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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh!, the FO's! on: May 22, 2007 07:25:10 AM
Oh WOW! I love the wrap, Its beautiful.

Could you tell me where I could get a button/clasp like the one you have in your flicker? Its gorgeous!

Actually, that's a jewellry clasp I sewed on. I got it at hobby lobby, they come 2 to a package, in a few finishes and are pretty damn cheap, too ($1.99 for a pack of 2).
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh!, the FO's! on: May 14, 2007 01:51:14 PM
Wow... I'm so impressed by the Estonian garden shawl! It's gorgeous! I keep wanting to make one but being scared off by the nupps, so I'm excited to see such a beautiful FO!

I didn't do the nupps! I tried to and then f###ed up fantastically and had to pick back 7 rows (word to the wise, lifelines!)

i loveyour cardigan for arwen! I want to make it but everything keeps getting in the way!

What yarn did you use?

I used berrocco's ultra alpaca, 5 skeins for the 2nd size.

These are all lovely, but I think my favorite is the red cardigan (with the GORGEOUS brooch/pin) that I found in your flicker slideshow. Where did you get that pattern? Do you have a blog, so I can read about the fabulousness?


Why thank you! I used a knitting pure and simple pattern, # 241. And I don't have a blog. Any suggestions as to a good (and easy to use) blog site?
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh!, the FO's! on: May 11, 2007 06:54:28 AM
I've found that the US post office is very  understanding of yarny packages! (The store where I work does a fair bit of mail order, so I send yarn USPS all the time!)
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oh!, the FO's! on: May 10, 2007 07:29:49 PM
The cardigan is from the winter 06 Interweave knits, and I know I've seen at least one other person make it on this forum! (It was also ultra alpaca, the fennel color I think)

I do work in a yarn store, constantly surrounded by temptation! (Who am I kidding, I love every will-testing minute of it!)

I shall work on getting the pattern up in a few days- my next day off is Mon, so probably then.

And thank you all! I have such wonderful fun with the color selections, but I can't take credit for the color of the wrap, even if I do really love it! I'll be sure to post color #s when I post the pattern.

Oh, and the lace wrap is the Estonian Garden Wrap from Fiber Trends, # S-2009 (Your LYS will appreciate the pattern number, trust me!)
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Oh!, the FO's! **Now w/fern pattern!** on: May 10, 2007 06:34:27 AM
 Yep, quite a few fo's to share with you!

Let's start with some lovely lace:

estonian garden wrap 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

estonian garden wrap 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Finally done, after nearly a year of working on it! Done in a mystery yarn, thanks to  yarnivorous and the "Whose lace is it anyway?" Swap.

Onto some sweaters:

First, a cardigan for Arwen:

arwen 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

arwen 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Done in Ultra Alpaca turquoise mix, without any mods.Turned out rather nicely, I think.

And last, but not least, my own design:

fern 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

fern 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Done in a very bright blue Silky Wool, with a lace inset on the sleeves. Done completely in the round (thank you, Elizabeth Zimmerman) and meant to be worn off the shoulder. Alas, the manakin has no arms, so no real shoulders, so it looks a little funky.
I will be happy to do a quick pattern write up, if anybody is interested.

Here's the pattern!:

Sizes ( around chest): 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 (I will be happy to add more sizes if needed)

Gauge: 6spi and 8 rpi on US 5

Yarn: 4 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (I might get an insurance ball if making one of the larger sizes, just to be safe) (Silky Wool is a dk weight, if you wish to substitute.)

Needles: US 4 and 5 24 circs and dpns (or size to obtain gauge)

CO 186 (198, 210, 222, 234, 246) st on smaller circ, work 10 rounds in 2X2 ribbing, placing a marker at the beginning of the round and at the halfway point of the round. Switch to larger needles and stockinette, working even for 5 (more or less according to taste- these directions will give you more of a tunic length)

Waist Shaping: (This is by no means a required step- if you prefer a slightly looser fit, just work straight right on up to the underarms)Work a Decrease round: k5, k2tog, k to 7 st before marker, ssk, k5. Repeat on next half of round. K 6 rounds even. Repeat, decreasing on the 7th row 3 more times. Work one more decrease round, work 8 rounds even, and then mirror your increases back up to the original # of stitches. (Use an m1 or lifted increase)

Continuing the body:
Work even in stockinette to underarms (trying it on is helpful!)

Divide for sleeves:
Place 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) st on either side of markers on holder for the underarm ( 14( 16, 16, 18, 18, 20) stitches at each underarm). Place front and back stitches on separate holders.

