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31  Re: Brenda Dane's Milano Stitch Scarf in Noro Big Kureyon in Knitting: Completed Projects by itscute on: December 13, 2007 10:46:59 PM
the back sorta looks like the purl side, except the purls were longer looking...

this was pre-blocking... but it looks like that!
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32  Brenda Dane's Milano Stitch Scarf in Noro Big Kureyon in Knitting: Completed Projects by itscute on: December 12, 2007 11:02:30 AM
Hi,  After listening to Brenda Dane of Cast-On's latest podcast about her knitting trip to Italy, I was interested in the stitch that she spoke about in the podcast.  When I checked her blog, she posted a pattern to it.  It was a simple beautiful stitch. 

Upon realising that I wanted to make a warm scarf for a friend for christmas, I thought about using that stitch pattern.

When I visited my LYS & saw Noro Big Kureyon in the muted colorful combos I knew I had the perfect yarn for the perfect scarf for the perfect friend. How can I not knit the scarf that was meant to be?

I finished the scarf in 3 days, not counting the blocking days.  The stitch is a quick knit, if you had a last minute present to give, this would be a good stitch to work with.  It looks complicated & beautiful.. it's just great.  I can not say more things about it.

Finished: Dec 8 2007 1:20pm
Casted On: Dec 5 2007 3:00am
Yarn: Noro Big Kureyon (color 7, lot c) X 2
Needle: US 11 KnitPick Circs.
Pattern: a Stitch being called Milano Stitch from Cast-On.com/blog

A problem I had with it that's not related to the stitch or anything of the sort, but just a personal problem I had was that I noticed at the very last ball attachment that the reason I kept finding out that my stitches increased was because i was seeing 2 yarns, and knit twice instead of seeing the double yarn as one...but not to fear... blocking to the rescue!  After I blocked it, the scarf difference isn't as noticeable, plus it's a lot softer after a soak in water.  Before that, the Big Kureyon was actually very very scratchy to wear around the neck.
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33  Re: weekend swap 4: freeforall gallery! in The Swap Gallery by itscute on: December 10, 2007 05:29:45 AM
a totally late post, but here's what I sent Superhooker.

Here's the details...My theme for autum/halloween.
  • 2 glow in the dark sticks... I've always loved them... there's something about them that attracts me to them.
  • Sprinkles in the form of autum leaves...
  • mini cookie cutters... very very cute for bite size cookies.
  • halloween finger puppets. - they are good for standing around looking cute.
  • autum color yarn.

Then I was thinking that I hadn't sent enough, so while I was trying out a Mitered square, I freeformed a pumpkin coaster for her future hot cocoa or tea to sit on.

I know I purchased most things, but I figured that since I lack the creativity, I can make up for it in the present department. 
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34  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by itscute on: December 03, 2007 07:23:36 AM

I 3 needle bind off on the ends.   Duplicated my friend's initial...Then I sew closed the beginning end... and then I decided NO fringe for you!  So squashed the scarf a few times and pronounced it finished.  I rather like it.

Finished: Dec 3 2007, 5:00am
Pattern: Atypically.knits House Scarf
Started: Oct 28 2007
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash x 2
(ColNo: 893 ( Burgundy), ColNo: 877 (yellow))
Needle: Clover 16? Circ US 8 Bamboo.

I have decided to get over the bulky double knit in thing... and just adjust the tension on the knit in with the jogless a bit... I left one color change without the jogless jog, and honestly I hate it.  I hate it more than the weird bulky jogless jog funky thing... so i say, i pick the lesser of the two evils.

the weave in ends issue, i think it's just in the way I was knitting, the tension was different.  I was using a larger needle, thus emphasizing the stitches.

I liked working with the Cascase yarn... I might go get me more cascade 220 for another scarf, it's quite warm, and i like it without the fringe... i have yet to knit myself one of these... isn't that how it always is.... we're just too busy knitting for other people, that knitting for yourself gets ignored.
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35  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by itscute on: November 30, 2007 06:01:19 PM

Here is the double knit in flop.  as one can see in the picture in the 5 & 6th verticle row  where the knitting joins is strange looking... this isn't as evident in the pictures, but in person it's real noticeable.

here's the knit the ends as you go... it's more noticeable in the yellow above as opposed to the red...

i think I might do the double knit in, and just ignore the jog...
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36  Re: Bargain Hunter Swap Round 3 (aka the $5 or $10 swap) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by itscute on: November 30, 2007 05:43:12 PM
My Package must have flown expressly from Japan, cuz it's already here!!!
So many items... i don't know where to start!!!  Who knew $10 could buy you so much stuff!  I definitely spent more on shipping.

400 yen

Woolly Fibers in shades of blue to fuel my learning of how to spin yarn and A Knitting Caddy to keep me company whilst I knit.  ( the woolly fibers were purchased at the Kyoto crafts/antique market) I DO heart knitting... how did she know?!

100 yen

Vending Machine Candy, good for eating at anytime really... but I don't think I'll be eating them... It's toooooo cute!

100 yen

Chocolate Hello Kitty Ribbon to wrap up the various knitted gifts I have finished for the holiday.

