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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / farewell to my first sweater= felted bag on: July 24, 2006 11:18:00 AM
So I was in the middle of frogging the second half of the first sweater I ever finished, when I got nostalgic and figured I should at least leave a little digital record.  Here's my old friend, on the way to the frog pond:

Looks kind of cute, right?  You may be thinking "Hey! Why's she gotta be so cruel to that defenseless sweater...It's not so bad..."  Here's a side view to show you why I wore this for about 15 minutes before putting it away for good:

"Bulky" does not begin to describe the dimensions of this sweater.  It was after I literally packed it for a trip to ANTARCTICA and did not wear it that I realized it was truly doomed.  I have NO idea what the designer was thinking, or what I was thinking to pick this one.  Did I mention this was sleeveless and a turtleneck?  Oh well, it was a gateway drug; now I know better and have a bunch of yarn to repurpose.  Here's the new bag I made from the other half, and a parting shot of the old sweater...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Raspberet on: July 22, 2006 04:38:45 PM
I've got a little niece on the way, and I made her a little raspberry hat:

It's modified from Knitty's "Baby Tart" pattern- http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbabytart.html  I wanted a fresh raspberry and not a pie.   It wasn't until it was almost done that I noticed my modifications had made it actually turn out to be a RASPBERRY BERET.   You can try to hide, but the pop hits of yesteryear will follow you wherever you go. 

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Perfect bikini yarn? on: July 16, 2006 11:00:23 AM
So, I just got a copy of Ashley Paige's smokin' Sexy Little Knits, and I'm eager to start on one of the bikini patterns.  I particularly like the 'blue suede' one, but as I read the fine print, I see that the Berroco suede yarn is "not meant for going in the water".  Huh Hey!  I wasn't planning on swimming the English Channel in this thing, but I would like the option of splashing in the waves at least a little. She suggests 'metallic fx' for water use, but I don't like the sparkles.  Two questions for y'all.

1) Anybody have experience with 'suede' in the water?  Does it totally stretch out, bleed, what's the problem exactly?

2) Any suggestions for a water-happy substitute? I know there's always Cascade Fixation or the Elann equivalent, but does anyone have any other yarns they've used in the water with good results?

Thanks for the input...
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