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Christmas is done, what's next
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pepper message #1
Christmas is done, what's next
January 4, 2010 at 7:43:17 PM
 
Whooo, I'm glad to have my Christmas knitting done with. Now I'm back to my regular stuff. I work a few rows on several projects every night. It takes me forever to finish anything, but I really enjoy the variety. Tonight I'm working on a honeycomb afghan in a lovely wool, silk, bamboo blend, a scarf out of malabrigo, a sweater in alpaca, a scarf in angora wool and nylon, a baby sweater in acrylic, and the bernat KAL afghan in acrylic. what's everyone else working on?
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wizdmzchyld message #2
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 4, 2010 at 7:51:20 PM
 
Yikes, that's what I call serious multi tasking. 

I'm making the button plackard for the infamous pink sweater, making buttons (I love those little kits) for a vest my nephew wears, rearranging my knitting room, working on self lined slippers for three of my favorite men and getting ready to make more hats.

Charlene

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Whooo, I'm glad to have my Christmas knitting done with. Now I'm back to my regular stuff. I work a few rows on several projects every night. It takes me forever to finish anything, but I really enjoy the variety. Tonight I'm working on a honeycomb afghan in a lovely wool, silk, bamboo blend, a scarf out of malabrigo, a sweater in alpaca, a scarf in angora wool and nylon, a baby sweater in acrylic, and the bernat KAL afghan in acrylic. what's everyone else working on?
Pepper



 
Miss Freckles
 
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knitnknanny message #3
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 4, 2010 at 9:54:30 PM
 
I'm working on a bed for the kitty, a hat for my brother, I've got some yarn to make some socks for myself, there's a hat pattern I'd like to make for myself and I have a couple of sweaters I'd like to take apart in order to re-use the yarn. I might make myself a neckwarmer, too.

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pepper message #4
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 5, 2010 at 9:24:56 PM
 
I made a kitty bed last year. It did not turn out at all like I expected but the cat still loves it.
good luck with yours!


 
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Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 5, 2010 at 10:52:46 PM
 
Do tell...where do you get your kitty bed patterns?  I'd like to make one for my special girl.  Found one at a hardware store sale, but she doesn't seem to cotton to it and am thinking of bringing it back...if I can replace it with one I make.  Any suggestions?

Wow, you all are such prolific knitters!  Smiley

I'm about to start a cute hooded teddy bear coat.  Argh, and the blue acrylic "no dye lot" yarn, of which I have two skeins, are both two different dye lots.  They seem pretty close, but not exactly the same shade.  Sad

Okay, Charlene, resident expert on non-matching "no dye lot" dye lots...do you think it would look mighty terrible to make the back piece out of one skein and the two fronts out of the other?  (Yes, I'm anal retentive and have to be sure to knit them all at the same time, thus the need for two skeins.)  LOL, not that the teddy bear will really care (nor will the other bears make fun of him)...but...  Grin  Hey, it's awfully cold this winter, and the poor guy's pants and bunny slippers keep falling off!  At least a coat will help keep him toasty.  Smiley



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wizdmzchyld message #6
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 5, 2010 at 11:15:55 PM
 
The best suggestion I've come across is to switch out the yarns as is you're knitting stripes.  That way it will look as if you MEANT to do that.......which we all know you did.  The effect would be subtle and probably look really nice. Cheesy

As for the kitty bed, would it be possible to knit a cover for it?  Kitty might like sleeping on something with your scent on it.

Charlene

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Do tell...where do you get your kitty bed patterns?  I'd like to make one for my special girl.  Found one at a hardware store sale, but she doesn't seem to cotton to it and am thinking of bringing it back...if I can replace it with one I make.  Any suggestions?

