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I made a sale!

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The baby blanket I was commissioned to knit is finished, and I’m very happy with the results. The lace border was so fun to knit and makes the blanket just gorgeous. It really looks special. Now I am a weirdo who actually sometimes enjoys seaming (I find it meditative somehow) so I knit the border separately and then mattress stitched that sucker on. I gave it a final block, tried shaking out as much cat hair as possible (unavoidable if you live with a herd, like me), and wrapped it up for the customer.

Yes, customer. I’ve never sold a piece of my knitting before, so this was kind of exciting…and uncomfortable. I had no idea what to charge, so I left it up to her. I was perfectly ok with doing it ‘pro bono’ so to say, or maybe for a homemade meal (she’s a great cook), but she wasn’t having it. In the end, I think both parties are very happy with the transaction. I made a sale 🙂 That’s so neat to say!

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August 26, 2008 at 8:16 pm 2 comments

Out on a limb

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This scarf (Branching Out) took me a very long time to knit, only because I would do a few repeats and put it down for a few…months. Lol. I will say, it wasn’t a very “fun” knit – it took far too much concentration for me, a knitter who likes to multi-task and watch DVDs or listen to audio books whilst crafting. However, I did learn some new skills and techniques (including the lace essential – life lines) so it wasn’t a total bust. Also, I love the finished product. Blocking sure does make a difference in lace and I couldn’t believe how beautiful the scarf looked after a night of blocking.

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It’s a little on the short side – but then again so am I – but I just had to just finish it already. It was a great feeling getting it off the needles finally. And it is quite pretty in person. I’m glad I tackled this lace project, but I don’t think I’ll be making one of these again – at least not any time soon.

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June 4, 2008 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

(Jay)walk this way

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I am truly pleased with my finished Jaywalkers. The yarn is so bright and colorful, and it was a real treat to watch the colors unfold as I was knitting. The pattern itself was awesome – very well written, easy enough for novice sock knitters, and a great end result. Can you tell I loved this project?! It was a breeze and went fairly quick. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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Such vibrant colors!


June 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Show off: Rue the Day tee

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This little tee only took a week to knit up (and I’m a slow knitter). The lace panel at the top was really fun and also quite easy (a good combination, in my book). The top rolls over a bit, so I might do a crocheted edge to fix it, or I might not. Haven’t decided.

Unfortunately the shirt is a little bit big (wide). I probably should have knit the XS for negative ease, but I seem to have a misconception that I am larger than I think I am so I went for the small. I’m not sure if blocking will help, but I’m hoping it will at least get the bottom to stop rolling up.

Overall, I’d say I am pleased with the outcome, but not overjoyed. Since it’s so quick and easy (and the yarn is very affordable), I could always whip up a second shirt in XS. We’ll see.

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April 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm 2 comments

King takes a queen

So a month or two ago I posted my completed Tudora, which I made for a Tudors-themed swap. I also made a necklace and I think it came out pretty great. I’m new to jewelry making, so I messed up the clasp a bit, but you’d never notice.

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Now I want one for myself 😉

April 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

No longer a secret

This year I participated in the Philly Knitters Secret Pal Exchange. It’s a secret swap where Philly Knitters from the LiveJournal group send packages to their “pal” for three months, and then reveal themselves at a party in month 4. The reveal party was this past weekend and it was lots of fun. My lovely giftor was Rosemary aka Cubicalgirl who spoiled me rotten for a few months. Love! I also got to meet someone new as I was the giftor of Angela. Overall, tons of fun.

At the reveal, you give your giftee a final, handmade package. You can see the awesome cabled hat and cat toys that Cubicalgirl gave me on her Ravelry page. I am such a huge fan of cables and the hot pink is so cheery. The cats are definitely enjoying their toys – I’ll need to snap an action shot of Molly with one of the mice…too cute!

I made Angela a sewn tote bag and needle roll (with some added tools and yarn). I’m quite happy with how they came out, even though I’m still a novice sewer. Hey, practice = perfect, right?

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April 15, 2008 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Show off: Stripey Socks

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Hurrah! The socks are done. I love the colors in this yarn and the thin stripes. I’m pretty happy with the results. I wish they were a little more snug on my feet, but I can live with it.

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The Sockotta yarn isn’t very soft, but seems like it may be durable. We’ll see after I wear them a few times.

These are my second pair of completed socks, and now I feel like I may want to venture out into something a little more complicated. I’m considering the Jaywalker socks. I love the way they look knit up in Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett, and I just happen to have two skeins of that at home! 😉


April 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm 4 comments

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