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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / dorktastic binary baby hat on: December 14, 2006 07:23:28 PM
I love the binary scarf in the new issue of knitty, and I've been wanting to knit a hat for my friend's baby, so I made him a hat with his name spelled out in binary (reading all the way around the hat).  

I used this converter to get the binary code.  It's dk weight yarn on #6 circular needles, 100 stitches around, so there are 25 characters per row.   I didn't have enough black yarn since I was using leftovers, which is why the top part is green.  
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Now With Pattern! turkey hat my son will tell his therapist about someday on: November 24, 2006 10:33:04 AM
(11/14/97) I made this hat again for Isaac's second Thanksgiving, and made a pattern!  I still need to get it on his head for a real photo session, but with Thanksgiving coming up next week, I wanted to get the pattern out quickly.

The little guy is 13 months old now and very healthy.  We're all looking forward to a non-hospital Thanksgiving this year!


I whipped this up for my boy for his first Thanksgiving.  


It's just a basic hat pattern with turkey legs added on to picked-up stitches.  


(the thing on his face is his feeding tube; he was born early and is still in the NICU)

I've gotten myself into a silly hat tradition now, since I made him a pumpkin hat for Halloween, and this for his one-month birthday:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / mst3k baby sweater on: February 05, 2006 04:17:56 PM
I graphed the bots and put them on the bottom of a simple baby sweater for my friend's new baby, who should be getting here any old time now.


back, with SOL embroidery

I posted the chart and some really rough instructions on my site.  The chart is 62 stitches across (and could easily be tweaked by adding more empty chairs to the left of Tom Servo), and would probably make a cute hat if one were so motivated.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Monster Baby Hoodie on: December 31, 2005 02:09:09 PM
I knit this baby hoodie for my best friend's baby-in-progress, using a pattern from the Yarn Girls kids book, with two strands of Sock Garden from KnitPicks, and it seemed kind of meh and boring.  So I gave it horns and ears and a tail, and now I like it.  Let the wild rumpus begin!

The tail and ears are crocheted in Eden by Moda Dea (thank you, clearance at Michael's).  The horns are the sock yarn, knit on dpns.

I had two leftover buttons, so I put them over the tail.

Slightly better view of the ears and horns.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / (ranty) machine embroidery designs that don't suck? on: November 26, 2005 01:52:31 PM
I realized today that I've used my embroidery machine (Viking Rose) about three times this year total, and once was just monograms.  This is lame.  It's the most expensive thing I own that doesn't run on gasoline, and it's basically sitting around bored.

The main reason is that I can't find any designs worth embroidering. I want to be able to buy something kind of hip or retro or sublime stitching-y but the designs don't seem to exist.  Is anyone out there doing non-cutesy stuff?  I've been trying to find a decent robot all day, dammit.

I may just have to buy digitizing software and learn how to use it.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / MST3K baby blanket on: October 18, 2005 06:52:24 PM

Knit in Rowan Cork on size 11.  Wider than it is tall, because I ran out of yarn.  I bought the yarn for something else, so I just knit until I ran out. 

I'm going to back it with black Minky and bind the edges with black satin blanket binding.  This will help with the curling problem at the edges (really, the side by Tom's head is straight, I just couldn't get it to stay flat for the photo), and hide the intarsia trainwreck on the back.

Now I need to find enough empty space around here to block it...
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / monkey backpack becomes toddler monkey sweater on: May 30, 2005 05:02:22 PM
I used the monkey chart from the backpack design in the first SnB book, and slapped it onto a sweater design from The Yarn Girls Guide to Kid Knits. 

This is my first serious intarsia project.  It turned out....ok.  The recipient isn't even two yet, so I figure her standards are pretty low.  I warmed up by putting a heart on the sleeve, and then I thought the front looked boring so I charted a banana using clip art and pattern software (x-stitch professional).  I was very happy when I found the banana buttons. 

The yarn is from elann.com; it's Pisco by Katia, a cotton/acrylic/linen blend.  I'm not excited about using it again; it tended to separate a lot.  The collar and bottom edges are seed stitch, the rest is stockinette. 

It's for my fairy godchild, and it will probably be huge on her.  But, hey, monkeys!  I'm sending it off to her along with a monkey dishtowel with Sublime Stitching designs for her mom.



8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / silly pink and green baby sweater on: December 03, 2004 11:13:06 PM
I finally have a cute photo of my godchild in her pink and green sweater and hat.  The pattern is from the Monkeysuits book, and the yarn is Cascade 220 and GGH Mohair. 


The hat is kind of a beret, with green mohair as the top and a big mohair pompom.  I made the outfit big so she can grow into it.


This is the second sweater I've knit.  It went together quickly.  There was also a muff in the pattern, but I didn't make it since she's only 14 months and wouldn't like it.  If I redo a bigger version for her later (which is pretty likely, given how much I love this pattern!) I'll include the muff.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cute pink baby sweater on: October 16, 2004 01:13:14 PM
I finished my first sweater!  It's the Flower Girl pattern by Monkeysuits, knit in Goa by GGH.

The buttons are a small heart button layered over a bigger round button, with the holes matched up.  I'll definitely do that again - it's so much more fun than basic buttons.

Here it is on the fairy godchild:

I made it in the 2 year old size and she's barely 1, so she should get a lot of wear out of it.  Right now she can wear it with the sleeves turned up.

I'm knitting a pattern from the Monkeysuits book right now - it's a little swing jacket with mohair trim.  I'm using fuchsia wool and trimming it with lime green mohair.  I heart Monkeysuits - the patterns are easy (at least the ones I've tried - they're graded by difficulty) and the instructions are easy to understand for Novice Girl.  What's the point of having a godchild if I can't sew and knit adorable stuff for her?  Plus it's totally building my confidence to take on adult-size knit projects at some point!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / like a rhinestone cowboy...um, palm pilot on: June 16, 2004 08:13:12 PM
I want to cover the flip-top of my Handspring with rhinestones. 

Here is the top (huge apologies to anyone who has to look at this in the 'recent posts with pictures' list!)  I can detach the flip-top, so I don't have to worry about gumming up the buttons with my silly project. 

It's made of brushed metal.  Very space-age.  So, what kind of adhesive should I use?  Gem-tac?  E600?  Some kind of wacky epoxy? 
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