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21  My first pillowcase skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by gaucamolegreetings on: October 23, 2007 01:29:44 PM
I found this pillowcase on sale at the thrift store for 50 cents.  I love the pasely band at the bottom and it's really soft, so I thought I'd give the pillowcase skirt thing an attempt. 

It could probably use some shaping and a zipper, but I knew if I got too ambitious I'd never finish, so I went the easy way and spent an hour in front of the TV sewing it folded over some elastic.  It think it's more comfortable this way but not as flattering. 

Here's it is.  I didn't take a before picture, because, well, we all know what a pillowcase looks like, right?   Wink

And here is a modeled shot. I got the shirt to go with it at the same thrift store for $2.  Nothing like a $2.50 outfit!   Grin

What do you think?  Any comments welcome!
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22  Muir-a-long in Knitalongs by gaucamolegreetings on: October 09, 2007 04:29:55 PM
Anyone knitting this?  Here is mine so far with about a repeat and half.  Yeah, it's going to take forever, but I think it will be worth it. 

I'd love to see anyone else's progress, pretty please!  Wink
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23  Why I need another purple hat... Shedir! in Knitting: Completed Projects by gaucamolegreetings on: May 11, 2007 03:08:01 PM
I had more purple recycled yarn left-over after I finished my too big Arietta hat, so I went for the gusto and started Shedir.  After getting over the hump of thinking I would never, ever be able to finish all those little cables, I got into a groove and it was kinda fun.  Although I'm still convinced there is no difference in how  p2tog and p2togtbl look.  Oh yeah, and I did some of the cables the wrong way, but only the ones with 2 knit stitches, so you can't really tell.  I haven't washed it yet, that might straighten up some of the stitches, but I love it so much I can't take it off my head.  I'm amazed it actually fits me well.

I now think hats are my favorite thing in the whole world to make.

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24  Arietta Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by gaucamolegreetings on: May 05, 2007 07:28:24 PM
I really like the mosiac pattern in the Arietta cardigan from the spring knitty's surprise, so I tried to make it into a hat.

I really should start washing my swatch, because it turned out way too big.  I would like to rip it out and do it again with one less pattern repeat around and shorter too, but I doubt I ever will.  Also, I'm not sure about the ribbing, what do you think, maybe better with just a few rows of garter stitch?

I used yarn from a recycled sweater, but I'm thinking of trying to make some more for gifts.  What kind of yarn would you buy if you were going to make this?  I'm not good with that kind of stuff.  I'm thinking the yarn that the Arietta cardigan calls for is probably not stretching enough. 

I'd love to hear what everyone thinks.  Thanks!
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25  Gray cashmere monkies in Knitting: Completed Projects by gaucamolegreetings on: April 25, 2007 01:31:44 PM
Monkey socks that is.  Add me to the monkey bandwagon.  And I second everything others said about it being a fun, fast knit.  

I used recycled yarn from a gray cashmere thrift store sweater and they are SO soft.  I'm a little worried about them holding up because of it though.  Ah well, I'll enjoy them while they last.

Modeled shot...

Any comments are appreciated.  Thanks for looking.
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26  Elbac = Elfront = Eldone in Knitting: Completed Projects by gaucamolegreetings on: April 02, 2007 11:23:19 AM
I finished my elbac scarf from Knitty.  I love everything about it.  The pattern, the yarn, the color...  but I'm still giving it away.  It's the cheapest/easiest way to contribute to my daughter's preschool's fundrasier auction right now.  Maybe I'll make another one some day.

It's made from an angora sweater I got from a thrift store and unraveled using two strands and size 8 needles.  It's only 4.5 feet long and 4.5 inches wide, but it's long enough to wrap around my neck once and still be long enough, barely.  My favorite thing abut it is that both sides are identical.  It took awhile to make, but I enjoyed it and I'd recommend the pattern for sure.

ETA:  Forgot to mention that I did modify the pattern a little.  I made the middle cable larger and made the ends straight instead of slanted.

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27  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by gaucamolegreetings on: February 16, 2007 06:26:54 PM
Thought I'd post a progress pic of the Elbac (from Knitty) scarf I'm knitting with yarn from a recycled thrift store sweater.  65% angora, 35% nylon, using two strands with size 8 needles.  I lurv it.  Total cost, $3.75.

P. S.  As to the questions...  I take awhile to do it too as I like as many LONG pieces as I can get.  I kinda do a piece at a time.  First the sleeves, then the front and back, so it's not so much as once.  With the shorter pieces I do different swatches, because you don't really know the weight you are getting, with different patterns and needles.  While a bit is soaking or drying, I do more.  But I have young kids, so a little bit here and there type of things fit my day well.
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28  Re: Elbac-a-long in Knitalongs by gaucamolegreetings on: February 14, 2007 02:58:40 PM
Just thought I'd post a progress pic in case I could entice anyone to knit this with me.  It's really fun, I'm quite addicted to it as of now.  Unfortunately, I'm waiting for more of the yarn I frogged from a thrift store sweater to dry before I can do more.  I walk by and feel it every few minutes to see if it's ready.    Cheesy

Aren't the reversable cables cool?  Doesn't it make you want one of your very, very own?  You know you do.  Come on, someone, anyone!  Hee hee.   Kiss

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29  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by gaucamolegreetings on: February 08, 2007 03:41:18 PM
I FINALLY decided what to do with my recycled angora sweater.  An elbac scarf from knitty.  I'm using two thread together and size 8 needles.  Here's the test swatch.

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30  Elbac-a-long in Knitalongs by gaucamolegreetings on: February 08, 2007 03:36:20 PM
Hip hip horay, I'm starting my first knit-a-long!  Anyone want to knit an elbac scarf with me?  The pattern is from knitty...


I love the reversible cables, but I might need some encouragement to finish something with SO much 1x1 ribbing.  Here is my test swatch.  I did change it to have a straight edge and the middle cable from 8 stitches wide to 12 instead just to make it a little wider and bulkier.

(If you can't see it, it's because I'm somehow posting a pic from my blog incorrectly...  Try this link...  http://growingupguacamole.blogspot.com/2007/02/happy-birthday-to-me.html)

And, because I'm a knit-a-long whore, I'm going to post this in the recycled yarn knit-a-long too.  I'm using a recycled sweater I got for $3.75 from SA that is 65% angora, 35% nylon.  It is so soft.  I'm using two strands together and size 8 needles.
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