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1  Cable comfort Throw in Knitting: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: September 18, 2007 02:08:47 AM
Loved this pattern on the lionbrand website...
thought I would make it for my sister's birthday.

I couldn't find any superchunky wool in the UK that was affordable/to her taste so I ended up with boring grey in chunky. King Cole Magnum Chunky 75% acrylic 25% wool.

Used US size 15 needles and did 7 panels instead of 5. Also worked all panels at once instead of individually and then sewing them together. Obviously needed more balls than their recommendation, but even when it was 1.5m square i decided it needed to be a bit funkier...

Found sirdar juniper in this greeny colour. again not what i was looking for, but time was running out and i didn't fancy my chances with choosing something to match/contrast on the internet. I crocheted the border (just under 6 balls used)

So yeah, am not 100% about this blanket.. shame really-what do you think? Not sure what my sis thought really... Least it's non itchy and cosy...

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2  tiptoe through tulips and another pair of socks (5 photos) in Knitting: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: August 22, 2007 03:33:44 AM
When I saw knitty's tiptoe through the tulips I KNEW I had to make them for my mum. So she got an IOU for her birthday, we went yarn shopping together... My first colour work and intarsia later, here they are!

ETA: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTtiptoe.html

These are unwashed and blocked, but even so, am not particularly enamoured with their slight baggyness. Otherwise, these are adorable and weren't too much of a nightmare to knit-the intarsia graph just looks daunting, but doesn't take long!

with authentic grass on sole ;o)

nice putting on of socks Mum!! Lol, not just my knitting to blame here!

While yarn shopping, mum fell in love with the Hundertwasser self patterning sock yarn. So she bought me two balls. LOL she got the first one back as my first top down socks-decided not to let the tulip's be first colour, first intarsia AND first top down.

the shot that shoes them not quite being the same-it became more noticeable towards the toes... (it's because I switched from metal to birch half way through sock1):

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3  Daisy Stitch Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: January 12, 2007 08:17:01 AM
Take initially one cone of oiled handspun wool with flecks of red blue yellow green in it and my Good House Keeping Needlecraft Encyclopedia mix it with my parents lack of a blanket on their sofa and voila the idea of the Daisy Stitch blanket was born.

It didn't end up that big, probably just over 1.5m square, but it's definitely warm and cosy AND it was ready for christmas, all the ends sewn in and everything, just not great pics as usual lol as I never leave enough time for that!


and a closer look at the stitch:

pretty pleased with it, although ideally it could have done with being bigger.
What do you think?
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4  Re: Hat & Gloves Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by funkyflower on: January 01, 2007 04:31:34 AM
albarino, here you go, photos and some chocolate to your PMSy camera Wink hehe-feel free to post you wearing the stuff though if the chocolate cures the  camera probs!!

I made a reversible hat:

it's more legible irl - says CRAFTSTER and i think this was the side that wore like a cloche?

the stripey oversize beanie side

simple armwarmers worn long/short

note to self: take better pics next swap! Wink
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5  Re: Hat & Gloves Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by funkyflower on: December 02, 2006 05:45:55 AM
WHOOOHOOO! How fast did the postman peddle his bike?! I got back from some christmas shopping, this morning and it was there despite only posted on thursday!!

The big grin on this photo describes it best: (still had coat on, thought it added to the hat look!)

I'd asked for an earflap hat and here the earflap is. How clever that the ribbing continues on to the earflaps?!?!

The cleverness of albarino contines: GLOVES WITH FINGERS! they fit beautifully and are so cosy warm and match too...

all this and they suit me. Hats DO NOT suit me usually (I hadn't told albarino this!) am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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6  PDQ x2 anarchy irony + matching bits (img heavy) in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by funkyflower on: November 28, 2006 01:42:01 AM
Had an early christmas with my sister and her boyfriend, which meant speedy crafting in time Wink

I made my sis this PDQ with matching hand warmers

but she spied the anarchy irony hat and pinched that too!!! She didn't want contrast trim and preferred to wear it unfolded up... she was ill, so it was just what she needed to cosy up in.

I made an eighties inspired scarf for her boyfriend and then took the idea on to the pdq

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7  meet Urbis, the graffiti guy brought into amigurumi world in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: November 22, 2006 01:35:02 AM
here he is (although a bit blurry):

I was visiting an urban exhibition (urbis) with my sister before she went to New Zealand for 3 months.... One of the best bits was the graffiti installation:

www.thelondonpolice.com are responsible for that...

My sis and I loved it so much that I was insired to make her an amigurumi version for her birthday, made stripey as she is mad into stripes and it suited him!

So Urbis was made, parcelled up to her boyfriend's to take out to New Zealand where he spent the next month bobbing around in the cab of their campervan, seeing penguins, snow snow and more snow!

(I am hoping that 2 rounds of BLO stitches don't discount this guy as an amigurumi!)
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8  Re: Star Shaped Baby Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: July 21, 2006 01:39:26 AM
i made 2 in record time, ready for my now born niece and her sister.
didn't know the new baby was a girl when i started so this is hers

and this i did for her big sister

thanks to crafster for helping me out with the first round!!
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9  1 bag 1 inchworm 1 scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by funkyflower on: July 12, 2006 01:40:26 AM

a bag i made for a friend, because I wanted to use up some purple yarn and she loves purple. Rough pattern from happy hooker

a  close up of the image

my first completed (ie stuffed an sewn together) amigurumi. Used a 5.5mm hook which is really too big, as you can see the stuffing on the bendy bits, but I need to order some easygrip smaller hooks before I give my fav hook a break. The Inchworm is a Megan Granholm pattern.

The first thing I made when my happy hooker book came through, with some gorgeous wool that my gran, spun and dyed! Scuse the cheesy grin!
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