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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / dpn gaps? on: June 25, 2009 12:43:49 PM
so I've used dpns to knit alot of things, mainly with a heavier weight yarn, but I'm attempting my first pair of socks and I keep getting this ridiculous gaps between the needles.

see the gaps?

how can I prevent this? use an extra needle? tighten my tension? any help would be greatly appreciated!

thank you!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / playdate hoodie on: June 15, 2009 08:35:10 AM
Knitted up this really cute baby cardigan for my friend jessica who is expecting a little boy soon.  I made the 6 month size because by the time he's 6 months, it'll be late fall early winter and this will just be a perfect addition. I used a little over 1 ball of lion's cotton in sagebrush I believe it was called and I found the pattern on lionsbrand.com.


back - I love the little peak hood!


love this color combination

thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / lacy shrug on: May 25, 2009 01:12:34 PM
Knit up this really simple and cute lace shrug over the weekend.  It was my first time I've attempted lace and I'm hooked.  I messed up a few times with the pattern, but I don't mind.  This was just going to be a test knit, but I've been wearing it non stop so looks like it's going to become a permanent part of the wardrobe.  I used some leftover caron one pound I used for a blanket.  I knit it using a pattern I found on raverly, but I can't recall which one at the moment.

EDIT: Found the pattern! http://kellymaher.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/ribbed-lace-bolero/

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 37 ENTRIES / Aboriginal Button Mask! on: April 02, 2009 02:30:43 PM
I'm in a theater mask class and we did plaster bandage casts of our faces and then had to decorate them.

For mine, I was inspired by aboriginal artwork and face paintings but I also wanted to combine my love of sewing into the mask.  This is the end result.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I love OWLS on: March 12, 2009 12:23:31 PM
after knitting for years and years, I finally found the confidence to knit a sweater.  It also helps that I've acquired a new love of wearing sweaters because I hated them when I was little.  It was my time to attempt this project.  I decided to go with the OWLS pattern, and I must say I love the end result.  For a first attempt I think it came out fantastic (granted I'm a bit biased).  I made a size large and it fits really well. I messed up on the short rows cause Ive never used them before but you cant even tell. Even though sewing on all the owl eyes were a hassle, it was totally worth it.  I only used 4 of the 6 skeins of wool-ease chunky that I bought so either the yardage on the packaging is wrong or I knit a whole hell of alot tighter than I thought.  I still have to block it but I just couldn't resist wearing it.

the front

the back

on me


6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Button Mask on: February 03, 2009 01:36:17 PM
I'm in a Costume Mask class this semester so this was one of our projects.  We used plaster bandage, the stuff used to make casts back in the day, to make the molds of our faces.  Once the bandage was completely dry we had to decorate it and explain the significance of it.  I was inspired by the face painting on African and Aboriginal art, but decided to put my spin on it and use buttons.

thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / two sets of cabled wristwarmers on: February 03, 2009 01:29:17 PM
It's ridiculously cold where I go to school, but I have no patience for gloves.  I put them to run across campus for class, and then I have to tear them off again to attempt to get my ID card out just so I can get into the building.  It's quite the hassle.  These will keep me from dying in the cold, but I'll be able to function.

The cream pair are for me and the navy pair are for my housemate molly, who seems to suffer from the same problems I do.

this is the actual color of the blue ones. 

thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lumberjack Prom Dress! on: January 10, 2009 12:13:07 PM
so for my costume construction class final we had to make a dress and state our inspiration behind it.  So I instantly knew what I wanted to do.  I wanted to combine an 80's style prom dress with warm and cuddly flannel and plaid.  This is the fabulous end result.

on Dolly, my new dress form.

a bit snug on Dolly.

on me.  (ignore the polo, I was too lazy to get changed.)

it's even lined in flannel to keep you extra toasty.

thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / earflaps, cables, and a dog sweater on: January 10, 2009 12:02:54 PM
for me winter break and a lack of friends in the area means I'm going to be doing alot of knitting.  First I have a earflap hat.  I used the jayne cobb pattern on raverly.  I made it for a Giants football game and I'm glad I did.  It was absolutely freezing that night, but my ears were warm.  I used three strands of Caron simply soft in red, black, and white.

when I don't have it tied, the earflaps tends to curl upwards.  any idea why?

This is my first cable project ever. They always seemed so hard, but now I'm hooked.  I used the learn to cable scarf pattern on lionsbrand.com.  I used wool ease thick & quick in grass.  This scarf is so warm and comfy, and it'll be perfect for my buffalo winters.

Last is a dog sweater for my cousin's dog.  I had made one in blue and white for my sister's puppy and when my cousin saw she just had to have one for her dog.  I used caron's pound of love in a lovely plum.  I don't have any action shots of the purple sweater, but I do have one of the blue and white one.

only imagine this in purple.

thanks for looking!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / berets & a beanie on: December 23, 2008 06:11:29 PM
three more christmas gifts out of the way.  The first two are berets.  I used lion's brand wool-ease thick & quick and this tutorial.  http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/archives/2008/01/supersimple_fas_1.php The white beret is slightly smaller and less poofy than the red one.  This was a super easy pattern and I highly suggest using it.

Then a beanie for my sister's boy.  It's knitted with 3 strands of lion's brand wool-ease worsted in green, brown and tan.  it came out looking a bit like camo which is neat.  it's a 1x1 rib.

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