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1  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Re: Lexington help? on: April 13, 2006 04:58:55 PM
I don't but there is an Irish shop downtown, on South Limestone right before you get to High Street.  I'm not sure what the store's called but they could perhaps help you locate someone.
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Apricot Jacket from Rebecca 27 on: March 09, 2006 09:07:33 AM
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The pattern just arrived, but does anyone have any thoughts on Misti silk cotton or blue sky alpaca cotton?

My Apricot (in Cotton-Ease) remains unfinished but I bought BSA Cotton for another project and wish I'd used it for Apricot too.  I love it!
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: February 27, 2006 03:24:49 PM
Congrats on finishing, everyone!  I'm shocked what some of you guys were able to get done...Mariah in that time, especially!  It's amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it.  Cheesy 

Here's my Olympic FO, from Rebecca #30, the Ruffled wrap cardi (pattern 37)


Made with about 5 1/2 balls of delicious GGH Soft Kid yarn.  If you want the long winded, rambling explanation of the sweater, it's on my blog!  Mine's not as ruffly as the original but it works nonetheless.


I'd intended to do the Snap Cardi from Blue Sky Alpacas but had a last minute change of heart. I'd already done one of the fronts for this but knew that with it being mohair, I wouldn't get to wear it this season unless I got it done pretty soon.  The BSA cardi is cotton so I'll get a longer season of wear out of it.  The front pieces knit up so quickly compared to the rest that I didn't feel like I cheated at all.  Wink
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for a first sweater? on: February 18, 2006 07:07:05 AM
I must sound like a broken record but my first 2 sweaters were from the Yarn Girl's Guide to Simple Knits, and I'm a big fan of it for first sweaters.  They are all done with heavy worsted to bulky yarn so they knit quickly, and the instructions are really clear.  They do the shaping instructions row by row if you need that.  I borrowed the book from my library and ended up not buying it because I thought it would be a little too simple for future sweaters.  They have a new book that's great, Beyond the Basics.

Don't be afraid of a sweater!  It's no different than a scarf you have to seam together.  Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Koigu Gloves FO on: February 11, 2006 06:58:18 AM
Those are gorgeous, and Koigu is so warm and soft!  I want to make a pair myself now.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 3 FO's from Scarf Style on: February 04, 2006 12:00:46 PM
Magnum, I can't bring myself to buy knitting books for just one project, especially a $20+ knitting book  You may want to see if your library has it.  I've checked out a lot of knitting books from mine so I could decide whether I liked enough of the projects to justify the cost.  It's not difficult at all.  It's done with short rows which are really simple for this project.

KnitPicks has a similar looking project...

http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/itemid_50355220/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx

kt- the chart does look a little intimidating at first but it's not bad!  It's tough to do while watching something else since you have to count on both RS and WS but you can quickly discover mistakes.  You repeat it about 20 times so I enlarged the chart and made a copy for each repeat.  I highlighted each line as I finished it.  It made it a lot easier to keep track of where I was in the project.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 3 FO's from Scarf Style on: February 04, 2006 11:14:26 AM
I'm usually not a fan of knitting scarves but I bought the book Scarf Style after seeing that I wanted to make several of them!  I have made 3 already, 2 for Christmas gifts and one for myself.

The first is Ruffles. It took less than 4 balls of Cashmerino and is really long, about 92".  I'm only 4'11!  I did it in my team's colors (Kentucky) for wearing to games and rushed through it so it would be done in time for the last football game at the end of November.  It kind of blends in with my shirt here but I love this picture because of my sweetie little dog.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/legallyblondeky/Knitting/Im001121.jpg

I did another Ruffles as a gift for my best friend.  It was supposed to be a Christmas gift but I didn't finish it until recently.  I'm horrible  Wink  I used 3 skeins of Berroco Softtwist.  It's shorter than the other, about 66" long, but this second one seemed to take forver to knit, after having done one already, so I didn't start another ball.  
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/legallyblondeky/Knitting/Im001241.jpg

For a work Secret Santa, I drew the name of someone who makes jewelry so I knew she'd appreciate something handmade.  Backyard Leaves was the scarf I really fell in love with in the book, and she'd be a perfect recipient.  I used 3 balls of Plymouth Suri Merino which is super soft and nice to work with.  It's about 70" long.  I am crazy about this pattern!  This is only the first half of it but it shows off the pattern better than some of the other pics I took. I did weave in ends. Smiley

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/legallyblondeky/Knitting/Im001138.jpg
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Apricot Jacket - from Rebecca 27 on: February 04, 2006 08:25:46 AM
Lazynoo, join the "Apricot is driving me crazy" club.  I have never been so frustrated getting started on a project.  Here's something I posted on my blog about it...
http://stacyknits.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_stacyknits_archive.html

I see you found the Knit Along.  It's a huge help!  Once you get going on a piece, it isn't difficultr.

I put my Apricot on hold last summer. I thought I'd pick it back up in August for fall wear but a couple of baby projects I had to get done halted that.  I'll pick it back up soon!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: any ideas/patters for Rowan Kidsilk? on: January 28, 2006 12:25:05 PM
I love Aimee from Rowan Vintage Style, and it's on my to do list for as soon as I finish up a couple other projects.  It uses 4-5 skeins. You can see it here:

http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ro-magvintagestyle.htm

Butterfly from Rowan #37 is really cute too.  There's a Knit Along on Craftster for it
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=41349.0

If you wanted to do a shawl, Birch and Kiri both use KSH.

Birch:
http://www.theknittinggarden.com/images/rowan/mag/mag34/birch-lg.jpg

Kiri:
http://www.alltangledup.com/movabletype/my_images/my_patterns/kiri.pdf

These are a few I like using KSH! 
10  UNITED STATES / Kentucky / Re: (going to be) New to Lexington-help?? on: January 26, 2006 02:32:41 PM
Knit1Purl1 is on Patchen Drive, off of Richmond Rd a couple of lights past the Circle.  It's in the white 2 story building with several little shops in it.  The building forms almost like a horseshoe shape, and it's in the middle.  It's a tiny little shop.

Stones Throw is in Georgetown.  If you're familiar with the courthouse, it's right up from that.  It's along one of the main roads in downtown. It's easy to miss because it's in the basement of another shop. 

They have a website
http://www.stonesthrowartisans.com/

Hope this helps!

BTW, I need to retract my Knit1Purl1 comment.  I've had a couple of great experiences in there lately though it was a bit intimidating when I first started knitting. I was in a couple of weeks ago to buy the fall/winter issue of Rebecca. 
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