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31  Re: Kimono Wrap Style Sweater - aka The Neverending Search in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SylvChezPlum on: June 04, 2007 06:04:11 AM
this is the one I was talking about :

it's in the "special twenty", printemps t 2006 from Phildar.

it''s in french but I've heard they now do some books in english ..?

I like the sleeves (although I don't know how practical they'd be..) and also that it's knit on 7 mm needles (somewhere between US 10 1/2 and US11), that'd be a quick knit...   Wink
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32  Any empty needles to test a cardi pattern ? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SylvChezPlum on: June 02, 2007 01:29:01 PM
Hi, once again I turn to my fellow Crafsterites and I hope it's ok to do that with all the new (good) rules..

I'm looking for a couple more testers for my Plumetis cardi, ideally in the larger sizes (M to XL).

Theres going to be 5 sizes, S, XS, M, L and XL (Bust 30/32, 34/36, 38/40, 42/44, 46/48 inches (76/81, 86/91, 96/101, 106/111, 117/122 cm)) and the original yarn is Gedifra Wellness, Gauge 18 stitches and 25 rows to 4/10cm over stockinette st. on US 8 (5mm) needles.

For more details you can look at my blog (in signature).. leave me a comment or PM me ... Thanks !!

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33  Pattern testers/proofreaders for mittenettes in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SylvChezPlum on: January 31, 2007 11:55:39 AM
So Ive just finished editing the pattern for my Cactus Mittenettes, and although I've already used this pattern tons and have already corrected many mistakes, typos ect  Id love to find a couple people willing to test the pattern again to get their feedback & catch any leftover typo plus tell me about any incorrect writing (english being not my native language )

The pattern includes instructions both for Malabrigo Merino worsted or Handpaintedyarns Colonia 140″, but you'd be free to use whatever yarn matches  either gauge options.
Only 85 m of yarn needed .. a real stashbuster !! Knit flat for the most part, youll only have to deal with dpn for 8 little rounds for the thumbs.
Believe me theyre quick to knit !!

Please PM me if you're interested.. or leave a comment on my Blog.  Ideally I'd like very quick feedback...   Tongue
Thanks !


EDIT: HUGE Thanks to all the people who offered to help, I've now found enough testers... You guys Rock !!  Grin Kiss
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34  Re: Kureyon beret and colonia mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: January 05, 2007 05:32:18 AM
Thanks, yes that's exactly what I did, and to me they look all right enough.
I mean sure they'd look more perfect knit in the round but really can't be bothered. It's already hard enough to take the time to knit, I know I'd be discouraged in advance if I were to do them on dpns.
I don't find the seam bumpy, it's just the pattern doesn't look as neat there as on the rest of the mitt. But then it's located at a place people don't usually look at, so I figure I'm the only one noticing they're not "perfect"..  Wink

Anyway, your reply re-motivated me and i finished the first malabrigo mitt (had only the thumb and seam to finish, a matter of maybe 15 mn..  Tongue ) and I just took a pic so you can see. Top and bottom, with seam on lower edge of second pic..

And yes of course I love knitting with the Malabrigo !! Oh so soft, and the color change is so pretty !

I'd love to see your mittens too..!

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35  Kureyon beret and colonia mitts in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: January 04, 2007 05:52:10 AM
Those were Xmas presnets for my SIL and MIL. I like to knit/crochet stuff for them, although I'm usually always late (my SIL got only ONE mitt in her stockings..  Undecided  )
Anyhow, here's the beret, made after a pattern published in Marie Claire Idees (that's a french mag). I thought I'd be ok with only one skein of Kureyon, but Ha ! .. Had to order more so it took much longer than it should have. (modeled here by my girl..)

And then here are my fingerless mittens, kind of assorted to a cardi I'm knitting as well. I loved making them, actually made a second pair with the same yarn (colonia 140), and then started a third one with some Malabrigo... So quick to make too. (I knit them flat, then sew them, so much faster in my book than having to juggle with dpns..)

(nb: please don't ask why one pic is larger than the other..resized them the same, and yet.. Ha the great mysteries of computing ! and no time to invetigate that now..)

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36  Finished 2 Cold Shoulders Capelets for SILs in Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller by SylvChezPlum on: January 04, 2007 05:39:53 AM
So I decided to make a capelet for one of my SILs, and the second one was to get a pair mittens. But upon seing it, she asked for a capelet as well... So I made two ! Good it's such an easy and quick pattern, and that I had the same yarn in a lighter shade in the stash..

