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From: Magot
Date: 10-02-2005, 02:29 PM (1 of 31)
Now this http://blog.noordeman.com/gallery/album30
has to be seen to be believed. A piece of performance art by Dave Cole who got 2 John Deere excavators fitted with 20ft aluminium poles and knitted the American Flag on July 4th in Massechusetts 2005.

Classic!

Nearly tops my knitting pattern that I have for a uterus complete with posable fallopian tubes and overies.....http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwomb.html

I need to get out more.. :bolt:
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From: natred2
Date: 10-02-2005, 06:08 PM (2 of 31)
That is the craziest knitting I have ever seen!!!
Don't be so open minded your brains fall out.
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From: MaryW
Date: 10-03-2005, 08:55 AM (3 of 31)
Jan, where is your medication? :wink:
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From: Sailorliz
Date: 10-03-2005, 11:55 AM (4 of 31)
I wonder what casting on method they used? :whacky:

Jan,

What can I say? :shock: I bet she could get a lot of $$ selling the knitted uterus on Ebay. :wink:
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From: Magot
Date: 10-03-2005, 12:27 PM (5 of 31)
I could set up a sideline for ladies who have had hysterectomies!
"of course I have a womb, here it is playing the piano"

Mary, I am the very epitome of the straight laced Brit! how could you ask such a question?
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From: Magot
Date: 10-10-2005, 03:48 PM (6 of 31)
a pattern for a fry up hat and matching bag
http://www.cult45.fsbusiness.co.uk/featuresjackie.html

a pink wig
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATThallowig.html

nosewarmers
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTnosewarmer.html

and , of course, everyone's favourite
the knitted Elvis Wig
http://www.theshed.co.uk/elviswig.html#pattern

I have so much to do.....
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From: Magot
Date: 10-10-2005, 04:22 PM (7 of 31)
ski masks for slipknot freaks

http://swapatorium.blogspot.com/2004/12/ski-masks.html

I'm going to lie down in the corner now.
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From: DorothyL
Date: 10-10-2005, 04:46 PM (8 of 31)
I like the pink hair. That would look cute and keep your ears warm on a cold day.
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From: MaryW
Date: 10-10-2005, 05:32 PM (9 of 31)
She's gone mad, absolutely mad!!! LOL.
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From: Bama
Date: 10-10-2005, 09:08 PM (10 of 31)
Jan,
I know you're talking about knitting, but I had to tell you about my hubby's 84yo aunt who crochets EVERY day. Once she crocheted some "warmers" for men, if you know what I mean. :whacky: She thought it was hilarious. You'd have to know her. Thank God she's from hubby's side of the family. :wink:
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-10-2005, 10:45 PM (11 of 31)
Oh Bama, that's hilarious. When I saw the pictures of the nose warmers it reminded me of 'warmers' that I saw as a young married woman, just had to have one for the hubby as a gag gift.
Laura
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From: Magot
Date: 10-11-2005, 01:26 AM (12 of 31)
...I do have a pattern for warmers.....but it just looked too uncomfortable, not enough 'give'.
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From: Sailorliz
Date: 10-11-2005, 02:14 PM (13 of 31)
Jan,

Where do you find these patterns? :nah:

I kind of like the pink wig for myself and the elvis wig for hubby. They would make great spring/fall sailing hats. :whacky:

I do think you have gone mad!
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From: Magot
Date: 10-12-2005, 03:34 PM (14 of 31)
Would you believe I am just knitting a conventional Aran sweater at the moment with fishermans rib sleeves and back?
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From: Sailorliz
Date: 10-12-2005, 04:02 PM (15 of 31)
normal. :bg: :bg:

Actually I seen your pattern (as I have the same). I'm waiting for pics of it when it is finished. I'm working on a pair of socks for myself. The yarn I'm using is made in Italy and is dyed with different colors to make stripes and designs within the stripes, like a checkerboard in one of the colors. They are really turning out cute. I have a picture of my oldest daughter modeling my poncho that I made for myself. (Of course she wanted it). I told her wait until Xmas. :re: (I never can keep anything for myself).
The picture of Sherry & me with her wearing the poncho is on my photo site, in fiber projects.

Knitting is such a great stress reliever.
Happy sewing/quilting/crafting
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From: Magot
Date: 10-14-2005, 10:39 AM (16 of 31)
Nice poncho, - I love knitting socks, so quick and comforting. I have finished the back and sleeves and am now on the front - I don't have a web page for you to see my stuff but I'm working on it.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-15-2005, 03:08 PM (17 of 31)
Liz, the pattern is knitting up really easily - it is not complex at all. 8 stitch cables, moss stitch diamonds, honeycomb stitch centre panels linked with garter stitch. I have done 4 pattern repeats so far - they are all 8 row repeats with cables on 2 and 6 so it is easy to keep track. It is not easy to see on the pattern picture I have.
I think if I would make a comment it would be to change the honeycomb stitch slightly - each of the set of 4 stitches for the honeycomb has a purl stitch between them which tends to make it a bit loose. I would leave out the purls, add in an extra honeycomb (4 sts) and make up the width in the broken rib at the sides.

