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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: July 31, 2006 11:21:18 AM
Ok, I've ordered my Knit Picks Andean Silk in Moss today from a friend whose relation lives in America (I'm a Brit - it will still be less than ordering anything in the UK!).  Hoorah!  It will be a while before I get it though, so I'll have time to finish a couple of things.  Good thing too!
22  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: July 28, 2006 11:02:50 AM
I bet the drape of Mainline would be gorgeous, but cotton for me usually stretches, even in blends Sad

You could always knit a swatch from it and then wash it to see if it changes.  And if it doesn't work for it, then it doesn't matter too much if you bought it anyway Cheesy

I thought of another potential sub - Noro Cash Iroha.  Mmmmmmmmm.  Still pretty expensive though Sad

And Garnstudio Alpaca will work when doubled up, and that's certainly cheap here in the UK.  Don't know if the drape would work though, but if a merino aran yarn can work, I don't see why alpaca won't...
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater on: July 27, 2006 11:58:47 PM
Ooooo, I'd not thought of cashmerino aran!  That'll make a gorgeous one...

What do you guys think to using Knit Picks Andean Silk as a sub?  I was originally thinking of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, but it doesn't have much to a ball, and thinking on the cheap side Knit Picks was an obvious sub for that...

As for the lace bit, I was thinking of just using one yarn all the way through, but maybe using a slightly different shade would work nicely?
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: flyaway cardigan pattern? on: July 20, 2006 11:46:33 PM
I don't know if it is what you are looking for, and I'm afraid it isn't free either, but Knitting Pure and Simple do a nice one with a moss stitch border and flared sleeves - http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html and scroll down to the olive green one on the left.  I've got it, and it is straight forward, and you could easily play with shaping the edges because it is knit top down.
25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 15, 2006 11:43:35 AM
Ooooooo that's gorgeous!  Lovely colour and lovely yarn Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 11, 2006 10:07:45 AM
I'm in Cheesy  I bought this at the weekend and started it the same day!  I'm not sure about the size I'm knitting, but I want to be able to wear it over a vest or t-shirt, so I erred on the larger (I'm a 45" bust, and have gone for the XL to be sure).  I'm doing some stashbusting by making it in Rowan Wool Cotton in a yummy dark choccy brown.  It has a lovely delicate sheen from the cotton, so I'm hoping it could work as a year round, all purpose wear...  Yay!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Project needed for 8 skeins SWTC Karaoke on: July 10, 2006 09:57:18 AM
I made a Clapotis with SWT Karaoke, and highly recommend it Cheesy  It feels beautiful on the skin, is incredibly warm and works well with a light jacket when the nip in the air is starting to kick in.  The colour moves wonderfully.  Claps are really boring to knit, but produce a fabby garment, and Karaoke makes an excellent yarn for the pattern.  I think I used about 7 and a quarter balls of yarn for mine.

In short - DO IT!  Do it NOW! Wink
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can anyone help me pattern this out? on: June 23, 2006 09:56:23 AM
Looks to me like it's just a big square sewn together a little to make the front.  If you imagine knitting a big loose sqaure in fine yarn like that, folding it in half, sewing a bit of the short sides together on each side, then that's how it looks to me.  It's a bit too fuzzy a yarn for me to be able to tell if there is any shaping there, but I'm sure someone else would be able to spot it if there is.  Because it is such fine yarn on big needles, it will stretch quite a lot to make the shape and fit you want tho, so it should be easy peasy to make Cheesy  Hoorah!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: [pic heavy] My first self-penned pattern - argyle socks without the fair isle. on: May 28, 2006 12:06:08 AM
Thank you guys Smiley  You're very kind!

Sewer Rat (love the name Cheesy) - the pattern is quite simple in itself.  It's a toe up pattern using a figure 8 cast on (but you can use any style you prefer to get to the right number of stitches).  Knitty have a really good tutorial on how to do any toe up cast on - they can be a bit fiddly, but they aren't difficult.  Once the toe is done, you just do knits and purls until you are ready for the heel, so the only thing you need to do there is keep track of which row you are on (and trust me, you'll get used to the run of the argyle pattern so that you don't need to refer back to it very often).  The heel is a short row one, and again, can be a bit fiddly, but it isn't difficult (I think there is a tutorial on Knitty for that too).  As long as you are careful you'll be fine, but I'm always available to help out if you get stuck Smiley  The yarn, incidentally, is from www.pureknits.com and is Hand Jive Yarns Nature's Palette in Indian Paintbrush.  It is very very very yummy Cheesy

Next up?  I have to make some socks for a colleague at work - I promised I would when she said she was fed up of shop bought socks digging in to her ankles.  I said I'd make them before I heard what measurements she has - a foot circ of 8.75" but an ankle circ of 11"...  Soooo, next up is a bit of maths to make some top down socks with big ankles without a big foot.  I'm thinking 2x2 ribbing and some heavy decreasing after the heel flap...  After that, who knows but I suspect it might be another sock one - I'm itching to play with stitch patterns and socks are a fab way to wear patterns and colours you might not wear otherwise Cheesy 
30  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Fat-bottomed bag...with owls? on: May 27, 2006 04:05:54 AM
That is just the best adornment for a bag ever Cheesy  Love it love it love it!
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