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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: need help deciding on a plan of action on: November 29, 2007 10:12:15 AM
should i tough it out and do copious amounts of math to hopefully end up with a garment that fits?  keep in mind, this is a steeked vest and is difficult to try on for fit, especially since the circular needle is not big enough to go around my waist.


You might have to, and put your stitches on waste string to try on as you go on.

Soz, chick.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: If you could only knit ONE item..... on: November 26, 2007 10:47:08 AM
I probably wont wear the shrug and possibly the dress I will buy for it again.

Ouch.

Knit a top. If it's basic enough, you can crank it out in 4 weeks. But what sort of top?
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first ever Mittens! on: November 26, 2007 09:05:52 AM
Awww, that is so cute. Your daughter will remember the love and pride that went into those mittens, and I'm sure she'll love them until they fall apart.

You're so good knitting for your children, my family tends to take a dim view of my crafts, so I tend to fob them off with money and giftcards instead.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: New to knitting...and OBSESSED! (lots of pics!) on: November 24, 2007 08:52:00 AM
Whoa! I especially like the dpns making you a glove. That's so clever.

The sweater is really cute on your DS. Wow, at gauge issues.  Cheesy
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: i gave knitting another chance =) on: November 22, 2007 02:13:11 PM
That orange chunky cabled scarf is hot, and you wear it with such panache!  Wink
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting with alpaca..anything I need to know? on: November 22, 2007 12:45:15 PM
Hi there,

I live in Peru and this weekend I'll be going to the mountains where I hope to buy some alpaca wool.
I've been knitting with mixed blends for 6 months.
Is there anything special to knitting with alpaca?
I had a look at some alpaca for sale here a while ago and it looked pretty fine. Is a particular size of needle recommended?

Any tips or info welcome.
Thanks!


Alpaca is warm, drapey and inelastic. So, from what I gather, if you want to do cables or any involved textural stitches - alapaca isn't for you.

With Alpaca being so warm, that's the reason why it's used in a mix (like merino, alpaca and silk), because of the fibre's warmth and drape.

Garnstudio is a Norweigan company that uses alpaca in a lot of their cardigans. Their cardigans tend to be of simple shapes in order to maxmise the drape and warmth of the yarn.

For knitting, you might want to use fingering weight or a smidge heavier (like, a 3.75mm - 4mm needle), because of the alpaca's warmth.

I think for softness, you might want to look at Royal alpaca or Suri Alpaca. Or look for Alpaca mixed with silk.

Good knitting.

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever chosen yarn over food? on: November 22, 2007 10:14:56 AM
Yes. Many times. I've actually forgone food to buy yarn, or a book by an author I adored (be it a knitting book or just plain fiction).

Right now, I've spent all my extra money on yarn, so shan't be looking at anything more until next year.  Embarrassed
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Gathering Intentions from Inspired Cable Knits on: November 21, 2007 01:24:03 AM
Lovely jumper, and the soft pink gives it a modern twist, like it shows up the cables, but at a different intensity to white or cream, you know what I mean?

The book sounds a treat. When I get money, I'll look it up.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: recommendations for first dpn project please!! on: November 20, 2007 01:41:24 PM
Fetching from knitty.com

You'll be glad you did.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Rusted blackberry root...with long sleeves on: November 19, 2007 06:27:33 AM
The purple brings out your cool nordic looks quite beautifully. The sleeves are a nice touch. Hmmmm, Rowan Calmer. If I  could afford it (and if they had better colourways) I'd knit with that all day.
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