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21  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 28 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: December 21, 2007 02:01:07 PM
I got my shirt from Bigmouth.  It has a dinosaur on it!  I absolutely love it and put it on as soon as I opened the package.  Thank you!

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22  Re: Holiday Cookie/Candy/Recipe Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: December 04, 2007 10:08:49 PM
I got my cookies from serendipity_sarah a few days ago, and WOW!  What a delicious package!

Some chocolate haystack cookies, and some delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, along with a collection of recipes and the oil to make the candy in one of them!  She also included some pot-holders, which I LOVE.  My favorite part?

Look at this hole-protector!

Thank you so much!  I would have taken pictures of the cookies themselves but they didn't last that long :X

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23  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 28 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: November 09, 2007 04:49:48 PM
I received my purse from mimiw today!  It's beautiful and the PERFECT size!

With my wallet (it's from Queen Bee Creations if anybody is curious where I got it)

This purse is nice and sturdy, and it's the perfect size for my wallet, a book, AND a knitting project!  Thanks, mimiw!
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24  Re: HELP! Recycled yarn and yardage: What can I make with this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by fishie on: November 06, 2007 09:27:09 PM
I have a niddy-noddy, just not one that's easy to measure length with.

The way the yarn wraps around it, it can be anywhere from the very edge of the dowel to close to the center pole.  I measured it, and it's approximately 5 feet wrapped all the way around, but the yarn would be all over the place and so measuring that way would be pretty inaccurate.
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25  HELP! Recycled yarn and yardage: What can I make with this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by fishie on: November 03, 2007 09:19:00 PM
I know my subject makes it seem like I'm clueless, but really I'm not.  I'm just incredibly confused.

I want to make a sweater out of this lovely alpaca/nylon blend yarn that I recycled.  I managed to unravel the sweater it had been without losing any yarn at all, and after I'd wound it up and weighed it, it turns out I have 730 yards.  It's worsted weight, and from a medium size cabled sweater.  Here's a picture of what it used to be:

What's confusing me is, I'm having a really hard time finding a sweater that only uses 730 yards of yarn.  Most require much more.  I'm a small, and generally knit the 32" or 34" of a pattern, and the sweater I recycled was probably somewhere around a 36" or 38" chest.

I'm positive that my method in determining yardage was accurate.  I took 10 yards, weighed it on my electronic scale, and divided my weight by 10 to get the weight of one yard.  Then I weighed the rest of my yarn and divided each skein by the weight of one yard to determine how many yards were in each.

I had wanted to make Stefanie Japel's Simple knitted bodice, but without a contrasting yarn I like for the lace bits, it doesn't seem like that would happen, PLUS I don't have enough yarn.  I also would really like to make the Cable-Down Raglan from Interweave Knits Spring 2007, but it looks like I'd be bordering on not having enough yarn if I wanted longer sleeves (I know cables eat up yarn).  I might just end up making the Bonsai Tunic or the Keyhole Top from the same issue of Interweave, but ACK!  Why is it that I don't have enough yarn to make a full sweater when I recycled a sweater that was way too big for me?!

I guess this was more of a rant than anything.  Oops!
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26  Autumn Patch-work Tablecloth in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by fishie on: November 03, 2007 03:58:58 PM
My kinda-roommate asked me to make a patch-work tablecloth for our Halloween party, and I managed to design it and make it in a week.  I used a burgundy twin topsheet and an old orange loosely-woven tablecloth I found from a thrift store as fabric.  The design was pretty simple, and I managed to match the size of the table exactly.  Cheesy

The last two are me trying to press and hem it while my kitten was sitting on the other end.  Cats are always trying to help, aren't they?
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27  Chakra in Knitting: Completed Projects by fishie on: November 02, 2007 10:43:12 PM
The idea for this hat hit me like an epiphany, and I was so excited about it that I finished it before the challenge had been officially announced.  I've been working on the pattern for a bit, and have plans to improve it and make the hat even better.  I have made the pattern available in my craft journal.  If anybody knits this, PLEASE let me know!  This is my very first pattern and I want to make sure it's easy to understand, plus I'm excited to see projects made from it.   Cheesy

Inspired by a work by Alex Grey...

