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1  Knitted Wire in Knitting: Completed Projects by boo on: February 18, 2008 01:28:46 PM
I've been busy!

I was so busy the past year, that I almost didn't knit. I remember that a whole month pass without picking up my needles.

By the beginning of this year, I started working part-time (not by choice, I must tell you, I really need the money), so I found myself with a lot of spare time.

I've been knitting these:

Do you like them?
I've been knitting some purses too, but I haven't got a chance to take good pictures of them.
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2  Re: Mr. Octopi - Octopus with Instructions in Knitting: Completed Projects by boo on: February 28, 2007 03:03:29 AM
Hi girls! I've made a Mrs. Octopi!

The picture is strange, but she looks like her husband, only a bit smaller Smiley
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3  Re: I Want A Fall Bag!Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by boo on: October 27, 2006 05:54:00 AM
Thanks for posting pics Neffytee!

I took pics of the bag you made me today!

Here they are (sorry that they're so crappy):
In action:

With my knitting inside (and other notions):

The general view:

Isn't it cool?

Thanks Smiley
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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by boo on: September 05, 2006 06:26:24 PM
FINALLY, my clutch arrived safe to iloveyou330.. It took soooo long!!!

Well, here it is:

Must get some sleep now, I'm with an ugly cold and tomorrow I must go to work.. bah.
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5  Tote Bag (Now with Pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by boo on: September 05, 2006 08:13:15 AM
I made this for the Ocean Friend Swap.

My partner asked for a Tote and I'm not a tote bag girl, but I decided to try a new design.

So, I came up with this:


And then I decorated with this felt sea turtle and lined with some fish fabric I bought:

I made a smaller version with some left over yarn I had laying around:

Ok, I've translated the directions for anyone who wants to try this. English is not my first language, so.. give me some slack here Smiley
It's quite simple, perfect bag for begginers.

Instructions (for the bigger version):

9 mm needles
Worsted weight yarn ( I felted/fulled it a little bit to tighten up the stitches)

CO 70 sts
Knit in st st for 6 rows (or desired length for the handle, remember that its going to curl)
Next Round (RS): k10, BO 50 sts,  k10
Next round (WS):p10, CO 20 sts, p10

Continue to knit until you have 20 cm (or desired length) from the top of the bag (without  the handle), ending with a RS row.

Bottom Shaping:
p10, place marker, p20, place marker, p10
Next round (RS): k2tog before and after each marker.

Repeat the last two rows until you have 4 sts left before the first marker and after the last one.

Pass the yarn between the live sts and reserve.

After you make the second half of the bag, place the first one (that you reserved) on the needles, front sides facing and do the 3 needle bind off (this way youll have the bottoms placed together).

Sew the sides and voil! A tote bag Smiley

You can sew the bottoms if you dont like the 3 needle BO method, but I think it looks prettier this way.

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6  Re: Wist swap August - the Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by boo on: September 05, 2006 04:05:55 AM
I finally took a picture of the ruffle scarf I got from koi:

Isn't it beautiful? I love the choice of colors too, very uncomun. I will wear it for sure, as soon as the weather turns cold.

Thank you koi!!!
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7  Re: OCEAN FRIENDS SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by boo on: September 05, 2006 04:00:26 AM
Hurray! Glad you get it!

I was taking pictures this morning of your package and turned the computer.. and then I saw the message. Perfect. I'll post both pictures.

I'm sorry about the quality, I'm saving up for a new camera...

Ok, first, the AWESOME package I got:

The cutest knitted octopi squidish ever seen. I'm also a knitter and I never had someone knitting something for me.

I tell you, it's great! She even made up the pattern by her self!

And do you see that litthe green octopi by the left?
It's a small box decorated with fimo, so I can put all my knitting notions and goodies inside! I'm using it already!
And the small octopi is.. knitting.. ehehehe

I only have pictures of the tote bag I sent esmerelada, but it was the only thing I crafted:

I'm glad you liked it! It was very fun to make.
Aww... what a great swap. Let's make another one? ehehe
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8  Re: Ongoing Craft Supply swap JULY in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by boo on: July 12, 2006 01:48:24 PM
I would like to claim it, but I still have no pics of my supllies (no light right now..). I have some pics saved, though, of some of the stuff.

