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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: A-Line Jacket, Tilted Duster and October socks on: November 02, 2008 05:14:59 PM
The Tilted Duster looks FAB on you!  Love the green yarn with the blue buttons!  Waaaaay cute!  Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Cat Turtleneck Sweater on: October 26, 2008 04:01:30 PM
That sweater is so veeerrry cute!!!   Cheesy  The cat is precious too!  I love your story about attempting to convince the stranger on the bus you weren't a "crazy cat lady" (he probably thought you were knitting something for a human child!)  Oh well, my hubby and I have four cats (no kids) and I have embraced my inner-crazy-cat-lady!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: kittie toys - fortune cookies and goldfish on: October 18, 2008 10:49:31 PM
I looove the fortune cookies.  The teensy fish are really cute too, but a word of caution: make sure the fish are not so small that your kitties could swallow and choke on them.

My hubby and I have four cats.  The tongue of a cat has barbs on it that go toward the throat, so stuff goes into the throat easily, but doesn't come out as easily.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The Scarf of Christmas Future on: September 14, 2008 02:35:19 PM
Unique scarf and very unique presentation!  Thank you for the treat of a wonderful tale and series of photographs!   Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My First Knitted Socks--and I LOVE 'Em! :-) on: September 08, 2008 02:53:39 PM
Did you use circular needles for those or double pointed? I've been thinking about moving onto socks at some point (I'm just a beginner knitter) but double pointed needles frighten me like no other.

I used dpns!  They seem a little intimidating at first, but you get used to them.  You can also knit socks on two circular needles: this site shows you how http://www.knittinghelp.com/ (they have all kinds of helpful video tutorials).

The pattern I used was one I purchased at my LYS: Adult Socks II: Play on Ribs by Celina Garrels.  I thought it was a good pattern for my first pair of socks.  Since the pattern is ribbed, the socks fit really well!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My First Knitted Socks--and I LOVE 'Em! :-) on: September 07, 2008 07:16:24 PM
I've knitted many things, but I've always thought that knitting socks was a waste of time.  I figured why put so much effort into knitting something that takes so much abuse (and sweat)?

Well, I've evolved as a knitter, and I am now a certified "sock-aholic"!  And the thing is...I don't want to get better!   Wink

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Badia on: August 28, 2008 10:26:41 PM
That vest is sooo awesomely pretty on you!  Bravo for trying a unique color!   Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Recent Projects on: August 12, 2008 12:15:36 AM
Impressive work!  Everything project is so well done!  You've inspire me to knit the Gwen Slouchy Beret...it's looks awesome on you!   Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 1st sweater (fun! thanks to crafterinil!) on: August 02, 2008 09:51:32 PM
The sweater looks really well done!  I love the feminized Cobblestone!  Great job, and congrats on your first sweater!   Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Slouchy Foliage on: August 02, 2008 09:36:39 PM
I love slouchy hats and yours is very cute. I wish I could find the brain power to knit something more than stockinette!
Trust me.  Keep up the knitting and you will go far beyond rectangles and stockinette!

omgosh totally strawberry in the nice way!
Did you make the pattern yourself?
May I ask what "strawberry" means (please forgive my "old-fart ignorance")?  I didn't make up the pattern, it's from Knitty: http://www.knitty.com/issuefall07/PATTfoliage.html (I just made some modifications to make the hat slouchy since it's supposed to be close-fitting).

that is beautiful, and i totally want to make it! i just bought some worsted malabrigo yesterday....
how did you alter the pattern to make it slouchy? i am totally crappy at changing patterns so i wouldn't be able to figure it out myself.
I'll tell you what I did (keep in mind my head is big--23.5 ").  I did the worsted-weight version of the pattern.  I still used a size #5 circular (per pattern instructions), but I used a size #8 circular (the pattern requests a size #7).  Then I worked the leaf pattern 4 times (instead of 3--per the pattern).

In general, I have found that you can turn many hat patterns slouchy if you:

1.)  Use a bigger needle for the body


2.)  Do an extra repeat or two of the pattern (in the body of the hat).  If you do this, cast on and do the bottom ribbing of the hat per the pattern, but before you proceed to the body--put in a few "M1's" in the ribbing (the number should equal the amount of stitches you will need on the needles for the body).

A good way to wrap your mind around what I just wrote above is to knit "Le Slouch" from Knit and Tonic: http://www.knitandtonic.typepad.com/leslouchrev.pdf (free pattern).  Good luck!   Smiley
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