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381  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) on: November 01, 2007 11:17:29 AM
I broke down and bought the suggested yarn today in the Persephone colorway.  I've been reading the reviews of the yarn on the handpaintedyarn.com site, and after much deliberation, I've come to the conclusion that the yarn isn't "bulky" in the Yarn Council sense of the word.  It's sounding very much like it's more akin to an aran weight, which is just a bit heavier than worsted, so a true bulky yarn may be too much.

Hmm, then maybe 2 strands of Simply Soft would do, since it's a pretty skimpy worsted. I'll have some leftovers of three colors of SS after I finish my Christmas knitting, I'll swatch with two and three strands and see how they work.

I'll update the list when I get the yarn, but that may have been part of my problem with using Moda Dea's Tweedle Dee - well, that and the heavy duty striping, which I seriously do not need around my booty (my big ol' booty!).

I could deal with striping on the booty, it's striping on the belly I can do without.  Wink
382  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Clapotis- Help Me Pick A Color! on: October 27, 2007 03:33:06 PM
I'm joining the grape bandwagon, I think it blends the colors together best and lets the dropped stitch pattern stand out better.

I may be biased, I like purple.  Grin
383  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) on: October 26, 2007 02:32:16 PM
Tephra, I'm totally there with you on the simply soft though. The only reason I went with the red heart was that Joann's had the 1lb skeins for $3.87 when I stopped in at lunch today! I'm planning to spend the day working on this tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!!!

I eyed the one pound Red Heart (I hate weaving ends in lace) but none of the colors grabbed me. I'm not allowing myself to consider the yarn too much because if I do I'll end up buying and casting on and I really need to finish the gift knitting first. So of course I do a ton of swatches for things to procrastinate.

Good luck! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
384  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) on: October 25, 2007 09:07:30 PM
I've been following this KAL with interest even though I'm making myself not start any new projects until my Christmas knitting is complete and NaNoWriMo is over. I know I'm going to have to make some changes to the pattern thanks to what I've read here and I think I have all that covered.

What I'd like to know is if it would be possibly to knit this using two (or three?) strands of Caron's Simply Soft held together?

I'm having no luck with finding a bulky weight non-animal fiber yarn I both like and can afford. One of my Christmas projects is done with two strands of Simply Soft though and it's turning out so pretty! I think I could come up with a nice combination of colors for Cherie that way, and be able to afford it soon-ish.
385  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: BPT from Knitty on: October 08, 2007 11:24:22 AM
Wow. Goes to show what a difference the yarn makes. I totally overlooked this pattern then, and your yarn choice is making me question why?  Shocked

The same here. The photos with the pattern weren't interesting me at all. I think it's the tendency many pattern makers and magazines have for knitting the exemplars in variegated yarns. The color pattern overwhelms the stitch patterns so you lose the cables (or in other cases, the lace) and can't really see what makes the pattern interesting.

Now that I have seen the pattern clearly I'll have to add it to the list of potential future projects. Smiley
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