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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gretel! 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!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is there any way I can save my Orangina? on: October 02, 2007 10:52:52 AM
So awhile ago I wore my Orangina over a cheap-o black top from Forever 21. Then last night, I went to show my Orangina off to a friend and the yarn had been tainted black around the arm pits!!! GROSS!

I gave Orangina a bath this morning in the soap I usually use for my knits, and I added some salt. It seemed to help a little, but not much.

Is there any way I can get these hideous stains out? I really love my Orangina  Embarrassed
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FO: Calorimetry and Flower Petal Shawl (img heavy) 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!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pi vest from Knit.1 Fall '06 (slightly img heavy) 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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First FO post! Orangina and a Rusted Root 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!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / $500 in vet bills and a very emotional weekend later... on: June 27, 2006 08:35:21 PM
I have learned this lesson: Don't leave scraps of thread on the floor if you have a cat!
My poor cat swallowed a piece of thread and it wrapped around her tongue, with the other end going into her small intestines. When my cat was throwing up constantly, I rushed her to the vet who didn't see the thread, but told me to wait it out and take my kitty to the emergency hospital if she doesn't get better. When she was still throwing up and acting listless, I took her to the hospital and the vet on duty saw the thread. He was able to cut out what was in her mouth, but warned me that she would need surgery if her body couldn't digest the thread. The surgery would cost at least $2000. Needless to say, I was extremely upset!

Fortunately the thread was digested, and she's not showing any signs the vet told me to look for and she's back to her overly hyperactive self. The vet told me that we were lucky that I took her to the hospital or things could've gotten really serious.

So, learn from my mistake: If your pet roams around where you do your crafting, be sure to clean up after yourself. And if your pet starts to act like it's sick, don't wait to take it to the vet! You might also want to mention that you sew at home, and that might help the vet catch it.

Strings is nasty business when they go places where they don't belong!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern for a knitted cupcake? on: June 10, 2006 01:23:29 PM
Hey everyone! I've been lurking for awhile but I think it may be time to join in. I really like these boards.
Anyway, I love the knitted cupcakes I've seen people make, but so far I can't find a pattern for one. Anyone know where I can find one?

Thanks in advance and I hope we're all having a lovely weekend!
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