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1  Re: SnB Bikini in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by meexie on: July 16, 2004 08:43:14 PM
I spent two evenings watching movies and knitting the bikini top (I'm not going to make the bottoms; I wear board shorts to the beach).  I did the intarsia for the left cup, but since I used mercerized cotton instead of the stretchy boucle yarn the pattern calls for, I think I should have done duplicate stitch instead.  My gauge is smaller than the patterns, so I did a swatch and figured out that the D cup size should hold my C's, and it does, although it still feels a bit small.  It's smaller than my tan line, and I feel a little exposed up top, but it's not a big problem.  I'm not thrilled with the crocheted ties; since I haven't woven all the ends in and still have some yarn left, I might undo the ties and use 3 st i-cord instead, which would be easier to get one and off, although that might not be a good thing while swimming.  I like the top enough so that I'm already planning out my second one, this time using a star instead of a heart.

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2  Re: Help...Fishtail stitch II??? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by meexie on: July 08, 2004 04:12:04 PM
Here's my swatch!  CO 20 stitches with sportweight yarn on US 5 needles, followed melidomi's rewritten pattern.  I think this would look more like the swatch in your book if you used larger needles. 

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3  Re: Sassy Magazine "Making It" in Vintage Craft Projects by meexie on: July 08, 2004 03:23:24 PM
The most recent issue that I have with a "Making It" project is the Dec. 93 Reader Produced Issue (actually two projects, one a matching hat and shirt from a turtleneck [shown below], the other a pair of huge suspender pants).  The rest range from 1988 - 1991.  I have a June 95 and Sept 95, and I must have been getting them at a really cheap subscription rate 'cause they are in really good condition, unlike the older ones which have been heavily handled.

The requests I've gotten for this scan are usually interested in just the hat (which is really just a rectangle; the "ears" are the corners that pop up when you put it on), so here are the instructions:
by betony
using the neck cut from the turtleneck [see "the shirt", below],
"step one: using the seam ripper, rip seam from the bottom of the collar.
step two: Now unfold the collar to make one long tube.  Turn it inside out.
step three: on one end of tube, pin raw edges together.  Sew straight across.
step four: Pin the other end 1/2 inch all the way around and hem."
a very dark or very light turtleneck
bleach or Rit dye in color of your choice
thread to match turtleneck's original color
sewing machine
seam ripper
step one: dye or bleach the turtleneck.
step two: cut neck off shirt 1/2" below the seam.  Save, as it's future incarnation will be the hat.
step three: turn shirt inside out.  Tuck in raw edge of neck 1/2", pin all around.
step four: hem the neckline using the zigzag setting of the sewing machine.  Don't get discouraged if it looks a little uneven.  The messiness will look cool on the final product.
step five: this is optional.  If you desire short sleeves, cut the existing sleeves off an inch below your desired length.  Hem 1/2" all around, using the zigzag setting.

Crinkle up the shirt before the dyeing process to achieve a slightly tie-dyed/hand-dyed look.  Get matching patches for the shirt and hat.  Using acrylic or fabric paint, add a phrase or symbol of your choosing.  I recommend using masking tape to ensure that the lettering doesn't get messy."
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4  Re: How to keep scarf from curling...read on please in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by meexie on: June 25, 2004 06:29:00 PM
It's the structure of stockinette (k one row, p one row) that causes it to curl, so you can block it to make it curl less, but you won't be able to stop it completely without a border (like the garter or seed stitch borders recommended above). 

I've made scarves with k1p1 rib, and they have that smooth knit-only looking surface that you want (photo of one of them below).  You can only tell that it's rib if you stretch it widthwise and you knit.  If you look at machine-knit scarves, they are usually done in k1p1 rib.  The ends tend to flare, so I start and finish the scarves on needles 1 or 2 sizes smaller to prevent that from happening, and I slip the first stitch of every row to keep the edges looking neat and smooth.  k1p1 rib will be thicker than stockinette, so you might want to use a thinner yarn than you normally would.  The example below was done with a chunky wool.
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5  What is this? Loom? in Discussion and Questions by meexie on: June 13, 2004 12:52:05 AM
We have no idea how this got into the house.  Found while cleaning, neatly boxed and a little dusty.  No instruction manual, label, etc.  I'm guessing it's a loop loom?  Looks a teensy bit fancier than a standard potholder loom...
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6  Re: Lace fingerless glove (pattern + instructions) in Knitting: Completed Projects by meexie on: May 27, 2004 02:54:06 PM
This is the second version, almost complete, done in a chunky yarn on bigger needles.  It's a cotton that doesn't stretch much, so I probably won't make another one with it. 
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7  Re: Fiesta Tea Set teacup (Interweave Knits) in Knitting: Completed Projects by meexie on: May 27, 2004 01:50:16 PM
I made a coffee mug based on the teacup pattern.  I used Pakucho organic cotton yarn, which is closer to worsted weight, and US size 5 dpns.  The handle is 5 stitch i-cord.  I wasn't planning on it, but it's the perfect size for a soda can, which is what I used to dry it on after washing.

