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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
11:18 pm
Finished with the Cherry Blossom
I did finally finish the Cherry Blossom Bag for my sister; I just hate sewing fabric and zippers to knitting, and I especially hate trying to make a lining without a pattern. I'm just not good enough at sewing yet to do a great job of it.

But I think it looks pretty nice as a bagCollapse )

And the interior is prettyCollapse )

Next time, though, I want an easily understandable pattern for the lining, and a tiny Phillips head screwdrive for the handle hardware. Assemblying this was a lot more stressful than it should be, if knitting is supposed to be a hobby.

Or maybe I'll just stick to Booga bags...
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
10:11 pm
Finished felted bag
Completely finished with Mom's Just Pockets bag. As expected, the knitting was ridiculously easy, the felting likewise, but the sewing was a pain. Zippers are just not fun, especially tiny 9-inch ones.

But have a look for yourselfCollapse )

The yarn is Ella Rae Classic which I picked up at A Tangled Skein for something like $5 a ball. There is a lot of yarn leftover when you finish knitting one of these, so each ball gets used twice, if not three times. Ella Rae Classic felts up tighter than the Cascade 220 that the pattern actually calls for, but it's not too bad.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
11:57 pm
I'm just panicking at the moment, but I'm at the point of my sister's gift that requires *sewing* beyond my comfort level (buttons, seam repair), and am thus in a funk.

Also, sewing the zippers onto the Just Pocket bag I made for my mom has turned into an exercise in wobbliness, which offends my perfectionism.

I do have a pretty half-done bag, thoughCollapse )

This is the lining I plan to put in the bag. It's narrow width hemp batikCollapse ) I got it from Mekong River Textiles, as the owner has the most amazing stuff...
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
7:51 pm
More Progress! Plus, It's December!
I've totally lost track of my list - have had things added, subtracted, finished, scrapped... sigh. But - everything I've finished has been sent off to their recipients, so that's good.

What I have on my to do list right this very moment:

One pair felted slippers. Another new pair, as all the ones I was making before (five pair) have been finished.) But my father stole a pair intended for someone else so now I have to make another pair. ;-)

All the socks I was going to make? Not happening. I am, however, making a pair of fingerless mittens.

I have one pair of quilted pillows to finish, and one appliqued sweatshirt to do. Otherwise... I have NOTHING left to make for the holidays!


Because I've moved the rest of the items to 'happy February.' ::headdesk::

So - how is everyone else doing? You know it's December, right? I know, it was just October a few days ago. Tomorrow it will be January. Next week, summer. But then it'll be December again, so yay!
5:20 pm
Some finished projects
I've been a busy knitter!

Pictures of FOsCollapse )

Currently in progress: this bag from DROPS.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
12:11 pm
First post!

I'm in a crochet frenzy for the holidays. I've got so many projects underway my head is spinning. I have a question/pattern request.

I am working on a scarf/kerchief combo for my friend. The main color is this really beautiful jewel tone green/blue, with appliques in a cream color. The scarf is going to have one skull shape stitched to one end, and a heart shape stitched to the other. I have those finished already and the skull is awesome if I do say so myself (got the pattern from Not Your Mamma's Crochet) and I'll try and post a picture of it soon.

I really want to put an applique on the kerchief, and i want it to be a broken heart. As in, two jagged halves. But I can't find a pattern for it, and my attempts at creating my own as I go have been unsuccessful. Does anyone have any suggestions or patterns they can point me toward?

I'm also making a stuffed doll for my nephew. It's Brobe from Yo! Gabba Gabba and I adapted a giant panda pattern in order to do it. I'll post pictures of that as soon as I start stuffing it, it's (hopefully) going to be adorable.

Other projects: Hogwarts house scarves for various people, an afghan for my mother (lion brand wool thick n quick rules my world), a hat for my brother, several purses for female friends and family members, and oh a hundred others. My head will explode by thanksgiving.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
12:40 pm
Progress report
So I finished a pair of not-secret slippers...and got three more pair added to my list. (My mother tried to knit slippers for Christmas gifts, couldn't get the hang of it, and is paying me to make them. Easy enough pattern, just... three more to dos. And alas I must go buy yarn this weekend! Oh noes!

