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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2006 on: April 07, 2006 03:24:13 PM
Thanks, gwaernardel!

And I agree with you on the presence of more fitted patterns, apixiegrl. I hate big, boxy sweaters, so it's a refreshing change for me.  Smiley
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2006 on: April 07, 2006 09:26:34 AM
I love that green top, too, though I'd have to get rid of the button closing it at the collar--looks like it would be uncomfortable and chokey. The pink-and-cream skirt on the cover is also super-cute. Both pieces are great, but of the two, I'm likely to the wear the sweater a lot more often. And I'm too cheap to shell out for Koigu for a skirt that might not get much wear.

So I was actually thinking about looking for the green yarn online this afternoon, but don't have my mag with me and can't remember what kind it is. Can any of you kind souls tell me what yarn the pattern calls for?
33  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL on: March 28, 2006 09:04:49 AM
Necia, I just did the following:

1. Cut a small length of regular sewing thread (about 8 inches)
2. Tied it into a loop
3. Stuck the end of the yarn through the loop (with about a 4 inch tail hanging down)
4. Stuck the tied-off end (since it was sturdier/more stable) of the thread loop through a bead
5. Pulled the thread loop through the bead, bringing the end of the yarn with it.

Super easy, no extra trip to the store required. Even if you don't have sewing thread, you could do the same thing with dental floss.
34  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL on: February 03, 2006 01:35:02 PM
I just ordered the yarn and some beads from eBay. As soon as I saw it, I thought "Bingo! There's the spring-but-still-cold-out hat I've been longing for!" I'm planning to match the pattern model pretty closely (same yarn, even chose the same color). All the rest of my current/upcoming projects are sweater-size, so I'm looking forward to Odessa providing some instant gratification to keep me from going mad amidst the yards and yards of stockinette. Can't wait to start getting the components in the mail so I can get started.

Your Odessa looks great, baast! Whoever receives it should count herself lucky. Like you, I am a pretty round-headed girl, so if mine ends up emphasizing my melon head, I already have a potential giftee in mind...
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming something with stripes? on: December 07, 2005 08:28:35 AM
Thanks for your responses! I was planning to use the mattress stitch to seam--I just wasn't sure if any of the seaming yarn would show up along the sides of the garment. Sounds like it won't (and I guess if it does, that means I'm doing something wrong and should start over). As for the blocking, my natural inclination was to block first/seam later, too, but grew indecisive after reading that line in S 'n B where the author said something about how nobody she knows does it in that order... Well, you all have set me straight! Thanks again.
36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seaming something with stripes? on: December 06, 2005 09:17:07 AM
I'm almost done with the second sleeve of my Manly Sweater from S 'n B. It's my first sweater, and it looks like it will actually be done in time for me to give it to my boyfriend for Christmas, so let there be much rejoicing in the hiz-ouse.

But now it's time to embark into new territory, the world of seaming and finishing. I have two questions:

1) Should I seam the body and sleeves according to the stripe pattern? I knit it in the suggested color scheme (a gray body with a wide red stripe across the middle bordered by two small black stripes).I could see using the gray yarn to seam the gray and even the black portions of the sweater. But what about the big red stripe in the middle? Should I tie off the gray securely and switch to red for that part?

2) Should I seam before or after blocking the sweater? What works best in your experience? I guess I swatched rather haphazardly and knit too tightly, so I'm hoping to stretch out the final product a bit. Would that make a difference in your answer?

I can't believe I made it this far. And now I'm almost done! Please share your wisdom with me, so that my final product doesn't end up looking too amateurish. I'd really like to impress my boyfriend (and about 20 of his Danish relatives, whom I've never met before) when he opens that box on Christmas morning...

Thanks!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: quicky mega scarf! on: November 22, 2005 09:18:30 AM
That's beautiful! I've been meaning to check out BSA's bulky yarns. And considering how many Christmas projects I have left to complete and how crunched for time I am, this project might come in handy the night before I have to mail my boxes out...  Smiley Thanks for the inspiration!
38  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Very Manly Sweater on: November 09, 2005 10:43:28 AM
Yours looks great, Kimbabwe! I just finished the back of mine, and am about to embark on the front (spent a good two hours last night obsessively planning out my rows to make sure it would end up the same exact length as the back). Since my boyfriend commented on how much he liked it when he saw it, I'm just doing it in the color pattern suggested in the book, but I like yours even better. It's slow going right now, since I'm trying to make it a surprise and can only work on it when he's not around (difficult, since we live together), but I'm confident I can get it done before Christmas.

One question for all of you Manly Sweater knitters out there: Mine is coming out fine lengthwise, but seems a bit tight in the width (the ribs disappear unless I'm holding them apart). This is something I can correct with blocking, right? I swatched rather lackadaisically, I admit, and am now nervous that I overestimated my ability to block it up to the correct gauge. Advice? Commiseration? Bueller? Thanks!
39  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Blackberry from Knitty KAL on: October 04, 2005 09:23:32 AM
Your beautiful blackberries have inspired me to try one of my own--and it will be my first sweater, so I'm pretty excited. I'm going to make it using the Knitpicks Sierra in Leaf.

However, I need to pick up some size 13 circular needles first. So here's my newbie question: how long should my circular needles be? Is one length more versatile than another?

Any wisdom you could pass my way would be much appreciated!
40  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Irish Hiking Scarf KAL on: September 09, 2005 12:03:39 PM
Thanks for posting the link to that pattern, Sewer Rat. I can't promise to knit along with you, but I'd love to make that scarf for myself someday (I vowed to finish all my projects for Christmas before starting something for myself, and the way I'm going it will probably be New Years before I get a chance!). Keep us updated on your progress!
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