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yuvee
« Reply #540 on: September 23, 2005 01:05:54 AM »

I'm really impressed with everyone projects!!
I just realised that I've had this book in my mini knitting library for months, but have never knitted anything from it!
You guys really inspired me, I think I'll knit a lot from this book in the future  Grin
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wilemina_zoot
« Reply #541 on: September 23, 2005 12:25:59 PM »

I have made quite a few projects from this book, including 2 airy scarves and currently the hourglass sweater, as well as the reason for my post, the child's placket neck pullover:





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magdelena_go
« Reply #542 on: September 25, 2005 08:46:07 AM »

OOH!  This is gorgeous! I've looked at that sweater.  I like yours much better than the one in the book. Not that I don't like orange...but, yours is soft and sweet!  Fantastic job!
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thisonegoesupto11
« Reply #543 on: September 25, 2005 12:11:18 PM »

how cute!  what yarn did you use for that?
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craftykate
« Reply #544 on: September 25, 2005 01:53:04 PM »

I made the elephant with a few modifications. She's a lot small than if I followed the pattern exactly, but I had this great alpaca, very thin sock yarn, in the perfect color. So I just used way smaller needles. I think mine is about 6-7 inches tall instead of 10.
elephant front. I shaped the trunk a little differently. I thought it stuck out kinda funny on the sides in the pic in the book.

elephant back. I added a little tail.

And finally Rufus, who wants to steal the elephant.
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pixelpusher
« Reply #545 on: September 26, 2005 09:10:59 AM »

I love all the projects in this book... But most of the yarn is super expensive...   Undecided
I mean, $150 scarf is over my budget for sure.  Maybe someone can create a "chaper equivalents" yarn list for the projects in the book?
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apixiegrl
« Reply #546 on: September 26, 2005 09:26:00 AM »

I agree with pixelpusher.. I luv all the patterns and the beautiful yarns used in the book, but the yarns they used are a bit pricey. I wanted to make the mens zip up sweater but couldn't really afford the price of all that manos. I was lucky to find some on sale this summer at 40%, other wise I probably wouldn't have bought it. I made the baby booties from some alpaca i had sitting around that I died a very pale aqua. They turned out very nice. And right now I'm making the zip up mens sweater in tahki's new tweed that I also found on sale. I guess look for the sales and alternative yarns.  Grin
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ultraviolet
« Reply #547 on: September 26, 2005 11:15:15 AM »

It's easy to substitute - just find a different yarn that knits up at the same gauge. This book uses completely impractical yarns. I would never in a million years use angora on a baby item (I'd only use machine washable yarns for a baby!) and making a tea cozy out of cashmere? Come on! I actually made that tea cozy for my mom, but used Lion Brand Wool Ease which is MUCH cheaper and machine washable. So it's ok if she spills tea on it Smiley

I always consider the yarns to just be suggestions. There are always cheaper alternatives. If you go to yarndex.com you can actually search by gauge, color, fiber, etc. Hours of fun!
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craftykate
« Reply #548 on: September 26, 2005 11:26:27 AM »

It's easy to substitute - just find a different yarn that knits up at the same gauge. This book uses completely impractical yarns. I would never in a million years use angora on a baby item (I'd only use machine washable yarns for a baby!) and making a tea cozy out of cashmere? Come on! I actually made that tea cozy for my mom, but used Lion Brand Wool Ease which is MUCH cheaper and machine washable. So it's ok if she spills tea on it Smiley

I always consider the yarns to just be suggestions. There are always cheaper alternatives. If you go to yarndex.com you can actually search by gauge, color, fiber, etc. Hours of fun!

when I fist saw the tea cozy I cracked up when I read it was cashmere. I've never made myself anything to wear out of cashmere, let alone a cashmere tea cozy!
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rhiandmoi
« Reply #549 on: September 26, 2005 03:17:45 PM »

I haven't made anything yet, but I just got my copy of the book in the mail today! My plan is to make a couple of seat cushions for taking to baseball games and some toys and who knows what else!
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