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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Bergere de France cabled pullover - now translated! on: October 11, 2006 11:02:14 AM
Canarysanctuary, please do get back to us if you figure out how to modify it! I want to make this sweater so much but I know I'd need to knock several inches off of the smallest size to make it fit right. Once I get a couple of WIP's out of the way I may see what I can do with it, but I'd definitely be interested in your progress as well!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: March 16, 2006 10:25:24 AM
I just picked this back up again a few days ago (avoiding seaming and weaving in ends on another project, heh). I think I have maybe 10 rows to go before I start on the fishtail points - I'm at work and can't check. I was getting a little worried about running out of yarn, so I'm glad someone mentioned that the points don't take very much. I'm loving how it's turning out! I need to hurry up and finish it before the Pacific Northwest spring gets too warm for alpaca!

Can't wait to see pics of everyone's shawls.
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 31, 2006 09:01:45 AM
I think there are two ways you could make the shawl wider.



1) Add another repeat of the pattern horizontally (curved lines), which would also make it a lot longer since each each repeat gets bigger in length and width. I have no idea how much more yarn this would take.

2) Cast on five instead of four and do another section (straight lines) which should make it around 75 inches wide and closer to a half circle shape. You'd need 25% more yardage to do this.


I've only gotten a few rows done in the last couple of days. I have some kind of arthritis or something going on (and I'm not old!) that's making knitting painful right now. Sad Sad, because I like how this is turning out and I want to wear it! But, I'm only at row 78.

4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 27, 2006 08:30:14 PM
I got stalled a bit trying to finish up some gifts (I have a bad habit of working on at least five projects at once!). I'm only at row 65. I bought a longer circ though, so I'm prepared for when those rows get monstrously long and won't fit on my 29" anymore. How are you guys doing? Done yet?
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 20, 2006 09:41:39 PM
Oh wow. No, it's nothing as complicated as that shawl. It's pretty easy actually. I have to look at the directions for each row just to see how many stitches before and after the YO, etc. but then it just repeats four times, so you really don't have to follow it closely at all. I could probably memorize it if I felt like it, but it's easier just to glance at the notes and see what to do. I did Branching Out as my first lace project and this is way easier than that was.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 19, 2006 06:05:12 PM
I tried to do the increase a couple of different ways. It seemed weird to me. Am I supposed to bring the yarn to the back between the 2 needles or around the needles? I ended up purling into the front and back of the stitch. It looks ok, I guess.

I've been bringing it to the back in between the two needles, just like you would if you were doing ribbing or something. If you take the yarn over/around the needle you end up with something really weird - I did that at first. I tried to take a picture but my yarn is dark charcoal gray and you couldn't see anything in the pic - just a blob. I think as long as you're happy with how your increases look any kind would be fine. Once I figured this one out it seemed easy. It doesn't look bad on the right side but it's not invisible either.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: January 18, 2006 07:26:00 PM
I did branching out with a worsted weight mohair - my first lace, my first mohair. I wanted to rip it to bits for about the first twenty rows, but then once I got the hang of things it went ok. I'm glad it wasn't laceweight though! I'm going to do this shawl in laceweight alpaca, but it's done on size 9 needles so I think it should be ok.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: January 18, 2006 05:54:15 PM
I'm doing this shawl from the Fall '05 Vogue Knitting:



I've done some lace before, but nothing like this. I'm hoping to post progress pics each day of the Olympics on my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/meglawson/

That is, if my three-month-old will let me. Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 18, 2006 05:19:10 PM
It took me a minute to figure out the increase too, but I think I figured out how to do it. Just purl like you normally would, but don't take that stitch off the left needle. Instead, move your yarn to the back and then insert your needle through the back leg of that same stitch from right to left and knit it. Does that make sense? I'll try to post some pics when I get to another increase row, hopefully later tonight. I let myself knit one ball of yarn on the shawl and then I put it down to try and get some gifts done before I felt too guilty and before next month's knitting olympics. I'm loving how this shawl is coming out, even though I think I misplaced some eyelets in one row. (Misplaced! It sounds like I lost them, ha!) Hopefully that won't be too noticeable once it's blocked since they're near the top and should be covered by my hair anyway.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / flower petal shawl KAL anyone? on: January 14, 2006 02:20:12 PM
I just started the free flower petal shawl pattern from Elann:

http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=107024

I love love love shawls! This one is easy lace and I think it looks supercool and not at all frilly. But it's one of those things where the rows just get longer and longer the further you go and I might need a kick in the pants from other people working on the same thing. I also don't quite understand how to knit the points at the bottom (each is knit separately?) but thought I'd dive in and figure it out when I get there. Alpaca is my favorite so I'm using the suggested yarn in charcoal heather.

Anyone interested in joining me?
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