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1  Re: Gathered Pullover? in Knitalongs by *k* on: August 22, 2008 07:40:14 PM
I measured my bust and it's almost exactly between the smallest sizes.  32" would definately be too small, and 36.25" too big.  Hm.  I've never knit an entire sweater before and not sure what is the best thing to do.  I would not be happy to knit a million rows of stockinette to be unhappy with the fit. 

Or I could try to somehow alter the pattern to make it halfway between those two sizes?  But I was kinda hoping for a brainless knit for a car ride I will be on tomorrow...

If you want a close fit, you should probably go with the smaller size.  If you'd like it a little looser or plan to layer, the larger size would probably be ok.

I had the same situation, where I was between sizes.  I have approx. 35" bust and went up to the 36" size since it was the closest.  I modified the size across the bust slightly by adding waist shaping, decreasing 12 stitches total for waist, but only increasing 8 stitches to the bust.  It's a little looser than I would have liked, but this could at least partly be blamed on my yarn unexpectedly growing when it got wet (I tried checking for this with the gauge swatch, but apparently this wasn't noticeable to me at the time).  I had really hoped for a sweater that could be worn without layering, but this really requires a tank/cami worn underneath because the neck is so big.

Here's a really bad FO pic to give you an idea:
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2  labels for knitpicks options set in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by *k* on: August 22, 2008 07:19:42 PM
I just received my new Knitpicks Options interchangeable needle set.  Since I haven't had a chance to use them yet, I can't give any kind of review about the needles, but I wasn't thrilled with the unlabeled needles and storage pouch.  I'm sure I would get different needle sizes mixed up and don't want to use a needle gauge everytime I switch sizes.  So I came up with a solution.  It's really simple, but I figured that other Knitpicks users might appreciate the idea. 
For those unfamiliar with the plastic pouch, info can be found on the Knit Picks website, here: http://www.knitpicks.com/Options+Interchangeable+Circular+Knitting+Needle+Case_ND80403.html
My solution:



I used lavender cardstock cut to fit the pouches (approx 3" tall by 1.25" wide) and hand-stamped the sizes in fuschia ink using little alphabet stamps found in the dollar section at JoAnn Fabrics.  I had planned to simply stamp the size numbers, but didn't have any numbered stamps.  So I spelled out the numbers instead and thought it turned out pretty cute and very practical.  The purple and pink go quite well with the purple needle cables, and the pouch is really pretty great for holding the rest of my non-interchangeable circular needle collection.

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: Blithe by Kim Hargreaves in Knitalongs by *k* on: August 13, 2008 12:59:58 PM
Looks like no one wants to join my 1-person knitalong.  Oh well.

It took a month, but I finally finished the front of my blithe.  Here's a pic of it blocking to entice you to make your own:



I'm hoping this will be done before it gets too cold to wear.
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4  Blue Recycled Cotton Ballet Pullover in Knitting: Completed Projects by *k* on: July 10, 2008 05:20:45 PM
I just finished the Ballet Pullover from IK Summer 2004.  This pattern is only slightly different than the Ballet t-shirt from Teva Durham's Loop-d-Loop book.  I own the book, but I liked that the IK version had a little smaller gauge, more size offerings, and longer sleeves.  This pattern is 4 years old, so it's nothing new, but I really love this top and wanted to share.  I love this so much (comfy, relatively flattering, and super easy to make) that I plan to make another in wool with full length sleeves for winter.

     

The center increases/decreases give this pattern much of its charm (IMO), so I think it's a little sad that they don't stand out as much as they would if I had used a solid colored yarn.

The yarn is a Cotton/Ramie blend rescued from a rather unattractive ribbed turtleneck found at a local thrift store.  For those of you who are as unfamiliar with ramie as I was, Wikipedia says that "Ramie has been around for so long that it was even used in mummy cloths in Egypt during the period 5000-3300 BC and has been grown in China for many centuries...Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers. It exhibits even greater strength when wet. Ramie fiber is known especially for its ability to hold shape, reduce wrinkling, and introduce a silky lustre to the fabric appearance."  Pretty interesting, eh?

Other details: knit on size 11 Denise circulars with yarn held double.  Lenghtened body by approx. 2.5"
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5  Re: IK Josephine-along in Knitalongs by *k* on: July 04, 2008 02:54:42 PM
I know this is a really old thread, but I finally have pics of my finished Josephine top!  It was completed some time last fall but didn't get its first wear until a few weeks ago.  I love the way it turned out and am very happy with my yarn sub, Hempathy.  This is definitely my favorite FO so far.



I didn't really make any modifications.  I had planned to add extra length to the bodice to lower the eyelets, but I decided not to since my lace section turned out a couple inches longer due to row gauge.  I didn't want it to turn into a dress.
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6  beer cap refrigerator magnets in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by *k* on: May 19, 2008 04:38:53 PM
Behold, my beloved beer cap magnets! 



