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1  Curling rocks in Knitting: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 12:42:09 PM
I needed some curling gear so here's what I came up with.

I'm relatively new to colorwork so keeping all of the bobbins straight was a challenge.  I alternated blue handled rocks with yellow handles, the two colors our club uses.

I put a house on the top of the hat so the spectators on the second floor have something to watch!

Here're the "mittens", right hand fetching so I could feel the handle and the left a full mitten to keep warm.

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2  Legend of the Aurora in Quilting: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 10:49:14 AM
I love Barbara Lavallee's artwork and it screams quilt to me.  This is my interpretation of her "legend of the Aurora Borealis" watercolor.  It's machine appliqued and quilted from hand-dyes cottons, embellished with rabbit fur.  I used the Barbara Lavallee fabric collection for the kuspiks, a fitting tribute I thought.

the original image:
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3  lacey shawl in Crochet: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 10:39:57 AM
I usually hang out in the knitting forum but I have to admit, when it comes to lace it's so much easier to crochet it!  Only one stitch to keep track of and it's so easy to look back and see what you've been up to after a time away.

This shawl (admitedly a bad picture, will try to remedy later) is about 20" wide by 75" long.  It's long enough that it stays on my shoulders and drapes nicely.  I use it on my shoulders, over my head as a hood, as a scarf, as a blanket, the list goes on.  I love it!

Used hates to admit it 3 skeins of simply soft in charcoal grey.

a stitch close-up

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4  Cabled wool hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 10:27:25 AM
Purple is my favorite color but my casual winter coat is orange.  Found this hand-painted wool yarn at the LYS and it fit the bill perfectly for a winter hat.  I'm a sucker for cables so here's my creation.

so what do ya think?
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5  hat and glittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 10:12:48 AM

A very basic hat meant to be utilitarian.  It's knit with two strands, one of the acrylic purple color I liked and some left over navy blue wool.  It's warm and practical.  The glittens have their own post, but basically they're fetching cuff with two gloved fingers and a mitten for the remaining three.  A practical compromise, especially if you can see in the background, the little thermometer is reading -18.4F, and yes, it's still October!

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6  Fetching purple glittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by akneedler on: October 28, 2008 10:05:57 AM
I adore the Fetching pattern, however in Alaska it's too cold to have your fingers out (it was 18 below today).  I worked the bottom part of fetching then decided to add mittens, no wait, I wanted gloved fingers to allow my fingers to be useful ... SO, a compromise to what my son termed "glittens".  The thumb and pointer finger are free to do whatever I need, press the buttons on the radio or the gas pump or whatever, grip things, etc. and my "other fingers" that usually move together anyway are all nice and toasty living together.

Without further ado, my fetching purple glittens!

Any comments welcomed and if anyone can help me figure out how to download more pics I'll post more. I figured it out, added another one of the pair.
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7  Re: Some impulse yarns... so now what??? (3 pictures) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by akneedler on: December 17, 2007 11:49:54 AM
yeah acrylic!  it's a special thing to splurge on wool or cool fibre content yarn so the pattern has to be perfect!  i've posted enough now i can show you the picture

not sure how i plan to make this work but if you give it a go let me know how it is.

what do you do with yarn leftovers?  i've wondered what to do with those odd bits of 50-100 yards or less.  i can't part with them but don't know what to do with them either
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8  Re: won yarn at auction, now what do I do with it? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by akneedler on: December 17, 2007 12:00:03 AM
hopefully this link will work, what do you think of this idea?...

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