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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color input needed for shawl for bridesmaid's dress on: January 09, 2006 08:36:05 PM
i think jewelry is up to me.  The dress is very simple, spaghetti strap with a little bit of a chiffon cowl.  I really wanted to make that shawl for the occasion, and i thought the subtlest is best --- because actually the bride said i am not "supposed" to wear anything that the MOH doesn't also choose to wear.  I offered to make the other 2 ladies something matching a few months ago, but they didn't agree (I know, can you believe it? I think that they aren't afraid of the cold like me).... so I thought I'd worry about my own cold shoulders.  So you see, I am sort of going against the bride's prohibition, and would like to do so as subtle as possible.  Any color that doesn't match tonally with that light yellow would be out of the question. 

Weddings are complicated -- even when they're not yours!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color input needed for shawl for bridesmaid's dress on: January 09, 2006 07:22:38 PM
Great ideas... but the bride doesn't want one.  That was precisely it, I was trying to be subtle about the shawl.  The other wedding color is burgundy -- and a burgundy shawl on a yellow dress is like a heart attack waiting to happen.
If I test knit a swatch I'll have to open two skeins up (double stranded) to truly simulate the final result. The shawl pattern is linked here: http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/fflower.htm

Is it too much yellow on dirty maize? 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Color input needed for shawl for bridesmaid's dress on: January 09, 2006 06:54:43 PM
I am a bridesmaid wearing yellow, and I wanted to make a faroese shawl (a May wedding may be crisp), so I ordered some lighter yellowish yarn -- and the color is not quite what I expected.  I would really appreciate it if you could tell me if it goes well together.

The pics are at the following link, under the title "Safe from the crackhouse":


Thanks in advance! 

PS  If you do have a substitute suggestion, basically I need either fingering or laceweight and I don't want acrylic or mohair, but my main concern is color.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hopeful sweater on: December 31, 2005 09:54:22 AM
looks great; i like that v-neck detail.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yorkie in wheatear cabled sweater (come for the yorkie, stay for the sweater on: December 30, 2005 06:16:20 PM

The yorkie's my cousins, and seems used to sweaters. But my own dog, a Pom, totally freezes up when you put her in a sweater!

Yes, knit on DPNs coz the little guy's so teeny.  No seaming, thank goodness.  I made it up based on my cousin's dog's measurements.

Thanks all!  Haha, not sure whether you like the dog better than the sweater! 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I gave my Mom and Godmom the Clap. on: December 29, 2005 09:09:27 PM
Just for curiosity, how many skeins of Shimmer did you need?  I've got five or six skeins of the turquiose splendor colorway, and after seeing how lovely it looks as a clap, I might have to try that.

knithippie, I used double-stranded, the equivalent of 3+ skeins of knitpicks shimmer.  I used two skeins at a time, basicaly and by the end I was a bit more than halfway into the second set of paired skeins. Hope that helps!

Thanks thanks thanks for liking them!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Seaform lacy scarf-y on: December 29, 2005 10:00:34 AM
Thanks everyone! I tried at least 5 different lace patterns before settling on this one.  With handpainted yarns it's like the colors swallow a nice lace pattern, so you can't see it, right?  This one works so well with handpainted! 

I love the color! very nice work!

What size needle did you use?

kittyscorner, I used size 3 for one strand merino lace weight. 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I gave my Mom and Godmom the Clap. on: December 29, 2005 09:57:11 AM

My question:  How hard is it?  I can do aran knit, but my pattern reading is still somewhat dodgy, and I have never worked on a bias knit before.  Should I mentally file this as "Low Intermediate -- Do Now"  or  "High Intermediate -- Finish Coat First"  or  "Advanced -- Wait Until ALL Other Projects Are Done And I Have A Bunch Of Time" ?


PimpernelSmith, I put off the Clap because I thought it would be too difficult. Actually it is VERY VERY easy and you memorize the sequence immediately.  You need a whole lotta stitch markers (I used paper clips).  Aside from knitting in the back loop on occasion, it's all basically stockinette!  That's why I did two! I could put it down whenever and not worry about "losing my place" on a lace chart.

Everyone who asked -- the yarn is Knitpicks Shimmer in Happy Dance.  I feel much better about the color now. I had been feeling bad about it, but since you guys love it... I love it more!  It's very nice soft yarn. Really soft, with a sheen. I wish they had more subtle colorways (I prefer not high contrast).

Looking at your  blog I noticed a really cool cocoon shrug.  It's the one you made from Caron Simply Soft and were going to frog.  Any chance you might ever post a pattern?

Sappmama, since there wasn't much to it, perhaps I could!

Thank you all for checking out my Clap Infestation and for your nice comments!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Seaform lacy scarf-y on: December 28, 2005 07:07:13 PM
Stitch pattern here for free: http://knitting.about.com/library/blseafoam.htm
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yorkie in wheatear cabled sweater (come for the yorkie, stay for the sweater) on: December 28, 2005 05:13:45 PM
<<<edited to remove broken hotlinked image  Sad (website no longer exists)>>>

So quick to knit for such a wee thing.
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