I lived in Britain for a while in the 90s and their bills are slightly different sizes - the five pound notes are smaller than 10 and 20 pound notes, for instance - but I was able to use my American-size wallet no problem while I was living there. So I would guess that you could just make it the same size as an American-money wallet and it would be fine. Another thing to consider is that they use 1 pound coins (instead of bills) - so you might want to make a rather hefty change purse built in - cuz when I lived there I had a LOT of change alllll the time.
PS I've been back pretty much yearly since I lived there and I haven't noticed any drastic changes in the money, so you should still be okay...
I've been thinking about expressing my love for David Bowie (the 1970s versions of him, anyway) on a bag - I was thinking of making one for myself and one for a friend for her birthday. I was going to scan some photos of him and print them out onto that iron-on transfer paper and use them on a bag (how, exactly, I haven't figured out yet). Now, I know that if I were doing this and selling them, that's illegal - but is it illegal to use copyrighted photographs on a bag made for personal use? I've been reading some other entries on this site with concerns about copyright and wanted to check on what y'all think...
Jipster, your bags are so cute!! I love the orange one in particular. Very awesome that you used a recycled shop bag for that. Thanks also for pointing out that the back, front, and flap can be cut as one piece.
I'm so pleased that so many of y'all have found this helpful....
I'd definitely start out with one of the scarves - the fireworks scarf is so cute and only really requires the knit stitch. Incidentally, I knit a bunch of similar scarves using off-white wool and champagne-colored eyelash yarn and they turned out beautifully. You can also play around with how many strands of eyelash you use - one strand for a bit more sedate, two for wild n' wooly.
I think the umbilical cord baby hat or the felted marsupial tote are good first in-the-round projects - maybe try tackling those (if you want) after a few scarves.
I also think that the To Dye For sweater would make a great first sweater project - it knits up quickly on big needles for some semi-instant gratification, and there's minimal shaping involved. Plus, I found it really easy to sew up the seams - something that's really frustrated me in different sweaters in the past.
I used Filatura di Crosa Zara, which is a little thinner than the yarn called for in the pattern - I used size 6 circulars and dpns, and cast on 80 stitches instead of 64. That way when I got to the decreasing, I had 8 groups of 10 instead of 8 groups of 8. It worked out perfectly. This pattern was a great way to use up two almost-full balls of yarn I had sitting around from another baby project.
ah yes - this is something I ponder b/c I live in Houston and I love to knit. I've made a couple of cotton tanks lately - one from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits (the "Summer in the City" tank) - and one from the Stitch n' Bitch book ("Little Black Top"). I also am planning on trying some of the tanks/short sleeved sweaters in the Vintage Knits book. Also, Knitty publishes a spring and summer issue that has some seasonal patterns - and I've also found pretty warm weather patterns in Interweave Knits (their spring issue is out and it's got some lovely tanks and other yummy stuff in it). and I'm knitting a shrug right now (the "Shimmer" from the current issue of Knitty) - that I'm loving and I'm thinking I might start making several shrugs, since they are minimal and pretty - also good for office environments that are over-air-conditioned.
I just want to post a shout-out for the Denise Interchangeable Circular needles - I just got a set and they rock! I got really tired of having to go out and buy different sizes/lengths of circular needles for every single project I started - this set has needle tips in sizes 5-15 and a bunch of different lengths of cord. So when you need a couple of different sizes and lengths of needle (as I do for the project I'm currently working on) - you've got it all right there. The needles are plastic and I thought I would have a problem with them, but I find them really easy to work with and very smooth. I knit the umbilical cord baby hat, the kittyville hat, and a freeform felted mohair pouch on them (all on different size needles) and they performed perfectly. I ordered mine online at http://www.knitdenise.com - but there's also some sets for sale on eBay last time I looked. I found out about them on the Knitty site.
for what it's worth, those are my very latest two cents!
i actually just finished this sweater tonight - hope to take photos this week - and i wanted to add that my arms came out really long too. i am 5' 10", with loooong arms, and made the medium size. i only used 4 skeins (not 5, as the pattern called for) of a very similar mohair to the book. i didn't make any mistakes, the design just has super long arms and i'm not sure i like it. the armholes are also tight, did anyone else find that?
Hi all! I finally finished this sweater recently (have yet to post a picture- will do that soon) and I was very happy with how it came out. I have to agree with Athos, though - I am 5' 10" as well and the sleeves are quite long on me - the tips come down to just below my knuckles. But I love the bell sleeves - the shaping on them looks fab- and the fit of the sweater otherwise is great. I also used 4 skeins (not 5) - and I used the Halcyon mohair specified by the pattern. I didn't find the armholes tight, though. And those of you who are worried about stitching it together - I actually found that process very easy. I've struggled in the past with finishing and sewing seams, but the way the armholes and sleeve pieces are shaped make this very easy. Good luck everyone - and would love to see more pictures! (will post my own picture sometime soon).
Oh - and mine is super-hairy, too! I sit in a particular chair to knit, and after several weeks of knitting this sweater, the chair was absolutely covered in hair - it looked like I had a very long-haired phantom kitty. My fiance just avoided that chair altogether until I was done.
I agree, getting the right gauge can sometimes be tricky - but since this sweater is so stretchy, blocking might help tweak it after you're done. If one set of needles is producing a gauge just slightly smaller, then you'll be able to block it up to the correct measurements. I'm currently knitting this sweater using the yarn suggested in the book (the Halcyon mohair) and I can tell I'm definitely going to have to block the pieces to make sure they're the right size. I also agree with a previous comment that you could add stitiches/rows if need be to make up the gauge - I did this with the "Umbilical cord baby hat" recently and it turned out perfectly. I'd say choose the needle size that is closest to the gauge, calculate whether or not you need to add/subtract a few stitches/rows, and dive in! Blocking will help you out in the final stages.