Sleeves: (make 2) (lace pattern is at the end of the pattern- sorry its not a chart)
On smaller dpns, CO 46(50, 52, 56, 58, 62) st. Work 10 rounds of 2x2 ribbing.  Switch to larger dpns, and knit 13(15, 16, 18, 19, 21) st from beginning of round, pm and work row 1 of staggered fern lace pattern, pm, work to end. Continue in pattern, increasing 2 st every 5th round 6 times. Work even in pattern to desired length.
When desired length, place same # of st as held for the underarm on a holder (opposite the lace motif, of course)

Join for Yoke:
Matching st held for underarms, place all st (except the underarm st) on one needle, placing markers between sleeve and body stitches all around. Make sure one is a different color for the beginning of the round; it doesnt really matter which. Work even in pattern for 1. Begin the raglan decreasing: Dec 1 st at either side of markers every other round.

Continue in this manner until the yoke is desired length, ending on row 10 of chart.  How long to make the yoke is entirely a matter of taste; the original is pretty low, but it would be easy to add length, and therefore more coverage.Switch to smaller needles, work 10 rounds of 2x2 ribbing, and bind off (loosely!).
Weave in ends, kitchener stitch the underarms, and wear proudly!23

Staggered Fern Lace Panel: (20st)

Round 1: p2, k9, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1-k2tog- psso, p2
Round 2 (and all even rounds): k all st
Round 3: p2, k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl1-k2tog-psso, p2
Round 5: p2, k3tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, p2
Round 7: p2, k3tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k9, p2
Round 9: p2, k3tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k10, p2
Round 11: p2, k3tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k4, sl1-k2tog-psso, p2

Pattern notes:
1. This was designed w/negative ease for a form-fit and so blocking wouldn't be essential to show off the lace pattern.
2. Many thanks to EZ and knitting w/out tears.

If you have questions, e-mail me at corbeau64@yahoo.com

OH! And be sure to share pics of finished peices! I've never had anybody else make something from my patterns before, so I really want to see!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Who scarf! on: February 20, 2007 06:37:02 AM
Oh, my knitting gods! The miles and miles and miles of garter stitch! How did you not die of boredom!

(In other words, you are a far better knitter and friend than I. I'd take one look at all that garter st, and run away screaming!)
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: In which I discovered top-down knitting and sewn scarves. on: February 12, 2007 08:51:42 PM
Here's hoping all the links are fixed now! Thanks all for the compliments!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: In which I discovered top-down knitting and sewn scarves. on: February 11, 2007 01:34:12 PM
Thank you all very much! I love the color too- I was helping unpack the bag sale stuff at the LYS where I work, and promptly hid this bag for myself! (The benefits of working at a LYS are many, first dibs is the best among them!)

I don't mind sewing so much, I just hated making this scarf. A couple of the yarns (Cubik from FFF and Ombre from Laines du Nord in particular) kept getting drawn down into the bobbin chamber and jamming it up. Luckily at this retreat there were more than a few quilters who helped me figure out that I needed to raise the presser foot a bit and that wouldn't happen (as much). I do love my new machine, and I can make purses like nobody's business, but I'm still working on making acceptable garments. I'll get there.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / In which I discovered top-down knitting and sewn scarves. on: February 10, 2007 06:08:34 PM
I must say I love top-down sweaters. Here's why:

bell cardigan by corbeau64, on Flickr

I finished it in 2 weeks, even with my usual ADD knitting style (where I work on something else for a while and flit back and forth between my 9,000 projects, which could explain why I don't really finish things, but that's beside the point!)

Also, there's this:

cardigan clasp by corbeau64, on Flickr

The pattern called for an ugly garter stitch tie around the neckline, so I used this instead. (It's from the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby.)

And then there's the sewn sulky-paper scarf:

sewn scarf by corbeau64, on Flickr

It was the 2nd thing I did on my new sewing maching and I wanted to toss both it and the brand spankin' new Singer out the window which screaming obscenities (which would not have been appropriate considering I was attending a retreat in convent at the time.)

Oh, the pattern is from knitting pure and simple, # 241, and I used Naturalle Tussock DK, in case anyone wanted to know.
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate Mittens! on: January 24, 2007 06:13:48 AM
I work in a knit shop, and the owners adopted their kids from Khazakhstan, and decided to do what they do best for the kids they couldn't adopt: knit. And they recruited others to do it, too. And since I can't wear these mittens (and know noone here to who can) might as well send them to someone who can get some really good use out of them (I'm told they'll be shared between the kids and passed down for years- which makes me very happy!)

Thanks for the compliment on the technique! It took a little to get into the swing of it, but I eventually evened out. It helps that I've had the great good fortune to take a color-stranding class w/ Anna Zilbourg- they wouldn't look near as nice if I hadn't!

I have resolved to try again on bigger yarn and needles (and swatch this time!), and hopefully they'll fit. Or I'll just get distracted by some yargyle sock.
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