I have:

1) About 9 pairs of plastic eyes for softies (3 pairs of each):

2) A pack of 20 grams of these beads (size 8/0) and some other mixed beads:

3) Crafty magazines in Portuguese (with schemes that can easily be followed)

- crochet magazines
- embroidery magazines (cross stitch and others)

4) Knitting needles (straight ones) in different sizes

5) Arraiolos wool (Portuguese tapestry wool)
I use it to knit, it's worsted weight, it felts and I love it because it's so tradicional

1 skein (1 ball) in chocolate brown and some other bits and ends of different colors

6) Crochet thread (brand: Ancora and Coats) and some embroidery thread too

I'll take pics tomorrow.. of the stuff I didn't show today.

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9  Some Purses in Knitting: Completed Projects by boo on: July 03, 2006 05:27:35 PM
I've made this purses for a while, but without enough time to knit new stuff for the International Craft Fair in Lisbon (FIA), I've just finished the stuff I had laying around.

Just a knitted square with a felt aplique with beads as the seads of the strawberry.

My version of Unbiased of knitty.

A small clutch with plastic huge buttons.

A handbag with plastic buttons.

I'm into making toys now, but after this fair, I really missed making purses... I've ordered beads to make this huge project I have in mind.. I just hope I get to finish it so I can show you guys Smiley

Happy knitting!

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10  Mr. Octopi - Octopus with Instructions in Knitting: Completed Projects by boo on: June 08, 2006 12:34:46 PM
Knottydottie has FINALLY received Mr. Octopi, a knitted Octopus that was very very fun to make for the Wish Swap 9.

Inspired by the crochet version:

I made this:

I don't really have a pattern, it's quite easy to follow, and if anyone wants to try this, I'll try to give some directions.

But really, just knit as you go and don't be scared, it'll be your very own and friendly Mr. Octopi.

Yarn: Zorro (portuguese yarn) worsted weight (100% acrilic - so it would be machine washable)
Needles: Set of 4 DPN's, 4 mm (use whatever you like - or ajust needles to yarn of choice)
Gauge: not important, really

CO 9 sts, distribuit them between the 3 needles and make one increase (I made kfb) on the beggining and end of each needle every 2nd round until desired diameter for your octopi head (you'll make 2 increases every 2nd round).

Then, decrease in the beggining of each needle one stitch every 4th round twice.
Count your stitches and keep them alive in a bit of thread or whatever.

Ok, Math. Don't be scared. You counted the stitches for the head, now divide that number by 8. Each tentacle will start with that number. I've made my tentacles with 10 sts each, but I had to make a couple of increases at the 2 round to get to that number. Do the same.

Do the tentacles with the DPN's until desired leght, just like the fingers part of gloves. Knit, knit knit the crazy  little legs.
When you reach to desired lenght, just pass the yarn trough the live sts and weave all ends.

Do exactly the same for the rest of the 7 tentacles, starting from the live sts from the head.

Base: Knit RS rows, purl WS rows
Math again, very easy, don't be scared. Measure the diameter from the head.
Lets make a circle.
CO 2 sts, and every 2nd round, increase all sts (you'll double the number of sts in the needle - first 4, then 8, then 16, etc) until you have the diameter of the head minus 1 inch. (I had 13 cm when subtracting 1 inch)
Knit along until you have the number of the diameter of the head MINUS the increase part (in my case I knitted in st st for 4 cm).
Then you'll start to decrease (k2tog all round) until you have 2sts left.

Stuff your little octopus (start with the tentacles) with whatever material you like (pick machine washable stuffing) weave all ends you may have (I didn't sew the tentacle bits because the're hidden, but be my guest) and seam the base to the head.

Sew or glue the eyes, embroider a mouth, whatever you like, it'll be your octopus. You're very own octopus.

P.S.- Sorry about the bad english, I did try to do my best.

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