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1  Gretel! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Caribou on: November 04, 2007 09:38:55 AM
I finished my Gretel beret!

Mine's the slouchy version. The pattern called for 230 yards, but I managed to get away with one skein of Cascade 220. Only thing that annoys me is holy MOLY does this yarn bleed! It got dye on my hands, and then I went to type on my white Macbook and now some of my keys have a rosey tint. Arrrgghh!  Angry

This beret is so cute though that I think it might be worth it:

I also recommend blocking this beret over a dinner plate. When I first finished it, it looked like a giant sea creature that was trying to suck my brain out of my skull. Blocking it gave it a lovely shape.

Overall, a really great pattern and I had so much fun knitting this, despite Cascade 220's attempts to tint my world red. I'd recommend this for anyone who wanted to try getting fancy with their cabling.

Thanks for looking!
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2  FO: Calorimetry and Flower Petal Shawl (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Caribou on: September 29, 2007 10:32:18 AM
I'm in love with both of these patterns!
Here's an action shot of my shawl taking flight:

And all wrapped up because the alpaca yarn is super warm:

This is the Flower Petal shawl from Elann.com and I used the recommended yarn, Elann.com Peruvian Pure Alpaca. The yarn was a little fuzzy and tended to shed on me a bit as I was knitting the shawl, but having a soft and warm shawl at the end was totally worth it.

It also drapes beautifully:

And I made a Calorimetry!

I used Noro Kureyon. Now I can see why everyone loves their Calorimetry so much, it is a really good pattern and super fast to knit.

Thanks for looking!
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3  Pi vest from Knit.1 Fall '06 (slightly img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Caribou on: August 21, 2007 11:57:30 AM
I finished this last weekend, and I am loving it! Sweater vests are totally awesome in a nerdtastic way, and this one's the ultimate in nerdiness:

And yes, I will totally wear this vest with that shirt and those glasses:

This is pre-blocking, so it looks a little lumpy.
I think if I did this again, I'd go the next size down. And there's some things about the pattern that are a little silly, like binding off all the shoulder seams and sewing them together instead of just doing a three-needle bind off.
Oh yeah, and I wouldn't use Wool-Ease. DOWN WITH WOOL-EASE!

Thanks for looking!
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4  First FO post! Orangina and a Rusted Root in Knitting: Completed Projects by Caribou on: November 20, 2006 10:20:57 AM
I think the stress from two jobs and my senior research project on superheroes gave me some kind of magical knitting motivation powers...
Anyway, on with the FOs!
This is Orangina, which was a pretty fast knit. I get so many compliments on it every time I wear it. I used the recommended yarn in Tutti Fruitti (which I swear isn't as pink-looking in real life. Sorry, I just can't work the pink)

And this is Rusted Root, knitted up in the recommended yarn in Gold Dust. The fit's a little awkward, mostly because it's a bit long and I have a really short torso, but I'll live. It'll probably fit better after blocking. I'm also absolutely in love with the color:

It's a bit cold for these to wear outside in San Francisco, but the museum I work at is always freakishly warm so at least I can wear them to work.
Anyway, that's all for now. Thanks for the inspiration everyone!
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