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1  Re: Giftalong (not a gift exchange) in Knitalongs by stormshade on: December 14, 2006 10:09:33 AM
Two projects done just in time!
Lace Cardigan for my sister.  Pattern from Vogue spring/summer 06.   Yarn used is the same as the mag....Berroco Ultra Silk.  I had such a hard time with this at first I almost gave up but soon got on a roll and suddenly it seemed so easy!  I'm so proud of myself that I stuck to it.  It looks a lot different than I thought it was from the mag pic but I like it.  Hope it fits her.
The other is Snowflake for my SIL.  Knit with Lorna Lace Shepherd Sock

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2  Re: Giftalong (not a gift exchange) in Knitalongs by stormshade on: November 13, 2006 03:43:13 PM
How is everyone coming along on their gift knitting?
Currently I'm working on a lace cardi from Vogue spring/summer '06 for my sister.
Most recently I completed a Branching Out scarf and hat set.  I improvised the hat to match.  My first hat knit without a pattern!    Grin
Knit with Elann's Peruvian Baby Cashmere


Also completed and already gifted a clapotis.  This was a gift for recently widowed neighbor but I had to rush knit this because she put her house up for sale and it sold right away.  I wanted to give it to her before she moved.  Knit with Elann's Luna - Endless Summer collection

 
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3  Re: Giftalong (not a gift exchange) in Knitalongs by stormshade on: October 12, 2006 11:39:12 PM
I've finished two pairs of mansize Fibertrend's clogs.  Here's a pic of one felted and one pre-felted.

Today my 3 yr old got a hold of daddy's slippers and had some fun.  Here are some pics.......
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68079645@N00/sets/72157594325946290/

Everyone who's seen the slippers loves them so far.  Two of my husband's friends saw them drying and both hinted of their desire for a pair of their own. 
People react to felting like it's magic.  It's so funny.  I showed my neighbor and she was amazed at the whole process. 

I also knit up a hedgehog but wasn't as successful in the felting process.  Next time I'll use smaller needles and stick with the Paton's Classic Wool as opposed to Cascade 220.  I'll still toss this hedgehog in the wash a few more times to see if it'll change any. 


I ordered the yarn for my sister's lace cardigan but it's on backorder.  Hopefully It'll be here in time for me to knit it up by Xmas. 
In the meantime I'm diving into some socks I think.
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4  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by stormshade on: October 01, 2006 08:45:29 PM
Well, I was a little too nervous to get my sweater wet until I did a test so I knit up a scarf with the leftover Tilli and washed it.  
There was a lot of bleed in the water but the yarn looks fine.  


Tallgrrl - I'll definitely get some Eucalan, I had thought it was only for wool.  Thanks for the tip!  I don't like dry cleaning either, the smell really bothers me.  I'll have to try every scent of the Eucalan, they all sound wonderful!

Rorosity - You got the color I had originally wanted!  It's so pretty isn't it?  
I had my heart set on beads though so when I found out the Gloxina doesn't come with beads I went with the Ruby instead.  But I couldn't resist keeping one skein of Gloxina for a scarf because I just couldn't part with the color.
I'm glad Heather was there to help you.  I'll have to pop in to see her second sweater.  I've only seen the first one she was working on in the Alchemy.  



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5  My first socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by stormshade on: September 30, 2006 10:27:03 PM
My first handknit socks but definitely NOT my last.
These were made from Lane Cervinia Forever Jacquard I purchased from Elann.  The pattern was just a basic About.com sock pattern.  I worked casually on these and was able to finish one a day.
I now know what the hubbub is about handknit socks.  These are the most comfy things ever!  And I'm not much of a sock person so that's saying a lot.  I don't think I ever want to take these off. 
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6  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by stormshade on: September 11, 2006 11:07:32 AM
Wow Pixie That's just gorgeous!
Funny coincidence....I was just coming to post a pic of my Tilli and I'm at the exact same point. 
This one is coming out hanging a lot looser than the cotton.  I was contemplating frogging and knitting a small instead but maybe not.  The top fit fine in the first fitting but the lace part didn't come out as fitted as I'd like.  You can't tell in the photo but there is quite a gap.  I think the weight of the bottom of the sweater will help the fit. I do love oversized sweaters and this pattern as well as this yarn lends itself well to oversized.  Plus it looks like it fits fine in the photo (I think).   Anybody want to give an opinion?


Oh, and I too went through an entire ball of rockstar.  I have to start on the second ball for the purl section.  I think I'll need another ball for sure.
Someone had asked about the knots in the Tilli Tomas?
Well, I am finding more knots than should be there, considering the price of this yarn.  One ball had as much as 6 knots in the darn thing!  I probably should've taken it back but I'm too lazy, the store is too far and I know they didn't have any more in stock. The other balls I wound had one or two knots each (still more than I'd like but liveable).

