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11  Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL in Knitting: Completed Projects by crabby on: October 12, 2005 10:23:22 AM
Thanks mamaloo for posting the pattern - it was something that I meant to do, but never got around to doing.

I've finished my first attempt at this, but you can tell from the pics that I botched the sizing.

It's cute and all, but I'd like it to at least close over my wee boobies.  It should fit my neice, who is *tiny*. 

I knit 5 inches of ribbing, and just over 15" of mock rib.  I'm tall, so the 15" was a total pipe dream - I was just so sick of mock rib!  And, I cast on for the width of my shoulders (clearly), without adding the extra  4" - DOH!  Idiot!

A few notes about the yarn.  I used Red Heart Super Saver (on sale for $2.25 for like 364 yards) because of this being an experimental pattern.  It was my first time using the Red Heart, and it was scratchy and plasticy (plastic-y?) to knit with.  But!  After washing it, the damn stuff is pretty soft and stretchy.  I am shocked and humbled - I had been such a yarn snob!  I just might keep this stuff in mind for future projects that I need to be machine washable and durable.  Who woulda thunk it?!   Shocked
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12  Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL in Knitting: Completed Projects by crabby on: September 27, 2005 09:46:11 AM
Thanks Julsey!  I ended up taking the gauge for the stockinette and the mock rib (as best I could), and they were pretty close. I split the difference, calculated the stitches for my back width (16") and added a few inches to get wee cap sleeves.  I CO 122 stitches, and was worried the whole time that my long tail would run out (it didn't  Cheesy).  

Here is a progress shot, with 5" of ribbing done - it barely fits on my needles!

Johnny says, "This is so embarrassing.  There better be a treat coming."

I think I'm going to stick with mock rib, but I'd love to see some lace - go for it, princessliak!  

Oh, and P.S. - Red Heart Super Saver sure is cheap, but you get what you pay for.  Scratchy plastic!  I think I took my guilty feelings about stash enhancement too far on this one - should have at least bought Cascade 220...
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13  Re: Blackberry from Knitty KAL in Knitalongs by crabby on: September 23, 2005 01:29:24 PM
Rumminator - fantastic!  I wanted to make my Blackberry that color, but KnitPicks was out of the Cranberry color of Sierra.  So, I ended up with "Coal," which they should just call "Black."  Anyway, the bobbles look great!  I can't wait to try some!

I swatched the Sierra, and my gauge is a tiny bit off.  I used size 13US needles, and am getting 10.5 st/14 rows = 4".  So, I'm just *barely* off from the pattern.  Phooey!  Half a stitch over the width of the back and sides might really screw me up, but I'm at a loss for what to do since my length is good.  Go down a size and knit longer ribbing?  Any ideas?  Here's my swatch (sorry, black is impossible to photograph):

I like the Sierra yarn.  It's softer than 100% wool, and has good loft.  I think it will work out really well for this project.  I also think it would work really well for Teva Durham's Lace Leaf Pullover, which is on my list of sweaters to knit.  Best thing about the Sierra is that 6 balls of it only cost me $26.  Woohoo!  I'll post pics when I start the actual sweater.
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14  Re: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by crabby on: June 28, 2005 03:00:35 PM
princessliak - I did this on my Jordy Bag

(more pictures on my blog, in the FO - Sewing photo gallery).  It does help to give the bag some structure.  I did this step last.  I pinched the sides togther and sewed them up.  It was a bit nerve wracking, but I really like the way it turned out.  Once you get to the end of making your bag, this step will become obvious (sorry - that's really not very helpful of me!).  Post your results!
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15  Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN) in Knitting: Completed Projects by crabby on: June 17, 2005 03:49:52 PM
Finally!  I'm done!  Here she is:

I used Caron Wintuk in Baby Pink.  I got the same gauge as the pattern, so I CO for a M with size 10.5 needles. I did seven repeats of the lace pattern, and it measures 9" from the decrease rows to the tip of the lace.  For the decrease rows, I decreased every 13 stitches instead of following the pattern (every 9).  I bound off using the regular method. For the top part of the boob area, I followed Jessica's method and purled for one row to make the flip smooth. The yarn is very soft, and it's machine washable (bonus!), but I think when I make the next one I'll use a "finer" yarn - this one doesn't show off the lace very well.  I used a chocolate brown ribbon.

Thanks again to Christine for this fantastic pattern!  And - look how sunny it is in Seattle today!  Huzzah!
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16  Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along in Knitalongs by crabby on: May 03, 2005 07:30:10 PM
Hey all!  I've been stalking this KAL, and now I finally have something to post - a WIP!

I'm making this as a gift for my mom, who is <conveniently> allergic to all wools.  In a fit of indecision about which cotton yarn to sub, I chose Rowan Cotton Glace.  It's pretty yarn, and soft, but may have been a poor choice for lace knitting.  Well, live and learn, so I am forging on ahead anyway!  If it totally sucks, I'll knit her another one, and being a mom, she will love them both.  Here's what I've got so far:
There is a glaring error at the end of the first repeat row, but I'm hoping that it will blend in when the scarf is in action.  The cotton does not show the lace very well at all, but I'm still really enjoying the pattern and am hopeful that the finished product will look okay.
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17  Re: Newsboy Cap in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by crabby on: May 03, 2005 07:18:53 PM
I love your hat graciepetunia!  I just finished my first newsboy, and I already started another!  Cheesy  I used some "experimental" yarn that I dyed with Kool-Aid, knowing that the colors may do weird things.  Observe:

The color pools on the straight rows, but forms stripes on the brim, the ribs, and the decrease rows.  Oh well - it was cheap, it was fun, and it was great practice for the next one (which is in this kick-ass tweed yarn that is perfect for the style of this hat).  Yeah!

Emily - post pics when you're done!
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18  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by crabby on: April 21, 2005 09:33:55 AM
I made the hank very big so that it would be self striping. The yarn is Kitten mohair. I wasn't sure if it would dye, because it's 50% acrylic and 50% wool-mohair. It worked, but it's light. It came out sort of pastel.
Wow!  I love the self-striping effect!  I'm going to try that next time.  

Here is a photo of my finished product from last weekend:
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19  Re: YARN DYEING 101 - KOOL AID in Dyeing: Completed Projects by crabby on: April 14, 2005 05:49:07 PM
Guessica - I love how all of your yarn came out!  I tried the yarn dyeing today, and had a great time with it.  My supermarket only had six flavors of Kool-Aid to choose from, but I made due with what I had.  

This is Wool of the Andes, from Knit Picks - I highly recommend it for beginners (like me).  It's cheap and takes up the colors really well.  I can't wait for the yarn to dry so that I can see what the colors look like all together in a skein and a swatch!

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20  Re: My So Called Scarf & Cross-Hat-ch in Knitalongs by crabby on: April 04, 2005 05:44:41 PM
No time to comment (see my blog), but here is a photo of Cross-Hat-ch!

Love love love it!
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