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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace patterns for variegated yarns that aren't hideous? on: May 30, 2007 01:33:02 PM
So, my boyfriend is SUPER-sweet, and he bought me a ball of Scaefer Anne yarn as a bribe for getting through my finals without having a complete meltdown. It's a really gorgeous colourway-- yellow and hot pink and orange. The colours are super-saturated and gorgeous, and the yarn is deliciously sproingy and haloed. Only problem is-- I don't know what to make with it! I was thinking of a lace scarf or stole because I have a liking for working billions of stitches on tiny little needles (masochist) but with the couple ones I've tried, the colour all swamped the lace pattern, and it was awful. Now, i don't want something complicated, but I would get bored with knitting row after row of garter, or something, and I don't think it would do the yarn justice.

Can anyone think of a simple lace pattern that is SLIGHTLY interesting, but will either work with the colour changes, or won't be swamped by them? The other alternative is making socks, which I'm sure would be lovely, but I think my boyfriend would be offended, as he's a muggle, and the yarn is so gorgeous I would rather prance around with it on display.

(I was thinking perhaps feather and fan, as a last resort. But if there's something interesting to try, then I'd love to hear about it.)

(Also, things like slip-stitch patterns might work well.)

Hm... maybe I'll just wrap the skein around my neck a few times and call it a scarf. Or pet the beautiful little yarn cake. That would work, no?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle yoke cardigan? on: January 16, 2007 01:14:06 AM
I have been lusting after sweaters with circular fair isle yoke, and I really desperately want to make myself one. Preferably, I'd like to make a cardigan, but I could be very happy with a pullover as well. Problem is, all the patterns I've seen are for horrid immense grandma-looking ones, whereas I'm thinking more along the lines of a slim, fitted shape (yes... I know... murderous teeny tiny gauge). Does anyone have any suggestions? I would vastly appreciate it.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair Isle Hat patterns? help? please? on: November 13, 2006 09:53:36 PM
I want to delve into the big bad world of Fair Isle, but I'm very instant-gratification-y, and I'm also trying to use up stash yarn, so I was wondering if any of you knew of any (preferably free) fair isle patterns for hats.

Thanks
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Eunny Jang's Print O' The Wave Stole- along (Part 2) on: November 08, 2006 11:04:51 AM
I think there may already be a thread for this, somewhere in the depths of archives past, but I was wondering if anyone had any interest in doing a knitalong for Eunny's gorgeous Print O' the Wave stole?

Pictures here:
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/print_o_the_wave_stole.html

And free pattern here:
http://www.eunnyjang.com/images/knit/0511joycesscarf/stole_print_o_the_wave.pdf

I cast on for it last night, which lead me to not study for my Russian midterm (curse you and your beautiful patterns, Eunny!) and it's great, but I can tell that it's going to be a little bit of work, especially since I picked the teeniest, hardest-to-see-stitch-detailing-in, most fragile yarn ever. But I'm loving it so far. And the pattern's a lot easier than I thought it would be... the hardest part is going to be dealing with the fiddliness of this darn yarn.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Packing tape and paper corset (picture-heavy) on: October 26, 2006 03:44:57 PM
I had to make a "body image collage" for this class I'm taking on Feminine Sexuality. I was going to do the typical thing about blah blah blah I hate this and that about my body and yeah, the media sucks and blah blah blah, but then I realised that I actually am pretty darn happy with how I look, so I decided to celebrate that instead. Collage-style.

This is the front:



And this is the back:



And, for fun, a few pictures of it on! (Yes, I am completely narcissistic. But it's AWESOME.)





This one is blurred, but is an attempt at getting a side shot, so you can see how it goes.



It only took me about an hour to make... I built it right on to myself, and then realised that I had started too early, and so was stuck wearing it for a grand total of 6 hours. ah well. I cut it off me afterwards and turned it into a corset. It's surprisingly comfortable to wear, and actually is sort of supportive. I've already gotten requests for another one, which will be better made, since I won't be building it onto myself. For this one I used torn up strips of magazine paper, starting with some ads from W magazine that were printed on slightly thicker paper, but it would be really easy to use absolutely anything.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I made lace! on: September 19, 2006 12:22:36 AM
I've been bopping around Craftster for a while, but I'm so technology-inept that this is my first actual post (hopefully of many) that contains ACTUAL IMAGES OF OBJECTS. Be still, my heart.

Anyway, what I'm so excited about is that I took this pattern: http://www.straw.com/cpy/cpy9612.html
and with the combination of a long car trip and a lot of profanity managed to actually stop doing whatever it was that I was doing wrong when I knit lace and   actually made something that didn't make me want to gnash my teeth in irritation:



Apologies for the bad picture... again, I'm technology-inept, and only have a camera phone. Which I just figured out how to use a couple days ago. But look! It's lace! I reversed the direction of the patten and made a garter stitch end border. The scarf itself is about 5 1/2 feet long, but I'm thinking of finding some way to incorporate the colour burgundy into it, as I find it kind of bleh right now. But who cares?! I made lace!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / STITCH HELP!!! EEK!!! on: June 08, 2006 10:30:07 PM
I taught myself how to knit, with a little help from a friend who also taught herself how to knit, and various grandmothers in random countries around the world (China, Korea, Russia, Italy) so my technique is a little wonky. I basically knit Continental style, but I've recently been trying to summon up the courage to venture out into bigger and better projects, but as I try to refine my technique into something polished and learn new stitches, I've been running up against this newfangled (or so it seems to inexperienced me) knitting or purling into the front or back of the stitch. What does this mean? What does the placement of the stitch change? I found a website that shows videos of stitches today, and having watched the ones for simple knitting and knitting into the back of the stitch, I've concluded that what I've been taking for normal knitting and purling has actually been knitting into the back of the stitch and purling into the front of the stitch. Is this bad? Have I secretly been doing evil evil things to patterns without knowing about it? Specifically, what changes happen with the knitting in the front of the stitch as opposed to the back? Do i really need to learn to do a knit stitch ALL OVER AGAIN? Bah.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern suggestions? on: December 16, 2005 08:16:24 AM
My friend just got back from Ireland and brought me 300 grams of some gorgeous cream aran-weight wool as a present. Problem is-- I can't figure out what to do with it! I don't want to do yet another hat, or scarf, or if I do I want them to be something special-- he's pretty much breathing down my back to see what I can make of this. I'm not the most advanced of knitters, but would be willing to give things a try, if someone has any ideas for interesting (and preferably free) patterns that I could look at.
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Ingrown Hairs? on: October 27, 2005 01:29:51 PM
Icky topic, I know, but does anyone have any advice on what to do about ingrown hairs after waxing/shaving, etc? Especially those in (ahem) sensitive areas?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Yet Another Neil Gaiman / Sandman / Endless Swap? on: October 02, 2005 01:18:55 PM
It seems I keep missing these when they're posted, but I was wondering if anyone else would be down for doing one of these?

Sadly enough, Gaiman was just doing a book signing in Cambridge and I missed it because it was ticketed and I was broke. So sad.
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