Question for everyone who is done or almost done - at what point in the beginning stages did you take it off the needles to try it on? I'm about to make my third buttonhole. Maybe after the fourth? Thanks!
I will see what I can do about progress pics - I'm probably the only crafty person in the world who doesn't have a digital camera, but I know people who do. (it's all about who you know, wink wink.) Maybe an action shot once I try it on, whenever I get to that point.
Hello, hello. I started one of these in an orange yarn I found on elann. I just finished a sweater (basically my first - Chicknits eyelet cardi) and used the momentum and glee to start a new one.
I'm not very far (just the first 10 rows) and I didn't really do any kind of gauge checking, naughty knitter, but I'm sure I can give it as a gift if it doesn't fit me.
Big thanks to everyone in this thread! I'll be putting in some shaping thanks to the details here. And I'll definitely do the sleeves in the round...even just weaving in ends and the minimal sewing on that last sweater reminded me how much I don't like to sew...or, I just need more practice/skills. But, the less sewing it seems the faster I finish! And to everyone who was wondering about how to do the sleeves, the same question kept me from starting this for a bit, but then I just decided to boldly go and figure it out later.
audracupcake - to answer your question, uh, yes and no. i mean, in theory it is, but in practice it usually isn't. i sort of put myself on regular hiatus but occaisionally go to victrola just to hang out and knit and sometimes i'm joined by a few others. . . i kept making excuses why i didn't want to go out in the middle of the workweek and it seems like others fell off and stopped coming too, so i didn't want to force the issue. we're all there in spirit! it might be nice to re-start, though, i'm feeling like i need some crafty inspiration lately.
thanks, subloke, for making this and sharing the pattern. i am making a shrug for another craftster in a one-on-one swap and i too was originally going to make hug from magknits, but we were having yarn issues (ha!) and after doing some poking around craftster i found your design and we both think it's very cute and exactly what my swap person wanted - you saved the day!
lupinbunny, i just wanted to mention that if you put a cable in the pattern instead of the lace it will change the fit a little, and you might have to adjust. cables pull knitted fabric in and make it tighter, so it definitely won't have as much "give" as an open, lacey pattern. they also eat more yarn. but, they're also fun and look great!
i have been following this thread - huge thanks to everyone for their good, honest discussion and hashing out of ideas! yay for adult conversation!
not to complicate matters that are just in the baby state, but how will the karma/flaker thing work for those of us participating in the "secret craftsters" swap? i'm in the "original" one, i know they started a second one later on, but basically the swap is to send to your person every 1-2 months for a year, ending this july. i received two packages and then nothing, then a swap angel stepped in and sent me something recently, yay!
anyway, my point is, what would my karma be like for just doing one swap, that's been going on for almost a year?? i've been dedicated to sending even just little things to my person, but i know that we've had lots of people get flaked on....it has almost soured me on swapping completely, but i decided to keep it small and do more one-on-one type trades (hi hawaiilove!!!!)
heroinechic, thank you so much for sending me a package, i'm still giddy!
i got a beaded fun bracelet full of my favorite colors, some nature-themed stickers (with ladybugs!!! my favorite!) - can't wait to decorate some letters - a little notepad with different stamped designs in the corner (did you make those? neat!!!) and best of all, this totally insane kick-butt vintage cookbook from 1941 called "500 Tasty Sandwiches" - I'll be sure and put the liver sausage sandwiches on tomorrow's menu - ha!! who ever thought ham and raisin or kippered herring made such delicious treats?!
thank you so much - i think it's so great that you went out of your way to send to those of us "in need"
Yeah, lemme pipe up here - hawaiilove, i would love to do something like this for you, i like playing with yarn and knitting for others (i never seem to finish things for myself) but even if we worked out some kind of barter/swap/trade, knitting is SOOOOO time-consuming, in terms of "getting paid for labor" and even if you're a fast knitter, it doesn't usually compute out to being "worth" it. granted, some of us do try and dabble in the "knitting for profit" but personally, it's not viable (speaking for myself) to do projects larger than small accessories....sad but true! socknitter broke it down quite well. i would say that if you bought the yarn and paid someone $30 that might be closer.......
gosh, i hate to sound like a total killjoy. i love crafting!!!! i would say, try it out yourself, it's really satisfying to make your own clothes and doo-dads. if someone you know has knitting skills, you could teach them something crafty or trade like that for "lessons" - i firmly believe in the barter ethic!
Hey, MissMaria - I saw the GGH safari yarn at the yarn store last week and it is NICE. it seemed thin (which would give you a lacey texture if knit on larger needles) and it felt all smooth and suedey and buttery. I know it seems expensive, but I just wanted to tell you that in person, it was really nice. Also, the pima tencel might work gauge-wise and blend/fiber-wise, but it will make a totally different top. Just my two cents....xo, girlniteowl
I'm bashful to admit in public (because I don't want to step on anyone's toes) but I'm feeling quite shafted by this swap. It was my first one, too! Now, I understand that life is hectic and sometimes you just don't realize what you're getting into by obligating yourself to craft something for someone else every month or two (speaking for myself, too!), but so far I've only gotten 2 packages.
I am envious of all the people who post their big goody boxes...but I know I might not be the best swapper, I don't have a digital camera (so I can't post pics) and I've been late sending things - but I do send! Or if I can't send packages I at least send notes to my person so she knows I haven't forgotten about her.
I didn't really want to post to the board because I don't want to come off as super-whiney and lame, but man, I was so excited for this swap, and now, well, I'm just trying not to be sad and bitter...When this swap is over I'd like to do others, but I don't know. Maybe the year-long thing is too much and those other swaps that are just one-time-deals are better?