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landry
« Reply #90 on: September 14, 2006 06:06:12 PM »

Wow!! It came out beautiful!  Shocked
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« Reply #91 on: September 14, 2006 06:24:46 PM »

That is really beautiful, and I love the color!
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« Reply #92 on: September 14, 2006 07:28:23 PM »

thanks for the tips, almndladybug.  I've checked knitpicks, and I think the andean treasure is still a little pricier than I want to go -- if I only needed a ball or two, that'd be one thing, but 9 balls makes the price (almost) prohibitive.  I'm thinking about knitpicks telemark, though.  has anyone used that?
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almndladybug
« Reply #93 on: September 15, 2006 03:18:45 AM »

Thanks Landry and CNP and Nosy.  The color really is very beautiful and the photo doesn't do it's a rich and vibrant purple without being too in your face or dark. It has some nice "heathering" elements to it too.  Plus the Andean Treasure is soft as anything, it does itch my skin a bit but not much (I have incredibly sensitive skin w/natural fibers)

I haven't used Telemark at all,  but I would think anything that gets gauge would be good. My sweater fits next to the skin, so I'm glad I made it with Alpaca and it has some "stretch" to it. I think it depends what's in your budget and what you like.
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almndladybug
« Reply #94 on: September 16, 2006 01:13:57 PM »

I just typed up my notes for knitting in the round and sent them to Calista. Once and if I get the okay to post them I'll post them here or we'll hear from Calista about them. Either way, hopefully they'll be passed on to those working or thinking about making the pattern.
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calista
« Reply #95 on: September 17, 2006 07:01:38 PM »

almndladybug, I love yours! I also considered purple at first, but I chose grey, because I wanted to make it as close as the original. I agree with your comment that it fits much better the second time. It takes a little while for the neckline stretch out a little, so that it slip down naturally.
About the required amount of yarns---The yarn estimation includes about 2/3 ball to make flowers. You can adjust the amount of the yarns, depending on your decision on the numbers and sizes of the flowers.

(I sent you reply message, btw.)
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almndladybug
« Reply #96 on: September 18, 2006 01:30:13 PM »

Hi all,

Calista gave me the okay to post my notes here so here goes:  PM me if you have any questions.

Knit in round...


CO 176 (184, 196, 204) sts. Join in the round for knitting PM  at beginning of round.  Knit in 2x2 rib starting with k2 p2 (I did p2 k2 but it didn't seem tomake a difference).  PM after 88, (92, 98, 102) sts. Work in 2x2 rib to end of round. Repeat 22x more (w/out the PM of course).  Switch to size 5 needles


Follow row 1 from Calista's instructions. After this row things are going to change because you aren't knitting back and forth. With knitting in the round on the WS you will do the opposite of what the directions call for the WS call for. Basically, 99 % of the time you will K and K stitch and P a P stitch, the only exceptions are after some of the cables. The 2nd marker will serve as the distinction between side 1 and side 2 of the bodice, so when decreasing or increasing use that as a guide.

For the K2tog and k2togtbl stitches instead you will P2tog and P2tog tbl, P2tog where you are instructed to K2tog etc.  Instead of doing a M1, I did a M1P, basically instead of lifting the bar between the stitches from back to front, I lifted it from front to back w/the left needle and then P tbl:d the stitch.

Continue pattern as instructed until the bind off for the arms.  On the armhole bind off row knit the entire row in the round for both sides of the sweater. Break yarn after this row.  Reattach yarn to knit 1 side of the bodice. Follow directions for decreasing according to Calista's directions, at this point you are no longer knitting in the round, once you work across the one row for side 1, slip side 2's sts to a st holder or spare yarn. Or, if you're anything like me, attach another ball of yarn and work across side 2. The only problem with this way is that you have to pay attention to which way you are going so you don't get off on the row count.   BO 60 (64, 68, 72) sts.

I knit the sleeves back and forth instead of in the round, but to knit them in the round, using set of 4-5 size 3 dpns, CO required sts, PM at beginning of round.  Begin working in the round dividing stitches between 3-4 needles (make sure there are an even number for the 2x2 ribbing). After the ribbing switch to 4-5 size 5 dpns. Continue as with the bodice (for doing sts K the Ks, P the Ps) and follow the same sleeve BO directions, reattach yarn and decrease for the armhole shaping. BO 30 (32, 32, 32) sts loosely. 

Sew sleeves to bodice as calista directs and sew the armhole bind off sts together making sure to leave no holes.

Continue as instructed.
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nosyred
« Reply #97 on: October 03, 2006 11:55:06 AM »

ahhh, my knitpicks package finally came, and I"m glad I sprung for the fancy-dancy alpaca.  it feels gorgeous.  now I just need to devote more time to learning how to read charts . . . .
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nosyred
« Reply #98 on: October 06, 2006 09:01:47 AM »

I've never cabled from a pattern before, and I need to know: is the background essentially purled (by "background" I mean the area between cables) or knit?  I'm very very confused!
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calista
« Reply #99 on: October 06, 2006 11:25:11 AM »

I've never cabled from a pattern before, and I need to know: is the background essentially purled (by "background" I mean the area between cables) or knit?  I'm very very confused!

nosyred, the "background" is purled from the RS and knitted from the WS. Only the cable patterns are knitted from the RS, and purled from the WS.
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