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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Finding thin cotton fabric on: November 07, 2008 09:14:49 AM
So I recently bought a cute top on sale from J. Crew (not my usual clothing supplier, but this top was kinda adorable) and I got to thinking about making my own tops inspired by this.

Thing is, I can't find suitable fabric. Cotton at places like Jo-Anns is usually quilting cotton, which is thick and stiff. The stuff of my shirt is thin, almost gauzy, and very very soft. No matter where I go, I can't seem to find thin, almost see-through soft cotton fabric.

I'm currently in central New York, so suggestions fabric suppliers nearby where I could go in person would be appreciated; otherwise, if there are online suppliers I'd be willing to try these out. (Though I'm skeptical of buying fabric I can't feel.)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hoodie from Stitch&Bitch Book on: May 01, 2007 05:30:56 PM
I finally gave in and bought the SnB book this weekend (I figured why not since I have almost every other knitting book on the planet taking over my home) and I was thinking about the same hoodie.  I love what you did with it and I hadn't even considered Simply Soft until now.  Thanks for the inspiration!

It's astounding how far the Simply Soft goes, actually-- I needed just a smidge over three skeins for the grey, and about two for the pink.  Though now I have lots of pink left over!

Good luck with yours!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Easy, Cool Stitch for Variegated Yarn on: April 29, 2007 07:45:24 PM
Oo, that looks great nemka!

Thank you!  Although, I should mention one caveat: this scarf will take me the rest of my natural life to complete.  Not only is it very thin yarn, the linen stitch is very dense--the rows sort of settle into each other, if that makes sense.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hoodie from Stitch&Bitch Book on: April 29, 2007 07:36:23 PM
I finally figured out how to seam my sleeves so they looked smooth and nice, and here's the final result:



I had a few pictures of it on, but since it's not for me--that is, not fitted for me--it didn't look quite right.  So this shot of it on the hanger works just about as well, methinks.  Yay, hoodie!

It's done in Caron's Simply Soft--all except the maroon stripe, which is a cashmere blend.  (The luxury stripe, indeed.)  I left out the pocket and I added six extra rows so to maximize the impact of the luxury stripe.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Easy, Cool Stitch for Variegated Yarn on: April 29, 2007 07:08:53 PM
I completely agree!

Here's my linen stitch scarf:



It didn't look like much in the photo in my stitch dictionary, but oh, how it is delightful with variegated yarn!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming looks... funny on: March 18, 2007 06:12:41 PM
Wink no one mentioned how beautiful your sweater is! I Love the color combo and your sitiches are so even and pretty!

Oops, I meant to mention that!  It definitely looks fabulous and will be great to wear Cheesy  I meant to also ask - is that the hoodie from Stitch'n'Bitch? 

Wow, great eye! Thank you! Cheesy It is the hoodie from Stitch and Bitch!  It'll be a gift for my friend, so I'm determined to get it perfect.  Or nearly perfect.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming looks... funny on: March 18, 2007 06:10:41 PM
Wink no one mentioned how beautiful your sweater is! I Love the color combo and your sitiches are so even and pretty!

Aw, thank you!  I think the maroon makes the grey/pink pop!  My mother actually suggested the maroon, and I'm so glad she did.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming looks... funny on: March 18, 2007 06:09:49 PM
I normally use a m1 increase at least 2 stitches in from the edge so you have a little bit neater edge that's easier to work with. My first seams were pretty wonky too (though yours actually look like you've got a better handle on it than I did), and it's something that gets better with practice.

Another tip, if you start seaming from the wrist up, then if you end up with one side not quite matching up and you have to fudge it a little, the not-so-neat parts will be hidden in the armpit and not so noticeable (same with side seams, start from the hip and work up toward the armhole. I read that somewhere and now I do that for all my sweaters.

Hope that helps  Smiley

Yes, thank you!  I tried a knit in front and back for this one, because for a previous sweater, I believe I did a Make 1 and it also looked strange.  I think I need to practice more increases!  Hee.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming looks... funny on: March 18, 2007 06:05:01 PM
Seeing as it's probably not fixable for this sweater, I just wanted to mention that I don't think the seaming looks too bad!  I have a lot of trouble with seaming, so I think it looks pretty darn good.  So go ahead and wear proudly.

Thank you!  I am determined to see if I can get it to look less slightly off, though.  Perfectionist until the bitter end, yes.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seaming looks... funny on: March 18, 2007 06:03:28 PM
You might also want to see knitty articles on seaming, perhaps you could undo the seams, block to identical sizes along that seamed edge, then pin the sleeve edges thoroughly, matching up the increases and ends well. Your cuff edges look the tiniest bit offset? Lots of pins or even basting to line the sleeves up well, then seaming again with very careful tension.

After x hours of knitting you don't want to rush the seaming to have it look sloppy... so if this bothers you, put in lots of time to show off the great fabric you have made.
Sarah

I completely agree with you -- I've redone the seam twice already, and I'm willing to spend some time fiddling with techniques until it looks good to me.  Thank you for the suggestions -- I did see how my cuff edges were oh-just slightly offkilter.

I'm going to give a few more tries, and as a last resort perhaps re-knit the sleeves.  But I think I can make this work as it is.

 Cheesy
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