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Friday, November 20, 2009

Mo' Fo Yo Babe

More baby things I've done. They're more patterns from the pattern a day calendars (crochet and knitting ones).

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Trying to complete my first official sweater that I feel proud enough to wear in public. I'm getting closer. I just need to buy really thin yarn because I always end up feeling like a marshmellowy-pillow when I wear this:

Looks better laying out on the floor in the is picture than on. Dang it...

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Another real simple pattern for an unique crop sweater top was in this knitting calendar. You knit it all in on continuous piece, so there's minimal weaving ends in.

I like those calendars because they give you an idea of how many days it should take you to do each project.

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Red Heart Sock Yarn

Red Heart Yarn has this affordable sock yarn that the color variation creates a pattern as you go. Looks really nice! Just has a little bit of chemical smell, but it comes out in washings. I picked up this pattern off one of those free project pads in the yarn aisle of Michael's.

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Floral Scarf

Another great free pattern that's new from Lion Brand Yarn was this crochet scarf:

I added a few more colors to the design. The pattern was really nice because the pattern calls for you to start one flower and slip stitch it to the next flower. Lots of chaining. Not a lot of stitching. Weaving in all the ends was a biotch!

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Fair Isle First

Just tried designing my first Fair Isle project. Started with a simple floral pattern for a hat.

Fair Isle's really not as bad as I imagined. I actually like the fact that it's only two colors per row. Otherwise, I can see where things would get crazy.

Started with 84 stitches at the bottom and worked my way up with Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice Yarn on size 7 knitting needles.

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Doggy Style

Lately I've been a big fan of Lion Brand Yarn free patterns from their site. This dog sweater from their site was really simple and quick (3-5 hours). Just added a collar and short arm sleeves to add a bit more to the simple design.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

My favorite hat and scarfs...

Just showing my favorite hat and scarfs.

The set that matches everything:

Orange you glad orange is my favorite?

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One Skein Wonders Really Are a Wonder

So, I love knitting. When it's quick and easy. I'm not very good at following patterns with a whole bunch of steps. I just get so ADD. Not only that, but I'll leave the project and sit it to the side for a while (like a month or a year). When I get back to it, I've forgotten where I left off. It also frustrates me when I follow a pattern with the measurements that should fit me, but when it does, it makes me look like the State Puff Marshmellow Man. Yeah... not good.

So, if you are like me and like quick and easy projects, pick up the One Skein Wonders book, and this pattern is in it. I've made this one and a pink one for my sister. Probably took 4 hours from start to finish. Love it!

Erin | |

Baby Stuff

Visitng my friend over Labor Day weekend in Canada who just surprised us all a month ago that they are expecting their first child. Needless to say, I've been trying to get as many baby items completed I can before the visit. Here's some of the things:

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First Experience from a Novelty Yarn Store

I've purchased nice yarns in the past from yarn shops here and there (Savanah, GA, Indianapolis, IN, Chicago, IL). So, I've purchased those great hand dyed yarns, but never have made them into a finished piece. Instead, they sit in the bottom of my other yarns. I just keep waiting to find that right project to use them in. Does any one else have the same problem?

Finally, I finished one pice with two skeins of this fabulous multicolored yarn that goes from fat to skinny in places. I've gotten tons of compliments on the scarf. Gotta say, it was worth the investment. I made it thinking I would eventually give it to some one as a gift because blues and greens are not my favorite colors, but ended up keeping it for myself... again, does anyone have that problem as well?

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Christmas in July

So, summer time is a great time to buy off holiday yarns. I scored some sweet furry eyelash yarns from Hobby Lobby early summer for $1.19 per skein. Might as well do the stockings ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute, which is usually what happens when I plan last minute gifts... hence, you should check out one of my favorite books on the right sidebar: Last Minute Knitted Gifts

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Pooh Blanket

No, that's not a poo blanket, but a Pooh blanket! Made for a friend's wife who's into Disney and loves Winnie the Pooh. I did a mini-mural in their soon to be nursery. I'm not an expert when weaving in new colors, but I can make it work!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

When the word is out you're cheap to hire...

A coworker, who's also a shop-a-aholic, asked me if she bought the yarn, if I could make this for her:

NOMAD Cowl in Desert

Looks simple enough, but I might like it too much that I'll want to keep it after finishing it up.