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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: From Rowan 36, Fern on a fat girl (with a few pics) on: March 04, 2005 08:36:38 AM
I love it!
It is not quite a style i am fond of but it looks darling on you. I agree with serac, the flower is seriously cool.

And to let you know, I am part of the "more of me to love" club and am SO pleased to see another knitter who doesn't just knit the small sizes. I was starting to feel terribly self conscious with all the pretty thin crafsters here.

Be proud of your accomplishment and where it EVERYWHERE!!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Neckwarmer of Looooove on: February 22, 2005 07:34:38 AM

I got so excited about this fishtail lace that I am making a top out of it! 

HelenaJane, I love your neckwarmers, they are darling. I am going to try making another one once i get a few things finished. I am terrible about that.

And amusingly, I am doing the exact same thing, I loved the look of the lace and wanted to make another sweater using Wool of the Andes to see how it would work out so I am altering the hourglass sweater in Last Minute Gits. I am putting lace on the bottom as well as the sleeves. I can't wait to see how it works out.

Good luck with your top, I will look forward to seeing it when you get it started and finished. Wink
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Warm tootsies and ears on: February 18, 2005 09:46:25 PM
How is that hat with the ears made, do you have a pattern for the hat and directions for the ears, I can crochet

lol, gracious, to be honest I cant even tell you which hat pattern I used. I just kind of winged it  I knitted the hat then decided on the placement of the ears, once I decided that I picked up stitches, kinda and ch 3 then 4 dc, i think, then chained 2 and 2 hdc then ch 1 and sc and finished off. I think.... It was more just trial and error and I didnt keep notes. I am sure there was a much easier way than how I did it.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Look Ma! Cables! on: February 17, 2005 07:29:58 PM
 I am waaaaaaay too easily amused. After knitting odds and ends, I decided I had the courge to try cables. My first foray into the world of weird needles and twisted stitches ended up a fairly successful Basic Cable hat from S&B Nation.

I am terribly pleased with it. As I am sure you have noticed. You will have to ignore the scary chick in the pics. That would be me after drinking half a pot of coffee. Zing!

I didn't follow the pattern exactly, mainly because I did not have the right needles, so I did the main part on size 7 circs and then ended up downsizing to size 5 dpns since I did not have size 7's I think I should have made it a bit longer and I think I will when I do the next one.

Oh, and the yarn, that is the color hollyberry  in the Wool of the Andes by KnitPicks. I rather like it. Its not as smooth as cascade 220 but still real pleasant to knit with. Good feel, at least in my uneducated opinion.  Very intense colors, btw. Not sure if that shows up in the pics.

For those of you who are chicken about trying cables, don't be. Monsterous easy they are, yes yes. If I can do it, you can too. Grin

Coooooofffffffeeee!!!! Yes, still on that caffiene high, yep, definitely.

And here is a closeup of the cables since I know you were all on the edge of your seats waiting for this very image.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Winter Knitty Surprises... oh, the suspense! on: February 16, 2005 05:28:31 PM
Yay for two more patterns. \o/.
Received an email that they have the surprises up, I likey, yes I do. Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap 100% wool, merino, etc yarn on: February 16, 2005 08:10:25 AM
I don't know about the backorder, but it was all over the liveournal knitting community about the skeins being shorter than what was advertised. I am sure they have fixed it by now, but they lost a lot of money making up for it-- probably added to the amount of yarn on backorder!

If I recall correctly, it was the Merino that was mismarked. The labels were marked as 110 yards and it was actually 96 yards. It has been corrected on the website, and I would imagine it was changed in the catalogue as well. I did not buy merino when the incorrect label was discovered so missed out on that, I do know they sent yarn to those who wrote about it to make up for it and sorted things out as quickly as they could. I do not know if any of the other yarns in their line were mismarked, it was just the merino that I heard about on another board.

I shoujld have mentioned that in my last post but I am easily distracted with a 3 year old and forgot to put it in. That and i know you just love hearing my comments so I had to post again  Grin
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap 100% wool, merino, etc yarn on: February 16, 2005 07:28:50 AM
Much of the reason for the low price is that they buy directly from the  mill and skip the middle man. Something was metnioned elsewhere about possible poor work ethics from the mills due to their being in another country. I honestly cannot say one way or another about that but it is something to think of.

I personally really like their yarns. They are not perfect, which means don't expect rowan or something equally fine, but for the price they are excellent yarns. I have made a hat out of the wool of the andes and did not find any problems with the yarn, I am also in the proccess of making the Hourglass sweater with the same wool and have  not come across any problems with the balls yet. Some have mentioned that their yarn was not as clean as they would like, meaning bits of debris or strange coloring, but I have not run across that. I think it is good yarn for a good price.

The backorder problem is not a surprise. With their low prices, it is being bought up fairly quickly which means they have to keep ordering more from Peru (which is where they are getting the yarn) and that can slow things at times. I had good luck when I ordered, I guess  I am lucky that way, but I wanted to order another color in the merino and they were out so I will simply wait till it comes in again before I get overly worried.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cheap 100% wool, merino, etc yarn on: February 15, 2005 07:03:50 AM
Undecided Don't see merino for $2.29/ball....


There ya go.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice for beginner? on: February 11, 2005 08:18:31 PM
Yes, the cast on stitches will be the same amount as the knit stitches. So if you cast on 10 stitches you would need to knit those ten stitches.

What I did to practice was to make a little mini-scarf thing. I cast on 20 stitches and then knit till I was comfortable with knitting. I then started on purling which, for some reason, was hard for me to master. However, just one day it clicked and once you master the knit and purl you are almost all set. The next big thing will be your bind off but that is pretty easy.

I spent a lot of time, the first month, frogging things (ripping them out) and starting over. It was a good way for me to learn, however.

Congrats on your progress, btw. The cast on is probably the most confusing things for beginners, or so I have been told. Smiley
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: my first scarf!! on: February 09, 2005 12:59:35 PM
These kinds of posts are not annoying. I adore seeing all the creativity and skill that goes into new projects and its always nice to see another new knitter joining our quiet and often secret society.

The scarf is darling. Congrats on it and keep on knitting. Smiley

Edited: Teach me to post without previewing first
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