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1  Short row mania! in Knitting: Completed Projects by honeydew on: August 13, 2009 12:34:25 AM
fun with short rows!

This is basically Veronik Avery's short row hat rotated 90 degrees and joined to be knit in the round. I used good old w&t for my short rows - much easier to read. (I tried and failed to knit that one about 15 months ago --  too much toddler interference.)

not sure if the images will post. links to flickr below.

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2  Snowflakes and Lilacs in Knitting: Completed Projects by honeydew on: November 10, 2007 10:43:30 PM
I realize my last entry to a Craftster challenge was also a knit soaker for my daughter, and I swear that my intent this time around was to do something different.  In fact, I spent an absurdly long time in October working in Excel at reverse-engineering and recoloring the Autumn Rose chart working from some close-up photos of other knitters' works-in-progress.  However, reality set in around Halloween when my Mom called and said, "Do you have any warm clothes for Miss V for your visit?" 

At that point I realized that, despite the apparently wasted time on Autumn Rose, this was OPPORTUNITY!  I am a Hawaii knitter.  I love wool's springy, lofty feel, so forgiving of variation in tension, so happy to take up Kool-Aid in a wide variety of lovely colors.  But so, so warm.  Finally, I needed to knit something warm.  As they say in Bedrock, YABBA-DABBA-DOOOOOO!

I dove in, grabbing three skeins out of stash, and then a half ball of off-white Cascade 220 just since I am pathologically incapable of knitting with just one color of yarn (even when the one is a variegated).  I cast on.  I joined.  I knit a couple rounds in my purple-pink-green-lilac loveliness.  Then I paused and ripped it all out and said to myself, "Self, it's time to learn corrugated ribbing."

And thus the adventure began.  I learned corrugated ribbing.  I got the waistband done and thought, hmm, what next.  I still had a lot of the Cascade 220 to spare, and I remembered the Snowflake Socks pattern from IK Fall 2007.  I grabbed the magazine, looked up the chart, and counted up my stitches.  By sheer luck, I was within 2 stitches of the right multiple.  I did a couple increase rounds (which I needed anyway to accommodate Ms. Bulky Butt) and jumped into the chart. 

And only then did I realize that, once again, my challenge entry was going to be another diaper soaker.  Ahh well... I love it, it fits Miss V perfectly, and I learned some new techniques.  Autumn Rose can wait.  Until then, here are my Snowflakes and Lilacs.

And of course, the guts of it:

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3  Re: Barbara G. Walker-a-long? in Knitalongs by honeydew on: October 02, 2007 11:38:50 AM
*this space reserved for pics when wiggly baby decides to cooperate*
Front view, standing

Side and part of back:

The colors are looking pretty accurate on my system.

I picked up stitches around the entire sweater for a button band in my trim yarn.  Didn't do a ruffle -- OK, would have been way too much frill.  Also chickened out on doing a shawl collar, which is sort of OK, but I'm disappointed in myself.  I just wanted to finish and didn't want to have to think too hard about where to do the short rows, so I just took the easy route and went with 5 rows of garter stitch.  I remembered to do increases at the big corners (bottom where the two parts of the front come together), so the piece lays flat there.  Forgot to do increases at the "small" corners where the increases from the V-neck stop.  Not so thrilled with this because the V-neck sort of disappears.  I might actually rip and re-knit; we'll see how it looks if I can actually get baby girl to wear it for more than 30s without pulling it off (or stretching it out terribly trying).

I think I have enough for a pair of booties in the trim yarn, so that might get done today. 

And as cute as this is, I think it's going to turn into a charity knit or swap, because who the heck needs a wool sweater in 80 degree Hawaii weather?  Even a really pretty and soft wool sweater with adorable ruffly cuffs?  Not my girl, who rails against wearing even the thinnest cotton onesie (and the only reason we try THAT is to keep her from un-velcroing her diaper). 
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4  Re: Barbara G. Walker-a-long? in Knitalongs by honeydew on: September 25, 2007 07:54:23 PM
I actually made a pair of wool shorties for my daughter for an early knitting challenge.  I went leg up instead of waist down, but I think I did pretty much what BW suggests for dealing with the crotch.  It was a fun knit, and the shorts were a super diaper cover (which was the actual intent).  They are super pretty but too small now. 

