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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong on: March 28, 2007 10:11:15 AM
landry,

That's hilarious Smiley. She was at Knitty City for a book signing though.
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong on: March 28, 2007 06:48:37 AM
I did find a few colors of the Soft Chunky at my semi-local yarn store (40 miles away but, in Los Angeles, that is not a big deal) and I bought enough pink (beautiful color!) for the Rockefeller Sweater.  My daughter loves that pattern, so I got the same shade as the photo in the book.  I also picked up one skein of Sea Foam and one skein of French Grey.  Both are beautiful colors.  The French Grey is really pretty and I don't usually get too jazzed about greys.  I can see the French Grey paired with just about any other shade for the Marilyn sweater.

Jeannine

When I was at Knitty City, they had a few of the Twinkle items in the store display and I got to try on the Rockefeller Sweater, which is the only item that caught my eye from the book. I think it was the largest size (no size indicated on the garment) and I'm a petite xs/s so it made me look like the Michelin man. I think the Rockefeller sample was also longer than the one in the book because it hit my knees.

Knitty City also has (had?) autographed copies of the book. They had lilac, light gray, that neon salmon pink from Rockefeller, and perhaps a buttercup yellow.

I have a half-finished Rockefeller cardi heavily modified made with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky and I'm debating if I should finish it--I need to divide for the arms. I don't like the way bulky knits look on me but it's too soon to tell with my progress.

Beware, the chart is wrong for one of the cables, just compare with the written instructions and for the other cable, the chart is correct and the written instructions are wrong.

40 miles is local for you? Smiley I'm spoiled living in NYC--Purl Soho, Seaport, Downtown, Suss when it was around, and The Point are all walking distance from me. Knitty City is probably 6 miles from my home but a 30 minute train ride. I could have walked from work but I went during the freak snow storm in mid-March. Then again, you've got gorgeous weather year-round with no threat of snow!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My BF felted Swish Superwash Socks! on: March 28, 2007 06:02:28 AM
Has anyone tried Knit Picks Shine Sport for socks? Do you think the modal makes it stretchy enough if I ribbed the entire sock?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My BF felted Swish Superwash Socks! on: March 28, 2007 06:00:40 AM
He claims as a med student, he doesn't have time for anything so handwashing is out of the question. Honestly, I'd rather have him do the wash the sink-full of dishes (the ants feast every night) instead of handwashing one of my hand knit items. I just thought that superwash meant it was unlikely to felt.

Actully, the socks have now been felted to my size. If they shrank more, I think I would have stuffed them, sewn the top shut, and given them to my dog. She is a sock thief!

isisfae, I taught him the knit stitch on a plane ride back home from Europe but it was in the middle of my project. I tried to get him to continue and make Spun's garter stitch Caterpillar for his niece when we got home but then school started.

homebunnyj , I use Soak for my wool items. It's great to not rinse!
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong on: March 27, 2007 11:05:57 AM
I am hoping that a store in NYC has the Twinkle yarns.  My husband is going to be in NYC next week and he usually picks me up some yarn while his is there.  I would love to get my hands on some Twinkle.

Jeannine Shocked

Jeanine,

Knitty City (http://www.knittycity.com/) at 208 W 79th between Broadway and Amsterdam had some of the Soft Chunky when I was there a couple weeks ago. I think it was about $16/skein.

TELEPHONE:  212. PURL-TWO (212. 787.5896)

Good luck!

-A
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My BF felted Swish Superwash Socks! on: March 27, 2007 10:26:49 AM
Hi all,

My boyfriend managed to felt Knitty's Thuja socks I knit for him in Swish Superwash-my first completed socks. They survived the first trip through the washer and dryer with some slight pilling and a little shrinkage and I saw the carnage this weekend when I was looking for a clean towel. They were only three months old Sad.

I think he left in the dryer for 3 hours because his dryer is old and doesn't dry things quickly so he runs several cycles.

Will any yarn survive a 3 hour trip through the dryer or should I give up on knitting socks for him? I have two socks on the needles for him--one in Louet Gems and Cider Moon Glacier. I don't think I can ever train him to set them aside to dry.

Thanks,

A
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I brought my needles on a flight from Heathrow! on: December 18, 2006 06:30:35 PM
I flew from JFK to Heathrow on Thursday and JFK let my size 1 Brittanys go through with a sock-in-progress, no questions asked.

I flew back from Heathrow to JFK today and I passed through the first inspection without any problems. I was worried when I had to go through security at my gate--they make you take off your shoes and coat for inspection then pat you down thoroughly. If you have a carry on bag, they proceed to empty out the entire contents.

The security guard picked up my clear bag housing my project then looked at his counterparty for advice on the needles. The other guard said jokingly that it may poke out an eye but he let me through. It may have helped that I broke one of the needles.

Yay I got to knit on the plane Smiley.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Swallowtail Shawl IK Fall 06 on: August 08, 2006 08:27:16 AM
I'm in! I cast on yesterday and am up to Budding Lace 2. Hopefully I'll finish this one! Smiley

I'm using KnitPicks' Gloss with size 6 needles but I think I may need to start over in size 5. What are you using?
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lotus Blossom Tank KAL from Summer 06 IK on: June 05, 2006 07:50:26 AM
I'm in!  Not sure when I will start - it might not be for a few more weeks.  I just bought my yarn - SWTC Bamboo in a variegated color.  Here's a photo:


I'm going to play with the gauge of this one, since the first two bust sizes are either too big or too small.  So I will probably be using smaller needles, too.  Can't wait to see some photos of y'all's progress!

Gorgeous color--mine is in a deep red.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Lotus Blossom Tank KAL from Summer 06 IK on: June 05, 2006 07:49:11 AM
Hi,

Has anyone else noticed an error in the pattern?

After the lace pattern is complete and you knit 3" in stockinette, and begin the shaping, the number of stitches adds up to 195, not 200. Apologies for the vagueness--I don't have the pattern with me now.

I have 168 stitches (increased from 140) so I'm trying to figure out how many to have for the front and the back sections. However, if you read further, it seems that you're supposed to pretty much divide the stitches in half.

Thanks!

-A
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