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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit animal hats! on: November 08, 2012 07:06:57 PM
These hats are too cute! I especially love the fox one. I'll definitely need to check out those patterns.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Angler Fish Costume! on: November 04, 2012 06:33:34 PM
Great job and very creative! Love the details (e.g. eyes, teeth, light, uh... testicles) and I love the oatmeal!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Truly OUTRAGEOUS! Jem Costume on: November 04, 2012 06:21:17 PM
This is indeed outrageous! I totally those shoes and earrings in my life!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: By the seaside, By the beautiful sea! (Only without the sea) Mrs. Lovett Costume on: November 04, 2012 06:13:41 PM
This is awesome! I've long admired Mrs. Lovett's outfits and have thought about attempting to make one for Halloween; but I've been too lazy. Yours turned out lovely and I love the photos!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Britney Spears Toxic Flight Attendant on: November 04, 2012 05:58:15 PM
It looks awesome! I second the request for a group photo!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to block cotton sweater and sizing issues on: October 09, 2012 12:40:51 PM
Thank you for replying! You're right, 14" is the length from armpit to the bottom.  Tongue I got confused by the diagram. I may be over thinking this whole thing. I also should have been more specific and mentioned that the length is the same as what the pattern specifies, it's just not long enough for my liking. I guess I was just hoping that if I stretched it lengthwise it would help with the width. Which you say it should. Hooray! I will try it. Thanks again for your help answering my annoying and overanalyzed questions.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best way to block cotton sweater and sizing issues on: October 09, 2012 12:16:43 AM
After much thought - and careful measuring - I think the pattern might have a mistake and that's the cause of all the extra width, which actually totals in about 4 extra inches! Someone please correct me if I'm wrong because the other knitters on ravelry didn't seem to encounter any problems, at least they didn't mention any in their project notes.

So the gauge for the pattern is 20 sts = 4 inches and 28 rows= 4 inches. My gauge was off, but it was 20 sts / 26 rows. So that's roughly 5 sts per inch. The pattern also states that the finished measurements are 18" for bust and 14" for waist. If so, then 5 sts x 18" = 90 sts. That seems about right since the number of cast on stitches is 89. But here's where I'm confused... If 5 sts x 14" = 70 sts, then why does the pattern say to decrease only to 79 sts? Shouldn't I decrease to about 69 sts in order to get 14" for the finished garment? When I knit this top I followed the directions and decreased to 79 sts but then the finished garment measured 16". So again, if my math is correct, 5 sts x 16" = 80 sts.

Am I wrong? I'm just really confused. I'm also not very good at math so I'm seriously second guessing myself over here. But no matter how much I try to figure out what I did wrong to gain those extra inches, I keep coming back to the same conclusion. But perhaps my row gauge being off a bit had something to do with it too? Huh
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best way to block cotton sweater and sizing issues on: October 08, 2012 11:35:09 AM
I've just knit my just first human garment - I've knit countless dog sweaters - and so I'm new to blocking. (Actually this will be my first attempt at blocking.) I've knit the Hotness Top - http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/hotness-top - from Red Heart, but I had a few problems with it along the way. I made the small, but it is a bit too short and much too wide. There's about 3 inches of extra width at the waist. Funny thing is, it actually turned out a bit smaller than what the pattern says, but it's still a tad roomy and it's kind of unflattering. The gauge was off no matter what size needles I used so I think that may have had something to do with it. But will blocking help resize the top to fit a bit better? And what's the best way to block cotton knitwear? Steam blocking? Wet blocking? I read somewhere that cotton tends to stretch with wear, so perhaps I should have chosen a different fiber? Should I just frog it and start all over with wool yarn? I just have no idea how to go about fixing this and I really want to be able to wear it since it is my first top. Any help is greatly appreciated!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Brite Gauntlets on: May 06, 2012 04:12:35 PM
OMG! These are so awesome! I NEED them! My friend's birthday is coming up and I will need to knit a pair of these for her. Then she will squeal upon receiving them.  Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: OWLS Sweater on: May 06, 2012 04:08:42 PM
It turned out really well and looks great on you too! This pattern has been in my queue for about a year now, maybe longer. But who am I kidding, there's no such thing as winter in central Texas so when would I wear it?  Roll Eyes By the way, I love that light grey color, what yarn did you use?  I've been debating over which yarn to use for this sweater which is another reason I haven't gotten around to knitting it.
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