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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lion Brand Homespun Cape - Help!!! on: February 28, 2005 02:28:54 AM
So I'm knitting this cape from a pattern on the Lion Brand website: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-cape.html

It says, "Cont to work inc rows... until there are 146 sts". So I've just reached 146 sts.
Then, it says, "work even... until piece measures 17.5" from beg". Problem is, the piece already measures over 18" from beg!!!
The next instruction is to work dec rows "until piece measures 22" from beg," and then to continue for another 5 inches, so that the final measurement is 27".

In the photo, the cape comes pretty much to the model's knee. However... I don't know about you guys, but 27" from the top of my back is nowhere near long enough to reach my knee. Also, the pattern calls for 5 skeins of yarn, and I've used 1.5ish to get to the 18" mark - which leads me to believe that getting to 27" won't come close to using up 5 whole skeins of yarn.

So I need your help, craftsters! What do I do? If anyone has made this, or hasn't made it but wants to share some knitting wisdom anyway, I would really appreciate any help I can get!

The only idea I've had so far is that maybe it's a typo-of-sorts, and that they're 10" off in their measurements. That would make the cape 37" long total, which, for me, seems much closer to the length it should be (i.e. it would hit at the knee). So maybe where I'm supposed to knit until it's 17.5", I should knit until it's 27.5", etc... I don't know. Huh Help! Please!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 cool new hats! - lots of pics :) on: February 03, 2005 05:29:06 PM
Here are two hats I made recently...

The first one is the Cabled Newsboy Cap from SNBN

The second one I just sorta made up. It's basically a whole bunch of yo, k2togs. The cool thing about it is that it's reversible: the inside and the outside look sort of different, but I like them both, so 2 hats in 1! Just like that Spice Girls song....

Here's the detail of one side....

...and the other side

It's kind of hard to see in the pics, so you'll just have to take my word for it that they're different Wink

Oh and btw they're both knit in Simply Soft from Michael's, which is soft (like, duh Smiley) and cheap and has a really pretty sheen to it - in short, my (and my wallet's) new favorite yarn!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Jewelry!? on: February 02, 2005 12:01:08 AM
People knit with all kinds of stuff, right? So the fact that I knit a bracelet and a choker out of thin wire and seed beads isn't too weird, right? Yeah, I didn't think so...

Here's the choker:

And here's the bracelet:

They're gifts for a friend's birthday, modeled here by my flatmate Alison. (Thanks Alison!) This was a total experiment, and I originally thought it would look a bit more orderly, but I like the way it turned out - sort of organic but with a dash of glam, don't you think? Yay for not knitting with yarn!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tempting&Mittens&KittyHat! on: January 08, 2005 03:31:52 PM
Here are a few things I've finished in the last couple weeks:

Rectangle Hat + 2 Felt Triangles = cute Kitty Hat to give to a friend!
This is made out of 3 strands of red heart-type light pink yarn, and 1 strand of "simply soft" rasperry yarn held together.

A pair of thrummed mittens:

And last but not least, Tempting from the latest Knitty:

(sorry that the pic is so crappy)
 I really love this sweater. My only issue with it is that the top is sort of weird-fitting - the ribbon (which still needs to be trimmed, btw) is the only thing that holds it up, and I'm having a hard time getting the neckline to stay put while moving around - it seems to need a lot of adjusting. To those of you who've made this top, is anyone else having this issue? Or has anyone found a way to make it stay in place? Any suggestions would be much appreciated Smiley

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / If you haven't yet seen enough scarves... on: December 22, 2004 01:23:33 AM
...here's one I made for my friend.

This was my attempt to balance pretty-but-not-too-bright-or-girly colors with simple-but-not-too-plain-or-boring design. You can't really see the whole thing in the pictures, but the scarf is basically a bunch of randomly sized and randomly ordered blocks of color- no pattern or symmetry whatsoever. Whadduya think? Did I accomplish my objective? Is it manly-yet-fashionable? Crafster input is always much appreciated! Smiley
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Confetti Hat on: December 15, 2004 11:51:05 PM
So when I realized I just had to jump on the rectangle-hat bandwagon, I decided that I would use up some random colors of plain ol' red-heart-type acrylic to make a really... um... festive?... hat as a gift for a friend who likes brightly-colored things. Add some big needles and a longish documentary and voila! a confetti hat was born.

Here it is modeled by me:

And here it is modeled by a "garden ornament" inspired by the black-faced spoon bill. My roommate made it for her architecture/design class.

In case you were wondering (and I'm sure you were), the black-faced spoon bill (Platalea minor) is an endangered, relatively small wading bird that lives on the east Asian coast. It's bill is long, black, and shaped like a spoon. Isn't that neat?

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Armwarmers & X-mas Stockings! on: December 09, 2004 06:09:28 PM
I just got a digital camera. You know what that means: prepare yourselves for LOTS of pictures!!!! Here we go.....

These armwarmers I made a month or so ago - they've made my wrists very happy on blustery days.

Here's the top, with a celtic knot-cable-thing:

A detail of the cablework:

Here's the underside - plain ol' ribbing:

Now, for some Christmas stockings I made for my roommates - they're not real stockings, because I didn't knit them like big socks. Instead, I just knit two flat stocking-shaped pieces for each one and sewed them together - I used short rows to "turn" them.

All lined up on the mantle:

A close-up (I put each person's initials on their stocking using duplicate stitch):

Thanks for looking Smiley Tell me what you think!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Thrummed Mittens??? on: December 07, 2004 01:17:31 AM
We've been having a cold snap here in northern California, and this has gotten me thinking about mittens. Warm mittens. Like mittens with fleecy insides. mmmmmm.

I've found a couple of patterns/instructions for making "thrummed" mittens:

But I'm completely naive when it comes to this fleece/roving stuff. What is it, exactly? What's the difference between fleece and roving? Where can I get it? Do they only have it at specialty fiber stores and the like, or can I just go to Michael's for it? How much does it tend to cost? What form does it come in? Like a big fuzzy ball of fleecy-ness?

I'm hoping that some of you knitting wizards out there have made these thrummed mittens. Is it hard to knit with this roving stuff? Does the fuzzy stuff stay put, or does it come off in wisps on your hands when you wear the mittens? Pictures would be greatly appreciated, if anyone has any.

I'd also just like to say that "thrummed" is just a great word. Thrummed. Thrrrrrrummed. Thrummmmmmmmed. OK, I'm done.  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Cheap acrylic stash overload! on: November 28, 2004 07:36:51 PM
For whatever reason, and I'm really not entirely sure what that reason is, I've ended up with a huge pile of cheap acrylic yarn in very bright rainbow colors (i.e. a skein each of yellow, orange, purple, pink, white, and some other random stuff). I really don't know what to do with all of it. Since it's not very nice yarn, I don't want to make gifts or clothing out of it (they wouldn't be very pretty or comfortable). But I also feel bad going out and buying more yarn when I have all of this stash unused!

So do you guys have any suggestions of things I could make that would maybe show off the shape/color of the pattern instead of the look and texture of the yarn? Non-clothing items would be good, since this yarn is kinda stiff and scratchy and doesn't seem the best for wearing.  Is there anything that cheap acrylic stuff is the best for? If there is, I hope that you guys will be able to tell me!

10  COOKING / Dessert / Roasted Almonds? on: June 13, 2004 06:25:18 PM
Can anybody tell me how to make yummy roasted almonds? I've seen them made by coating the almonds with something and then putting them in the oven on a cookie sheet... but I have no idea what that something is or how to make it. If someone could enlighten me, that would be great.
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