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The weather is nice enough here to take photos outdoors again! I’ve been busy, knitting, dyeing, spinning… you know, me stuff. 🙂

First up we have a felted bowl from

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I made the largest size, and it really ended up being too long, so I just folded it over. Simple enough solution. It was waaaay fast and easy to knit. Took me a night to knit, wouldn’t this be a great present? Maybe with ribbon woven into the sides? I used the recommended Lamb’s Pride Bulky. I really like how it turned out, that yarn always felts well. I shaped it over a mixing bowl from Ikea. It is now in my dining room, on my hutch, holding my scented things refill packs (yannow, Febreeze Noticables, Glade Scented Oils…).

Next up:
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Yarn of course! It’s superwash sock yarn, dyed in chocolate, seafoam green, and ecru. With the natural white of the yarn showing in, too, because I like it that way. I dye it that way on purpose using the Jelly Jar/Stock Pot method. Works the best for me- no mess, no fuss, just mix dye, put water in the jars and the stock pot, then put already wet yarn in like so:

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After about 45 minutes simmering time, the dyebaths are exhausted and a little color creeps up into the white (this was a photo early on). Later, I decided I hated the pink, and dyed that the chocolate color after it had dried. I really like the final results! I am giving half to a swap buddy and saving half for myself.

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Well, I have been without the internet and also sick with a cold, so I thought I would blog about my old projects that I have done.

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Glampyre’s Bulky Cable Cardigan, out of Brown Sheep’s Lambs Pride Bulky in Sage. Knit in Fall ’05.

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Gary Potter socks in Gryffindor’s house colors for my Dad, Gary. Out of Brown Sheep’s Naturespun. He likes them so much he never wears them. 🙂 Knit Christmas ’05.

s4010009.JPGSocks for Mom, Christmas ’05. I think these were Regia… or something. Jungle colorway. I know that I remember that.

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Clapotis in progress, out of some 50%wool/50% silk Cherry Tree Hill yarn in Green Mountain Madness (not too much green in there, though!!). Now finished. Knit… in… winter ’05/’06.

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Socks knit from Sock Yarn Swap pal. Gifted to Mom, summer ’06. She loves her socks and wants more more more more…

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**EDIT** WordPress made my pictures look icky in the thumbnails, click for big for a clear photo.

Imagine Wikipedia only for knitting, and you’ve got KnitWiki! Isn’t that neat? Yes. I couldn’t save it for next Tuesday. But I will repost then, too, just in case anyone misses it.

Okay. My feet are always freezing. What is up with that?

And on my own craft front, I have four! WIPs.

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First off is a baby hat I am making for the lelah.etsy.com shop, made out of my hand-dyed yarn, in my Cloud colorway. Picot edging! Yey!

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Here is my second WIP, my Japelesque jade sweater. Almost to the ribbing!

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And a sewing project! Simplicity 4077, view D. See Elizabeth’s here (scroll down). Mine will be out of a really pretty light grey print, almost an understated kimono fabric. But this is calico, because who doesn’t love calico fabric?

And my last one, well, I will post it when I am finished. 🙂 It’s my quilt school practice piece. I only have to do the shamrock, then I am done. Just in time for me favorite holiday in March, St. Paddy’s Day.

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I looked all over the web for knitted hearts. The ones I found were really awfully written patterns, where maths were wrong and purl and knit rows were mixed up. One even gave me a band-aid shaped heart. Which is so not a heart.

So I spun up some yarn yesterday, randomly striped:
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And made up this pattern:
I recommend interchangeable needles, for dividing sts later.
With any yarn, and the corresponding needle size, Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1: K2
Row 2: P2
Row 3: K1, M1, K1
Row 4: P3
Row 5: K1, M1, K until last 2 sts, M1, K1.
Row 6: Knit 4.

Continue to knit this way until you get to the widest part of the part of the bottom triangle (Imagine a heart a triangle with two half-circles inverted on top). I did it until I reached 20 sts. Should you reach an odd number of stitches, like I did when I skipped an M1, Just take your number of sts, minus 1, then divide by two. Knit across from that number, then do a M1. Put the rest of the sts on a holder.

First half of heart, or first half-circle:
Put left side of sts onto holder (I put ten sts on). Keep Right half of triangle on your needles.
Row 1: (Right half of triangle) K1, P2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: When you have six stitches on the needles: K1, K2tog, K2tog, K1 (4 sts).
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog, K2tog, BO the two stitches.

Repeat these last rows on left side of heart.
Weave in all ends.

Voila!

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You can also make a smaller one to go on top, just use the ends to sew to the bottom heart:
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I also used felt fusible interfacing to stiffen it up, and make it into a pin for my Grandma. 🙂
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I look really bad in it. This is because I have a pin head. BUT! Is there a solution?? YES!

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Isn’t Barnabus precious in it??

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