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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / R2D2 KIDS Beanie Hat (Star Wars) *Now* with link to free pattern/charts (page 1) on: August 11, 2006 01:45:20 PM
We are in love with R2D2 in this house, so this was the perfect answer for this winters hat!

I had been thinking about this for AGES now, and had time to fit a quick project in, so went for it.  Smiley
I used a model of R2 for the shapes on his hat, and just simplified them.

*EDIT* THIS PATTERN COMES OUT SMALL- probably suitable for a child age 4-ish. It would be easy to insert the chart onto a bigger hat, and add some extra length and panels into the back with a little work Smiley

ETA: this is my first intarsia project (needs practice, I know!)  Roll Eyes

I've already had several requests for R4D4 ones as well, including a local barman (who also wants a batman balaclava) shouting "make me one!, make me one, PLEEEASE!!" over the bar!!   Grin


22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bettie Page blanket- my big secret project is ruined...*now with pics* on: August 03, 2006 02:29:47 PM
Argh!!! I just want to scream!  Sad

I have been working on a project, (the biggest one I've ever attempted) since APRIL (I know some of you on here can turn out a sweater in a week, I only wish I could!) I was hoping to unveil it to you all really soon.

But it looks like it won't be here at all, well, not in the way I hoped  Undecided

I finally got to the top, started the border- which is in basket weave- like a giant moss stitch type thing, it wont add up, though it should.

Then I was told to put the shading on it in duplicate stitch, well, it looks messy, and I wish I'd stuck with the intarsia I originally planned, even though each row was taking 20 mins to do that way.

Also even though I charted the pic (which I got off the net) onto knitpro, it has still come out wide and squashed looking, anyone else had this problem?? It looks like I should have knitted each row on the chart twice to make the pic the right shape.

It would have been great, it was going to be finished just in time to coincide with the release of the film of the life of said subject (a clue)  Wink

I feel so downhearted, I've put most of the other projects on hold to do this, I was so excited with it. And to top it off, my wrists are killing me as I was trying to get it done in time to take to the next 'Knit Club' meet next weekend.  Cry

So.... do I stick with it, even though its a disaster, or cut my losses and start a new (smaller)  Wink one?

I'll get my other half to put a link with a pic of said disaster and chart on here later.

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!  Undecided
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A nautie love tale... (img. heavy) on: July 02, 2006 02:02:05 PM
Here is a story of my Nautie family (well, some of them)  Roll Eyes
I have made the straight ones on 2 needles instead of DPNs as I had to do them in a hurry, and I'm a slooow knitter, I am addicted to making these, and need HELP!! I had to make something of these as it's been so much fun, enjoy!  Grin

Twirly and Coney... Coney was knitted in a hurry for a holiday... but Twirly got taken instead  Roll Eyes

Coney was left lonley and unloved... until a stranger came into the house using the 'nautieflap'   Wink

It was love at first sight as Coney and G. Ology's eyes met across the kitchen floor...

They got to know each other over a bit of TV and a chat...

On Twirly's return, they tied the knot, err... tentacle, but it was not to be...

but with a heavy heart, G. Ology knew he was destined for elsewhere...

Packed and ready to go, he heads off for a new life...

Here he is with his foster mum, a member of the local archaeology group, shortly before becoming apresent for her friend, and resuming a new life as the MASCOT for the local Geology group! (Hence his name G. Ology).

He and Coney have not contacted each other since, Coney is contemplating filing for divorce.  Grin
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need a yarn light enough for baby fairy wings on: June 20, 2006 02:44:53 PM
My friend is due to have a baby girl in a few months, and she is really into fairies. I'd love to knit her a ballet style wrap over cardie, and then make some really light, whispy, fairy wings for the back.

Whats the best yarn to use?
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / my intarsia is pulling!! help! on: June 13, 2006 03:30:27 PM
Ok, I've started a big, secret, not to be revealed on here until finished project!!

It's my second time at doing intarsia, and the first go was bad enough, and it was only a simple star on the back of a cardie, in one contrasting colour.

