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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Cleaves? on: May 23, 2005 05:38:39 AM
here's an ELANN pattern (free at the website) which resembles knitty. maybe it'd be more practical for larger-busted ladies?

12  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: To dye for on: May 23, 2005 05:11:01 AM
i'm making this sweater, too, though i haven't touched it for a few weeks. i've only made the first 5 or 6 inches with a store-bought mohair (i didn't dye it myself, either). my complaint is that mohair is a pain in the butt if you have to rip back a row or more. those end stitches get so knotty, you really just have to knit perfectly and pay attention with the yarn i'm using. i think acrylic might be ok, if it hangs nicely and is somewhat airy. mohair's pretty fuzzy, so it's hard to notice if you drop a stitch or accidentally add one!!!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: mother's day loopy velez on: May 06, 2005 01:43:53 PM
glad to see pictures of the finished creation! i just bought some yarn today for the loopy velez cowl. it's royal blue and supersoft. i hope mine turns out as nice as yours. and i hope these loopy things aren't too frustrating for me Smiley
14  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: My Alien(s) on: April 03, 2005 02:54:12 PM
i'm doing the classical lime green/black colors, but my edging looks terrible. i don't think i'm twisting the yarns together at ever color alteration. however, i'm loving this whole shadow knitting illusion effect, and i'm glad to see you've tried it in other colors. i thought hot pink or some other fluorescent color would be a nice contrast. i hate reading the chart. i actually wrote it out line for line (k12, p4, k8, p6, k12...), because i only like reading it right to left for each line. that's just the way i started doing it and now i'm stuck on it, and it turns out right, so i guess it's an okay alternative way to read them.

i'm worried about my curling, too. i think it's not totally synthetic material, so i might be able to do some acute blocking. gotta check on that for sure, though. if you haven't been to the stitch&bitch forum (via debbie stoller's bust website), then you can also see postings of other peoples' alien illusion scarf results.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lion Brand Homespun Cape - Help!!! on: April 03, 2005 02:49:39 PM

yes, i, too, have these ugly puckers under the front shoulder area. i assumed that was the give area for the shoulder angles, but they look hideous. i'll try rotating it some more and trying the cape from different angles, but this is totally not the result i was expecting.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lion Brand Homespun Cape - Help!!! on: April 03, 2005 02:45:21 PM
glad to see others were attempting this cape, too. i finished this a few weeks ago (also used the front fake cover of the latest vogue knitting mag), and i'm glad to hear that i'm not crazy. mine also just barely goes below my fanny. i'm tall (5'11"), and the stitching looks pretty good. i corrected some mistakes and a drop stitch, so the pattern looks correct, but my end result doesn't have quite the romantic and flowing shape that the one in the picture does. i haven't washed the piece either, though, so maybe post-wash it will drape differently. i just assumed that since i'm beginner / pre-intermediate, i had done something wrong or had used a substitute yarn that was too thin (not puffy enough...although my gauge/tension check seemed close to that in the pattern recommendation).

pfew. thanks for bringing this topic up. i hadn't seen it discussed much elsewhere. i think the pattern could have been a little bit clearer, too, especially for what type of increase to use. i didn't find any corrections on the vogue or lion brand website yet, but maybe they've been posted in the past day or so. i'll have to check again.

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