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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swallowtail Shawl (my first lace!) on: August 21, 2007 11:36:18 AM
I finished my first lace project, this past weekend. I actually started it in March, got through about half of the repeats of the 2nd chart, then let it sit for FIVE months! that's probably the longest a project's been put away for. I decided to pick it up again, so that I could gift it to my son's great-grandma.

I blocked it on some foam tiles in my closet.

you can see more on my blog!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ralph Lauren Pillowcase Dress on: June 26, 2007 10:25:14 AM
I bought a pack of Ralph Lauren pillowcases at an outlet store a few weeks back for the specific reason to someday turn them into pillowcase dresses. I finally mustered up the courage to make one, yesterday--I'm a beginner in sewing, my forte is in the yarny crafts.

i didn't have any ribbon or binding for the edge along the arm "holes" so i used some scrap fabric i had and made my own! i obviously am still learning how to sew straight. Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Toddler Seamless Hybrid (EZ love!) on: June 22, 2007 03:44:54 PM

This is an early fall/winter sweater for my son. I used Cascade 220 in silver grey over-dyed with many many packs of tamarindo kool-aid for the body/sleeves and azure for the button bands and hems. pattern source is Knitting Without Tears, by Elizabeth Zimmermann, of course!

I used a crocheted steek to turn it into a cardigan. the sleeves are a smidge long, so it's nice that the hems turn up so nicely. I have yet to decide on buttons!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / quicky quill lace ankle socks on: May 12, 2007 11:24:37 PM
I decided Wednesday afternoon that my SO's grandma needed a pair of handknit socks for Mother's Day. not only that, Mother's Day celebrations were to be held Saturday AND I didn't have any dyed yarn. so, after dyeing this yarn on Wednesday, I patiently waited until Thursday when it was nice and dry (hoooray for being able to hang yarn close to an a/c vent!) to ball it  up and start. I knew these had to be ankle socks, but it wasn't until I passed the short-row heel (my first!) that I decided to use the quill lace pattern (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring07/PATTquilllace.html) for the foot.

I used size US2 dpns and knitpick's dye-your-own fingering weight yarn. it was dyed with a combination of lemonade  kool-aid, yellow food coloring and coffee.

I started Thursday afternoon and finished up Saturday morning. I even took a break thursday night. I almost decided to not finish at all, but got a sudden burst of knit-ergy (ha!) on friday.

she really loved them, so they were worth almost going crazy over.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hand-dyed MONKEYS! on: April 30, 2007 10:10:08 AM
I'm sure you all have seen this pattern a lot already- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTmonkey.html

here is my take on them, with some yarn (knitpicks bare fingerweight) that I dyed  myself! they're for my MIL for Mother's Day.

the modifications I made were simple:
1. shortened the leg to only 2 pattern repeats.
2. eye of the partridge heel. (you can see closeups on my flickr)

did I do the pattern justice?Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Peace Fleece Pinwheel Blanket on: April 25, 2007 12:15:27 PM
I started this about 3 weeks ago using various colors  of Peace Fleece and size US8 needles. I increased until I had 600 stitches, then used a picot bind-off which took a while to get used to, but I like it. I'm  not quite sure when/if I will be blocking it. it measures ~42 inches across, so I don't know where I could block it that my 2 year old wouldn't find it! I do know it would feel quiiite a bit softer if it had a good wash. I guess I'm lucky it's spring time in texas, so there really isn't much of a need for a wool blanky, right now.Wink

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ganomy x2 on: February 15, 2007 02:35:00 PM
this is my first "new topic" on the knitting board! gasp!

anyway, I received Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac for Christmas and immediately fell in love with everything. most of all, though, I fell in love with Ganomy! it's so simple and amazing.

first, I had one single ball of Noro Kureyon, so I went ahead and made Ganomy for my son. the pattern originally calls for bulky weight yarn and a gauge of 4sts to 1". my gauge was more like 5sts to the inch, but since it was for a weeee noggin, I didn't adjust the amount of cast-on stitches. I did stop increasing/decreasing sooner and it turned out perfect for his head!

fast-forward to this week and my lovey is in Vegas on business (no valentine's day!) and I am keeping myself occupied with knitting/crocheting when bebekins is sleeping. so, I grabbed a ball of Paton's SWS (natural earth), my US8 circular and cast-on about 18 EXTRA stitches to make an adult size ganomy with a gauge of ~5sts to 1". it came out perfect! I did end up having to decrease every round instead of every other, because I was running out of yarn.

this will be for my cousin, whose birthday is next week!

the top reminds me of a shark fin.

little one wants to wear everything I make.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Owly on: February 08, 2007 08:12:07 AM
I used some wool I kool-aid dyed and  some paton's merino in dark olive to make this hoootarific owly hat!

my son modeling


a side view to show the wings--bebekins got tired of modeling! I forgive him because this is the second pink hat, this week, i've made him wear. haha

this is my first hat that i've crocheted flat, instead of in the round. I thought this shape was perfect for owly ears!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / pixie hood (img heavy) on: November 01, 2006 02:15:58 PM
pattern: http://www.angelfire.com/folk/celtwich/Pixiehood.html
changes: I used Caron Simply Soft and an H hook. I think my beginning chain was 25, instead of 15 and I made the initial scarf a little longer. I also marked the hood in the center 18inches, instead of 7 and 4.5 inches from the ends (if you read the pattern, you'll understand the previous sentence;)) and just crocheted until it looked like it fit, I'm not sure if I got the same amount of rows as the patterns says. I also added a border to the hood part and omitted the ascot ends. it's for my sister--she chose the colors and I chose the pattern + buttons.

detail of stitch and border (*ch 2, DC in next st, skp 2sts slst next* to end)

I hope she likes it. I had originally wanted to knit a scarf for her for christmas, and I showed her a few patterns that she liked, but I've already got another scarf on my needles that is taking FOREVER, so I wanted something quick, yet cool. I like it.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Question about circulars & DPNs on: September 16, 2006 08:47:34 PM
I taught myself how to knit, last week (!!), and am going to attempt to make a hat on circular needles. my question is this: is it necessary to transfer to DPNs when it's time to decrease at the top? my circulars are 16" long, if that matters...

thanks in advance!
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