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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Petunia Tote from IK Spring 07 on: May 23, 2007 09:27:10 PM
As you can see, I didn't include the purl flower motif. I switched it to leaf lace panels from Barbara Walker.

I used < 3 skeins of the new Lion Cotton-Ease in Maize.

The Bag!

A giant seashell, a picture of horseshoe crab eggs, and a chatwin novel. This picture makes me look much cooler than I actually am.

Closeup on the lace

I used some crazy $20 a yard silk I had leftover from a project a long time ago. It was cut into 8 x 8 inch squares, so I had to patch it together and just barely didn't have enough, so you can see I patched in a bit of brown fabric for the bottom.

This is a more accurate representation of the colors:

I just got a new camera and this was my experiment, hence the bunch of pictures. The pattern suggested putting a piece of cardboard in the bottom for stability, but I figured cardboard would deteriorate, so I used the plactic cover of a notebook. Odd, I know, but it has the perfect amount of flexibility.

The inside is shiny and amuses me constantly.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Increasing in Daisy Stitch on: May 16, 2007 03:04:22 PM
Egahds, I cannot figure this out.

I'm trying to design a top down raglan sweater with the first few inches of of the collar in daisy stitch. Daisy stitch is as follows:

on multiples of 4, plus 1

row 1 and 3 (rs): K all stitches
row 2 (ws): K1 [p3tog, but do not let stitches drop of left needle, yo, and p same 3 stitches tog, k1] to end
row 4 (ws): K1, p1, K1, [p3tog, but do not let stitches drop of left needle, yo, and p same 3 stitches tog, k1] to last 2 stitches, p1, k1

it creates a flowerish looking stitch in diagonal rows.

What would be a good way to increase for the ragla shaping without disrupting the pattern too much? I've tried a couple of different increasing patterns and nothing seems to keep the daisy pattern.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cone Yarn and Milling Oil on: February 20, 2007 06:40:41 PM
So I just bought a two pound cone of this: http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1300-1308-1317/0/0/1311/
in Topaz. According to Webs, it's still covered in spinning oil. What's the standard procedure for using it? Should I skein it first, and wash it, or just use it from the cone and wash it after it's knit? I realize that the yarn gains loft after the oil is removed, so I'm not sure.
I found this page: http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/yarnwash.htm
the idea of putting tide and hot water anywhere near wool is counterintuitive to me. What does everyone else do with coned yarn?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / KnitPicks WOTA Versus Elann Peruvian Highland Wool on: January 08, 2007 04:49:47 PM
I had intended to knit the central park hoodie, and I was all excited when I found the elann website, and the peruvian wool for $2.25 per 110 yards. I was agonizing about which color to use when I came across a review of the elann yard that said it was an absolutely terrible yarn, and pilled after the first wearing. Needless to say, this sent me on a spiral of yarn-doubt. Now I'm wondering, would it be better to use Wool of the Andes instead of the elann? I thought that the elann would be of a higher quality (don't ask me why), which appealed to me because I just knit a sweater using acrylic and the thing was a fuzzball before it was even off the needles. Now it seems that WOTA might be a better choice, as I don't want to have my sweater look 10 years old before I even wear it.

There's separate threads on WOTA quality, with both rave reviews and terrible reviews. I was going to use the highland chunky to knit the Urban Aran sweater, but now I'm nervous about it. So, anyone who has used both yarns, how do you feel about the quality of each? Which one do you feel is better?

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Socks on: August 21, 2006 09:50:06 PM
So I just finished weaving in the ends of my rainbow socks (so many ends, argh) while watching my boyfriend and friends play an 8 hour board game. Yes, eight hour board game. I've learned to stop questioning such things.

Anyway, here's the socks:

I modified the Very Tall Socks pattern from knitty to make them only knee highs instead of thigh highs. I used terribly cheap Caron's "Brites" yarn in six colors.

And the board game (Twilight Imperium, in case anyone's geeky and curious):

he's the cute one in the silly hat. Although you can't really tell, because these are camera phone pictures.

As you can see, one of the socks is significantly more slouchy than the other. Confound it, I'll have to put elastic in or something. I made the secons sock slightly smaller, when I realized that the first sock kept falling down. All in all, they came out pretty well but they took forever.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Love/Hate Shirts on: April 26, 2006 06:58:37 PM
Someone posted a thread with a link to shirts that say "LOVE" and when viewed in a mirror, say "HATE". I thought this was pretty clever, but not $25 + shipping of clever. So, I made my own. Mine says "LOVE" normally, and my roommate's says "HATE" (Awww aren't we cute...)

Photos taken in my ever-classy dorm bathroom.

This one is a good picture of the shirt, but as it's taken in a mirror, it says "HATE". Yes, that is a spoon.

This one shows the color of the shirt better.

This is taken front on, so this is what the shirt actually looks like if you just saw me wearing it.

This is my roommate's shirt.


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I Suddenly Remembered I Have a Sewing Machine in My Dorm Room. on: April 17, 2006 08:52:28 PM
Sometime last week I remembered that I did bring my sewing machine to college, and I in fact know how to use it. Who would have figured?

I go to a science and technology school (Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Go geeks! er...) so unfortunately there is little outlet for my random fits of craftiness. I dragged my roommate to Joann's a few times this week (she is not a happy camper. There's only so many hours she can spend looking at the pattern catalogues before she tries to murder me) and these are the fruits of neurotic 3am sewing.

It holds mentioning that I rarely sew before 11pm, and keep going until around 4 am. This results in many sewing mishaps, such as SEWING THINGS INSIDE OUT. My seam-ripper and I are getting to know each other very well. We're almost on a first-name basis.

The first thing I did was take this big sweatshirt I have and alter it to be smaller.

Original sweatshirt and model sweatshirt:

Excuse the crappy image quality. I don't know why my camera all of a sudden hates me.

New, smaller sweatshirt held by a friend (you get a cookie if you know what artist is on the sweatshirt).

I made this skirt using a pattern. If I knew where the envelope was, I'd tell you what number. I like it, but I wish it was more foofy.

I really like the fabric, I got it on clearance at Joann's. Here's a close-up:

I made this skirt by altering the above skirt pattern. I am ashamed to admit it took me longer to turn the drawstring than it did to sew the entire skirt.

I used Simplicity pattern 5003 to make this tank top. Unfortunately, the pattern is irrational. Much altering ensued, and I turned it into a halter top and put a zipper in.

Laptop case for my roommate (erm. Not clothing, but sewed?)

Sewing in the velcro was a lot more painful than I remembered it being. It kept breaking the thread and covered the needle in adhesive. It was at this point that I realized that I didn't have a single new machine needle. Eep.

Aaaand, for your amusement, this is where I sew. I sit on the floor, cross-legged, and press the foot with my knee. Yeah. Don't ask.

My mommy would be so proud of the state of my room. Shhh, dresser drawers make excellent shelves.

So this has been keeping me busy in the middle of the night. When I'm not writing lab reports or chasing horseshoe crabs around.


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