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« Reply #240 on: October 14, 2007 02:27:28 PM »

i think mine, the sleeves is the color from which they emerge - and that makes more sense - they're just an extention of that round.

that's my 2 cents

wickedgoodknitter:  yes!  keep going!  I encourage you to do it because it is worth it in the end. and yes, distraction of tv, ipod, movies, baseball games, etc, are indeed needed!  good luck!

Thank you for the encouragement. I think I have about six rows to go. Even a five-hour Red Sox game couldn't bring me through the rest. (I put it down and fell asleep for about two innings, but awoke to see a 1:30 a.m. heartbreaking finish for us Red Sox fans.)

Enough about baseball. Opinion time, if you can picture this:  My sweater is knit in a series of graduated blues and greens, and ends with a round band of chocolate brown. Originally, I thought I'd knit the sleeves in the brown, but now that I see it, I think it might look more put together if they were knit in the same color yarn as the round from which they emerge, which is green (sage to be exact). (Does that make sense?) Anyone have thoughts on whether it would be more aesthetically pleasing to do it this way rather than going with the brown. I feel another trip to my LYS coming on, as if I make the switch I have too much brown and not enough green. However, after all the time put into this one, I don't want to utter the words, "I should have . . ." Thanks for any input!
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« Reply #241 on: October 14, 2007 06:19:12 PM »

i think mine, the sleeves is the color from which they emerge - and that makes more sense - they're just an extention of that round.

that's my 2 cents


yes, i agree... but you can always put some brown in at the end of the sleeves or something.
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« Reply #242 on: October 15, 2007 03:30:18 AM »

I'll soon be able to try on my pinwheel for the first time (I'm a couple of rows after the sleave holes)
Man the knitting is getting slow at this distance from the center!
(pics to come, promise Smiley )

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I agree that the sleaves should be the same color as the circle they emerge from. If you want a touch of brown on them, I'd make the cuffs of the sleaves brown - that might look cool and pulled-together Smiley
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« Reply #243 on: October 15, 2007 03:09:11 PM »

Holy crap, I finished the body. In three days.

It remains to see if I finish the sleeves, like, tomorrow, or if it will lay there mocking me for weeks.
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« Reply #244 on: October 17, 2007 04:50:56 AM »

Progress!






I tried the "put it on several needles" approach, but I ran out of needles (used all four of my knitpicks cables) and had to do a bit of it by the safetyline I attached at the same time... But it was far more pleasant to have some of 'em on needles than none Smiley

It is SO cozy, even the armholes fit perfectly already, and the purple - while still not matching the rest - is easier on the eyes now that there's some blue outside of it as well. If there had been blue directly before it, it may have been even better.
The pics don't show how intense the purple really is, 'cause they were taken after dark.
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« Reply #245 on: October 17, 2007 06:19:00 AM »

Holy crap, I finished the body. In three days.

It remains to see if I finish the sleeves, like, tomorrow, or if it will lay there mocking me for weeks.

Three days -- wow! I knitted pretty steadily (well, steadily for me) for four weeks to finish the body. (It was interrupted briefly by a sock knit.) Please hope that the Red Sox come back against Cleveland; more baseball means the project will get done quicker.

I don't know how to do I-cord trim, but I'm taking a knitting class to broaden my skills and off to learn this a.m.!!

Melladh: Yours is looking great. Your pinwheel is more pronounced than mine, which looks terrific. Maybe it's the yarn choice. My smallest circle also has a little hump to it. I'm thinking that it's because I knit tighter on my DPNs than my circs. (I've since learned the magic loop and will never go back.) I'm hoping that blocking will flatten it.

If the Red Sox stay in it, I should have a finished product within the week. If not, it may take a little longer.

Thanks for all the support and advice on the sleeves. I'm so glad I found this knitalong.
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« Reply #246 on: October 17, 2007 06:44:30 AM »

Melladh: Yours is looking great. Your pinwheel is more pronounced than mine, which looks terrific. Maybe it's the yarn choice. My smallest circle also has a little hump to it. I'm thinking that it's because I knit tighter on my DPNs than my circs. (I've since learned the magic loop and will never go back.) I'm hoping that blocking will flatten it.

Thank you Grin My pinwheel is so wonderfully pronounced that I think I will never ever be able to wash it, or it'll block itself into flatness o_o
I'm sure the hump will flatten out if you block Smiley I was never able to knit on dpn's at all, before I learned the magic loop I used multiple circulars as dpn-replacements >_>

I-cords are easy, especially if you use a... ptdocka.. >_> don't know the english word. It's basically a stiff tube with three or four pins on the top that work like those circular knit things... or like "finger crochet". Wind the yarn in loops around each pin to start, then with the yarn on the outside you pull each loop over the yarn and off, and next one, and next one, and then you have I-cords Grin (personally I find that easier than to pull needles in and out... dpns are not my friends)
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« Reply #247 on: October 17, 2007 09:11:25 AM »

I-cords are easy, especially if you use a... ptdocka.. >_> don't know the english word. It's basically a stiff tube with three or four pins on the top that work like those circular knit things... or like "finger crochet". Wind the yarn in loops around each pin to start, then with the yarn on the outside you pull each loop over the yarn and off, and next one, and next one, and then you have I-cords Grin (personally I find that easier than to pull needles in and out... dpns are not my friends)
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That's  got a lot of names in English. Smiley knitting noddy, knitting, mushroom, spool knitting....  There's probably a discussion thread or two about what to make with them.
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« Reply #248 on: October 18, 2007 02:17:38 PM »

One of my knitting group members has made this and I thought I'd pass on this;

when she blocked it the i-cord edging was bunching up and not as large in diameter as the knitted circle - she tried to ease it with blocking and the i-cord snapped. [gah!]

It is also on the naughty step but I thought I'd mention it as she must have significantly changed her gauge for the i-cord so... knit loose as poss for the i-cord!! I may use bigger needles.
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« Reply #249 on: October 18, 2007 02:57:01 PM »

i did the i-cord on the needles specified, and it worked out really well - didn't bunch up, made a great edge.

One of my knitting group members has made this and I thought I'd pass on this;

when she blocked it the i-cord edging was bunching up and not as large in diameter as the knitted circle - she tried to ease it with blocking and the i-cord snapped. [gah!]

It is also on the naughty step but I thought I'd mention it as she must have significantly changed her gauge for the i-cord so... knit loose as poss for the i-cord!! I may use bigger needles.
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