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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: finished xmas present- manly hat on: November 17, 2006 08:01:09 PM
I really like this!  I have been wanting to start cable projects but haven't figured out what yet.  Did you make up the pattern yourself or follow one?   I'd like to try to make one for me and see if I can pull it off as well as you did Grin
Nice Work!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Modified mug cozies, for those who need more than a sip on: November 03, 2006 07:45:02 PM
So my husband and I REALLY like coffee, enough that we need bowls rather than regular mugs.
I wanted a cozy for them, but the normal way that people make them left too big of a hole by the handle and I wanted a knitted bit to shield my fingers from the heat.  So I started out measuring the mug and doing the gauge and all that, and decided to do 3x3 rib.

I bound off 2 stitches after 2 rows on just the right hand side and then worked up a few rows and then cast on 4 stitches and knit 6 rows (adding a buttonhole in the middle of that).  I bound off those 4 stitches and worked up 2 rows, then cast on 2 stitches and worked 2 more rows, then bound the whole thing off in pattern.  So, a lot of back and forth, but it avoided almost all sewing except connecting the little tabs on the top and bottom to the other side!

I made these while I was completely hopped up on cold medicine and sick in bed, which says a lot about how quick and easy these are.  And they make my knuckles happy when the mug is too hot, so there you go!  I hope you love these as much as I do Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Non-cutesy newborn sweater and booties (shower gift!) on: November 03, 2006 07:30:07 PM
So my sister in law is having a baby this winter, and I wanted to try my luck at a baby sweater with booties to give her at the shower.  I don't really like the cutsey-schmutsy pastel baby colors, so I found this pattern in the Natural Knits for Babies and Moms book that a woman had at my office, and I really liked the colors.  The booties are also in this book, and I have to say that they were really fun to knit as a first-time bootie.

The buttons on the shoulder of the sweater are my favorite part, but if I could change anything I would have made this sweater with raglan sleeves, because I don't like the way the shoulders pooch out (although we'll see how it fits a non-stuffed monkey model).  I strongly recommend the book, the patterns were great, good for advanced beginners or beginners, and everything came out exactly as they should!  Yay!

I think I'm pretty happy with it, I hope they actually use it! Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first 4 projects on: October 18, 2006 07:04:22 AM
Thanks again for all the encouragement, guys!

irateasainchild, the yarn I used was Patons Pebbles, you can see it here:

Thanks for the link to read about other ways to bond off, Kayrun, I'll check it out.

Yes, our little guy is pretty cute, but I've got to give my hubby some props on that little project!  He was a joint effort.   Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first 4 projects on: October 17, 2006 10:56:19 AM
Wow!  Thanks everyone, for all the great support and encouragement  Grin

I found that pattern for the hoodie on Lionbrand.com, they have a crapload of free patterns.  Here's the link:

The pattern was really accurate, and I want to make one for myself too, since they offer it in sizes uo through men's.  I used Lionbrand Homespun yarn, it wasn't very expensive and it is cozy.

The scarf I heard about on that show Knitty Gritty on DIY network.  There is a pattern here:


I REALLY liked making that one because of the cool pattern,and doing it lengthwise was fun.  The pattern calls for 5 or 6 colors, but I only used a few, so it was nice to do whatever I wanted. If you have cable you should try to catch the show so you can see whats-her-name actually doing it.

Thanks again!  I hope you like doing these things as much as I did.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my first 4 projects on: October 16, 2006 09:13:12 PM
Okay, so I don't know if anyone but me wants to see any of these, but I'm proud of them and need to show other people who get it (as oppsed to my in-laws who don't get why I don't just go out and buy everything at Macy's).
So I learned to knit when I was prego, but my hormones made me want to throw the needles across the room.  So...here we are 2 years later and I finally am hooked. I started with the bag and scarf:

and was pleasantly surprised.  So then I thought I should try a different kind of scarf and I worked on this lengthwise woven-pattern number:

And I know most people make a gazillion scarves, but I wanted something bigger and cozier, so I went for the softest, coziest, fluffiest yarn I could find and made this wrap with a crochet edging of a metallic silver and gold:

Then I got really ambitious on a long vacation and decided to start a sweater for my son.  It was a pretty simple hoodie, and I was so amazed when I put it over his head (with a little more pushing over the head than I was hoping for due to a too-tight casting off problem), and it fit!

So that's it.  Now I don't know what to make.
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Charm bag and scarf, finally done! on: October 16, 2006 06:15:36 PM
So, for my first project ever I made the Charm bag and I used yarn called "pebbles" instead of what they called for.  I love it!  It turned out fantastically.  I bought somemore of the yarn and made a keyhole scarf to go with it.  I really liked that it was such an easy pattern and there weren't really any rules to it.

I bought some nice linen fabric for the inside of the bag and I found some bamboo handles on clearance. 

I highly recommend this as a first project for anyone!
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: My version of Big Sack Sweater on: October 16, 2006 12:34:46 PM
So pretty...I wantedto make this sweater but didn'tknow if the big baggy thing was the way to go.  Yours looks great!
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: big #@%! baby blanket is FINISHED! on: October 16, 2006 12:33:46 PM
How fantastic.The colors are rockin.  I hear you on the yarn,sometimes you have to wonder what they were thinking.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: 'fluffycuff' mittens without the fluffy cuff on: October 16, 2006 12:32:40 PM
I've been wanting to make mittens, I really like these.  So cute!
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