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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Albuquerque Fingerless Mitts on: January 31, 2008 01:35:02 PM
My MIL lives in New Mexico and I wanted to make her a pair of fingerless mitts for Xmas.  I spent a long time looking at Navajo and Pueblo pottery and rugs, and then tried to blend the patterns with a traditional-ish Fair Isle style.  DH helped pick the colors (6!) in Knit Picks Palette.  She took these pics for me, because I forgot to snap pictures before I gave them to her!

They're not as detailed or long as the gloves I made for myself, but I love the palms and thumb of these.

I actually knit 3 mitts... I finished the first one and decided to redesign the cuff and a few other things; DH thought I was crazy when I started over.  It's since been felted and turned into a cat toy, lol.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Options Needle+Cable Case on: January 22, 2008 08:29:06 PM
So, after realizing that my Options needle tips were scattered all over the house, with no markings on them to tell me what size they are (my only hope was to look at what yarn scrap might be next to it and try and remember the project I was knitting!) I decided to invest in a needle gauge and do some fabric-stash-busting to make a needle case for the tips and cables.  This is the 5th iteration of the design, so by the time I was done I was just about pulling out my hair, lol.  It doesn't seem so troublesome now that it's finished.  It's about 6"-6.5" square-ish.

Outside- pretty swirly cotton from JoAnn's with boring button to be replaced later:

Inside it's like a book, with the needles on the first page (sizes 4-11) and then 5 pages of clear vinyl pockets (one for each cable size,) using fabric from a local chain:

I need to write the cable sizes on the vinyl...  I think I'll get a silver Sharpie, so I can wipe it off if I mess up.  I might also paint needle sizes on the pockets.  You can see the "key" attached to a safety pin pinned inside; sadly, that's the only darn one I can find anymore, so it's staying put!! Roll Eyes
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Invaders- From Space! on: January 20, 2008 10:55:40 AM
This is my first project that I "designed" myself... with large parts lifted from the Space Invader Socks from Knitty and inspiration from Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts  Knit in KnitPicks Palette with a size 1 circ (magic loop.)

They were also my first colorwork project.  Haunted by memories of overly warm, scratchy sweaters with long floats that caught on my ears and hands when I was younger, I swore I'd never ever knit anything with 2 colors.  Well, my resolve soon faltered when I realized I could geek out with my knitting!  I made these mainly to wear to a part-time testing job where my hands get frigid, but I still need to be able to handle a game controller.

They're pretty long, over 100 rows (they go halfway up my forearm!)  The shooter and ship at the top were added after the gloves were finished with duplicate stitch.  They've got a bunch of problems, the big one being that they're hard to get on, because I didn't adjust my tension when I switched from one color to two colors.  Oops.  (They also attract more cat hair than you can shake a stick at.)

But the floats are all super short!  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Snowflake Fingerless Gloves on: January 18, 2008 07:40:06 PM
Ok, my first post with pictures!  Here goes nothin'.   Cheesy


I designed these myself; they're my second finished design and my second colorwork project.  I love them sooo much!  I wear them everywhere.  I finished these in October, so they've been worn a lot (hence the fuzzies, etc.)  I also had to felt the right one a little because of some tension variation.


There are 7 colors in KnitPicks Palette, made on a size 1 circ.  I didn't intend to use black in the center, but some of the colors I ordered didn't get along (there was name calling) and black was all I had to substitute.



I spiffed up the pattern (fixed mistakes, etc) and saved it as a PDF (it seemed easiest with the charts and all.)  (8/28/08) Pattern is now published on blog.  The link is below where PDF used to be. Please let me know if there are any errors, typos, questions, etc!  I'm happy to fix/answer.

Without further ado: http://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2008/04/30/post-ii-this-time-its-personal/
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