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11  quickie red scarf, (aka what would YOU do with this yarn?) in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: January 29, 2010 11:08:56 AM
So this is the simplest thing I've knit in a while, but not for lack of trying:

I could not figure out much else besides a scarf to make with this sort of yarn. But in the future I would really like to try something else (I still have two balls of it left!) So, what would YOU make from this yarn?

p.s. artwork is not crooked, camera is.

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12  green stripes and polka dots apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bethanyjoyce on: January 28, 2010 10:47:31 PM
First of all, thank you so much to lenalove for her uber-helpful apron tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=94779.20. I made full use of it, although my apron is somewhat smaller and less full due to my limited fabric supply.

 I whipped this up a week ago to give to my friend at her steampunk tea party birthday (just as fun as it sounds  Smiley). It's a good thing she likes green, as that's mostly what I had.

You may not be able to tell here but the striped fabric is dark green and white, the ties are green and white polka dot ribbon, and the pockets are black. Yes the ties are long. I used up all the ribbon I had, that way she can tie it in front like this.

pockets actually took me the longest of anything, it's the one thing the tutorial doesn't really tell you much about. I just kind of pinned and ironed them a lot to curve them right. Mine ended up a bit narrower than I intended.

the back is also black.

One last note: I had no newspaper-type material to cut a pattern from, but I did have a large roll of freezer paper that I use to make one-time use stencils. It worked well as pattern material: a quick iron-over and it lightly adheres to fabric, so there was no need to pin it to the fabric before I cut it. Gotta love shortcuts.

I highly recommend this tute for a quick gift that you can make from fabric and ribbon in your stash!
thanks for looking.

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13  black and white beanie with a bill in Crochet: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: January 14, 2010 07:42:07 PM
On Christmas morning, my mom had a horrible migraine. By the time she was feeling better, my brother was off to work. So this year we didn't open gifts until about 11 p.m. on Christmas.

I didn't have much in the way of craft stuff with me, but I needed something to do during the day to keep me occupied until everyone was well/home. I found some black and white yarn and a crochet hook in my old room and I used this pattern  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88721.0. I'm usually more of a knitter but it turned out alright.

Fittingly, I ended up giving the hat to my mom. I added the flower at her request.

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14  Patti Mayonnaise and Doug as Quailman in Halloween Costumes by bethanyjoyce on: November 21, 2009 09:02:46 PM
When putting together my Halloween costumes this year, I kept looking for a good example of a Patti Mayonnaise online but couldn't find one (there are plenty of Quailmen though!). So here is what I came up with. yay nickelodeon cartoons.

I had zero time to work on this so I used double sided fusible interfacing to make the pink polka dots. The clothing came from the thrift store and the wig was a clearance item at the costume store.

Quailman's clothes are also from the thrift store (except the underwear, that's new). Pieces of red tape made a nice Q an some how the belt managed to stay up just right.

A pic of the rest of the costume and our crew (the wizard and his lady) with the Corba Kai skeletons from Karate Kid that we met on the street. Earlier we saw a guy dressed as the shower too bad they didn't have a showdown:

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15  yellow bird skirt (or: now I match my pillows!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bethanyjoyce on: September 02, 2009 09:53:03 PM
So I don't do full sewing projects that often, but I had this cute bird print fabric leftover from making pillows last year. It turned out to be just enough for a new skirt!

The funny part is my friends didn't realize it was new, because they thought it looked familiarwhen I told them the pillows had been on my couch for a year then it clicked!

Ignore the wrinkles, I'd been sitting in the skirt all day.

I've had this McCall's pattern since high school and this is the second time I've made it. It's pretty basic and doesn't seem to be the kind of thing that would go out of style. The only thing I changed was adding interfacing to the whole thing since the fabric was a bit light, and taking it in on the sides since I don't have those kind of curves.

I still feel a bit funny when I sit next to the pillows wearing it, but at least I know I match!

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16  knitting needle roll (now with pants!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: August 21, 2009 08:30:31 PM
I wanted to make a quick thank you gift for a friend and fellow knitter who let me stay at her place during my research trip this month. Not only will it hold her knitting needles, it also answers the question we pondered that week when she chopped a pair of khaki pants: what do you do with the extra fabric from pants when you make them into shorts?

here is my answer!

