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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Black & White Nightstand on: August 21, 2008 03:48:25 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!
12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "it looks like you made it" bag on: August 19, 2008 05:07:01 PM
I agree with the others.  It's too cute.  If I had made that bag, I'd be proud for people to know.

I love your use of the decorative stitching on the flap.  I've been wanting to use that same stitch for a while now.  I think I'll have to try to incorporate it into one of my upcoming projects.

I tend to feel the same way when people say things like that, so I understand the reaction.  but your friend probably meant that it just looked like your style.
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Blithe by Kim Hargreaves on: August 16, 2008 07:31:40 AM
oh, pretty! I love that reverse stocknit detail. It will look great under a jacket in the fall, too. What color is that?

The color is called "steel blue". It's sort of a dull/dusty medium blue.  Here's a link to the Rowan website that shows the color better: http://www.knitrowan.com/html/yarn_results_detail.asp?productcode=51284149&groupno=43

There are so many other lovely colors in this yarn that would look great for this pattern.  I especially like Aubergine (deep purpley/burgundy).
14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Blithe by Kim Hargreaves on: August 13, 2008 12:59:58 PM
Looks like no one wants to join my 1-person knitalong.  Oh well.

It took a month, but I finally finished the front of my blithe.  Here's a pic of it blocking to entice you to make your own:

I'm hoping this will be done before it gets too cold to wear.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Recycled Cotton Ballet Pullover on: July 13, 2008 04:22:30 PM
Do you have any idea where I can get this pattern?  I really really like it, but IK doesn't have the pattern or magazine for purchase.  I've looked on ebay, and no luck either.  Little help please!

I sent you a PM, but in case anyone else is looking for this, I bought my copy of the magazine on ebay about a year ago.  There are some other good patterns in this mag, so if you can get your hands on a copy, it's probably worth the trouble.  You could check local libraries to see if they have back issues on hand.  If you can't find the magazine, this pattern is very similar to the ballet t-shirt in Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop book.  The book also has some lovely patterns in it and might be worth the investment (or worth checking out at a library).  Amazon.com can have some really good prices on used items.

The gauge in the book is 10st/4", the magazine pattern is 12st/4".  You can easily cast on extra stitches if you need a larger size than what's printed in the book (the small size in the book has the same number of stitches cast on as the smallest size in the mag, and the larger size is the same number of stitches as the next size up).  There's also a couple extra bust decreases in the mag, longer sleeves (approx 3/4 length), and single crochet around the neckline to keep it from pulling.  Since it's knit from the top down, you could try it on and make adjustments, if needed.
16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: ~*~*Reviews of Prepackaged Vegetarian and Vegan Foods*~*~ on: July 11, 2008 08:23:58 PM
-Frozen meals: I like a lot of the Amy's frozen foods, but only buy them if they're on sale.  The spinach feta sandwich pocket is one of my faves.  Also, I discovered Seeds of Change at Whole Foods (haven't seen it anywhere else) and those are good, too.

-Morningstar Farms grillers crumbles (fake ground beef) - best crumbly meat sub, great in tacos.  Much better taste and texture than Boca or Light Life brands.

-Peppered Tofurky slices (hickory smoked is also good)

-Zatarans red beans and rice mix

-Boca spicy chicken patties

17  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Summer Sammiches on: July 11, 2008 08:08:33 PM
Your sandwich is soooo pretty   Smiley

I like sandwiches with hummus (roasted red pepper works really well), sprouts, avocado, carrots and tomato.  Sometimes I sub cucumber for the carrots, depending on my mood.  Since no cooking is involved in these, they're really quick to throw together.
18  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My Pretty Daffodil Cake on: July 11, 2008 08:00:47 PM
Wow!!!! that's the prettiest cake I've ever seen.  Before I read the part about the flowers, I assumed they were real. 
Did it taste as good as it looks?
19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Blithe by Kim Hargreaves on: July 10, 2008 08:08:58 PM
Hello, everyone!

Is anyone interested in knitting Blithe by Kim Hargreaves?  I ordered the kit from her site and am ready to start this week.  Since this looks like it could take a while, I thought some knitting company could be nice.

This pattern appears to only be available as a kit with yarn (or at least that's all I could find).  Here's the link:   http://www.kimhargreaves.co.uk/acatalog/BLITHE.html

Any takers???
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue Recycled Cotton Ballet Pullover on: July 10, 2008 05:20:45 PM
I just finished the Ballet Pullover from IK Summer 2004.  This pattern is only slightly different than the Ballet t-shirt from Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop book.  I own the book, but I liked that the IK version had a little smaller gauge, more size offerings, and longer sleeves.  This pattern is 4 years old, so it's nothing new, but I really love this top and wanted to share.  I love this so much (comfy, relatively flattering, and super easy to make) that I plan to make another in wool with full length sleeves for winter.


The center increases/decreases give this pattern much of its charm (IMO), so I think it's a little sad that they don't stand out as much as they would if I had used a solid colored yarn.

The yarn is a Cotton/Ramie blend rescued from a rather unattractive ribbed turtleneck found at a local thrift store.  For those of you who are as unfamiliar with ramie as I was, Wikipedia says that "Ramie has been around for so long that it was even used in mummy cloths in Egypt during the period 5000-3300 BC and has been grown in China for many centuries...Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. It exhibits even greater strength when wet. Ramie fiber is known especially for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky lustre to the fabric appearance."  Pretty interesting, eh?

Other details: knit on size 11 Denise circulars with yarn held double.  Lenghtened body by approx. 2.5"
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