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11  My 2nd Big Girl Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 29, 2007 11:28:33 PM
I just finished my 2nd big girl shrug "post-https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183865.0".  I did this one the same as the first except that I used size 10 needles (I used 11's on the first shrug).  I made this needle adjustment because I wanted this shrug to be more compact and less drapey than the first one.

Thanks for looking!   Grin
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12  Felted Knitting Clutch II in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 22, 2007 12:32:20 PM
I made a small felted knitting clutch to put my wee knitting supplies in (previous post).  Today I finished up a slightly larger clutch for the same purpose.  I'm happy with the results.


Flower Detail:


With It's Wee Lil' Sister:

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13  Re: Mustard Pithy in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 18, 2007 05:44:52 PM
One question, though: Did all your cast on stitches go around the 16" needle to be joined or did you use dpns? I found that the CO stitches couldn't have possibly gone around my 16".

Laneybug, I have almost a 24" circumference around my head so I had to CO 80 sts instead of the requisite 72 sts.  Therefore I had no problem getting the sts to go around the needle.  If you're having trouble, are there circs any smaller than 16"?  Perhaps you could try dpns?

Do you have any pictures of the one that didn't turn out right?

Yes, sprinklez, here it is.  When I took this picture, the tip-top part wasn't finished (but you can't tell in the photo unless you look carefully at my tuft of hair sticking out in the top left corner).  Right after I took this photo, I still had the hat on my head and the working yarn skein in my hand.  I was turning the corner and the working strand of yarn caught on something, the needle protectors popped off and a ton of the work ripped off the needles.  There was no fixing this catastrophe, so I frogged what was left on the needles.  Boo-hoo!

that is gorgeous hat!  I must make myself one for the winter!  (or is 40 years old too old for a slouchy hat??)

tajhia, you are not too old for a slouchy hat!!   Smiley  I am almost 46 years old!  I love mine!  Make one, make one!!
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14  Big Girls Can Wear Shrugs Too!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 17, 2007 04:16:21 PM
I would cordially like to invite you all to experience my rite of passage: the successful knitting of a wearable that is not a hat or a scarf.  This was the Anthropologie-inspired Capelet/Shrug found on this link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0.  I was a little concerned about how a shrug would look on me, a big girl, at size 2X.  But I found that if I made the shrug longer (to right above my hips) it looked more proportional on my generous figure.

I credit the author for helping me cross that scary chasm between hat and sweater knitting.  I'm truly excited and am ready for the next sweater challenge!  The next project: a top down raglan.  There's nothing stopping me now!

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15  Small, Felted Knitting Clutch in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 15, 2007 12:54:47 PM
I bought this cool, dark denim book bag to carry around my knitting projects.  It retailed at $60, but I got it for $19.99 at Ross ("Discount High-Five"!).

I knitted up a felted lil' clutch to put some of my teensy knitting supplies in.  I like how it came out.  It was the first time I've ever sewn a zipper in ("Learning New Skills High-Five"!).  The flower was from an awesome pattern in One Skein Wonders (http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Wonders-Judith-Durant/dp/1580176453).  The pattern is "Monica's Flowers" page 68.

I love "One Skein Wonders"!!  It is the most awesome book!
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16  Mustard Pithy in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: July 13, 2007 04:56:33 PM
I finally made a Mary Jane Pithy hat (http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm ) in a cool mustard color.  I like this hat a lot!  However, the "purse stitch" was a bit challenging for me at first.  If I made a mistake, it was hard to "unknit" the stitch to find the error.  Consequently, I frogged this hat many times prior to success.  This is not to scare anyone off, I just want to forewarn those who've never done this stitch before to pay attention to what you're doing.  It's not super-hard, you just have to get used to it.  I finally just cast on for a totally new hat (the mustard color, the frogged one was white).  This last time was the charm: I just got used to the stitch and I didn't make any mistakes!  It was worth the process though, because I like the looks of this hat a bunch and I will definitely make more!

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17  Headbands O'Plenty (Image-Heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: June 28, 2007 12:50:49 PM
I have lots of hair that begs to be tamed, so I knit up a bunch of summer-friendly headbands.  The patterns to the lace headbands are from http://www.knitpicks.com/Lacy+Headbands_PD50552220.html.

Thanks for looking!  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

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18  Re: Easy, Cool Stitch for Variegated Yarn in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: April 28, 2007 06:52:26 PM
It sounds like it might take some practice to get a nice even finish like you have here.
janaana, it doesn't take any practice at all!  The pattern is what makes the ends look so finished: that's what's so cool!   Cheesy
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19  Easy, Cool Stitch for Variegated Yarn in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: April 28, 2007 04:46:43 PM
Variagated yarn can be "zzzzzz..." sometimes.  The linen stitch makes variagated yarn look woven and interesting.

CO any mutiple of 2 to desired width.
Starting rows:
Row 1 and your 2nd to last row: Knit across the row
Row 2 and your last row: Purl across the row
Linen stitch:
Row 3: Slip first stitch knitwise.  *Knit 1 stitch, bring yarn forward between the needles, slip 1 stitch purlwise, take yarn to back of work* repeat between * until the last stitch, knit last stitch through the back loop.
Row 4:  Slip first stitch purlwise.  **Purl 1 stitch, take yarn to back of work, slip 1 stitch purlwise, bring yarn to front of work** repeat between ** until last stitch, purl last stitch.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have just enough yarn to repeat
Rows 1 and 2 if you are fringing.  (For scarves).    

This pattern is supposed to be for scarves, but I made a dishcloth with Sugar and Cream cotton yarn (I have lots of variegated colors I have been heretofore uninspired to use).

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20  Cabled Headbands in Knitting: Completed Projects by Quad Mom on: April 16, 2007 03:46:34 PM
Cascade 50/50 cotton and Tencel yarn:

50/50 merino and Tencel yarn:
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