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3671  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: April 23, 2006 05:43:28 PM
It's cute an all, but it's virtually identical to two of Teva's patterns from her book Loop-D-Loop. If you cross the Ballet TShirt with the Steek shirt, you get exactly the same thing. I've knit both patterns. You can see pictures of the various shirts here.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=36163.0

And Grumperina's tivoli/picovoli and several other patterns use the same raglan cast on and shaping. It's a basic pattern - what makes all of the variations unique is the combinations. I'm making one now based on tivoli, with a lacy inset like Green Gables and the lower 6 inches is the lace pattern from Lelah. I may try one like this one, one of these days (or years).

sue
3672  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yoga bag from knitty on: April 23, 2006 01:31:20 PM
You could try kitchen cotton type yarn, like Lion's Cotton, or Sugar n Cream.

sue
3673  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Maternity tank top? on: April 21, 2006 04:24:45 AM
Check out the Lelah thread. It's strapless, but many people have been putting straps on it.

sue
3674  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN) on: April 20, 2006 04:12:29 PM

Way kewl!!! I just started Tivoli only with the lace inset from Green Gable. Now I can try the lower part with the lace from Lelah. What would you call *that*!  Wink

sue
3675  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Use What You Have Month on: April 20, 2006 03:08:22 PM
OOO OOO I'm IN! Hehe. I just bought 24 balls of sugar N cream for a blanket I'm working on for my 2 boys but even before that I had an ungodly amount of yarn so I'm gonna do a bunch of side projects while knitting the blanket. I'm starting off (after the idea from loisgriffinwannabe) doing a clapotis scarf with Black Simply Soft. I have 2 - 6 oz. skeins of it which is 660 yards so I should have enough to do a full Clapotis but #1 I don't want to chance it and #2 I'm only 4'11 so I don't want something that will be over powering on me (most patterns like this seem to be made for women 5'4 or taller! Thanks for the idea!

I used 1 skein of SS on 10.5/6.5mm needles and got a Clapotis of about 15"x70". So you'll have more than enough, even if you're using smaller needles. Just start in and see where you get to.

sue

Oh thanks for the tidbit! I figured I would try that!

BTW, just remembered that skeins are not always equal. I meant the larger 6oz one, not the 3 oz....

sue
3676  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Use What You Have Month on: April 20, 2006 02:24:45 PM
OOO OOO I'm IN! Hehe. I just bought 24 balls of sugar N cream for a blanket I'm working on for my 2 boys but even before that I had an ungodly amount of yarn so I'm gonna do a bunch of side projects while knitting the blanket. I'm starting off (after the idea from loisgriffinwannabe) doing a clapotis scarf with Black Simply Soft. I have 2 - 6 oz. skeins of it which is 660 yards so I should have enough to do a full Clapotis but #1 I don't want to chance it and #2 I'm only 4'11 so I don't want something that will be over powering on me (most patterns like this seem to be made for women 5'4 or taller! Thanks for the idea!

I used 1 skein of SS on 10.5/6.5mm needles and got a Clapotis of about 15"x70". So you'll have more than enough, even if you're using smaller needles. Just start in and see where you get to.

sue
3677  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embarrassing yarn question on: April 19, 2006 06:33:55 PM
Wool is sometimes used as a generic term for yarn (as in `wool forward'), so if you want to use acrylic for practice in a new technique, seems like you could. Is there a way to contact the people who sent you the supply list to clarify?

sue
3678  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: So mad at my yarn choice! on: April 19, 2006 11:42:53 AM
I don't understand about not getting a consistent gauge in acrylic. I've not had that problem, and if it's a bit uneven, it will even out after it's washed anyway.

sue
3679  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you use different yarns?? on: April 18, 2006 08:19:26 PM
If you're looking for a cheap alternative to expensive yarn, Knitpicks has very nice yarn. It feels so much nicer than either Red Heart or Simply Soft. They (Knitpicks) have at least two nice double-knit weight yarns (Merino Style, which is merino, and Shine, which is cotton). I don't think either is much more than $2 a skein.

Merino style *is* very nice; I have two sweaters OTN right now with it. However, their skeins at $2.29 for 123 yards is still a little more than Simply Soft for $2-2.50 for over 300 yards. Most of Caron's yarn, even the ultra cheap One Pound and the Perfect Match is much softer feeling than most Red Heart yarns. The SS feels softer than Merino Style and has a shimmer to it. I like both - depends on the project.

sue
3680  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you use different yarns?? on: April 18, 2006 07:41:21 PM
The knitting garden says that Wool Cotton is DK weight, which is, I think two sport weights, less than worsted, though. So, you might have to do some serious math if you are substituting a worsted, unless you can get it to guage right, you will have to make a guage swatch and use different needles, though. Lion says Microspun is DK, but I strongly advise you not to get it. I tried to use it on a bikini top, I only got one triangle done because the splitting frustrated me so much, it had broken and tangled pieces in the middle of the ball ugh. Babysoft might work, I haven't tried it, and it depends on how much you like pastels. Why does it seem like if you find stuff that thin, its always in pastels?

Good luck with whatever you find works for you.

I've used Simply Soft and think it's closer to DK than worsted, so that would be good to substitute. And it's reeeeeeallllyy nice and soft!

sue
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