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1  ~My Kiri~ in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: January 30, 2008 09:25:01 AM
This was my first real go at a lace shawl and this pattern was the perfect first... it's well written and virtually error free.  I couldn't stop knitting it and had a great time.  Here's a few pictures:

Pattern: Free online: (Beware of PDF) http://www.alltangledup.com/movabletype/my_images/my_patterns/kiri.pdf

Yarn: A super thrift: Webs 2/8 Shetland in a cone.  It initially knits up rough because of the spinning oil, but after a soak or two it fluffs right up

Recipient: My knitterly friend, Rebekah.  A very belated Christmas gift, but as a fellow knitter I'm sure she'll understand.

Ravelry users: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lifelikeweeds/kiri

I'm totally up for questions/comments....
Thanks for looking!

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2  Tying up loose ends: Jarrett, A Scarf Askew, and Ganomy on the Lake in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: December 30, 2007 04:39:04 PM
I finished up a few projects around here and thought I'd share.

First... my white whale... Jarrett...

Pattern:  Jarrett by Kim Hargreaves from Rowan Vintage Knits
Yarn: Peace Fleece DK in Sheplova Mushroom
Buttons:  7 Italian Leather buttons from trimfabric.com
Recipient:  My Jeffrey who loves it and looks so handsome in it!

Second: A Scarf Askew that I finished a while ago, I just needed to get a decent picture of it:

Pattern: A Scarf Askew from MagKnits
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool Merino
Notes:  It curls in like crazy.  Just so you know.

and Lastly... a little something for myself:

Pattern: Ganomy Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann from the Knitter's Almanac
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Notes:  This hat is perfect!  The pattern is genius... it covers the ears but doesn't come down too far on the forehead.  Awesome.

Thanks for looking... there are more photos on my flickr and also on Ravlery: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lifelikeweeds

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3  Fishtrap Swatch Cap in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: December 23, 2007 10:56:30 AM
I needed a little, meaningful project for in between massive amounts of holiday knitting... so I made a swatch cap for the Fishtrap Aran Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Someday I'll make the whole sweater... someday....

Pattern: Fishtrap Aran Hat (January) by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitter's Almanac
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Natural Brown
Needles: Size 8 16" Circular needles
Notes:  I only casted on 90 sts for the hat and did almost two repeats of the pattern before decreasing.  It fits pretty well.  I probably could have casted on 100, but I've seen other hats out there end up way too big...

More pics on flickr and Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lifelikeweeds/fishtrap-aran-hat-january

Happy Holidays, Craftsters!!
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4  Autumn is still hanging on: Oak Mittens & Backyard Leaves in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: November 25, 2007 12:28:05 PM
I love walking around outside in the fall and seeing all the colors that come with the season, so when I went to get some yarn for another wonderful Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern, I couldn't pass up the beautiful Blackberry Ridge colorway Autumn Oaks:

Pattern: Mitered Mittens by Elizabeth Zimmerman from the Knitter's Almanac
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Kaleidoscope Yarn in Autumn Oaks
Notes:  Kind of big on me, but effective nonetheless... These were probably the easiest mittens I've ever made.  You just keep going and stop when you're done.  Then cut a few strands where you want the thumb!  Amazing! The yarn ended up working great with the pattern.

...and some more leaves:

Pattern: Backyard Leaves by Annie Modesitt from scarfStyle
Yarn:Cascade 220 Heathers in Celery
Notes:  I bought this book when I first started knitting just to make this pattern but I was always so afraid of that chart... once I started, it really wasn't that hard.  It actually became a bit boring  Shocked

Thanks for looking, everyone.  Long live autumn!

(more pictures on my flickr and Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/projects/lifelikeweeds)
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5  Mad Dashing, Trellis, & Perfect Booties: finishing objects! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: November 01, 2007 08:10:52 AM
I just got home from a three month stint in California selling posters... and finishing up some loose ends, I have three more projects to share:

1.  Mad Dashings made quickly going from the sunny Southern California coast to the frigid mountains of Utah, and on home to Pennsylvania autumn.  My Jeffrey needed something to keep him hands warm:

Pattern: Dashing from Knitty
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sportweight bought on the road at Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, NV

2. I started this two part shower gift in California and just did the finishing this afternoon (sewing on buttons, blocking, etc.)  I'm pretty happy with the results:

Pattern: Trellis from Knitty
Yarn: Rowan Soft Baby bought on the road at Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, NV

3. Part two of shower gift.  I started and finished these yesterday.  Such a cute little pattern and I used up some yarn from my stash:

Pattern: Perfect Baby Booties from Ruth B.
Yarn: Dark Horse Fantasy bought last year on the road at Yarn Heaven in Arlington TX

Boy, it's good to be home and to finally finish up some of these projects.  There are a few more pictures on my flickr and on ravelry.  Thanks for looking!

