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11  Bridesmaids Shawls in Knitting: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: August 07, 2007 09:46:14 PM
I learned to knit when I decided to make shawls for my bridesmaids... almost two years ago.  I just got the pics going.  Being my first knitting experience and the fact that I used Homespun, I had a difficult time.  I think I created new stitches multiple times, as one of my 'maids received a shawl that was big enough to be a blanket.  Which is how she uses it now (she folded it in half for the wedding).  They also received brooches to use to pin them together if desired.

Anyhoo... I have learned much since then and purged all Homespun from my collection (not good in terms of the bank account).

Pattern (mistake-riddled) from Lion Brand:

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12  Re: pinwheel blanket knit-along in Knitalongs by bluesmom on: August 06, 2007 12:21:29 AM
TinyTallGirl, yeah, when you're ready, just continue the pattern.  I think I skip the 3rd & 4th row. 

And now... the FO!  I added a picot edge.  More details in this post:


And a pic:

Glad I'm done with it!  It's redemption lies in it's simplicity.
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13  Pinwheel Baby Blanket... or how I spent my summer vacation in Knitting: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: August 06, 2007 12:19:08 AM
My brother in law is having twins... the perfect chance to knit the pinwheel blanket!  I didn't know how long it would take.  Consider this: when you knit a rectangular baby blanket, it's usually 3 feet by 2 feet.  So the longest side is 3 feet.  Well, there is no longest side in a circular blanket, the diameter all the way around is three feet.  Before the "ruffle," there were 548 stitches.  I added the ruffle, 1096 stitches.  The pink picot edging, you CO 5 sts for every 3 sts, so ... a lot more sts.  The pink picot alone took one skein of pink... and at least 5 hours.  If anyone ever hears me musing about making another pinwheel blanket, please slap me upside the head.  Hard.  (Obviously, the next blanket for baby #2 will be a rectangular one).

I'm not too jazzed about the color combo... I think I will knit a stegosaurus in green with pink spikes to tie it together... I feel like the blanket looks like a skinned dragon.  Or I'm just delirious.   Tongue

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in lime and ...berry?  One skein berry, 4 and a little bit of a 5th of lime.

 pattern is from:


I used size 7 needles in the beginning, moved up to 8, and then eventually 9.  I don't feel like it made it go any faster but maybe it did?

I REFUSED to pick up and knit when I knew how many stitches were around.  I went to Knitting Over the Edge and looked at their ruffle patterns, found one that started from the inside and ended with a bind off, and used it.  I actually just k1, m1 around, and then the picot edge (pink part) is one row of knitting and then: BO 2, *switch st on right needle to left needle, CO 3 using cable cast on, BO 5*, repeat.

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14  Baby Bolero from One Skein (Leigh Radford) in Knitting: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: August 05, 2007 11:16:06 PM
This was finished awhile ago, but I just got around to taking pictures of it.  I  used the recommended yarn --Blue Sky Alpacas Organic.  It used almost exactly one skein after all the seaming.  The seaming is a bitch!  I think next time I make it, I might knit the sleeves in the round.  This was originally for a friend's baby, but my hubbs and I liked it so much, we're keeping the first one for ours (no, we have no plans of having children soon), and I'll make more for other people.  I really like how this pattern turned out and highly recommend it!  The yarn is incredibly soft, but it can break sometimes if you hold the yarn too tight.

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15  Re: twin peaks/david lynch swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bluesmom on: August 01, 2007 08:14:37 PM
Glad you like, MercGirl!!!  I received my package today also... here goes!

Group shot:

This adorable tote bag!  I love the lining on the bottom!

A tiara... which I will wear in my classroom... because I AM the queen bee in there!

A gorgeous necklace and earrings!  It says "The owls aren't what they seem."

And if you can't see, the necklace has this sweet owl!

Damn good coffee!

And dried cherries!  I ruined my dinner   Grin  They're my favorite snack!

Thank you Heather!  I love, love, love it!  My husband came home and I was prancing around in my new swag... he gave me a funny look.  No action shots... I look like a mess today.   Wink
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16  Re: pinwheel blanket knit-along in Knitalongs by bluesmom on: July 28, 2007 01:38:30 PM
I am so sick of mine!  tindad, I would love to see your finished product.  I'm still trying to figure out what edging to use when I finally finish... I still have quite a ways to go!  My brother-in-law is having twin girls, so this will be one blanket.  I think I'll do the diamond and smocked blanket next for a little variety.

Progress so far:

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17  Knitted "Owl" Pillow in Knitting: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: July 27, 2007 05:13:26 PM
It's supposed to be an owl... but it looks a little wonky.  I adapted a pattern from Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor.  Her pattern didn't have stripes, but I wanted stripes.  She also didn't have eyes on the pattern-- they were supposed to be sewed on as felt at the end, but I didn't want to do that... so I made up a pattern for the eyes.  This was for a swap.  Water bottle included to indicate how large it was.  This was my first experiment with intarsia, as well as duplicate stitching.  What an adventure!!  Yes, I know it looks like a cat.  I was too tired to make wings.

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18  Knitted Donuts in Knitting: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: July 27, 2007 05:10:34 PM
I made these for a Twin Peaks swap.  The large one was a test donut... and the four small ones have catnip in them also.  The small donuts take about 2 hours to complete, including adding the beads... which I did in probably the most inefficient method possible.  I used Red Heart.  To give a point of reference, the second picture has a larger donut that has red/white/blue sprinkles.  That's a real Krispy Kreme donut to give you an idea of how small the other donuts are.

I used this pattern: http://www.strangebuttrewe.com/doknit.htm
To make them small, I just divided everything in half-- CO 10 sts instead of 20, and only do the increase/decrease rows, not the K rows inbetween.  The groups of K rows (like 6-10 rows of just K), I did every other row.

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19  David Lynch/Twin Peaks Bag in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by bluesmom on: July 27, 2007 05:06:35 PM
My husband and I made a tote bag for the Twin Peaks swap... on one side is a picture of David Lynch, on the other side is "Let's Rock," which he traced from a picture of the windshield from the movie "Fire Walk With Me."

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20  Re: David Lynch/Twin Peaks Swap! (signups 6/16/07-6/29/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bluesmom on: June 20, 2007 08:10:24 PM
tempted to sign up... don't know if I have the time to participate right now though.  I just watched the first season for the first time... how about a book on how to speak in the Red Room?!  I try dancing like the man all the time.

BTW, has anyone seen Eraserhead by Lynch? ... "Interesting" is the best I can muster.
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