100% Matching hat and scarf (3 sets)
100% Pay it Forward Secret Item 1 - Done! Mailed, even!
100% Pay it Forward Secret Item 2 (green and gold hat) - Done! Mailed!
100% Pay It Forward Secret Item 4 - felted bowl, sent and received
51% Non-Secret Felted Slippers (2 sets, one brown, one purple) - one pair done, the other cast on today
25% Secret Socks #2 (1 pair, orange) - half of one sock done
5% Secret Socks #1 (1 pair, red) - yarn bought!
0% Non-Secret Slippers, four pair (original plus three) - must buy yarn.
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 5 - no clue what I'm making
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 6 - no clue what I'm making
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
3:13 pm
A couple of FOs
A couple of hats, modeled by my TeddyBear!Iolaus.

Slytherin Beret -- this was my first completed PIF gift. The receipent has gotten it, so I figure I can post a picture.Collapse )

Fair Isle hat -- I improvised this over a weekend for a charity project. For something I basically made up as I went along, with a fair isle chart cannibalized from a mitten pattern, I think it came out pretty darn cute.Collapse )

I'm also about 2/3 done with the Morehouse Merino dragon scarf I'm making for the son of a friend back in NY.

Grandma's vest has been kind of neglected for a while. I really need to get back on that.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
6:54 pm
Progress report
PIF #1: Finished! Waiting to be mailed.
PIF #2: Finished! Waiting to be taken to Winchestercon and handed to the recepient in person.
Lace scarf: a bit over half-way done

Added to list: Dragon Scarf

Current Mood: productive
Monday, September 24th, 2007
7:50 pm
Whee progresses
Socks: One pair (pattern for anyone who's interested, though I used Turkish cast-on instead of the methods described in the pattern) is done up to the start of the heels. I'm doing both socks of the pair at the same time -- not literally, especially since I'm not doing the whole "knit two socks on one circular needle" trick, but I finish a section of one and switch to the other and back and forth like that -- which is especially fun since it turned out that while I did have two sets of dpns of the same size, one of the sets was made out of this weird bendy plastic that I found impossible to knit with, so I've been swapping the active needles back and forth. I'm not letting myself start other pairs until I finish this one though.

Thing what isn't a sock: [... someone I was going to make socks for, but I think she'd like this better.] Doing this (double-knit hot pad thing). Had it about 2/3 done but was getting annoyed with all the mistakes (sides, for the first quarter, were weird, and there were several places where I didn't switch color in the right place, and one duplicated row) and also was having problems getting it back on the needles in the right order after frogging, so I took it all out and started over cleanerly. By the end of tonight it should be 1/3 to 1/2 done.

Knitten: finished. yay! Will have pics at some point or other. I'm not entirely happy with it, but whatever.

Cross-stitch: No progress.

Desire for more yarn: constant
5:00 pm
Progress! Progress?
I accidentally finished one of my PIF items (I was trying out a pattern for a felted bowl, and it turned out nice, and I thought 'ooh! Gift!)

So how is everyone else doing? It's almost October and the Christmas stuff has begun hitting the shelves at Target and WalGreens. ;-) So clearly it isn't too early! How are your planned gifts coming along?
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
3:37 pm
Additional projects...
I've just added *4* more scarves to my to-do list.

3 Baby Alligators
1 Alligator

My mom and I are going halves on Christmas gifts for the baby cousins (well, my cousins, her grand-nephews and grand-niece) -- halves being she buys the yarn, I knit.

Fortunately, the scarves only take 8 to 10 hours to make...
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
9:50 pm
Alligator down, Alligator to go...
I've finished the Alligator Scarf for my nephew. It's rather cute.

Alligator!Collapse )

I should be finished with the Baby Alligator for the baby nephew by Thursday, if not tomorrow. It's cute too, but tiny.

But I'm ahead on the gift projects, which is what counts...
Monday, September 17th, 2007
12:07 pm
Another one down!
I finished another item on my list! And - no, I didn't add an item to my list.

Zortwife added three items to my list. ::headdesk:: To be fair, I told her she could ask me (tell me) to make quilts for her to give as presents as long as she gave me more than three days' warning (which she has done, as in "Do you have any finished quilts I could take with me tomorrow as a gift for X?") Anyhow. The three items are quilts, and I have one other quilted item to make for the holidays, so for my own bookkeeping purposes I'm going to add them to my list here.

