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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jack & Jill Hooded Kid's Cardigan...*IMAGE & TEXT HEAVY* w/ pattern link :o) on: May 16, 2008 08:41:47 PM
My friend's son (Filip) is turning two years old and I've been invited to his birthday party on Monday. I've been knitting this sweater on and off for the past month. It's an easy pattern and quite adorable so I wanted to share the pics and the link with everyone.

FREE PDF PATTERN: Click "Jack & Jill" from the Rowan Knits website

DOWNLOAD OPTION 2: Go to http://www.knitrowan.com/html/freepatternarchive.asp
- Select "2001" and it's listed as one of the "January 2001" patterns
- The PDF link is eight patterns down from the top of the list.

I used various techniques to add some extra detailing to the sweater and make it a tad more special for the recipient. Truth be told, I was starting to go batty from the endless rows of stockinette stitch so I needed something to break it up and keep my attention.

1.) INTARSIA: Personalized the sweater by knitting in Filip's name at the back. Alphabet chart available here

2.) DUPLICATE STITCH: Found a cute bear chart that fit perfectly on one of the front panels of the cardigan. Bear graph available here

3.) KITCHENER STITCH: My first attempt at creating a seamless join for the hood seam. Not perfect but satisfactory. I was quite pleased even though I didn't truly achieve a "seamless" look. A bit lumpy, bumpy. Just thrilled that I have a new knitting technique under my belt. Yay!

...and just because I'm giddy with accomplishment here's some more shots of the cardigan. I'm still pretty new to creating knit garments so any success story is a big deal for me. Thanks for looking! Hee hee!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer Swing Top = Sailor Dress on: May 16, 2008 06:44:52 PM
Others have already posted their amazing "Summer Swing Top" creations so I thought I'd add mine to the list. I've always loved Sailor dresses for little girls so I chose navy and white for the colors and ran with it.

I also added more length to the white ("skirt") portion of the pattern to give more "growing in" room for the baby. I made this for my cousin's little girl who just celebrated her first birthday. I'm quite thrilled with how cute it came out and my cousin loves it so I'm happy.  Grin

PATTERN: Available at http://www.freepatterns.com under the "Knitting" and "Children's" section.

You have to register but it's free and definitely worth signing up for. Great selection of patterns at that site. 
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Floral Bouquet Afghan with pattern link on: March 26, 2008 04:17:53 PM
My Aunt recently broke her leg and I wanted to cheer her up by sending her a crocheted gift. Found this free afghan pattern on the Coats and Clark site and it worked up pretty quickly. 48 squares, 4 different colors, 12 of each color and voila...pretty flowers!

It took me a couple of weeks to finish with lots of breaks in between so even with my procrastination it graduated from UFO status to FO status in relatively good time. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks for looking.  Grin  All thumbnails are clickable so clicky clicky!  Wink

PATTERN LINK: http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/LW1575+Crochet+Floral+Bouquet+Afghan.htm

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / *1st Knit Post* FO's with pattern links/info...lots to see & read on: March 18, 2008 04:27:54 PM
I've been an avid crocheter for over eight years now so I admit I was getting a little bored living the life of a "hooker".  Cheesy  What to do...what to do? I decided to expand my crafting skills and finally picked up the sticks in the last year or so. The final verdict? I am in L-O-V-E!

My appetite for knitting patterns, needles, magazines, etc. seems to be growing faster than my actual ability to complete projects so my list of FO's is quite small to date. However, I have stayed the course and managed to finish and even modify a few patterns to my liking. Here are some pics of my recent creations along with pattern links/info.

Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. I get oodles of inspiration everyday looking at all of your masterpieces and I strive to be that good some day.  Grin

All images are clickable so click and enjoy!

