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1  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!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Want to learn embroidery, but where to start? on: May 06, 2012 04:00:13 PM
I've just recently decided I want to learn embroidery. But I'm not sure where to start. I don't know anything expect that I need some thread, fabric, hoop and needle. Other than that, I'm completely in the dark. I've perused a few websites and books, but they don't explain how to get started. It's mostly tutorials on different stitches and/or then they jump right into patterns. It's like trying to read a book in a foreign language when you only know a few words.  Undecided I'm looking for something that explains everything. If anyone is familiar with the Stitch 'n Bitch books for knitting, something like that for embroidery would be really helpful. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cupcake Pincushion on: January 14, 2011 09:42:28 PM
I love cupcakes. So when I came across this pattern on Ravelry I knew I had to make it. It was relatively easy, but I had a little trouble figuring out how to do the cherry. The directions confused me a bit. But overall, I think it turned out okay. Let me know what you think! 

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