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21  Baby Poncho in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: July 11, 2005 03:48:37 PM
I just finished a poncho for my cousin's baby (due this month) -- intended for the fall. It was a stash-buster project, but the only thing I had enough of 1 color was this dark green homespun (which, by the way, I officially hate to work with). The resulting knit is nice, though. I added a running stitch of pink to "girl it up" and freestitched some flowers.

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22  Re: "girling up" a baby poncho in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by crazycatladymel on: July 11, 2005 03:45:12 PM

Because it has to travel tomorrow, I just finished it up by running a pink stitch around the edge and free-forming some flowers on the front.
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23  Re: 1 Hour Baby Booties! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by crazycatladymel on: July 08, 2005 06:59:38 PM
I'm still not sure what I did, but I like the results (sorry the pic is crappy -- I can never wait for daylight).
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24  Re: are you a good uterus or a bad uterus? in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: July 07, 2005 11:24:44 AM
Just because... I didn't know where else to put it, but it's so cute... My "runt," Charlie, with knitted uterus #1 (in progress).

The green blankie in the background was a gift from a friend. It was supposed to be for me, but Charlie claimed it immediately.
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25  Re: are you a good uterus or a bad uterus? in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: July 07, 2005 09:35:46 AM
Posting the uteri I (now that just sounds weird) made yesterday. I'm very excited, b/c this was the first remotely complex pattern I've attempted. Everyone thinks I'm insane, which makes it more fun. I had a blast yesterday, toting my knitting bag around and saying "a uterus" whenever anyone asked me what I was making. The people at the doctor's office were way more receptive than the people at the LYS.

The yellow one is for a friend of a friend. I had posted on my LJ that I was GOING to make one, eventually, and got an email urgently requesting a yellow uterus for a friend having a hysterectomy soon. So, I tackled it earlier than later. Once I got past the twisting & turning DPNs (they made me cranky, but after about 4-5 rows I was okay), it was all good. I figured I may as well make one for myself, since I was on a roll. No smiley faces or frowns on mine... her mood changes far too rapidly (but I love the idea). My poor husband is still baffled (so my work here is done).
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26  Insanely Easy Needle Case (w/ pics) & tutorial in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: July 03, 2005 09:00:07 PM
I made 3 needle cases today. Two were so easy that I even impressed myself (I am totally a novice sewer), and I wanted to share!

Using a "reversible" placemat (Target, $2.09 -- to save on assembling & finishing time), a quarter flat from JoAnne's ($1.49 -- could be free if you had matching fabric laying around), and a bit of ribbon:

I figured that I would fold up the bottom ("short" end) up to be the first pocket and insert material for the second pocket. I folded the bottom up, and a couple inches down on the top (to hold needles in place), and ironed the creases. Then I folded the flat to the height I wanted the 2d pocket to be, and ironed it flat, cut it to size, then sewed straight across the fold. You can add interfacing in that layer (I did for one, not the other), or fold the flat into thirds for extra support.

Then I assembled it all and pinned it in place:

I sewed up the sides first, to keep the fabric straight, and then sewed the channels. The red & pink one has an applique on the front, so the front pocket is wider, but I sewed 2 channels into the second pocket. Also pictured (fuzzily) is a set of stitch markers I made for my friend (too bad you can't see the David charm better!).

Finally, I sewed some ribbon onto the inside edge of the "front," and it's good to go!

The third one I made from scratch, so it's a little messier, but it's fun too:

Lessons learned:
I made most of the channels too wide. A couple of wide ones are needed for bigger needles, but I should have measured first. On my own case, at least, the first pocket is too short for DPNs, which is a bummer, but I'll remember that for next time! To fix it, I'm going to try & sew a wide ribbon across a few of the channels, at the midpoint of the DPNs.

ETA: Added "tutorial" to subject line, b/c I guess that's kind of what it turned out to be.
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27  Re: Jayne Cobb Hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: June 30, 2005 08:43:56 AM
Oops! I never came back to post about my hat! It was this post that got me started and I thought I'd posted the results.

I was watching The Message, and just said to my fiance, "I am going to make one of those hats."
"For me?" He asked. I was shocked, because since I learned to knit, I've wanted to make him something, but he didn't want anything -- won't wear sweaters, hats or scarves. Now he wants a hat? I said as much, and he said, "Oh, but this hat I'd wear." Sure enough, we had some seriously cold weather after I finished his, and he wore it to work (first day, someone said "What'd you order a body for?" (or something like that)) for several days. His was big, b/c he has a big head and is a tiny bit bigger than called for.

I found a pattern here, and one or two elsewhere, and combined couple to get the right kind for my knitting style. I used Brown Sheep (?) b/c it's the only stuff available locally in the right weight and colors. I usually hate wool, but was surprised to find that I could wear it without going crazy. (I'm wearing mine to the premiere, and hope to make a fun T-shirt as well). I've given thought to trying it in cotton too, but haven't had time.

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28  Brand-Spankin' New Skull Pillow in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: June 26, 2005 10:40:11 AM
I just finished my second one of these. I've been trying to find a cool thank-you gift for my friend who played the harp at my wedding. I saw something similar online, but not only couldn't afford what they wanted for it... they were out of stock anyway.

The image is from Stamp Francisco - I had the stamp, so I stamped it on good paper, scanned it, enlarged it and printed it on a white cloth transfer.

Then I sewed it onto fabric using a small zig-zag (the fabric could be ironed-on, but I didn't think this material would cooperate), then sewed the fabric into a pillow shape. Not only was it super-easy, I think she's really going to love it! (One of her harps has a skull & crossbones on it.)

Then I had to have one for myself, of course!
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29  Chemo Care Cap (& preemie cap) in Knitting: Completed Projects by crazycatladymel on: May 06, 2004 09:42:16 AM
My first 2 non-scarf items!

The "chemo care cap" was surprisingly easy. Until last night (when I finished it), I'd only done knit/purl. This is from the free patterns Patternworks sends with the Berreco Chincilla (#3): http://www.patternworks.com/PWPages/ChemoCareCaps.html I couldn't find the styro. head to model the hat, so I had to do it myself. This one is already packaged an ready to mail to a friend, who will pass it on to a friend of her mother's.

I can't get over how squishy-soft the Velvet Touch yarn is! Nylon does seem to grab hair and lint out of thin air, though.

My knitting for charity "blog" (page): http://bohemianwench.home.att.net/knitforcharity.htm
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