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1  The Fidget in SWS Natural Plum in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: February 04, 2008 05:42:56 PM
inspired by SpunK:
my ravelry (can't believe i got an invite so soon!):


by happy chance, the striping came out symmetrical. half of it was from another skein, same dyelot, but there was still a somewhat noticeable difference. the second skein was not as brightly colored. i joined the second skein by spreading out the fibers of each end, overlapping the ends together, and felting by rubbing with my hands. i think it turns out pretty sturdy, albeit a bit felted looking but its not noticeable at all once knitted up. while felting, i try to get the two yarns to spread out a bit so the double layer isnt too thick, which is a problem with joining this way. but no big deal in the end.

With buttons:

one of the skeins had a lot of knots in it. so i just kept undoing the knots and using the above method for joining the ends together.

Action shot:

im pretty glad that i made it wider than the pattern (7.5in x 25in, US 9 needles). the yarn is not as bulky as the suggested so i like how it folds in at the neck for a double layer of squish and warmth.

Does anyone feel the SWS is a bit scratchy?
I washed it with Kookaburra but it didnt soften up much. Maybe a little hair conditioner will help? Or another brand of wool wash?
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2  Re: Naruto Sleeping Cap (lots of pix) now with link to similar pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: January 28, 2008 11:05:43 AM
My oldest and husband LOVE Naruto!! If only I could knit they would have this hat!

Great Job!

thanks! looks like you do some sewing. im sure this hat will be very easily made with fleece or other fabric.
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3  Naruto Sleeping Cap (lots of pix) now with link to similar pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: January 14, 2008 09:49:37 PM
I am not a Naruto fan so I am not sure why in the world he wears this sleeping cap to bed. But it's cool looking and a friend requested it a while back. I don't think he expected that I would really make it, so I hope it is a good surprise for him!

here are screenshots of the hat:

here is a picture of hats that you can buy on Amazon and other places:

i based it loosely on this cute santa hat pattern.
::edit:: by coincidence, i found this page with a similar hat, and she kindly wrote out the pattern too.

I made the 2 teeth first and attached them while casting on (i used a cable cast on) for the rest of the hat.

I knit the brim in Lion Brand Jiffy and switched to Caron Simply Soft black. I used US 10 circular needles. I got tired of knitting the black part so I took a break and made the pompom.

After miles of stockinette and some annoying magic loop for the tip of the hat, I tried to duplicate stitch the eyes on. But it was terribly ugly.
Then I tried to crochet them. But then I remembered I havent crocheted in years.
Finally I said, screw it all, I'm knitting them! And they turned out pretty well I think! =)

And then, I tried to embroider the black parts of the eyes. And i thought it was ok for a while...but then I didnt like how messy it was....So, Buttons!
And then I pondered what in the world I should do about the nose....I was thinking perhaps another pompom...or a flat crocheted oval....
So I tried to the crocheted oval thing..and in the process, I though I should make it more 3D. So I made more of an oval bowl. Then I rolled up some of the leftover black yarn and used it as stuffing. Then I sewed everything on.

I also put in some elastic at the brim because it was really loose. I probably should have cast on less stitches. You can see in previous pics that the front part puckers in a bit. Thats because I originally had the elastic in two parts: a strand in the front between the teeth, and another strand around the back. I did that because there was nowhere to hide the elastic on the reverse stockinette wrong side of the teeth. So to fix the pucker, I just used one round of elastic and sewed it onto the backs of the teeth so there isnt so much elastic hanging behind them. Hope this makes sense!

<< pucker   << no pucker

Thanks for looking! Sorry for such a long post...Comments welcome!
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4  4 Hats (1 cabled, 3 zeebees) and a surprise in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: January 14, 2008 08:33:42 PM
I went kind of hat crazy over my winter break.

First, the Zeebees (click for the awesomely addicting pattern)!

Red Zeebee for my bf who loves red Smiley

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Classic Al 005 Aged Wine
About 36 sts or so (he kind of has a big head) on US8s

Green Zeebee for a friend who likes to wear a green hoodie a lot

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft held double
25 sts on US11s...I'm terrible at counting my gauge sts for garter st. Something must have went wrong because I stopped it at 3 quarters of the zeebee and it was wide enough.

White Zeebee with Earflaps for me, made the night before a ski trip because i just HAD to have a matching earflap hat to go with my ski jacket!  Tongue

Yarn: Vanna's Choice held double
22 sts on US11s, increased 5 sts for the earflaps.

I also made a similar earflap one for a 2 yr old kid out of bernat softee chunky tweed..i dont have a picture, twas cute but alas, the child cannot stand hats that are snug on the head and would rather play with it by throwing it around than actually wear it. oh well!

