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11  do stitch markers go here if I made them with beads...well here are some anyway in Beads: Completed Projects by mahkev on: August 22, 2007 11:00:51 PM
I recently made some more stitch markers, some with glass beads and some with plastic beads, Im getting a little better than when I started out but I wanted to share my little creations...

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12  more kool-aid dyed yarn - round 2 in Dyeing: Completed Projects by mahkev on: August 14, 2007 01:12:45 PM
Here is my latest, using knitpick bare fingering superwash in strawberry, lemonlime and berry blue


I joined the bandwagon, here is my first Kool-Aid dyed yarn, ain't she pretty

I used Grape, Cherry, and very watered down Strawberry

I actually ordered some "sock" yarn from Knitpicks to do this, but I couldn't wait for it to come in the mail so I found some Paton's merino at Joann's to be my first attempt
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13  Re: Self striping yarn with Kool-aid in Dyeing: Completed Projects by mahkev on: August 14, 2007 10:34:35 AM
Thanks for the tutorial, I couldn't wait to try this, your post really made me finally get everything and give it a shot, I didn't do self striping, but I will try that in the future, here is my yarn

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14  Re: Swallowtail Shawl IK Fall 06 in Knitalongs by mahkev on: August 09, 2007 12:39:07 PM
Hello everyone, I just found this thread, and I just finished my shawl its still blocking, this is my second time blocking lace so I hope I did it correctly,

I used Lacey Lamb 100 extra fine lambswool, I still have more than half of it left

here is my before and during blocking

I have more pictures on my blog http://moosieknits.blogspot.com/2007/08/swallowtail-shawl-is-now-blockingyes.html
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15  Re: Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by mahkev on: August 08, 2007 11:59:51 AM
I just realized I never posted my finished tunic on here...weird

Well I finished my Summertime Tunic around the beginning of July.  It ended up very big and I tried 3 times to shrink it but not much of a difference, I really like it Im just bummed its so big around the bottom, I may give it to my mom, but I cant decide cuz its so cute, Im not set on a ribbon yet either, I just chose this one so I could try it on, its a little rough, Id like something more smooth on my skin

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay in Teal
Needles: circular 4 and 6
Mods: I casted on a number between the 33 and 36 inch size, I cant remember how much, I have it written down somewhere Im not sure of right now, Other than that I followed the rest of the instructions, except knitting the back on straights, so I didn't have to move stitches around

Here are some pix..enjoy!

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16  New Pictures!! Summer dresses for Lainey * cute flowers and polka dots in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by mahkev on: July 17, 2007 10:03:15 PM
**Just adding one of the pictures I got of her wearing the pink dress and another dress I made for her that actually fits her now.. if you look at the bottom I added rick/rack to the bottom edge after I tried it on her

I recently have sewn some dresses for my 9 month old niece, the second one will probably not fit her until next summer but I still wanted to make it

The first dress is from Newlook 6578, I find these patterns really difficult to understand sometimes, but this pattern was soooo easy and only like 5 steps, I highly recommend it
The panties are from another pattern, this one doesnt include them

I did my own embroidery on it, this is my first time with real embroidery, I got the idea for the flowers from an episode of "uncommon threads" and then just added the stems

I had many of you vote on a button for me, and a majority said to use pink and green, well I decided on pink, one reason being thats what I originally wanted and two that I thought I would make another dress using more green embroidery and then using the green buttons for that dress

anyway on with the fun part, pictures

I had a lot of trouble with the machine made buttonholes so close to the seam, it kept getting stuck, and then one hole ended up a wee longer than the other, I also used vegbee's tip for using a craft knife to cut the hole open instead of a seam ripper, wow what a difference, practically no fray at all compared to the seam ripper.

I saw these shoes at target yesterday and had to get them for the dress

Here is another dress I made, Butterick 5020, I accidently bought the wrong size pattern for my older niece so I just used it to make a toddler size, I believe this is probably a 2T size

This will be good for next summer, I just loved the polka dots

Ill get some action shots for you girls this weekend, Im flying home for the weekend to see Josh Groban in concert and of course to see my new niece Addison born July 16th!!! yay another girl to make clothes for!!

Here is the other dress I made

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17  HELP! I need a vote I cant decide on a button :0) in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by mahkev on: July 10, 2007 12:37:38 PM
Please help me decide, I have no idea I love them both!

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18  ooh Im so excited, first time embroidering a dress, ?washing in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by mahkev on: July 09, 2007 01:16:12 PM

So I am working on this super cute dress for my niece, I am so excited and doing my first embroidery project.

The material I used for the dress is a very very thin material I acutally double up for the dress, I decided to do the embroidery before I sewed the hem so I can put it in between layers, so when I sew the hem it is enclosed and not exposed on the inside

The material is very thin, when I wash it will it be okay, should I only hand wash, and should I be using any kind of stabilizer to make it more sturdy.

Im new at this and I'd hate to do all this work and have it fall apart
here are some pics and I have more details on the pattern on my blog ... http://moosieknits.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-latest-little-project.html

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19  Re: Summertime Tunic, IK Summer 07 in Knitalongs by mahkev on: June 28, 2007 01:07:49 PM
I just got to the front and back split, I went and sat out on my patio and tried to get a tan on my legs while knitting away, and I made it... I just left the front stitches on the circulars and started knitting the back with some 6 straights, so I dont have to take off and put stitches back on the needles like it says to

I still have no idea what color ribbon to use, Ive seen a lot of chocolate brown which is great, I plan to take it to the store and hold some different colors up to it to see what I like best, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :0)
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20  Re: Weekend makeover - new headboard and bedskirt in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by mahkev on: June 27, 2007 11:09:50 AM
here are some pix I tried to take of the back, I couldnt move the bed so I tried the best I could, you should see where the 2 bolts are in the head board and then 2 more bolts below into the bed frame, which has slots to attach the bolts to. also make sure you get bolts long enough to fit through 2x4 we had that problem and it was too late to fix so we got smaller posts and they move alot, but 2x4s should hold more still

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