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1  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
2  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
3  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.
4  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!
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