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Pine for Me! :)

This one is freshly completed, though it actually slid off my needles a couple of weeks back. Unfortunately, I’ve just not had the time to wash and block the garment, not to mentioned finish off the weaving in of threads n sewing on of buttons. But here is the finally product, and am really really thrilled with my lovely Pine Cardigan!

The design itself is a test knit run on Ravelry from the very talented designer/s Tincanknits. Its been fun, though the sleeves were boring… I mean how fun can 20 inches of stockinette be?! But the end result more than made up for it! ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

Here’s my lovely Pine!

The un-blocked version
The un-blocked version

 

the buttons :)
the buttons ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And the lovely finished cardigan!! <3
And the lovely finished cardigan!! <3
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Intriguing Shawl

This was supposed to be a quick project which I signed up for it. Unfortunately I got so side-tracked with other projects on needles, that I got late for my deadline! ๐Ÿ™

The nice part is that the designer was cool about it, and had no problems extending the deadline. So here’s my Intriguing shawl, with its lovely design! It was made with a silk-wool blend that I got from IndianSilkShop on 4mm needles and it was also the first time I knit with anything silk! ๐Ÿ™‚

I did make a couple of changes to the design namely I cut out on the repeats for the end garter ridge and I didn’t do the picots. Did that make a difference? No, it didn’t, because the focus is now entirely on the design! And a very pretty one it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

before blocking
before blocking
immediately after blocking :)
immediately after blocking ๐Ÿ™‚
a clear look!
a clear look!
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HiyaHiya Fruit Lace Socks

This is the 2nd pair of sock I’ve made, the design again from the HiyaHiya Designs. While the name of the lace was funny enough, I really liked it, and would have loved to show it off. However, I had a stash of yarn left over from my Regal sweater, and I decided that it was better put to use as a sock yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚

The KAL (Knit-A-long) was for the duration of Dec 2013 – Jan 2014. However, this was the project that I decided to cast-on on the 1st of Jan this year!

So here’s my effort. The only change I made with the pattern was that it was meant to be a mid-calf design, while I made only ankle socks.

My lovely red socks!
My lovely red socks!
Another view
Another view
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Gilbert

Gilbert was a sweater that I made for my nephew. The pattern was designed by Melanie Coogan, and she was very generous when she gave me the pattern for free! And for no reason but that I asked for it on Ravelry! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Melanie!

The sweater is knit seamlessly and knit bottom-up. This is the first time I made anything with such extensive cables, and it was great experience!

A close-up of the cables
A close-up of the cables
The final Sweater!
The final Sweater!

 

 

 

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New Design – Raised Diamonds

At the starting of this year I decided that I would dedicate this year to making stuff for family. Made a sweater for Mom, and a shawl for Sis-in-law. And proceeded to start a scarf/muffler for Dad and Father-in-law. While the earlier projects got done soon enough, the Dad part of the scarf just got done.

Raised Diamonds
Raised Diamonds

This has been an interesting experience though. When I first designed the scarf, it was also a reversible design. The problem was that the final product was looking as good as the swatch. So it was back to the drawing board for me. And Oh! It was miserable ripping up 2 scarves (I was making them simultaneously).

This design was the one I finally went with. This time I cast on with only 1 yarn, in the thought that I would at least feel half the pain if I needed to rip again! ๐Ÿ™‚

But this looked good, and here is the final product! However, the design writing is an exercise I shall contemplate in about a month or so! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Close-up of modeled pic
Close-up of modeled pic
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Autumn Woodland : Kobo Touch Cover

Having finally received my e-Reader, i’m all gung-ho about creating stuff for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

My latest attempt is a test knit (how timely!) which featured covers for e-readers. Since the dimensions of mine are the exact same as the Kindle, I got to work!

The design, Effie, was created based on a character from The Hunger Games โ„ข. The design is simple, and yet, the ruffles create a funky look. I called mine Autumn Woodland because of the colors. For some reason, the colors remind me of just that…

So here are the pics:

All ruffled up!
All ruffled up!
The simple back panel
The simple back panel
Couldn't resist this one too!
Couldn’t resist this one too!

 

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Crushed Turquoise

I’d actually started this KAL by called it Blue Crush. There were only 2 problems with that name though:

1) I was fed up with the number of “Blue”s on my project page

2) the design was called Crushed, not Crush.

That prompted the name change to the current one.

This has been my biggest challenge. Not just because of lace, but because ofย  lace on a triangle shawl. The very concept boggled the mind until recently. But now I can proudly say that I can definitely manage (somewhat) a good lace project! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I managed to master (somewhat) making nupps during the final phase of this project. So extra kudos to me!!

Unblocked Shawl
Unblocked Shawl
The design in detail
The design in detail
The final product! :D
The final product! ๐Ÿ˜€
And finally....
And finally….

 

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Adult Winifred – Test Knit

This is one of the 3 projects due this month. This sweater/tunic was given by 15th Sept. I thought I could manage to finish it within 1 month. But health, guests and travel managed to make this a rush finish job!

The sweater
The cable design

I learnt quite a few important things:

  • Knitting Top-down Raglan shaped sweater. It was a huge concern if I would be able to do it. Yes, I can!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Shaping: waist decreases and increases.
  • Contrasting colors: It doesn’t hurt to try something new, even if the design doesn’t call for it.

I started with a grey Oswal yarn which was originally earmarked for the DH. I’m not really sure why he rejected my offer to make a sweater, actually. But he did. So I decided to use it for this purpose.

The design has an option of making a sweater or increasing the length to a tunic. My only concern with it once I started knitting, was the gauge, or rather the number of stitches it necessitated :(. The sheer number of stitches per row was the main reason i just couldn’t persuade myself to finish it. It didn’t help matters that mine was one of the larger sizes, which in turn meant… u guessed it: more stitches!!!

So I finally managed to complete it to sweater length. The gray was boring me out, so added plum for a nice hem contrast.

 

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Drawstring WaveLace Cardigan

 

I started this project as my very first test knit for Shoshana Silberstien. It was supposed to complete within 1-1.5 month/s. But thanks to holidays (her’s and mine), guests at home (mine) and various other reasons, this got delayed. But here it is, finally done, edits and all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ribbon Tunnel
Flame Lace

 

 

 

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Ribbed Hat/Beanie

Travel in changing weather is always a concernโ€ฆ so here was a quick knit for hubby to stave off those head-colds. Of course Iโ€™d planned it to be a 1-week project, but it got done in 2 days!! ๐Ÿ˜€

The designe called for worsted wool, which I didnt have. So I did the next best thing: knit with 2 3-ply strands held together. Then again I worried if I had enough of a single color to be able to knit the whole thing. So after 2″, I simply changed one strand to another color, which also gave it a kinda misty look.

So here’s my very first beanie/hat!!

 

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My First Coasters

Am in process of taking baby steps in making something. This was a bit intimidating to me initially, because in the website I first saw this (http://thattessgirl.blogspot.in/2010/10/coaster-woasters.html), it was just so beautiful! I wasn’t sure I would be able to understand the instructions and do it as well.

Well, I did get the instructions wrong the first time (looking back, I can’t understand why!). But I prevailed. And this is the result:

I mixed 2 yarns to make the stitches tighter. But when I changed the yarn (mauve replaced blue), the size seemed to have shrunk. The yarns are not different… so am not sure exactly why this happened.