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1  Chemo-cap and Hallowig in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: February 27, 2008 04:05:47 PM
I have a friend who has cancer, and is having to have chemo...

So I decided to make her a couple of things to cheer her up (actually they are going to be part of a larger collection of gifts that a group of us are putting together for her).

First off, I made her the Ameila Earhart aviator cap out of some Bernat Cashmere blend yarn.  It is gorgeously soft, and as it only contains 5% cashmere it hopefully won't irritate her scalp too much

And another view of it from the front:

And then I knitted her a Hallowig out of some bright green acrylic I had in the stash:

I am not necessarily expecting her to wear the Hallowig, but I know that it will make her laugh, which can only be a good thing!  Actually, she has a rather wacky sense of humour, so she might actually wear it anyway!

I have also made a needlefelted necklace that is going in the same parcel for her....

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2  My first felted projects - beads and little people in Felting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: February 27, 2008 03:57:31 PM
I bought some needle felting needles the other day while buying yet more roving (I use it to make thrummed mittens like these )

And followed the tutorial up above on how to make the little felted balls or beads....

I have strung them on some narrow satin ribbon, and have decided that I am going to give them to a friend who is having Chemo to cheer her up

Another pic of the necklace

Then, feeling brave about making 3-D objects, I decided to have a go at a figure...  I already knew how to make a ball, so I made one of those, then a sausage for the body.  I joined the 2 together and then added some arms and hair.....

And I made 4 little people to give to my 4 girls - even the "big" one at 9 yrs old was thrilled with hers!

They are all around 2" tall btw - hand-sized for the youngest one, and perfect for slipping into a pocket.  Actually, they remind me of Jelly-babies  Cheesy
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3  Scarf for my Daughter in Crochet: Completed Projects by tajhia on: February 04, 2008 10:47:17 AM
My eldest daughter had managed to loose yet another scarf at school, so I had to make her a replacement.

I used some yarn leftover from knitting sweaters at Christmas and came up with a fairly basic pattern...

It only took me an afternoon and an evening to complete, and she was pretty pleased with it (lets hope she doesn't loose this one!  Roll Eyes )

More details incl the very basic pattern on my Blog
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4  Re: Thrummed Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: January 28, 2008 10:26:24 AM
Here are the pictures of the mittens that I promised:\

Outside lying flat:

Lying flat, one inside out showing the wool lining:

And being worn:

I am very pleased with the way they turned out and they are incredibly warm, which is just as well as the temperatures here have plummeted.  I gave them to Josh's mum (our next door neighbour) yesterday, and she said that she would pass them on to him.

I hope he likes them!
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5  Thrummed Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: January 18, 2008 05:00:58 PM
I have never made a pair of these before, and seeing that I promised the neighbours son a pair of hand-knitted mittens in return for him babysitting our 4 girls, I have decided to make him a pair of thrummed mittens as it can get pretty cold....

I am using some recycled wool from a sweater that I decided I will never finish (100% wool, unknown brand, worsted weight in a nice chocolatey brown colour), and also some hand-dyed fleece that I bought at the Calgary Farmers market...

This is the pattern I am using.  I am using 3.5mm needles for the ribbing and 4mm needles for the main body of the mittens.

The picture shows some balls of the yarn that I have made already, the back of the sweater (I doubt I will need that, so haven't unravelled that yet) the fleece and Monday's Calgary Sun (Jan 14th) - I actually took the picture on Monday, but have only just got round to downloading the pics from the camera!

Closeup of the paper showing the date:

And this is how far I have got with knitting them -

 basically just the ribbing cuff done - I know I have been slacking off the last couple of days - am planning a knitting session this evening though with a good movie and a bottle of wine....
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6  Re: Sweaters for my Girls... updated with pics in use in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: December 30, 2007 01:51:18 PM
They were thrilled with them when they opened them on Christmas day (infact my youngest said that it was her "Bestest present ever!" bless)

I have finally got round to taking some pics of them wearing them, so as promised here they are....

There are more pictures of them on my blog
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7  Sweaters for my Girls... in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: December 18, 2007 01:40:47 PM
Sometime back in October I had the brilliant idea that I was going to knit sweaters for each of my 4 girls for Christmas (silly, silly woman!   Roll Eyes )

Anyhow, 3 of them are finished....

For my 3 yr old (knitted out of yarn from my stash using the Woolworks top-down raglan pattern

For my 5 year old using some yarn I bought (can't find the lable but it was cheapie acrylic... very soft though) and the pattern off the ball-band

and a closeup of the cabling on the front

For my 7 year old (again the top-down raglan pattern and the same cheapie acrylic just in a different colour)

And an unfinished one for my 9 yr old (top-down raglan pattern, cheapie acrylic again!)

There is a bit more detail and waffle on my blog
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8  White Baby Layette in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: September 24, 2007 05:02:29 PM

I made this as a modern take on the traditional baby layette.

Because the friend who it is for does not know what sex of baby she is having I decided to make it all in white (lets face it babies can never have too many white cardigans!)

The hat is not from any fixed pattern - I sort of made it up myself as I went along, the Cardigan/kimono is Clementine's Baby Kimono and the booties are Christine's Stay on baby booties .  The whole thing was knitted using just over 1 ball of Bernat baby softee...

And because I have some of the yarn leftover I am using it up making a blanket knit on the diagonal.......
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9  So Tempting! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: September 01, 2007 11:30:44 PM
another finished project from me!

Knitty's Tempting...

this was knitted in the recomended yarn (Debbie Bliss cashmerinio aran) in  navy blue and for a miracle I got the right tension with the recommended needles (5mm bamboo circs).  I used white satin ribbon to finish it...........  can't remember exactly how many balls of the yarn I used as I started this way, way back in the spring and put it aside for eversuch a long time before attaching the sleeves to the body and finishing it (all those K2P2 ribs did my head in!)......  I do know that I have aprox 2.5 balls of yarn left though...........

but I am dead chuffed to have finished it and LOVE the way it looks............

my hubby and I went out tonight for a drink and a bite to eat (first time for a night out away from the kids in several months - we got a babysitter YAYYYYYY) and I wore it then!
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10  Pizza! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: August 31, 2007 12:45:20 AM
as a result of a knitted food discussion with some freinds......

I knitted Pizza

I used assorted crappy acrylic out of my stash (heck my kids don't care - they were suitably imopressed and have since requested burgers,hotdogs and popcorn!   Cheesy) it was loosely based on this pattern


but I changed to toppings as my mushrooms were very sad and looked like fawn blobs and I didn't think that  white onions would show up well on the colour of cheese I chose - so instead I did red peppers and olives................
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