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Newbie

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Hello everyone! Gee, it hasn’t even been too long! Only a week, thats hardly any time at all. I’m posting now to tell you all about a non-design project…well, almost 🙂

I’m working on learning a bit more about sweater design, I found this adorable little pattern called Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down  It’s really sweet and it has those nice sleeves I’ve been wanting to learn to make! If you see the picture you’ll know exactly what I mean, I’m sure. I decided that it was such a small project that it would be fine for me to alter a few things to see how it turned out. Of course I’ll keep you updated on all of my progress here but you can also see my notes and lots of progress pics on my project page here! I’m going to (try at least) making it a closed sweater and adding a little hood (you can see my full notes on the project page ^^) and I’ll also jot down all of my modifications for any one else to try out if they wish to.

Heres a quick (not so great) progress pick for you to see:

I’ve already started working around instead of flat and it’s very quick!

Also we (meaning me mostly, probably) have to remember that the gift-giving holidays are coming! This means terrible business for me, rushing for some last minute gifts. Now I’m going to let you all in on a little secret, promise you won’t tell? Oh, I know I can trust you 😉 Numbers 1-5 in my Ravelry queue are all gifts for people! I havn’t started any project pages yet as not to arouse suspicion and curiosity from my crafting relatives! But come December 25th, WHAM!, expect a sudden project boom! And a very lengthy post over here from me of course! All the rest of the projects that are in my wishlist are really very wonderful, you might want to check them out!

Good morning everybody!

– Eleni

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Transitions

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Transitions

I am proud to report that I have finished my November Designers Challenge!

I’m calling it Transitions for now. Here’s a link to my Ravelry Project Page, and a link to the thread in the Testing Pool Group where I’m having it tested (just in case anyone’s interested).

Only a short post for this early in the morning. Happy Thanksgiving!
– Eleni

Moonage Daydream

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Moonage Daydream

Last months designers challenge was to make a cabled, autumn leaf inspired cowl. I finished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(clicking either of the pictures should take you to the Ravelry project page)

I used a lace pattern at the top that reminded me of falling leaves and cables at the bottom. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten a chance to take any really wonderful pictures because of the nasty weather. as soon as the skies clear up I’ll be sure to add some pictures to the project page 🙂

I don’t think I’ll be publishing this pattern any time soon as I’m working on too many things to put the time into writing it up and having it tested right now. Perhaps sometime in the future if a lot interest is shown in it.

 

This months challenge is to create a black and white head accessory using colorwork.

 ~~Here is a link to the group page on Ravelry~~

Ideas are already brewing in my head and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

~Eleni

School Blues, Reds and Greens

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I know, I know, I havn’t posted in days. I’ve thoroughly given up on daily posting! I shall simple post when I have something interesting 🙂 Although I’m sure you’ve noticed by now the new page up top? ^^ “WIP Workroom” is where I’ll keep a record of all of my WIP’s (“Works in Progress” for you non-ravelry users) just in case your curious 🙂

I’ve started school and feel thoroughly confused and lost in it, but that is to be expected…during the first week 🙂
I’m sure by now some of you are wondering about the title…well at least the colorful parts 🙂 Well then lets shake things up a bit shall we? Lets start at the very end (a very good place to start).

Green – I’ve been stuck at the heel flap of my Ribbed Ribbons socks I told you about in my last post because of some crazy counting reasons (“Down With The Calculator” is NOT a good campaign, I’ve proven it) and they are very very Green.

Now lets skip to the beginning.

Blues – See “Greens”, they make me blue 🙂

Reds – O.0 ….. You expected me to have a purpose for everything? …Oh…Woops… 🙂

Now some unrelated colors that I DO have a purpose for!

Beige – I’m not sure if any of you were even aware that I finished my September designers challenge AND Wrote up the pattern AND got it tested AND am currently making the page for it on Ravelry as I wait for just a sniffle more info from a tester (Sniffle = Triffle =Smidgen =itsy bit) …aren’t you proud of me?

Pretty, Huh?

Just in case youd like to know, the challenge was to create a:

Object:Bag
Theme:Patterns in Nature
Technique:Rows of sc

You should really see the gorgeous yarn this month here!

I’m just finishing up testing and you can expect me to edit this post to add a link sometime tomorrow!

Now I’m fairly sure thats all there is for now, Ttfn!

Adam Ant – Prince Charming

All Laced Up

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Ah, lace. It’s so light and airy and incredibly simple, I just love it! I’ve also been wanting to knit myself a pair of socks for Fall and school starting back up, and I keep seeing all these gorgeous lace front sock patterns on Ravelry! Unfortunately all the ones I would really like to make (like this pair and this pair) have been made for purchasing purposes only! Although its very true that there are some truly lovely free patterns it’s just not quite the same and, while i probably could (although with much agitation) figure out how to creating some lovely socks with my own pattern writing skills, I don’t have that terribly much experience  in sock knitting and wouldn’t want to waste many hours designing and making something that I wouldn’t really wear that much. I needed a solution. You’d think it would have come to me sooner I mean honestly, I spend nearly all my days at our local library, I just always associate it with computers and the internet now as we don’t have that at home. I mean, I get books and movies all the time from the library I just don’t usually knit from a book. So I found the book (or rather my mother did) “Socks From The Toe Up” by Wendy Knits it was perfect!

