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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stegasaurus on: September 01, 2007 06:17:17 PM
how cute!  I just started knitting a Stegosaurus pattern from another book (Knitted Toys). 
22  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Diamond and Smocked Baby Blanket KAL! on: September 01, 2007 06:13:44 PM
That's a really smart idea!

I was wondering how you got the smocking to look so nice- my next row always looks like it has a loose stitch on one side. Did you follow the smocking directions exactly or make some change?

It was nice with the index cards because I never had to write down what row I was on-- whatever the card was at was the row I needed to knit.

I think I followed the directions on the smocking row-- after you purl 2, you bring the yarn back to knit, and then you stick the needle in 10 sts later and do the whole wrap around thingy?  I noticed that it looked a little loose when you went to the next row, but after you knit a couple rows past, it looks nicer.  I'm sure you're doing fine!!!  Can't wait to see yours... it sounds like you've put in a lot of effort so far.   Smiley
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Diamond and Smocked Baby Blanket KAL! on: September 01, 2007 04:03:54 PM
All done... also in yellow!  It's Lion Brand Cotton Ease... took less than a month.  I ended up using 3x5 card and writing each row on a separate card, and then flipped through the cards as I went.  I never fully memorized the pattern.

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Diamond & Smocked Baby Blanket on: September 01, 2007 03:57:56 PM
Thanks to the O.K. (Original Knitta), we have this pattern: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86155.0

It took me less than a month of knitting (including school starting up again-- I'm a teacher), and just over 4 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease.  Fun and easy!  I'm not sure how well Cotton Ease blocks, but I'm going to wash it with some fabric softener to soften it up a bit.

Thanks for looking!

25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reading and knitting? on: August 31, 2007 08:08:32 PM
If the book is small enough, I use clothespins.  Sometimes I use chip clips and then we eat stale chips later.   Wink
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: easy baby blanket for Caron Simply Soft? on: August 31, 2007 08:06:52 PM
The Pinwheel Baby Blanket is easy and you could always do stripes.  For inspiration, here is a link of the search results to some FOs (including mine... I'm a shameless person):

And here's the KAL:

And here's the actual pattern:

And here's a link to the search results from Flickr... I go there a lot to see knitted things and the variations within a pattern:
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: eric carle inspired grrr's on: August 24, 2007 08:28:24 PM

the pattern is from knitty:
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Fall wedding w/ a reception at the auto museum... some fun ideas :o) on: August 24, 2007 04:45:28 PM
LOVE the white pumpkins. Absolutely genius.

Did you get married at the Henry Ford? Looks familiar.

We were married at the San Diego Auto Museum.
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Fall wedding w/ a reception at the auto museum... some fun ideas :o) on: August 23, 2007 08:26:17 PM
Hello!  I wish I knew about this board before I got married.  We were married a week before Halloween and couldn't afford floral centerpieces.  Solution?  The pumpkin patch!  My husband and I bought 15 white pumpkins and carved the table number into each pumpkin.  We also carved three larger pumpkins with our first name initials and my new last name's initials (so, P, A, & G... or GAP?).  We bought a bunch of smaller mini pumpkins and gourds to decorate the reception-- an auto museum.  After the wedding, all the guests with kids took the pumpkins home for their kids.  Much fun!  The leaves you see in the centerpiece pic are nice paper cut in leaf shapes with a heavy-duty die cut from the elementary school that I worked at.

To keep the car theme... my husband had an extra car hood from a car he gutted.  He spray painted it black and we made it our own guest book.  It hangs on the wall.

...and some cars to appreciate

Thanks for looking!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Organic Cabled Baby Hats... modified for thicker yarn on: August 19, 2007 09:06:32 PM
Pattern (10-cable hat) from:
Yarn: Less than half a skein each of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton
Needles: 7
Time: Less than one day each

Notes: The yarn I used was thicker than the yarn she used in the pattern, so for the smaller baby hat, I decreased by 32 stitches (two repeats of the two-cable pattern), and cut out 3 rows of the K6, P2. For the larger baby hat, I decreased by 16 stitches and knit all rows as listed. I think the smaller hat is too small... maybe a preemie size. I think the larger hat is about the size for a one-year old. We'll see.   I took a picture next to a dollar bill to give a point of reference.. I have no idea how big these hats should be to actually fit a baby.  Thanks for looking!

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