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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: IK Josephine-along 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.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you wish people had told you before you started knitting? on: June 07, 2008 06:34:24 AM
I wish someone had told me how your yarn stash will grow....

and grow and grow and grow  Cheesy

so true.

and I'm finding that this is a pretty expensive (and addictive) hobby.  I'm trying to cut down on impulse yarn buying and only buy for specific projects that I plan to make in the near future.
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gathered Pullover? on: May 22, 2008 07:12:26 PM
I'm working on this now.  I got through the body pretty quickly despite the endless stockinette.  Love the cable.

but now I'm on the sleeves...ugghh.  I hate sleeves.

I'm using Classic Elite Classic One Fifty merino yarn.  I couldn't find the specified yarn and I was looking for a particular color (purple-ish, but not too purple) in something without Alpaca content.  My sub yarn appeared to be the correct gauge (comparable to the yarn listed in the pattern), but I'm not sure it's turning out as drapey as it's meant to be.  I think I like it, though, so I'm looking forward to eventually finishing this.

I'll try to post some pics this weekend.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Summer design: Pintuck T-shirt on: May 22, 2008 03:56:39 PM
I don't understand Knitty...they reject beautiful things like your top and put some of the ugliest things on their site...I think your top is gorgeous.  Thank you for sharing it.  ~Tricia

I agree.  I love your design and have also added this to my queue with hopes of getting to it this summer. 

I think your design was just too good for knitty!  Grin
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / beer cap refrigerator magnets 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:

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fuzzy Argyle Bunny Sweater on: March 17, 2008 05:28:23 PM
Too Cute!  I love it.  And I agree that it's really hard to find a good argyle sweater in the stores.

Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

I'll have to give this a shot when I get brave enough to try color work.
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket on: February 26, 2008 10:22:34 AM
ok.  I'm a bit late in the game, but I've finally started my tree jacket!

I'm using Berrocco Ultra Alpaca in the color "blueberry mix", which I love.  It's a deep blue with little strands of teal and red, giving a sort of purple-y hue.  I find it interesting to look at the different colored fibers as I'm knitting.

I decided to change my lace pattern to avoid the spiralling of the eyelets.  In the neck section I tried replacing the second k2tog with ssk, but it still slants slightly.  In the body I'm doing k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk and the lace is not spiralling.  It looks a little different than the neck, but not by much so I'm going to stick with it.

I'm 3 inches into the body lace section, and so far I'm really happy with it.  So far the fit is perfect, and I'm not planning to use waist shaping.

Is anyone else still working on this?

28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interchangeable Needle Recommendations on: February 20, 2008 01:11:56 PM
Not sure if this had been mentioned as of yet in this thread (I got to page 10 and then gave up)  but the overall consensus is that everyone likes their interchangeables', great, as Im interested in them myself. Just one question, everyone here mostly seemed to mention the Denise interchangeables', but any word on the ones made by Boye?

I have both Boye and Denise needles, and I think the Denise are a better investment (unless you will be using a lot of smaller needles--Denise starts at size 5).  I wrote about them on page 36.

I prefer the metal and pointier tips on the Boye, but some of the needles in my set were rough at the end where the cord screws in (not sure how many pairs are like this, but it's at least a few different sizes).  I didn't notice this for a few projects, but when I switched to a more delicate yarn, it snagged each stitch  Tongue.  I mangled them to keep them from doing this, but it's not pretty and still not completely smooth.  Also, the skinny cord ends in a larger bump at the join which can catch stitches when knitting at smaller gauge.

The Knit Picks Options look nice, but it didn't look like they went up to size 19 so I got the Denise instead.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best interchangeable circs? on: February 05, 2008 10:43:45 AM
If you're going to buy interchangeable needles, wait for a 50% off coupon for Joann's and then buy them.

That's how I got my first set!  Super cheap.  I couldn't imagine paying the full $70 or however much the full price is on those Boye sets.

I really liked my Boye needles until I discovered that some of my needles are rough at the end where the cord screws in.  At least a couple sizes in my set are like this, so I'm not sure that it's just a fluke.  I thought about contacting the company, but ended up adjusting it with pliers and a nail file to avoid waiting on new pairs that may or may not be better.  Not a pretty solution, but at least the yarn doesn't get caught and snag anymore. 

Recently I bought a Denise set and now I'm really in love.  The needles are smooth and light (but not flimsy), and the join into the cable is much smoother than the Boyes--no stupid bump to push the yarn over.  AND you can get extra needles in size 17 and 19! 

I'm not getting rid of my Boyes, but I think the Denise will get more use from now on.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: blocking on: January 31, 2008 06:00:53 PM
I have only blocked a couple of items, so I am by no means an expert on this topic. 

So far, I have just soaked the items, rolled in a towel to remove excess moisture, and then laid the item out on a fresh (dry) towel in the desired shape and left to dry.  depending on how long it takes to dry, I will flip it over half way through to prevent the bottom from staying wet too long and getting mildew-stinky.  I don't use pins, but my method seems to work well for me (so far).

I haven't tried steam blocking.  if an item will eventually get washed, I figure it should get sopping wet for blocking, since this is what will happen every time it gets washed later on.  but maybe that's a bad theory...
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