re. the question about which needles are the best: I think it's a matter of personal preference. I prefer bamboo needles b/c they're quieter and the wood gets all nice and warmed up in your hands as you use them. but I quite enjoy knitting with really thick needles - size 19 and 35 - and they only seem to come in plastic. Steph, just so you know, I think your needles are probably fine - but the first ones I learned on were quite fat - size 15s - and it helped me learn, I think, b/c big needles are generally easier to work with than skinny needles. Mainly just b/c you can see what you're doing better on big needles rather than small ones. When I've taught knitting in the past I usually use size 13s or 15s. But 9s are big enough that you will be fine. My first needles were pink aluminum - oh so cute.
I love your pics and directions..Great Job! Where do you get the magnetic snaps? I live in a little town in the middle of nowhere, and of course our walmart doesn't have them. Have been wanting to get some for soooo long.
I buy my magnetic snaps locally, although I've found some on eBay as well - you might try looking there. They retail for $1.19/pair at my local shop, just so you know.
I love the fabric you made the bag out of. Where did you get it from? I'm having a tough time finding any decent fabric lately.
I got it from a wholesale fabric place here in Houston. Sometimes you can find places like this that sell a lot of fabric in bulk but also do cut fabric at reduced prices. It's home dec fabric, really - sometimes the same kind of thing can be found on the sale table at JoAnn's or Hancock - look in the upholstery/home dec section.
Has anyone tried this project with the Kool-Aid dyeing yet? I dyed my yarn yesterday, and it was lots of fun. However, it doesn't look as nice and neat as the yarn in the photo does. I don't know what mine will look like when knitted up (the yarn is still drying as we speak) but I found it really difficult to separate the colors when pouring the Kool-Aid onto the yarn. The colors on the yarn in the book photo look like they were separated. Mine just blended all together. It still looks cool - I used diluted solutions of Pink Lemonade and Orange so the yarn is all different blends of pale pink and orange - but I'm wondering if anyone has succeeded in keeping the dye colors separate from each other? I was thinking maybe a turkey baster or eye dropper would help control the flow of the dye somewhat and achieve more precise results.
I will post a picture of the finished sweater once I've got it done - in the meantime, would love to hear about anyone else's experiences dyeing and/or knitting this sweater.
heh heh.... er, no. I guess that would help, right? Oh well, I guess my next one will be a flower and this one will have to remain a starfish. I'm so lazy about stuff like blocking... gonna have to get better about that. Thanks for the tip.
hey, Gloriana, what is your cardigan made of? Have you felt that technofur that laura Jean uses?
My cardigan is made of mohair, and it's sooo nice! I loved their shop too - so much cuteness in one tiny space. I haven't felt the technofur (haven't been back to Toronto since 2001, unfortunately) but if it's anything like Gedifra TechnoHair yarn I'm sure it's amazingly soft! have you felt that stuff? I've used it in combination with wool to knit some scarves and they come out soooooo soft and fluffy and awesome. i would love to use it to knit a whole sweater, what luxury.
I can't see the photo, unfortunately - would love to see a pic, though, if you can get it to work! Glad you found it helpful.
OH WAIT! never mind - now I can see it! great job - what totally cute fabric!
As for the question about the hole and turning it inside out, I think it will help to actually do it - I find sometimes that if I read about something it's confusing but once I'm doing it everything seems clearer. When I get to this stage with a bag, I pin the lining and fabric sections together with the lining on the outside. That way once you've sewn the top edges of the bag together, you can just reach into the hole on the bottom of the lining section, feel for the fabric section, and pull it through the hole. Then once you've pulled the fabric all the way through the hole, you stitch up the hole and push the lining section down inside the fabric section.
I don't know if that helps at all or if it just makes it more muddled.
re: the cardigan i've been wondering too why nobody is oozing creative excitement goo over the cardigan- go check out her amazing site at www.freshbakedgoods.com to get excited. the pic didn't really do it justice. she's such a goddess. i have way more ideas than time. looking at knitting machines to try and keep up.
I agree - Laura Jean rules! I bought a couple of her sweaters while I was in Toronto a few years ago (before I learned to knit...) and realized that the cardigan I have is in fact the cardigan from the book. So I can vouch for the cuteness, versatility and fluffiness of it. mine is bright red and has ladybug buttons (handmade by the Knitting Queen) - love it.
And LAWebChick, thanks for posting the pic of the Princess Snowball Cat Bed! I've been thinking about making one of those for a friend and I'm glad to see it looks so good.... your kitty looks very cute nestled on it.
Wow Gloriana, I adore your gerbera fabric-- where'd you find such gorgeous prints? You did a fab job on that needle holder. How did you other projects turn out?
i got the gerbera fabric at this amazing store here in Houston called High Fashion Fabrics - I wish I could remember the manufacturer name - I still have some of it so I'll check and see if it's on there. I had a bit leftover from the case and I used it to make some handbags (they're on my site, below...)
as for the other projects, they turned out well - the marsupial tote was my first foray into felting, and it has a very furry Muppet-y quality to it, but I dig it. and the umbilical cord hat is sooo cute! highly recommended patterns, both of them.