I'ma fire up the camera tonight and see if I can get some pictures to document this thing Smiley 

The colors are more brilliant and pink-toned than in the picture (at least in how it's displaying on my system). It fits pretty nicely! I was a little worried it looked too small in the back while on the needles.  It definitely won't be a sweater that lasts a long time, but it will fit for a few months I think, assuming I finish it before Christmas Smiley
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5  Slip Stitch Felted Portable DVD Case in Knitting: Completed Projects by honeydew on: March 04, 2007 06:26:49 PM
My best friend saw my first (of several) attempts at making a felted beer cozy for my brother and thought the felted fabric would be perfect for a cushiony case for her portable DVD player.  I finished up my backlog from Christmas and decided I would see what mosaic knitting was all about in this project. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  To avoid static electricity problems, she is going to line it with the fabric of her choice, as she is a genius with a sewing machine.  (While sewing buttons is about the extent of my skill, sad to say.)

Yarn - 100g Cascade 220 in dark brown, about 50 - 75g in the off-white color, including the yarn used for a practice swatch.  Knitted on 5mm circular.

Pattern: none, but muchas gracias a Wendy Wonnacott for both her excellent tutorial on mosaic knitting, and the chart for
The Other Sueet

Front of bag:

Detail of button:

Dimensions after felting are about 18cm tall x 27 cm wide x ~4cm deep.  It shrank about 30% vis a vis the stitch gauge and almost 40% vis a vis row gauge.  There is a bit of math and hope and luck involved in getting the knitted item to come out the right size.  Basically ...

# to CO = finished width * stitch gauge felt-factor * (stitch gauge)
           =  9in * 1.3 * 5 st / in
then fudge it to get the the right # of stitches for whatever stitch pattern you are doing. 
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6  Wool-Candy Diaper Soaker in Knitting: Completed Projects by honeydew on: February 21, 2007 12:16:12 PM
If Marple had a niece, I'm certain she would have loved to knit her a pair of these adorable little shorts.  The pattern I followed, nominally, was the pants part of this set (http://www.knitting-crochet.com/babyoutfit.html). I live in Hawaii - so even though the jumper is cute, it would be way too warm to use in this climate.  So the "ensemble" is instead more of a "solo".

I made a _lot_ of modifications, but I think the spirit of the design is retained - functional garment with cute little details to distinguish it from plain old shorts.  Without further adieu, here they are:

Pattern mods:

I used a different gauge yarn and smaller needles to get a denser fabric so it would work well as a diaper soaker.  It took just over 50g of sport weight Blue-faced Leicester wool that is wonderfully soft and a totally vibrant colorway that makes me think of cotton candy.
I have a much younger and smaller baby than the one the pattern was written for, so I sized it smaller by about 4".  The waist circumference is about 20" on my version, rather than 24" per the pattern.

I converted it to be knit in the round instead of flat - that was a little tricky, and it took me a couple repeats of the cable rib to realize I was reversing the pattern incorrectly.  easily fixed once I figured it out though Smiley

I added a crotch gusset, extra short rows just above the crotch and did the waistband short rows only on the backside.

I love the little mock cable pattern, though the yarn I used doesn't show the stitch detail all that well.  I apologize for the slightly blurry pics - wiggly baby and camera with dying batteries make for lousy photos.  The crotch gusset was fun, though I was definitely winging it for that section.  It came out very nicely though, and the fit is just perfect.  I love the way the ribbed panels on the sides of the legs will give the garment longevity as my DD grows.

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7  Baby vest and hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by honeydew on: October 07, 2006 06:59:23 PM
I decided to turn Magknits "Blossom" pattern on its side, shorten it, and add a little color in lieu of embroidery, and then, since I had a tiny bit of the turquoise left, figured I'd make a matching hat.  

Here's my sweet baby in her new duds, almost ready for venturing into the cold northeast for Thanksgiving.  (We live in Hawaii, so I'm trying to make her some warm stuff.)

The hat is a little short, heh... looks kind of like a bowler hat on.  Was super fun and fast to make though Smiley  

Vest & hat were 1 skein cascade 220 on US5 needles.  (US7 for hat, since that is the only 16" circular needle I have at the moment.)
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8  question on knitting designs in relief in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by honeydew on: September 10, 2006 12:19:33 PM
I'm not sure if I'm using the proper terminology, but I have a question about knitting designs in texture, rather than contrasting color.  I knitted this piece ()
yesterday, and hope to improve it on subseqwuent iterations.  The pattern is supposed to be a "honu" (Hawaiian word for sea turtle).  Here is my ?:

--> How do I make the "wrong side" stitches that comprise the picture all be raised, like they are in the legs, rather than "submerged" as they are for the outline of the shell?

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