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11  Re: Knit AIMEE with me? in Knitalongs by lisascenic on: November 01, 2005 10:43:25 AM
As you can see, I haven't unwound the balls, yet.  But aren't they cool looking?  Those Kyrgystani spinners sure know how to wind a ball of yarn!  They're remarkably heavy, and dense.


The cat needs to make certain that everything is safe, or if he needs to kill anything.  He's the ultimate grumpy-puss.


Okay, I'm swatching away, and I'm finding that even after mashing on my swatch with an iron, my lace sections are poofing out in an unattractive way.  I think I need to fiddle around with my needle sizes.  My yarn is thicker than the yarn called for in the pattern, so I'm opting not to double on the plain stripes.  I'm a very loose knitter, so I often have to adjust down at least one needle size.  I'm not sure what I'm doing to make my knitting so pouffy, unless it it the mohair itself.  it is a particularly stiff yarn.

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12  Re: Knitted Lace Pattern in Ann Taylor sweater? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: October 25, 2005 07:02:59 PM
Ver-r-r-r-ry clever pattern...the way the decreases become the stem of the leaves...the way the combinations of decrease and yarn-overs create slant in the knitted fabric. 

The structure of the leaves themselves looks like "twin leaf lace" from Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, but her leaves line up in rows, and this sweater off-sets them somehow. 

I'm going to have to check out the Gisela Klopper book!

ps -- I would be concerend that this scarf would look great on the needles, and then roll up like a tube when you wore it.  This project is a good candidate for swatching!
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13  Re: I paid a company to expose my screens and they're not square in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: October 07, 2005 10:48:10 PM
And here's the other pattern.  I wish I thought the original image that the scenic designer gave us was attractive, but I don't.

Robb is holding the screen for me.  The screen is resting in an angle-correcting jig.  Since each screen was wrong in a different way, we had to make a correction jig for each screen.

Here is a large chunk of our paper, with the designers' image laying on top of it.  I think we did a good job of matching it.
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14  Re: I paid a company to expose my screens and they're not square in Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: October 07, 2005 10:41:36 PM
We're finished with the wallpaper!!!!  I'm so tired I can hardly see straight.

the crappy screen that we had made

working up samples -- blow-drying was mesmerizing, due to the patterns created

the final color -- we alternated spaces, so that the frame of the screen wouldn't drag through wet ink
our paper was fourteen feet long

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15  Re: what type of border in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: September 26, 2005 07:30:55 PM
I know I'm always flogging these books, but you really should take a look at Barbara Walker's Stitch Treasuries.  She show a huge variety of knitted borders.  She also tells you which patterns are easy and which are not.  I taught myself lace knitting thanks to these books.

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16  Bind-Off Clarification in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: September 24, 2005 08:37:31 PM
I'm knitting a sweater (#19, the cropped cardigan) from the Spring/Summer Vogue Knitting.  Things are going fine.

But I wonder if anyone could take a look at these instructions and tell me if my interpretation of them seems correct?  The directions are describing shaping the neck area on the back part of the sweater.  If it matters, I'm binding off the shoulders at the same time as this.

"...bind off 49 center stitches  decreasing 8 stitches evenly across these stitches while binding off, then bind off 4 stitches from each neck edge once."

As I understand this, I should bind off as usual, but also knit two stitches together eight times during my binding off.  But am I doing this move over 49 stitches, or 49 plus eight?

I'm adapting this pattern a bit (even with #1 needles, my gauge is too large) so I can't simply count stitches and figure things out.

Anyone willing to help me puzzle this one out?

And, yes, the pattern calls for #3 needles.  I must be a ver-r-r-r-ry relaxed knitter if #1 needles are creating a gauge that's too big.
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17  Re: FO's Sophie bag, branching out, Kool aid yarn & a pirate niddy noddy img hvy in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: September 04, 2005 09:48:05 PM

Now tell me doesn't Roger rock! I think he is much happier this way. Even if I did have to drive a nail into his groin!

You'd be saying aaargh, too, if someone drove a nail into your groin.
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18  Re: Another Demented Scrappy Quilt -- work-in-progress in Quilting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: August 30, 2005 08:46:44 AM
Almost finished!  I had a very hectic summer, and hardly got any work done on this.  I figure if I really work hard, I'll have it finished before my Friend returns to work from parental leave (he and his wife had a baby boy late last week.)

A detail of the quilting, itself...

Thanks for looking.
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19  Re: why are all baby sweaters on size 3!!! in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by lisascenic on: April 06, 2005 10:59:58 AM
I knitted these two sweaters on size fives:

I adapted this pattern from a Sirdar pattern.  There are baby sweaters out there that use larger needles. If you live near a "real" yarn store, the sales people will be happy to help you find something that you'll enjoy knitting.

This one was also on fives (I think):

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20  Re: Slip-Stitch Color-Work Vee-Neck Hyphen-Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by lisascenic on: April 04, 2005 10:34:38 PM
Whoo!  All I've got to do is weave in those loose ends, and block this bad boy, and I've got two sweaters done!

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