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1  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by dramageek on: March 27, 2007 09:04:30 AM
I'm getting there.....

I'm using the Tilli in Moss - Pure & Simple and Disco Lights. I'm terrified of running out of yarn, but I think I'll be OK - I want to add some length to the bodice since I'm a bit long-waisted, so I think I'm going to finish off the sleeves to a 3/4 length. Since this photo was taken, I've knit about 3 inches further on each sleeve and tried it on - I *think* it looks good!
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2  Re: New Vogue in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by dramageek on: December 28, 2006 10:06:25 PM
Oooh, super-cute Blythe scarf!

Kristen, thanks for the awesome pattern! It truly was fun to knit (despite my deadline-induced bitching) and the result is truly spectacular. The reason I don't have any photos up yet is because I stupidly didn't take any the day I gave it to Kate and it's been too warm for her to wear it all week! I'm going to bug her to wear it in this weekend so I can take proper photos. Here's a nearly-done pic (picture it on a 5'2" blonde girl!)

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3  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by dramageek on: November 02, 2006 11:41:47 AM

My progress so far! I'm using the Tilli Tomas in Moss - slightly brighter than the Olive shown in the pattern. Love this yarn, though I'm also finding the Disco Lights to be full of knots. Grrr.

This is the most expensive yarn I've ever used, so i think it's pretty funny that I'm using the least expensive needles I've ever purchased - the Knitpicks Options needles. I LOVE these needles! Super sharp and smooth, and the cord is really flexible, with no kinks at all. I'm a super loose knitter, so I got gauge on size 4s. I'm doing the lace on 2s, just because I couldn't stomach the thought of using size 1 needles. I'm not looking forward to the sleeves - I hate DPNs, and I don't think I have a cable long enough for magic loop.
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4  Re: "Hopeful" Knit-a-Long/Pattern Supports Breast Cancer Research in Knitalongs by dramageek on: November 27, 2005 05:04:04 PM

I actually finished a couple of weeks ago and have worn it twice since, to many compliments. I love it! The only thing I changed was to do a SSK rather than K2tog while attaching the neckband, and then slipping that stitch on the wrong side to tighten it, a tip I picked up at the knitalong at http://hopefulknitalong.blogspot.com/.

I used the Rowan Wool Cotton, which I also loved - really smooth to work with. I probably could have made the sleeves a bit longer, but they're fine as is. I enjoyed working the short rows - I'm not entirely sure I totally "get it" yet, but working from the pattern was easy and a fun way to knit the sleeves onto the body.
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5  Re: THE cutest baby booties EVER! NOW WITH HAT!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by dramageek on: October 18, 2005 09:21:55 PM
I had the same issue with the Plush topstitching - I didn't like the way it looked with a single running stitch, so when I completed the running stitch going one way, I then doubled back and stitched again, filling in the gaps. Does this make sense? Here's a picture - it doesn't show the topstitching very well, actually - it turned out as much more of a solid line than it looks.

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6  Re: "Hopeful" Knit-a-Long/Pattern Supports Breast Cancer Research in Knitalongs by dramageek on: October 03, 2005 11:57:15 AM
Don't worry - I had to frog the entire left front because I had mised the first CF decrease! It sucked but was totally worth it!

Here's my progress - I'm actually almost done with the back now:

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7  Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along in Knitalongs by dramageek on: August 17, 2005 12:37:12 PM
I finished! Here's the beauty shot:

And here's a closeup of the lace pattern:

I loved this project - it was challenging but not too hard and it was great introduction to knitting lace and to reading charts. I used Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Moss, double stranded. I knitted until she was, well, really really long. I think after blocking it's over six feet long! It's perfect for wrapping around my neck and still being able to show off the lace pattern. I actually have quite a bit of yarn left over, but not really enough to do much with. At $3.99 for a 440 yd skein, this was a really inexpensive project!
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8  Re: "Let's Do the iTunes Shuffle!" 2 Mixed CDs Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dramageek on: July 25, 2005 09:54:39 AM
What a fun swap this has been! I received two terrific CDs from jmesdiylounge and OBudah! Take a look-

From OBudah:

Adorable felt dragonfly case, with the track list handwritten on pretty paper:

Here's the list:

Monty Python's Flying Circus
Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
Gimmee All Your Lovin - ZZ Top
Todava - La Factora
Hey Hey, My My - Neil Young
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Where Are You Going? Dave Matthews Band
American Pie - Don McClean
Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Ojos As - Shakira
The First Cut Is The Deepest - Cat Stevens
Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Mad World - Gary Jules
Please Do Not Go - Violent Femmes
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
Lets Push Things Forward - The Streets
Going The Distance - Cake
Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5

And from jmesdiylounge -

She used a DVD case and did a very fun graphic collage - love the vintage knitting photo!

The fun continues inside with the track list:

The songs:
When You Really Love Someone - Alicia Keys
The Way We Get By - Spoon
Main Offender - The Hives
Stay - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Push - Sarah McLachlan
She Has No Time - Keane
I've Got You Under My Skin - Michael Bubl
Feel Good Inc. (Album Crossfade) - Gorillaz
(I Just Want It) To Be Over - Keyshia Cole
Crazy Chick - Charlotte Church
It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World - James Borwn
(Untitled Hidden Track) - Chantal Kreviazuk
Mr. Bigstuff - Jean Knight
Like a Feather - Nikka Costa
Twentysomething - Jamie Cullum
I Wanna Be Like You - Big Bad Voodoo Daddys
Flake - Jack Johnson
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald
Everyone Needs An Editor - Mates Of State
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Space Mountain - Walt Disney Records

Both of these CDs were a great mix of songs I already know and love, and songs by groups I don't know anything about. Fun glimpse into other people's music collection! Thanks to my swap partners and to Daria for being a rockin' organizer.

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9  Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along in Knitalongs by dramageek on: May 04, 2005 08:15:46 AM
Here's where I'm at so far:

I'm using a double strand of Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Moss, on size 6 Addi Turbos. I tried straight needles, I tried bamboo, but I just keep coming back to my beloved Addis! I thought they might be too slippery for this yarn, but that's not the case so far. I love the fine gauge of the yarn and it's so soft! As you can see, I had to pin it out a bit to show off the pattern - it will definitely benefit from blocking.

I had two false starts - once when I tried a larger needle and found my stitches to be too loopy, and once when I finally realized that it really is easier to work from the chart! Seriously, if you're having trouble keeping up with all the written instructions, give the chart a try. I found it much easier to refer to a symbol rather than multiple words. It just takes a bit of getting used to reading from right to left.

Both of these mistakes only resulted in a few rows being ripped out. Yesterday, after a glass of wine (wine & lace don't mix, y'all!) I realized I had missed a yarnover - I am very proud of myself because I managed to un-knit a couple of rows and pick up the missed yarnover. Now I am running lifelines every few repeats - I dodged a bullet on that first mistake, don't want to have to rip the whole thing out when I'm near the end!
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10  Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty in Knitalongs by dramageek on: April 10, 2005 07:57:26 PM

So I made the medium (36") and it fits just fine - I'm a 38. I used the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in black - while I really like the pattern, I'm less crazy about the yarn. It's a little.....mushy for my taste, and makes me look a bit bulky. It also has a tendency to pill from what I've read elsewhere and it looks like mine is, indeed, pilling.

It's really, really cute! The neckline stays put just fine without the elastic I had planned to add, and I knitted the pattern as written, no decreases as others have done. I have a couple of other ribbons to try as well - you can't see the cute topstitch detail in the ribbon in this photo.

I would make this sweater again, in yarn with a tighter twist. Maybe a coral or dark pink!
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