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11  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by colorlessblue on: March 25, 2008 07:07:01 AM

the sleeve is too wide, isn't it? i'm already decreasing every 4th row, instead of every 6th row, and i still think it looks weird...
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12  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by colorlessblue on: March 21, 2008 02:43:52 PM
so i've started this some weeks ago, but i've stalled and stalled at separating the sleeves because it was just soooo much work to put in the scrap yarn and try it on every few rows... i ended up knitting just 2 rows/day for some days at that stage. then i got my denise kit and started just adding cables and the sweater grew!
i'm using 2 strands of some really thin acrylic baby yarn, and US7 needles. i didn't swatch, just went with the flow and tried it on to guide the shaping. this is where i am:

i'm starting to think it's better fitted than i intended it to be. i think the body is too fit while the sleeves are loose. i intended to keep it all loose, but it seems my waist shaping is better than i thought!
i never did anything with sleeves before, so i'll worry about that when the time comes...

(btw, i hate the colour. i've read this dye company developed something that works with acrylic, and i may give it a try when i'm done with the knitting. i'm sure when i finish this i'll never want to see pink again, and the worse is, i'm just on the second pair of balls, and i still have a big black trash bag full of this!)
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13  I started with plying... in Spinning: Completed Projects by colorlessblue on: March 16, 2008 01:28:08 PM
I got this crazy idea about learning to spin by myself - there is absolutely no one around who does it, no guilds or spinning lessons. hell, i don't even have a LYS. anyway, i got a spindle made by a carpenter i met on the street, using just a photo and some notes about size, and i wanted to test if it worked while i waited for the fiber i ordered. i didn't want to risk having the fiber and needing to wait for a new spindle! this is what i got:

This was the yarn I bought specifically to abuse Tongue It was a light beige when I got it, to test the local Kool Aid. We only had strawberry, tangerine and pineapple. The tangerine gave me neon orange and the yellow, maybe because the yarn wasn't white, is just awful. I was going to use it to stuff amigurumi, but then I used it to test the spindle. I twisted it, then plied.
I can notice clearly that the  first half of the singles got more twist than the second, because by then I was getting the knack. I learned to pinch and hold the twist down, and then release it to the next piece of yarn, and I learned to spin the spindle on my thigh.
I checked often to see if the 2-ply was balanced, but when I skeined it the skein still twisted 2 or 3 times when hanging. And I can see that some parts of the 2-ply are more twisted than the others, even on that pic.
After soaking it, and doing something to it on the wall (I forgot the right word for that, sorry, but I've read about it), I let it dry hanging, and the last hours I let it hang behind the fridge to use the heat there. I know probably that was wrong, but I was in a hurry... And now the skein only twist once...
Not that I'll use it for anything anyway. I still hate the colours and I only got 37 meters at the end...
(omg looong post, sorry!)

Anyway, the important bit now: when my fiber arrives, and I need to hide it from my mom, how big is 1 lb of corriedale??  Grin
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14  Re: recyled yarn KAL? in Knitalongs by colorlessblue on: March 11, 2008 03:21:46 AM
i'm thinking about frogging a sweater because it's gone floppy and shapeless, and it doesn't dresses me well anymore. this is it:

but it's laceweight, and acrylic, and a little fuzzy. there is some pilling, but the yarn is fuzzy too. i know i would never knit with it again unless it was double stranded, and with all the stripes, i wonder how much (or how little) of each colour i'd have...

worth a try, or do i donate it away?
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15  Re: tapestry wool? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by colorlessblue on: March 07, 2008 07:24:00 AM
no, the colours are great, actually. i've read lots about this yarn in blogs, almost all of them talking about felted bags, and everybody loves the colours. i've been hanging on to my swatch, and sometimes during the day i just look at it and pet it for a while, and i think it's really soft. fuzzy, but soft.

see? there's practically an halo on the right part of the pic...
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16  tapestry wool? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by colorlessblue on: March 05, 2008 11:06:29 AM
I discovered a shop in my city that sells 100 % wool yarn, in a worsted/heavy worsted weight. However, it's tapestry wool. it doesn't feel all that soft, and the surface has some fluff that I don't love. But maybe I'm just not used to it, as I always use only cotton or acrylic (and I hate the acrylic fluff too). This is it:

I knit a swatch on #7 needles and got 18 st/20 rows, and it doesn't look too thick or too tight, even though all sites I've found say the right needles for this is #15 (but they were all for felting projects).
So, considering the fluff and the possible scratchiness (I'm waiting for the swatch to dry after a good wash to try it against my skin, but it doesn't feel good on the hands while knitting), would it be possible to use it for garments? I have cardigans or pullovers in mind, mostly because they make it in 120 colours, while almost all other yarns I like have about 10...
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17  some firsts: fibonacci coachella and fishy socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by colorlessblue on: March 04, 2008 07:13:45 AM
These are my first 2 knit pojects on the round:
My fibonacci Coachella, that started as a de-stashing project (because what else could I do with sparkly boucle lime green yarn?) but ended with me buying just as much of sparkly boucle blue to finish it.

