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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Durian cozy - with irony (img heavy) 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!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater on Law & Order IC on: February 24, 2008 07:13:29 PM
This is probably an old show, but last night on my satellite (from the Philippines) I saw a Law & Order IC show where two sisters - nannies - murdered the adult son and daughter of the employer of one. One of the girls - Sarah? was in the end wearing a gorgeous (pink) sweater with a cable running from just above the breast and up and then a high collar. The rest of the body was very interesting but I had a hard time making out the details - kind of like a seed rib but not really.

Anyone seen this and have any ideas? I'd love to make it ...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mom's Christmas cabled sweater jacket (img heavy) 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.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Three yellow scarves for His Majesty the King of Thailand 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:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know how many inches for a headband for a 7-year-old? on: October 11, 2007 08:28:35 PM
I'm knitting a quick gift for our pastor's daughter ... and have no idea, really, how long to make it! Any help from those with kids greatly appreciated!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Any tips for lessening the torture of Fleece Artist Curlylocks? on: September 04, 2007 07:19:36 PM
I ordered the kit for "Lady of the Lake" by Fleece Artist - first ever kit - because my niece fell in love with the design and the colors. The yarn is lovely, colorway gorgeous - BUT the Curlocks is pure torture to work with for me ... it is made up of little loops that lie in wait to grab the needle point and when you think you have successfully maneuvered the needle tip past the loops, you discover the tip is stuck in a loop in back ... If it were not for the love I have for my niece, this yarn would have been dumped (I wouldn't even want to wish it on my enemy unless that person crocheted, because this yarn may be easier to crochet with!) less than an inch into the pattern.

So ... has anyone else ever worked with this yarn and if so, do you have any tips that will make working with it easier? It is taking me twice as long to knit - not to mention the constant aggravation!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Colorsong .... patterns for sale separately on: June 11, 2007 08:53:18 PM
My niece loves the Imogen and Sideways Jacket offered as kits by Colorsong (http://www.colorsongyarn.com/jackets_sweaters/index.htm). Gorgeous - but does anyone know if the patterns are available for sale separately or must one buy the kits?

Postage to Thailand and probable duty ... whew!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / IK's Wheat-ear Cable Yoke Pullover on: June 11, 2007 08:42:38 PM
I just got my Summer issue today (I know, but it takes awhile to get to Thailand!) and I would love to make this top for my niece (http://www.interweaveknits.com/preview/2007_summer.asp). The pattern calls for the front and back to be knitted separately and then joined to make the yoke.

I prefer knitting in the round and would appreciate an expert opinion - can this be knitted in the round?

Also - I have no idea what that yarn is, any more common yarn type substitutions? (My LYS has essentially local yarns and some Japanese imports - at very high prices).

Thanks in advance!
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