Anyway, here''s the first capelet modeled by my girl (along with the beret for my MIL). Would you believe I had to bribe her (with a sweet) to take those pics ? !! And then afterwards she asked for more pics... to get more sweets..!!   Grin    Then worn by the recipient, #1 SIL

And then here's the second capelet, just before I added the pompoms (I tried to take more pics after but please don't even ask for them !!  )

As for the specs, I added one shell pattern row for the first capelet, and  two repeats for the second one. Same size hook (actually had to buy a new hook after my plastic one broke after row 4 of first capelet... Ha !)
The yarn was recycled from an ugly frumpy huge coat. I believe it looks sooo much better now !! Grin

I loved this pattern, plus it was my first try doing shells/any sort of lacy crochet. But I just love the book, really I'd recommend it to anyone.
Only thing is there was so many ends to weave in at the end... So I thought I'd be clever for the second capelet and start right away by the top of the collar and do it all at once.. (decrease and then re-increase)/ But Alas, there WAS a reason to do it so: the foundation chain was too tight to achieve the right final look so I ripped it all and started again, just following the pattern.

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37  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by SylvChezPlum on: November 13, 2006 08:13:24 AM
I finally finished the body of my SKB ! I love it, but I expected it to be a bit larger. Maybe if I knit a second one Ill go for the medium size ;-)
Ive only added one set of increases for the bust and knit about 5 rows extra if I remember well. Glad I did too, or it would be even shorter. Gauge was good when I swatched, Ill have to look at it now..
I knit the top (flat) on 4 mm, and then I switched to 4.5 mm after joining to compensate for my tighter knit rounds. For the lace section I just went down one size to 3.5 mm.

Now, next step is probably the sleeves, I dont feel brave enough to pick up all those neck stitches yet. Still wondering if Ill do plain sleeves or leave with the original lace section. Anybody did their sleeves in st st and have pictues ? Aurelia615, did you do any progress on yours ?

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38  handpaintedyarn.com, white undyed spots : normal ? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by SylvChezPlum on: October 26, 2006 06:14:13 AM

 I bought off another girl on Destash those 5 skeins of bulky Merino from http://handpaintedyarn.com. I do love that Cuarenta colourway, and the yarn IS very soft, but what about the big white undyed spots ?

Anybody bought yarn from them, did you have the same white spots ? Is that considered normal and to be expected with their yarn ? And what should I do now, try and Kook-aid the white spots, or just leave it as is and hope it doesnt show too much..?
I emailed them and still havent heard back. Id love to hear about other peoples experience with them


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39  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by SylvChezPlum on: October 24, 2006 05:57:49 AM
Finally received my new circulars the other day and thus got back to knitting on my SKB. Ive just finished on the lace section, and just need one more purl ridge before starting on the hip shaping. Cant wait to try it on again..!! :-P
I changed the lace pattern for my usual Isabeau lace tho. Im so used to it I dont even have to think, plus I didnt like the original one that much..

Sory for the ugly lifeline, I just don't want to take it out yet. Just in case, you know..  Tongue

I'm seriously debating omitting the lace on the sleeves all together, adding a set of purl ridges to where they are and calling it good. We'll see when I get there.

Kind of thinking the same, don't think I want the lace panel on the sleeves, but not too sure how it'll look without.

aurelia615, I'd love to see a pic with the sleeves if you have time ...? Tongue  (the color you chose looks fantastic btw !!)

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40  pattern testers, anyone ? Small project. in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by SylvChezPlum on: September 12, 2006 05:35:54 AM
Hi all, just wondering if anybody would be interested in testing the pattern for one of those little guys (ideally 3 testers, one for each).

In return, obviously you'll have the final pattern, plus a pattern of your choice from chezPlum.
send me a PM if you're keen. Ideally I'd like feedback .. this week (I said ideally!!). They're pretty quick to make. And I don't care what kind of yarn you use, just want to find out typos and such stuff if there are any.

Thanks !


EDITED TO ADD: I've now got 3 testers, thanks all for your help !! As usual, crafsters rock !! Grin

And ... still looking for a name btw, if you have suggestions, leave a comment on my blog ... I'll be giving away patterns/stitchmarkers to people helping me find a cool one...
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