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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Low cut sexy top on: April 20, 2006 02:48:29 PM
Since that is such a deep cowl I think it is one really wide rectangle that is not to high. Like this:
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ambidextrous knitting? on: April 20, 2006 01:14:00 PM
I can do it, and sometimes it is handy, but it is pretty important to learn to purl with good tension because sooner or later you are going to want to do pattern stitches that have a lot of purl stitches.

Edit to Add:

I just remembered the last time I used this and a situation where I found it really handy: Turning a short row heel on a sock. I was not comprehending how to pick up wraps on the purl side so I just knit back and forth.
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Diameter of newborn babie's head? on: April 11, 2006 10:58:02 AM
Well they have to fit out of a hole that is 10cm in diameter, so I would say 4" diameter is probably close!

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevroundpreemie.html

Bev's newborn hat is 13in for a 7lb baby.
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Top Down Raglan on: April 05, 2006 10:25:35 AM
Oooh, I love it! I love the color, and the design is simple but flattering.

How many balls did you use?

I think I used 5 or 6 balls. I can't remember how many I started with, but I have 2 left. Grin
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Top Down Raglan on: April 04, 2006 01:09:18 PM
I used a top down raglan calculator to make this sweater. For a little bit of detail I did a panel of reverse stockinette with 3 ribs down the center, and 2 ribs down the sleeves. I used Knit Picks Merino Style in Hollyberry.


I highly reccomend using the raglan calculator. Or you can use Lucia's raglan generator. It is not a top down raglan(it's bottom up) but still a great sweater.
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Results with discount yarns over time? on: March 24, 2006 02:43:00 PM
Regarding pilling, it is caused by friction on the piece combined with short fibers so if you are working with a yarn that has a tendancy to pill you have to protect the yarn from too much rubbing. So that might not be the best project to be in your togo bag, or if it is you might want to keep it in a plastic bag inside your knitting bag and not keep a lot of extra yarn in your bag. Once your sweater has started pilling, you can shave off the pills with a fabric shaver.
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Because I don't already have enough to do! Would you use a site like this? on: March 08, 2006 02:18:38 PM
I think a lot of people would search the database, but I don't know how many people would enter data. I think it would be a good idea, and I would submit info on any patterns I did. I think if you had a few core knitters to "test knit" the patterns in other than reccomended yarns that would encourage other people to enter their own info. If you decide to do this, I would volunteer to be one of your test knitters. I never knit with the reccomended yarns.
48  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Topiaries on: February 27, 2006 02:37:45 PM
How about a dowel from the hardware store? They come in all sorts of widths.
49  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Sports Bras on: February 27, 2006 11:46:37 AM
If my mean boyfriend would have let me buy a manequin at a big going out of business sale I would have made a bra fitting tutorial. But since he didn't I wil just have to refer people over to herroom.com. They have the best bra fitting instructions with pictures of bad fits. A lot of women are wearing the wrong size bras. When I see them in the mall I want to drag them to a bra department and get them new bras.
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting Sports Bras on: February 27, 2006 10:17:27 AM
You don't have to go to a store to get a bra fitting, you can do it yourself with a tape measure.
1. Measure your chest at the biggest point, and make sure you aren't holding the tape too tight or too loose.
2. Measure your body right below the chest, making sure the tape fits comfortably.
3. Subtract the first number you got from the second number you got.

If the number you get is a _ inch difference, you are a _ cup, and the second number is your band size.
1" = A
2" = B
3" = C
4" = D etc.

For example, I would get 34" for my first number and 32" for my second number, so my size is 32B. This is the same method they use when you get a bra fitting so you don't have to go all the way to the store just to do it.  Smiley

These instructions aren't really accurate. You need to take an over bust measurement and an under bust measurement and a bust measurement. Esepecially if you are triangular. For example my over bust measurement is 32 and my under bust measurement is 28. My bust measurement is 36. But I am not a 28F, i am a  32D. If your under bust and over bust are the same that is your band size. If they aren't, you can either use your overbust measurement or your under bust +4 inches. These numbers also tell you what style of bra is going to fit you best and if you are being professionally sized they can reccomend certain styles of bras to fit you.

The most important thing when buying bras is to try them on first and be able to recognize if that bra fits you.

From the HerRoom.com Fitting Guide:
Perfect Fit Checklist

Let's face it, do we really know what a good fitting bra looks like? What are the signs that a bra is the wrong size? Well, let us help. Here is a checklist of what to look for.

    * Smooth fitting cups: If you don't fill out the cups, you need a smaller size. If you are "overflowing" in the cups, try a larger cup size or a style with a fuller cup design. The edges of the cups should also lie flat against your breast. If there is a gap (especially with padded bras), you should go down a cup size.
    * Center panel lays flat against your breast bone: If it does not, this could be a sign that your cup size is too small, or the panel is not large enough to accommodate the separation between your breasts.
    * The bottom of the bra in the front and back is parallel to the floor or slightly lower in the back: The lower edge of the band should anchor below the shoulder blades. The lower the back fits, the better the support.
    * A finger can be run under the front band: Your bra should be snug, but not too tight. If it's tight, you need a larger band size or a looser hook placement.
    * Still not the perfect fit? Consider an alteration. We alter our clothes for a better fit, why not a bra? One woman in our office really measures to a 35 band size. She therefore buys a 36D and has a dart put in at the sides.

They even have pictures of bra mis-fits. I highly reccomend that everyone that is unhappy with their bras check it out. Wearing the right size bra makes a huge difference in how your clothes fit you. If you are going to craft up beautiful garments you do want they to fit badly because you are wearing the wrong bras.
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