They were made as a somewhat last minute birthday gift for my boyfriend's sister.  I baked polymer clay into the bottom of the caps in order to lift the magnet to the proper height for fridge contact.  Super strong magnets were glued using E6000.  Sorry, I don't have any pics of the backs.

For the gift-giving presentation, I put them in an old altoids tin and tied it in a black ribbon bow:



She loved them! and since I loved them so much, I made myself a set right away.

Just for the heck of it, here's an action shot of them on my fridge:

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7  Re: Shop the Swap SUPPLIES ONLY Round 4 ~ September in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by *k* on: September 02, 2007 10:09:33 AM
Open!!
These items come from a smoke-free cat-friendly home

FABRIC: 1 point each
White Sheer Cotton Fabric with mini raised dots 1 yd x 44"


Sheer Poly Chiffon-type fabric with sparkly dots.  The dots have a graduated density effect, with more dots at one end than the other.  2.5 yds x 45"


Fine wale cotton Corduroy, Lavender color.  1.75 yds x 45"


Silky feather print scarf fabric.  Lavender color with darker purple feathers and 2" black border at 1yd point and along selvage edges.  2 yds x 45"


Cotton fabric with Print 1 yd x 25" - Sold to GatsbyGirl

Silky Black Asian Print Fabric 1.5 yds x 45"


Fleece Remnants (all three colors for 1 point) sold to KraftyKT

Sewing patterns: 1/2 point each
While all pieces should be there, I cannot guarantee that all vintage patterns are entirely complete.  If you want me to check a particular pattern, let me know

   
The patterns pictured above are sized for 32" bust. 
Sun dress with bolero
House dress
Blazer pattern
Puff-sleeve mini dress with shorts

   
Button-down Shirtdress; 36" bust
Teal Traina dress - Semi-fitted A-line in 2 lengths; 34" bust
Built by Wendy top, Simplicity 4111 (cut to size 12: 34" bust, 26.5" waist)
McCalls 4306 bias-cut skirt (cut to size 12: 26.5" waist, 36" hip)
Drawstring pants and skirt (cut to size small, 25" waist 34.5" hips, but I think this pattern runs large) - perfect for pajama pants
McCalls 2663 Medieval Costume, uncut, size 8-10 for bust 31.5" to 32.5"
Simplicity 9058 Renaissance Costume Dress and hats, uncut, size 6-12 fitting bust 30.5" to 34"


Assorted Sewing Items (1 point):
Includes bias tape, hem tape, ribbon, small amount of white piping, spool of purple thread, a nearly-full spool of Sulky dark gold embroidery thread, and small amount of burgundy thread


Bag of Ladybug Buttons (1 point)
3 sizes, largest ladybug measures 1" wide


Pink Sequin Flower appliques (1 point)
Each flower is 1 1/4" diameter; packet contains 3 flowers


Iron-on appliques: (1/2 point each)
Cat is approx. 3" wide and 4" tall, Sequin Cherries is about 2" x 2"


Two 27" Metal Zippers, dogwood color (1 point for both)


Scrapbook Supplies (1 point for all items pictured)
Mat Stacks paper (size 6.5" x 4.5", some sheets missing), plastic Memorabilia pockets, 4 mini diecuts (butterflies: orange and black monarch, and yellow and black), 4 mini diecuts (Wizard of Oz characters: Wicked Witch and Good Witch Glenda)


Movie Poster Postcard book 1 point sold to XbelovedXoneX

Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbooks: 1 point each


Rag Rugs Book by Juju Vail (hardcover, excellent condition) - 1 point
Learn to make rugs out of fabric scraps, includes hooking, prodding, braiding, and applique techniques.  20 projects with step-by-step instructions - an interesting use for fabric scraps!


Hollywood Knits Style hardcover book (3 points)
Some wear to the cover and dust jacket, but otherwise great condition.


Cookie Cutters (1/2 point)
plastic bat and ghost; metal star, flowers (3 sizes) and leaves (3 sizes)--these have been cleaned but were previously used to cut polymer clay


Set of 3 small rubber duckies (1/2 point)
could be used as decoration in shadow boxes in kids' rooms or whatever else you can think of.  Ducks are 2" long and 2" high


Glass Fruit Charms (1/2 point for all 3)
2 Lemons and 1 Cherry, approx 3/4" long


Pair of Silk Gerber Daisies (1/2 point)
Flowers are approx. 4" diameter with 20" bendable stems, Very Realistic



FREE WITH CLAIM ITEMS:

Unopened packet of metal dragonfly beads - these have become a bit darker and less shiny over time due to oxidation

