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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red Crew Neck on: May 13, 2006 07:33:59 PM
I'm so proud of this sweater, it's the first one I've made that I don't feel dumpy wearing.  Posted about this in discussion a week or two ago, the basic structure (increases and decreases and their location) is from Hip To Knit by Judith Swartz (the dreamy turtleneck), but everything else like CO #, yarn, neck, etc. I revamped thanks to that awesome sweater adjustment chapter in SnBN.  The yarn is Caron Simply Soft.  The white thing on the back of the collar is supposed to be there, I wrapped some thread around a stitch so I'd know which side is the front without having to think about it.  The lighting in my house is way bad so please excuse the pic quality.   And there's no unoccupied flat surfaces in my house at the moment, so the first pic is it draped over my mom's covered sewing machine Smiley

(the pooch of fabric on the right is because of the way I'm standing, not because of a weird stomach deformity Smiley )
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suburban Knitter by Rachel Matthews- any news? on: April 30, 2006 06:30:20 PM
I've been waiting for Suburban Knitter - 25 Things to Knit Behind Closed Curtains by Rachel Matthews to come out for months.  I've been waiting to use a christmas giftcard until I see this book and Sexy Little Knits that comes out the 2nd.  Amazon said it was due out today, the 30th, but it (and everyplace else) is still saying it's unavailable.  And there's no info on it on the MQ Publications page.

Obviously, something went wrong and it wasn't released today, but what's driving me crazy is there's no news about a revised date anywhere.

So, does anyone know when this is coming out?  Or maybe where Rachel Matthews blogs? 
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did I change this enough? on: April 25, 2006 09:26:08 AM
I'm thinking of pulling together some patterns I wrote to sell, and I'm wondering if I can sell this pattern or not.

I took a sweater from a book, and I kept the shaping the same (increases and decreases in the same place) and most of the BO's for the neck and shoulders.  I changed the yarn, the gauge, the # of stitches, the needle size, and the style of the sweater.  It really looks nothing like the sweater from the book, it just fits me the same as the book sweater. 

Is this enough to make it my own pattern, if I don't copy the wording from the book for the increases/decreases?  Or would I have had to come up with my own increases/decreases to call it my own? 

Thank you Smiley
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spring Issue of Rebecca on: April 20, 2006 08:35:47 PM
Is the spring issue of Rebecca (#31) out in the states yet?  The Muench Yarns site is still advertising last Fall's issue.  The LYS closest to my house has stopped carrying it, and I don't want to bother calling long distance/driving an hour only to find out it hasn't made it to the US yet. 

Also, I'd never actually seen a Rebecca in person until this weekend.  The one I saw was in german with black and white printouts stuck inside with english instructions.  Is this just how it's done, or do you think they only did that because it was an issue made before they starting publishing in english?

Thank you!
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help pattern writing on: April 09, 2006 09:07:30 AM
I'm writing up my first pattern for Knitty and I'm not really sure how to phrase some stuff. 

There's going to be quite a few areas where I knit, then b/o some stitches, then knit again, and I need to attach yarn to work the one side.  They're worked seperately until I c/o stitches in between and then the whole thing is worked with one strand of yarn again.

There's also an area where I start off casting on with two seperate strands and working the two sides, then I c/o stitches in between them and join.

I'm wondering how to shorthand these things so they make sense.  I know I've seen them in patterns before and I understood it, but I can't find the patterns I did this with. 

If anyone can help me with the lingo or point me to some pattens that have this happening in them, I'd really appreciate it and will credit you in the pattern for helping Smiley

36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yet-to-be released books - any thoughts? on: April 05, 2006 08:53:14 PM
So I was surfing amazon comparing knit books to use a gift card on, and I came across these soon to be released books that sound interesting.  Since you guys seem to be in the know on a lot of things, I was wondering if anyone had heard anything substantial (ie beyond amazon and publisher blurbs) about them or knows of any sites that have blogs or pics of the projects inside. 

- Suburban Knitter: 25 Things to Knit Behind Closed Curtains by Rachel Matthews

- Greetings from Knit Cafe by Suzan Mischer

- Sexy Little Knits by Ashley Paige

- One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Thanks! Smiley
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My FO needs some serious help! on: March 12, 2006 06:50:05 PM
I finished Magknits' Sesame in knitpicks 100% merino wool and I was happy and I washed it and blocked it and now I've got two huge problems I hope someone out there can help me with.

First, the back does the tenty thing.  Like the middle of the back rides up and comes away from my back in an upside down V shape.  I can pull it down and then it's okay, but then the front rides up.  And it goes away when the sweater is buttoned, but I don't want to have it buttoned all the time.  Is there any way I can fix this (hopefully by blocking it differently, but I really want this sweater to look nice so I'll take it apart if I absolutely have to).

Second problem is that I'm an idiot and started another sweater while doing this one.  I was using Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red, and the fibers got onto my Sesame, then without realizing it, I washed it.  Now instead of a solid ivory sesame, it's an ivory colored sesame with about 100 small pink dots.  I don't want to ruin the wool, so any washing suggestions?  I have shout it out, bleach, oxyclean and normal laundry soap.  Would bleaching the ivory colored yarn turn the yarn white? 

Thank you so much for any help!
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seaming garter stitch? on: January 25, 2006 12:16:54 PM
How do you seam garter stitch?  I'm making baby booties in garter stitch and I can't figure out how to do the seams so they don't show.  I need to seam up the sides together and also the cast on/bind off edges.  All the seaming instructions I can find are for stockinette. 

Thanks for any help!
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Crew neck sweater pattern? on: January 12, 2006 04:36:11 PM
I need some help finding a pattern...I'd like to make a crew neck sweater, with a fitted look like the one made here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=66576.0.  If it's not exact it's okay, my main problem is figuring out where to put increases and decreases in the body and sleeves to get that shape, and figuring out how to do the neck hole.  I read the whole "make your own pattern" thing in SnB nation, but I don't get some of it and I really don't want to go through all that, I'd prefer just being able to do it off a pattern or modify one a bit.  I've looked (somewhat) at knitting pattern central, but I keep finding weird or bulky ones. 

Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction Smiley
40  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cabone rings? on: January 12, 2006 04:21:21 PM
I bought some Susan Bates Cabone rings a while back ( http://joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82328&PRODID=11854 ) to use as stitch markers.  I've since made my own stitch markers and now I'm wondering what the true purpose of these rings is.  It says on the joann site to wrap yarn around them, but I can't really picture them in use.  Can someone link me to a pattern that uses them so I can see how they work?  Thanks! Smiley
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