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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what if gauge comes out right in stitches, but not in rows? on: November 13, 2008 05:54:35 AM
I have started my first sweater, http://www.modadea.com/patterns/LM0292.htm, in Tweedle Dee by Moda Dea. It's an easy pattern, and I did a gauge swatch and all...but the sleeve was 3 inches too short! the width of the gauge seems to be fine on the finished product, and my gauge swatch seems fine.

What do I do? Will moving up a size in needles mess the whole thing up? I a relatively new knitter (knit for years but recently learned how to increase and decrease and purl) and have only done scarves and afghans before.
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Is there a "tortoiseshell cat" verigated thread out there? on: July 03, 2008 02:01:51 PM
I want to stitch my kitty, Stella, in a chart where the kitty is solid black. She is so motley that I think it would look much better if I used a variegated floss. Any suggestions? Caron's Waterlilies in Black Forest is close, but no blonde. Java is also close but I'd have to cut the purple out and again, no blonde. I want a black with dark brown and blonde (a little) in it.

Would appreciate any and all suggestions! Thanks ever so much!!!
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / what yarn to use? Old pattern on: January 12, 2007 07:27:24 PM
I have a pattern that calls for

American Dawn Wintuk Pompadour Baby yarn, hook size E, 2"=12 sts

Would this be fingering weight or sport weight? Thanks!
14  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCalls 4306. ARG! Not enough fabric! on: October 08, 2006 02:34:35 AM
I posted about this problem in the problem section and have decided not to finish cutting my 4th piece of fabric. Thankfully I'm saving some and the fabric was pretty cheap, but I'm miffed.

I was cutting View D, and for the Contrast #1 and #3 I was short about 3 inches of fabric. Yes, I made sure I was cutting the right size, that I bought the right amount, and that I laid it out correctly. I also double checked that I was cutting for 45" material and that the fabric store hadn't shorted me. Contrast #2 worked fine.

SO, I have emailed McCalls, they will probally tell me that it's my problem, that the pattern is correct, but I have measured and measured and checked and re-checked, but just wanted to give everyone a heads up to either buy more fabric than called for OR avoid this pattern alltogether.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vertical vs. Horizontal Grainline--much difference? Problem with pattern on: October 07, 2006 01:16:05 PM
OK, so I'm a bit miffed. I'm cutting out my fabric for McCalls 4306, view D, and 2 of my bottom 3 strips I don't have enough fabric. I check and re-check that I'm cutting for the right size, the right fabric/pattern layout for my size, and I bought what the pattern called for.

This is a bias cut skirt so the grainline arrow makes the pattern pieces lay diagonally on the fabric. Each strip has 2 pieces. See scan of the instruction page:

So, I fume a bit but then I just cut 2 of each piece, fabric laying right side up. My question is, and yeah I'm going to do it because I've cut already, is will it make much difference? I have cut the 2 pieces with the grainline horizontal on the page, when the instructions have one horizontal and one vertical.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for button down shirts, I don't want to tuck in! on: October 05, 2006 07:32:12 AM
OK, so...I'm not a size 6 and I start a new job on Monday. I want to look nice, get some dressy blouses (probally will hit the goodwill later) and I don't want to tuck them into my skirts. I need advice on how to change a tuck-in hem to one that doesn't look messy untucked--shorten I think I can do, but anyone have any other suggestions?
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Substituting Bernat Galaxy for Lion Romance??? on: September 22, 2006 09:16:36 PM
Hi all. I fell in love with this sweater http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60216A.html and since Big Lots has Bernat Galaxy for $1.00 a skein I wondered if I could substitute. They are both Super Bulky and I'd have to get 16 skeins to equal the yardage, but at that price it's worth it. I just don't want to end up with 16 skeins if I can't do it. I've never substituted yarns before and am nervous!

Do you think I can do it?

Edited: I just went out and splurged--16 skeins of Deep Space, a dark purple with colored bits in it, and I'm going to try. I'm new to sweater making (I'm an afghaner from way back) and this is my first attempt at substituting yarsn.
18  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Caron Sage Ruffles Sweater (with pattern link) on: September 21, 2006 12:44:39 PM

Who would like to have a crochet-along with this Caron Simply Soft sweater? Here is the link to the pattern:


I'm doing it in Off White and I thought it would be a very easy and pretty sweater, perfect for Fall.

Caron makes Simply Soft in 32 solids, 4 varigated colors, 7 tweed colors, 8 Shadow colors (soft striping) and 10 brites (for you adventureous souls out there). I'd be interested in seeing this in different colors.

I've completed about 7 rows so far and it's going well. I'll post pictures when I'm further along.

Who is with me???
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / can you wear boots with a short sleeved top? on: September 17, 2006 06:20:32 AM
I bought some great new boots, scrunchy and heeled. I want to wear them now but it's going to be in the low 70s today. My questions:

A) is it too warm for boots

B) can I wear them with a long skirt and short sleeved T, or would that look stupid?

The boots are brown and not shortie boots but not up to my knees, distressed leather. I was thinking of wearing them with a raspberry colored T and a skirt that is raspberry with little pink and white daisies on it.

What do you think?
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question--what color shirt for this skirt? on: September 13, 2006 09:06:35 PM
Edited to add: I took a picture and it's on page 2 of this thread

OK I can't post a pic because it's upstairs in the closet and hubby is sleeping.

I bought a boho long skirt that is a strange red color. It has orange in it, the color reminds me of tomato soup that has milk in it. Anyway, it has little quarter sized mirrors at the hem and up top near the waistband, and with the mirrors is a fine silver thread stitching. The rest of the skirt has the fabric in tiers, with some very tiny ruffles sewn throughout.

Problem? I've tried it with black, cream and white. None seem to be right

I have looked everywhere for a silver top but they are either too shiny and would make the outfit look gaudy or are heather gray and aren't dressy enough.

Should I just wear it with black or white as they go with everything? Or should I try to find a top that matches this strange color? Or any other suggestions?
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