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December 29, 2005

More Crochet Madness! Ole!

What do you do when your friend tells you she's getting married, um, tomorrow? You make this:

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I copied a design in Stitch N Bitch Nation to make this ear warmer:

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A Christmas pressie for my sister's cute evil kitten Icarus:

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I made this with the pretty yarn Lauren gave me for my birthday:

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This is the first hat I crocheted:

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But surely not the last...

(This was also *inspired* by SnB Nation.)


Posted by Moira at 08:38 PM | Comments (2)

December 28, 2005

Knit-tastrophe

I talked about it, wore it, and got to show it to just a few other CRAFTers... and I blogged about this on my blog, but figured that I should put it on here, too.

I finally knitted something for myself! My very own hat...

Knitting is a great hobby. Except when you screw something up and have to rip the thing apart because a drastic error that you can't fix has turned your latest creation into a twisted mess. Yeah, that happened today. I was making a hat--90 stitches around--and I was nearly finished with it. But there was a problem: the brim was twisted, which twisted the whole hat making it impossible for me to even think about completing it because, literally, I could not finish the twisted hat. I tore out more than 10,000 stitches and more than a week's worth of work without crying. That's a first.

Enough with failures: here's a success!

Since I haven't ever kept ANYTHING that I've knitted since learning how to knit just over a year ago, I made a hat for myself. It's a great hat, and every time someone says something about it and I tell them that I made it they're uber impressed :-)

I did use a pattern on this one, and it's from the Stitch 'n Bitch Nation book (the Bzzz Queen Bee hat pattern). It's a simple pattern, though I wish I had done it on some circular needles so I wouldn't have a seam... but that's how the hat I mentioned earlier this blog went wrong. I'll figure it out someday. Just not today. Not after ripping out a whole hat. Sheesh.

Anyway, here's my hat!

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And I also (obviously) had a great time making the alligator :-) Thanks for all the sweet comments!

Posted by KarissaKilgore at 11:03 AM | Comments (1)

December 27, 2005

Knit-o-gator

I made this for someone special and, well, I just have to blog about it because it's so darned cute! I'm pretty proud of it, too. I made it without a pattern... I actually just sort of made it up as I went :-) It took a long time, and I knitted a couple pieces individually and then sewed them together, but it's a masterpiece of alligator, if I do say so myself.

(And before anyone asks: no, he does not have any feet. It's supposed to be that way.)

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Click below for more photos... They're super adorable!

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Posted by KarissaKilgore at 12:04 PM | Comments (3)

December 21, 2005

Crochet? Ole!

You know how I said was going loopy for crochet? Here are pictures of the projects I have created, um, this weekend due to my rekindled addiction to yarn:

This earflap hat is for my brother. He's always had a penchant for crazy headgear:

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For my sister, a pretty striped scarf with a flower hat to match:

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Mom gets this purple striped scarf:

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And a pair of these, if I finish 'em by Christmas:

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Posted by Moira at 12:19 PM | Comments (2)

December 18, 2005

Loopy for Crochet

Okay, I'm admit it. I may have a bit of a "problem". Every since I learned how to crochet, I've gone a bit loopy... I'm off the hook... I'm running out of crochet-themed puns! Seriously though... these years I've been missing out. Crocheting is the bizzy bomb! I've made one and a half scarves (I'm finish #2 tonight) and two hats so far. I'm out of hand... and LOVING it! At a party the other night, I learned how to make a granny square... yay!

Anyway, I've come across some rockin' patterns I'd like to share:

Yarncat's Flapper Hats

Yarncat has some FABULOUS flapper-style hats that are totally cute and so easy that even I, a newbie crochet artiste, can figure 'em out.

Cape & Flowered Cloche

Lionbrand's Cape is cute, but what I really dig is the crocheted flower on the side of the hat.

Cute Flower Hat

Another Lionbrand gorgeous creation! I haven't quite figured out how to follow the directions but you more experienced crochet artists might enjoy it.

Posted by Moira at 08:28 PM | Comments (2)

December 06, 2005

Community Quilt

Just so you know: collection boxes for the quilt "squares," 7 x 9 inch segments of knitted or crocheted fiber, are in the following locations:

1st floor Admin elevator
5th floor Admin outside 502 (Writing Center)
basement Canevin by Maureen Vissat's office

or you can use campus mail to box 126B.

Remember: our goal is 100 squares by the end of January! Get knitty, CRAFTsters! ;c)

Posted by Moira at 10:19 PM | Comments (0)

Random Craft of Kindness #001

Greetings! If you are visiting this site because of a recent fun note in your inbox, welcome to CRAFT! In an effort to inspire the world around us to smile, the CRAFT club recently sent out a the last of our beautiful friendship bracelets to 43 random folks around campus. We hope our small contribution to the world made you smile. If you weren't the "victim" of a RCK (Random Craft of Kindness), near fear: there's always next semester! ;c)

Posted by Moira at 10:10 PM | Comments (0)

December 04, 2005

Go, Go Yarn

"I'm not sure if I can get behind the knitted boot recently featured on Knitty Gritty. I completely applaud the designer for her daring, and I think it's totally clever. Cute, even. But I could never wear them. And neither could you, probably. If you're NOT a knitter, you might get away with it. You know?

Fashion-forward, cutting edge. But a Knitter wearing them? Every friend and family member would know that you'd finally gone right around the bend, and you'd never live it down. It's only a small step from that to making knitted chaps, and that's just not okay."

Yarn-A-Go-Go

Posted by Moira at 12:56 AM | Comments (0)

Postcards from the Edge

I'll bet those poor bored postal workers love this community craft project:

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Posted by Moira at 12:49 AM | Comments (0)

Procrastination Project #001 - The Hipster PDA

I'm totally going to make this over winter break! ;c)

Hipster PDA

The Hipster PDA (Parietal Disgorgement Aid) is a fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and “beaming,” and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and costs practically nothing to purchase and maintain. Let’s make one together.

Posted by Moira at 12:39 AM | Comments (0)

December 03, 2005

Finals Stress Relief

Looking for a distraction from all the end of the semester work? Of course you are! This site rocks:

Lion Brand Yarn

They have knitting-themed printable Christmas cards, rockin' patterns for all levels of knitters or crocheters, and guides for learners! Check it out, it's well worth a few minutes of your time. :c)

Posted by Moira at 05:28 PM | Comments (0)

Open Invite: CRAFTin' Christmas Party

Our Craftin' Christmas party will be on Monday, December 12th, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. in A308. It would be superfly if you could bring something yummy with you (such as cookies, chips, brownies, whatever) as well as any supplies that might be useful for making Christmas cards (scrap paper, scissors, glitter, glue sticks, tape, old magazines to chop up, old christmas cards to chop up, heavy weight paper, etc.) If you are planning on attending, please RSVP as soon as possible.

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Moira at 05:25 PM | Comments (3)