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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Organic Teddy Bear on the loose! on: August 11, 2007 04:22:45 PM
My friend is having a baby but isn't going to find out the sex of the baby until it's born... so I did the boring thing and bought some stuff from the registry with plans to knit a stuffie when I had time.  Everything on the registry was organic, so I decided to use my Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton with size 6 needles.

I present to you Oliver the Organic Teddy Bear!

Getting some sun for once in San Francisco!

Pattern from:

Their bear looks like he's garter stitch, but the pattern said that the stockinette was the right side.  Oh well.  It took about 4 hours of knitting and 2 hours of seaming (urgh)... I only used half a skein of the cotton!  Very fun knit  Grin
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: more baby knits - the lilac collection! on: August 11, 2007 12:21:28 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!  That's all stuff that I've been planning to knit!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My Diamond and Smocked Baby Blanket on: August 09, 2007 09:10:17 AM
lovely!  I'm about 6 inches into mine right now.  I love the colors in the yarn... what kind of wool is that? 
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Super fast scarf from Vogue Knitting 2005/2006 on: August 09, 2007 09:05:24 AM

what kind of a stitch is that??
4 hours?! wow!  Are you a fast knitter?  Hm... I like the idea of the self looping scarf... shall have to try to find the pattern.  is it on the web, or only in the magazine?

thanks for the nice comments!


I'm not sure if I'm a fast knitter... I've never really knit in company of others since I moved, and before I moved, I was still learning how to knit.  But I used pretty bulky yarn and larger needles, so it went quickly.  There are only 17 sts to make that scarf 6 inches wide!

The pattern I think is only in the magazine ... it's a very simple construction though, and if you study the pictures long enough, you might understand how to make it.  It's a seed stitch, so K1, P1 the entire scarf.
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Super fast scarf from Vogue Knitting 2005/2006 on: August 08, 2007 09:47:54 PM
Unlike the rest of the world, San Francisco is colder than $*@#&* right now... in my view.  My mom asked me to help her make some scarves for some relatives, and I took a break from baby knits to open my own sweatshop.  One done, who knows how many more to go!

I totally recommend the pattern.  It's super duper easy and it knits up quickly!  It has a "self-tying" feature-- there's a loop on one end of the scarf, and you pull the other end of the scarf through it.  The first picture shows where that loop is (up at the neck).  I also included closer-up pictures of where that loop is.  It's so easy!

P.S. I take goofy pictures.  It's the only way I will get in front of the camera.  You should see the family Christmas cards.  My siblings hate me.

Some details:
Pattern in: Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/2006 Pattern #37 (Designed by Debbie Bliss)
Yarn: 1.5 skeins of Goddess Yarns "Jay" (70% Wool, 30% Alpaca, bulky)
Needles: 10.5 straight
Start & Finish: August 8, 2007 (~4 hours)

36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Punk Rock Backpack-Keroppi? on: August 08, 2007 09:36:03 PM
how cute is that!  My mom would kill for that.  So I won't let her know.  You rock!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rowan 42 on: August 08, 2007 07:03:48 PM
Is anyone up for trying this pattern out? Or attempting to make a replica with their own pattern? Right now I'm trying to find a replacement wool for Rowan Big, because at my LYS it's about $21 a skein (though I would looove to splurge). So far I haven't found another yarn that is 2 stiches per inch, knit on US 19's (that isn't hot pink or rainbow). Undecided

Gorgeous pattern... what about holding two strands of a bulky yarn throughout?  Would that get anywhere close??  I'm inundated by many projects right now and sadly can't start this yet.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The rise and fall of my stash on: August 08, 2007 07:02:21 PM
haha!  I love it!  Last month I promised my hubbs that I wouldn't buy any more yarn until I used up 1/3 of what I currently have.  And then the next week some yarn mysteriously appeared in the mail!  Whaddya know?  I guilt trip him into letting me get more yarn because his brothers have an unreasonable amount of babies that I constantly knit for.

Hurrah for stash maintenance!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Two Cute Pairs of Baby Booties on: August 07, 2007 10:38:23 PM
adorable!  What a nice gift... I think I'll knit some of those up too.  Thanks for sharing the pattern!
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Bridesmaids Shawls 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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