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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Legend of the Aurora on: October 31, 2008 09:27:51 AM
Thanks for the wonderful comments.  I'll try to get some close-ups posted soon.  I do love some of the details I quilted in, for instance I quilted footprints in the snow and life-lines in the hands.  Anyway, i'll get some more pics for you...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Curling rocks on: October 29, 2008 04:33:36 PM
a curler is one who curls Cheesy  did you watch the last winter olympics?  that's seems to be where most people know it from these days.  It's a (mostly) winter sport played on ice where teams slide 40lb rocks of polished granite to the other end of the sheet (playing area) and try to get yours closest to the center of the house (the rings, ie on the top of the hat).  It's like a combination of chess and shuffleboard on ice.  It's very popular in Canada and northern US/Alaska as well as its originating homeland Scotland and throughout Europe.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Curling rocks 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.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby eyelet cardi - free pattern :-) on: October 28, 2008 11:59:05 AM
I actually "awww"ed out loud!  It's adorable.  I've been looking for a seamless infant sweater pattern to knit for some upcoming babies.  I'll check out your blog.  Thanks!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: lacey shawl on: October 28, 2008 11:10:54 AM
not sure of the stitch pattern.  It's a 7 row pattern, crocheted from a pattern called "long open shawl".  Pattern can be found here:


6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fetching purple glittens on: October 28, 2008 11:07:42 AM
we're outside North Pole in the cold pit.  Not sure how cold it got there, we're usually 9-11 degrees colder in the winter than they are "in town". 

I kind-of know what I did for the pattern.  I did the thumbs like the fetching, only for some reason when I took the 7 stitches out, I got 15 on the needles instead of 13.  I added two for a total of 17 thumb stitches and stitched away until it was long enough for my thumb.  three rounds from the end I k2tog, next to last round I just k, then last round k2tog again and pulled the stitches through.
*note: when I say I finished the round or knit around, I mean I knit in the 4/1 rib as established.  I also knit the fingers in the rib to assure they were not loose.

after the cable round in the pattern and about where I was supposed to make the picot edge, I knit the first 7 stitches to waste yarn (or could just put on stitch holder) and finished the round.  in that gap on the next round I CO 3 sts and knit in the round for the three finger section.  I k2tog and ssk the "pinky" edge to shape it a little but basically knit in the round until it was long enough and then k2tog around alternating with plain k rounds until it was down to few enough stitches to pull through.

for the pointer finger, I put those 7 stitches back on the needle, added about 8 or 9 more in the finger hole.  again, knit in the round until it was long enough for my finger then k2tog to close it off. 

You'll want to leave long tails until you're all through, just in case you need to close up any holes.  The first one I made I had more holes, the second one didn't have any.  That's what experience will do for you I guess Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Legend of the Aurora 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:
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lacey shawl 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

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Raglan sweater with structure from Strikk on: October 28, 2008 10:34:43 AM
love it!  great color, great shape, great fast gauge!  Is the pattern available on the 'net?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Green Fetching on: October 28, 2008 10:31:11 AM
love the fetchings!  funny, though, I have to shorten the hand part cause it keeps getting in the way, comes up nearly to my middle knuckles.  Guess I have tiny hands!

love the color, look almost the same color as the pattern
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