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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Wire 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.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tote Bag (Now with Pattern!) 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.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pfb on: July 13, 2006 08:15:44 AM
Ok, so was was finally knitting clapotis.

I bougth the yarn, I got the right needles from my bag, I CO the stitches they told me.. and then I saw it..


Oh well, Off to knittinghelp.com to watch the video, so I can't make that devilished increase I'm always running away from.

I can't reproduce it. I don't know why, but I can't.

I knit in a different way you girls seem to, in Portugal we learn how to knit with the yarn around our necks and so the yarn is facing me instead of behind the work.
But I've always seem to understand the videos anyhow, but this time I just can't.

Please, please, any advice for a substitute increase?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Some Purses 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!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nautie from Knitty on: June 16, 2006 10:20:21 AM
I love fossils, so I really had to knit one of these.

I call him Amunike, a soccer player from Nigeria. He also likes the World Championship of Soccer (Germany 2006):

I just got really bored when knitting the tentacles (i-cord really bores me!!!).. But I really love him. I'm going to take him with me as a mascot for the FIA (International Craft Fair, in Lisbon).
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I did an almost Lelah too! on: June 10, 2006 06:45:58 AM
I did change the cleavege because I have no boobs, and used some 100% great cotton yarn (portuguese one, can't remember the name) and I really love this top.


I'm thinking of making a dress inspired by Lelah, it's on the needles now.. let's see if I can make it!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mr. Octopi - Octopus with Instructions 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.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First shawl - what's your advice? on: May 20, 2006 12:14:14 PM
I really, really love those fine lace shawls, with delicate yarn that I always see on the internet.
I want to try to make one, but I have no idea what pattern to pick.. I would like the "begginers shawl" pattern, with an easy lace repeat (because I always make mistakes) and I have no idea what wool to pick (something that is not complicated to unreveal - I will make a lot of mistakes).

I've tryed lace a lot of times, but never with lace yarn... But I really, REALLY, want to knit a shawl.. what's your advice?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Low cut sexy top on: April 19, 2006 09:46:00 AM
I was at this clothing store, I think you guys have it in the US too, Mango, searching for new ideas for the coming summer season and I saw this cute little top, similar to this:

I have the perfect yarn in my stash to make it... Some cotton/elastic blend that cost me a LOT and it's just sitting there crying to be knitted.

I thought I could make this tube part on the round and then pick up some stitches to make the "cover my small boobs" part, but... I have no idea what shape to make.. The yarn is a bit thick than the usual summer yarn and I'm scared it doesn't drop the way it shoul, if I make two big rectangles.
I think I might have to do some shaping...

Any ideas? I'd share a pattern if I ever get to make this.. Oh, and I'm sorry about the bad english, not my first language Wink

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone wants to trade? on: March 18, 2006 10:04:35 AM
I REALLY wanted Rebecca n 29 (summer edition) because it has this pattern:
That I wanted so much to make

The thing is, it's too expensive to order the magazine from USA to Portugal :|
I was wondering if anyone wanted to trade the pattern or magazine, for something from Portugal, wool, anything you want.

Pretty please?
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