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1  Re: Saharah: Stitch Diva (Knit & Tonic) in Knitalongs by almndladybug on: January 06, 2007 03:16:17 PM
Okay, so I finally got around to uploading my pics. I've had them on my camera for just a couple of days. Wink. I used Madil Eden Bamboo in a Coral Pink color 6-7 balls, and that's with extra room in the bodice. I will someday try to get a better pic of me in it. Promise. Adjustments I made: a few extra inches between the dec and inc rows, otherwise the increases would have started right below my chest and have looked really odd.

The finished garment, the fabric is a bit twisted, so that's not really where the hem lies:

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2  Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater in Knitalongs by almndladybug on: September 14, 2006 04:40:54 PM
umm, you'd really have to adjust the pattern a lot. Have you considered knitpicks at all?  You can get enough yarn for the project for under $40.  And Andean Treasure, which is  made by KP is the yarn Calista used. Knitpicks shipping is super fast, I almost always get my orders within 1 week of ordering, and that's with the slow shipping. Plus free shipping on orders over $40!  I  think I paid $3.29/ball and I used 9 balls. For that price, you can barely get something from a box craft store.  I made the medium size, and even though the pattern called for 10 balls, I didn't even use the majority of the 9th ball.

My finished sweater. I've worn it twice already. The first time, it took a while to get used to, but now I LOVE it and it fits much better the second time. For the neckline I followed the directions and it's really quite flexible as I can "pull" it up a bit and it's much more "covering" or pull it down low onto my shoulders for a much more sexy look. I've worn it to work and nobody's said anything to me yet about the neckline being inappropriate!

A note on the color:  it's called lilac, but I think a more appropriate name for the color should be plain ol' purple. Luckily I didn't care, but if you want a light purple, lilac isn't.

I'm wicked busy with start of the school year stuff and am WAYYY behind in school and personal stuff, but I  hope to get my notes typed up about knitting this in the round soon. I'm going to send them to Calista first as it's her pattern and once I type them up and hear back from her I'm sure I'll either post the production notes or whatever. The only part I didn't knit in the round were the sleeves, but that's because I would have got one done and not wanted to do the other and am not talented enough to do both sleeves at the same time using the magic loop technique.  Got to love a short attention span and frustration levels.  Tongue
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3  Re: New Stitch Diva Pattern/Glampyre sweater in Knitalongs by almndladybug on: August 27, 2006 02:41:05 PM
I finally finished my sweater!!! I used KP Andean Silk in Bluebell. I made the Small size??? I don't have the pattern in from of me. It's the one that will fit a 34 bust.  I used 11 balls of Andean Silk for this.

First a few thoughts about Andean Silk. I was really hesitant to use this as I have sensitive skin. I can usually do Alpaca but Merino is often itchy for me. I can't even knit with 100% wool without it really bugging and itching my skin so much that I want to reach for the Hydrocortisone cream. About the only wool that I normally like is Malabrigo or something like that. Andean Silk is remarkably butter soft. I still get a bit of itching but not much at all.

I also bought 3 skeins of Sequin carry along yarn at AC Moore to use on the lace parts. YOu can't really tell, but it's a more periwinkle color. I will tell you, 3 skeins or appx. 330 yards was not enough of the sequin yarn, and I only did sequins every row for the lace parts.  The arm and hip ridges I only did sequins every other row.

Here are the pics first the whole thing, excuse the pink undershirt and camera strap. I also look about 20 pounds heavier than I am in this pic, probably because I was using a mirror to take the pic.

 Now a comparison of the lace on size 2 and size 4. First the Needle size 2 lace:

  And the size 4 needle lace:

Some thoughts and pattern errors I noticed: 
When doing the hip shaping you should repeat rows 2-6, not 3-6 whatever number of times, if you don't include row 2 you won't get the increased stitches.

My thoughts on the whole sweater:

I loved it, I love this sweater, I love knitting in the round and I love that it didn't require that much seaming as I HATE seeming as much as I dislike knitting pieces where you have to make a seperate back and front piece.

The only changes I'd make when I knit the next one (sometime after the New Year in bamboo and short sleeved) are: a) I'm really long torsoed so I"m going to likely knit a few rows straight before starting the  hip shaping and maybe a few more rows after the hip shaping before starting the purl ridges. The sweater is about normal length on me, but I like my shirts a bit "longer". I'm going to try blocking from just about the hip lace down to see if I can "Persuade" it to stretch a bit lengthwise.  B) Regardless of whether or not I get 28/4 inches I'll use a bigger needle to do the lace bits, to me it just looks better.

Anyways, sorry for the lengthy post. I may edit if the pics look awful.

If anybody wants to see the pic I took last night, which turned out blurry go here:
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4  Re: is it still tempting? tempting II in Knitalongs by almndladybug on: January 01, 2006 12:46:54 PM
Alright, here's my pic, please ignore the unkempt hair and pj bottoms:

I used 4 balls of Rowan Calmer, making size S as I have a 34-36" bust. My guage was probably a bit off, but as it is I BARELY had enough yarn to finish this. I wasn't too worried about having an exact guage as I didn't want this skin tight. For the record, I was probably only 1/2 stitch off. I got about 6" per ball while doing the torso. I did add an inch to the torso as I'm very long torsoed. I didn't do the band for two reasons:

1) when I was doing it, it became evident that I wouldn't have enough yarn to do it unless I dropped down to only a 5-7 stitch band and I didn't want to do that.

2) when I did the band at 5 stitches across the top ended up falling off of me it was so huge. Of course, once again, this could be related to my guage being slightly off.

If anybody else ends up doing this in Calmer, if you're making the 36" bust specifications you may want to buy another ball of yarn just in case.  I'd be really interested in finding out how other people work out with their yarn.

What I ended up doing was repeating the K2tog, k1 sequence once more and binding off.
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5  Re: Leaf Pullover- Interweave knits, Loop-d-loop book in Knitalongs by almndladybug on: August 29, 2005 06:23:38 PM
Everybody must be busy working on their sweater!

I started, I'm using Rowan Polar in a light pink-y color.  I'm currently in second sock slump so I'm trying not to work on this until second sock is nearer to completion.

Here's my progress, sorry for the awful picture. Click on the pic to see it bigger

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