Wow, you all are such prolific knitters!  Smiley

I'm about to start a cute hooded teddy bear coat.  Argh, and the blue acrylic "no dye lot" yarn, of which I have two skeins, are both two different dye lots.  They seem pretty close, but not exactly the same shade.  Sad

Okay, Charlene, resident expert on non-matching "no dye lot" dye lots...do you think it would look mighty terrible to make the back piece out of one skein and the two fronts out of the other?  (Yes, I'm anal retentive and have to be sure to knit them all at the same time, thus the need for two skeins.)  LOL, not that the teddy bear will really care (nor will the other bears make fun of him)...but...  Grin  Hey, it's awfully cold this winter, and the poor guy's pants and bunny slippers keep falling off!  At least a coat will help keep him toasty.  Smiley




 
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Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 5, 2010 at 11:50:42 PM
 
Charlene,

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The best suggestion I've come across is to switch out the yarns as is you're knitting stripes.  That way it will look as if you MEANT to do that.......which we all know you did.  The effect would be subtle and probably look really nice. Cheesy


Hee hee!  Though I'm not sure I'm up to the task of switching yarns and knitting three pieces at once...LOL, I don't know that my brain can handle it!  Maybe I should just chalk it up to "well, he's just a teddy bear and won't mind"?  Grin

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As for the kitty bed, would it be possible to knit a cover for it?  Kitty might like sleeping on something with your scent on it.


Thanks...I could try that...she did sniff and sniff, walked partially up on it, but no dice when it came to using it.  Fussy little girl!



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knitnknanny message #8
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 6, 2010 at 4:03:05 AM
 
Kitty bed-- I'm kinda making it up as I go. I'm not sure how far the yarn will go, so I'm not really sure what it will look like. Well, I know it's an ugly color and the yarn is yucky. It's a Red Heart variegated that's very stiff and scratchy. I know I don't want to wear anything made out of it.  My kitty didn't seem to mind the "pad" thing I made her last year out of some stiff and scratchy Red Heart Strata yarn. 
I will have to try to make a picture when I get the bed finished. And wouldn't it look cute if I could catch the kitty sleeping in it?  Smiley

As for your girl being fussy, maybe she didn't like the new bed because it smelled like the store. Does she have a "blankie" that she sleeps on/with?  If so, try putting it in the new bed.  Just a suggestion.  I really have no idea what I'm talking about.  Grin


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Do tell...where do you get your kitty bed patterns?  I'd like to make one for my special girl.  Found one at a hardware store sale, but she doesn't seem to cotton to it and am thinking of bringing it back...if I can replace it with one I make.  Any suggestions?





 
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Stitchboard Admin message #9
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 7, 2010 at 12:36:32 PM
 
Marilyn,

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Kitty bed-- I'm kinda making it up as I go. I'm not sure how far the yarn will go, so I'm not really sure what it will look like. Well, I know it's an ugly color and the yarn is yucky. It's a Red Heart variegated that's very stiff and scratchy. I know I don't want to wear anything made out of it.  My kitty didn't seem to mind the "pad" thing I made her last year out of some stiff and scratchy Red Heart Strata yarn. 


I would think Red Heart would be perfect for a cat!  It's definitely too rough for people, but cats do have that extra layer of fur we don't.

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I will have to try to make a picture when I get the bed finished. And wouldn't it look cute if I could catch the kitty sleeping in it?  Smiley


Ooh, I look forward to that!

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As for your girl being fussy, maybe she didn't like the new bed because it smelled like the store. Does she have a "blankie" that she sleeps on/with?  If so, try putting it in the new bed.  Just a suggestion.  I really have no idea what I'm talking about.   Grin


LOL, actually, I think you do!  There is one blankie she likes, but it's in a certain spot of hers, so I don't want to discourage her use of it.  She really seemed so much more curious of the smell when it was new!  I don't know...maybe it isn't big enough or something.

Though I could certainly make up a blankie to go over it, and maybe that would be the solution, a blankie that covers it, to make it "bigger," and maybe that would get her attention!

