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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jumped on the February Lady Sweater bandwagon... on: September 03, 2008 04:26:57 PM
You know, the first couple times I saw this sweater I wasn't really into it. Now it's totally growing on me. Yours is quite beautiful.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you knit this? (or wear it ?) on: September 01, 2008 11:43:58 AM
I would totally wear it. It looks so nice & snuggly. It looks like basically a big long tube, with the middle section knit flat so you can stick your arms in. I suspect it's probably constructed very similarly to the sleeve part of Tubey:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTtubey.html

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The February Lady Sweater Craze on: July 27, 2008 12:29:16 PM
Very nice. I went shopping this weekend and noticed many sweaters like this one. That shape is very *in* this season. It looks wonderful!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit Picks Yarn - Opinions? on: March 31, 2008 09:08:24 AM
I get a lot of my yarn from KnitPicks. Here are my thoughts on the ones I've used.

Wool of the Andes is the one I've used most. As others have said, it's kind of rough and scratchy. I don't mind it much because I wear an extra layer under all my sweaters I make out of it. It doesn't pill as badly as softer wools I've used so that is a plus.

Merino Style I used once for a vest. It is not amazingly soft but is also not scratchy like WOTA. I haven't noticed much pilling yet.

Shadow is nice & soft, blocks nicely and also takes dye really well if you buy a lighter color & decide you don't like it (like I did with Oregon Coast).

Swish Superwash is the softest wool I've gotten from them. It pills like crazy (can you tell I'm obsessed with the pill factor) and despite being superwash I wouldn't recommend machine-washing because it WILL shrink a good amount.

Andean Silk is a dream. It is amazingly soft, but I used it to make a pair of mittens and they fell apart about 2 weeks later...so I wouldn't recommend using it for items that will get a lot of wear because it's not quite as durable as some of the others.
Essential and Memories are nice durable reasonably-priced sock yarns. I have a few pairs of socks made from them that still probably have a few years worth of wear. No complaints.

Wool of the Andes Bare is good for experimenting with dyes, it's cheap enough so you can buy a couple of skeins & divide them up to try out different colors. I would recommend pre-soaking in water with a little lemon/lime juice or vinegar because it tends to pick up the color much more easily that way.

I think that's all the ones that I have used. If I think of any more I'll add. Smiley

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Least favorite part of knitting.. on: March 31, 2008 08:41:14 AM
Finishing, finishing, finishing. I make mostly sweaters so pretty much every project has a lot of seams involved, and I've definitely had sweaters that I completed all the pieces for & then put off the actual finishing for weeks after that because I hate seams so much. Especially setting in sleeves--I always have to fudge them at least a little & for some reason despite all my best efforts to make sure the armhole opening & sleeve cap are the same size, it's always off just a bit. But I think I'm getting better with time, so I think practice and patience are key here, as with many things.  Oh and blocking too. It just takes way too much time and I don't really have the space for it to begin with. I usually end up hand-washing the finished piece, I spin it out in the washer & then tug on it a little to set everything in place and drape it over my clothes-drying rack.  Again...patience:)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: PENIS scarf?! [Adult content!] on: March 06, 2008 06:18:38 PM
That is so hilarious. You rule.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My "Soft Almond" top on: March 06, 2008 06:16:08 PM
That is freaking awesome. Lately I've been obsessed with Phildar patterns and this is a great example of why. It's beautiful!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Boyfriend Sweater Curse on: March 03, 2008 06:26:56 PM
Hey! Just noticed my thread was back from the dead. In case anyone's curious, I did make the sweater for my boyfriend and he still wears it and we are still together. I don't think the sweater curse holds much truth whether you're straight or gay or other. Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Oblique (from Knitty) Along? on: February 26, 2008 07:09:53 PM
I finished mine on Sunday night!



It is so comfy and awesome. Definitely one of my favorites.  Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Eunny Jang Deep V Argyle Vest *progress pics added* on: February 23, 2008 04:09:12 PM
I never quite understood how steeks worked either until I made this vest. I think it's one of those things I just had to do in order for it to make sense because just reading about it was like a foreign language to me. I hope to have a FO pic for tomorrow, was just too busy today to take photos.
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