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1  FO - Blue Cabled Cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by 3-Quarters on: November 12, 2007 11:01:42 AM
Hello knitters; longtime lurker here, first time posting in Completed Knitting!

I originally posted this sweater in the Help forum...this was my very first sweater (started almost a year ago, worked on and off for a few months) and of course I didn't measure guage very well. It's quite wide in both the waist and sleeves and I've felt too frumpy in it to wear it. I got some great advice to machine-sew new seems and cut excess (semi-steaking), and I'm not ruling that out once I learn how to sew, but the other morning I decided on an easy, temporary fix. Move the buttons! (Why didn't I think of it before?) I sewed up 3 of the 4 button holes, put a button off-center, put some ties on the inside so that it'll still lie flat (err, sort of), and here's the result. Still a bit big, but I think the assymetry makes it look a lot less frumpy, perhaps even like I made it that wide on purpose...

Excuse the slight blur

Detail of the cable

Project Details:
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino
Needles: US 8 aluminums
Pattern: winged it
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2  Problem - to felt, to frog, or to just deal with a huge sweater? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by 3-Quarters on: October 18, 2007 10:21:01 AM
You've all done it. Early on in your knitting days, you ignored the constant reminders to CHECK YOUR GUAGE. I was one such knitter, and although I've learned my lesson, I still regret the past.

This cardigan sweater

was the first large project I tackled as a new knitter. It's mostly self-designed with a cable pattern that I adore, but the problem is it's wide as sin. The length is fine, but the 3/4 sleeves are bulky and stick out (covered up by rolled shirt sleeves in the photo). I've got a good 4 inches on either side in the waist, chest and hips (also hidden a bit by my pose in the photo)

So the question is, should I try felting my precious 3 month very first sweater and risk it not fitting at all? Does anyone know from experience if I can hope that the width will shrink but not as much the length? Will the cables completely disappear in the process?

Note that the yarn is Patons Merino - I would assume this yarn felts fine but if you know otherwise...

Thanks in advance!
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3  FO - "Fishy" Blank Journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by 3-Quarters on: October 16, 2007 09:29:38 AM
Hello all, this is my first completed-project post (long time lurker, of course). I just wanted to share a blank journal I made recently for a friend's birthday. Please let me know if my images aren't working, this is still pretty new to me...

The exterior of the book. It's about 5.5" square. I used teal paper for the cover and decided it was too plain, so going with a fish theme I half-traced half-sketched a motif from a Dover book. I then outlined in pen and colored with, of all things, those gel-pens that everyone had in the mid-90s...I've still got a huge collection for some reason. The string on it has glass beads - mostly just an excuse to put beads on it, but it also ties the book shut.

A detail of the cover to show how some of the pens are metallic and some sparkly.

Inside the book. The signatures alternate lined paper and blank sea-green paper since my friend is both a poet and a compulsive doodler. I'll admit the interior is not the highlight of my craftsmanship.

And finally...I think I took the fish theme a little overboard (ouch, sorry for the pun) with the next part...

I knitted a "net," sort of a carry-case and protector for the book.
Sock yarn on size 17 needles = more awkward than a middle-school dance, but it only took about an hour and a half to knit so it wasn't so bad.

I think she liked it, but I'm also pretty sure she now thinks I'm a complete nutter. Thanks for looking!
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