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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Elephant and other baby gifts on: November 29, 2007 07:20:35 PM
I was going to wait and take some nice pictures of the sets, but I don't get home before the sun sets and the lighting sucks in the home.  I made these toys and blankets for my twin nieces that are due in December or January.  They're girls, but parents wanted a little more gender-neutral colors.  The animals were fun to knit but I really like the elephant more... after I add eyes.  The dino has a funny head... but I made it to tie in with the color combo I used for the pinwheel blanket.  I used Lion Cotton-Ease for everything.

Elephant is from: http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/
Dino from: Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Antique Stitch Lace Scarf on: October 28, 2007 07:58:59 PM
It's been awhile... I've been good with Ravelry but not my dear Craftster!  This scarf is from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2005.  Once you realize what you're doing, the pattern isn't hard-- easily memorized.  But the first couple rows can be confusing.  The pattern called for two skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Silk, but I stopped at one-- it was long enough.  Blocking was very easy.  And it's soft as a baby's butt!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie is a total rip-off! on: October 15, 2007 05:50:05 PM
I'm sorry, people just need to learn how to knit:


Anthropologie even refers you to the pattern (that we've all seen before here on Craftster) from Twinkle's Big City Knits!


Sorry, I just had to use some exclamation points when I saw this on their website.  Don't you love knowing that you can make this for a fraction of the price...

4  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!

5  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!
6  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!

7  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
8  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)

9  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:

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pinwheel Baby Blanket... or how I spent my summer vacation 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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