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1  Raspberry Beret in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: December 21, 2010 08:41:39 PM
I thought you all might need some super quick knits for those last minute gifts!  This one is really quick thanks to wool ease thick n quick.  I knit this white one first and then realized I've been meaning to do my version of a "raspberry beret."  I dont think it's "the kind you'd find in a second hand store" but I couldn't resist!  

EDIT: i realized i shoudl've said this before.. most of the beret is just seed stitch so it'd be a really easy first project for those beginners.  You can also make it with or without the loops for the ribbon

pattern is here - would've just typed it out in craftster but i already had it all laid out so i had to post large images on my blog

if you prefer to download your patterns its on ravelry too


Please post here or on Ravelry if you end up knitting your own!
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2  Last Minute Holly Scarf in Winter Holidays by gina-marie on: December 16, 2010 06:04:49 PM
Hello, all! I haven't posted anything in so long..

I made these scarves before thanksgiving and haven't gotten around to taking pictures till now so I hope some  of you still need last minute gift ideas!

Basically I carved out erasers to print this holly inspired pattern on a piece of fabric I scored from the remnants bin.  The lighter scarf just would not photograph! so my apologize I hope you can tell what the pattern looks like.

So this one is a little more contemporary christmas spirit, for someone I know who loves christmas but I can't imagine them going out all red and green.

I've been loving all of the bright bold christmas products I've seen this year so I tried to keep that in mind when i chose my colors for this one.  

If anybody's interested in making one themselves I have put everything you need to know on my blog.


thanks to anyone for reading!
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3  I'M ADDICTED TO CABLES.. beret in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: July 18, 2010 05:50:33 PM
I just realized how much fun it can be to play around with cables.  You can make any kind of design you want!  there's just so much freedom to design and I'm glad I finally got to use it.  I basically just started this hat and made it up as I went.  The best part was the fun surprises I got while I was pleasantly surprised as how nice it started looking.    it's patons classic wool

here's the back, another pleasant surprise while knitting Smiley okay, well i planned it to make the shape of a flower but I didn't really know what it would look like till I was done.

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4  Two New Hats in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: June 17, 2010 06:28:52 PM
My favorite to knit seems to always be hats.  They're also my favorite to design.  I almost started another one today, but i figured I should restrain myself and document these first.  

First I just wanted to make a nice baggy hat that would be appropriate for summer but also look good with my big mess of hair up in it.  Here's an idea of what it looks like filled with hair.

and here's some prettier photos

then I wanted to do a more vintage inspired hat.

both hats knit up super fast and are really easy! any comments very appreciated, thanks for reading.
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5  Wood Block Printed Thank Yous in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by gina-marie on: May 20, 2010 08:04:40 AM
I can't believe how long its been since I've posted.  Summer is upon me and my first project was making thank you cards for professionals that came to an event at my school and looked at my work.  Since I'm a designer I definitely wanted to make my own.  I also wanted to make sure they knew they were handmade so I did some printmaking for the first time quite a while.  This is my final product.  Sorry For the cell phone pics.. bluetooth makes it too convenient not to!

Here was my first round where I did traditional Japanese woodblock printing.  It's a very odd process where the block and the paper all have to be perfectly damp and watercolor or gouache is used instead of ink.  Although I love doing this kind of printmaking it wasn't the professional look I was going for as the paper really ended up curling on me.

And here's my process that worked best in the end.  I ended up using my carved woodblock as I usually use lino-cut.  I just inked it with my brayer and pressed it by hand with my barren.  The texture I am in LOVE with came from the paper.  It's a paper made for acrylic painting so I think it is covered in a layer of some kind of plastic  linen type texture.  I wish I could've used color but I knew I wouldn't have time to get more ink before these should be in the mail.  Anyways.. i bought a big piece of wood and just keep carving parts of it for different projects, I believe it's called shiva wood- great for carving.

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6  Vintage Inspired Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: January 28, 2010 01:41:13 PM
I've been trying to make all kinds of patterns lately and have been looking at a lot of vintage clothes.  I really wanted to make fancy looking dress gloves, but needed mittens so this is what I came up with.  I actually saw an old pattern for "over gloves" they were mittens that go over your fancy gloves when you go outside.  This is pretty similar to what I saw.  I love them because they're wool and warm and yet let a little bit of air in so my hands are more comfortable.

Also sorry my pic is so weird.  I went a little photoshop happy.. but it looks better than my horrible photography skills lol.
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7  Brink Pink Cabled Slouchy Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: January 14, 2010 05:45:49 PM
Hello all, Here's my lastest design.  I finally knit something for myself! doesn't that feel good?  Sorry for the poor quality photos, the only way I can take pictures of myself is with photobooth and my photoshop is done for Sad oh and I hate naming my stuff so I've been using crayola color names if you were wondering why it has such a funny name.  It's the new patons wool.. whatever they're making now instead of the wool merino

Here is a close up

I tried to pick yarn that would match the sides of my goofy glasses, kind of got a close color.

and best of the all... (and the real need for the hat) it fits all my hair so that my hair doesn't freeze when it's wet in the cold!

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8  My First Hat Designs in Knitting: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: December 19, 2009 08:01:46 AM
I don't think I've ever posted in knitting before!  I still feel pretty new to knitting, it's been a while but Ive only known how to make hats and do cables and such for about a year. I used to be very into crochet just because it made more sense than knitting, but I always wanted to knit.  I finally figured everything out by following patterns so I wanted to start making my own designs because that's primarily what I did when I crocheted.

Anyways, at the same time I never have much time to knit because I'm an illustration student at an art college.  I just finished a semester and the final for my editorial class was to create my own "Zine" - which can really be any kind of book.  I somehow came up with making my own pattern book that was my modern take on the traditional.. kinda ugly..  book of patterns.  I noticed that most people have their favorite things to knit, therefore I wish that there were more books dedicated to specific articles of clothing.  I chose to focus on hats because they're definitely my favorite.  The book itself is not documented yet but here are the two spreads.  It was an double sided accordion book with pockets in between the two sides that kept the patterns - if there's any interest I can show what I mean - lol maybe in the actual books section.  Basically I knit the hat and wrote down what I did as I went to create the patterns.  I'm pretty sure they're not actually all to easy to knit from Tongue  Then I used my schools photography studio to photograph them and then I incorporated my illustrations.  Hope you like 'em! If anyone wants patterns I would love it if people could try them out for me since I didn't have the time to perfect the patterns.

Here's the front the patterns for the hats are behind the woman wearing the hat

Here's the back, the patterns for the hates are behind the woman wearing the hat as well.  I think the image got flipped around... but anyway this side was to show a better look at the hats so people would actually know what they're knitting lol

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9  Started Making Cards Again! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by gina-marie on: February 10, 2009 03:31:56 PM
They're pretty simple but I love sharing with you guys - and havent in a really long time!

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10  A Very Wise Rug in Crochet: Completed Projects by gina-marie on: August 20, 2008 04:18:40 PM
I'm calling it a very wise rug because it would never have been made if it wasn't for my wisdom teeth being removed.  It's just a big granny square with fancy edging.  It was a great thing to do while recovering. I got the square done in two days since I didn't have anything better to do.  It's for my new room that has hardwood floors so I kind of came up with a solution of it staying in the same spot.  I put that tulip fabric paint stuff on the back in matching colors around the yellow and red stripe.  So far it actually does seem to stick really well to the floor! I doubted myself.. lol

the ruler in the picture is 2 ft

and a close up of the edge and fabric paint part

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