DOG SWEATER: Here's my baby Benjie modelling his first ever knit sweater. I couldn't handle the number of loose ends that were popping up once I got to the leg holes so I improvised (got lazy) and added in plain sections of colors without following the chart. That's probably why there's a lumpy mid-section but I'm still happy with the end result just the same...Benjie not so much. He's not digging the turtleneck collar.
PATTERN: Garnstudio DROPS Pattern #102-42

CABLE CARDIGAN/JACKET: Made this for my mom's birthday and she actually liked it. Woo hoo! She's very fussy about her clothes so I had to modify the pattern to suit her liking. Big "oopsy" factor...ran out of black yarn and had to use a different brand which explains why one sleeve & the collar are a little darker than the rest of the jacket. I swear it's not that obvious in natural lighting.

PATTERN: Family Circle Easy Knitting Holiday 2005
Pattern #15 designed by Gayle Bunn (Jacket with garter stitch collar and 8 stitch cables)

MODIFICATIONS: SLEEVES: I eliminated the sleeve shaping that would have created a flared sleeve & rather than follow the plain stockinette stitch I followed the cable pattern for the body and put three 8 st-cables on each sleeve. BODY: Took out the waist shaping to give it a straight line and lengthened it to hit mid-thigh.

BOY'S CABLE VEST: Christmas 2007 present for my cousin's son.

PATTERN: Cable Vest Pattern No: 70202A Lion Brand Cotton-Ease http://www.lionbrand.com

BABY SHRUG: Yet another Christmas 2007 present but this time for my cousin's little girl.

PATTERN: http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug[/b]]http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug

5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cheesy Spider on: November 29, 2007 09:15:01 PM
A little late posting this but I made this spider shaped cheeseball from Kraft Kitchens for Halloween.  The recipe says to use sliced olives for the eyes but I thought using a couple dabs of red icing gel would give the spider more of an evil appeal. 

One thing about the recipe...as with all poppy seed recipes, I found that they were great for adding crunch and texture but they were getting stuck in people's teeth...hee hee!


6  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween re-visited...some fingers with your cake? on: November 29, 2007 09:06:30 PM
Halloween's a big deal at our house so it has become a tradition for me to bake the "Great Pumpkin Cake" from the Kraft Kitchens website.  This was the first year that I brought out one of Martha Stewart's recipes in an attempt to replicate one of her best spooktacular cookie recipe ever.  It was originally called "Severed Fingers with Cari" but they've renamed it to "Ladies Fingers".  I was quite happy with the final results...the almond fingernails were a little too realistic for me.  Creepy!  Cheesy 



7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pitter-patter of little feet...baby items this way *Pattern info/links added* on: November 29, 2007 07:56:15 PM
This past year there has been a surge of babies that have come into my life courtesy of family, friends and casual acquaintances.  The baby madness has re-ignited my passion for crochet so with hook in hand, I stitched up some goodies for the wee ones.

My cousin's the proud new mommy to a precious little princess so I had to do my part and spoil her rotten with as many frills, lace and pink I could fit into the patterns.  Here's a few highlights of what's been created so far. 

Baby Shower Gift Set:
JACKET & BONNET:  FamilyCircle Easy Crochet Spring 2007. Design by Michelle Wilcox
BLANKET: "Sweet Dreams" from "A Year of Afghans" Published by Leisure Arts c.1999

Vintage pattern I got from the internet.  It's so delicate and frilly.  Perfect for a little girl.

Pink Smock for Baby
PATTERN LINK:  http://www.shotzies.com/crafts/article56.php

Coats & Clark's LC1391 Sitting Pretty:  I prefer to call it the "Cotton Candy" Dress...for some reason the pink and white just reminds of cotton candy. 

PATTERN LINK:http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/BabyChild/LC1391+Sitting+Pretty.htm

First pair of button-strap shoes: T-Strap Booties designed by Yvonne Healy

PATTERN LINK:  Sign up for a free account at http://www.freepatterns.com
Go to the "Crochet" page - followed by the Wearables - Children's Clothing links where you'll find the pattern on page 2.

