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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Halloween Baby Boo-ties! Hahaha I love puns... on: October 30, 2007 09:55:08 PM
My buddy just had a little boy a week ago, so I figured some baby goodies were in order. So I made up a pair of these little baby boo-ties (get it?  hahaha...I crack myself up...)

Sorry for the prolific pics...couldn't seem to get a decent shot:

They're tied up with a crocheted cord.  Backs:

So that's it.... I highly recommend making baby booties.  They're quick and oh-so-cute.  Smiley

I'll be posting additional details on my ravelry when I find some time.
For those who don't have ravelry...a quick synopsis:  These took about 1/3 ball of Lionsbrand microspun (total, not for each colour).  The microspun is quite fussy to seam, so I'd recommend knitting some sort of selveedge or knit the last (or first) stitches of each row tightly.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New vogue knitting is out on: October 18, 2007 02:42:37 PM

I just saw the new vogue knitting and there's some cute stuff in there!

Any thoughts?

Also, does VK come out with a holiday special (ie gifts to knit) or is that IK?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Moderne Baby Blanket- Excellent Stash Buster!! on: October 02, 2007 12:48:46 PM
So I made this afghan/lapghan for a friend of mine as a housewarming present.  I think he'll like it in his new place (dark floors, leather furniture etc).  It seems like a good pattern for a guy.

This is the ultimate stash buster--it uses plenty of yarn, knits up really quickly (ie no counting!  woo!), and I think has a pleasing result.

The pattern is found in Mason/dixon knits, and I would really recommend this book as well.

Excuse the wavy lines etc--It hasn't been blocked, but to be frank, I really don't think he'll notice!   Grin  Cheesy
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Saartje booties and Umbilical Cord hat - Freaky Cute on: October 02, 2007 12:21:41 PM
I love the Saartje booties pattern and now I've found a hat that I like just as much to match.

The Saartje pattern can be found here: http://www.saartjeknits.nl/
and the hat was based loosely on a pattern found in Handknit Holidays.

Wittle bitty booties:

Cutesie hat modelled by the patient/sleepy Muffin:

So much fun to knit!  Everyone should catch the Saartje fever!

(And everyone should join the Shop the Swap, where I got this beautiful handdyed from Penguino!)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Makeup Pouches on: August 07, 2007 10:10:49 PM
I needed a makeup pouch to tote necessary girlie stuff to and from work and was tired of ugly plastic freebies.  And when I found this pattern (for free!) on Vicky Howell's webpage, I knit it up.  And lined it (first ever lining experience!) with cotton from an old t-shirt. By hand.  It.  Took.  Forever. 

Pattern is here:  http://vickiehowell.blogspot.com/2007/06/rosie-posie-zippy-bag-free-pattern-of.html

The flower is crocheted and stitched on.  Knit in sugar and cream cotton.

Outside shot:

Inside shot of lining (woo!):

I knit this other purple pouch first before the pink/yellow one, using a pattern from Christmas Knits, or something like that...The one they had in the book was pink/red/white, and the pattern called for a knitted lining as well.  I knit the lining and scrapped it because I felt it made the bag too heavy/bulky.  The pattern also called for a cute flap but I scrapped that for the same reason as the lining.  I didn't line it as it was my first go at something that needed lining.  So I avoided it.  Problem solved.  hehe

And yes I know that there are little ends poking out...This poor bag has been used and abused...so I'll fix that.  Sooner or later... Cheesy

Overall, I really like these.  Washable and durable (and colourful!) they're just great!  At least I think so   Cheesy  I recommend the patterns!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Cute Pairs of Baby Booties on: August 07, 2007 09:59:20 PM
A co-worker of mine is preggers, expecting in october, and I thought I'd put together a little bag for her.  So I made two pairs of baby booties and bought a newborn hat from the Gap.  Supercute.

Pair 1:
I found this pattern on Saartjeknits, a lovely webpage by a gal in the Netherlands:  http://www.saartjeknits.nl/  It is a versatile pattern, I think.  Knit in Paton's Misty.

Pair 2:
This pattern is found here:  http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babybootscable.htm .  Knit in Lionsbrand microspun.

I stuffed them with paper to fill them out--that's the silver stuff in them

I would recommend making these!  They took no time at all, and were a satisfying knit. 
Anyone else have any favourite bootie patterns that they can share?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recommend yarn for baby booties! Pls help on: July 31, 2007 11:22:00 AM
Hey all you smart 'n' savvy craftsters!

I have to make a pair of baby booties asap.  Like I have tonite and possibly tomorrow to make them, but I work FT....so, yeah.  Quick is best.

What sorts of yarn should I use?  I have plenty of cotton at home (sugar and cream variety) but I don't know if that's a good call or not.

Does anyone have any suggestions? 
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Is this a good spinning wheel for a beginner? 2nd pic added on: July 12, 2007 10:36:11 AM
Hey all

Someone on my local craigslist has put this wheel up for sale for $25.  I'm looking for a smallish wheel for a beginner, so would this do the trick?  I don't have the funds to buy something schmancy and new or the space to keep something mammoth.

And I should mention that I know nothing about spinning.  Nothing.

Or this one for $100?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Drowning in I-Cord--What should I do with it? on: May 08, 2007 10:15:39 AM

I bought one of those clever clover I-cord making things just for kicks and now have miles of I-cord!  For what?!  Anyone have any ideas of some of the better uses for I-cord??

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Am I crazy? I bought a vintage Singer Machine...I need pointers!! on: May 03, 2007 11:38:14 AM
Hey all!!

I happened across an old Singer sewing machine (the black metal kind with the light attachment and the foot pedal) in one of those desks...  You know, where the machine folds into the table and you close the lid and it just looks like a little cabinet? 

Well, I've never sewn before (EVER--strange, I know, but I took typing instead of HomeEc in Highschool) but it seems to me that the machine is working.  I plugged it in and turned on the light and tapped the little pedal thing and the needle went up and down.  So that's a good sign, right?   Roll Eyes

So, does anyone have any pointers for a novice using one of these machines?  Do I need any doodads?  Attachments?  Tips for avoiding sewing my finger to the table?

I'm a complete novice, so (sew! hahahah) any suggestions are really welcomed!!
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