I would do a swatch of that bit when you get round to it to see what you think.
We are going away in the caravan at the end of the month and I always take some knitting with me - nice and portable - I hope to get going on my dog jumper, though the staff at school are desperate for me to start the uterus. They have become quite addicted to my knitting at lunchtimes in the staff room and I am now known as 'Mme Defarge"
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From: Sailorliz
Date: 10-15-2005, 06:25 PM (18 of 31)
Jan,

Your inspiring me to start the sweater. I haven't knitted any sweaters in a couple of years. I usually do one or two a year. I've printed your post for a note to try a swatch. I think I would like to do this one for myself for the winter. My husband will not wear sweaters, only flannel. I've never knitted an aran pattern. I've always admired it though. I know all of the stitches in the pattern that you mentioned, so it shouldn't be too difficult. I've taught several of my co-workers how to knit. Now, a lot of us knit at our breaks and lunches. Such fun. I also think you should knit up the uterus for your co-workers. Looks interesting. :up:

Happy knitting!! Do you have a digital camera that you can take a picture when your finished?
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From: Magot
Date: 10-16-2005, 03:03 AM (19 of 31)
This is realy a very simple aran - ggod for a beginner. The more complex ones are the ones where the different elements have 12, 24, 8 and 6 row pattern repeats across the pattern. Even so, all you have to do is keep a good tally to know where you are.
You could always start with a child or toddlers Aran. I enjoy knitting them for babies in double knitting. As Aran wool is so thick they do grow quite fast which is a bonus when knitting for an adult. My daughter has seen a jumper that she likes - but it is in 4 ply stocking stitch and I can't face it!
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-16-2005, 05:33 AM (20 of 31)
Jan - do you happen to have a pattern for a 1 yr old's toque (beanie? stocking cap?) for a yarn that has a gauge of 24 st - 4inches on 3.75mm needles? I have Paton's Astra for yarn.

I have a pattern for a newborn stocking cap which calls for #6 needles (4.5mm??) and no gauge marked. It calls for baby sport weight, which I think the astra is close to. But as it's a newborn I think it'll knit up too small. It's an easy pattern k2p2 ribbing cast on 68 st. If I increase the cast on, I have no idea how many more to add. I don't want much of a pattern as I am doing it in red/white/blue stripes. I also knit quite loose, and find I have to go down .5mm in needle size to get my gauge. Can you help??
Laura
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 10-16-2005, 05:46 AM (21 of 31)
I just saw a show on Knitty Gritty this past week on Aran sweaters. It was on the DIY channel. It was very interesting watching them do the various stitches. Someday when I'm better at it, I might give it a try.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-16-2005, 08:49 AM (22 of 31)
Laura, I'm not familiar with the yarn, but it should just knit up as a double knit - they seem to do it on slightly smaller needles than I would use for double knit to give a firmer fabric - if you knit quite loose I would do it on th3 3.75mm needles and see if you like the resultant fabric. If you want to do it as a 2 by 2 rib I'm sure it would be fine - when changing colours in a rib remember that the purl stitches will show slightly on the right side so make your swatch in a couple of colours and make a design descision! Obvious point this - change colours only on even rows or you will be sewing in odd cuts ends for days..

This pattern should work well on a circular needle -
http://knitting.about.com/library/blhatadjust.htm
which you make by knitting from the crown down until it is the required depth. I like this idea -you just keep going until the hat fits and then cast off. With this pattern it doesn't matter what size yarn or needles you use - When the hat is wide enough to fit the head (if you don't have the head handy you will need someone to measure the circumpherance for you) decide if you want it longer, and knit without shaping until it fits et voila.!

http://knitting.about.com/library/blhelmet2.htm is for a toddler (aged 1 or 2) and could easily be done in knit 2 purl 2 rib, but don't make hat as deep.

If however this all seems too much you could just knit a rectangle and then sew up the side and gather the top shoving on a pom pom to hide the gathering -

This one http://knitting.about.com/library/blspiralhat.htm
would be fab in red white and blue..and it gives you ideas for making it smaller.
Most of a childs growing is in thir head inthe first years of life and surprisingly a toddlers head size is not far off an adult( when you consider the proprtions of their bodies) You will probably need the head size of your recipiant I would guess at a circumpherance of 21" or so?

hope some of this helps
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From: Karebear
Date: 10-16-2005, 09:02 AM (23 of 31)
The inspiration from this thread alone has given me a few ideas..