Knitting this was a challenge too, because I had to adjust just about every increasing and decreasing step. I think the total number of stitches floated from the medium to extra large sizes, but that was good in many levels. it made me read no end of articles about shaping, designing and adjusting, and because I was never as aware of my curves as when I had to go over them inch by inch! Needing to decrease 4 times more than the pattern said to was definitely an ego buster, and gave me something to tell the people who like to remind me that I'm fat.
A closer look to show the moss stitch border:

Then the Pomatomus socks that I started for me, but will now go on european holidays with my uncle's girlfriend:

Maybe the toes are just a bit too pointy? Makes me think of wizard hats...

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18  my loved viscose & acrylic blends (img heavy) in Dyeing: Completed Projects by colorlessblue on: March 02, 2008 08:23:40 AM
I bought 5 balls of white yarn for some project and gave up knitting it in the middle of the task. it wasn't really looking good, so i decided to invest my time in something else. now, i wasn't much happy with white, so i decided to dye it, even thought it was 50% acrylic and 50% viscose. so these are the 3 balls i had still untouched, ready for their hot bath, just to show the shiny goodness:

these became:

i used cotton dyes for that. i dissolved the light blue, imersed the skeins, and threw some darker blues and pink in the pot, without mixing to dissolve. this next pic doesn't really show the variegated effects well (i swear there is some purple in there, from where the pink was), but it shows how shiny the yarn still looks:

after seeing how well that worked, i frogged the sweater i had started and used a small part to give a try on self-striping. i separated the sections randomly, i didn't swatch to see how long and how wide i wanted the stripes. so, yellow, orange, red. all was well, but i wasn't loving the orange and the red. to deal with that, i dissolved some gray, put the whole mini-skein in a little pot and put the solution over it, without stirring. then i put this little pot to boil. THEN, the cable guy arrived to fix my tv, and i got distracted, and i got hungry and went out to buy food, leaving the yarn still boiling. when i went back the yellow, the orange and the red had gotten loose from the fiber, mixed with the gray, and everything looked brownish. 2 days soaking on clear water later:

i love it. i used part of it to make me a cell phone sonky, using the monkey socks pattern, but really i just wanted to see what kind of fabric it would give me:

and i couldn't get the pic right, but when it's under direct sunlight it looks almost metallic.
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19  changing colour on the round in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by colorlessblue on: March 01, 2008 08:52:46 AM
i've done it with socks and the stripes were smooth (even if i never finished the socks). i was using 2 circulars. now, doing a tank with one circular, i got this on the area where the rounds start/end:

the ends of the rounds aren't meeting. and that's right on the middle of the back... is it always like that, or i'm doing something wrong?
(i'm not cutting the yarn, too, i'm just carrying it up till the next stripe.)
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20  help with coachella in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by colorlessblue on: February 28, 2008 06:40:36 AM
i've been working on Coachella (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTcoachella.html) and i've found some problems i just don't know how to solve. i'm doing the medium size.
1) the easy one: the front part fits perfectly, with one set of short rows.

but that's with just the short rows. the pattern says we have to knit 12 rows in stockinette, and, if desired, start the short rows on the 6th row. does that mean not to make the other stockinette rows, or to add them after the short rows are done? i did some others and i found the way they looked odd, so i'm thinking about ripping back to that point.
2) the hard one:

the back won't fit. i worked the increases to the point of joining, but each armhole needs almost 3 inches to give the top the same shape it has on the photos on knitty. and i'm not even sure that's how much i need to add, because i tried to join with CO 4 stitches in each armhole as the pattern says and it wouldn't even pass by my shoulders... the other thing is: the way it is now (1 set of short rows + 5 stockinette rows) , when laid flat the back is sligghtly shorter than the front. if i rip back to the short rows they'll be the same lenght. but when i try it on the back is at a much higher place.
so, what should i do to fix the back?
  - frog and try again, maybe with bigger needles?
  - frog eeeeverything and try again, on the large size, without short rows?
  - increase the back till i have the large size, join, move place markers and follow the pattern as a large?
  - CO more stitches on the armholes (probably near 10 on each armhole), join, move place markers and try to adapt everything?

i'm asking here because the knitalong thread for Coachella is a little dead...
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