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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Chemo-cap and Hallowig 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....

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first felted projects - beads and little people 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
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Chemocaps... on: February 13, 2008 05:41:17 PM
One of my friends has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  She is going to be having Chemo in a few weeks time, and I was thinking of making her some Chemo caps.

I have discussed it with other friends (cos we are going to get a sort of "hospital care pack" ready for her, and they are all keen for me to knit Knitty's Hallowig for her in some funky colour...

Any suggestions for yarn (would need to be able to be bought locally in Calgary or obtained fairly quickly via online order) - am thinking of a bright coloured soft baby yarn in acrylic...  I do want it to be very soft because of scalp sensitivity issues....

Also, any other tips or suggestions for the "care pack" would be appreciated
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scarf for my Daughter 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
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thrummed Mittens 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....
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweaters for my Girls... 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
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Christmas Present suggestion please.... on: December 04, 2007 04:07:25 PM
I have had it sprung on me that I have to take part in a Christmas Present swap just before Christmas...  basically everyone makes one present takes it to the event and receives one in return.

I want to do something knitted but can't work out exactly what...

The main problem is that while the majority of the people there will be women there will be at least one man and I can't guarantee who will get my present.  Also the ages of the participants range from late teens up to folks approaching retirement age.....  oh and I would like to be able to use yarn out of my stash if at all possible and only have 2 weeks to knit it in (along with finishing a sweater for my eldest daughter for Christmas day!)


any suggestions for a pattern to make something that is gender neutral, suitable for any age range and very quick to knit?  It probably will have to be a pattern that I can find online too as I doubt I will have time to get out to a shop to buy a pattern.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / White Baby Layette 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.......
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / So Tempting! 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!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pizza! 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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