I’ve always been fascinated with toe up socks and I despise cuff-down on all the occasions I try them, and I love quite a few of the patterns in Wendy Johnsons book. My two absolute favorites are her Lace and Cable Socks and her Ribbed Ribbons Socks (Although her Labyrinth socks are great too) and as whenever I try to knit cables with tiny needles and tiny yarn they end up floppy and I didn’t love the Labyrinth socks in the “I’ll wear you until you develop so many holes I can’t patch you up anymore” way, I was set on her Ribbed Ribbons socks.

Yarn. I need yarn. I found some Sacoun Sock yarn in a pretty green that no one was using and snatched it up. I did have to do a bit of pulling out from an adbandoned project and decided to start knitting the next morning…today. I cast-on around noon and just recently finished Row 7 of the lace instep chart

 

 

 

The Lace hasn’t started that zig-zaggy pattern yet but I’m hoping that I just havn’t done enough of the pattern yet 🙂

Since I’ve been lately using David Bowie’s music for good “Karma” purposes here is and earlier song of his called ‘Karma Man’ 

~Eleni

A Layz-about Rainy Day

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Not Very Much Happened today to be quite honest. It rained so that put a plug in any outdoor plans and the rain makes me feel trapped indoors so that leaves only one thing to do today, Knit. I finally got started on my August Designers Challenge (I’m going with the pidgeon theme but it might not be quite what you expect :-)) I knit about three inches of the leg on my Bowie suit which, I don’t believe I’ve told you about yet and theres no time like the present!

David Bowie is one of my absolute favorite Pop singers (He’s right up there with The Beatles). In the 70’s he had an album and tour and show called ‘Ziggy Stardust’. He dressed up in insane costumes and makeup and his red mullet. It had come to my attention that one of my favorite costumes he wore was knit! Granted it was a giant one armed one legged unitard almost entirely covered with stripes of different patterns of intarsia but thats hardly important! I went out and got the yarn I would need and sat down and started knitting, I tyhought the leg would be the best place to start considering theres only one and it’s basically a tube until you reach the knee…I was wrong.

Here’s a picture that might help you understand my difficulties:

I have reached the part of the leg where the picture is cut off…I gave up on the yellow intarsia circles.

Ah well, slow and steady wins the race 🙂

For good luck/carma purposes I shall give you another David Bowie Song today, It’s called Ashes to Ashes and the music video is really odd but really funny too…unintentionally of course 🙂

A New Craft

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In my last post yesterday I told you that I’ve taken up painting, yes? Well here are a few of my pieces (Remember I did warn you that I wasn’t to terribly good)

A sketch of David Bowie

A sketch of David Bowie

Made in China USA in Acrylics

Platform Shoe with Mod background in Watercolors

I have made some others but I’m afraid their not much better 🙂

I am now going to inform you of the release of my newest pattern Folds on Ravelry.

It’s for sale for $3.50 on Ravelry here!

And now for your video Today, this is The Kinks ‘Lola’

Keeping up

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Horrah I’m going good on my promise for every day of posting so far!

Now I don’t think I ever showed you my June/July Designers Challenge entry, did I? Well here It is, I call it Flowers and Folds.

A front view (The back is exactly the same)

The challenge was to design a Top, with Stripes, and an Oragami theme. Well I most certainly have stripes on this top and the flowers on the bottom were modeled after oragami flowers I saw 🙂 .

I absolutely love the website Pinterest. I made a board here of all of my inspirations for this and that made it so much easier to remember everything.

Oh, before I forget I wnated to say something about this months designers challenge! You can of course see it here on Ravelry (Which you should because the prize yarn is beautiful), but I like to put it here too.

Object: stuffie
Theme: birds
Technique: using less than one skein

I was thinking of making a pidgeon scince they usually aren’t considered the most elegant of birds and aren’t that inspirational (aside from those pidgeon childrens books which are, undeniably, very cute).

Have I mentioned that I’ve taken up painting recently? I’m not terribly good but I’m hoping to learn more as I go, Perhaps I’ll take some pictures of some of the things I’ve done to show you 😉 .

Ah well I’m afraid thats all for now but I’ve decided to give you some music in each of my posts at the end now. This is one by David Bowie called ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, It’s been done by many other people and groups since including Nirvana who are very good too but none shall surpass David Bowie.

Monkey Mitts

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Ta-da!

In case you can’t tell, it’s a baby mitten with an intarsia monkey knit into it 🙂 This was(and technically still is{I havn’t photographed the second mitt}) a test knit for Vintagenettles(Ravelry) and the pattern(when it’s released) will be linked to these bold words: Animal Spirit Baby Mittens

That’s all I have to share today(unless you count this 🙂 )

~~~Eleni~~~

P.S. There’s a link up now!

Slowly Regaining My Accomplishments

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I’ve finished my test-knit. Yay!!!! Let us rejoice 😀

Ahem, The Pattern is from Susy Romanelli, It’s called Hubby’s slouchy hat and has yet to be released(I was a tester)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mine is a little shorter than hers 🙂 Her pattern called for chunky weight yarn and I used worsted held doubled and, can you believe I had enough of one color???

I’m now enjoying my pride in accomplishment

 

And more knitting 😉

~~~Eleni~~~