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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Intl Sock of Doom is Doomalicious on: August 25, 2007 06:19:52 AM
Let me tell you some backstory... I once made a pair of socks as a gift for my MIL, and with ALOT of help with a friend I completed them and all was well. That was 5 years ago. Every pair of socks I've tried since then has turned into yarny messes of ookiness and I gave up forever.

Then I decided to try again.

So, here I am, attempting to knit the International Socks of Doom:

And I have reached the heel portion where you begin to knit the heel flap. The pattern says to "S11, K to end" which I understand to be Slip 11 stitches then knit the rest until the end- cool, I got that. My question is, if I did that, wouldn't that make a big ole line of yarn on the WS behind the slipped stitches? Is that right? Is that how its supposed to be? Or is there some secret unspoken whatsit that I'm supposed to do to carry the yarn along the back for the sock's heel flap that I don't know?

Please help (Craftster really needs a begging icon I think- so we can beg for help AND beg for tutorials)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summery Star Baby Blanket on: June 16, 2007 10:26:40 AM
For a while I was coveting the Star Baby Blanket the crocheters were knocking out on here. I'm not a big crocheter though, so I went in search of a knitted star baby blanket pattern.....

Yeah, I looked for a good bit and still found nothing.

I did find this free pattern from Moda Dea for a knitted star pillow though:
Thought to myself, 'Why the hell not?', and decided to knit up only half the required diamonds for the pattern (pattern calls for 10 for the pillow, I made 5 for the blanket). It makes for a smallish sized blanket, one that's good to cover baby in a car seat.

Pattern Details:
Pattern: Moda Dea's star pillow pattern.... halved
Yarn: Pattern calls for a Moda Dea ribbon 'bulky' yarn- I used a worsted cotton (summer yarn for my summer baby due any time now)
Needles: I used the needles the pattern called for, US13 if I recall
Size: From center to point tip is 13in, from center to between point valley is 7.5in
Pattern Changes: I didn't change the pattern at all (except omitting the other half of the pillow knitting), though it would be super easy to do so if you wanted to make it bigger- just add more increase/decrease rows to each diamond you make. I also added a single crochet edge all the way around to keep it from rolling since its all stockinette.

Took me less than 8 hours I'd say, and that's with me stopping to chase my kids around and getting distracted by the TV.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Purple Ducky Baby Blanket on: April 02, 2007 11:07:32 AM

This is a gift for my SIL who is getting ready to pop with her first baby. I know, I know, the title is confusing. The blanket is decidedly not purple, nor is there any evidence of the presence of a ducky. The name comes from the originating site:

Its actually blocks knitted up from the dishcloth patterns then sewn together. Since she's having a boy, I went with Dragonflies and Frogs with a Heart for the center. Knitted up in 100% cotton.
My only advice if you want to do one too is make sure the blocks you are going to use all have the same Cast On number (most are 38). I know the ducky is larger, so perhaps one or two more may be as well.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Girl Genius - Experiment #1213 Scarf on: February 04, 2007 08:14:30 PM

This is a pattern I was experimenting with/creating this past weekend. Inspired by the web comic Girl Genius ( http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ ). This one is made with recycled Lambswool from a desconstructed Goodwill sweater. For more info, like details and pattern, you can check my blog linked below.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did You See The New Magknits? on: February 02, 2007 06:16:46 AM
woo hoo! It has more patterns than last time!

I'm thinking maybe Peekaboo for the Mister (that sounds kinda naughty and strange) who's a delivery driver for a printing company.

The hoodie is super cute too.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super Quick Dishcloth/Washcloth on: January 14, 2007 08:38:18 AM
I have two SILs (as well as myself) who are all pregnant, and a house hunting soon to be buying friend. Pretty soon its going to get heavy around here with baby showers and house warmings. So, I started devising quickie knit ideas that I could gift without going into too much  time investment (because frankly I would hate to knit cute little sweaters/booties/hats only to have them never be dressed in the darn things by their ultra "cool" moms... you know?). So I thought about gifts I got at my own baby shower and house warming. I hated the store bought multipack washcloths for babies because they are about the size of a toilet paper square and my hands are not. I loved when I was gifted dishcloths for my house because you can never have enough of them (there is a dishcloth gnome who works alongside the sock gnome at my house and makes all mine disappear).

So I ended up with this:

Made with Peaches & Cream in the Daisy Ombre on US10 needles.

Took only a couple of hours of on and off knitting. Pattern on my blog.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Need Help!... Get Well Package for M/26 on: January 06, 2007 03:51:14 PM
I desperately need some help coming up with ideas. My husband and I have a guy friend (age 26) who just had gastric bypass surgery and we would like to take him a get well/ care package. The issues at hand though:
Can't have foods, drinks, or candies
He'll be in the hospital for awhile
He has no access to a DVD player or VCR
Is starting to get bored with his Ipod
Has read most books already that has come out by his favorite authors
Has no interest in magazines or puzzle books
Is 6'4" (so knitting socks for him or slippers will take me longer than he's supposed to be in the hospital)
Isn't really the sentimental type

So what can I do? So far I thought of a sleep mask to cover his eyes and possibly ear plugs. Anything else? I'm stuck.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer Of Luck Headband on: July 08, 2006 11:45:10 AM
Sometimes I find myself in need to make something yet with nothing to make..... enter the Summer of Luck headband, named so because I think that the simple lace pattern makes little four leaf clovers. I knit it in Peaches and Cream cotton, and made little ties..... cause...well... its the oddest thing, apparently my head bloats cause nothing fits it the same way twice.... go fig. Grin

Obligatory pics:

Please, please, please ignore my terrible hair. I took it down from a chignon to take the pic and its damnedable hard to take a self portrait of your own head:

Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted DEATH of Rats on: June 03, 2006 05:38:08 AM
If you don't read Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, you're probably going to think is a truly odd project... and I'll admit it is, but hey.
I recently participated in the Terry Pratchett's Discworld Swap Round II and my partner was Millik. She mentioned in her questionairre that she liked DEATH and the accompanying DEATH of Rats (labeled here on as D.o.R) so after I made her a series of other things, as a surprise I included a knitted D.o.R that she could put on her desk and use to terrorize people. I have only one pic of the D.o.R, and its not the best. The D.o.R is a rat skeleton wearing mini DEATH robes and carrying a mini DEATH scythe:

If you are interested I posted the pattern for him in my blog. Its not just the knitted part in the pattern either.... its the whole shabang.... D.o.R, Robes, and Scythe.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Carrick The Ram... 1st foray into knitted toys on: April 11, 2006 09:57:48 AM
So I decided that in addition to the easter candy I will snag from their baskets when they aren't looking.... I was going to add knitted toys to the kids' baskets this year. Here is my very first attempt at a knitted toy.... add to that I decided to make a knitted ram. It was made in less than a day and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially since I was making it up as I went along.

Made ironically in acrylic yarn (white, black, and grey) on size 8 straights and a set of size 4 DPNs.

If you want more details you can go to my blog listed below all keen and convinient like.
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