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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Mothers Day knit Bouquet Just mailed on: May 11, 2007 10:12:48 AM
Well Its actually a scarf/shawl, The LALA scarf from "Greeting from Knit Cafe" to be exact.

I got the idea of a bouquet from another persons site who also made this, I just mailed it out wednesday, The body of the scarf took me less than 2 days to knit but the picot cast off on the bottom took me a week, but I am so happy I finished it in time and I have enough yarn left over to make 2 or 3 more

I used Rowan Kidsilk haze (the suggested yarn) and size 10 straights

Here are some pictures! Hope you like it!

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The pefect baby bootie ... arrgh *edited they might be okay on: May 02, 2007 12:33:54 PM
In my search for the perfect baby bootie pattern, that I could find online at least, I merged a pattern on here with some improvisations (sp?) I came up with this, but I am still not impressed, either way just wanted some feeback or anything different I could do

I started with this pattern... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=106744.0 her top is folded down and a ribbon added, so cute, mine not so

The first one I did using her pattern came out teenie tiny, so I adjusted the pattern to fit my yarn and needles (lion brand microspun and size 5 needles), then I changed the top of the foot to St st.  I picked this yarn for the colors, I dont have any ribbon to tie into the eyelets, not sure what to do with it.  I also changed the bind off and added a St st for the sole of the foot

Heres what I have so far...

I was thinking maybe to loose the eyelets all together and add a little more ribbing on top  Huh
click here for larger image... http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/greenbooties.jpg


Well, I found some perfect ribbon on my stash, I didnt realize I had, folded over the cuff and I think I like them now, check it out

or here for larger pic  http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/greenbooties2.jpg

off to read my scribbled notes and make the 2nd one, *hopes I remember what I modified*
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Box of new baby goodies , ready to ship ... knit/sewn blankets & burp cloths on: May 01, 2007 10:35:18 AM
Well, I think Im done, I added a few sewn items to the box yesterday since there was so much extra room, I had to fill the box to max capacity of course, my oldest friend, Ive know her since 4th grade just had her first baby on April 27th.

I made this blanket yesterday, took about a hour or so, I wanted some bold colors so I picked out two childrens flannel pieces and added satin blanket binding, idea from this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83388.0

with the left over scraps I made a burp cloth, from this website, http://www.craftandfabriclinks.com/baby/shaped_burp_cloth.html

Then there is the knitted blanket, this was the first thing I made, I like it, but Im not super excited about it, thats why I got all this extra stuff, this is also why I went for bold colors on the sewn blanket

With the leftover yarn, I knit up a quick hat, and added in the letters LIL JAKE, though you cant see it too well

The baby gund elephant is a super soft stuffed animal I got at tuesday morning, along with the wrapped box which is a onsie purchased at the same time, I had to wrap something, I used to work customer service at hechts when I was in college, and I was really into the giftwrapping which was part of our job, when they got new supplies we got to take home the old stuff, so I have tons and tons of wrapping paper, wire edged ribbon and the little do dads that go on top, ( the rattle)

here are the pictures...

click here to see bigger picture http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/babybox.jpg
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with blocking......LALA scarf in "greetings from knit cafe" on: April 26, 2007 08:10:28 AM
Okay moving on, I have finished my lala scarf and now have no clue on how to block, I tried searching on the internet but I didnt get any detailed ways to block this yarn

its kidsilk haze 70% mohair 30% silk, I dont want to mess anything up, also I only have straight pins, should I invest in anything better??

Here is what I have

bigger picture  http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p270/mahkev/DSCN2714.jpg


Well, I purchased this book on Amazon for the crazy price of $5
this is my first wip from this book, Ive made it to the famed picot edge bind off that everyone dreads, has anyone worked on this yet? any tips or suggestions for a smooth finish, I haven't counted yet but I believe there is around 460 stitches on the needles, I did one extra repeat because i wasn't so sure about the final size...

here is an in progress shot for your viewing pleasure

so how hard do you think it would be to add small beads on the picot bind off, am I asking to much?

this is the original ...

*EDIT now with correct ruffle

here is my progress since yesterday, 140 stitches off and 320 to go, whew! theres so many

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / yet another baby blanket.....and now hat on: April 09, 2007 06:16:58 PM
ok not too exciting but I wanted to share since it took me forever to finish, mostly due to the fact that I was soo bored with it, I have serious knitting ADD, I have a million unfinished projects, and I forced myself to finish this one by putting everything else away

I originally got the idea from a knitty gritty episode where they made squares of different patterns, put them together and tada a baby blanket,

I came up with 3 different patterns to use but the people at work convinced me to use this pattern only, its a very cute babyish looking pattern, very easy, and to me kind of looks like crochet a little. Since using only one pattern I could of done it all in one piece, although I guarantee I would of never finished.