200 yen

A Hand Carved Rubber Stamp, perfect for a quick holiday gift tag. 

200 yen

Cartoon Ram A4 Poly Folder.  I love it, and those types of folders, but I always felt a little weird buying them, only because we manufacture the same type of folders (without graphics on them) where I work, and I always think, i shouldn't spend money on competition.  BUT i'm really really glad she got this for me because i always want to buy them (the screen printed folders), but never do.  so muchos thanko!

100 yen

a hello kitty le sportsac knockoff.  I was going to buy one at the airport the last time I was there, but it was too expensive.  I thought the many pockets was helpful for me since I carry different country's' currencies with me at all times, and this would help to separate the currencies.  but now I have one that cost only 100 yen!  How great is that!!

Total: 1,100 yen = $10 USD give or take a few cents.

and now i have swap anxiety... the package I sent to her is way less cute.
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37  Re: Misti Twiggy Bobble Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by itscute on: November 19, 2007 04:47:46 AM

I made another Bobble Hat!

I bought some handspun from A Mano in LA, and didn't know what to do with it.  But wanted a small project for it, since there was only about 140 yards of it, and it wouldn't be enough for a whole pair of socks, soooo.  BAM!  Bobble hat again!

This one fits snug as opposed to the first one.  It's not as soft, cuz it's superwash merino, and not alpaca silk. 

but working on the second one does not help me in the decrease rounds... i still effed up, plus towards the middle of the decrease rounds, I fudged it, and didn't do one proper purl one round inbetween the decreases... so it decreased faster than anticipated, and so it's a bit boxy at the top.  I ended up having enough yarn to do the purl round properly at the end, but I didn't know whilst working it.  oh wells.

the decreases are ok if one is not starring at my head the whole time.

I've been wearing it out... due to the combination of the cold weather, and not wanting to make an effort on my hair.

This is also an slight shout out to Hufflepuff!  Puffy Pride!
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38  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 9! in The Swap Gallery by itscute on: November 19, 2007 04:36:07 AM
Here is the fantastic goodness that I got from MEshelltakeone

The top of the tin!  a Baaa Baaa Black sheep!

I've been wanting one of these polymer clay covered tins of my own... and now I finally have one!!!  It is now the home to my many stitch markers!

the insides!  Rilo Kiley!!!  I'm happy that MEshelltakeone picked this one!!

oh wait!  that's not all!!

a whole flock of alpha sheep magnets!

If you can't tell, my two themes that she picked was sheep, and Rilo Kiley.  I love it! 

I just want to say

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39  Misti Twiggy Bobble Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by itscute on: November 12, 2007 10:08:33 PM
thanks to Ravelry I saw what other's were doing with their Misti Yarn.  Some made these, the Twiggy Bobble Hat

Started: Nov. 10, 2007
Finished: Nov. 11, 2007
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Worsted (100% Baby Alpaca, 218yds/100 g, color: EZ07 ( green & blue mix)
Needle: 4mm Options 16 inch Circ
Pattern: Twiggy Bobble Hat by Andrea Tung

The reason i casted on for this hat was... a. i was starting to lose my momentum in making knitted things. It felt like I was forever making scarves that never ended... i was just knitting on repeat the whole time... So in order to solve my problem.

Problems I had...

    * I didn't know which decreases I should follow, since I read somewhere that the directions on the andrea's blog was wrong... although the "new" ones I got seemed ALSO a bit wrong. So I just went with it. I decreased as much as I could... I think it turned out ok, even though I had so much issues with decreasing.
    * The Bobbles were a little weird. I didn't know what I should do after I made the Bobble, if I should have moved the bobble to the right needle ... But after I had just sorta established one way of doing it... I just stuck with it.
    * Also the hat was a bit large, I think i casted on too many stitches, PLUS I didn't gauge... it's NOT too Ginormous.

Things I love about the Pattern.

    * I loved learning the new skill... Bobbles. Perhaps I can make my Bobbles bigger next time.
    * I love the ease of it... it wasn't too hard, infact, not difficult at all, once you figure out the Bobbles.

I love the Alpaca yarn. It's really warm when worn. Plus it's a quick knit!! I might be wearing this all winter long to keep me warm.
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40  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by itscute on: November 03, 2007 04:59:01 AM
Hi, I have recently casted on for a Gryffindofr Thick bar scarf.  I'm on the 4th or 5th repeat... and it's going by pretty quickly. 

I have never made a thick bar one in tube form.  I find that I get all this momentum towards the beginning of the scarf, and about 80% into the scarf, I lose the momentum, and start to put it off... could possibly be all the stockingnett stitches.

This is my fourth Hogwarts House Scarf, First one in Thick Bar, first one in thick bar tube form. Second one in Gryffindor. All the rest have been Slytherin tubed PoA style.

I also find, I do about one thick bar repeat in about an hour and a half.  I don't have an updated picture of the progress, but here's what it looks like when i started!

I am using Cascade 220 Superwash in colors...877 (the  yellow), 893 (the burgundy). 
It's for a friend, she picked out the colors... although now that i think about it, I should have had her pay for the yarn... But i suppose this will be her christmas present. 

I casted on Oct. 28th 2007.
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