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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I knitted him a 'yorick' and he sewed till I broke out in tears... on: May 22, 2006 08:46:42 AM
Oh my God, that is nice work. Congrats on having a great dude, tell him he could make a pretty penny selling those, his color sense is spot-on.

The Yorick pattern pissed me off, and I'm a pretty experience knitter! If you felt it well enough, you can just knit the heads as solid pieces and cut the holes in later. Good job though!
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: self-designed razor shell lace cami - with pattern on: May 22, 2006 08:43:19 AM
Razor shell rules! I just used it as an edging in a pattern I wrote, but this is an even better use for it!
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: top with stripes in empire style on: May 22, 2006 08:37:32 AM
Sehr heiB!
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: May 18, 2006 04:15:28 PM
ok...um, I tried to make the cloche, and something is seriously wrong with it...it's way too short!

This is before felting, but I'm assuming it would shrink even more! I followed your pattern exactly, and the guage is spot on, so what did I do wrong?


Yikes! Well--the first comment I have is that it isn't exactly my pattern since you substituted yarn. That's totally fine, I support yarn substitution wholeheartedly. When you did the final decreases, did you do them every other round or every round? The way I wrote it (in the interest of saving space) the instructions look like you should decrease every round, but it's actually happening every other round.

When I look at it and imagine the bottom unrolled, it does look like the length that I intended, just barely over the eyebrows...

I also call for a light felting, which shouldn't cause too much shrinkage. This thing isn't meant to be tossed in the washing machine like a tote bag would be, just a little handwash with hot water to make the whole thing a little more solid.

If none of these things make sense, I'd say rip out the crown decreases to the part in the pattern where it says "knit even until it measures 5.5" from cast-on edge" and knit until you feel comfortable with it's length before starting the final decreases. Hope this helps =)
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: May 17, 2006 07:14:24 PM
Yayers!  Thank you for the pattern!!!!!  I'm thinking of knitting mine in this yarn http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Austermann+Cleopatra&Season=&Company=&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=2 (almond ice).  ^_^  The only thing is, how many yards would it take? O_o...

Hm, should we start a kal for this?  Cheesy

Oh man, a KAL would make me feel like such a rockstar!

I think that yarn would be cool, but I have concerns about the fiber content. Since it's all synthetic, it wouldn't felt and my hat depends on a light felting for it's finished look. If you wanted to use that yarn I'd say use a much smaller needle so that it will be very firm--this would probably help the brim to have a good amount of body. I'd say that you need about 300 yards to be safe (that's for a heavy worsted weight, held doubled).
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche NOW WITH PATTERN, pg. 6! on: May 16, 2006 05:56:14 PM
Thanks so much for the pattern! This hat is great!

I have a question. This hat looks like it could be modified to look more like this hat from King Kong: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v34/princess_vernie/feltedclochesm.jpg

Any ideas on how to do it? The wrapped over part is what I'm really wondering about, but I'm also curious about the brim shaping. I have been in love with this hat for so long, and I really want to make it!

True knitting-nerdom, I believe: Everyone else I knew was saying, "Oh man, the [insert random King Kong action scene here] was AWESOME!" I was saying, "Oh man, that hat was AWESOME, I wonder if I could make it." :-D

There is a thread somewhere here about knit-spotting in the movies, it's my favorite pastime (next to knitting of course).

That said, I thing Eunny Jang wrote about this on her blog in these posts:

http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/rundown.html
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/remiss.html

I haven't seen a finished one, and I don't know how I'd go about incorporating a fold into my pattern. I cast on and quickly decrease so the top is pretty fitted right away...for a fold, I'd say increase the cast on # and omit the initial decrease rounds. Then you could fold away the excess and tack it down.


KnitterMa, the Stirling is considered a bulky weight yarn but is a thin central strand (sport weight) surrounded by fluffy loops. http://www.yarn.com/yarns/stirling.html
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fleece Artist Sweater (and many more projects!) on: May 14, 2006 07:30:35 AM
Your knitting is great, and so is the box! Is it weird that I didn't catch your avatar when I opened the thread but recognized you guys on the box from seeing it around craftster? No, I think that speaks to what a talented rendition it is.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: One Skein Stirling Cloche on: May 13, 2006 06:44:59 PM
Hi everyone who liked my cloche--I just got word from Storey publishing that my pattern was accepted, whoo-hoo! Even better, I retain all rights to the pattern so here it is! I have it as a nice neat Word document as well, if anyone would prefer that, just send me a message and your email address.

Stirling Cloche
by Cirilia Rose

Sartorial historians believe that the cloche was popular with 1920s flappers because of the proud gaze it required of its wearer--chin tilted skyward and eyes peering down the nose. This version features a double-strand of a lustrous mohair loop and is slightly felted to fit the wearer.

Materials:

1 skein Valley Yarns Stirling (Bright Taupe shown here) (available from Webs, www.yarn.com)
1 size US#10/6mm 16 circular needle
1 set US#10/6mm double pointed needles

Gauge: 12 sts/16 rows=4 (pre-felting gauge)

Directions: Using two strands held together, cast 90 stitches onto circular needle. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist.

Work even until hat measures 2.5 from cast-on edge. On next round *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. Knit one round. On next round, *K6, k2tog, repeat from *. Knit even until hat measures 5.5 from cast-on edge. Work remaining decrease rounds as follows:

Round 1: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Round 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit.
Round 3: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Round 5: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Round 7: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Round 9: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Round 11: k2tog across row, 7 stitches remain.

Cut yarn and using tapestry needle thread through remaining stitches, draw tight.

Wash hat by hand using hot soapy water and vigorous agitation. Squeeze dry and pull into shape. Allow to dry fully over a bowl or similar form. Embellish as desired!

Enjoy =)
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Pretty - felted stuffy monster on: March 22, 2006 09:46:57 PM
Really nice execution of a really rad idea. I love the script you felted on, it's perfect!
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: BEST PILLOW EVER. on: March 17, 2006 07:47:45 AM
Thanks again, everyone!

How did you attach the crocheted border to the fabric backing?

I had some really strong gold thread that is meant to sew denim jeans and I chose a yarn that matched it. Then I crocheted around the green square, making sure it was a little larger than the pillow form. Then I took my rose fabric, folded about a 1/4 inch over and proceeded to whipstitch the fabric to the crocheted edging. It shows a bit on the fabric side, but I don't mind too much. It makes it look homemade, which is a good thing in my opinion!
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