Granny Yoke Dress Designed by Valerie Moffitt
The pattern called this a "4 Hour" dress but it took me much longer than that...all those annoying ends to weave in!  Oh well, it was worth the effort.

PATTERN: Sign up at http://www.freepatterns.com
Then click on these pages:  Crochet - Children's Corner - For Baby.  Pattern is on page 1.

I love these buttons...the details always count right?

The pattern just called for a crocheted chain for the tie but I wanted something a little thicker so I knitted an i-cord instead.  I think it worked out ok.

I made this gift set for some friends of my parents who were expecting (and welcomed into the world) a little girl:

BLANKETNaptime Granny Blanket Design by Anne Halliday
Leisure Arts Little Books - SNUGGLETIME BABY AFGHANS c1998
- I bought it from one of the clearance bins in the crafts section at Wal-Mart...excellent finds if you're willing to dig through the clutter.

BOOTIES:  From http://www.freepatterns.com

DRESS & BONNET: Little Cherub Set from Soft & Sweet Art. J16 - Book 0136 Published by Coats & Clark c 2001

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mile-A-Minutes, Grannys & 16" Squares...oh my! on: November 29, 2007 07:06:10 PM
I made a bunch of afghans for Christmas gifts last year and didn't get a chance to post them.  Here are a few of my faves.

Granny Mile-A-Minute Afghan (VINEYARD IN THE VALLEY):  Made for a huge Calgary Flames fan (NHL team).  I was lucky enough to find colors that matched exactly...she was quite impressed and loved it.

PATTERN INFO:  Vineyard in The Valley From Crochet for Caring and Sharing Pages 46-47 copyright 2004. Designed by Anne Halliday.
I got this pattern the Annie's Attic Free Pattern of the Day site.  It's been featured twice so there's a chance they'll post it again so I think it's worth checking out the site everyday just in case. http://www.anniesattic.com/free_pattern_day/index.html

16" Squares Afghan (CHOCOLATE DREAMS AFGHAN):  Twelve 16" squares make up this afghan. I changed the colors for the center squares for a bit of contrast.  This was a birthday gift.

PDF LINK: www.spatulagraphics.com/HnC/ChocolateDreams.pdf

Mile-A-Minute (LW1247 SPRING FLING Coats and Clark Leaflet):  Another MAM that was quick and convenient to whip up.

PATTERN INFO:  Coats and Clark Leaflet LW1247 Spring Fling Afghan. Designed by Glenda Winkleman. Copyright 1999.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flirty skirt and LB's Matinee Swing Jacket on: November 29, 2007 06:50:31 PM
I participated in the "Patricia Pepe Skirt" Crochet-Along from Crochetville's boards about a year ago.  The pattern was provided by a very talented lady from Crochetville and it was all done with diagrams/graphs in lieu of a written pattern.

Since I had never completed a pattern by reading diagrams/graphs it was challenging at first but it was very rewarding in the end.  I just love how it sways...so flirty!


Next up is Lionbrand's Matinee Swing Jacket (free from their site but you have to register).  I thought I would get bored with the rows and rows of hdc's but it was actually a very quick project. 

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ribbing dilemma...help please! on: November 08, 2007 03:41:09 PM
Hello All!

I have a pattern that's giving me grief. Any and all help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

The ribbing is K3, P3, K3 for 2"

PROBLEM ROW: Rep last row (K3, P3, K3) increasing 5 sts evenly across.

1.) Do I just continue the K3, P3, K3 pattern and add in the extra stitches to correspond with the pattern?

- i.e. K3, P3, K3, Add St (P1), P2, K3...


2.) Do I just add YO's in random spots but continue following the K3, P3, K3 pat from the previous row?

3.) With the extra sts the ribbing won't match up...is that ok?
- The pat continues into a ribbing and cable layout so it's not going to be a straightforward ribbed garment.

4.) Should the incs be made in the same spot when completing the Left & Right fronts of the sweater?   
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