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31  Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? in Knitalongs by tajhia on: February 13, 2007 10:16:27 AM
I have finished my sweater......  only took me 8 days, so just a bit more than 3 hours of knitting there I think (not that I was knitting it constantly - I get distracted easily!)....

here is a pic of the finished object laying flat - don't have anyone to take a pic of me wearing it at the moment I am afraid....

It is a bit on the big side though.......

I used just under 2 balls of TLC heathers in a mulberry colour (I had them at home anyway), but if I were to repeat this I think I would like to use a better yarn - a wool blend maybe?  and something that was a bit thinner and slightly smaller needles too - it might fit me better next time....  plus the baggyness on my torso plus the chunky wool makes me look a bit on the bulky side - not a flattering look!

I doubled the length of the ribbing (did 6") and added ane extra inch to the body section too to make it longer, and rather than using a button to close the neckline I used a pair of crochet ties (I didn't have a suitable button in the house and didn't want to go out in the snow to get one!)......

on the whole though i am fairly pleased with the pattern and might make it again with the modifications I mentioned above......
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32  Re: 3-Hour Sweater Knitalong: dare we hope? in Knitalongs by tajhia on: February 05, 2007 03:16:30 PM
I have been working on this - using some yarn from my stash at the moment.....

I made the ribbing 6" long and have done just short of 9" of the back so far.....

here is  a pic of my progress so far.....

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33  The Wrap that is not a wrap........ in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: June 16, 2006 07:53:51 AM
I had some yarn that I spun up from my Angora billygoat years ago (he was immaginatelvey called Gruff LOL)....  I found it a while back, and as I no longer have him (sniff, sniff - cos he was a lovely creature even if he did STINK!) I decided I HAD to do something with it.....

The yarn was not really very evenly spun (my first attempt at spinning with mohair/goat hair) and I hadno idea at all how much of it I had really (several small balls), but no idea of yardage.....

anyhow I decided to make a wrap/shawl type thing - loosely based on the "Tie-one on" from knitty......

but after I had knitted the body of the wrap it became clear to me that there was no way on earth I would have enough yarn to finish it........

quick re-think and I picked up stitches along the front edges and did a few rows of 1x1 rib stitch to edge it... added a big pink satin ribbon and Voila......

The wrap that is not a wrap......

It fits quite nicely - sort of  sits on your shoulders in a very sexy way....... but it does shed a lot........

I may have to make another if I ever find a suitable yarn substitute.....

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34  Re: Booga Bag in Knitalongs by tajhia on: June 16, 2006 07:44:52 AM
Here is my booga bag that I finished ages ago....  I used Noro Kureyon, but I forget what colour (I bought it to knit the rosedale cardigan from knitty and then got fed-up with it so ripped it out - used some to knit this and sold the unused balls on ebay!)

I made the handles/straps quite long because I like to sling bags over  my shoulder rather than just carrying them in my hand

This was the first thing I ever felted (intentionally at least !) and I was quite nervous, esp as I have a front loading washer....  ran it through once on a hot (60 degree wash) with a pair of jeans, and not a lot happened beyond the colour fading somewhat...... so I put it thorugh again on a boil wash (95 degrees).........  that felted it a little, so I ran it through 2 more times to get it as felted as I wanted....

Gorgeous bag, but it is a bit small for me.... I NEED something bigger really as I usually end up carrying loads of junk round with me (the joy of being a mum LOL)...  also the shoulder straps tend to stretch out a bit (but taht is probably because I have far too much crammed in the bag tbh - If I kept it to just a small coinpurse and keys or something it would prob be fine........

It is very, very easy to knit, really.....  and I will no doubt make more
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35  Re: Clapotis from Knitty in Knitalongs by tajhia on: May 27, 2006 11:56:54 PM
here is my clap.....

I used silk-garden yarn, but I forget what shade... (lost the ballbands!)...  I had hurt my back really badly in a car accident (L1 crush fracture - ie I broke my back!!!) and was having to spend lots of time lying down....... so I got DH to take the pattern into the yarn shop and get what he needed......  poor guy nearly had a heart attack when he found out how much it cost LOL (but that serves him right - he was driving the car and came out with nothgin more than burns to his hands from the airbag!).....

anyhow it took me about 10 days to knit in total (I said that I was lying down with nothing better to do - you can't read easily lying on your back!).......

It does need blocking as it has a tendancy to curl but is a gorgeous wrap/scarf.....

another pic

and a closeup

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