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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Faux Cashmere - any tips or tricks? on: March 26, 2007 08:32:09 AM
Oooh, your faux cashmere yarn made me drool, Honeyd! It looks so soft and fluffy. And hey - I got mine from Fun With Yarn as well - I think I may even have that same colorway (not the one I'm spinning now though)! Smiley I actually quite like the fuzziness, but I worried that it would fuzz up too much when in use. I think I'll try navajo plying one last little sample right now - I'd rather keep the colors separate anyway.

Thanks for your input!
22  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 26, 2007 08:23:43 AM
Thanks, Stitcheees. I've now accepted that I have to go back and I'm okay with it. It's actually a perfect looking sweater, just not for me. Smiley So I figure that's not too bad for my first try.

And I forgot to say that it looks like you're doing great, Noodle Princess! I can't wait to see it all finished!
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Faux Cashmere - any tips or tricks? on: March 26, 2007 01:31:55 AM
I can definitely see how it'd be lovely for blending, it's so incredibly soft and light, you can barely feel it! But I bought this hand-dyed just because I wanted to know what it was like. But that's a good idea to ply it with something else. I don't know why I didn't think of that - I guess my brain got stuck. Smiley Thanks a lot for answering, Grayling!
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 25, 2007 11:21:14 AM
Sigh. It seems I was knitting my sweater for someone much bigger than me without realizing it. I did take it off the needles several times but it didn't seem too big until I had gotten a bit further. To make it look like my size, I can pinch off at least an inch, maybe more, on each side! So I think it and I need a little break from each other and I'll do some measuring and try to figure out where I went wrong tomorrow. I'm guessing I just started by adding way too much to the cast on number, since I was convinced the neck was going to be too small.

Anyway, at least I've found the pattern easy and straight-forward - with help from all you guys, of course - so I'm not discouraged from the actual knitting, just annoyed with myself. Plus, I was starting to get bummed about how much yarn I'd used and how little I had left, so the hugeness might explain that. I'm going to do some relaxing spinning now and pretend that the sweater doesn't exist for the rest of the evening. Smiley
25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 24, 2007 10:22:12 AM
Holy cow - I can't believe how much help you guys just gave me! You all are so incredibly awesome.

I'm about three rows past where the arms are split off (I'm glad to know it's not my mistake that there's a hole there, and that I'll be able to take care of it later) so I reckon I have at least a few rows to go before I have to decrease anything. I'll try it on after I get a wee bit further and use all your input to see what would be best for mine.

Okia - what weight yarn did you use to make yours? I've been thinking that (if I can get past all the stuff I have to learn for this one!) a dk-weight summery one would be nice. It seems to me I'd just have to figure out how much to cast on and then basically do the same as I'm doing now (but with a lot more stitches), but maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Smiley

Thanks again, all you guys, you have no idea how much you've helped me!
26  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 23, 2007 04:16:02 PM
Stitchees, it's absolutely gorgeous and looks great on you! Congratulations! Smiley

I haven't taken any progress pictures yet, I'll try to get on it this weekend. I've just joined the front and back pieces. I totally overestimated how much I had to increase so I ended up having to take out a few rows when I realized my sleeves were too big. Anyway, I have two questions, if you all don't mind helping me out just a little bit more.

1. I'm looking at where the sleeves stitches are and where they meet the body and it seems like there's going to be a big hole there in the underarm when I knit the sleeves. What's up with that? Have I made a mistake or is this just something I don't know about since it's my first sweater?

2. For those of you who added body shaping, how did you do that? I don't expect a full pattern or anything! I was just hoping someone might have some basic guidelines to point me in the right direction. I figure I'll have to decrease/increase and whatnot, but do I do it as I try it on like the sleeve increases, or there something more specific I can start with? I don't want to get too much further until I have an idea of what I should do next.

I'm sorry to be so needy but I'm just trying to figure this sweater business out as I go along. Thanks so much for all your help, you guys are the best!
27  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Faux Cashmere - any tips or tricks? on: March 23, 2007 07:43:19 AM
Hey people - I've got some lovely Faux Cashmere all pre-drafted and ready to spin in a little basket, but I can't quite decide on the best way to spin it so it's been sitting there for a week. I've done two wee samples (plied) and knitted them up and it's very, very soft (it feels like the little silky spot behind my dog's ears! Smiley ), but it goes all fuzzy very quickly. Maybe that's just the nature of the fiber, in which case I'm totally okay with the fuzziness. But I thought maybe I should be spinning it tighter or try navajo plying or something else altogether. So, if anyone else has spun this stuff, do you have any tips that might help me decide how I should spin it?

Thanks guys!
28  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 22, 2007 04:17:13 PM
That stinks - I'm actually having the same worry. I ordered extra yarn as well and I'm already getting worried about running out. I already checked the ebay seller I bought it from and she still has loads left, luckily. Anyway, I'm bummed out for you that your sweater isn't working out for you - I hope it works out okay in the end!
29  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 22, 2007 12:49:06 AM
What a bummer, I hope dyeing it works out for you, Juliesnider!

Alrighty - I started over and figured out how much extra to cast on (It was fun trying to hold the collar on me and measure with my other hand!) and then I had to figure out how to adjust where the sleeves/increases go (which was easy but took me a very long time to realize was easy Smiley ) and now I'm finally on my way. I got just past the second buttonhole last night and now I'm bummed that I have to do real stuff with my day and not just knit. Smiley

There's not much to see yet, but I'll take progress pictures in a few days!
30  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Sweater of Many Buttons" Knitalong! on: March 21, 2007 06:06:12 AM
Stitcheees - You are so awesome for replying so quickly! It's only 2 in the afternoon where I am and it turns out I have the rest of the day free and all I want to do is work on my sweater! Smiley I will start again, it shouldn't take me too long to redo what I've already done - now just to work out how much more to cast on. But I'm kind of relieved it's not just me and I really, really appreciate your input!
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