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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my deep-v argyle vest... finally! on: May 16, 2008 02:14:18 PM
so i started this last year, but what with christmas presents and wedding presents and just plain laziness, i didn't finish it until earlier this month.  first time crochet steeking and boy was that scary!  this is also the first garment i've made for myself where i'm completely happy with the fit.  well, not completely, since i wish the shoulders were a bit more narrow, but happy enough that i've already worn it a few times! 

my gauge was waaaay off, and i had to go up four needle sizes to get a fabric i liked.  i had to fudge  alot on the row gauge, and i knit a size 52" to fit my 42" bust.

pattern: eunny jang's deep v argyle
yarn: knitpicks merino style
needles: US 8's

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / slouchy hat for me! on: April 17, 2008 03:54:56 PM
i finished this a while ago, but had to reknit the band three times to get the right amount of stretch.  it stretched out suuuuper big the first time, then i knit it too small, then it was still too small...  you know how it goes!  anyway, i present a slouchy hat of my own design!

yarn: plymouth yarns grande 100% baby alpaca (suuuuuuper soft!)
stitch: rose garden stitch

i wish i'd knit it on slightly smaller needles so the fabric was a wee bit denser, but oh well...  i love it anyway!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / to felt or not to felt? on: February 06, 2008 01:28:27 PM
well, i thought i would come and seek the wisdom of the craftsters for this question.  i've been trying to figure out what to make for my friends' wedding gift.  originally i was thinking of an afghan or something, but now the wedding is a month away and i'm seriously running out of time.  so i've decided maybe two throw pillows...
so their favorite colors are chocolate brown and kawasaki green.  i was thinking of pillows with a brown background and intarsia cables in bright green. 

i made a pillow for my mom once, and it stretched horribly out of shape.  granted, i simply stuffed it with fiber fill rather than putting a pre-formed pillow in.

i was thinking of felting the knitting to add structure to the fabric, but felted knitting is usually kinda rough to the touch...  generally not something i'd enjoy putting my face on if i were lying on the couch. 

so the question (after aaaaaalll that backstory) is should i use a fiber (maybe alpaca?) that is generally softer and felt the knitting?  should i use smaller needles than suggested to make a firmer fabric and not felt at all?  i kinda need to decide before i buy the yarn this weekend... 

btw, i realize that technically this would be called fulling, but i figure more people would know what i was talking about if i called it felting...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / brooklyntweed's hemlock ring throw on: January 21, 2008 12:02:42 PM
i made this as a wedding gift for my best friend from college!  hopefully she doesn't read craftster...  hmm.  anyway, i'll take that risk! 

here it is before blocking!

and here it is blocking on my floor!

the specs: 
cascade eco+ yarn (a bit over one skein)
size 10 needles
took about a month and a half
pattern is here: http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/2007/08/hemlock-ring-blanket.html
came out to a little under four feet in diameter

yay!  i finished it in time!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / domo-kun style purple bunny! on: December 26, 2007 09:21:57 AM
i sewed this bunny for my sister as a christmas present.  unfortunately, i forgot to take pics before i sent it off to her, since i was so excited that i had finished it on time...  anyway, she posted pics of it on her myspace, so now i can post pics of it here!  yay!  it was inspired by this pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160793.0 but it turned out more tall and skinny, and then the eyes i had were too small, so i took inspiration from this local crafter http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=16046 and put small circles of fabric over the eyes to make like eyelids.  so once i did that, it started looking more creepy than cute, so i went whole hog and gave it a domokun mouth (at the insistence of my hubby).  you can't really see the eyes in these pictures, but you get the idea, right?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need help deciding on a plan of action on: November 29, 2007 09:14:53 AM
ok.  so i'm trying to knit the deep v argyle vest (eunny jang, of course), and i am having serious gauge issues.  i'm using merino style (knitpicks).  pattern recommends US 4 needles to get a gauge of 22 st and 30 rows per 4 inches.  i started with US 5's, since i know i am a tight knitter, and got 28 st and 32 rows.  went up to 6's and got 26 st and 28 rows.  using my amazing powers of extrapolation, i would have to go up to US 8's to get st gauge!!!!  my row gauge would be way off, but that's easier for me to accommadate than st gauge.

so my questions:

should i knit a larger size?  my math leads me to believe that i would need to knit a 52" bust to fit my 42" bust, but won't the waist decreases be messed up and my waist turn out too big?  i checked the schematics and both the 52" bust and 42" bust have a 3" difference between the hip and waist.

should i tough it out and do copious amounts of math to hopefully end up with a garment that fits?  keep in mind, this is a steeked vest and is difficult to try on for fit, especially since the circular needle is not big enough to go around my waist.

am i just the craziest tightest knitter in the world?!  going up four sizes?!  i've never had to go up four needle sizes before!  is eunny just the most laid back loose knitter in the world?  who is at fault here!  someone must pay for all these fruitless swatches knit in the round, i tell ya!

*whew*  i feel a bit better after that little outburst.  i will now sit back and await the sage advice of my fellow craftsters. Cool
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / zombie boy and girl scout (img obsese!) on: October 29, 2007 11:06:02 AM
well, this was the first time we've dressed up for halloween in forever!  so we had a lot of fun with the special effects.  i made the skirt and sash, and sewed on authentic badges found at a thrift store.

comments appreciated!

the lovely couple...

girl scout of doom

my handsome man

gelatin scabs

close up of makeup the second night

my makeup the second night....
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what do y'all think i should do.... on: October 10, 2007 03:03:05 PM
so, my husband has been bugging me to make him a pair of knucks this winter, and i had a skein of knitpicks superwash in my stash, so i started knitting away on the first glove and was going to surprise him with a pair.  i made a hybrid between the men's and woman's size, because his fingers are skinny but long.  only problem is i'm scared i don't have enough for the second glove and i can't seem to find anymore supewash in my stash!!!  i'm at the start of the cuff of the first glove.  should i do the cuff in merino style of the same color (he wouldn't want a contrasting cuff), should i order more superwash (knitpicks takes *forever* to ship to me) or should i just scrap them and knit them both with something else in my stash that i have more of?

*head desk*
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / girly skull baby blanket... on: September 30, 2007 08:40:27 PM
well, i haven't posted anything in a while, mostly due to fo's that i've been less than happy with, but here is one that i'm damn pleased about!  i made this as a gift for a new mom to be, obviously, and it was a pretty quick knit with 10 1/2 needles and bernat acrylic yarn.  i backed it with purple flannel sewn on by machine and then hand tied every four inches.  i was pleasantly surprised with how very soft the yarn was after washing!  anyway, without further ado, i present the girly skull baby blanket:

the bird's eye shot on our kitchen table.

artfully placed on the couch so you can see the lining.

close up of the main design.

done in intarsia , of course
whaddya guys think?!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / oh where oh where did i go wrong? on: July 06, 2007 03:48:19 PM
ok.  so i am not new to knitting, but it was my first pair of socks...  they were toe up socks.  i took all the measurements, the foot was fitting fabulously, then i did a short row heel and moved on to the leg, which of course has front and back pattern.  i bound off loosely and went to try them on and argh!!!  they don't fit!  they can't even be pulled on past the heel! 

i'm so discouraged.  what did i do wrong?  must i swear off socks?  i don't want to start another pair and end up with the same problem.  did i just not make the foot bed long enough?  i did notice that the shaft of the sock is noticeably less stretchy than the foot part, where half is stockinette.  should i be adding stitches for the shaft? 

please advise, oh knitting gods and goddesses...
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