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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help needed locating pattern on: January 04, 2008 12:18:46 PM
When I first started knitting about 3 years ago I subscribed to magazines right and left.  Interweave Knits was the first and Vogue Knitting second and a few others in and out of rotation.  I remember seeing a pattern that I just loved but thought it was too complicated for my beginner skills.  Now however I know I could do it but can I find the pattern again??  No I cannot.  So I am asking all the Craftster knitters who read this to cast back in the memories and see if you can remember a purple cabled sweater knit in the round.  I am guessing the pattern is at least 3 but maybe even 4 years old.  I was pretty sure it was in an Interweave Knits magazine but I have either misplaced the issue or I am misremembering.  I have Googled all sorts of ways and haven't come up with anything so if this is ringing any bells, I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks!!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Have you felted Noro Silk Garden? on: May 14, 2007 10:17:43 AM
I've frogged a Kureyon sweater (really, it was just too colorful as a garment) and I'm making a felted bag.  I've also got some left over Silk Garden and thought I'd incorporate a row or two every now and again.  I've felted Kureyon before but never Silk Garden.  Has anyone out there done it and if so, is the finished felt similar to Kureyon?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Will you check my logic? on: December 12, 2006 10:47:57 AM
I am making a TDR (top down raglan) turtleneck with a cable panel down the front.  I'm just winging it, as I usually do.  This is the first time I'm putting cables down the front so I didn't think it through completely.  I have finished the first 11 row repeat of the cable panel and slipped the turtleneck and bit of shoulder over my head to check it out.  The neck is perfect and the cables flow out of the ribbing just as I had envisioned.  BUT ... what I hadn't taken into account is the pull of the cable panel.  I am increasing every other row as I usually do but the back has grown much faster than the front.  Ah hah!  I realize I have to rip it out and readjust the stitches so that the front and back are the same size, although they would have a different number of stitches.  That way I can still keep increasing EOR and it should grown at the same rate.  When I divide up to start the raglan increases I have 64 stitches.  The cable panel is 30, 2 for each shoulder and 30 for the back.  What I think I should do is measure the gauge I'm getting on the back in plain st st and measure how many inches the 30 stitch cable panel is and then spread out the extra stitches so that the 30 stitches in the front will correspond size wise with ... say 25 stitches in the back, put a couple more between the shoulder markers and that way the increases will be even as I go down the sweater.  Make sense or am I missing something cruical?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Disappointing book on: November 06, 2006 11:15:55 AM
I was SO looking forward to getting Nicky Epstein's "Fabulous Felted Bags" and it came this weekend.  And...... and I was SO disappointed!  I was hoping for some bags that I would actually carry.  And while some of there are pretty, they're either insanely difficult to make, or have dangling flowers or balls (!).  I maybe would make the one with the balls but omit them, and the houndstooth one is okay, although the colors are icky.  But come on ... a stuffed swan??  A cat with a mouse dangling from its mouth?   Undecided  Or is it just me? 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cables along raglan increases? on: September 18, 2006 11:19:17 AM
I am wondering if anyone has experience putting a cable alongside raglan increases in the round.  I have cast on and frogged my project twice now, not being able to get this right.  I am thinking perhaps I am starting the cables too close to the increases and I'm going to see about charting them out to maybe get a visual on my mistake.  But if anyone has experience with making this happen, I'd love to hear about it!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Something Red Cardigan on: July 28, 2006 10:19:17 AM
I obviously didn't make it in red ..... I thought steel grey would be nice for a change.  A bit dull to knit with but I think I'll wear the finished product, which is always a bonus.  I used Micro Cable from Elann, which is a slinky synthetic.  I love the way it moves and that's why I used that rather than cotton, which I thought would be stiff.  Plus it is machine washable.  For blocking I just popped it in the washer and let it air dry and it's perfect.  I used a larger button than called for and therefore made an I-cord loop rather than a button hole.  If I were to make this again I would use a light wool (maybe superwash) and make it with long sleeves but have the sleeves echo the ribbing so they would flare.

The pattern is very well written.  I especially like the short row shaping on the collar.  It looks a   bit wonky in the picture but it's really not uneven.  It just got twisted up when I was taking the picture.

Excuse the extreme cleavage - I wouldn't wear it out that way, but I was in a hurry to get a picture.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A question about 'wrap and turn' on: July 06, 2006 11:55:59 AM
I have studied pictures, websites, books, patterns .... I am looking for my "ah ha!" moment and it eludes me still.  I am doing toe up socks with short row heels.  The first one was bad ... very hole-y but I thought I had it figured out after re-reading and looking at pictures.  The second one I had the wrap, the turn, and then picking up the wrap when I was eating up the stitches.  But still I ended up with gaping holes!!  I must be missing something and I wonder - am I supposed to keep wrapping and turning when I come back and am "eating up" the stitches?  Or am I perhaps not picking up the stitches correctly?  On the purl I slip the wrap up onto the needle and purl them together and on the knit I put my needle knitwise under the wrap, then the stitch on the needle and knit them together.  Lovely great holes.  And that's not what I see when I look at pictures so ... if anybody has any ideas or can speak from experience about their own "ah ha" I'd love to hear it!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Noro Silk Garden on: June 28, 2006 01:06:43 PM
I walked up to the LYS this lunchtime and scored a skein of Silk Garden on sale.  One lone skein - a discontinued color.  I have always wanted to try it so I nabbed it.  Any ideas what to do with it besides a pair of fingerless mitts?  Or a drawstring bag?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Alchemy's Rock Star Cardigan on: May 09, 2006 09:49:05 AM
I am just wondering if anyone out there has knit this. Rock Star Cardigan http://www.purlsoho.com/product_detail.php?type=patterns&id=789 I did a search and didn't come up with anything.  The pattern doesn't include a schematic and I am unsure whether to make the small or medium size.  I thought I check to see of anyone actually has experience with this pattern in order to get an opinion from a knitter's point of view before I check with the company to get the designer's point of view.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Weaving ends of Ribbon Yarn on: May 03, 2006 10:55:09 AM
I am re-making the Knitty X-back tank and thought I'd ask for opinions before I frog and restart it.  I have noticed that ribbon yarn is very difficult to weave ends with.  I made a little shrug before and the ends keep poking out!  It just doesn't look nice.  I was thinking that as I frogged this tank I would sew the ends of the ribbon together.  Has anyone tried this before?  And does it work?  Or is there a better way to weave the ends in so that they don't poke out?
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