Thanks!  Smiley

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr"  Grin )


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pepper message #10
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 18, 2010 at 11:20:57 AM
 
I made a kitty bed from the Kitty Pi pattern on ravelry. It's made from wool and felted. I took my cat a little while but she sleeps in it a lot now. She has a favorite treat called kitty kissers (freeze dried liver) and I would leave a treat in her bed initially so she'd go up to it and try it out. It probably took a week or two for her to claim the bed.
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Stitchboard Admin message #11
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 18, 2010 at 12:16:23 PM
 
Pepper,

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I made a kitty bed from the Kitty Pi pattern on ravelry. It's made from wool and felted. I took my cat a little while but she sleeps in it a lot now. She has a favorite treat called kitty kissers (freeze dried liver) and I would leave a treat in her bed initially so she'd go up to it and try it out. It probably took a week or two for her to claim the bed.


Thanks for the info!  Smiley

That's a great idea, to put treats in the bed to coax her to use it.  Wish I'd thought of that one.

The cat did finally try out the "new" bed the other day.  She even took a nap in it.  So I guess I don't have to make one after all!  (Though I probably will at a later time, so will keep the info.)

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr"  Grin )


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knitnknanny message #12
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 19, 2010 at 1:53:27 AM
 
Well, the kitty bed is done. Before I was finished with it, there was a couple of times that the kitty stopped in my lap and did the 'kneading' thing, so I was pretty sure the bed would be a hit.

The bottom of the bed is a knitted circle. I knitted the sides the first time, but it just didn't seem sturdy enough so I ripped back to the where I started the sides. Then I crocheted around and around 'til I ran out of yarn. It's kind of a snug fit when the kitty is in it, but she seems to like it.  The sides still seem a little floppy, so I'm thinking about crocheting an outer layer and joining the 2 layers at the top.  IF the kitty lets me have it for that long.  LOL   

Hubby snapped a photo, but I'm not sure if he transferred it to the computer yet.
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Re: Christmas is done, what's next
January 19, 2010 at 12:30:50 PM
 
Marilyn,

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Well, the kitty bed is done. Before I was finished with it, there was a couple of times that the kitty stopped in my lap and did the 'kneading' thing, so I was pretty sure the bed would be a hit.

The bottom of the bed is a knitted circle. I knitted the sides the first time, but it just didn't seem sturdy enough so I ripped back to the where I started the sides. Then I crocheted around and around 'til I ran out of yarn. It's kind of a snug fit when the kitty is in it, but she seems to like it.  The sides still seem a little floppy, so I'm thinking about crocheting an outer layer and joining the 2 layers at the top.  IF the kitty lets me have it for that long.  LOL     

Hubby snapped a photo, but I'm not sure if he transferred it to the computer yet.


So glad to hear she seems to like it already!  Smiley

Have you thought of either double knitting the sides or using Tunisian crochet?  That may shore it up.

Hope you'll post the pic here!

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=


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knitnknanny message #14
Re: Christmas is done, what's next
February 19, 2010 at 8:07:28 PM
 
Just thought I'd let you know that I finally got the photos of kitty bed uploaded to this site. You'll find them in my photo album.  :-)

Marilyn

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Marilyn,

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Well, the kitty bed is done. Before I was finished with it, there was a couple of times that the kitty stopped in my lap and did the 'kneading' thing, so I was pretty sure the bed would be a hit.

The bottom of the bed is a knitted circle. I knitted the sides the first time, but it just didn't seem sturdy enough so I ripped back to the where I started the sides. Then I crocheted around and around 'til I ran out of yarn. It's kind of a snug fit when the kitty is in it, but she seems to like it.  The sides still seem a little floppy, so I'm thinking about crocheting an outer layer and joining the 2 layers at the top.  IF the kitty lets me have it for that long.  LOL     

Hubby snapped a photo, but I'm not sure if he transferred it to the computer yet.


So glad to hear she seems to like it already!  Smiley

Have you thought of either double knitting the sides or using Tunisian crochet?  That may shore it up.

Hope you'll post the pic here!

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=



 
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Re: Christmas is done, what's next
February 20, 2010 at 4:19:48 PM
 
Marilyn,

Terrific!  Can't wait to see!  Smiley

Melanie  (known to the cat as "Rowr" or "Rowr Rowr") =^.^=



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