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8  Lace fingerless glove (pattern + instructions) in Knitting: Completed Projects by meexie on: May 15, 2004 03:39:11 PM
Knitted with two strands of laceweight merino held together in Barbara Walker's Rick Rib.  Sorta 80's.  It's way too hot here to wear it right now!  I knitted this to submit to Knitty - the editor responded with "very creative but not 'Knitty'" - to be fair, since it was for the "Sex and the Knitty" issue, there was a pouf of eyelash yarn on the palm, which could look tacky; the upside  is the pattern is written out all nice and neat.
(this post has been edited to clarify submission situation)

Fingerless Lace Glove

S [M,L,XL]
Hand (stretched): 5.5 [6,6.5,7.5,8] inches
Length: (stretched) 7

[MC] Skacel Merino Lace [100% fine merino wool, shrink resistant; 1375yds/m per 100g skein]
color: black; 1 skein [this project uses less than 10g of yarn]
1 set US #2/2.75mm straight needles
28sts/34 rows = 4 in rick rib, unstretched
Glove is worked with two strands of MC held together.
wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front
Using MC and US#2 needles, CO 30 [32, 34, 38, 40] sts. 
Rows 1-4: work 1x1 ribbing (*k1, p1*)
Row 5: k1, *yo, sl 1 wyib, k1, psso; rep from *, end k1
Row 6: p1, *yo, sl 1 wyif, p1, psso, rep fr *, end p1
Rows 7 68: repeat rows 5 6
Row 69: *k2, p2* for four rows.  Bind off very, very loosely.

Glove: Wash and gently block (dont pin it out); fabric will relax and expand.  When dry, fold in half so that 1x1 ribbing is at the top and 2x2 ribbing is at the bottom.  Sew 2seam at the top (ribbing + 7 pattern repeats), 3.25 at bottom (ribbing + 11 pattern repeats). Weave in all ends.
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9  Re:Crocheted sushi instructions?? in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by meexie on: April 27, 2004 03:00:33 PM
The tp cover pattern is going to be published in Crochet Me sometime this week.  I never posted a detailed pattern for it on GetCrafty (or at least I don't think I did...), but I did post photos in the Shiny Crafty People albums.

It's a combination crochet/knit pattern.  The Crochet Me pattern will have instructions for entirely crocheted and partially crocheted; if anyone is looking for entirely knitted, PM me and I'll send you instructions.  

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10  Re:Knitted 40oz cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by meexie on: March 13, 2004 08:50:30 PM
*edited to add:* Row 13 should read *k6, k into front and back of next stitch*

There is a book called Knitting Pretty that has a beer cozy pattern.  Haven't seen it though...I have been working on a can sized cozy pattern with a base, current prototype shown here.  Ignore the lumpy bit at the top (it's experimental, not a tumor) and the ladder running up the side (didn't pull the first stitch on the needle tight enough).  I used Debbie Bliss cotton dk but I think this is better done in worsted weight wool.  I'm still messing with the pattern.  

CAN COZY w/ built-in coaster
size 4/3.5mm dpns
5 sts/10 rows = 1"
CO 9, divide evenly among 3 needles
Row 1) k all
Row 2) *yo, k1* = 18 sts
Rows 3-5) k all
Row 6) *yo, k1* = 36 sts
Rows 7 - 11) k all
Row 12) *yo, k2tog*
Row 13) *k6, k into front and back of next stitch*
Rows 14-30) k all
Bind off.  Finish base: Using a tapestry needle, weave tail through the center of the base and pull  so the hole in the middle shrinks.  Weave in ends.  

If you want a cozy without a base, you could modify a wristband pattern so it would measure about 8" around.
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