The outer fabric was just a remnant I had in my stash (dated 1982!). The pockets, however, are the leftovers from pants I made into shorts.

I'm not very advanced at sewing as you can see, but I have a needle roll I got in a swap last year and I managed to reverse engineer it without too much trouble.

my main bit of advice if you use old pants pieces for this kind of project is to be careful of their thickness. I cut back on the number pocket rows inside (mine has 3) and used a lighter fabric for the outer part so that I wouldn't have to sew through any crazy thick parts.

I'm pretty happy with the colorsshe's not a girly girl so I think she'll like this color palette.

oh yeah, and here is one of the pairs of shorts! I lost the other pair while river rafting.  Sad

let me know if you have questions about the making of it: there are lots of free patterns out there but I didn't use them. Once I figured out the order to sew things in it went pretty quick.



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17  "Couvercle" hat with brim from Knitty in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: August 17, 2009 10:30:43 PM
I brought some yarn with me on a research trip the other week, and I gave this Knitty pattern (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTcouvercle.html) a go. I was really interested in the little brim on it, because even though it's nowhere near winter I am already thinking about what kind of hat will keep rain out of my eyes. Here's how it turned out:

I like the little brim, which you can see here. I also like the fact that this pattern is extremely adjustable: there are five (yes, 5) different sizing options to choose from.

As you can see I made mine a little looser than the one in the photo at knitty. It also comes across as a bit masculine with the gray, I think. Could work as a unisex hat, perhaps?

And here's the back. You can kind of see the double moss stitch here.

I think that the only thing I would want from this hat is for it to knit up a little bit tighterI like the look of the double moss stitch but its not a that tight. Other than that I'm very happy with it.

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18  stripey cat bed, now with kitty! in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: July 25, 2009 09:25:50 PM

I started knitting this kitty bed way back in December, but I only just finished it this summer. Here it is!

The pattern is the princess snowball cat bed from Stitch n' Bitch. I really needed to make this, because my cat Josephine loved the sweater I made for myself and was always trying to sleep on it. I saw this post on craftster (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260067.0) which gave me the idea to use it as a stash busting project. Of course, I like things to look neat so I made stripes of the various scrap yarn colors alternating with white, all double stranded.

Here it is before I put the pieces together:

I finished the circle part months before the rest of it, and my cat took to sleeping on it straight away. 

The completed version reminds me of a life preserver:

I was wondering if my cat would actually use it, especially considering it was 105 degrees F the day I finished it and my window unit AC doesn't exactly cool the whole house. But then I discovered this:

I see her sleeping in it pretty much every day now. Its very satisfying to see her enjoying her own bed and not my sweater.  Smiley
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19  stashbusting scarf, knit lengthwise in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: January 24, 2009 12:21:41 AM
So I am in denial about my Stash. It all looks pretty good at my house all my yarn fits in the top half of an old trunk. But when I went to my mom's house over Christmas, I was confronted with Stash, Pt. 2  a shelf in the closet packed full with lonely skeins and mix matched balls that I am determined to use up.

So I knit this scarf to make some progress on Stash, Pt. 2.

I just got into knitting scarves the long way, so I think I cast about 150 stitches onto some double pointed size 13 needles. Not entirely sure what the yarns are I think one was wool, one was acrylic, and one was a wool-acrylic blend. I knit it in garter stitch on big needles so it would be nice and loose and scrunch up, and sure enough that was what happened:

It scrunches up like this...

But when unfureled it's one and a half times my height (sorry pic is so dark)

Anyway, I recommend knitting scarves lengthwise, but you may want to be more careful about gauge if you don't want a long scarf.

Bonus in-progress shot with weird hat:

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20  knitted slippers. not exciting, but warm. in Knitting: Completed Projects by bethanyjoyce on: January 19, 2009 09:43:05 PM
These are slippers from a super simple pattern in the book "Knitting Pretty." I had some leftover yarn and my very old falling apart slippers were just not cutting it for winter. I have cold feet always.

So here's a poor quality photo of them on my feet. They are slightly on the large side, as the pattern fits up to a ladies size 9 1/2 and I'm a size 7 1/2. The fully enclosed design does help keep them on.

A slightly closer look. After taking these photos I decided it was time to wash them, so they look a bit nicer now.
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