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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Surplice Bodice Camisole from "Knitting Lingerie Style" on: July 06, 2008 05:25:29 AM
I know you guys are all about action shots, but trust me, you don't want to see my attempts at self-timer photos!

This is the Surplice Bodice Camisole from Joan McGowan-Michael's "Knitting Lingerie Style", which I finished a while ago but only just got round to taking a picture of. It's knit in Classic Elite Provence - I'm not usually a huge fan of 100% cotton, but this was quite well behaved. 'Twas the dullest thing in the world to knit, and no doubt it'll just fester at the back of my wardrobe, but in certain lights (like, say, near dark) it's rather cute. I think, anyway.

(There's slightly more information on my blog, if anyone wants specifics.)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cocktail dress with an A-line skirt? on: May 13, 2008 01:32:47 AM
Well, the title says it all, really - I'm looking for a pattern for a cocktail dress with an A-line skirt. Everything I've come across so far is cut on the bias (emphatically not a good look for me!), and while I suppose I could alter them it would be really lovely not to have to. Other than that I'm not fussy really - interesting necklines, cut-away backs, embellishments, simple classic lines, random giant bows in peculiar places...I'm open to just about anything!

Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Aleita Shell (with slightly oversized pictures, because I'm a techno-klutz) on: April 01, 2008 03:56:29 AM
Hooray, I finally got round to finishing my Aleita Shell from the Spring '08 issue of Interweave Knits! I followed the pattern moreorless exactly, just adding an extra waist increase and an underbust eyelet row, which I threaded a matching ribbon through. One day I really will learn to take semi-decent pictures of myself, honest. But until then:

And a close-up of the front bodice and underbust ribbon:

This was super fun to knit, and the yarn I used (Blue Sky Alpaca Silk Alpaca, hanging around from a ye olde frogged disaster) was absolutely gorgeous to work with. Hope you like it, despite my dubious photography skills!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jesse's flameless Flames on: March 07, 2008 02:35:39 AM
My long-suffering boyfriend's Christmas present is finally finished! (Note to self: starting male-sized jumpers two weeks before Christmas is probably not the smartest move.) Presenting Jesse's Flames, but, um, without the flames:

I made quite a few mods (which you can see on my blog, if you're interested, along with a picture which actually includes the poor man's head), and although it's not the most exciting finished object I think it ended up as a nice, basic guys' sweater, and one which hopefully will actually get worn.

(In fact, just out of interest, if you've ever made a sweater for a man in your life how often does he wear it? Does "handwash only" doom an item to only coming out once a year?)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Textured Tunic from "Fitted Knits" on: November 13, 2007 11:30:31 AM
Ta-daa! Apologies for the photo - believe it or not it was the best of a rather large batch.

I'd happily recommend this pattern - it knits up incredibly quickly (and that's coming from a contender for The World's Slowest Knitter), there's enough going on to keep it interesting, and the recommended wool is soft and cosy without being heavy. I did make a few mods though - they're detailed on my blog if anyone's interested, but if you'd rather just have a three second summary: longer sleeves; shorter body; waist shaping; shorter side slits without buttons.

Oh, and if anyone's thinking of making this, two tips: consider going down a size, and don't buy as much yarn as the pattern tries to convince you you'll need!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Purple cardigan on: October 30, 2007 02:13:13 PM
As you may have guessed from the highly original title, this FO is (wait for it) a purple cardigan. Armed with some Rowan Pure Wool Aran, an ancient calculator, and a vague idea that I wanted to make something like Noro's "Gloria" cardigan, I came up with this:

The good: I love the way the garter stitch disguises the heavy shaping at the yoke. And the wool was lovely to work with, too. Ohh, and I suppose I should mention that it fits! Always a bonus.

The bad: It ended up looking ridiculous tied at the neck, so the ribbon, which was supposed to be the focal point, is now a bit of an aimless add-on.

The ugly: um, I should probably figure out a more attractive closure than a safety pin. And don't tell anyone, but my underarm grafting left a bit to be desired...

I doubt it'll ever see the light of day again, but thanks for looking! If anyone's interested, there's a bit more on my blog.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Swatch behaving very mysteriously on: October 28, 2007 07:42:11 AM
I've been swatching for the Textured Tunic from Fitted Knits, and have somehow managed to get fewer stitches to the inch when using 6mm needles (13 stitches) than when using 6.5mm's (14 stitches). Surely this defies some basic law of knitting, if not physics? 13 stitches per inch is the tension I'm meant to be aiming for, but can I trust my quirky swatch? Anyone ever had this happen to them?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern suggestions, please! on: July 04, 2007 06:43:16 AM
I've fallen in love with this dress, but - alas! - even at the sale price of $1,650 it's ever-so-slightly outside my budget (which is, erm, about $20). Can anyone suggest a similar pattern?


Thank you to anyone who can help!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Felt bull's-eye cushion on: June 16, 2007 01:39:56 PM
Only five months late posting this - a new personal record! This is a cushion I made for my Grandma's 90th birthday in January. It more or less directly follows the instructions for a bull's eye cushion in Janet Haigh's 'Colour on Colour', except for the central panel which I filled with a felt "90" instead. The centre of each bull's eye is star stitched, all the circles are blanket stitched, and the squares are feather-stitched together. My index finger was out of commission for a day or two after making this...


Any comments - or tips on finger protection! - would be appreciated.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt Christmas Stocking (complete w/ photos) on: June 16, 2007 01:29:54 PM
When my sister and I were born my mother made us both personalised felt stockings (presumably by the time my brothers came along she'd had enough, as they got mass-produced sacks...), so last year I decided to make her her own, to replace the beat-up sock she'd been using. The body of the stocking was machine stitched (in approximately five minutes - next year I really will start my Christmas crafting before Christmas Eve...), and I blanket-stitched around all the decorative elements before sewing them on by hand with invisible thread.

The front:

The back:

The back looks a little bit sparse, but I couldn't think of anything to go with the gingerbread men. If you've got any thoughts on that (so I can sneak them on next Christmas) or any other comments generally, please let me know!
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