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1  Durian cozy - with irony (img heavy) in CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES by Riki on: September 02, 2008 06:41:03 PM
The minute this challenge theme was posted I thought DURIAN! If anything cries, yells, screams out for a cozy, it has to be a durian!
Those spikes are SHARP! So - a durian cozy:

Now the irony ... durians are meant to be EATEN ... after which, they no longer need a cozy:

So .... how about a dual-use cozy? My favorite basket - used to carry my lunch and knitting to work - really, truly needed a cozy as well, as you can see:

Amazingly, the durian cozy fit the basket just perfectly ...

Voila! A BASKET cozy!

(BTW, this was made out of some sort of very rough stiff stuff I bought years ago when teaching - we had to have a craft section and I bought it for macrame. Not sure but it might be hemp.)

Riki in Bangkok, the land of the durian!
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2  Re: I made a snood. Includes pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Riki on: June 22, 2008 06:37:12 PM
I just finished two - one in bamboo - took one ball, and one in a thick/thin wool blend - and will do a third in cotton, for a friend and her cousin that love RenFests! Great pattern and looks good in both so far! Took a quick pix with my cell phone:
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3  Re: KAL*Psychedelic Squares Afghan* KAL in Knitalongs by Riki on: March 24, 2008 07:16:42 PM
I'm joining! I found this and loved the idea of the pattern - and especially the way those Mason-Dixon geniuses made it so you didn't have to piece anything but the whole squares together - which I'm planning to do in crochet. I have a lapgan to do for a friend's granddaughter and I think the garter stitch one will be perfect for her. I'm doing it in two shades of pink, alternating 'triangles?' rather than stripes. I have the first square done and will take a picture and post it as soon as my camera finishes charging! It is the PERFECT project for the bus - and for the plane when I head for the States in TWO WEEKS!!!! (Yay!!)

I so many bits and pieces of yarn I can just see lots more of this pattern in my future!

Okay, camera is charged, here is the pic:

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4  Mom's Christmas cabled sweater jacket (img heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Riki on: January 27, 2008 08:30:14 PM
I scored some nice chunky yarn for just $1/skein at Michaels on my way out of the US and it was in my mom's favorite color. She also loves cables ... so, using a basic pattern from Drops and her measurements, I knit her a sweater. Got all but the sleeves done and wrapped it for Christmas - because I didn't think the fit was going to be good. And it wasn't. So, frogged it all but the last couple inches and began again - and hooray, got it done before they left to return to the US on January 1!!!!

The sleeves are loose, but she likes them that way to wear over things.

Here is a closeup of the cables:

what it doesn't show is that the cables are staggered, don't all three begin at once. Oh, and the edging is I-cord, with an I-cord loop for the button.

The wrist I'm rather proud of - I left the stitches live on the bottom of the sleeve and knit sideways to add a cable wrist whatever you call it. It is knitted with a self hem, which I just folded up and stitched in place.
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5  Re: what to make with sari silk yarn in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Riki on: January 07, 2008 09:12:55 PM
I second the Unbiased bag (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTunbiased.html) - it is absolutely (IMO) the best use for this 'yarn'. I do strongly suggest, however, that you do not stop knitting when the pattern says to - it comes out way too small; knit until it is deep enough for YOU.

I also suggest lining it since this yarn has all these little threads sticking out that your stuff can get caught in. My mom lined the one I made my niece (so that it could be from both of us!) and put in a zipper pocket for the billfold or whatever plus a cell phone pocket.

Here is a pic of it:

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6  Re: big wool scarf? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Riki on: December 20, 2007 04:55:04 PM
I really like the "my so-called scarf" - there's a KAL on it here on Craftster. Very classy looking and much nicer looking (IMHO) than moss - also *IMHO* not as frustrating to work and more of an interesting challenge!

Here's mine:
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7  Three yellow scarves for His Majesty the King of Thailand in Knitting: Completed Projects by Riki on: November 25, 2007 07:14:22 PM
No, not for him personally! A group started a drive to get scarves knitted/crocheted for the soldiers on the front lines - in yellow because that is the King's color (he was born on Monday and yellow is the color for Monday) - and they will be presented to the King on the occasion of his 80th birthday (December 5) before being sent out. They mandated 10" wide and 60" long - which I thought was a bit wide, but never mind. I did three in the name of our department and here they are:

the first two are the same pattern - I was kind of trying something out in the first one, liked it and decided to make it reversible in the second one. So they are the same pattern, but in a different yarn (sport weight vs. worsted weight?). The third one is "my so-called scarf" in what used to be called fingering (don't know what it is called now).

Here is a closeup of the stitch for #1 and #2:
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8  Re: My So-Called Scarf-Along in Knitalongs by Riki on: November 25, 2007 07:07:31 PM
OKAY!!!! Done! Here it is, in all its glory ... and I like the stitch so much, i'm thinking of making a jacket for my mom out of it, but side to side to get the lines going down, if you know what I mean.

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9  Re: mango moon recycled silk shawl (with pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Riki on: November 25, 2007 07:05:03 PM
Finished up the scarf - my hank of course has no yardage (or label for that matter) - since I buy it in Chiang Mai Thailand, picked up out of a box in a shop on the street ... The shawl ended up measuring 39" across and 34" on each side, not stretched out - the weight of course would pull it out more. Here are a couple shots of it (couldn't find a model *sigh*)

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10  Re: My So-Called Scarf-Along in Knitalongs by Riki on: November 12, 2007 04:41:19 PM
I cast on and started this yesterday - thanks so much for the Mason-Dixon link - immensely helpful! However, I wasn't real sure which stitch I was to purl through - and the tute said it didn't matter - but when I purled through the second stitch from the tip - well, you can see the difference:

So - I don't know if this is easier to understand, but this is how I think of it:
Row 1: K1, *Sl 1 purlwise (or knitwise, up to you), K1, yo, then pass the slipped stitch over both the knit stitch and the yo*, ending with K1.
Row 2: P 2tog and without slipping stitches off of needle, p through st closest to needle tip, slip both stitches off needle. (I found if you p through the second stitch you DO get big loops on the back and it looks rather hole-y.)

I am using yarn that is probably sport weight? A local acrylic anyway, and size 9 needles. I'm loving how it looks! I've been wanting to try this stitch for a long time and was so happy to see a KAL for it!

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