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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / socks on the cheap on: March 30, 2007 06:25:32 PM
here is my scrooged entry - a pair of socks I finished last week......







Made from Knitpicks Memories yarn, which retails at $3.99 a skein, I bought 2 skeins and only used a teeny tiny bit of the second one - literally I ran out while I was doing the toe decreases for the second one...  so my estimate of costs is less than $4.50 - even if you included the shipping it probably cost me less than $10!  If I can find the card reader for the camera I will edit this post to include a photograph I have just taken which shows the amount of yarn left on the second skein.......

The colour of the yarn I used was Rocky Mountain Dusk, and I knitted them using the Ampersand pattern.

They are really comfortable to wear too!

More details about them is on my blog
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rocky Mountain Dusk Socks... link to free pattern on: March 17, 2007 07:02:32 PM
yes I am on a roll...........  finishing up WIP's mostly...

I have knitted a pair ofsocks for myself (big yahhhhy - I have knitted dozens of socks for family members and freinds but never for myself - until now!..

so I have now got a pair of the most comfortable socks I have ever owned - Rocky Mountain Dusk...............



these were knitted using knitnpics sock yarn and the ampersand pattern (details in my blog)...........  used just over 1 skein of yarn for the pair..

and I am so happywith them...........

a close up of the stitching detail and colour..




more details on my blog..................
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Variation on a Clapotis.... on: March 15, 2007 12:14:33 PM
I made myself a second clapotis using sock yarn that I bought from Hipknits quite a while back....  the aim of this one was to be more like a scarf than a wrap...

then I realised that I really didn't need another scarf - so I turned it into a shrug......

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/soarvalley/photos/clapshrug.jpg

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/soarvalley/photos/clapshrugclose.jpg

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / knitting and reading.... on: March 09, 2007 02:41:41 PM
I like to knit while reading quite often, especially if I am doing fairly repetitive stuff.

I can manage to read a book, but find online stuff far easier while I am knitting (holding the book open with weights tends to damage the spine which anoys me)...

Usually I just read blogs while I am knitting but wondered if anyone had any suggestions for good online stuff that I can read as well.........
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Shrug/Capelet for my Daughter on: March 08, 2007 08:37:08 AM
I made the Anthropologie inspired capelet by Julesy for my daughter.......



Using some Bernat Softee Chunky from my stash - instead of the brooch to close it I added a button cos she is only 8...

She was really pleased with it and insisted on wearing it to school this morning
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Freinds Socks..... on: March 01, 2007 09:28:38 AM
I promised a good freind that I would knit her a pair of socks......

and here they are:



They are knitted using Knitpicks Memories yarn in the geranium colour on 3mm needles...

I am very pleased with them - hope she likes them!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Decrinkling Acrylic Yarn... on: February 13, 2007 08:23:40 AM
I have some acrylic yarn that was partially knitted into a project that didn't work....  so after many months of procrastinating I decided to rip it out and start again on something else......

it is currently wound into a skein, but is all crinkly, and the sample I have knitted from it isn't knitting up as smooth as the un-knitted (and uncrinkly) yarn of the same type.....

I know you can uncrinkle woolen yarn by hanging it in a steamy atmosphere - does that work for acrylic too?Huh

is there any way to de-crinkle my crinkly yarn?Huh??
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little Turtle Knits Felted Slippers on: January 31, 2007 08:51:34 AM
I made these slippers/shoes/booties for a friends baby (due in a couple of weeks).....

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/soarvalley/photos/LTKbabyslippers2.jpg

Very quick and easy to make and use hardly any yarn....  these were made from some unnamed/unknown wool out of my stash (mostly cream, plus a tiny bit that I dyed with raspberry koolaid ages ago)......  then felted in the washer...  they only took me a day to knit too.....  that is why I love this pattern  Grin  Pity it doesn't seem to be available any more from their website (so glad I bought it when I did!)
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Wrap that is not a wrap........ on: June 16, 2006 07:53:51 AM
I had some yarn that I spun up from my Angora billygoat years ago (he was immaginatelvey called Gruff LOL)....  I found it a while back, and as I no longer have him (sniff, sniff - cos he was a lovely creature even if he did STINK!) I decided I HAD to do something with it.....

The yarn was not really very evenly spun (my first attempt at spinning with mohair/goat hair) and I hadno idea at all how much of it I had really (several small balls), but no idea of yardage.....

anyhow I decided to make a wrap/shawl type thing - loosely based on the "Tie-one on" from knitty......

but after I had knitted the body of the wrap it became clear to me that there was no way on earth I would have enough yarn to finish it........

quick re-think and I picked up stitches along the front edges and did a few rows of 1x1 rib stitch to edge it... added a big pink satin ribbon and Voila......

The wrap that is not a wrap......



It fits quite nicely - sort of  sits on your shoulders in a very sexy way....... but it does shed a lot........

I may have to make another if I ever find a suitable yarn substitute.....

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