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1  McCalls 5137 - Dress! I'm in Love! <3 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dkswife on: April 28, 2008 08:12:49 AM
I love, love, love this dress!  I want another right now, but I will have to wait.  I have too many other things I want to make  Grin

Size 10
Fabric was purchased from Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon, so the total cost of the dress is $10.23.

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2  Simplicity 3961 Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dkswife on: April 23, 2008 10:54:30 AM
I completed the skirt a couple weeks ago.  I have made two other skirts out of the same pattern, and have 3 more to make.  I love, love, love the pattern!

I love the color of the fabric.  I purchased it at Hancocks for $2.99/yd.  

Thanks for looking.

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3  Tiered skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dkswife on: March 24, 2008 01:59:46 PM

I made the skirt this weekend.

Nothing too fancy.  I love long skirts, so this fits the bill.
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4  Teddy Bear Blanket in Knitting: Completed Projects by dkswife on: February 25, 2008 01:03:21 PM
It has been forever since I have posted a FO here so here goes:
Approximately 36" x 24"
Main blanket:  Patons Sahara Buttah Yellow
Teddy Bear:  Yarn Bee Dreamy Chennille Pale Green
Eyes, nose, etc.:  KP Shine Worsted Black


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5  Finished Tomato from NSFY in Knitting: Completed Projects by dkswife on: June 07, 2007 07:52:47 AM
Comforting as a bowl of tomato soup.....

I believe that is how the pattern is prefaced in NSFY. I don't quite get that line, but nor would I have thought to have named a sweater Tomato.
I got my husband to take a couple of quick pictures this a.m. of my Tomato. He was taking a business call while snapping these photos. They are not great, but I always say that about any photo I am in. I'm just not the photogenic type. I am going to post both because I am not sure which one looks best.

So I guess I will give you the details and modifications that I made to the pattern.
Yarn: KP Shine Worsted; Black and Sea Mist (a dovish gray)
Cotton/Modal blend
I love Shine. It has a nice hand and really drapes well; however, I was disappointed in the quality this time. There were several places in the yarn that looked frayed; hence, some splicing took place. I am complaining because this is the second time KP yarn has somewhat disappointed me, but on the other hand, I also will say it is inexpensive yarn. I spent approximately $23.00 on this sweater, so while I may be a bit miffed, I really have no room to complain, if you know what I mean. Will I use KP again? Probably, but more and more, I am leaning more toward a little higher end yarn. It is true sometimes that you get what you pay for.
Needle size: 7 Boye circulars (Needlemaster set)
Modifications (Edited to add #4 modification):
1. I made the bottom and sleeve ribbing as long as the neck ribbing. I am a matchy-matchy type of gal like that.
2. I didn't like the look or see the need to knit two rows of stockinette after the bottom ribbing and sleeves. I am not sure if it called for that on the neckline. It just looks bad in the picture shown in the book to me. I like a finished looking edge, and the stockinette edge just curled up. Ugg....that is what I try to avoid.
3. I added about 1-1/5" to the total length and about 1" to the sleeve length.
4. In lieu of knitting the sleeves in the round, I knitted them flat to avoid the difference in stitching between flat and in the round knitting.

That is all the modifications.
None really, but the transition from knitting flat to in the round creates an obvious difference in stitching. Maybe no one else had this occur. If that is the case, well I guess it is just me.
Would I knit this sweater again? Yes, and I would like to knit it in a solid color, but due to the above minor complaint, I am not so sure it would look so hot.
That is it! I am ready to start my next knitting project next week.
Hope everyone enjoys it!
Take care and God Bless!

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6  My first attempt at spinning w/ a drop spindle in Spinning: Completed Projects by dkswife on: May 07, 2007 08:58:16 AM
Like the subject line says, my first attempt.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  There are a few thick/thin spots and I was really wanting a worsted weight (it turned out to be bulky), but what the heck.

I have no idea the type of wool used, but it is scratchy.  It is approximately 58 yards, 2-ply.

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7  A slightly modified Center Square in Knitting: Completed Projects by dkswife on: May 07, 2007 08:54:10 AM
Below is my version of the Center Square cap from Knitty.com.

I kept the MC constant and added extra rows between the repeats, along with extra ribbing rows.

This was my first fair isle attempt, and I am pretty pleased with the results.

Thanks for looking.

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8  Pup pup sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by dkswife on: December 20, 2006 02:29:01 PM
For my chihuahua!

Thanks for looking!

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