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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to hand-sew closures/embellishments onto your knitting? on: December 19, 2006 12:46:34 PM
An urgent question for all of you: I'm making a cardigan for my grandma. Just in case it matters, I'm using bulky yarn and size 10.5s, but the resulting fabric is still very drapey and not stiff. Soon I will need to sew on Scandinavian-style pewter hook-and-eye closures to finish it.

How does one sew embellishments onto one's knitting? Should I be trying to loop the thread around the yarn in the knitted fabric, or through the yarn itself? Am I dead in the water if I don't reinforce the cardigan edges with a length of sturdy ribbon on each side? Advice, please!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: December 08, 2006 07:25:49 AM
Awesome, Nymeria, thanks for sharing the details. I plan to make mine a bit wider so as to be more wrap- and less scarf-like, so it's helpful to have someone else's stats to draw from.  Smiley
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: December 07, 2006 08:02:36 AM
Nymeria, that is just gorgeous. If you don't mind a few more questions--

How many triangles did you cast on for at the beginning?
How wide did it end up being?
How many balls of yarn did you end up using?

Can't wait to get to mine after Christmas!
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: November 08, 2006 10:23:23 AM
Thanks for posting your stats.  Smiley Can't wait to see the finished product.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I'm already plotting how I'll be spending the yarn store gift certificates I hope to receive for Christmas...   Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: November 07, 2006 08:32:46 AM
Wow, all these Eleanors are turning out beautiful!

Nymeria, I love how the Rowan Tapestry is turning out. Is that color174 (rustic)? How much yarn do you think you'll end up using? And what size needles are you knitting it up on?

Still working on Christmas stuff myself,  Roll Eyes so right now I'm knitting Eleanor vicariously through you all.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? on: October 27, 2006 01:27:07 PM
Nymeria, I had seen this pattern around as well, and knew the minute I saw it that Tapestry would be perfect for it (other than being smaller than the recommended yarn). I don't have the time or the money to knit this myself right now, but I will be following your progress with interest (you know, just in case you're interested in taking notes for the rest of us).  Smiley
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Recs for cotton-blend worsted-weight yarn? on: October 20, 2006 02:17:17 PM
Hey all, I'd like to make a Ribby Cardi out of a cotton or cotton-blend yarn, but can't find one with both a fiber content and a color selection I like. I've looked in all my usual places (KnitPicks, Elann, even Yarndex wasn't too helpful) but to no avail--either the fiber looks likely to pill or the colors available aren't quite right.

Obviously it's time to expand my search, but I'm not familiar with most other brands and their selections. So what are your personal favorites? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn suggestion?? bulky and machine washable... on: August 23, 2006 09:38:11 AM
I encountered exactly the same dilemma with the Christmas sweater I'm making for my grandmother, Violet. I finally bit the bullet and bought Lamb's Pride superwash bulky. It's $9-10/skein most places, but it comes in plenty of colors, including several natural-type shades. I figure if it means she'll wear the sweater more because she can launder it easily, it will have been worth it.  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty's "Leftovers" on: August 17, 2006 09:13:01 AM
Beautiful job!  Smiley I have that pattern in my files for "someday," too.

One question--did you double up the yarn for the ribbed parts? That was the one part of the pattern than seemed odd to me, and looked unappealingly bulky on the one modeled in the pattern pic. But yours definitely doesn't have that problem!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fair-Isle cardigan with set-in sleeves? on: August 17, 2006 09:05:49 AM
Thank you, everyone, for your replies. I checked out all the links you suggested and got a bit overwhelmed by all the new skills I'd have to learn in order to make this work!  Shocked I think I've decided to just go with the Fairly Easy Fair Isle pattern after all (Mom's suggestion be damned) since I've heard from a lot of people that it is a quick and pleasant knit.

This decision is sort of making me feel like a chicken, but I think it'll be the best thing in the long run. I have plenty of time to get this sweater done before Christmas, but I also have a lot of other knitting on my plate for the next few months. And while I'm sure that someday I will want to move on to more complex colorwork and learn how to steek, I'd rather do it under more relaxed circumstances with no time or high-stakes gift-knitting pressure!  Grin
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