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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: MS 3 on: August 11, 2007 08:25:52 PM
The bed works, or a carpeted floor that you can keep pet and/or kid-free. Vacuuming first helps (learned that one the hard way....)
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: MS 3 on: August 06, 2007 06:11:31 AM
question for the people who started this on week one, and are much further along than I am (i'm only on clue 3 at the moment)

how does one go about blocking something that's going to be as long as this? (this is the first, but not the last, shawl I've knitted)  everything that I've knitted and blocked are smaller items, or at least shorter ones...

any ideas?

YAY!!  clue 3 bites the dust..... on to clue 4!

Blocking wires are your friends. You can get a set from knitpicks for about $30. They're an especially good investment if you intend to keep knitting lace, but they're also nice for blocking out sweater peices.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Butterfly out of its cocoon (finally!) on: July 31, 2007 06:40:42 AM
It's absolutely lovely. I have to ask, did you consider knitting it in the round to the armholes, and if you did, why did you decide against it?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: More lace, that vogue shrug, and Naughtiness! on: July 27, 2007 05:55:41 AM
These are all amazing! I love the simplicity of the corset, it has a really elegant feel to it. As for the vogue shrug... well, I don't think I would ever have the patience to knit something so elaborate! It's very beautiful... curious, but beautiful. The lace wrap is great as well... I've only completed one knit lace project so far, and even though it was very simple I still found myself getting frustrated because I wasn't counting properly and kept messing it up. Seeing great work like this always makes me want to try again!

The shrug isn't actually all that intricate- it's knit modularly in pentagons (stacking decreases). The most technically challenging bit of the whole thing was trying to figure out how it was supposed to fit.

As for lace counting issues, I propose to you two tools: stitch markers and a really, really good row counter (I like the one clover makes that looks like a frog. They usually run about $10, but are well worth the investment, especially w/lace projects!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: More lace, that vogue shrug, and Naughtiness! on: July 24, 2007 06:47:50 AM
Aww, I'm blushing! Thanks so much!

I bow down in admiration and respect of your skills!   Smiley  Amazing!  That Vogue Shrug looks really complicated and very impressive!  Why is it impossible to wear?  The lace wrap is delightful and the "Naughtiness" is charming!  Will you wear Naughtiness as an under or outer garmet?  I'd be tempted to wear it as an outer for all to see!

The problem w/the Vogue shrug is that there's just waaaaay too much fabric in the front, even for my *ahem* chesty frame- were it not for the sleeves, I could wrap it around myself twice. As for the corset, it's outerwear. It's too much fun to keep to myself, after all!

Great job on all the FO's!  Are the photos taken in a yarn shop, or is that your craft room?  I'm envious of your workspace Smiley

It's a yarn shop. My place of work, though lately I've not been doing much actual knitting there thanks to the joys of inventory.

Wow!!! Love them all!!! You sure have skills!! I haven't seen the book Naughty Needles yet... or if I did - I sure did not see that corset. My daughter would beg me for it if she knew it was out there... how tough is it to do? I mean - you are a Knitting Queen... I am just a jester!

*still blushing* I don't know about knitting queen, but thanks! The book is by Nikol Lohr, and the title of the project is Felt Up. It's really easy to do. It's knit sideways and then seamed together, and you want the seams to show! It took no time at all, and with multiple stranding you have the opportunity to play with color a lot!

Thanks so much again, I'm glad you liked these pieces!
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Pirate Queen's Booty Bag on: July 23, 2007 11:45:17 AM
Hello all!

I realize I might be jumping into this a bit late, but what else is a pirate to do?

I have a quick question for all who are knitting this: Are you twisting the sides of the knitting closed for the base of the bag or are you leaving them open? Does it affect your picking up of stitches for the sides either way?

Thanks!
~Julia
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More lace, that vogue shrug, and Naughtiness! on: July 23, 2007 11:25:46 AM
Let's start w/the naughtiness, because it's the most fun! I present to you Felt Up from Naughty Needles:


felt corset front by corbeau64, on Flickr

felt corset back by corbeau64, on Flickr

Done in 3 strands of cascade 220 and size 13 needles. It took 2 days, and really does an effective job of waist-cinching! (And is really hard to get into by yourself....)

Next, the winter 06/07 cover piece, the voge shrug that is impossible to wear, even though it was immensely fun to knit:


vogue shrug front by corbeau64, on Flickr

vogue shrug back by corbeau64, on Flickr

This has since been ripped out and the yarn will be turned into something else. It's Ultra Alpaca, and was on US 7 needles (I knit really loose.)


And last but not least, Lace!:


lace flowers back by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers back by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers front 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers detail 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers detail 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

It's the Bobble lace flowers shawl from Heartstrings (knit as a shop sample or I would not have knit this pattern. I hate bobbles.) Done in Ethereal from elegant yarns, and only 1 ball! (1,000yds) on US 2 addi lace needles. I heart the addi lace needles.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Vogue Shrug on: July 02, 2007 08:43:12 AM
I saw that, and wasn't overly thrilled by the looks, though it was a clever solution to the problem. I'd rather rescue the yarn and make something I'll actually wear.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Vogue Shrug on: July 02, 2007 07:46:15 AM
Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one who found the sleeve placement odd and the fit bad. Helped me make up my mind to undo it all and use the yarn for something else!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Vogue Shrug on: July 01, 2007 12:13:30 PM
Have you tried it on yet, and if you did, are you satisfied with the fit? I knit this as well, but the fit is odd- there's a tremendous amount of fabric in the front and the sleeves are oddly placed (in my opinion)
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