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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / o w l s - owls sweater knit along? on: August 13, 2009 02:01:52 PM
Fall is coming up & so I've been itching to start on a big sweater project. I have been enamored with this owl sweater pattern for some time:
http://needled.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/o-w-l-s-the-pattern/
(for more pics of what it looks like on, check out this: http://needled.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/owls/)

Anyone else interested? It uses a thicker yarn, so I think it would knit up pretty quickly!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sticking it out: some encouragement? on: November 08, 2007 04:10:15 AM
I know the feeling! Last november, I started a sweater that called for size 2 and 3 needles with fignering weight yarn. I didn't finish it until the very end of this august, partly because the gauge was so small, but also because I just got so tired of working the same lace repeats over and over again. Still, I pushed through and finished it. I definitely got a little bit discouraged by it, but I found that breaking up the knitting into chunks really helped. Try just knitting for a half hour to an hour per day, and I promise you, it'll get done eventually.

Another thing that helped was the fact that all of my friends, housemates, and coworkers kind of got invested in the progress of my sweater. They saw me working on it all the time, and so they'd always ask about my progress. It kind of motivated me to finish it, in a weird way.

Anyway, I hope this helps!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Sweater from Phildar Tendances on: November 08, 2007 03:14:53 AM
I love this! I've been thinking about knitting this for a while. I love the way it looks in the round too--there's no pesky seam distracting you from the lovely leaf pattern.

I actually have one quick, kind of stupid question about knitting in the round--how did you cast off for the armholes? I've knitted sweaters before, but only on straights, so I'm always kind of amazed when people modify patterns written for straight knitting.

You knit in the round up to the arm holes, then you knit 'straight' (as in knit and purl) separately (front and back) up to the shoulders.

Yup, what she said Smiley When you do it in the round, you just end up with a few more fiddly bits than you would if you knitted it straight, but the idea is still the same.

Thanks so much! I have one last question--did you work with a translation, or did you use the actual French pattern? I ask because I'm actually a french major studying abroad at the moment, and so if I knit it, I think it'd interesting to use the original pattern. But at the same time, french patterns kind of scare me. I went to the local phildar store and flipped through some of the magazines and the patterns just seemed so cryptic!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Sweater from Phildar Tendances on: November 07, 2007 09:59:37 AM
I love this! I've been thinking about knitting this for a while. I love the way it looks in the round too--there's no pesky seam distracting you from the lovely leaf pattern.

I actually have one quick, kind of stupid question about knitting in the round--how did you cast off for the armholes? I've knitted sweaters before, but only on straights, so I'm always kind of amazed when people modify patterns written for straight knitting.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hoot Hoot! Owl Tea Towels on: August 14, 2007 07:58:56 AM
These are adorable! The first one's my favorite, I think. I really like the fabric you used for the eyes.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lace and Agate Scarf on: August 12, 2007 09:28:59 PM
Oh, I love this! The flower buttons are really lovely.

I actually made this about 2 years ago as my first lace scarf. It's such a lovely, simple pattern.
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Autumn Rose in Simply Shetland 4 (Eunny Jang pattern) KAL on: August 08, 2007 08:48:50 AM
What book has the pattern for this? It's gorgeous!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Time-consuming knitting projects on: May 11, 2007 11:22:25 AM
Thank you so much! I was kind of getting overwhelmed by it, and I think breaking it up into # of rows per day would really help me.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thank You/Farewell gift for Japanese instructor (male)? on: May 11, 2007 09:33:24 AM
I've lived in Michigan all my life, and if he's going to be teaching here, he'll need a hat. Hats, especially ones with ear flaps, are almost essential for the coldest months of the year (well, in my opinion at least). Depending on where he's going to live, it can get pretty windy, so a good long hat protects your face from big gusts of snow flurries.

That said, scarves are good too, but if he has a coat with a big collar, he can do without a scarf.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Time-consuming knitting projects on: May 11, 2007 09:28:36 AM
Have any of you ever knit something for a year or longer and actually finished it?

I'm asking because I'm beginning to get discouraged with this sweater I'm knitting right now. I cast on in December and knit furiously over winter break & ended up finishing the first half of the front panel then. It seemed like an accomplishment to me, because the sweater I'm knitting comes from a vintage pattern & is knit on size 2 and 3 needles.

 So because I finished so much in just a week, I kind of tricked myself into thinking I could get it done by mid-may. However, schoolwork got in the way, and though I knit a row or two here or there, I haven't had time to finish even the first panel, much less the back panel and the sleeves.

I picked it up again a few days ago & realized that I knit an extra repeat of lace that's going to make my sweater waaaaay too long, so I have to rip some of it out. Maybe I'm over-reacting, I just have this horrible feeling like this sweater is never going to get done. I've never met another knitter who has put more than six months or so into a project without giving up. Can it be done? Or should I just toss it in the closet?
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