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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: scarf for fashion-victim eurotrash boyfriend? on: November 20, 2006 06:56:02 AM
thanks guys! i've never seen my-so-called-scarf before... that stitch looks great.  i need to play around with the yarn and see what works best. 

the sock-end scarf idea isn't very him, but it is SO very me.  new scarf for me!  yea! 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / scarf for fashion-victim eurotrash boyfriend? on: November 15, 2006 05:03:03 AM
I've got a slightly different gifting problem from tamagochi's posted at "Manly knitting gifts".    I WISH my boyfriend was of the britprof sweatervest type, but instead he's a Dolce&Gabbana-wearing fiend.  Yes, more fashionable than me, I can assure you.  It's a new boyfriend, and I'm still getting used to that idea.

I want to knit him a scarf for christmas, though.  I'm thinking to splurge on some cashmere, and knit something grey and neutral, but that you might still see on a runway in Milan perhaps.  Cables are out.  Moss stitch is too rugged-looking, i think.  Has anybody seen a pattern lately that fits that description?  Lurking fashionistas, I beg your advice!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: July 07, 2006 03:44:12 PM
i've gotten a couple of pm's on this top, maybe because it's now on the featured summer projects thread (!that frightens me!), so i thought i should make this caveat for those who are trying the top out: i tried this thing on on waste thread at least five times while i was knitting it.  i know we all hate the waste thread, but this top is so tight, and so dependent on following your own curves and yet feeling comfortable enough to wear, that you really should do that if you're going to give it a try.  i stopped every few inches to decide how many increases/decreases i needed to do in the following inches.

yes, a tremendous pain in the butt.

and yet, the extra hour of knitting time for putting it on the waste thread and then putting it back on the needles afterwards insures that it fits, which saves you hours of frogging and reknitting time.  right?  right.


4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please learn from my mistake! on: June 13, 2006 11:59:00 AM
even when i'm knitting from a published pattern, i always figure out what the final dimensions are going to be exactly for the size that i'm choosing, after i knit my swatch and know my gauge, and before i start knitting.  then i can measure those up against my own body measurements, and make sure that the arms/bust/length/etc are right for me. 

sometimes a medium is a small, sometime's it's a large, and sometime's it's just a plain medium, as anybody who's ever bought a shirt at the mall can attest to.  it's a good habit no matter where you get your patterns from, and it only requires a little math.  knitty.com has some good articles about reading patterns and figuring out dimensions in their archive.  never be surprised by your final product again!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: bottle of booze, intarsia-style on: May 26, 2006 02:29:17 AM
this definitely rocks.
i'd abandoned intarsia because of the yarn-mess-nightmare that exists in the back of everything i've attempted, but your bobbin suggestion and the intarsiarific results are making me rethink that decision.  thanks for sharing.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: shaped ribbon tee (Now with Tutorial) on: May 24, 2006 05:51:23 AM

I have some black and white bamboo and have been looking for a little summery knit for it, i don't have a ton of yardage though... I think I have 462 yards.  Eek. I expect I do need to start looking for more, huh?

i'm sad to say, the yarn i bought had no yardage or gauge info printed on it whatsoever!  it's this from company called Kangaroo that doesn't seem to export outside of Greece.  for what it's worth, i used two and a half very large skeins (yes, i realize, that information is essentially useless).  sorry about that!  if the bamboo knits up nicely at a large gauge on big needles though, like this cotton did, 462 yards sounds like more than enough.

if you give it a try, i'd love to see how it goes!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Another Knitty Eyelet Skirt on: April 24, 2006 02:49:35 AM
sassy but classy.  verrrry nice. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: baby blanket--first big project on: April 24, 2006 02:48:09 AM
i can't believe this is your second project -- you're a fearless natural, kiddo!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: jeff cap / ivy cap / english driving cap on: April 24, 2006 02:43:16 AM
but it looks so good on YOU -- i hope your dad lets you borrow it back sometimes.  or maybe you need to have father-daughter matching hats?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Third Butterfly - check! on: April 24, 2006 02:39:36 AM
oh, you've definitely convinced me that i must find that issue of rowan.  you must be turning heads all summer when you wear that thing!
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