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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: reading & knitting on: February 17, 2005 08:10:45 PM
I amazed myself by trying, successfully(!), to knit and read today. I found that if I sit at a table, I can prop one book open with another. (I just set the second book on top of the top edge of the first book, to hold the pages open.) Then, I can sit back from the table just enough to knit away, as long as the project is simple --- in this case, a dishcloth. Definitely not a skill to try with very complex patterns or very complex reading! But still, I was pleased. I like having something to occupy my hands while I read, since I'm always fiddling with something anyway --- this way, I'm being doubly productive! Hooray for that!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: super-simple capelet, with tutorial/pattern on: February 07, 2005 08:19:16 PM
Lothruin --- Yeah, I would love to have a collar for it, especially if it were detachable. Sadly, I don't know how to crochet, so that might have to happen later. I do have extra yarn left over, so maybe some day I'll learn to crochet and I'll add something. I would also love to add a knitted flower or something (also removable) to pin at the neckline.

Knitkatgrrl --- Umm, I think it took me about 2 weeks to make, maybe 2 1/2. I knit quite a bit, though: on the bus (I have an hour-long ride to and from uni), between classes, watching tv... I figured out at one point that it took me about 20 minutes/row (175 stitches), if that helps. It's honestly pretty quick, for the size of it. I mean, it's no scarf, but it's satisfying to make something big and watch it grow...

Grusinskaya --- Thank you! I liked the poncho in the original pattern, but I'm thrilled that I managed to alter it and make something even more 'me'...
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: super-simple capelet, with tutorial/pattern on: February 07, 2005 05:57:20 AM
A full-length garment is called a cloak. A second, top tier of a cloak that falls from the collar to the elbows (or waist, or somewhere in between) is actually the cape. A full-length garment is not called a cape. So this business of calling capelets capelets is silly, since they are appropriately called capes. I did not know that.

Wow, I had never thought of the distinction that way either. So, properly, the cape is the second, shorter layer of a cloak. But what is it called if you have (as in this case) just a single, short layer? Is it still a cape, because of the length? Or is that where the term capelet comes into play? Fascinating. Now I'm going to have to go look this up myself!

Oh, and I'm glad you enjoyed the, umm, whatever-it-should-be-called. I love the slightly costumey feel to it, too --- I think the big brown ribbon and the symmetry of the piece add to that effect. I thought about making it so that it would sit off-centre on my shoulders (i.e., the split would be to one side) and I think that would have looked more Mod than Dickensian.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: super-simple capelet, with tutorial/pattern on: February 06, 2005 04:05:35 PM
I'm glad you like it! I'd love to see someone else try the pattern out. You could definitely make it longer or shorter (mine's just below elbow-length on me; I'm 5'6"). The Symphony yarn comes in a bunch of pretty, but muted shades --- there's a sage-y green that I loved, but I thought this blue would go with more of what I own. I'm sure that yarn substitutions could be made easily, too, though I have no experience with figuring that sort of thing out. Anyway, do let me know if you decide to try this out!  Smiley
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / super-simple capelet, with tutorial/pattern on: February 06, 2005 02:03:40 PM
Yay! I made a capelet!

Bonus features:
- Incredibly soft, and not itchy
- Washable
- Affordable yarn
- Easy enough that a beginner like me can manage it (all you need to know is knit, purl, k2tog, and yo)
- Big needles, so it knits up quickly
- Unlike a poncho, it's not going to drag in my food when I try to eat
- Also unlike a poncho, it doesn't make me look like a tent



I started out trying to make a poncho from a freebie pattern put out by Red Heart, but it was using far more yarn than it called for, and I couldn't get my hands on any more of the same yarn easily, so I decided to change the pattern around. I've never written a pattern out before (this is only my fourth knitting project) so bear with me. I hope this makes sense! If something's unclear, let me know and I'll try to explain it better...

Materials:
8mm/#11 circular needles
1 1/2 balls of Red Heart Symphony (fuzzy acrylic --- hooray for cheap yarn!)
Ribbon

Pattern:
Cast on 175 stitches.
Knit 5 rows, then purl a row, knit a row, and purl a row. Repeat. This creates a ridged effect, like this:



Knit in pattern for 18", ending with 4 knit rows (i.e., finish the ridges, then stop here before you start knitting the next stockinette/flat section).

Using stitch markers, divide the 175 stitches as follows: 25-50-25-50-25. The 25 stitches on either end will form the front of the capelet, and the 25 in the middle will form the back; the groups of 50 in between will be decreased gradually to form shoulders.

Continue to knit in pattern, but in the shoulder sections, *k1, k2tog* in every RS row. (Just knit normally for the front and back panels.) Continue this way until the shoulder sections are down to only a few stitches apiece.

