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1  Re: a general first-sweater knitalong? in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: February 21, 2007 02:43:17 PM
I'm almost to the point on the front that I can pin it together with the partial back and see if it might fit. I'm excited. Smiley Hopefully by the end of class tonight I'll be ready to do that.
Here's a shot of the back when I pinned it out to get an idea of it's width.

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2  Re: Self-striping Yarn?? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by meriellyn on: January 26, 2007 02:44:28 PM
SWTC Karaoke comes in some interesting self striping colorways. The stripes have reeeally smooth transitions so it's not really the same harsh "stripe" effect you'd get from self striping sock yarn or even SWS but it's *lovely* and would make an awesome Clapotis. It's a 50/50 Soysilk/Wool blend. Not as thick as SWS and not as fuzzy. It's much lighter feeling when knit up and wonderfully cotton-y soft. I'm using it to make the Lady Eleanor shawl from Scarf Style right now. I made my first Clapotis out of Caron Simply Soft Shadows and second out of SWS. Now I reeeeally want to make one out of this Karaoke. It's not as cheap as SWS though.
Check out the Clapotis thread on the Knitalongs board... it's a gazillion pages long and has plenty of examples of different yarns used to make that scarf/shawl. The most common is Noro Silk Garden but there are lots of others as well.

If you wanna go cheaper than SWS, check out Caron Simply Soft Shadows. It has a really interesting self striping that goes on over a background color. As I mentioned, I made my first clap out of it and it's my favorite knit thing ever.
Here's a close up of my clapotis while it was in progress:




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3  Re: Knitty's Danica in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: January 23, 2007 04:43:34 PM
Here's mine:



The photo doesn't show the colors very well, unfortunately. Haven't found a place (or time) to block it yet.
I've found that I looooove entrelac. I did this as a warm up to the Lady Eleanor I'm working on now. Can't believe I knocked this scarf out in under a week!!
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4  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: January 23, 2007 04:23:15 PM
I can't get to it either. Sad

I did get a shot of my finished SWS Clapotis though!! Not an action shot yet, but I did wear it out to lunch today.

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5  Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: January 23, 2007 04:21:26 PM
Oooh, that's really cute! Your pointy ends are super cool. I like the second style best. (Love your hair too, BTW Smiley )

Here's my Lady E in progress:



SWTC Karaoke in Mermaid Mix. I love love love the colors in this yarn. Not just the all over color changes but the subtle colors in each bit of yarn. It's sooo much lighter than the SWS and while not a fluffy-soft it's cottony-soft and  has none of the prickliness of SWS. I don't think it'll shed either. Hooray!

Oh, and here's a not-so-great shot of my mini-LadyE/Danica hybrid:



Can't wait for my mom to see it!
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6  Re: Lady Eleanor Round 2? in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: January 14, 2007 05:37:01 PM
Here's a shot of my two versions. On the left is the 26st CO, 8st per block version (the mini-Lady E) and on the right is the 20st CO, 10sts per block version (the slightly modified Danica)



I can't decide which on to go with. I love the Danica in this same yarn I saw on the Completed Projects board but I'm not sure which way to go with mine.
Suggestions??
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7  Re: the BIG yarn stash SHOW OFF! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by meriellyn on: December 22, 2006 02:41:46 PM
I went cruising on Etsy and found a new favorite seller. Now I have the shakes!

Think homespun, homespun... no, too much like handspun! Ack! `Think Red Heart, Red Heart... you know, as scratchy as Red Heart is, they have some gorgeous colorways... almost as gorgeous as that beautiful skein I've been coveting... double ack!! OK, think Fun Fur... fun fur... whew... it's passing. You know, it's been a while since I've caught an episiode of The Muppet Show...

Hahaha... this cracked me up.


I may be able to take a total stash photo soon. The little drawers I posted on page 8 expanded to that plus a large three drawer one, the big pink acrylic hamper, and yarn EVERYWHERE. Boxes and bag allover my tiny room. It's a yarn treasure hunt in there. Never know what you'll find where. After Christmas I'm going to rearrange my room so I'll be gathering it all up and re-sorting. I have another large three drawer thingy I'm going to put the rest in. Well, I'm trying to convince myself that one more will be enough. For now.

Here's some stashy pics. I'd tell you this is even close to all of it but my momma says it's not nice to lie.
There's also a ton of Fearless Fibers stuff, a bag of Rowanspun, a bag of Ultra Alpaca, almost a bag of Cashmerino, everything I got on my trip to NC, sock yarn out the wazoo, laceweight from my Secret Pal... you get the idea.

Here's (most of) the most recent additions from my LYS's inventory clearance sale, plus the butt-load of needles a retired knitter passed along to me:





Then some more, generally in order of age:











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8  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: December 17, 2006 07:15:52 PM
Here's the start of my new SWS one. Did most of this in one sleepless night. I'm through two straight repeats now. Smiley



I had picked up 5 balls of this on sale in Asheville, NC a couple months ago. Decided a couple weeks ago that I'd really like to make another Clapotis with it so I started, expecting to have to make it smaller again. Once I got to working on it I really wanted to go full size so I decided to go look for a similar-enough dye lot and mix it in. Hit the craft store in Charleston, SC and brought my knitting to match up the colors. What should I find there? Three balls of the exact same dye lot I already have! Perfect!

I can't wait to put this one to use. My mini one is my favorite knitted thing yet. Can't wait til after Christmas when I can give this puppy more attention!

Oh, and this is on US9 needles, rather than 8s.
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9  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: December 05, 2006 10:01:14 PM
Here's a couple shots of my Simply Soft Shadows Mini-Clap (3 skeins):







Finished it a few weeks ago but actually got to wear it today. I love it! So versitile! I can't wait to finish my larger one.
Actually, now I have two more on the needles. I'm making a slightly different sized mini-clap in SWS now in addition to the fingering weight one.
They're like potato chips... or crack. lol Wink
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10  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by meriellyn on: November 29, 2006 12:49:17 PM
Here's a progress shot...



Still a few more increases to go. Had to weight it down in the picture since it's still in that roll-like-it's-your-job phase.
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