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11  Re:Vintage knits in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by starlings on: April 15, 2004 01:21:03 PM
I thought I would post a picture of my finished mohair stripe sweater for your consideration, just in case anyone is thinking of making it and would  like to see a "real world" version.

I made it longer than the pattern specifies - I added two pattern repeats above the side shaping...after I had completed the sweater!  It was a pain, but it was worth it.  I never would have worn a cropped-length sweater.

The yarn is Peruvian Collection baby cashmere - alpaca/merino/cashmere. The gauge is a bit larger than the Botany, so I made it one size smaller. The stripe is indeed kidsilk haze. I felt like a chump for buying two balls of it against my better judgement, just because the pattern says so.  Instead, I'd recommend getting 1 ball (there are other cheaper, similar yarns) and winding off a second ball for use as the second "end".
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12  Re:mohair bunny in Knitting: Completed Projects by starlings on: April 05, 2004 03:57:06 PM

I followed deliriousdream's suggestions and made a pompom for the tail.  I'm very happy with the results! Thanks dd!
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13  mohair bunny in Knitting: Completed Projects by starlings on: April 05, 2004 10:36:49 AM

I made this bunny from the free pattern available at the Heartstrings Fiber Arts site:

My bunny isn't as photogenic as the one on the website.  And its ears are kind of ridiculously long (I did them in stocking stitch because I wanted them to curl in one direction).  I haven't added a tail. Can't decide whether it needs one.  The pattern suggests pulling out a tuft of stuffing, but I'm not sure about that.  What do you think?

It's a really simple pattern, suitable for a beginner.  The rabbit is made from a square (good use of a gauge swatch!), and the ears are knitted separately, then sewn on.
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14  freestyle boatneck sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by starlings on: April 03, 2004 09:05:27 AM

I finished this boatneck sweater this week. I had a clear idea of what I wanted, but I just made up the pattern as I went along. The yarn is Lana Gatto's Sestriere, a blend of wool, alpaca and mohair.  It is very soft and light and just a little fuzzy.  

It is knit in the round, but I added a few short rows at the back.

I picked up the sleeve stitches at the armhole and knit the sleeves down, which I'd never tried before.  It's SO much easier than figuring out how to shape the sleeve cap.

The neck, hem and cuffs are faced with blue and olive stripes.  This is what the neck looks like up close:

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15  lapse of judgement bikini in Vintage Craft Projects by starlings on: March 30, 2004 04:39:50 PM


How can such a frumpy bathing suit seem so perverse?
On the other hand, I see that she's developed some impressive stomach muscles doing the frug.
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16  flower slippers in Knitting: Completed Projects by starlings on: March 25, 2004 02:24:15 PM

So these slippers started out simply enough, but by the time I was done I had knitted, felted, sewn, crocheted and emboidered.  

The basic slipper pattern is from Fiber Trends - the ballet/mary jane pattern.  The red yarn is from a huge cone of donegal that I've had for a while.  I test-felted a gauge swatch, but I must have miscalculated the post-felting gauge, because when I felted the slippers they came out way too long. Basically a pair of canoes. I stewed over them for a couple of days before I finally decided to just cut, resize and machine sew them.  Once they had survived that trauma, I thought they deserved some embellishment.
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