By the way, I'm glad someone posted.  I was starting to feel like a thread killer after my confusing increase instructions.   Cheesy
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7  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by stormshade on: September 05, 2006 12:10:35 AM
In the midst of renovation chaos, I've finally found the time to finish my "tester sweater".
Before diving into the Tilli Tomas I decided to knit a sample sweater in a cheap yarn I had in my stash -  Elann Connemara Endless Summer 100% cotton at $1.78 ea.  I'm glad I did too because it sure took a lot of abuse!  I doubt the Tilli could hold up.
This was a major stash buster project as I also used a bunch of stash beads.  I ended up running out (and couldn't get more) of the seed beads that I used on the lace bits so I used some teeny beads I had in my stash (forgot the official name.....thus the term teeny beads).  These I strung on black thread and used it as a carry along with the rest of the yarn.  These beads are smaller but shine brighter than the round seed beads on the lace.  It just looks like the beads glow a bit brighter around my face.  :-D  I really like how it came out.  The clear beads against black yarn look like little diamond chips sprinkled around the collar.
I had to frog the first collar I knit because I picked up too many stitches and it ended up looking like a small cowl.  

Normally I'm a size 8 sometimes 6, depending on cut and designer.  I knit the medium size sweater and added length prior to starting the lace bits at both the waist and the arms.  The best suggestion I'd have is to definitely take the time to try it on!  See where the lace is falling and choose to knit more or not.  I also added length after the lace at the waist. I definitely like longer sweaters and sleeves so I usually add length to most of my things. The one thing I wish I'd done is to knit a little bit wider of a lace panel since I'm so long waisted.
Size 7 needles gave me the larger gauge but I never was able to get the smaller gauge.  I struggled with size 2's for the waist but switched to 3's for the rest and it was much easier.  I did use double pointed needles for the sleeve lace.  It was awkward at first but soon mastered it.  Yay for new skills!

Since I'm worried about the stretch of the Tilli silk I contemplated knitting the next one in the small size but I've decided against it.  I really like a looser fit and the drape of the silk will just make it that much better.

I agree with a lot of what has been said by Almndladybug and others about this sweater.  
I found that I also really love this pattern.   It's such a fun and interesting construction. The fact that it's seamless with very little finishing is just a dream to me.  My one recommendation would be to add length.  Also, despite not getting the smaller gauge, I still wouldn't consider knitting on a needle smaller than 3's.
After the Tilli I'm planning on knitting another in either Plymouth Royal or Madil Eden bamboo OR Misti Pima Cotton Silk.  I think those yarns would be perfect for this.  Still not sure if I'll do the purl ridges on all of them.  But I do admit, I've always loved the fashions on the Jetsons.   Grin

Here are a couple of pics.  A few more are on my Picture trail site. http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=12206087&uid=2462320


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8  Beaded necklace w/ clay pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by stormshade on: August 18, 2006 12:58:48 PM
This is a necklace I made for my mother-in-law (to go with her Vogue shawl I knit).  I should have gotten a better pic of it before I sent it off with her.  It's kind of hard to get an idea of the coloring in the beads when it's against that wood.   The beads are variations of amber colors and orangish color beads.  Some were solid and some clear with those color stripes or core.  
The pendant came out of an evening of playing with airdry clay.  I stamped it with a rubber stamp.  Fine tuned it by wetting my fingers and rubbing certain spots into position. Then after it was dry I rubbed acrylic paint into it and rubbed it off.  Then I rubbed metallic pigment powders on it.  Sprayed with Krylon to finish it off.  
All the pendants came out so different and it was so fun.  I went out and got a bunch more supplies but haven't been able to work on any.  
I did get a pasta roller to flatten the clay more evenly but there's something I like about it being imperfect.  It gives it more of a hand crafted  look (almost like an old artifact)  about it.  
This came out of just messing around with clay.  I had no idea what I was doing, nor had I ever worked with air dry clay but I was so pleased with all the pendants I came up with.   It's always great to have a crafting day like this!  It's a good reminder that the best things can come out of experimenting and just playing around.  Now I'm dying to do this same thing with that silver clay (PMC is it?)

Thanks for looking!
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9  Drops Design Finished Sweaters - link to free patterns in Knitting: Completed Projects by stormshade on: August 17, 2006 11:20:04 PM
Here are pics of two finished Drops Design sweaters.  I finished them a few months back but only recently got pics of them both. I plan to make both of these again in other yarns.  I enjoyed knitting them, really enjoy wearing them and wouldn't mind having multiples of these two in various yarns.
Just thought I'd share my two favorite handknit sweaters (so far anyway) and the links to their free patterns. 

The first is Drops Design 88-4 and was made with Rowan Wool Cotton 
I need to resew the buttons on.  My sister gave me some suggestions to try so the fabric won't pull quite so much.  http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=88&d_id=4&lang=us


This one  is a wrap cardigan Drops Design 88-22 and is made from Cascade 220. 
Here's the link http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=88&d_id=22&lang=us


Thanks for looking!  Happy knitting everyone.
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10  Re: Rambling Rose from Rowan 39 in Knitalongs by stormshade on: August 12, 2006 09:55:19 AM
Okay guys...

I am done.



To sum it up, I love it.  Totally worth all the time, effort, and detail.  I can't wait to see all yours finished too.  Details and more pictures on my blog: http://girlwhoknits.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/07/09/a-rambling-rose.html.

Wow!  That looks sooooooo beautiful!  You look gorgeous in it. 
I hadn't been interested in this sweater so wasn't keeping up on this thread but after seeing a pic of your finished one, my interest is growing. 
Your finished sweater is fab!  I like yours better than the Rowan pic  Smiley
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