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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks. Lots of Socks. 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
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I need a design thesaurus 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.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seven Socks (img heavy) 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.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Problem with stitches (using Cotton-Ease) on: July 14, 2007 05:00:05 PM
I'm knitting the Lelah top, which I am completely in love with, but now that I've reached the stockinette top I've noticed something. The left side of my stitches blend together, while the right side of the stitches are well defined. This creates a look of vertical stripes, with the left sides making a continuous column and the rights make a swirling column with diagonal lines. I wish I had a picture, but as my camera is dead this description is the best I could do. I've never had this problem before, so I'm wondering if anyone knows what is causing it. I'm using Cotton-Ease, a yarn I have never used, and didn't know if it had something to do with the slipperiness of the yarn (I usually use straight merino wool, since I'm always cold). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Felter-- Questions Abound & Advice Needed on: August 26, 2006 11:15:09 AM
Hey all.  I'm the newly dubbed "textiles person" in my school's art program, and I have all sorts of ambitious projects in mind-- felted portraits, landscapes, you get the idea.  I've checked out the sticky on supplies, but I'm really looking to buy in bulk-- anyone know of any good sites?  I'm in the US, so a store here would be great, but I'll take whatever I can get.  Also, does anyone have any advice on how to get started?  My stuff needs to be able to hold up well, but I'm not sure what types of fiber felt the best.  Also, should I use roving or loose fiber? I don't even know what the differences are.  I don't know whether to use animal or plant fibers...  Ahhh I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Any kind of advice on your preferences would be greatly appreciated!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Eunny Jang's Deep-V Argyle Vest on: August 07, 2006 04:38:51 PM
I've been obsessed with this vest for a while, and though I have never even attempted intarsia or stranding, I just bought the pattern and ordered my yarn. Anyone else working on this?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle books/patterns on: August 06, 2006 11:45:39 PM
I've always loved fair isle sweaters and I've decided that I want to give it a try myself. I understand the idea, so do any of you all know of any good books or patterns that you would recommend? Everything I come up with seems to old lady-ish, and I'm the kind of person who wants to be able to wear their hard work around. Thanks!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / another dumb question on: July 17, 2006 02:18:44 PM
I'm making the cropped jacket from the newest Knit.1, and it's the first sweater I've ever made. I'm having a problem with the neckline bind-off. The question I have concerns the first side of the neck, after I've knit from the shoulder upto the neck.  I'm supposed to bind off 4 stitches, but I can't get the last stitch off of the needle. I can take a picture if that would be a better explanation. Does anyone know what to do?

My new question is about blocking. I've never done something that required blocking before, so I was wondering if I should block my sweater pieces before I sew them together or afterwards. I've seen blogs where people show before and after pictures of a blocked sweater, but all the instructions I've seen have said things like "lay the sweater pieces out and blah blah blah."
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Any painters taking commissions? on: July 16, 2006 08:31:14 PM
My boyfriend and I are celebrating our 2-year anniversary in the middle of October, and I'd like to have someone paint a portrait of us (from a picture, obviously).  I really want to have an oil painting of us, but a) I'm more of a printmaker and b) I'm terrible at portraits.  If anyone is interested, I'd love to see some of your work. And don't worry-- I'll pay nicely. I know how absurdly expensive materials are Roll Eyes
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / tropical clutch on: July 02, 2006 02:47:01 PM
I made this using laurasaurus's tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24610.0) last night. I'm in love with it.

And most importantly, the lining!

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