Begin the next ridged section by knitting one wrong side row, but instead of knitting the next right side row as in pattern, do eyelets all the way across (*k2tog, yo* --- by my count, you should end with a k2tog).



Knit 3 more rows (wrong side, right side, wrong side) to make a little wee collar, then bind off.

Weave the ribbon through the eyelet, and tie in a pretty bow! You've made a capelet!





(I apologize for the not-so-great photos. It's hard to take pics of yourself in a mirror while posing and not using a flash! The colour in the close-up shots is closer to the real colour of the yarn, but it's a little less purple-y.)
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "Masala" crazy quilt on: February 03, 2005 07:49:23 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Planet5: Thank you, and I'll keep my eyes peeled for your quilting results! I love playing with layers and layers of embellishment --- I am fascinated with those old Victorian crazy quilts and all their embellishment, and wanted to give somewhat the same effect, but with a more modern feel.

Julia_thorne: My sister spent a term in India a year or so ago, and brought back an entire suitcase of saris and other fabric for chopping and sewing. She's made so many beautiful things with them! I hope you have a great trip and get to bring home some equally inspiring trasures to sew with.

GoddessTerri: The entire quilt is about 24"x40"; I'd estimate that the squares are about 8" each. They started as 9" squares, but as I appliqued the fabric and did the embroidery, etc., they got a bit smaller... Then I had to trim them down further to make them all even-sized squares. The paw prints are there to represent my father's dog, who died last year at the age of 17. (Most of the other embellishments mean something or other --- visual references to places that my family members have travelled, and that sort of thing.)
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Masala" crazy quilt on: February 02, 2005 01:01:44 PM
I'm just getting one of my wall-hanging quilts ready to enter into a student/staff art show at my university, and I realized that I haven't posted it here. This is a quilt I made for my parents; I made a second quilt with many of the same fabrics for my fianc, and posted it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7659.0

I call this quilt "Masala" because of its spicy colours. One of the main features of the quilt does not, unfortunately, come through in photographs: namely, all the fabrics (and even the ribbons and rick-rack) are highly textured, so it's a very tactile piece that invites touching. There's corduroy, velvet, microfiber, satin, you name it! One tricky aspect of using so many different fabrics is trying to get everything to lie flat where there are joins; it's also sometimes harder to do the embellishments, because some fabrics are woven too tightly to allow embroidery, so the designs have to take that into account.



The individual squares were pieced by hand, to a fabric backing, and then embellished with ribbon, rick-rack, and lots of embroidery. The entire quilt was then sewn together by machine: I don't trust my hand-sewing to follow straight lines over a distance!

Details of the panels:

















I'm trying to kick-start my energy to get back to quilting. I have a half-pieced quilt that I'm currently working on, but it hasn't progressed much in months. It's going to be a similar 8-panel design, only instead of just abstract colour and design, it's depicting a view of rock and water and sky --- based roughly on the landscape of the English coastline in West Somerset, where I lived once... The whole thing will be overlaid with lots of beading and embroidery and trim-work, for sparking water, rain, and so on.

(ETA: link to the other quilt.)
28  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Need advice: Travelling to Toronto! on: January 31, 2005 06:28:47 PM
Definitely, go check out Kensington Market.

Also, check out Queen St. West --- immediately west of the Eaton Centre it's all chain stores (Gap-esque) but as you head farther west, there are a lot of FANTASTIC stores for fabric, ribbon, buttons, yarn, paper supplies, and so on. Be sure to check out Mokuba for ribbon, Romni for yarn, the Designer Fabric Outlet for fabric, and The Japanese Paper Place for paper (and pens). I think if you told me I could only ever shop in those four places ever again, I'd be happy. Well, on second thought, I might need some food, too. But they really are that cool.

There's a good (I'm not sure how current) list of fabric stores on Queen West here: http://members.rogers.com/pxlbarrel/torcon3costume/shoppingguide.htm.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flower kanzashi galore! (many pictures - yikes!) on: January 31, 2005 11:22:11 AM
Stunning. As always! Your posts never fail to inspire me.
30  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: easy first sweater knitalong for those who are lacking confidence? on: January 29, 2005 10:18:21 AM
Oooh, your sweater is looking great! I love that shade of green. I'm not QUITE up to sweater level yet, having only learned to knit a month ago (I've made a blanket and two hats, and am working on a poncho), but this looks like a really good pattern to try once I'm ready...

I can't get your link to work, though. Do you have to log into the site first or something?

What kind of yarn are you using? And what size of needles? I'm trying to tell from the pics what stitch is involved --- it looks like mostly just plain ole' stockinette, which sounds good to me!
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