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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Sweet Mary Jane caridgan from Knitpicks KAL on: June 30, 2007 11:34:55 AM
I know some other knitters have this pattern, but I couldn't find any threads of FO's or KAL's.  Knitpicks carried this pattern awhile ago, but it has been discontinued.  I read on another thread that you can e-mail the designer, Celeste Culpepper, and buy it directly from her.  Or see if anyone has it and no longer wants it, maybe you can swap.

Anyhow, I'm working on the pattern now, so hopefully someone else has the pattern and wants to start a KAL.  I love the pattern so far, and I'd really like to see how it turns out for others.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Plastic Bag Tote on: June 20, 2007 11:17:08 AM
I had started on this bag awhile back, but I hated how it was turning out and kept avoiding it.  I finally frogged it last night and remade it, and I'm so happy with the results.  It's made from many, many grocery bags.  I used a Q hook, crocheting in the round for the most part.  The inspiration came from an issue of BUST magazine, but the pattern is my own. 

So, here's my plastic bag tote

perfect for a trip to the library

Or the grocery store

Save the planet in style and finally do something with all those plastic bags accumulating in your kitchen!

Here's a tute (tute pics coming soon!)

First, get a bunch of plastic bags.  I mean a bunch, it takes a lot.  Harass your friends and neighbors for them, they'll be glad to give them away
Take the bag, lay it out flat.  Now roll it up like a sushi, keeping the handles on the same side.  Cut off the handles, and then cut off the bottom.  You now have a plastic sushi roll.  Cut about every two inches, and you now have a few plastic loops.  Repeat this a billion times.
Now take two loops, and pull one loop through the other and back through itself.  Pull them taught, and they should secure in the middle.  This will make more sense with pics, but keep experimenting, it's easy once you do it the first time.  Keep attaching loops, then roll them up in a plastic yarn ball.
Congrats, that's the part that takes the longest.

ch 35 sts, the join.  single crochet in the round until bag is as long as you want it (note: it will stretch when you put stuff in it)
Then, work back and forth on 14 sts for 4 or 5 rows.  this flap will be the bottom of the bag.  Single crochet this flap to the bag to make the bottom.  Cut "yarn" and pull through last loop.  Weave in ends, or just pull it to inside of bag
Body of bag is done.

Now, you could add fabric for straps, or buy some knifty ready made purse handles.
to crochet some, just start at the side of the bag where you want the handle, sc through 4 sts, then work these back and forth until the strap is desired length (again, it will stretch).  sc  the strap onto the other side of bag, being careful not to twist.

I wove a ribbon into the body of the bag to make it a little more feminine looking.

You could also finish the bottom of the bag like a hat, giving you a round bag, but I like square-ish bags.  It's a lot of fun to get different colored bags and add stripes too.
Good luck!
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pretty, shiny poncho on: June 20, 2007 10:59:11 AM
This is a poncho I made a while back but never posted.  The yarn I bought at Hancock fabrics, but I honestly don't remember what it was called.  It's actually a bit rough in texture, but it works fine on a loose garment like this.  The pattern came from Crochet Pattern a day 2006 calendar with Annie Modesitt and Friends. 

It worked up quickly and looks jazzy.

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my Nicaragua door mat on: June 20, 2007 10:54:55 AM
A few years ago, I spent 6 weeks in Nicaragua.  Being that it's very hot there, there aren't exactly yarn shops on every corner.  But, they do sell this brightly colored twine in the market.  So, I bought a couple balls of it and made a door mat.  I've actually also used it as a wall hanging.
I didn't really have a pattern, it's just a rectangle made of double crochets and half double crochets.
If I ever go back, I'd like to get more of this and make a basket.  It's very sturdy.

Close up
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sir Rumpert (lots of pics)- now with pattern! on: June 18, 2007 12:18:07 PM
After seeing what the topic for this month was, I got super excited.  The idea of knitting a cute little monster seemed really appealing to me.  Being that I work in a library and that I absolutely love the book, Where the Wild Things Are , I decided to make my monster a tribute to that loveable book.  I don't know if there is an official name for this monster, but mine I have dubbed Sir Rumpert, in honor of the famed "wild rumpus" of the book. 

Thus, may I present, Sir Rumpert!  (I'm way too excited about this)

With his favorite book...

On a wild rumpus in the yard...

Chilling out after the wild rumpus...

I hope you like him.  I'm absolutely in love with him.

Now, for the facts:

-The yarns were acrylics that were in my stash.
-I used felt for the eyes, paws, claws, teeth and horns.  I drew the pupils and some of the facial details with permanent marker
-Most of him is knit in the round.
- I stuffed him with fiber fill for the most part, with beans in his feet and legs so he can sorta stand.
-I lined the inside of the body with felt (going back, I would probably double strand this are like I did the legs and head)
-the needles were US 10.5 double points (mostly because that was what I had)
-the pattern was completely my own, but the monster which was my inspiration was created by Maurice Sendak in Where the Wild Things Are.
-It took me about two weeks to finish him, but I was working on several other projects at the time.

Now, I'll go back to staring at my lovely monster and showing pictures of him to anyone who will look (I told you I was too excited)

Here's a rough pattern:

Everything was knit in the round on size 10 1/2 dpns, with worsted weight yarn double stranded, but that was just what I had on me.  He could easily be made with smaller/larger needles or different weights of yarn.  I wasn't worried about gauge, since size didn't matter too much. 
If anything's isn't clear on the pattern, or if there's a mistake, let me know and I'll try to fix it.  This is my first time writing a pattern.

