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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More lace, that vogue shrug, and Naughtiness! on: July 23, 2007 11:25:46 AM
Let's start w/the naughtiness, because it's the most fun! I present to you Felt Up from Naughty Needles:

felt corset front by corbeau64, on Flickr

felt corset back by corbeau64, on Flickr

Done in 3 strands of cascade 220 and size 13 needles. It took 2 days, and really does an effective job of waist-cinching! (And is really hard to get into by yourself....)

Next, the winter 06/07 cover piece, the voge shrug that is impossible to wear, even though it was immensely fun to knit:

vogue shrug front by corbeau64, on Flickr

vogue shrug back by corbeau64, on Flickr

This has since been ripped out and the yarn will be turned into something else. It's Ultra Alpaca, and was on US 7 needles (I knit really loose.)

And last but not least, Lace!:

lace flowers back by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers back by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers front 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers detail 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

lace flowers detail 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

It's the Bobble lace flowers shawl from Heartstrings (knit as a shop sample or I would not have knit this pattern. I hate bobbles.) Done in Ethereal from elegant yarns, and only 1 ball! (1,000yds) on US 2 addi lace needles. I heart the addi lace needles.
2  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!
3  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.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pirate Mittens! on: January 23, 2007 05:44:58 PM
I saw this pattern on helloyarn.com and knew I had to knit it. So here they are:

pirate mittens 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

pirate mittens 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

I neglected to check gauge (of course) so they ended up too small for me, so they're going to charity instead. (I just hope some poor kid doesn't get beat up for his uber-cool mittens!)

Now all I have to do is knit the matching hat!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mariah, Calorimetry, and a little something I made up. on: December 23, 2006 06:40:43 AM
I finished most of these a while ago, and just now got to putting them on flickr.

First, I give you Mariah:

mariah 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

mariah 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr
Knit in Naturally aran 10-ply, in a size way too large for me (not intentionally; I started before I really understood knit sizes vs. regular sizes. By the time I got it, I was working on the hood and there was no way I was ripping back!)

Next, Calorimetry:

calorimetry 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

calorimetry 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr
It's so soft, it's ridiculous. (Elsebeth Lavold Angora in lime green- this is a great yarn for small projects!)

And lastly, a little something I winged:

mittens 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

mittens 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Also in Elsebeth Lavold Angora, lime green and peacock blue.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need a little inspiration.... on: December 20, 2006 06:11:40 AM
... and I know I can always find it here!

So anyway, here's the deal: I work in a yarn store. I also (simultaneously) have my own interior design business. I was out and about yesterday b/c of my latter occupation, and stopped in a competing yarn store in the area. I was not really impressed, but the lady working was helpful and nice to chat with, and they carried Mission Falls 1824 Wool, so I bought 2 balls- one apple green and the other a dark eggplant color.

So my question to all my knitting compatriots is: what the heck do I do with it?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Heavenly Jacket from Oat Couture on: December 15, 2006 06:33:48 AM
I knit this jacket in Rio de la Plata as a shop sample for the YS where I work. I immediately wished I hadn't! While it did turn out extremely well, it was also a far more complicated pattern than I thought it would be, and took an assload of seaming. (The seaming alone took me two days, forget about the two months it took me to knit the thing!)

If you're going to knit this, I highly recomment using a safety pin or split-ring marker to mark the right side of the work while you're doing the charts- it's impossible to tell without it, and don't do it in a variegated yarn, you'll want to shoot yourself.

All that said, here are the photos:

Heavenly Jacket 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Heavenly Jacket 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr

Heavenly Jacket 3 by corbeau64, on Flickr

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Overdyeing dilemmas on: October 09, 2006 06:18:22 AM
I have this skirt that I love, and have worn for years without any substantial repairs or wear. It has however, faded ridiculously, from black to green-gray. So here's my question: what dye do you recommend to take the cotton fabric back to black?

Thanks guys!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Ack! Convertible hair! (hope this is appropriate here...) on: September 17, 2005 03:15:39 PM
I've recently had the extremely great fortune to be gifted (!!!) a 1994 Mustang GT convertible for graduation, and am loving every bit of horsepower that monster engine gives me. I do have a slight problem though... I have 3-foot-long hair, and it doesn't like the convertible as much as I do. (Ow is all I can really say on that account. owowowowow.)

So, the point of this post is, does anyone have methods for dealing w/long hair, a convertible, and yet avoid hat head? The obvious answer does seem to be a braid, I know, but that too whipped around and made it hard to see, a thing that is hard for this short person to do in this car anway.

Apologies if this is posted in the incorrect spot, and thanks in advance for the brilliant ideas!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tabi Socks on: March 24, 2005 07:01:44 PM
Does anyone here have (or know where I can get) a pattern for tabi socks (the split- toed socks traditionally worn in Japan w/ the geta and zori type footwear.)

I know this sounds quite odd, especially since tabe aren't really a knit item traditionally, but I would really appreciate any help/guidance I can get!

Thanks so much,

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