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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A hat for my mom... finally on: February 20, 2008 10:27:29 PM
I was actually working on this hat when my mom asked how come I never made her a hat.  She said these colors would be perfect for her, and actually the maroon was sort of her favorite color.  I just said, uh...  Because i didn't want her to know this hat was for her, and the colors were picked specifically for her.  Anyway, she loved it.  It's just a generic slouchy hat, and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran:

Also, we joke that she doen't really like an accessory until she's lost it at least once, and she's lost this twice!  Success!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brody's round ripple on: January 11, 2008 03:42:36 PM
I made this round ripple for my son.  Took about three days total. 

He wouldn't get off it so I could take a picture, but I think it shows the scale.

Closer shot of stitches and colors:

It's 46-ish inches across, from peak to valley.  Done in Baby Clouds Sky Blue, Snow, and a veriagated blue.  Brody loves it, and I'm pretty much done with my Baby Clouds stash... which means I need more!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pinwheel blanket for my neice on: January 11, 2008 03:38:56 PM
I made this blanket for my neice's first birthday, back in October.  I actually cast on for this around Christmas '06, and it took me until her birthday to finish it.  i just found it tedious, and I had wanted to make it bigger, but I just got sick of it.

A closer shot of the colors:

And because Brody thinks everything I make is for him:

Done with Bernat Baby Coordinates, I don't remember the exact colors.  Edged with Baby Lash.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / stash busting crochet-- baby poncho and tv shawl on: September 09, 2007 07:33:41 PM
Sooo... I agreed to get rid of at least 25% of my stash by Christmas, because of space issues. so here is a couple of attempts in that direction. I used Red Heart Baby Clouds for both these projects, and a size 11.75 hook.  The poncho took like four hours (frogging included), and the tv shawl took about three.

In progress; i frogged it because of how it looked on her.

finished, pre washed.  Skyla, my niece, is quite pleased.

In action this afternoon, post washing.  she's just under a year old, and it's super long on her, more like a wearable blanket.  She'll wear it until she's in school.

Pretty tv shawl.  very cozy and cuddly.

in action.

so hopefully that helped with the destashing.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / patterns for one skien of Silk Spun? on: August 21, 2007 09:43:28 PM
My dad got me one skien of Handmaiden Silk Spun for my birthday last month.  I've been hording it b/c it's gorgeous and I don't know what to do with it.  But my mom spotted it and couldn't stop petting it; usually she just glances at my yarns and tries to be enthusiastic.  anyway, her 50th birthday is on the 5th, and i want to make her something with this yarn.  there's 150 m (164 yrds) in it.  i was already on KPC looking at patterns, but nothing really jumped out at me.  Any ideas?  she doesn't wear shrugs (and i don't think there's enough yardage for one anyway), but other than that she's pretty easy going.  Pretty much anything I make will be appreciated, but I have no idea what to make.  Pleae help!!  TIA!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a Cabbage Patch dress on: August 20, 2007 09:50:28 PM
So my mom went to visit my older brother in BC this weekend, and i thought i'd whip this up for my niece.  I based the pattern on this one:


but made the dress smaller and the shells larger.  turned out really frilly, and Jill loved it.

The dress:

and a close up of the skirt:

i did it in bernat softee baby in chiffon print, whit a 3.5mm hook (i think).  only took me a couple hours.  i'd like to make something similar for jill herself, but i'm too lazy to design it right now.  anyway, thanks for looking Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Knitty's Fetching on: June 14, 2007 11:56:24 AM
Hi again.  I'm making Fectching gloves ( year late, I know), and I need help.  I searched tis board already and didn't come across this question.  So here it is:

when it says-- Next Round: Using waste yarn, k7; slip these sts back to left needle and k them again using working yarn; work in 4x1 Rib as set to end

this is not adding 7 stitches, just knitting seven stitches from the gloves?  and then you continue over the seven stitches in the same 4x1 pattern to the end of the glove-- don't cotinue knitting these seven stitches every round, but do the 4x1 pattern every round?  I hope these questions are clear enough for you to answer!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help.. stitch count is wrong on: June 10, 2007 11:02:39 PM
hi, all you helpful craftsters!  I neep help.  i am making the baby onesie from Knit Simple spring/summer 2007.  it is knit in one piece, from back to front, and it's all in garter stitch.  Anyay, I was about to start the neck shaping when I realized I was one stitch short.  I ripped out the sleeves to see if I forgot to cast one on, but no... it goes all the way back to when I orginally cast on.  So my question is, do I have to rip it all out and start over?  Will it be obvious if I add a stitch before I restart the sleeves?  I'll rip it out if I have to, but the thought of doing all that garterstitch again daunts me.  Any help, commiseration or comments are appreciated.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First FO post... baby hat and booties on: June 10, 2007 10:19:30 PM

I designed this hat.  It's knit bottom up, in the round on 4.5 mm.  The top is flat, and there's a garter ridge where the decreases start.  I picked up stitches from the bottom to creat the ruffly brim.  Also, I don't know what i did to the first few rows, but it looks kind of like a hat band.

These booties were knit flat on 4 mm.  I used a pattern from fabulousyarns.com.  Their pattern is really easy to follow and it goes quick.

And... the set together.

I used Berant Organic Cotton in.. Cream? Natural?  It's off-white, anyway.  I recommend this yarn, it's soft and it feels good on the hands.  Also, totally washable, because I washed this set already (by accident; my bf threw it in with our baby's stuff.)

anyway, this is a long post.  Any comments and questions are appreciated.  Thanks!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Arghhh! or, Why epic love and knitting don't mix.... on: April 24, 2007 12:53:35 PM
So, over the weekend, my bf, being the wondefully thoughtful man he is, bought me a box-set of my 3 favorite romantic movies-- Gone With the Wind, Dr. Zhivago, and Casablanca. 

Sunday night I decided to pop in Dr. Zhivago, and at the same time cast on a poncho for my son. It's a simple pattern, consisting mostly of stockinette, and a few increases, knit in two pieces.  Well, I got deeply involved with Lara and Yuri-- it's kind of hard not to-- and knit moslty on autopilot.  And because I was more interested in the movie, I dropped a few stitches and had to go back a few times, but no big deal.  I wasn't as far along as I wanted to be by the time the movie was over, but I felt that was okay too-- more to knit while I watched the other movies.

Last night, I decided it was time for Gone With The Wind, and continued on the poncho.  Scarlett exasperated me, as always (she's a spoiled brat, but for some reason I still like her).  And Rhett, well-- they just don't make 'em like that anymore. anyway, i got to the part where Bonnie dies, and finished the first peice.

As I was glancing over the pattern to see where i'd have to do the shaping on the second peice, i realized i'd made a huge mistake: I forgot to do ten increases!  The increases are supposed to come at the beginnig/bottom of the poncho, and i'd already bound off the whole peice.  That's nearly 12'' of knitting i'm going to have to undo to get the fit right, and i'm not sure i want to do that.
So not only was i weeping over Bonnie, Melly, and Rhett leaving Scarlett (good for him!  he put up with enough!), i shed a few frustrated tears over this poncho.

Moral of the story?  Epic love and knitting don't mix.  Tonight I'll watch Casblanca, but Rick and Ilsa are getting a dishcloth.  In garter stitch.
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