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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Bolero from One Skein (Leigh Radford) 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.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted "Owl" Pillow 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.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Donuts 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.

14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / David Lynch/Twin Peaks Bag 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."

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / doknit (knitted donut) assistance, please!! on: July 16, 2007 11:43:52 AM

I am trying to make some doknits, but I am stymied! 

Original post & tutorial:

I have gotten to the point where I'm ready to weave together and bind off the beginning and end of the doknit (the last picture in the tutorial post), but I can't figure out what to do.  I think I've been staring at it too long... can anyone provide any guidance for me??

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question re: baby gift for a Houston baby on: July 11, 2007 10:47:56 AM
Hello!  A dear friend moved to Houston, TX about a year ago, and now she's expecting!  As a native Californian that hasn't been further east than Vegas (woohoo!), I have no idea what the weather is like in Houston.  Yes, I could look it up on weatherchannel.com, but wouldn't it make more sense to ask my fellow knitters?  She is due November 30th... what is winter like there?  Would the baby bolero from One Skein be a nice gift for a newborn?  I've knit one before using Blue Sky Cotton, and it has a nice thickness to it.  I'm guessing that at some point in the day, it must be pretty cold in Houston.  RIGHT?  Boy I sound like a silly Californian, don't I?

Are baby sweaters and hats appropriate for winter (December, January, February) in Houston??

TIA!  I will post the FO after I get your feedback and cast on!
17  COOKING / Dessert / Niece's first birthday cake on: June 18, 2007 02:34:33 PM
I made this about a year ago, but JUST discovered Craftster recently (can't you tell?)!  My sister-in-law asked me to make the baby's cake for my niece's first birthday (she would buy the big cake for everyone else).  So I did it... after learning cake decorating, buying supplies, doing 2 test runs, and spending four hours decorating the cake...

Okay, not perfect, but I learned from a book... I never got a thank you from the SIL... so maybe some of my dear Craftsters will appreciate? 
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Amazon.com Knitting Book Sale?! on: June 01, 2007 08:35:19 PM

I was just checking out "Knit 2 Together" by Tracey Ullman on Amazon.com and *GASP* it is only $5.50!  And "Knitting For Peace" is $3.99, "Stitch 'n Bitch Nation" is $3.11, "Felt It!" is $3.79.  I don't know if it's a mistake, but can't beat those prices if you've been eyeing any of these books.
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