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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nomad Hat and Scarf from IK on: December 04, 2007 11:15:30 PM
When the weatherman said there was snow looming for the NE, I knew I had to find the warmest thing I could think of to put on my head and neck. No more suffering with cold ears for me! So I decided to knit the better part of an alpaca and put it on top of my head.

Here is the Nomad Hat from IK Fall 07 in Misti Baby Alpaca Chunky, Color 620. I used the same needles recommended in the pattern, and decided to add a little flare with some pom poms on the end (Made 15 chain stitches with a J hook then attached 1 inch pompoms). It knits up really quick and it's SUPER warm. My ears are happy now, even if I do look a little strange when the scarf is all done up (like a ninja).

I haven't seen any other Nomad Hats on here yet, could it be that this is the first?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Little Tykes pullover pattern help! on: August 21, 2007 03:21:19 PM
thanks for the help! You explained it much better than I did with that diagram. I do have 2 balls and two sets of needles (whew), so I did that part right at least.

Also, I realized that I miswrote that last portion of the pattern...it's

BO 7 sts at each arm edge 2 times and at the same time, BO 5 sts at each neck edge once

So is it on one side, BO 7 stitches and work to the end, turn and purl to arm edge, BO 7 stitches on RS, work to end, then turn and purl back, then BO 5 neck edge?

Or do I just BO 7 stitches, get to the end, turn and purl to arm edge, BO 7 stitches and then BO the last 5 stitches (for a total of 12 BO?).

And then how do I do the kitchener stitch if it's all BO?

Thanks again!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Little Tykes pullover pattern help! on: August 21, 2007 02:07:56 PM
I'm new to this whole knitting thing (normally I crochet), so if any of you knitting veterans could help me, that'd be great!

I'm working on my first baby sweater--the Little Tykes pullover from Interweave Press http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/Little_Tikes_Pullovers.pdf

It's a free pattern, and I'm doing the henley in purple with pastel pink/white/green stripes. Or rather, attempting to do it. I was doing well with knitting the back, but then I hit the shoulder and neck part that says:

BO 6 sts at beg of row (1st on right neeedle), knit next 18 sts, place center 25 sts on holder for neck, join new yarn and work to end. At beg of next row, BO 6 sts--19 sts each side.

I was ok up to here...but then...

BO 7 sts at each arm edge 2 times and at the same time, BO 5 sts at each neck edge twice.

Here's what I think this means--I now have 3 needles. On the R was the first BO of 6, and on the left was the second BO of 6.

For the Right side, I turn it around on the WS and purl 19 sts back to the arm edge, turn, then BO 7 sts and knit 12, turn, purl 12 stitches, turn, BO 7 stitches, knit 5 stitches, turn and BO the last 5 (near the neck edge).

 And for the left side, I would first knit the 19 stitches, turn and then purl the 19 back, then do what I did the right side? Does this make any sense? Or do I just BO all 12 stitches at the top (as it called for the BO 7 and then the BO 5)? Right now I have this funky flat pyramid thing going on.   Huh

Another question--after all this binding off, I'm supposed to do a kitchener st to sew the shoulder together. How is that possible, particularly if I've done it on multiple different rows?

I'll post a pic as soon as the battery on my camera recharges
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Hello Kitty Slippers! (made from bunny slipper pattern) on: November 14, 2006 10:11:27 PM
I just remembered to find that ear pattern. here it is...
I used the Lion brand jiffy yarn for mine so for the ears I doubled the yarn like I did for the bottom sole and used an I hook.

Ch 6
row 1- hdc in 2nd ch from end, hdc to end. (4 stitches)
row 2- Ch 2 turn, 2 hdc2tog (put the last stitch in the turning chain to keep a straight edge)
row 3- Ch2 turn, hdc2tog (put last stitch in the turning chain as before)
end and weave in the ends.

I hope that makes sense and works out. If not tell me. I'm just copying what I wrote down in my book. (It could be complete gibberish)

Thank you thank you thank you. The slippers have been sitting in a bag waiting to be finished. I'll try it next wk after midterms (ugh).
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Unseamly Sweater on: October 24, 2006 10:42:16 PM
Whereever Shine goes, I follow, since we both have been having the same issues with the unseamly sweater. I've frogged the thing about 10 times, and right now I'm stuck on the sleeves (I can't get the decreases right). 

When I did the waist, it "walked around" like you described, but you can barely tell when you do the rest of the bodice.

Good luck! Let me know when you get to the sleeves.
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Hello Kitty Slippers! (made from bunny slipper pattern) on: October 24, 2006 10:24:40 PM
Wow, your second pair looks even better than the first! I made a pair, but then I couldn't figure out how to do the ears right. Any suggestions? I did 6 hdc for the base. They came out looking too pointy instead of a nice equilateral triangle.
7  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Sweetpea in pink on: October 24, 2006 10:20:48 PM
Thanks for the kind replies! Now that it's getting colder, I'm going to be pulling it out for sure (and it's sooo soft).
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Halloween Costume *Picture heavy* on: October 17, 2006 09:49:33 PM
Honestly, I think your butt looks fine in the dress---but since I have the same butt insecurity (why do women get hips when they're in their 20's? )
here are a couple suggestions...

I think once you cinch it up, your butt won't show as much. Another option is, rather than attach a piece of cloth at one shoulder like in the pic, then make a cape out of it by draping it towards the opposite side and attaching it just behind the arm. Then you could trim it in gold (like the pic), or  purple (purple was the rarest dye back then, and it was the symbol of royalty).

If you want to make a wreath to go on your head, buy some wire (medium), floral tape, gold spray paint and some plastic leaves (with stems--just clip them off the main stem so you have 2-3 leaves. You can use fake flowers too--example-- http://www.crafta.com/qsa929-or.html).

Twist the wire into a hoop that fits around your head--I usually put extra wire on both ends so I can adjust it. wrap the wire with the floral tape, then starting at one end (with the leaves facing out, wrap the stems tightly with floral tape at a slant. Keep adding leaves and wrapping until you get to the end. Then spray paint the whole thing with the gold spray paint and voila! instant golden wreath!

This website shows pics of this idea: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/headgarforfl.html  Good luck!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 on: October 09, 2006 06:34:22 PM
They're beautiful and comfy looking! I wish I could knit like that. Great job!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / mouse's new clothes on: October 09, 2006 04:40:53 PM
Once upon a time, there was a mouse who had a drab, product placement wardrobe.

Just when things couldn't get worse, he found himself (along with his brothers and sisters), being handed out as free giveaways at a scientific equipment tradeshow.

He soon found himself in the hands of a bored student, who, sensing his plight, decided to create for him a fabulous new shirt from the leftover yarn in her stash.

Unfortunately, it was a little girlie looking, but when the seamstress told him that metrosexual was in, the mouse was very happy. The end.
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