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Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa Pasties and Thong

There's just no "delicate" way to describe this present to my personal Santa! They are hot and absolutely drop dead sexy. These fit perfectly since I made them and frankly what is not to love about cashmere undies?

For Santa's pasties:
I used Debbie Bliss - Cashmerino in Red since that is what I had - on ball will do top and bottom. Trim is in Lion Brand Fun Fur - one ball is more than enough and I am also doing a boa out of the rest.


With size 3 dpns, CO 48 sts.
Divide stitches by placing 16 sts on each of 3 needles.
K first round and place marker to indicate the end of a round.
Round 1: Knit around
Round 2: (K2, ssk, K8, k2tog, K2) on each needle so each decrease round reduces stitches by 6
Round 3:Knit around
Round 4: (K2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2) on each needle
Round 5: Knit around
Round 6: (K2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2) on each needle
Round 7:Knit around
Round 8: (K2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2) on each needle
Round 9: Knit around
Round 10: (K2, ssk, k2tog, k2) on each needle
Round 11: Switch to red, knit around
Round 12: (K1, ssk, K2tog, k1) on each needle
Round 13: K2tog around
Break yarn and pull through remaining sts. Pull tightly and weave in ends.
For the trim single crochet around with the fun fur. No real need to worry about hiding the ends of this since it kind of hides itself.

For the thong - This is based on a pattern on Naughty Needles .com but I changed it to reflect my needs and yarn - but wanted to give credit.

Women’s S (if you want it bigger just go to her website)


Needles & Notions
US 7 needles, or size necessary to achieve gauge
US 3 double pointed needles, or close size (gauge not critical)

ST stitch on larger needles: 4″ =20 st

CO 25
Seed stitch border for Front Panel

Work seed stitch border over 2 rows:
Row 1 (RS): K1 *P1 K1 repeat from * to end
Row 2 (WS): K1 *P1 K1 repeat from * to end
Basically on each row except the first - when you see a knit stitch you will do a purl and vice versa.

After these rows, the first stitch will always be slipped and the last stitch will always be knit. You’ll repeat a 4 row pattern: stockinette trimmed with a four stitch seed stitch and a slipped/knit edge, decreasing either side once every four rows.

I did not place markers since it was pretty obvious where the four stitch seed st ends but your preference may be to place markers as such: This is the only time you will do this row. After - follow Row 1.

Set up markers: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, PM, K2tog, K 13 (19, 23, 29), ssk, PM, P1, K1, P1, K1 (then proceed to Row 2).

Row 1: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, K2tog, K to 2 st from marker, ssk, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, P to marker, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, K to 2 st from marker, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 4: Sl 1, P1, K1, P1, SM, P to marker, SM, P1, K1, P1, K1

Continue until you’ve decreased out the stockinette center panel, then continue to decrease twice every 4 rows until you have 3 live st.

Switch to dpns and knit 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5)” I-cord.
Next row: Sl 1, K1, P1, K2.
Repeat row.
Sl 1, K 3 into front and back loops, K1
repeat until you get 8 st
Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end
Row 2: *P1, K1, repeat from * to end
Row 3: Row 2
Row 4: Row 1
Form eyelets for cord

K2tog, YO, *K1, P1, repeat from * to 2 st from end, YO, K2tog.
Purl next row, then BO.

Side straps

With RS facing, PU 4 st along top right corner.
Knit 2″ I-cord.
K2tog, K2—3 st
Knit 2″ more I-cord
K2tog, K1—2 st
Knit 15″ more I-cord, for a total of 18″
Feed end through same-side eyelet on back tab. Make and attach tassel or pompom to end of cord.
Repeat other side.
Alternately, you make one cord 24″ long, lace it through both eyelets, make other cord 12″ long, and tie at side.
To wear, tie cords in bow at back or side.

Any questions let me know!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Anticraft bead

Just finished this little bead - so so cute. It's from Samhain 2006 anticraft. Tiny freakin beads wrapped around a marble. Will have to find or make a great chain to put this on. Cute!

So the price for being a crafty mommy is that your kids friends will want you to make them stuff. Ah well, there are certainly more painful things to be known for so "crafty" I'll take. Made this knitted beaded bracelet for my daughter's friend. It is alternating black and white beads. I love! They rock.

Monday, December 14, 2009

52 Pick up!

So I am too far away from my man this season and it's frankly quite weird - though really nothing about this relationship is "normal" so HEY this is normal I guess. So makin him crap to both give my hands stuff to do and let him know I think he's pretty swell.

I totally stole this from Craftster.Org. IDK who exactly since like 12 people put it on there and all gave credit to someone else so whatever - credit given!

Super simple if you have a hole puncher (though it takes freaking forever) Make sure they line up so use one card as the template and make all others follow suit (hahaha BAH!). Print out YOUR reasons why and cut with crafty or normal scissors. Glue - I just used regular elmers BUT I can say DO NOT use a lot. It will take forever to dry and it's frankly not necessary. Truly, less than you think will work is the best - just spread it around a lot under your paper.

Line up book style insert pretty ribbon and Voila! Now I just gotta get my sorry ass to the PO and get it to him!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sniffing glue is never bad for you . . .

Okay that's complete crap but since I'm finally getting around to making the retro magnets for Christmas I have been meaning to do for like 2 years now . . . that seemed to just fit. I've got some fantastically smarmy sayings . . . which i won't divulge in case YOU might just be getting some. They are sassy and irreverent - just like me. Okay not exactly - but close anyway.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What is it?

Okay what is it about winter/Christmas that makes be both want to knit and blog. Though I've discovered knitting and blogging at the same time is a bit like knitting and driving. Doesn't work well for either pursuit. I am husbandless at the moment due to the man being in an entire other time zone pursuing the American Dream for us and all. As annoying as that is I am trying to hold down the proverbial fort/redecorate/get ready for sale/brace for winter storms and knit everything for Christmas simutaneously. See Katie play the good wife! Trying anyway. Knitting a Harry Potter sweater for my nephew Hayden (same letter folks). Will actually post pictures when it's done. Maybe even posting the pattern since I'm winging it. Nothing ever suits me since I'm kind of a kamikazi(sp) knitter. Take no prisoners I say!!