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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / How does your garden grow? on: September 22, 2007 06:48:37 PM
I finished the Secret Garden Tam! Well, its not exactly tammy, but it looks cute on my cousin Casey, who actually IS Mary Lennoxs age (10? Right? Oh well), but is not the least bit contrary. I made her put on a sweater so we could go outside, and she cheerfully obliged.
The pattern was created by loudxmouse, but I changed a couple things: for one thing, its a lot smaller - it fits Casey more like a beret than the original hat in the movie. I chose to give it to her because 1) she walks home from school, and the weather, as you can see from the photo, is getting inclement, and 2) shes the only cousin of mine who actually let me teach her how to knit, and now shes on her way to a cozy little garter stitch scarf using cute wooden needles that came with the Klutz knitting kit I gave her. Thus, she understands what went into making the hat.
I also decided to use Cascade 220 on size 5 and 8 needles. Unfortunately, this means that it took me much, much longer to reach the size I wanted than it would have with bulky yarn and bigger needles.

More photos in the Gallerie section of my blog (I tried modeling it... it looks better on Casey)
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie Fall 07 sweaters on: September 08, 2007 07:40:44 PM
I haven't even started the Gap sweater I posted about yet, and then I find these two:

The Blossom House cardigan (item 710335)

and the Cactus Flower cardigan (item 71472)

The BH looks like just your average cable cardigan with buttons, right? It just has a different colored button panel (which I know how to do) and crocheted flowers.

And the CF - I saw a pattern for a sweater almost just like this one in the new Knit Simple. Actually, I might like that other pattern better, because of the way it buttons. But I love this coloring.

What do you think? Any input/suggestions to get me started? Does anyone know where I can find a pattern for a sweater similar to the BH? I did all sorts of zooming and screen-capping, so I have more images that I didn't post.


PS - Anthropologie right now has about a million sweaters that are adorable that I can't afford. (I'm just thinking of all the yarn I could buy with the money from just one sweater...)
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Gap Cabled Trapeze Sweater (new for fall 07) on: August 20, 2007 01:05:14 AM
My friend (and fellow knitting Craftster) showed me this Gap sweater since not too long ago, I showed her the new Stitch Diva trapeze sweater, and now, I think I'm in love.

I think I could handle the knitting part, but as far as the pattern creating/deciphering, I haven't a clue where to start. Clever knitters, any advice? It doesn't have to turn out exactly like this one pictured, but something similar would be way cool.

I'm a big fan of top-down, one-piece knitting, by the way. The less seaming, the better.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twinkle's Twiggy Tunic (giant photo) on: May 03, 2007 11:05:25 AM
I posted this in the KAL, but I thought I'd post it here as well. I made it shorter because I'm not a big fan of how tunics look on me.

I used the recommended needles with double-stranded Bernat Softee Chunky (because I can't afford Twinkle yarn).

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitscene Spring 07 - Bow Tie Girl yarn subbing on: March 27, 2007 09:06:28 AM

I'm looking to make Bow Tie Girl from the current Knitscene as a future Christmas gift for someone, but the yarn is rather expensive. I found a yarn sub for the main body, but I'm having trouble finding a sub for the neck, which calls for Colinette Mohair. I COULD use it, but that would put the cost at around $50 for the whole thing, which is more than I want to spend on this person. (I know, that sounds awful, but that's more than I'm spending on anyone else's gift, even my parents!)

Does anyone know of a good, FAR less expensive yarn sub? I looked on Knit Picks (which is where I'm getting most of my gift project yarn), but couldn't find anything.

Here's a picture of top:

16  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitty's Dashing (Spring 07) on: March 21, 2007 03:38:49 PM
I didn't see an official KAL thread, so I decided to start one. (Because god knows I don't already have five million WIPs at the moment.) Anyone with me on this one? I kinda like this one better than Fetching because I think the cabling on Fetching will make my knuckles look monstrous. (I don't have slender, elegant hands =P)

I'm going to use Wisdom Yarns Poems on size 7s, just because I love the colors in #553. I think the gauge will work out.

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Greetings from Knit Cafe by Suzan Mischer on: October 27, 2006 11:00:49 AM

I just got this book yesterday, and I think the patterns are just gorgeous, and some of them don't look TOO difficult for a beginner like me. Has anyone made anything from this book? How did it go for you? What would you recommend for a beginner? (Meaning, I can make rectangular things, and I'm moving on to an easy sweater.)
18  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / A big pain in my Fat Bottom *big pictures* on: August 05, 2006 09:06:57 AM
I made a Fat Bottom, which I also tried to line. I know someone a while ago asked about lining Fat Bottoms, and I tried it. It didn't come out quite perfect (it took me a whole hour alone just to figure out how I should sew it, and once I started, I poked my fingers a gazillion times), but then again, I'm a horrible seamstress anyway, so I know someone else would've done a much better job. But still, not bad for my first try.

This was a present for my best friend (because I would only suffer this much for her!).

Project details:
Bag yarn - Caron Simply Soft, white
Clear plastic handles - I forget the brand, but I got them from Michael's
Freak ass expensive fabric - from local fabric store. It's light purple spatters against a white, sheen-y background. The photo really does NOT do it justice. It's absolutely gorgeous.
Pin - one I found, and have had for years. It reminds me of that 1928 line of jewelery.


The bag, put together

Close-up of the pin. The center is a kind of pinkish purplish jewel thing. (Yeah, I'm so articulate!)

The lining. I SUCK at sewing, but I tried my best. It was really really hard! I guess I will never have that gift.

Oh, and we must not forget the gift wrap!

I wrapped the purse in tissue paper, and then I wrapped some green yarn (again, Caron Simply Soft - obviously my favorite) a couple times and left a little tail, of sorts. To the top of the tail I attached a daffodil (pattern from Michaels.com, but it's no longer there, so hit me up if you want me to email it to you) that I made from some leftover Sugar 'n' Cream yellow. So now there's a flower on the front Smiley Awww. It was pretty nice, because I have notecards with yellow buttercups on them, and the envelope has green stripes inside.

The package

Close-up of the daffodil

I took all the photos at 2am in the garish light of my yellow-y desk lamp. Not the brightest idea (ha! pun!).

Now that I'm done with this, I should REALLY finish my crocheted skirt and sweater and knitted scarf... I have way too many projects piling up...

If for some reason the pictures don't work, I have a pretty much identical write-up here: http://community.livejournal.com/likeiceiscold/1098.html
My personal craft thing. Very short, since this is only my 3rd completed project.
19  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Not-Violet Beauregarde on: May 06, 2006 02:27:46 PM
My first (almost) finished project. I just need to add one more row of scallops and then I'll be done. It ended up being too big for me (hence why it might look a little funny in the photos), so I'm going to give it to a friend of mine. But yeah, I'm rather proud of it. I've never finished a crochet project in my life (probably because all I knew how to do before I got this book was to make boring rectangular scarves).

Since this was mainly a test project, I used this random 4-ply acrylic yarn that someone gave me 10 skeins of. I plan to make one I can actually wear, and have already bought yarn - Caron Simply Soft in country blue, with soft blue and white for the accent colors. I'm also working on other things at the same time (because I can't stick to just one thing, for some reason), so I'll post those as I finish them Smiley Hope you like!
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