This project has 6 colours, and its all 'a single stitch of one, a couple of another' so I'm going mad, loads of loose ends- which I started to sew in, which I'm now told I shouldn't until I've finished (but I was getting loose stitches, it was messing up my tension etc) Also as I've sewn the ends in, my knitting is now puckered and pulling. HELP!!!  Undecided Which way do I sew in, vertical, or horizontal, I've been told both by different people.  Huh

This could be fab, but it's going to end up looking poo if I don't get any better! I haven't even got to the most complicated bit yet, either.  Roll Eyes
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / will steam dreading falls kill the 'blacklight reactive' bit in them?? on: May 12, 2006 08:05:49 AM
I've made some black and purple falls, and needed to bulk them up a bit, ready for a night out tomorrow.
I used some pink, KK, jumbo, blacklight reactive, synth hair, to make some more double ended dreads using my steam iron (it needed to be used for something)  Grin

Will the steaming/heat process kill the reactive nature of them though?? I am hoping that, because the hair is made for dreading- it won't have, and I shall glow in the dark!!  Grin

I'll get my hubby to add some pics later.  Roll Eyes
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I'm on the radio- Sun 7th May, online!! (knitting interview!!) on: May 04, 2006 02:22:11 PM
My local radio station has interviewd me about my passion for knitting and the local knitting groups I run, and it is to be broadcast online Sunday 7th May, 1pm lunchtime (british time).

If you want to listen to me ramble, heres the link;


I dread to think what it will be like, I may be too embarrassed to post ever again!!  Roll Eyes  Cheesy
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's 'Nautie' anyone tried these yet?? (now with pics) on: April 16, 2006 10:23:22 AM
Ok, I'm a grown up- with childlike wannabee archaeologist tendancies  Roll Eyes ... and these little nautaloids are PERFECT for me and my kids!!!  Grin

Has anyone attempted these yet?

The only dpn knitting I've done is i-cord and the tubes of the 'nippertails' hat pattern, so WHEN do I add in the extra needles on a 'Nautie'Huh

Looking for a small but quick and pleasing project to fill a knitting gap before finishing some large projects, and I think these would cheer me up!! (And once I'm sussed with them, great original gifts too).   Smiley

Nauties Rock!!!  Cool
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Quick!! Who knows of a pattern for a mini handbag?? on: March 31, 2006 10:42:28 AM
I've got until 10th April to make a handbag, just big enough to fit a phone and a purse, for a friends birthday. I'd love one that felted, but can't find a pattern and don't think I could make one up myself.

It's going to be red/black, as thats her fave colours, but haven't got the yarn yet, so I'm open to suggestions (stuff available in the UK!!)  Roll Eyes

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Choccy creme egg cosies/cozys!! (& patt.) on: March 22, 2006 10:47:42 AM
This last week I have been making furry egg cosies for my daughters Girl Guides easter chocolate raffle. They wanted a donation of 2 large and 3 small eggs from each guide, and to be quite frank, I'm skint!!  Embarrassed So I dived into my stash, and came up with these, I've done 16 so far.  Grin

The guider in charge was so pleased with them, I've now got to make as many as I can for Saturday!!  Shocked She said she'd rather have these on the stall than the easter eggs!!  Cool Me, pleased?? Oh yes!!  Grin

They are really easy to do;

28 stitches and 28 rows. (all rows garter st.)
5mm needles
double knit yarn
fun fur yarn (or similar)

Cast on 28st
knit 1 row in double knit
2 rows in fun fur (or some kind of fluffy funky stuff)
2 rows double knit
repeat the 2 rows fur, 2 rows double knit until 27 rows.
1 row dk
cast off in dk

To sew up;

Sew cast on and cast off edge together, then make running stitches through 1 end, pull together and fasten off, leave other end open. Push fastened end inside the 'tube' until it will fit a creme egg in. Make a tie from the yarn/ ribbon/ beads etc to fasten  above the top of the egg. It doesn't matter which side is inside or out, because you get a different effect with both.

The shorter closed end one was made with 22st and 28 rows, and I fastened both ends.

Heres a pic of the results.  Grin

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