100% Matching hat and scarf (3 sets)
100% Pay it Forward Secret Item 1 - Done! Mailed, even!
100% Pay it Forward Secret Item 2 (green and gold hat) - Done! Mailed!
25% Secret Socks #2 (1 pair, orange) - half of one sock done
10% Pay It Forward Secret Item 4 - have begun a scarf in handspun, handdyed yarn. Looks like I picked a pattern which will take me FOREVER. Yay me?
5% Non-Secret Felted Slippers (2 sets, one brown, one purple) - yarn bought
5% Secret Socks #1 (1 pair, red) - yarn bought!
5% Non-Secret Socks (or slippers) - have the yarn.
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 5 - no clue what I'm making
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 6 - no clue what I'm making

Have fabric for all items, but none are started.
Quilt 1 - PIF item
Quilt 2 - baby quilt (due November)
Quilt 3&4 - Christmas
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
7:23 pm
Alligator Scarf is started!
After you get past the head, the rest is easyCollapse )

If this winds up as easy as I think it will, I am totally making one for myself, out of worstedweight yarn instead of sportweight. I saw some Malabrigo in Dusty Olive today that would make a very convincing gator!
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
7:06 pm
Looking for xmas stocking pattern
I'd like to make a very rustic/rough looking holiday stocking. I have some brown and green natural dyed yarns and I want to make something that not all green/red glittery and kinda shaped more like a real sock than a stocking. Anyone have any patterns for such a thing? I would thank you endlessly with a story or something like that. :)
Sunday, August 19th, 2007
7:25 pm
Knitting project
Currently I have two projects due in time for Christmas 2007:

a Small Cherry Blossom Bag -- the bag body is done and felted, now I need to make the branch and flowers
an Alligator Scarf -- the yarn and pattern just arrived Saturday

I may add more knitting later, probably socks or a toddler sweater -- or a may a woven scarf or two.
1:59 pm
Progress report, with pictures
Lace shawl -- Finished!
Lace scarf -- 30% done
Cable & bobble hat for Mom -- Finished!
Vest for Grandma -- cast on
Socks #1 -- yarn waiting in stash
Socks #2 -- yarn waiting in stash
Pay it Forward #1-3 -- patterns picked out, waiting till payday to order yarn
Pay it Forward #4-5 -- no clue yet

pics of the finished projectsCollapse )
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
6:33 pm
Progress Report #2
So I finished some stuff...and added one more item. I'm beginning to see a trend.

100% Matching hat and scarf (3 sets)
100% Pay it Forward Secret Item 1 - Done! Mailed, even!
5% Pay it Forward Secret Item 2 (hat) - yarn bought
5% Non-Secret Felted Slippers (2 sets) - yarn bought
5% Secret Socks #1 (1 pair) - yarn bought!
25% Secret Socks #2 (1 pair) - half of one sock done
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 4 - no clue what I'm making
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 5 - no clue what I'm making
0% Pay It Forward Secret Item 6 - no clue what I'm making
0% Non-Secret Socks (or slippers) - crimson & cream yarn needs to be bought

I actually think I'm going to move the PIF items 4-6 to after the holidays, but as soon as I say that I'll get them all done tomorrow so I'm keeping them on my list because I have a pair of socks for myself I want to finish. ;-)

Anyhow, I have photos of the hats and scarves I made. hereCollapse )
Friday, August 17th, 2007
4:50 pm
Progresses, and socks
Project progress:

+ Have sock yarn. Have started a test sock (not with the sock yarn; with inherited [from my grandmother, who no longer knits and therefore gave me her stash of yarn] worsted weight, in pink; it's cheap enough that I can "waste" it if the pattern comes out all wrong, but the right color to wear if it actually /works/). There is about an inch of ribbing, so far.

+ Am vaguely comfortable with double pointed needles, thanks to trying out a strawberry pattern. It's small, which is good, though trying to wrangle four needles for the first time when there are six stitches in the initial cast-on = unfun. But I'm more used to knitting with the needles now.

- Have added multiple strawberries to the List Of Things To Do. On the bright side, they're fast; I can start and finish one in the same evening.

+ Have knitten yarn. (The local yarn store had a sale. Nofair. ...which is also why I have the sock yarn. But this = really really soft wool/mohair, in a very kitteny brown. It's awesome.) About 12 rows of the body done. I discovered that a) the aluminum needles I have are slippery enough that my hands hurt like whoa trying to knit with them, and b) the wooden needles I have are several sizes larger. Woe. Size doesn't matter so much since it isn't a garment, but it's kind of... lacier than I'd normally like. Ah well.

- Haven't touched the cross-stitch.

Also. Those of you that do socks -- do you have any pet patterns? I'm using this for now, because it's fairly clear to follow, but I don't know if it's actually good or if there are better patterns or more fun patterns or whatever.
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