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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished hubby's (Dark) Jedi sweater! on: April 27, 2007 11:19:54 PM
Wooohooo!  This FO really felt like an accomplishment.  
It was my first design-your-own sweater.  First knit item for my husband.  First time I ever tried charting anything (although I think it could use some tweaking but from far away it looks fine).  All this out of stash yarn, and what a stash buster this was!  And the biggest accomplishment is that he loves it.  
I couldn't be more proud! Grin

I used the the basic pattern template from Knitters Handybook of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd.  I highly recommend it to anyone who's played with the idea of designing their own but is too intimidated to do it completely solo.  She gives the basic patterns of the different sweater structures in childrens, men, and women sizes both in pullover and cardigan versions.  You figure out your gauge then just plug it into her formulas.  Honestly, it was so easy!

The photos are kind of hard to see.  Black is difficult to photograph.  There is 6x2 ribbing along the sides, bottom, cuffs, and neck.
He likes extra long sleeves so I reblocked and stretched them.  I would say they're a bit too long but he says they're perfect and that's what counts.
I used Elann connemara Endless Summer for the black.  And Sonata doubled for the Imperial logo.  I don't think the gauge matched exactly but it worked out fine.  

Thanks for looking.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Branching Out hat and scarf set on: November 13, 2006 03:32:45 PM
Matching "Branching Out" hat and scarf set for a holiday gift.  
It's the first hat I've ever knit without a pattern!  woohoo
I added the ribbed fold up brim as an afterthought.  Next time I'll start with the brim and work my way through to the lace.  That way the transition and brim will lay much smoother.

and here it is on a head.  
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first socks! on: September 30, 2006 10:27:03 PM
My first handknit socks but definitely NOT my last.
These were made from Lane Cervinia Forever Jacquard I purchased from Elann.  The pattern was just a basic About.com sock pattern.  I worked casually on these and was able to finish one a day.
I now know what the hubbub is about handknit socks.  These are the most comfy things ever!  And I'm not much of a sock person so that's saying a lot.  I don't think I ever want to take these off. 
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Giftalong (not a gift exchange) on: September 11, 2006 08:43:51 PM
With the holidays coming up I thought we could inspire each other to start hacking away at our holiday gift lists.  Anyone else want to share your holiday gift plans? 

I know several projects that I plan to do for sure and still looking for that "perfect gift" for some others.  I'm knitting a lace cardigan that my sister fell in love with while browsing one of my Vogue Knitting mags.  I'm also planning at least one Clapotis and one Branching Out.  Thinking of filling the rest of the list with socks (would be a first for me), felted clogs, and/or purses. If I feel incredibly ambitious I'd like to make my husband a sweater with a Star Wars Imperial logo on it.  With all the things I want to knit it may just have to be a Valentine's/anniversary gift instead.  Cheesy
Currently I'm working on a sweater for myself but as soon as that's done it's gift knitting time!

Who's with me? 

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded necklace w/ clay pendant on: August 18, 2006 12:58:48 PM
This is a necklace I made for my mother-in-law (to go with her Vogue shawl I knit).  I should have gotten a better pic of it before I sent it off with her.  It's kind of hard to get an idea of the coloring in the beads when it's against that wood.   The beads are variations of amber colors and orangish color beads.  Some were solid and some clear with those color stripes or core.  
The pendant came out of an evening of playing with airdry clay.  I stamped it with a rubber stamp.  Fine tuned it by wetting my fingers and rubbing certain spots into position. Then after it was dry I rubbed acrylic paint into it and rubbed it off.  Then I rubbed metallic pigment powders on it.  Sprayed with Krylon to finish it off.  
All the pendants came out so different and it was so fun.  I went out and got a bunch more supplies but haven't been able to work on any.  
I did get a pasta roller to flatten the clay more evenly but there's something I like about it being imperfect.  It gives it more of a hand crafted  look (almost like an old artifact)  about it.  
This came out of just messing around with clay.  I had no idea what I was doing, nor had I ever worked with air dry clay but I was so pleased with all the pendants I came up with.   It's always great to have a crafting day like this!  It's a good reminder that the best things can come out of experimenting and just playing around.  Now I'm dying to do this same thing with that silver clay (PMC is it?)

Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Drops Design Finished Sweaters - link to free patterns on: August 17, 2006 11:20:04 PM
Here are pics of two finished Drops Design sweaters.  I finished them a few months back but only recently got pics of them both. I plan to make both of these again in other yarns.  I enjoyed knitting them, really enjoy wearing them and wouldn't mind having multiples of these two in various yarns.
Just thought I'd share my two favorite handknit sweaters (so far anyway) and the links to their free patterns. 

The first is Drops Design 88-4 and was made with Rowan Wool Cotton 
I need to resew the buttons on.  My sister gave me some suggestions to try so the fabric won't pull quite so much.  http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=88&d_id=4&lang=us

This one  is a wrap cardigan Drops Design 88-22 and is made from Cascade 220. 
Here's the link http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=88&d_id=22&lang=us

Thanks for looking!  Happy knitting everyone.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Drops Design Cardi Knitalong on: February 24, 2006 10:57:31 PM
Would anyone care to join us in knitting this beautiful cardi?  http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=88&d_id=4&lang=en

The group is shaping up to be various skill and experience levels.  Just thought it would be fun to tackle it together. 
We're all just getting started so jump in and have a gorgeous new sweater by spring!

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