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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Here's my Paris Loop! on: October 11, 2004 11:45:53 AM
I found the details of Cicco at http://www.diamondyarn.com/cat.php?yarnID=839:

56% Wool, 35% Nylon/Polymide, 9% Acrylic

Polar Weight (Fancy Type)
50 grams and 100 meters per ball
7 mm ~ 10 1/2 or 11 US needle size
YARN GAUGE: approx. 4 in x 4 in knit square = 18 rows and 11 stitches


FYI, none of the online stores linked to by the diamond yarn site carry Cicco, so don't bother looking. I just searched eBay, too, and no Cicco is offered at present.

Does anyone have a comparable yarn suggestion for the Paris Loop project? Otherwise we'll all have to flood Gedifra with letters begging for the return of Cicco!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Here's my Paris Loop! on: October 11, 2004 10:40:35 AM
I've been eyeing the Paris Loop on Magknits.com for a while now but am so far unable to find a yarn shop that carried Gedifra Cicco. They've all had their closeouts on the yarn but in my local store and the online vendors I've checked.

Does anyone know of a vendor currently selling Gedifra Cicco (online of otherwise)?  If not, any suggestions for comparable yarn?
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Amy Butler Patterns on: September 23, 2004 02:34:43 PM
Below are some photos of my finished Madison Bags' Downtown Clutch with some of Amy Butler's fabric:













I am still debating the addition of a strap, simply because it's awkward to carry when filled with my heavy wallet and other purse-worthy items:



I absolutely love the shape of this purse, but it does need stronger interfacing than the Craft Fuse suggested in the pattern, at least for the bottom (there are threads about interfacing Amy Butler bags at www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7989.0 and www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2460.0).

I would definitely recommend this pattern with the thicker interfacing, as I will attempt.  I am also going to try to create a smaller version of this clutch (may be easier to hold), but first I am on to try the Chelsea bags!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you keep a purse's shape? on: September 12, 2004 06:05:13 PM
Just wondering if you ever attempted to sew the boning to the seam allowances on the outside body of your bag. I am in the process of making the Amy Butler Downtown Clutch and a wee bit disappointed in the weight of the interfacing, especially for the bottom. Any weight in my purse and there will be a definite sag.

How did the boning process go for you? Otherwise I may try to sew in some stiff cardboard for the bottom (or something similar) for my next attempt.
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