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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help my knitting not look like warts? on: August 16, 2006 05:37:59 PM
i'm knitting the high neck lace top from vogue, and the bodice pattern has a little polka-dot style stitch in that they call 'knot stitch'. It goes "k1, p1, k1 into 1st; turn, k3 together" after that, i would turn the work again, and knit that stitch again to continue across the row (i don't know if that was right or if i should have slipped the stitch onto the other needle). see?

anyway, they don't look nice. they look like little warts. they stick out too much and are all knobbly.
i'm definitely ripping it out, but i still like the idea of 'polka dots'. so, i was wondering if anyone knows an alternative stitch that is less knobbly.

i also tried some alternative stitches on the top row. from left to right they are: the stitch as directed;
- k1, p1, k1 into 1st; turn, k3 together; turn, slip stitch onto other needle.
- k1, p1 into 1st; turn, k2tog; turn, slip stitch
- k1, p1 into 1st; turn, k2tog; turn, slip stitch. this one is done twice, and i think it is my favourite...

what do you all think?
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 200g (approx 200 yds) - enough for a scarf? on: July 26, 2006 05:50:40 PM
i bought a skein of sari silk (oo, so last season! Wink ) to make a scarf. question is -do i have enough?
it's about 200g; which i think in sari-silk world translates to about 200 yds and having done a gauge swatch i'd like to knit it on 5.5mm needles in 'stripes' of stocking stitch and garter stitch. am casting on 27 stitches, if that helps your complex maths equations... it's sort of a 'normal' width. not particularly skinny, nor particularly wide.
so pretty much treat it as though i were knitting a worsted weight scarf. how much do you normally use to do that?

oh, and aside - will doing 4 rows of garter be alternating with 4 rows of stocking stitch be enough to prevent the scarf from curling from the stocking stitch?
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for a high-necked, zipper-fronted cardigan? on: July 12, 2006 01:29:14 AM
has anyone seen one floating about? online, preferably.

i found one on knitty, but the smallest size is a bust measurement of 40 inches. my bust measurement is 34 inches.  Embarrassed that discrepancy is a little more than i want (ease be damned. i always knit to my exact bust size...), and ideally i'd like something that's a little more fitted.

i know they must be a fairly common thing, i just can't find one right now  Huh
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / corsets as underwear... help a gal out here on: June 27, 2006 12:17:32 AM
i wear a lot of vintage clothes, and i often find that while they fit round the bust and hips, they're too tight in the waist. conclusion? corset needed.

now, i don't want a corset for external wear. only to wear as underwear.
i'm leaning towards an underbust corset because of the more natural bustline you get. but i'm wondering, can you still wear a bra with an underbust corset/ cincher, or is there nasty chafing involved?

and are cinchers less popular than overbust corsets purely because most people wear their corsets as outwear, or is there some other reason that i'm missing?

oh ye who lace yourselves into a desirable hourglass figure, share your experiences, please.
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / should i use a border print on the retro whirl away/ butterick 4790 pattern? on: June 17, 2006 09:21:13 PM
i'm pretty tempted to buy some vintage border-print fabric to use on this pattern (see the big fat threads here:

border print fabric is like this:

but i could only get enough to the the front,'underneath' part of the dress.
Would it be worth it, do you think to do that and use a contrast fabric for the back and main part of the skirt, or would the cool border print be hidden most of the time?

i can't decide...
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / fair isle, carrying yarn up the side, and casting off on: June 08, 2006 08:39:16 PM
so ive been carrying six yarns up the side of my fair isle sweater (well, it's actually slipstitched, but the yarn is carried the same way as for fairisle. so just imagine that).
i have come to the armpit, and have cast of five stitches at the start of the row as instructed, finished the row, then purled back.

do i need to cut the threads and restart, because of the way the piece now suddenly 'cuts in' in shape, or can i carry them loosely across and up?

if it matters, my gauge is quite small (can't remember exactly what) but those five cast off stitches are maybe a bit under an inch across. i am also about to change colour, if that makes any difference (don't see why it should).

hope that makes sense, and i hope someone can help me out quick - i want to keep knitting!
47  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / getting patterns that aren't available in Australia on: June 06, 2006 10:58:58 PM
 i really, really want the butterick 4790 pattern (the wrap dress - go check the completed projects sewing forum), but my local fabric stores don't have it.
it's happened before that i've wanted something and the pattern just isn't available in australia.

i) anyone know why this happens?

ii) what does anyone else do? it hurts me that americans on this forum are buying the pattern for 99c US on sale, and i'm going to have to pay $13.95 US to get it shipped out!
48  KNITTING / Knitalongs / don't suppose anyone wants to anatolia? on: May 27, 2006 06:28:29 PM
i've been chugging along on knitty's anatolia


and thought i might like some company for what is going to be a very long ride.

anyone elseworking/ wanting to work on this?

i can really recommend it. despite the fine gauge it's interesting to knit, and quite quick because you only end up knitting about 2 out of every 3 stitches Smiley

i'm using baby wool (like sock yarn, but pure superwash wool) in a bunch of brands. i picked out navy, denim, cream, red, baby blue and pink.
and i'm about  halfway through the front.

if anyone else wants in i'll post some Inspiring Photos.
49  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / mexican? central american? on: May 11, 2006 02:08:24 AM
all the talk in the 'explain american food to an aussie' thread has got me craving/ wondering about mexican/ central american foods.
which seem pretty familiar to lots of people here.

now, aside from tacos and chilli con carne, i have never eaten mexican/ central american food. there are two mexican restaurants in my city of 1.2 million people. it's just not a very common cuisine here.
i have no idea what is involved with 'refried beans'.

so, teach me! share your favourite mexican/ central american recipes. an emphasis on cheap ingredients would be nice (I'm a student); and please don't assume can i lay my hands on ready-made sauces, etc. i need recipes from scratch (well, maybe i can find tortillas in the bread section of the supermarket. are you supposed to heat them? or just eat them like pita bread? See how clueless i am!)
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / anatolia help/ suggestions on: April 20, 2006 02:16:27 AM
looking at knitty's anatolia, surpsrisingly, i'm the most inspired i've been in a long time. But:

first up, am i mad to consider knitting a jumper on 3mm needles? i've never used less than worsted weight for anything bigger than gloves.  Undecided i was thinking of trying a 5 ply (um, whatever is lighter doubleknit in that crazy american way of weighting yarns). this is only, like, half as large again, right?

two: where the hell does the yarn come from? i read somewhere that it's actually crochet yarn... any approrpiate (cheap) subs anyone can think of? wool, cotton or a blend. not fussy there.

three: anyone willing to join me on my mad crusade to knit anatolia?
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