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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanted: Pattern for Chunky Shrug / Bolero on: October 19, 2005 06:50:46 AM
shrug pattern generator:


She's got other info on the site - very helpful.

Good luck w/your shrug!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Opinions on Knit Picks Wool of the Andes on: August 03, 2005 02:12:13 PM
The Encore DK isn't heavy enough for Cleaves.  It's also not soft enough due to all that acrylic.  It also tends to be split easily. 

Cleaves really needs an aran/almost bulky yarn to knit up properly.  Take a look at the 6 ply merino from handpaintedyarns.com.  It's the right weight for Cleaves and it feels like cashmere.  Just be aware that the colors are really intense (if it looks just orange-ish on the monitor, it'll be neon orange in person).

I'm not a big fan of KnitPicks yarns.  The price is right, but the quality trade-off is more than I'm willing to accept.  Try Elann.com's Peruvian Collection Highland ($2.25 for 109 yards).  Also, in the same weight, Plymouth Galway (100% wool) might be a good alternative, but it's a bit more expensive.  Elann is also currently selling a stretch merino (Schoeller & Stahl) that knits up to a lovely, soft, spongy fabric.  It's stretchy, so getting gauge might take a bit of doing if you're fairly new to knitting.   BTW, all of these are just a tad light for Cleaves.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting patterns in Chinese? on: July 28, 2005 03:54:46 PM
drop a note to: http://yscmama.typepad.com/little_purl/

she lives in Hong Kong and might be able to point you in the right direction
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: rowan 37 elspeth on: July 20, 2005 08:44:47 AM
Chart sent.  Let me know if you haven't received it.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: where nerds collide on: July 19, 2005 06:49:31 AM
Instructions (and all the math):  http://www.math.cornell.edu/~dwh/papers/crochet/crochet.html

love the opening quote:

For God's sake, please give it up. Fear it no less than the sensual passion, because it, too, may take up all your time and deprive you of your health, peace of mind and happiness in life.

 - Wolfgang Bolyai urging his son Jnos Bolyai to give up work on hyperbolic geometry.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: rowan 37 elspeth on: July 19, 2005 05:57:27 AM
I just rechecked the instructions.  If you're on row 3, there are no unpaired yo's.  So, if you're certain that you didn't accidentally add a stitch somewhere in the knitting, then the cast on row had an extra stitch.   Was it a long tail cast-on?  It's very easy to forget to count that starting twist onto the needle (speaking from aggravated experience).

Drop me a note w/your e-mail address, I'll send you what I have so far on Excel for this project.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reproducing a Purse on: July 18, 2005 05:58:07 AM
Love the variations on this purse! 

Just one suggestion for everyone who's having problems with the ruffle - when you knit the ruffle, make sure you increase to at least 3, preferably 4x the number of original stitches over one or two rows.  That fast, almost explosive, increase will result in nice deep frills.  Knitting a flat piece, then gathering will create too much bulk.  Merely doubling the number of stitches won't do it either.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mariah sweater from Knitty...who's made it? on: July 18, 2005 05:52:12 AM
I was on the verge of starting this one until I googled it and found that many knitters had had problems with the fit.  There were many complaints about the hood bunching and the back not quite fitting properly, causing a humpback effect.  Knitty is a terrific resource, but sometimes the designers aren't experienced enough to translate a project to paper and/or to correctly calculate other sizes for a project - which is what I think the problem is here.

You can find posts about Mariah at knitty's own Cafe (the forum).  There's also a knit-along on Yahoo.

Instead of Mariah, I made Rogue   http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.php

Instructions for a zip front version are included in the pattern.  It's $6 but the instructions (18 pages) are the best I've come across in almost three decades of knitting and I include Alice Starmore's work in that comparison.

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: rowan 37 elspeth on: July 18, 2005 05:40:51 AM
I'm on the second front side.  It's a fast project, once you get the hang of the lace pattern. 

When you work the lace pattern, you must pair every yarn over with a k2t/ssk or p2t/p2b, otherwise you'll end up w/extra stitches.  If you can't do a pair, just knit through.  This means that you will need to do some advance planning when beginning a motif.  Will you be able to carry it through to the end on all four rows?  If not, just skip the motif and knit through.  Otherwise, you'll end up with occassional odd holes at the edges where you were only able to do one or two rows of the motif.

It also helps to chart this on Excel.  The increases/decreases for the sides can get very confusing.

Some knitters call this one Hellspeth.  Google around, you'll find rants about this pattern.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: help with maryella on: July 17, 2005 10:27:12 AM

Angelika has this size in Addi.  I get all my funky size needles from her.   
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