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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:Projects from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick on: April 08, 2004 06:48:50 AM
I'm making the Perfect Pie Shawl. Actually, this is my third attempt. I keep screwing up once I get to wedge 2. Frogging mohair is a pain in the butt, so I just keep starting over from the beginning w/a new ball of yarn, promising to frog the 1/5 completed shawl someday. This is my first attempt to work lace, btw.

I did not use the recommended yarn. Rather, I used GGH Soft Kid (very similar composition and gauge, I think) in Fuscia that I bought very cheaply on Ebay with no specific project in mind. I have 7 skeins of the stuff, so I can sorta afford to keep starting over fresh.

But it looks like it's working this time. And it goes pretty quickly, too. Not looking forward to making the lace edge though...that looks tedious.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: January 31, 2004 06:52:09 AM
I am knitting the skully sweater and have just finished the front.  The instructions say to leave the stitches either on the needle or on a holder, but what do you do with the two skeins of yarn that are attatched on either shoulder?  Do you just cut the yarn off, leaving a tail hanging down or what?  I want to keep going on the sweater, but i'm at a stand-still now because I don't know if I can cut the yarn or not.  Help!!

I cut the skeins leaving a 6 inch tail (to weave the ends later).  When you do the back, however, it helps to leave the skeins attached to do the three-kneedle bind off at the shoulders.

I'm mid-way through the first arm on this project.  I read a few posts about armholes being too tight so I tried to compensate for that potential problem as I began by extending the sleeve width a bit-- may be a disaster but here's hoping!

Reading through the pattern before I began, it sounded to me like the wide sleeve cuffs might be less appealing in a man's sweater.  I, too, am planning to decrease a bit after the intarsia to taper the cuffs.

Thanks everyone for sharing your trials with these patterns-- I've learned so much and have avoided a few errors along the way.

Yeah, the bell sleeves would have been fine for me, too. Dh, however, looked at them and wrnkled up his nose like he smelled something bad  Roll Eyes

The really awesome thing about this book, though, is that it's really taught me how to improvise in my knitting.
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Fluffy Cuff Mittens on: January 26, 2004 08:55:58 AM
I've made one Fluffy Cuff mitten. Any tips on how to start the thumb so you don't end up with big holes at its base? Or, how exactly to sew up the holes?

The GGH Esprit, even though it's erotically soft, is quite a challenge to work with.

No idea on the thumb. I had problems with it as well. In fact, ithe mittens are in my pile of to-be-frogged-and-redone projects. I may try the buttonhole method of thumb-making the next time.

I really just wanted to commiserate on the Esprit. I'm making an entire sweater out of Vamos (the vairgated sister to Esprit) and it is kicking my butt. But it looked so amazing that I decided to go forward with the pattern anyway.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:baby stuffies!!! on: January 25, 2004 04:27:36 PM
It gets chilly in SC in the winter. Not like Minnesota cold or anything, but still cold enough that you wouldn't want a baby out in the air without a coat, sweater, hat and gloves. I just checked the weater channel to see what it was like in Charleston, SC right now, and it's 37 degrees Farenheit. Even in late fall you would probably want the baby in a sweater.

If the baby is going to be born this winter, though, I would go for a blankie.
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: January 24, 2004 10:39:35 AM
I , too am knitting the Skully sweater.  I  just finished the neckline and did it exactly the way Twilight did, and had no problems (yay!) I'm about to do the sleeves now.

This is my second go-round w/ Skully.  I first knit the front and back and found the armholes WAY too small.  So I had to rip out both pieces, throw up, cry a little, and start over, and now the armholes seem much roomier.  This is my first sweater ever and I can't wait to just finish the damn thing.  I'll post a pic when it is finished

I'm not loving this pattern. I've finished the 1st arm, and the armhole is a tad too tight for DH's bicep (and he has normal sized biceps). I'm going to try picking up stitches along the already existing armhole stiches to make it wider. Also, the bottom of the arm is awful! Too wide. I'm going to rip it and make some decreases after the intarsia so that there will be a taper towards the wrist. The neck, though, I figured out.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:scrap yarn projects? or what the hell can i do with my stash? on: January 21, 2004 10:25:18 AM
There's a community on livejournal called <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/community/knitswap" target="new">knitswap</a>.  

But I have the same stash problem as you.  I inherited a bunch of yarn from my grandma, and it's all 70's acrylic.  I figure I'll knit up some hats (i don't wear hats so give them to charity?), make armwarmers, wrist warmers, other than that I have no idea.

Yep, charity is a good idea. My sister works w/cancer patients of all ages and they always need hats. However, they like for the hats to be made out of very soft material as the skin of radiation patients can be very sensitive. Their resident knitter moved to another state, and since I have some leftover GGH Esprit and Vamos I'm going to try to supply them with some hats in the near future.

Knitting for the homeless, however, is a different story. I'm sure acrylic would be more than ok in that situation. Knitters review has a fairly extensive list of charities that accept knit goods. I think some of them even accept leftover yarn in good condition from non-smoking homes.
7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'n Bitch Projects on: January 21, 2004 06:26:46 AM
I'm a new poster and new knitter.  Entirely self-taught knitter though I did learn to crochet first thanks to a kind auntie.  I bought SnB just before Christmas and I just adore it!!  I made the Alien Illusion scarf for my dad (luckily I had read about the MC/CC error before I started so I had no problems in that regard).  The scarf was a big hit.  I'm now working on the Skully sweater-- my first sweater project.  It's going really well so far though I haven't gotten to the intarsia yet so keep fingers crossed.

Anyway, I'm glad to have found this forum.  
Good luck knitters!!

Have you encountered any problems w/Skully yet? Everything was going fine until I hit the neckband. Am I supposed to use circulars for that? I don't recall it specifying, but I can't see any other way to do it? Were you able to do it on straights? Damned thing's giving me fits. Also, how did you pick up around the armholes?

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Temporary Sticky Stuff?? on: December 10, 2003 12:21:00 PM
An update for anyone who ever needs glue dots. I found them in a pack or 150 for 3.99 at A.C.Moore. I went over there to pick up some rubber cement, and while in the scrapbooking section picking up the rubber cement, I found them. This is good because I had almost forgotten that rubber cement makes me bright red in the face for hours if I use it, even a little.

Scrapbooking is so not my thing, but thank to its popularity I'm finding some great things for packaging!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Temporary Sticky Stuff?? on: December 04, 2003 11:21:46 AM
And the winner is: rubber cement!
I'd forgotten all about how good it is for that.

The glue dots (mmmm...preextruded) are a good idea if I ever get into selling stuff, though. Thanks for the link.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Temporary Sticky Stuff?? on: December 04, 2003 10:21:35 AM
  I just made a ton of the glass pebble magnets posted here for Christmas gifts. They turned out great!! Used Space Ghost and Mexican wrestling comics for my images. I love them so much I'm keeping about a dozen for myself.
   Anyway, I'm crazy anal about packaging. I want to attach these, 1/2 dozen per person, to cardstock (got one of those one pound scrap cardstock packs for $4 and am in lurve). Can anyone think of something that would adhere the little magnets to the cardstock, then come right off of the magnets? I would love to find the clear stuff they use commercially (DH and I call it "boogers" because when you roll it off of the package...), but I don't know where to find something like that or what it would be called.

Any ideas? I've also thought about the blue gummy stuff you use to adhere posters to walls and *maybe* hot glue, since it pops right off of most anything.

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