Small Baggie of Pink and Purple Plastic Rhinestones
Pair of metal D-rings, approx. 1" long
Lion brand Pom-pom maker set
Soap fragrance - "amaretto on the rocks" from the soap goat, pretty sure this is the 1 oz. size.  Bottle has been opened but never used.  Smells delicious!  Here's a link to the company's website for more info: http://www.thesoapgoat.com/nfragranceoilsc.html
Smoothie Recipe Book (mini hardcover book like those found near bookstore checkouts) - approx. 80 pages, excellent condition


Starting points: 5
Available points: 5
Pending points: 0

Bought:
Sansa to *k* - Sirdar Candytwist knitting pattern and Bevknits nightgowns (1)
LaughingLark to *k* - Carnelian chips, mixed shades (1)
LaughingLark to *k* - Millefiore glass chips-black (1/2)
LaughingLark to *k* - Millefiore glass chips-green (1/2)

Sold:
Send by Sept 9
*k* to GatsbyGirl - White cotton fabric with face print (1)

Send by Sept 19
*k* to KraftyKT - Fleece Remnants (1)

Send by Sept 27
*k* to XbelovedXoneX - Movie Poster Postcard book - (1)


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8  Re: Shop the Swap SUPPLIES ONLY Round 3 ~ August in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by *k* on: August 05, 2007 09:59:36 AM
Open for Business:

*k*'s Home of Excess Crafty Stuff!

Warning to those with allergies: these items come from a non-smoking cat-friendly home

Items available:

Sewing patterns - 1 point each or 3 for 2 points

Vintage sewing pattern set 1:


All vintage patterns in set 1 are sized for 32" bust.  While all pieces should be there, I cannot guarantee that all vintage patterns are entirely complete.

1) Blazer pattern
2) Puff-sleeve mini dress with shorts
3) Sun dress with bolero
4) House dress

Vintage Sewing pattern set 2:

All patterns in set 2 are sized for 34" bust, except for the shirtdress (36" bust).  The remaining patterns can be yours for 2 points, or 1 point each.
5)Teal Traina dress - Semi-fitted A-line in 2 lengths
6) V-neck dress - Lightly fitted and flared, with French darts
7) Halter tops - 3 styles - instruction sheets are missing Sad
#8 Button-down Shirtdress

Pattern set 3:

Pattern set 3 patterns are all cut to size 12 (34" bust, 26.5" waist, 36" hip) unless otherwise stated. 

9) McCall's 3584 Halter dress
10) Vogue 7709 Halter dress with faux wrap bodice
11) Drawstring pants and skirt (cut to size small, 25" waist 34.5" hips, but I think this pattern runs large)
12) Vogue 2784 Donna Karan dress - Uncut - Sizes 12, 14, 16
13) Built by Wendy top, Simplicity 4111
14) McCalls 4306 bias-cut skirt

Pattern set 4 - Uncut patterns:


15) 2 Rennaissance style costume dresses - both patterns for 1 point! (Simplicity 9058 comes in sizes 6-12 fitting bust 30.5" to 34"; McCalls 2663 is size 8-10 for bust 31.5" to 32.5")
16) Vogue 7325 vintage/retro hat patterns
17) McCalls 4679 bags
18) Butterick 5293 Slipcover pattern for couches/armchairs

Fabric: 1 point per item listing


19) Fleece remnants - Plenty to make cozy stuffed animals, pillows or scarves!  Measurements according to remnant label: Cream colored fleece - 8" by 60"; Aqua/green - 17" by 60"; Rose colored remnant has been cut and currently measures approximately 23" by 43"


20) green cotton broadcloth (approx 2 yds)
21) Flower printed silky fabric (approx 1 yd)
22) Lavender cotton fine-wale corduroy (approx 1.75 yds)

23) Fabric scraps (various sizes, but most are at least 1/4 yd, contact me if you want to know about a specific fabric)



Miscellaneous items - 1 point per item listing:

25) Pair of Silk Gerbera Daisies - flowers are approx. 4" diameter with 20" bendable stems, Very Realistic


27) Scrapbook items - Mat Stacks paper (size 6.5" x 4.5", some sheets missing), Memorabilia pockets, 4 mini diecuts (butterflies: orange and black monarch, and yellow and black), 4 mini diecuts (Wizard of Oz characters: Wicked Witch and Good Witch Glenda)


28) Cookie Cutters: plastic bat and ghost; metal star, flowers (3 sizes) and leaves (3 sizes)--these items have been used to cut polymer clay



Books:

29) Rag Rugs book by Juju Vail (hardcover, excellent condition)- 2 points
Learn to make rugs out of fabric scraps, includes hooking, prodding, braiding, and applique techniques.  20 projects with step-by-step instructions - an interesting use for fabric scraps!
http://www.amazon.com/Rag-Rugs-Juju-Vail/dp/078580658X/ref=sr_1_1/002-3858241-8837637?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186790489&sr=8-1