I was thinking of adding some silky blue blanket binding (say that 5 times fast) to the edges, but I am not sure if I should just leave it alone  Huh

so here it is... a gift for my friend who is pregnant with a boy

the pattern  I think is called the hurdle stitch

Rows 1 & 2 knit
Rows 3 & 4 k1 p1 rib

I did a SC around the edges of each individual square to connect easier, then did a SC once around the entire blanket in blue, each square is approximately 8x8 inches


I just completed a hat to match with the leftover yarn, it says "lil jake" though you cant see it to well, the first pic show the letters better but the second is more of the real color, I should of used a more contrasting yarn, oh well it was quick and easy to make!

I charted my own letters, and carried across the entire 10 rows, I tried to make sure I didnt carry to tight so it would still have some stretch but It didnt work out well, it looks fine it just doesnt stretch much at that part

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / do you think I should keep sewing??....dress on: April 09, 2007 12:09:23 PM
So I wanted to try a dress, got the $1 yard practice fabric and a simplicity 4170

Its been hanging without a zipper for about a month, just decide to try to finish it, yay I did an invisible zipper and it worked, as for the actual dress thats another story

so Im sure I will never wear this and will probably have to recycle it for something else, here it is anyway, its a little loose up top, I dont have the boobs for it, and well the fabric is a little scary at some points, oh ya and it has hot pink lining, oooh fun  Grin

just wanted to share.... oh yeah pictures are hard to take of yourself wearing a dress, the blurry one really shows the shape the best, the other show the fabric better... and then a funky photoshop for ya, the picture came out super unexposed really weird so i just played with it..

trust me I picked the pictures that made it look good  Wink

added lining picture

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ? lengthening sleeves in a pattern on: February 23, 2007 12:39:24 PM
Hello more experienced knitters than me

I am working on a ballet sweater, (shrug) from "speed knitting"

the sleeves for the pattern im working on look like 3/4 sleeve I want to make it a full sleeve, where would I add those extra 5 inches into the pattern so my sleeve wouldnt be too big around the wrist section but long enough to reach my wrist. 
here is a picture of the pattern dimensions,

working from forearm up, cast on 32 stitches, then work 9.5 inches straight, then increase 2 stitches, work 2 inches straight, then repeat increase, work even until 14 inches then do bind off for shoulder portion

any help is much appreciated, im not so good at changing patterns.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / my knits from "simply baby" Debbie Bliss on: February 02, 2007 10:59:43 PM
I couldnt find another post for this when i was searching and wanted to share my pix of what I knitted from this book.  I love knitting baby stuff because I will actually finish it! these were for my new niece, enjoy

I added a cheesy little pink flower, not so good at the embroidery here but I kinda like it all funky

I made the pom pom really quickly last minute and well it didnt work out right, so I have to do that over
 here is lainey sporting all her knitted items from me, hat and sweater from "simply baby" knitted bear from simple knits and of course she has to have the "ugg" booties
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Bag + Super cute discount fabric = LOVE on: January 26, 2007 12:42:21 PM
Hey I just finished this little bag today, I thought it was super cute and wanted to share.  I got all this embroidered linen fabric at Joanns for like $2/yard.  Ive been making some cool carry around bags some with straps, some drawstring to carry my knitting and such back and forth from work and wherever.  as I get better at sewing, i can get more detailed, maybe with a square bottom from all these rocking tutorials on here!!...anywhoo...here are some pics, hope you enjoy!!

p.s. sorry still too new to post pix, here are the links Smiley

p.s.s. just update the pix to show up here!!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink & Brown super comfy dress on: January 21, 2007 06:36:26 PM
Hello...well I am a super newbie...this is my first post..I like to look around a lot...I am a pretty good knitter who is venturing into sewing...I had that mentality that sewing would be so much easier bc you can just cut it..boy was I wrong.

My husband had to work today so I was bored and used up some scraps from a previous project to make this...Obviously it is a super easy to make dress...but I am still a beginner sewer.

I am so amazed at all the awesome stuff that is made on here..I was jealous and wanted to show off something of mine :0) This dress is super comfortable, It can be a cute beach cover up or get dressed up with belt.  I love anything I can wear flip flops with...and it covers those bras straps perfectly...although I know that back shots not very flattering :0)..Hope you enjoy looking..

I got an awesome dress pattern and fabric for xmas..so hopefully I can start working on that next.. until then here are a couple pictures...

whoops Im so new I cant post pictures... so here are the links
try this..

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