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1  toe-up fawkes socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by smrjunior on: November 07, 2007 07:08:32 AM
hey, all.  I haven't posted anything in a while, but I have been knitting.  I even finished a pair of socks! 

they're fawkes (pdf) socks, knit toe-up using krafty1's modifications.  knit in Lorna's Laces shepherd sock, colorway Flames.  Ravelers, check them out here!
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2  Re: Tangled Yoke Cardigan Knitalong in Knitalongs by smrjunior on: October 12, 2007 01:31:28 PM
Mind if I jump in?  I broke down and bought my yarn and swatched last night.  Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 14 sweet green, on size 2s.  I'm so excited, I stayed home sick today so I could finish the knitting on my boyfriend's sweater so I wouldn't feel so guilty about starting this!

eta: progress shot from a weekend of knitting!

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3  Re: the boyfriend's chair (image heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by smrjunior on: August 25, 2007 07:19:16 AM
thanks again for all the craftster love, everybody!  it's seriously made my day to see all these lovely comments every time i log in.

that chair is hot, and so is that boyfriend!

heehee, i think so too!  only we're often accused of being brother and sister.  behold:

it's particularly bad when we're out with either of our parents.  i think we freak people out.
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4  the boyfriend's chair (image heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by smrjunior on: August 23, 2007 06:15:53 PM
so my boyfriend is studying industrial design, which is basically anything that can be mass-produced.  this quarter, their project was to design and build a chair.  i think i saw him, on average, about an hour a day, despite the fact that we live together.  it totally sucked, but i think the end result was probably worth it.  what do you guys think?

all done!

i think he said it's called (paren.).  don't know why, though...

under construction:

that's me, sewing the cushion cover.  i accused him of running a sweatshop:

relaxing after a hard day's (or ten week's) work:
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5  lake park hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by smrjunior on: May 07, 2007 03:48:18 PM
i was wandering through my lys a while ago, and i accidentally bought some malabrigo.  i don't normally even like purple, but this just called to me.  about 2/3 of the first skein became my very own lake park hat on the plane ride home from san jose last weekend:

malabrigo is definitely the "fanciest" yarn i've ever bought or knit with, and i think this stitch pattern does it justice, don't you?

the colorway is "velvet grapes," and i cast on 80 stitches, did a twisted rib hem, and did 3 full pattern repeats before beginning the decreases.  it was getting pretty long, so i skipped rows 18-25 of the decrease chart, and i think it turned out fine.  what do you guys think?
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6  Re: Cotton mesh market bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by smrjunior on: May 07, 2007 03:40:18 PM
i made one too!  (although i don't have a personal photographer, but you get the idea.)

i also added handles (10-stitch, 1-row buttonholes) on either side, so it can be carried in hand like a regular grocery bag (excuse my giant pasty arm).

the biggest needles i had were size 13, so i cast on 55 stitches instead of 45, which is why it's so wide at the bottom.  also, i bound off too tightly at the top, so that makes it look even more bottom-heavy.  and the strap is 10 stitches wide (on size 9s), because i was pretty sure a 4-stitch-wide strap would cut right through me.  i used plassard cotlin, about 1.5 balls.

i felt so eco-friendly walking to the local grocery, and walking back home with my dinner in this bag!
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7  Re: blocking unfinished lace in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by smrjunior on: April 01, 2007 08:08:30 AM
thanks for the tips!  here's why i was so nervous:

that's after 13 repeats, and it's only supposed to have 34 and be 60" long (including the borders).

but here's what it looks like blocking:

it's about 8x15 which is a little smallish, so i'll probably do a few extra repeats and then block the heck out of it-- it'll stretch more width-ways if i don't have to stretch it so much long-ways, right?

yay for lace!
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8  Re: DNA tank? in Knitalongs by smrjunior on: February 27, 2007 06:46:01 PM
the chart, she is finished:

it took FOREVER, especially because a) i'm starting with a size small and increasing at the bust to a size medium (so as to account for my friend's 38" chest and 26" waist) and b) i kept getting confused because the torchon lace repeat goes back and forth between 17 and 19 stitches, and it takes up 19 blocks on the chart and every time i counted my stitches i got thrown off.  but now it's done.  problem is, now i want to knit the whole thing in the round.  i've already frogged and cast on again, though, so i don't think that's going to happen.

thanks for the encouragement, maybe tonight i can get back to where i was before i frogged... probably not, though.
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9  Re: Ferragamo Knit Bag-along? in Knitalongs by smrjunior on: February 20, 2007 03:01:35 PM
so i still haven't mailed the bag....  her birthday was january 18th, what's a few more days?

anyway, i finally got the camera to take pictures, and then it got in a fight with my computer and refused to give me its pictures.  but the boy took over and made it behave.  so here she is!

this one shows the color really well:

and here's one with me for scale:

and all laid out flat:

i ended up using a fake leather (vinyl) purse that i found at kohls for about $10 as the top and lining-- i machine sewed it, so that was exciting!  i'm not entirely thrilled about the way the top is just slightly wider than the bag and kind of pulls it, but i think once it's full of stuff it'll be okay.  hopefully the aspiring fashion designer will like it.  i've already started on a mini for myself to ease the pain of separation.

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10  snowed-in shrug and hat! in Knitting: Completed Projects by smrjunior on: February 08, 2007 04:04:54 PM
we got snowed in yesterday here in cincinnati, so i had fun with recycled yarn!

popcorn stitch hat (with much thanks to tragicheroine, both for inspiring it and for explaining her method of decreasing in pattern):

and a shrug i made following this pattern:

i'm not entirely happy with the way the collar turned out, and the increases were really confusing, so i sort of made them up.  but i had fun making them, and i'm sure i'll wear them plenty.
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