  The texture is created from combining seed st and 1x1 ribbing. 
CO 12 sts
(Seed st for two rows, 1x1 ribbing for 1 row) Repeat this pattern for about 2 inches.
The feet I made like mini socks.  I took the back 5 sts or so and worked stockinette on those sts for a few rows, then picked up sts for the gusset (I forgot to turn the heel)  and knit in the round again, now in stockinette.  I decreased (K 1, K2tog) every other row until there were 6 sts left, then Kitchener stitched them together.

The lower body (CO 40 sts) has the same seed st/ ribbing combination for about two inches, then I switched yarns to the orange colors for the sweater, working 3 rows of the boucle yarn and two rows of the plain yarn to make the stripe pattern.  (the sweater is all stockinette.  I used single stranded yarn in the one I made, but I would recommend double stranded or the stuffing shows through)  At the neck I worked decreases (K1, K2tog), every other row 2x (20sts) then bind off.

CO 12 sts, work stripe pattern in stockinette.  I don't remember exactly how I decreased for the hands, but I worked the decreases on the side to make the hands somewhat flat.    Decrease til there are 6 sts left, Kitchener st to finish. 

The head is basically an oblong sphere (which isn't technically a sphere, I guess) in stockinette, with the fringe added on in finishing.  I knitted both colors at the same time, stranding the color that wasn't in use on the wrong side. 
CO 20 sts in black (all stockinette in round)
K 1 row
K1, Kfb (increase made) til end of row, 1 row (30 sts)
K 1 row
K 1, Kfb til end of row, 1 row (40 sts)

Then add in the beige for the face.  It's like a tube til you get to the top of the head.  The beige covers 8 sts at the beginning.  Roughly it would be like this charted

X=black, O=beige
(front 1/2 of head)


I don't remember exactly how I decreased at the top of the head, but I think it was K1, K2tog every other row til there were less than ten sts left, then I left a long tail, threaded that through the remaining sts and pulled it tight, knotting it on the inside (like the top of a hat)

The tail I knit as a rectangle in st st, added fringe and sewed it together as a tube.  I don't remember the number of sts, but it's really easy to improvise (and if you really want to make a gauge swatch, this part would work well as one)

Sew legs to lower body, stuff arms with fiber fill, sew to shoulders.  Stuff legs (I used beans to weigh it down, but fiber fill is fine too)  Stuff body with fiber fill.  Cut white felt triangles for claws, sew them on with sewing needle and thread.  Cut brown or black felt circles for paw pads, blanket stitch them on with sewing needle and thread.  Add fringe to head.  Embroider nose.  Cut yellow circles for eyes, draw pupils on, blanket st them to head.  Draw or embroider facial lines and mouth.  Cut white felt triangle for teeth and sew them on.  Cut white felt triangles (large) for horns.  Sew the up and sew them to head.  Stuff head with fiber fill.  Sew head to body.  Sew tail to body.
Now go out and have a wild rumpus!
26  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Bedfellow Bunnies- warning, extreme cuteness in here. on: June 15, 2007 12:52:35 PM
Here's my pair of bedfellows bunnies.  The light blue one is for my nephew Jacob, who just turned 2 (not to be confused with my bf's nephew, who I've mentioned in other posts).  The green one is for my best friend, who loves bunnies.  I added a tail, which wasn't in the patter, because it didn't make sense to me to not have a tail. To make the floppy ears, I added a few rows and didn't stuff them.  The main yarns on both are Caron Simply Soft Quick (or chunky or something like that)  The blue Dk yarn is Lion Brand microspun, the pink is some baby DK acrylic I had in my stash from Walmart.

The lovely bunny couple

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Jacob getting his bunny at the party

Thanks for looking!
27  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Zeeby's bag on: June 15, 2007 12:19:24 PM
Well, I usually don't like to use a pattern without modifying it, but I love blue, so I couldn't change the color.  I love the style of purse also.  I did line my bag with some white eyelet fabric.  I love how it turned out and use this purse all the time now, but going back I would prob make the strap a little shorter.  I love long purse straps, but mine turned out almost too long.
The yarn is Caron Simply Soft and KnitPicks Crayon.  I used both at once to make it a bit sturdier.

28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Yet another T-shirt quilt on: June 15, 2007 12:16:26 PM
I know that everyone makes t-shirt quilts, but I'm very happy with mine and thought I would share it with everyone.  This used up a great deal of my t-shirt collection and has a lot of memories from high school and college sewn into it.  I used some silky flannel for the underside of it. I used quilt binding and fleece for the border.

And my lovely, grumpy cat Elvis is enjoying the blanket.  He was quite perturbed at the flash that was going off. 
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted lace sachet- my first lace project! on: June 15, 2007 12:12:16 PM
Normally, I dread working up a gauge swatch for a project.  I understand it's important, but I make them grudgingly.  For the pattern I'm working on now, though, the Sweet Mary Jane lace cardigan from Knitpicks (sorry, couldn't find a link, they used to sell it), has a sachet for the gauge.  Finally, a usable gauge swatch.  The yarn is Knit Picks Shadow in Jewels, and the needles were size 6 dpn.  I'm really please with how it turned out, and I can't wait until the cardi is done.

With a bar of soap inside...

Another view

Close up of the lace

I'm in love with knitted lace now, and I have a billion more lace projects in mind to work on after the cardi is done Smiley
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hey, hey, it's a monkey! on: June 15, 2007 12:07:09 PM
This is a monkey I made for my boyfriend's nephew, who just turned 2.  The pattern is from "Knitted Toys" by Fiona McTague, the yarn is Shine Sport from knit picks.  I used the needle size from the pattern.  The facial features are embroidered and he's stuffed with fiber fill.  I personally think he's adorable, and he was a big hit at the birthday party.  I may just have to make one for myself.  The pattern is pretty simple and easy to follow.

Action shot! (sorta)
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