Free with Claim items:

* Lion brand Pom-pom maker set
* Sculpey plastic modeling tool set
*Soap fragrance - "amaretto on the rocks" from the soap goat, pretty sure this is the 1 oz. size.  Bottle has been opened but never used.  Smells delicious!  Here's a link to the company's website for more info: http://www.thesoapgoat.com/nfragranceoilsc.html
* Smoothie Recipe Book (mini hardcover book like those found near bookstore checkouts) - approx. 80 pages, excellent condition


If you have any questions about an item, feel free to PM me. 

Thanks for looking!



Bought:
LaughingLark to *k* - Sodalite chips (1)
Chrissiemags to *k* - Silky fabric #4 (2)
aeronberry to *k* - origami calendar (1)
rratstarr to *k* - One set of Czech glass skull beads (1)
rratstarr to *k* - vintage blue abstract flower print fabric (2)
rratstarr to *k* - Vintage sewing pattern, McCalls 2442 dress and jumpsuit (3rd pic from Left on 3rd row down) (1/2 point)
rratstarr to *k* - Vintage sewing pattern, Simplicity ?742 dress pattern (very top right photo) (1/2 point)
rratstarr to *k* - Circular knitting needle, 2mm/US size 0 (1 point)



Sold:
Send by Aug. 12
*k* to GatsbyGirl - Pattern 6 and Bead Loom (1) - SENT 8/8
*k* to GatsbyGirl - Patterns 9, 10, 12 (2) - SENT 8/8
*k* to LaughingLark - 24) Seed Beads (1) - SENT 8/8
*k* to LaughingLark - 25) Assorted Glass beads and Plastic Pearls (1) - SENT 8/8

send by Aug 13
*k* to LaughingLark - 17) McCalls 4679 bag pattern (1) - SENT 8/8

send by Aug 20
*k* to rratstarr - 16) Vogue 7325 vintage/retro hat patterns (1) - SENT 8/16
*k* to rratstarr - 30) Angel Foods cookbook and suede lace (2) - SENT 8/16

Send by Sept 6
*k* to LaughingLark - Slipcover pattern (1) SENT 8/31
*k* to LaughingLark - Green cotton broadcloth (1) and felt sheets (freebie) SENT 8/31


starting points: 3
available points: 5
pending points : 0
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9  my 1st sweater SIZZLES!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by *k* on: June 29, 2007 05:19:14 PM
This sweater has been a few different "firsts" for me.  First knitted sweater, first time picking up stitches (ugghh!), and first time blocking.  I've read so much about how blocking makes all the difference in a handmade garment, but this is the first I've witnessed its miracles myself.  And it really works miracles.  Prior to blocking, my sweater was short, squat and a little baggy.  Overall, somewhat unflattering but still wearable.

Then I blocked it, and I couldn't be much happier with my first sweater.


Now I present to you my Sizzle:






For those of you who are not yet familiar with this pattern, it was written by Wendy Bernard and can be found at Knit and Tonic, along with some more flattering pictures of the top.  http://knitandtonic.typepad.com/knitandtonic/2006/07/sizzle.html


I used SWTC Bamboo yarn with size 5 circuler needles.  The yarn is really soft and has a bit of sheen.  However, the recommended gauge printed on the ball band produced a super-loose, completely see-through fabric.   I went down a needle size or two, and it's still a bit see-through even with the tighter gauge.  Due to my gauge issues, I had to go up a pattern size, but it turned out to be a perfect fit.

I have a question for any knitters who might still be reading this post: 
How do you prevent those little holes that formed at my bust increases (M1)?  I think they were less noticeable prior to blocking, since the sweater became a little longer and narrower.  Is this just something normal that is unavoidable or do you think I might be doing something wrong?

Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions you might have!
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10  Re: Spring and Summer Shirt-along in Clothing Sewalongs by *k* on: March 25, 2007 03:15:36 PM
I just completed my first summer top!



The pattern is New Look 6563, view A. It is made from an off-white stretchy cotton poplin with brown and blue stripes.  I used a lace trim that is narrower than called for in the pattern, since I didn't want it to be overly girly.  It's hard to see in the pic but the buttons are small tan squares, which match the brown stripes almost perfectly.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it.  It calls for a tie in the back, which I skipped since the shirt is pretty fitted.  And wearing a shirt with such a tie would really just be asking for my cat to jump at me and claw my back to get to it (and eat it).

I plan to make a few more summery shirts, so hopefully there will be more pics coming over the next few months.

Good luck with your spring and summer-y tops, everyone!
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