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11  Itsy Bitsy/Sorta Medium Mesh Bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: August 25, 2007 10:16:33 AM


I made this a few weeks ago for my sister's birthday.  It's from the Knitty pattern <http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTmeshbags.html>, at a size somewhere between the two she gives. 

The yarn is Tahki Chat Print, a discontinued cotton ribbon yarn. 

I really liked the pattern - quick, but with lots of interesting stitches:



It's got more shape and structure than most mesh bag patterns, which can be nice. 

The yarn I chose wasn't ideal, though it looks pretty enough.

There are more pictures and babbling on my blog.

Comments/feedback welcome! 
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12  Re: Saharah: Stitch Diva (Knit & Tonic) in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: August 19, 2007 07:34:33 PM
Checking back in on my earlier problem, which I've now solved.  Here's the substitute lace I used:



The diamond lace from the pattern is up top and "#78 tiny eyelet rib" from the Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1 is below.  It's worked very well.  Similar number of stitches and rows.  Lies flat, stretches to fit.  Because it does take up less width/no. of stitches, I picked up a few extra around the neckline, and it's worked fine.  I'll post a picture of the unblocked sweater to my blog soon. 
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13  Sunny Saartje's Booties - w/adjustable straps! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: August 18, 2007 09:39:53 AM


Aren't these just the cutest booties ever?*  I love this pattern! 

Which is here: http://www.saartjeknits.nl/

The yarn was Shine Sport, a slightly heavier weight than called for, so had to make one fewer increase/decrease (otherwise I ended up with these bulgy, duckfooted booties).

I only put one button per bootie for some reason - can't remember why, but I like it that way!  And because I was really uncertain of just what size a baby's feet are, I made the straps adjustable by making two button loops on each strap - you can see better pictures on my blog.

Thanks for looking!  Comments appreciated, of course!

*Edit: Cutest design ever, I mean - merely a successful execution.  Wink
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14  Re: Saharah: Stitch Diva (Knit & Tonic) in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: August 04, 2007 07:21:50 PM
Hi, everyone,

So following up on the exchange rippedoffknitter and I had on page 26, I'm trying to figure out what to do about the lace trim and wondering if those of you who finished Sahara have any advice.

The problem we both seem to have is that we planned to do the lace in the same yarn as the main color - it seemed logical, since the 2 recommended Tilly Thomas yarns appear to be the same gauge.  However, we've both found that when we do this, the main yarn makes a frilly, puffy lace, not at all the right idea. 

I ended up skipping the lace all together on the bottom hem and just putting in a little ribbing, but of course I want lace on the sleeves and the neckline.

So is the answer to pick up fewer stitches, to stretch the lace across more?  (Though this wouldn't work with the sleeves.)  Or buy another kind of yarn in a DK weight?  How much yarn would I need for just the neckline and sleeve lace?  Has anyone else run into this problem?

I'm thinking of one of these four, in an off-white or pale blue (nervous about having it look good with the mc):
Cruise:
http://www.patternworks.com/productdetail.aspx?PRODID=881
Bonsai
http://www.patternworks.com/productdetail.aspx?PRODID=861
Jaeger Pure Silk
http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/3976/
Debbie Bliss Pure Silk
http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/2631/

The yarn I'm using is Valley Yarns Goshen, a cotton/modal/silk blend http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1001-1294-1323/0/0/3654/...
and here's how my sweater's looking so far:


Thanks so much for your input!
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15  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: July 15, 2007 07:32:02 PM
I finally finished mine!



I really like it with the longer sleeves.  It'll be perfect for spring and fall (though I did kind of intend to have it for this *past* spring...oh well).

Several mods, as you can see. 

I've posted it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183424.0;

I haven't really participated much in this kal, but I've read the whole thing and benefited from it, so thanks! 

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16  Musty, Rusted Root (with elbow-length sleeves!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: July 15, 2007 07:22:37 PM


I finally finished this!  Knitting took forever, b/c of my own distractability.  Blocking took forever because of the freakin' *rain* and then the *not drying* and then the *mildew* with the musty smell and then the vinegar washings and dryings and the whole saga's on my blog if you're interested.



But back to the knitting.  The pattern is Rusted Root from Zephyr Style, of course http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/3289215.  Except with many modifications including, but not limited to:
a subtly re-arranged neckline
no puffed sleeves
elbow-length sleeves
more shaping
...and the fact that I never managed to follow the stitch counts given, like, ever.

The yarn is KnitPicks Main Line in dusty lavender. 

If you want to read far too much detail about this project, plus more pics, head on over to my blog....

In the meantime, enjoy! 

(I really do like the sweater, in spite of the mildew grumbling, and I think I'll wear it a lot!)
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17  Re: Saharah: Stitch Diva (Knit & Tonic) in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: July 04, 2007 07:32:52 PM
Hi!  I don't think I've posted to this yet, but I've been reading and admiring everyone's Saharas since the beginning.  And now I've finally cast on for my own!



I'm using Valley Yarns Goshen (a cotton, modal, silk blend), which I love, and doing the short sleeve version. 
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18  Re: Fitted cable knit vest pattern? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Aunt Suzi on: June 05, 2007 08:10:33 PM
I **FINALLY** finished this! 



There's a craftster post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=174442.0

And a post on my blog:
http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/06/05/the-7-month-cabled-vest/

Thanks again for your advice!  The cables did indeed to all the work of fitting.  In fact, as I was knitting it, I became convinced that it would be way too small, and knitted this little side panels to make it bigger.  Then I blocked it.  Silly me, it fit just fine without the extra bits.  In fact, could even have been a little *more* fitted and been fine (but I like it how it is).
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19  Cabled vest that took *for*ever* in Knitting: Completed Projects by Aunt Suzi on: June 04, 2007 03:21:31 PM
I don't know why it took me so long to knit.  But then, it's been so long, I've probably just forgotten why.  I think I started it in early October.



It also took me forever to post.  I took this photo (above) today, but finished knitting it - I mean finished-finished - maybe 3 weeks ago?



I finished it the first time back at the beginning of April, and even wore it a couple of times.  But as you can see it had this cropped thing going on that I didn't like.  So I eventually got around to picking up st and adding a couple inches of ribbing to the bottom.  I like it much better now. 

Now, of course, I have to wait until fall to wear it.   Sad

The pattern was loosely based on Veste Everest from IK Fall '05 (), but I really wanted a deep v-neck.  So I redid that part of the pattern.

And, oh yeah, I think my yarn was a really different gauge, too.  The yarn is just some sportweight(?) brown wool that I bought cheaply in Peru a couple years ago.  Knitted on #4 needles.

This was my first big cable project.  I love cables!

I haven't yet posted the FO on my blog, but you can see progress reports here.

Looks like I still need to sew up the point of the V, huh?

Modified to add:
Now there's a blog post, with a better photo: http://merp.wordpress.com/2007/06/05/the-7-month-cabled-vest/
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20  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by Aunt Suzi on: May 14, 2007 03:33:40 PM
Here's my slo-o-ow progress on this:



Actually the body went pretty quickly once I separated the sleeves - I got to this point a few days ago.  But now I need some quiet time to sit down and plan out the sleeves, since I'm planning elbow-length, with no puffs. 
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