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April 7, 2006

My First Pillow

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I actually finished this a few weeks ago, I've just been pokey about posting it. It's not a scarf, it's not a bunny. It's a pillow! I wanted to try doing a pattern and a pillow seemed like a good idea, it's smaller and isn't gonna take forever if I don't like the pattern or if I screw up.

I used some Micro Spun yarn by Lion's Brand (turquoise) on #4 needles.

Cast on 74 sts... the pattern... reverse stockinette for 2 sts, stockinette for 10 sts, reverse for 2, stockinette for 10, reverse 2, stockinette 10, reverse 2... did 6 repeats of that so it ends up being 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2 10 2. Knit the knits, purl the purls for 6 rows (there and back) then one row (there and back) of reverse stockinette. Go back to the pattern for 6 more rows, then the one row of reverse. Repeat that 12 times so I ended up with a piece of fabric 12"x24". I ended up with 6 pattern blocks the short way and 12 pattern blocks the long way. Fold it in half, mattress stitch up the sides, stick a pillow form inside, stitch up the top. Voila!

I had a lot of fun making this. I learned some new stuff, and it's functional! The yarn is really smooth and ends up quite soft, not fuzzy, but soft. Because it's so smooth it does show every single imperfection, but that also makes it much easier to see what you're doing. So it's a good thing and a bad thing. Plus the color matches my futon cover!

Time for a close up!

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Keva's Pillow

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I know these posts are right on top of each other, but the projects were actually finished a couple weeks apart. This one I finished up last night.

I've told people at work that if they want something they just have to buy me the yarn. Keva was the first to take me up on it! I originally started trying a more complicated pattern, but the yarn just wasn't conducive to that. So I went with some simple stripes.

The pattern: cast on 45 on #7 needles, stockinette for 4 rows (there and back), reverse stockinette for 1 row (there and back) repeat! I repeated the pattern 16 times and ended up with a 12"x24" piece of fabric just like the other pillow. It was slightly loose around the 12 inch pillow form, but not big enough for a 14 inch pillow. So maybe 40 or 42 stiches for a 12 inch pillow? Or 15 repeats of the pattern instead of 16? It wasn't horrible, just a little more space than I would have liked.

The yarn: It was some blue TLC Amore (by Red Heart). It's very soft and there's lots of little loops all through the yarn. So it's hard to see the stitch you just did! But it ends up really soft and fluffy. And the mattress stitch bits are invisible just because of the yarn. So it's ok if you screw up with this yarn!

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April 30, 2006

Fuzzy Blue Bun

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I still have a bunch of the blue yarn I used for the Keva Pillow so I decided to make a bun!

As mentioned before, this is TLC Amore yarn, blue (obviously). I used #7 needles, co25. The bun is about 4.5" by 3.5". I really like the end result. He's really fuzzy and the yarn kinda hides the stitches so it's just fluffy. I had similar issues as with the pillow with the needles hanging on the loops of the yarn every now and then. Nothing horrid, just irritating every now and then.

(I've knitted up a second square, just haven't stitched up the bun yet. I'll let you know how that turns out! 2nd bun - #6, co30)

Purple Bunny

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For some reason the color turned out a tad brighter in the picture than the reality! It's a very pretty deep purple, but it's not quite as bright as the picture looks. I think the sunlight made the bunny very happy!

So we have some Caron Simply Soft (violet) on #7 needles, co30, co5 for the ears. End dimensions: 4.5" by 3.5".

I'm not going to say much more about this one. I've already expressed my enjoyment of this yarn and it's another bunny. We've all seen Suni's Buns by now!

Bright Bunny!

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Hey look! It's another bunny! This one is alson on Caron Simply Soft (lemonade), but on #6 needles this time. co30, co5 for ears. End dimensions: 4.25" by 3.25". So just a quarter inch smaller than on the #7 needles. Sooner or later I will figure out how to get consistent ears!

Nautie, Nautie...

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I found a link to the pattern for this bugger somewhere (no idea where, don't remember) It's a nautilus! How cool is that?

I didn't want to use anything of the "fancy" yarn variety since I didn't really know what I was doing. So I went with the old reliable Caron Simply Soft (grape & orchid for the shell, off white for the face) I followed the pattern pretty much exactly, I used #6 needles instead of #4 (there's a UFO on my #4's at the moment) I also had a hard time curling the thing as I went. So I made it straight and then curled it after it was all knitted up. Much easier!

The shell part is about 5.5" across, the face adds another couple inches to that.

I had fun making it. I managed to conquer dpn's! Woot! I kinda like making toy type things I think...

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