern because it's knit from the top down, so you just knit until the hat fits.  That's been a problem for me in the past because I guess I have a smaller-than-usual head.

The yarn I used was some lovely wool I bought in Paris in December.  It's Plassard Versatile in a color called Bain, which I think is somewhat descriptive, even though it started reminding me of a mysterious swamp.

I made a few modifications to the pattern, like adjusting needle size for my yarn and changing the earflap design.  They tell you to do the earflaps in garter stitch, which I thought was ugly.  I used a proportional amount of stitches and made a 2 stitch wide garter stitch border and left the middle as stockinette.   I think the earflaps might need a bit of blocking so that they don't curl under quite so much.
I didn't like the idea of doing i-cord with my precious thick/thin yarn (or in general) so I just doubled up the yarn and braided it.
Also, instead of making a pompom on top, I secured the cast on tail and pulled it through the center hole.  haha..  My hat has a tail !  I think it's whimsical.


It really is hard to take photos of yourself wearing hats or something without it looking like a crappy myspace photo.

I heart mon petit chapeau !

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribs + gauge + needle size on: February 15, 2006 12:32:38 AM
I'm knitting a pattern that calls for a gauge that's 15 sts x 21 rows on 6mm (US 10) needles.  The pattern begins with 2x2 ribbing on 5mm (US Cool needles.

I got gauge on US 10.5 needles.  For the ribbing, does this mean that I should move up to US 9 needles or just stay with the US 8 needles?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loop-d-loop Cowl ... goth style! on: November 01, 2005 11:18:51 AM
My friends had a wedding themed Halloween party on Friday.  (Wedding themed Halloween party??  Yeah, I didn't get it either.)  Anyways, I decided to go as a goth bride (no, I didn't have the Corpse Bride in mind).  While brainstorming for the costume, I decided I could finally use up the lonely skein of black Patons Brilliant I had languishing in my yarn tub.  I thought that the cowl done in black and with very open stitch work would look quite gothy, and I think it did.
I added cheap plastic purple beads and a purple ribbon as the "drawstring."


My friend and I at the party.  She was the "crazy aunt"
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loop-d-loop Yoke Vest on: October 19, 2005 04:55:39 PM
sorry for the blurriness!

and sorry you can't exactly see the nice decreasing and increasing details

it's the same yarn that's in the book: Needful Yarns/Filtes King Van Dyck in color #129

Such a quick knit!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Moebius Sling Bag on: October 04, 2005 10:05:31 AM
This is the "summer weight" version of the felted sling bag from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting.
I used Cascade 220 for the MC and Noro Kureyon as the CC.

Now, I knew the yarns would probably felt differently before I started..
I didn't realize that the Cascade would felt so much faster than the Kureyon.  Live and learn, right?
I had to let it keep felting so that the Kureyon would felt more, but this meant that the Cascade kept felting... and shrinking.  Now the bag part of it is a a weee bit smaller than I would like.  I'm hoping that gravity will help me.
Yeah, I could have tugged and stretched more while I was blocking, but oh well..
Overall, I'm pleased with it.  I just need to wait for it to get a little bit cooler out.  A wool purse in 90 degree weather isn't very fun.

close up of part of the strap and the pocket/pouch, prefelting

after felting, inside out showing the pouch.  I think it looks like an udder.

me, modeling the bag.  what a dorky grin! haha
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Moebius Basket on: September 13, 2005 03:29:07 PM
This is a pattern from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi.

It was my first felting project and also my first time to try the moebius technique she uses in her books.

I used some lion brand fisherman's wool I dyed several weeks ago.


That blur in the last photo is my cat Pablo.  Lips sealed

I really like the moebius cast on technique and I can see all sorts of possibilities in it.  I really recommend this book.  Up next is a felted sling bag made from Cascade 220 and Noro Kureyon.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 3 skeins Noro Kureyon; 2 skeins debbie bliss cashmerino aran on: September 03, 2005 08:13:08 PM
Well, as the title suggests, I have 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon and 2 skeins of debbie bliss cashmerino aran.  I bought them for some a sock pattern found in Noro Knits.  Well, after I knit nearly all of one sock, I decided that I hated the shaping of the sock and that I'd rather use this yarn for something I'll actually wear.
I'd like to use the two yarns in the same project since they go so well together.
In total, I have 480 meters of yarn (525 yards).

I'm think that's enough for a shrug or something.  Any suggestions?
Would I have enough yardage for the Picovoli from the newest issue of Magknits?

Or perhaps I should venture out and try to make up my own top-down raglan shruggy thing?   I've NO idea what to do with this stuff.

Here's a photo because the colors are so pretty. Smiley

p.s. I took that photo way before I decided to scrap the sock project.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super bulky cable scarf! on: August 09, 2005 02:08:04 PM
A few months ago I went to the LYS and couldn't resist buying two skeins of Plymouth Yukon Print.  I wasn't really thinking about what I could make with it.. I just bought it.  Later I realized that you can't really make a whole lot with only 120 yards of super bulky yarn.  What to make?  I didn't want to make something boring like a scarf, but conceded in the end since there aren't a lot of options.  I found this pattern and decided to use it because it wasn't boring, but it was also easily remembered.  I'm also a sucker for cables.

and.. here's my finished product (unblocked):

Two skeins made it a really nice scarf length and because it's so bulky, it's really warm and squishy.  I'll just have to remember not to wear it with dark colored stuff because it sheds like a mutha.

35% mohair, 35% wool, 30% acyrlic in color #2004
It think the acrylic is what gives it its lovely sheen.
It's about 4.75 inches across.
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