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11  Fingerless Mitts for my Goddaughter in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: October 11, 2005 11:25:25 AM
Yeah, like they were going to make it until Christmas. I just couldn't wait!

(I have to get them back and fix the sloppy seam!)

Yarn: Recycled from J. Crew sweater (thrift store, $4) - 100% wool, super soft
Needles: I think size US6
Pattern: My own. I wanted to knit them flat, and couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I made one up.
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12  Re: Knit/felted sweater bag without knitting! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: October 02, 2005 05:27:12 AM
I made 3 yesterday, and have a shiny new knitting bag (plus a couple of prezzies) to show for it. I'm going to see if the pics work. If not, they're here & here.

For my knitting bag, I made the gusset a little deeper, so the bag is a teensy bit shorter, but wider too. Also added a second pocket inside. This was the scratchiest sweater I've ever seen, and I paid too much for it at the thrift store, but the colors were ME, and it felted up just great.

The aqua bag also has an interior pocket. The rust one's didn't lend itself to 2 pockets. It's a nice wide bag.

Drying are sweaters for another couple bags, a doggie sweater & some Christmas stockings (using the template on this page). To do the stockings, I'm going to get some of that thick clear vinyl for the pattern, so I can see the details of the material before I decide where to cut. For the doggie sweater, I'm using the pattern out of Vogue Knitting (on the go?) - Felting. It calls for you to knit a rectangle, felt it, then cut. I'm a knitter, but why knit a plain rectangle and cut it up, when I can felt a $2 Fair Isle cardigan and have that scrumptious detail?

The most I paid for a sweater was $5.99, which was INSANE at a thrift store (I swear, their pricers are insane sometimes), but I think I can get a tote bag out of the body, a Christmas stocking out of the sleeves, plus it had three gorgeous pewter clasp sets that I cut off and set aside. The cheapest find? A sweater vest for 15! Since - for this pattern - you have to cut off the sleeves, you may as well start with a vest. This one might become a stocking - not sure - but I will be on the lookout for vests if I need to get more felting material!
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13  New Love - knitted bowls (link to pics now in fifth post) in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: September 12, 2005 10:14:12 AM
I am in love with all my little knitted bowls. It was interesting to see which yarns felted nicely for this project (Noro Kureyon didn't do so well... I was surprised, but was not suprised to see the Lamb's Pride, Cascade 220  and Araucania all do pretty well). I will post pics after they're done drying. I think one will make a good business card holder for my desk, and a couple are destined to be gifts.

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14  Snake Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: September 08, 2005 09:25:28 AM
I designed this snake scarf for my littlest nephews (3). I still have to add the finishing touches -- tongues, rattles & 1 set of eyes.

Pattern is here.
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15  Mini Sophie in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: September 08, 2005 08:11:12 AM
Discussed earlier, I finally have pics of my mini Sophie bag. I still have to add a magnetic snap, but you can't see it anyway.

Before Felting

After Felting

I love this bag, I love this yarn (Classic Elite Paintbox).
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16  Re: What's in your bag? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: August 20, 2005 06:25:35 PM

Needle case, row counters, stitch markers, pen, pencil, scissors, tape measure, lotion, hand cleanser, knitting journal, umbrella, tea, "Miss A" knife, pattern(s) & current projects.

On some days when the knitting bag acts as my purse (like today): phone, wallet, card case, glucose tabs

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17  Trying to start a knitting circle at work -- showing off the flyer in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: August 10, 2005 02:46:32 PM
I posted these all over my building today. I had to come up w/ something besides "Stitch n Bitch" because of the whole office thing.

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18  Re: babies! help! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: August 05, 2005 09:45:04 AM
If you don't have the Stitch n Bitch Nation book, which has the 1-hr baby booties, then try an easy baby hat. The first one I ever made turned out so cute I couldn't stand it.

I used Velvet Touch, which is a super-soft nylon yarn (mostly, I liked the color). The one pictured is a preemie cap, so you'd just make it a little bigger. It's just a rectangle, knit in a ribbed pattern, then seamed up the back and tied in the top. Too easy, and very cute.

Here's where I got the pattern (again, you need to make it bigger for a normal-size baby).

In the completed section is a poncho I made for my cousins baby and I linked to the pattern there. It's just 2 rectangles seamed together.
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19  Hickey Scarf - v. 1 (beta?) - pic added in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: August 01, 2005 11:29:01 AM
I wanted a cute little scarf to wear around my neck (for reasons that the subject should reveal (I'm going to be 40 in a week and had to make a scarf to wear to work today!)). I didn't like any of the patterns I had: too much like a bandana, and with my larger neck, it would end up being too long before it was wide enough. So I set about "creating" my own little design.

I have some lessons learned, mostly based on my preferences* which will lead to version 2.

Version 1:
Matching my guage isn't important. What is important is that you figure out which guage you have and then use that in your calculations for determining width. The weave shouldn't be too open, but an incredibly tight weave isn't necessary either. I didn't swatch so much as just start knitting. A couple rows told me if the weave worked or not.

I used Diakeito ribbon, which is medium width and  knits up beautifully and soft...although I don't recommend it in 90-degree weather unless it's a necessity. ;-)
Size US "8's

What I did:
cast on 3
k* until 1 st remains, inc1 (by knitting into the front & back of the last stitch
repeat from * for about 30 rows (20 or so is probably fine).
k 10 or so rows (sadly, I didn't count), until 2 stitches remain, increase each as described above
k remaining rows by increasing the last 3 stitches until you achieve the desired width.
bind off loosely

Since I crammed this onto a 9" straight needle, I used my guage to tell me when to quit knitting. First I figured out how long it needed to be (not too tight around the neck, tied in a knot). I just used my tape measure. Then I figured that many inches times my guage per inch (4.5), and that was the minimum number of stitches I needed before I could bind off. It fit perfectly.

guage per inch ____ x desired length_____ = min # stitches for last row

*lessons learned -- I've learned that I don't like the pointy corner of the scarf. It's cute, but on me it keeps rotating to the center of my neck and it looks like I'm trying to wear a dickey. So next time, I'll cast on about 20 and start from there, maybe increasing 2 per row from the outset.
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20  TuTu scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: July 17, 2005 01:32:07 PM

A long, skinny scarf for me (the first scarf I ever made for myself). Super-quick knit! I did most of it waiting in line for the new Harry Potter book.

Berroco TuTu #5797 on the ends
Crystal Palace Big Net #3684 in the center

I CO 8 st on #17 needles,  knit about 4" of the TuTu, then switched to the big net until it was just short of the length I wanted, then knit 4" of the TuTu again..

And I have a bit of the TuTu left to go into my hodgepodge scarf. Some day, I'm going to take all the little balls of leftover yarn and just make one weird scarf.
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