~~ the uterus feature would be great in orange!!! hung on the front porch for the little trick/treaters having a lesson on just where they came from!!!

~~ then as for the warmers be for the nose or otherwise in various colours to be strewn around as streamers to learn the lesson of keeping one's nose or "whatever" out of everything.....

I LOVE THEM

I do think that the wigs will glorify the world as well...


Karen
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From: Magot
Date: 10-16-2005, 04:53 PM (24 of 31)
I can't get over the ski masks...
I've just shown them to my husband - and he was aghast - can you imagine that family coming at you down the slopes at Val des Aires? It must be where terrorists get their inspiration from.
Whip one up quick and answer the door in it on Halloween! better than the nose warmers
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-17-2005, 07:51 AM (25 of 31)
Many thanks Jan, I really like the patterns. I had checked out knitting.about.com last night but didn't see those ones. I have decided to do the ear flap one, went to sit down and knit at coffee tonight and realized I had the yarn but no needles - so that was that.
Laura
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From: Magot
Date: 10-21-2005, 05:33 PM (26 of 31)
Try here http://www.castoff.info/ for a bunch of weird Brit Knits. Check out their stuff inthe shop - it is a hoot!
I mean, who would arrange to meet on the tube to have a "knit in"? Classic
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From: bridesmom
Date: 10-22-2005, 07:28 AM (27 of 31)
Too hilarious! Now I know what to do with my left over balls of yarn!!
I have to admit I was really surprised at the prices they were asking for their stuff. If you convert $8 GBP to Canadian its $16.82 or $14.41 US. Wonder if they sell much??
Laura
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From: Magot
Date: 10-22-2005, 08:40 AM (28 of 31)
I wouldn't pay the prices they are asking I have to admit. Mind you a decent knitting pattern can cost about 2.00 ($.18 Canadian 4.45 US) personally I get a lot of my patterns these days off the net.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-25-2005, 11:34 AM (29 of 31)
Thanks Liz , got your email address. I've got the whole thing sewn up now - I made the arms a little longer as Basil is a gibbon. Hopefully you will be able to see what I mean about the honeycomb stitch. I've not knitted something where the back and front are slightly different sizes before - there are more stitches on the front than the back. The aran pulls in more and works at a tighter tension than the rib so watch that. I think I may have needed to knit the front a little longer before starting the neck decrease as it makes up a touch smaller. Still I am pleased with it, and glad it is out of the way so I can start the Doggie Sweater! Then I have to find the right wool for the uterus.....

I managed Tony's over complicated digital SLR to the best of my abilities but haven't managed to download the pictures to iphoto yet. HE will help me later I am sure.
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From: Sailorliz
Date: 10-25-2005, 03:15 PM (30 of 31)
Jan,

I received the email with the pictures. I wanted to post a reply here so everyone can read what a beautiful job you did. I :love: the sweater. Yes, I now can see what you are talking about the purl stitch within the honeycomb stitch. I agree about the texture, I will try what you had suggested. I'm thinking I'm going to knit this sweater, later this winter. I really want to do some spinning of my own yarn. Heck, if it comes out well enough, I might use it for this pattern. Next, I want to see the dog sweater. I've done some fair isle knitting in the past (as in a long time ago). I promised myself before I start any other major knitting projects, that I finish the American Flag that I have almost completed. It has been one of those projects that I have worked on for the past couple of years. It is close to being done, I need to just get motivated to finish it. I also need to make more knitted socks for my girls. I finished a pair for me (as a trial pattern).

Thanks for sharing.
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From: Magot
Date: 10-25-2005, 05:07 PM (31 of 31)
Thanks for the kind remarks Liz, I can't imagine how much yarn you would have to spin to make the jumper but it would be fantastic - fancy knowing it from sheep to body! Do you get to choose the fleece from a stack and card them all yourself?
The dog sweater is progressing nicely in plum and cream. This will be one nordic dog!
socks are so satisfying - I finished kitchener stitching the toes of my daughters Christmas walking socks today. I should send you a picture of my norwegian socks - they are spectacular even though I say so myself. I found the pattern on the web on Planet Soupp the link is here http://www.burri.com/norge.htm. They are great to knit but only come in womens size. I have a pair of wellie socks to knit for a 3 year old in the list as well - she likes pink and purple.

PS I take it it is not a flag like the gentleman knitted at the start of this thread! :up: where would you put the diggers. :wink:
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