Cabled Hat for another friend

Yarn: Wool Ease
140 sts on US5s - I originally made the hat too short...and I thought it might be ok, but after a while I couldnt stand it anymore so I ripped back to the main pattern. I had forgotten what needle size I used but thank goodness for pictures! the first pic shows what color the needle is so I easily picked up my US5s and knit away!
Pattern: my own - just a simple 5x repeat of 3 2x2 ribbing and mirrored cables. tried to make it manly but still nice!

And the surprise.....

Naruto Sleeping Cap!
I think it deserves its own post so the link will be here as soon as I get that done!
EDIT: here is the link to the post!

Hope you enjoyed my winter break madness!

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5  Ice Queen in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: January 08, 2008 09:00:35 AM
Here is my ice queen, made for my bf's mom. Note: It's not blocked yet. Its a bit snug around my chin but I'm sure it will be fine after blocking.

The picot bind off is fiddly but i have to say, its so cute!

Bottom scallops: I didn't feel like doing a provisional cast on so i just did a regular one. Then, I thought i did it too tight so i started trying to stretch it out but then i heard a couple of snaps - i broke the yarn in a couple places. So i spliced some more yarn onto the cast on tail and single crocheted around the edge to save the loose stitches. This loosened out the edge more and spread it out. I'll spread it out more by blocking. You can also see some garter ridges - this is because i mistakenly started doing the garter version but i just left it.

Other info:
Yarn - Mohair Luxe color 88, from Lang Yarns.
Each ball has 175m (~192yds) and I used a little more than one ball.
Needles - US 7 circulars

Hope you like! I couldn't find any other completed ice queen's on craftster. Comments welcome. =)
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6  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by silbi on: November 30, 2007 08:37:51 AM
i would suggest not doing any of those tricks at all. it might make for much less headache.

i didnt use the jogless join because you are going to fold the scarf at that edge anyway.

and i did normal weaving in of ends. it actually gave me something different to do after miles and miles of stockinette. and it turns out really neat.

i will post pictures later tonight.

Edited for pics:

im usually pretty picky about my knitting. but this time around i maintained my sanity instead!
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7  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by silbi on: October 07, 2007 09:06:33 PM
here is my "slytherin-esque" scarf...modified to be knit flat and without curling:

Caron Simply Soft, US 10.5 needles
20 sts in Double Moss st.
7 repeats of 28 rows green followed by 4 rows silver, 6 rows green, 4 rows silver per section.

Moss St detail (and good colors):

Lazy 11pm action shots:

sorry for the bad color/blurriness..but u get the idea Smiley
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8  Help with Hogwarts Robe in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by silbi on: October 03, 2007 07:19:20 PM
I hope its ok to put this here...

This is probably a topic some people have seen many times so sorry if its kinda boring but I am trying to make a slytherin robe for halloween.

i have never really sewn before (i can mend my own clothes but ive never used a sewing machine so nothing professional?) but i thought this might not be too bad.

i got this pattern because it looked like it only needs a little modification to turn it into a robe:

its reversible too so the contrast can be my green lining Smiley

and here is the PDF of the instructions (after i "bought" the pattern from joann, they send u an email to download the actual pattern to print out but the instructions are available at printsew.com):

and i thought all i need to do is give it sleeves:

so all you expert sewers out there...do you think this will work? i'm just kind of worried about the shoulders part because most clothing dont have straight shoulders like that. but i think whatever little details are kinda wonky would be ok because the robe is suppose to be loose fitting?

here is a reference picture of what a hogwarts robe looks like (its gryffindor of course but mine will be slytherin with a green lining instead..i thought it would be more fun to be a "baddie" on halloween hehe) :

what do you think? any advice for a first timer?

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9  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by silbi on: September 18, 2007 07:48:03 PM
How do you add the fringe to the bottom of a scarf thats knitted in the round?

here is how i fringed:

i took a strand of yarn about 6 inches long, folded it in half, pulled the loop through the scarf with a crochet hook, and then pulled the 2 dangling strands through the loop on itself.

you can see in the picture below that i did not close up the tube as knittinfiasco suggested...i just went around the whole thing... though i dont think it matters much at all. i just did it like this because thats how the movie scarves are and its kinda nice as arm warmers lol.

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10  Re: fo: saartje's bootees in Knitting: Completed Projects by silbi on: July 18, 2007 03:13:49 PM
here are my finished booties, and close up of the button:

i modified the pattern to be knit in the round..that is to say, i did a whole lot of purling in order to keep the garter ridges >.<

but it was worth it...this was the only seaming i had to do:

and i made both sides of the straps in one go:

for the straps, i used the "knitting on" cast on. i had to do an extra row in order to get the final tail on the other strap, so i can have 2 tails to make the button loops with.

other info: i used US4 dpns (the booties are about 3.5in long, gauge was about 6.5spi). the yarn is caron simply soft in watermelon and soft pink.

thank you skwirel for inspiring me to make these cuties!
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