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1  Felted Catnip Mouse in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: May 17, 2007 08:19:06 AM
Long story short (there are TONS more details and pics on my blog). I wanted to felt something but I don't know how to use a washer, so it had to be small. I didn't want something I'd never look at again, so I opted for a catnip mouse. It's made from KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the color Carrot. It's a really pretty burnt orange color. 100% hand felted. I'm so excited that it turned out so great. Mr. Mouse is stuffed with catnip and polyfil. The color is more accurate in the top pic, although it's still washed out by the flash.



I plan on making tons more since the entire thing took maybe two hours. Smiley
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2  Another first timer. in Spinning: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: May 02, 2007 10:59:24 AM
I have been lurking around and drooling over handspun yarn... So I figured I would try. Here is my first attempt...

Did I do it right? I bought the spindle on etsy and it came with that pencil roving. It's wool of some kind or another. Smiley I do like the color, and I don't know what I'll knit with it, maybe I'll use it as edging on a pair of fingerless mitts. *ponders* Anyways, I asked my boyfriend's dad if he would make me a spindle, since he's awesome at working with wood. He made me three. I really like his a lot better than the one that I bought for one reason. His wheels are bigger and have more weight so it's easier to spin. Which brings me to a question: There's no place close to me that offers spinning lessons.... yet. How do you keep the spindle spinning and use both hands for the fiber!? I have to predraft to perfection and then keep the spindle spinning with my left hand and feed the fiber with my right... Is that correct? I've only learned from online and the pamphlet that came with the spindle I bought.
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3  Fair Isle is Fun Times. in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: April 30, 2007 07:20:53 AM
So I wanted to do some Fair Isle that was more challenging than the simple patterns (a whole two patterns!) I'd previously done...

We Call Them Pirates looked fun... so I did it. I don't wear beanies or hats, though, so I ended up giving it to my dad. He likes it. Smiley This was super fun and the pattern was REALLY easy to follow.

The only thing, and I don't know why it happened, is that at the brim my rows don't match up. It's only there. Everything else was fine... Argh. >_<  You can see it in the photo. If anyone has any suggestions, please help so I don't do this to the next one I'm making. lol

You can also see that I didn't do the provisional cast on or the lining thing. I'm lazy. My dad likes the hat... that's all that matters, right? Smiley
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4  I dyed some yarn.... in Dyeing: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: March 27, 2007 08:28:52 AM
And I couldn't love it more. Smiley I think I did fairly well for my first time... all of the details are on my blog.

I call this one Solar Flare....

And this one Planet Earth...
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5  Fair-Isle... Can I cut it? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by xKikaiderx on: March 27, 2007 07:06:29 AM
I have a question, and I searched... and I did find some helpful answers that I can use for next time... (e.i. weaving the floaters into every other stitch or so) But is there anyway I can cut these little floaters and tie them together somehow?

They aren't too tight... But they make the hat fit oddly where there is colorwork. I just finished colorwork on another hat and realized it's going to fit the same way... I really don't want to frog it... so I'm hoping there is some way to cut them and make it all better. I probably should have read up all possible mishaps before I attempted this. Smiley Thanks for any help!
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6  Nerdy Retro Head Love (3 imgs) in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: March 23, 2007 06:38:56 AM
I saw Knitty's Spring '07 space invaders socks... I can't make socks yet. I took one of the charts and adapted it to a hat pattern (if you use the kittyville hat pattern from the SNB books, it works out perfectly).
This is my very first colorwork FO... and I plan on making tons more!

Here it is on... and I can assure you I am not this angry and scary in real life.  Wink

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7  First kitty hat! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by xKikaiderx on: March 23, 2007 06:25:42 AM
I finally finished my kitty hat... Please excuse the crappy pics as it was late and I was sleepy.

and on... at least the hat is photogenic.  Tongue

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8  Super fuzzy extra soft scarf! in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: March 23, 2007 06:17:17 AM
I made this scarf I think... in September. Oops. It's made out of Walmart's No Boundaries yarn in a grey and pink mix. I think it's all acrylic.. I lost the label. Cheesy When I wear it... I don't want to take it off. It sheds a teeny tiny bit... but it's worth it. It was knit with size 8 needles in garter stitch... not sure how long it is.

Up close so you can see the uber fuzzy!

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9  My first calorimetry... in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: March 23, 2007 06:11:29 AM
I still have to add a button. I was thinking maybe a rainbow or a plain black one... Either something obvious or something completely inconspicuous.... Noro Kureyon #88 on size 8 needles. I cast on 80 stitches and it's a wee bit tight, but I'm also a tight knitter so I should have checked my gauge... whoops.  I'll still wear itI also didn't make it as wide as the pattern called for... Cheesy This was an awesome project... quick and easy. It only took me one evening to finish!

Please tell me if it looks like I did something wrong so I can fix it when I make the next one! Cheesy
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10  Noro Kureyon Fingerless Mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by xKikaiderx on: March 23, 2007 06:06:31 AM
I finished these a while ago but due to complications with my hard drive (my blog has details...), I couldn't post pics. Behold world, yet another pair of fingerless mitts!

And on....

My own pattern knit on size 7 dpns with Noro Kureyon #88. This was my first time working with Kureyon and now I want to buy more. Cheesy  I absolutely love the colorways available. Any critiques are appreciated. Smiley
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