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6  Mittens from Lapland in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: October 27, 2007 11:36:37 AM
Pattern:  Mittens from Lapland from Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski

Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark in Delphinium Heather, Brass Heather and Cilantro Heather

Needles: US 5 dpns

Notes:  Although it seemed to take me forever to finish these, I'm pretty happy with the end result.  I did go up about three sizes from the recommended needle size and they're still a bit snug. 

Here's some pictures:

There are a few more pictures on my flickr, and ravelry users can click here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lifelikeweeds/mittens-from-lapland

Thanks for looking!  Comments/Questions welcome!

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7  ~Travelin' Tomten~ in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: September 08, 2007 08:41:04 PM
So I'm on the road again, slinging posters, and I needed a project that travels well.  Enter the Tomten Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  This pattern is genius, fun to knit, and perfect road knitting as it is knit all in one piece with such a small amount of seaming.

Here are some pictures:

Pattern:  Tomten Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman from Knitting without Tears

Yarn:  Recycled Thrift Store Sweater in 80% wool/20% angora creamy tweed with flecks of yellow and purple.  The green trim is Cascade 220 Heather.

Notes:  Just some buttons, then this Tomten is all set to be sent back home for a friend's son's 3rd birthday.

There are more progress pictures on my flickr, and for Ravelry users, my screen name is the same: Lifelikeweeds.

Hope you enjoy.  Comments/questions welcome.
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8  Bolero in Black in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: August 09, 2007 03:45:37 PM
I joined in the popular pattern and knitted tragicherione's Ribbed Lace Bolero and ended up with a wearable, versatile garment that I'm pretty happy with. 

Here's some pictures:

Just in case you don't know, the pattern is here: http://kellymaher.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/ribbed-lace-bolero/

Yarn:  I used Lily's Sugar n Cream as it was the only black cotton I could find and I knew I wouldn't wear the shrug unless it was black.  It took exactly two balls.

Notes: I made it a bit smaller than Kelly made hers in the pattern in order to avoid that inevitable bulge in the back of the armpit that comes with the shrug territory, and there's still a bit of that happening with this one... I might try to seam up as far as possible/comfortable on my arms to get rid of most of that.  Overall though it's the most wearable and beautiful shrug I've seen out there.


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9  Monk Hat - self-designed cabled hat (Edited to include PATTERN LINK!!!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: July 30, 2007 06:59:48 PM
Holy cow, I knitted without a pattern....

Yes, so, it's a tam-o-shanter style hat with lots of bubbly cables knit in a recycled yarn that I believe to be a wool/acrylic blend.  I used a cable stitch found in the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary.  I'm sure I could figure out a pattern if anyone's interested.

I certainly can try, but I'll never be as cool as Monk:

Questions and comments welcome.  Thanks for looking, everyone!

So here it is guys... I've never written a pattern before, so if there's kinks, just roll with it and PM me and I'll help you out, definitely.  I would love to see if any of you make this, so post them if you make them!!

Monk Hat  

Pattern is now available here: http://knitmeshelter.blogspot.com/2008/04/monk-hat-pattern.html

Super Duper.

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10  Craftster Inspired Entrelac in Knitting: Completed Projects by lifelikeweeds on: July 22, 2007 06:43:36 AM
I've seen so many beautiful entrelac scarves on Craftster that in between my tedious fair isle projects and socks, I thought I'd cast on for some (slightly more) instant gratification.

I used Knitty's Danica for a reference, and three balls of Patons SWS in Natural Earth after seeing the striking results of that colorway from tragicherione, meriellyn, francis and more.  Way to go, kids!

There are a few more pictures on my flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/getwise

Thanks for the inspiration... I'm glad to toss in my addition!

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