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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 / 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
3  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.
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / spicy cupcake on: September 24, 2006 06:07:09 PM
Finally done! This took me forever due to gauge problems, but when I finally figured it out, it wasn't hard to make.  Roll Eyes  I made it in Jo Sharp DK Cotton in Carmen, and I found the yarn to be a little difficult to work with since it threaded apart easily (I don't recommend it, but it was $2/ball on clearance). 

I'm not sure if I like the ribbon (and it's too wide, 1/2 inch, not 1/4 inch)--it's a cream color, which isn't bad with the red. The ribbon really helps to stabilze the collar. Sorry for the grainy pic, I really need to clean my mirror and fix my lighting.

5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Unisex Boy Beanie on: September 14, 2006 08:42:55 PM
I did this a few weeks ago and girlified it so I could wear it instead. I had some orange wool yarn left over from making the one-skein scarf, so I started the beanie...and promptly got bored with the design. I threw in some puff stitches and worked in the back loops above the stripes. I also had some green yarn left over, so I threw it in. The result: one groovy hat with a color combo that actually worked!

6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Sweetpea in pink on: August 16, 2006 11:27:09 AM
I actually finished this shawl a week and a half ago, and figured that I'd post it. It came out smaller than I thought, and looked a little funny--then I realized that I in Row 2, I had done a half double instead of a dc, and repeated it all the way through the scarf. Oh well, it's only my second project in crochet, and with the number of times I frogged it (I can't count apparently) I could have made 3 of them.

My shoulders are a little too broad for this shawl, so I'm going to try to give it to someone (my friend says it looks a little too "granny" in that color as well.  Undecided I can't decide).

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Another help question: starting chain on: August 10, 2006 06:46:59 PM
Ok, I'm a beginner hooker, and I have a serious problem. I figured out my gauge for my sweater, and did the starting chain with a hook that was 2 sizes larger than my current hook. I even tried it on for size. Unfortunately, the sweater goes lower on my hips than I thought...and now the starting chain is too tight! Any suggestions as to how I could loosen it? I thought I might be able to put a SC at the bottom, cut out the starting chain and tie off the end. Sigh...lots of hours into this sweater (the unseamly sweater from happy hooker).

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / pattern for bulky/worsted yarn-help! on: August 09, 2006 11:23:44 PM
I'm a beginner crochet-er who just made the ultimate mistake--I bought the wrong yarn for the pattern. Unfortunately for me, I love this yarn--it's Reynold's Rapture in natural--50% wool, 50% silk--which is listed as either a worsted or a bulky yarn depending on what website you look at.

I originally started out trying to do the "unseamly sweater" from happy hooker. I checked my gauge (J-hook), but apparently didn't do it well enough, since I was halfway up the back piece before I realized that I was making a dress, not a sweater. When I rechecked my gauge again, it was fine horizontally, but long vertically (?!?). Unfortunately, I bought the yarn on sale (it was still expensive), so there's no returning it.  Undecided

Does anyone have a pattern out there for a sweater/tank that uses a bulky yarn, around 640 yards and would fit a size small? I've looked and looked and am at my wit's end--most shirts or tanks use a DK or a worsted that is lighter than this yarn, and I'm sick of making scarves, shawls and hats. Thanks!
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