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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Reclaimed leather - what to do? on: January 21, 2011 02:22:05 AM
Does anyone here have experience in relcaiming leather from old boots and turn it into purses or something else?
I am hard on my boots and have some pairs that have served their time as footwear and it is not worth taking them to the cobbler anymore. But I can't bear just throwing them away as the leather for the calves is still in good shape and I was thinking I could use that somehow. But I have no experience with leatherwork.
Any ideas or advice to share?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Swirl Neckwarmer! with Buttons! on: November 29, 2008 08:35:48 AM
The neckwarmer looks great and those buttons are just fantastic!!!! Love them!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Seraphim shawl on: November 29, 2008 08:30:07 AM
Seraphim shawl from Mimknits, simple and beautiful pattern.

Added beads to the pattern section for some subtle sparkling.

Never thought I'd wear such a lace shawl som much, but it is tucked around my neck a lot, wonderfully warm, soft and light. The yarn is LittleKnits Indie II, which I can't recommend enough!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Faeroe Island Mittens from Folk mittens on: November 04, 2008 01:39:57 AM
Lovely warm red wool to keep my fingers toasty this winter...and the book has more tempting patterns!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rogue extended version. UPDATE: Extended cable mod-instructions on: September 16, 2008 02:03:07 PM
Wow. Special thanks to those of you who are now inspired to keep knitting just for this. And please, never be afraid to alter patterns, the great thing about knitting is that you can make exactly what you want and what fits you. Take good measurements of yourself and a favourite garment of yours to get hints of fit and ease (go to www.knittingdaily.com for help on how to measure and find your shape).

Most of the mods are briefly described on my blog, length alterations (more repeats of the plain side cable) and i-cord edgings instead of hems. I hope it is ok to post the alterations here since I'm not revealing any of the original pattern, please support designers by buying their patterns!

I haven't received any feedback on this yet and have not tested it myself after writing it down. If any of you use this I'd love to hear from you, please tell me if the instructions make sense and if they are correct. Email: rippedoffknitter(AT)gmail(DOT)com


trp = Twisted raised bar increase: pick up strand between sts (as for m1), twist it to avoid a gap and purl. One stitch increased.

The two rows described here are set-up rows to allow you to repeat a section of chart A for as long as you want.

Finish the 12 first rows of chart A for lower body.
Next row (of chart):
p3, hold 2 sts to front on cable needle(cn), k2, ptbl in 1st cn st, k1 from cn,  trp, p5, trp, 2sts to cn in front, k2, ptbl in 1st cn st, k1 from cn, p3

Next row:
p3, k2, p1, k2, p7, k2, p1, k2, p3

Next row: row 5 of chart A. Continue in chart.

I repeated this once but if you want an even longer lower portion you can repeat everything over again once you've finished row 12 the second time( I think that would be too long though, for reference, I am a tall and lean person and I would not want this longer unless I was making a dress. Each extra repeat adds 10 rows (two set-up rows + row 5-12 in chart A) so your row gauge tells you the length you're adding per repeat.

Happy knitting!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ironwork socks on: September 02, 2008 11:35:20 AM
Those are really beautiful!

It looks like a project that you keep knitting
obsessively because you're afraid to set it down for fear it unravels...
whatresults is a nice payoff ofr sticking with it.

Yep, that is exactly it. I had to rip out some rows at one stage and it was not fun trying to pick up the stitches and find my place in the chart again. The yarn is a beautiful soft handdyed merino/bamboo/nylon blend from A Piece of Vermont, and that made the knitting a real treat.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby blue jeans on: September 02, 2008 07:21:05 AM
Aah, now I know what to do with those jeans brand patches I have cut off old pairs..
Would love to see these on a kid!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Woohoo! Knitty's thermal, sans sleeves. (pic heavy) on: September 02, 2008 07:17:28 AM
Amazing! I've been eyeballing Thermal since it came but haven't found place for another sweater in my knitting queue. But a vest? Great idea, and great job!!! Would love to see tech details for your modifications.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ironwork socks on: September 02, 2008 07:14:30 AM

This pattern has both cables and lace and crazy needle maneuvers and I don't know what, it took a lot of focus an concentraion but it is really well written and the charts are great...and I'm so glad they are finished! Off to a special friend they go.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rogue extended version on: September 02, 2008 04:30:56 AM
Thank you all for the nice comments, I'll wear this sweater until it falls apart and then knit another!

The pattern is Rogue Hooded pullover and you can get it here:

I did some modifications to the length, the hem and the bottom side cable. The pattern is really well written and I can recommend it if you want a cable challenge, but the stockinette portions break it up enough so the knitting is actually quite fast.
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