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1  Socks. Lots of Socks. in Knitting: Completed Projects by alicelovester on: July 12, 2009 08:15:29 PM
It feels like all I ever knit anymore is socks, but I figure that's not the worst thing in the world.

These are my current favorite socks--I just wish it wasn't July so that I could wear them! The pattern is Ilga's Socks from Favorite Socks.

I made these for my mom for Christmas--the boys in my family have ridiculously large feet, so I usually only make socks for her.  These are the Estonian Traveler's Socks from Favorite Socks.

These were made for a friend, who picked out a difficult pattern and an yarn that wasn't really meant for socks. I think they turned out pretty well anyway and will probably end up making some for myself.  They're Austrian Socks from Favorite Socks (where else?  I swear I own other sock books...).

These are shortened Embossed Leaves socks from Favorite Socks.  I just knit the cuff and the foot portion because I didn't have enough yarn to make a full pair. These are also the first socks I blocked on my new sock blockers, and they made me love them.

Mother's Day socks for my mom, obviously.  They are the Padded Footlets from Favorite Socks without the padding part.

Please pretend that there are two of each of these socks--they're still in progress. The pink and green one was my first argyle sock. I'm making them for someone else, so I decided to also make myself some.  I used this pattern: http://www.siskiyouknits.com/grannielinda/sockarticles/argylesock.htm
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2  Re: Victoriana Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alicelovester on: July 12, 2008 06:46:50 AM
Sooo I actually received from Wildflowers yesterday, but my camera died while uploading photos  Shocked It was very traumatic, trust me.  Anyway, Wildflowers went way above and beyond on this swap. My package was amazing.  I'm moving into my first apartment next month, so everything is destined for there.

Anyway, my mom was as excited to see this package as I was, so she had already opened it up by the time I grabbed my camera:

Upon seeing this adorable tea cozy (it has the same design on the other side, as well as the little raised flowers), my mom tried to claim it by saying that I don't drink tea. I said I would start because I could now keep it nice and warm.

Next was this Alice in Wonderland illustration (which definitely doesn't look like it was printed off the internet!) in a gilded frame, which will have a central spot in the mass of frames behind my couch ( sort of a la http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahleeab/2557531146/).

Then I found literally the prettiest pincushion I have ever found.  I learned to sew when I was around 10, but for those 9 years I've only used the classic tomato pincushion.  That is changing.  Although I could also use this to display my sorority badge.  Hmm...

This is the side of the pincushion.  Can you believe all the detail she put into this?

My mother also tried to steal these Tiffany blue tassels, but in my mind they are already being used to tie back the curtains in my apartment's living room.

I need you all to giggle with me when you see this "extra".  To me, an extra is a little doodad you had lying around or a...I don't know what, but something small.  Wildflowers told me she saw this fabric and decided to try this out for me:

 Shocked It's a pillow that looks like a Tiffany box!! It's good sized (I couldn't fit it all in the picture when it was on my bathroom counter), and the silky ribbon is appliqued on.  I'm a novice sewer, so I even thought it was cool that the ribbon matched up at the seams!

Thank you so, so much Wildflowers! I'm ending the bragging now.

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3  Re: Victoriana Swap! Sign-ups CLOSED! Send-outs 7/9/08 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by alicelovester on: July 10, 2008 03:16:44 PM
I couldn't resist posting a teaser for Wildflowers. I hope none of these are too obvious--it's hard to tell, since I spent so much time with these!

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4  I need a design thesaurus in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by alicelovester on: March 15, 2008 03:07:24 AM
I'm moving in to my first apartment soon, and I'm stuck on decorating. The problem is a little weird, though--I know WHAT I like, just not how to describe it. I heard my grandma describe some of the furniture I like as Grand Revival, but my Google searches have pulled up practically nothing on what that style is.

I like:
- Tiffany blue and pink
- Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette
- domino magazine
- chandeliers
- lots of framed pictures, especially in big gaudy gold frames
- tea sets
- The type of chair in the right picture here:

If there is a specific name for this sort of style that you all can pin down, or at least some keywords that will help me in my online shopping venture, I would forever be in your debt. Well, I would appreciate it, at least.
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5  Seven Socks (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by alicelovester on: March 08, 2008 04:46:35 PM
I started knitting socks a few months ago and my, how the obsession has grown. In chronological order:

My first pair, which are the Cable Rib Socks from Favorite Socks.  Made of Lorna's Laces in Devon.

These were my mom's Christmas gift--the infamous Embossed Leaves socks from Favorite Socks. The yarn is also Lorna's Laces, and I believe the color is Smoke. Something like that, anyway.

My brother's (blue) and dad's (black) Christmas socks. A little boring, but we have to remember that they ARE guys Wink Both are Thuja, from Knitty.  The blue is Fortissima Socka, and the black is Lorna's Laces in Charcoal.

The coloring of these reminds me of chocolate-dipped bananas. The pattern is Red Herring, which is also from Knitty, and the yarns are KnitPicks Palette in Tan and Nutmeg. If I made these again, I definitely wouldn't reverse the coloring on the cuff and foot.

I am OBSESSED with this pattern! These are the Padded Footlets from Favorite Socks, but I skipped the whole padded part.  The yarn is Mondial Extrafine (so soft) and I will take these socks with me to the grave, I swear.

I hate the pooling on these, so they went to my mom.  The pattern is Monkey (yaaaay Knitty!) and the yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Louet Gems in Life's a Beach.

I feel like a sock making machine, and I love it.
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6  Re: Eunny Jang's Deep V argyle vest in Knitalongs by alicelovester on: November 13, 2006 12:10:56 PM

I had to do quite a bit of resizing with my sewing machine (I blocked it for the wrong size), but I'm in love.
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7  Re: Eunny Jang's Deep V argyle vest in Knitalongs by alicelovester on: September 29, 2006 03:51:02 AM
I'm a smidge bit over halfway through chart A.

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8  Re: Eunny Jang's Deep V argyle vest in Knitalongs by alicelovester on: August 11, 2006 03:43:22 PM
I'm having a problem... I think. You know you're having a problem when you're not sure you have one.

This is my first time working both in the round and with more than one color. Oh, and it's also my first time wrapping my yarn counterclockwise when I knit, as I used to do it the other way. Anyway, I thinksome combination of all of these firsts is giving me this:

I circled the problems here, in case they aren't obvious.

In the pictures I've seen of Eunny's vest, the diamonds look like they have nicely sloped edges. Do you see how the white kind of edges into the brown? I'm not sure if that is right or not. As for the second circle, the lines are simply not right. I know* I've followed the pattern correctly, since I'm so paranoid about doing it right. Do you think I'm wrapping the yarn wrong or something? I'd appreciate any advice you all have. Thanks!

* I am pretty sure, at least...
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9  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by alicelovester on: July 31, 2006 03:38:57 PM
I had to make another one  Cheesy I like this one more.

Please ignore the fact that you can see my bra in the mirror.
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10  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by alicelovester on: July 28, 2006 09:21:04 PM
This is my version that I made tonight with my last $30. Good thing my parents pay for everything...

This is my favorite way to wear it.

I'm in love with it and am going to make one in every color. I can't get it to stay up where I want it, though, even with elastic  Undecided

And by the way, I colored out my face because I'm unphotogenic, not because of safety or something. My friends thought I was weird for doing it.
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