This was my first fair-isle project, and I knit two of them while writing the pattern (the black hat was "proof-reading").  The yarn is Bernat Satin, which is soft, warm, and CHEAP!  I had a great time working on this hat for this challenge, and I can't wait to see what everybody else is coming up with!
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28  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap 27 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by fishie on: November 02, 2007 08:28:55 PM
I received ribbons for my bunnies today from frosty772!  One of my buns is still at the vet Sad so I only have pictures of Winston playing with the ribbons.  The yellow one is his favorite!

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29  Lace-up Armwarmers (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by fishie on: October 30, 2007 01:31:27 PM
I made these for the Ongoing Wish List Swap, and since the Delivery Confirmation shows that she received, I'm posting!  These are not something I would normally make, but I'm pretty darn proud of them.

UPDATE  More info on the hat I'm wearing is available in this Craftster post and the pattern is available in my craft journal

The yarn is Bernat Satin Solids in Mai Tai, and I knit these on size 8 needles.  I used Ysolda's Lace-up Opera Gloves pattern, but I modified it a little bit.  While I was knitting these, I realized that the pattern was written more complicated than it needed to be, and despite getting gauge and the pattern being One-Size, they were WAY too tight even on my tiny arms, so I wrote the pattern in a more accessible way, and I fixed a mistake I noticed.  Please note that I take no credit for this pattern, I just wanted to edit it a little bit.   Wink

Materials / Tools: 
   Approx 120 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used one skein of Bernat Satin to make yours)
   Approx 4 to 5 yards of ribbon (Ysolda used 1 wide, I used 3/8 wide)
   1 pair size 8 needles, 1 set size 8 DPNs
   Two stitch markers
   Scrap yarn
   Tapestry needle

Gauge: 16 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Stitch Patterns:
* Starting on row 6, slip the first stitch of each row. 
Eyelet Row: sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, k to 4 sts from end, ssk, yo, k2
Thumb Shaping: k to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k to end
Eyelet + Thumb Shaping: sl1, k1, yo, k2tog, k to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, sm, k to 4 sts from end, ssk, yo, k2

CO 24 sts
Row 1: k all sts
Row 2: p all sts
Row 3: k2, (yo, k2tog to last 2 sts), k2
Row 4 (and all even rows): sl1, p all sts
Row 5: k across, picking up and knitting CO sts with each k stitch
Row 7: Eyelet Row
Rows 9, 11: k all sts
Repeat rows 7 12 twelve more times (13 eyelet rows), ending with a p row


Row 1: Eyelet Row
Row 2 (and all even rows): p all sts
Rows 3, 5: sl1, k2, ssk, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3
Row 7: Eyelet Row
Row 9 (RIGHT HAND): sl1, k3, m1, k to last 5 sts, m1, k2tog, k3
Row 9 (LEFT HAND): sl1, k2, ssk, m1, k to last 4 sts, m1, k4

Row 11 (RIGHT HAND): sl1, k6, pm, m1, k2, m1, pm, k to end
Row 11 (LEFT HAND): sl1, k12, pm, m1, k2, m1, pm, k to end
Row 13: Eyelet + Thumb Shaping
Rows 15, 17: Thumb Shaping
Row 19: Eyelet + Thumb Shaping
Row 21: sl1, k to marker, remove marker and place 12 thumb stitches on scrap yarn, remove marker, CO2 (back loop method), k to end
Row 23: k to end
Row 25: Eyelet Row
Row 27: k to end
BO knit-wise from WS

Place thumb stitches onto 3 DPNs and slide CO sts above thumbhole onto end DPNs, so that two DPNs have 5 sts and the other has 4.  Beginning from right side of thumb hole, knit 5 rounds, pulling tight at CO sts.  BO purl-wise

Use the yarn tail on thumb to tighten up holes by CO edge.  Weave in ends, lace ribbon through eyelets.  Burning ends of ribbon or using Fray Check is recommended so ribbon doesnt unravel.
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30  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by fishie on: October 23, 2007 01:20:07 AM
Everyone's finished sweaters are looking gorgeous, and it's great to see how the sweater looks in a variety of yarns.
I'm up to the upper body armpit division after some road-trip knitting this weekend (though, as always, the wisdom of sitting in a vehicle going 70 MPH while manipulating size 13 needles is questionable)
I'm pretty sure my millend yarn IS the bernat softee chunkee you used, fishie, though the colorway is pooling a bit differently.
Shortly after this picture was taken the kitten (Mei) started chewing on my Denise cords. Cats are so helpful.

I thought that Cherie looked familiar!  Cats ARE helpful.  Here's Steve helping me block my Cherie:

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