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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / November quickies: City Shawl & Coronet on: November 23, 2006 03:42:30 PM
I made both of these to fulfill urgent needs this month.

Had to find something to wear to a wedding:

Glampyre's City Shawl - http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id125.html

In Lang Yarns Moon, took less than 2 weeks. 
Has anyone else made one?  I can't remember seeing any.  I recommend it!
(I'm hoping it's not too obvious that I lost my place *twice* in the ultra-simple lace pattern and disturbed the diagonal lines.  I, uh, meant to do that.   Really, I was just in a hurry! Embarrassed)

And had to keep my poor ears warm:
Knitty's Coronet - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTcoronet.html

Took less than one week.
For some reason, I did it in twisted stockinette stitch.  I think it was because I ended up knitting it inside out, and apparently my purls are twisted.  I don't really understand that, but whatever, I get around it..... (Has anyone else had these escher moments where your certain your knitting the way you've always been knitting, but suddenly it's twisted?)

More pictures and more details (probably too many) on my blog. 

Thanks for looking! 
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Cozy"-derived lace scarf on: November 03, 2006 08:00:56 PM
I love my new scarf!

It's drapey and soft, light yet warm.

The lace pattern is from the knitty.com pattern "Cozy" <http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html>, repeated ad nauseum for 80" with doubled-up laceweight wool.  Actually, I like it this way much better than the original shawl (which I also made).

Details on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2006/11/03/a-scarf-for-me/

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Penobscott scarf on: September 23, 2006 09:53:23 AM
A small FO, birthday present for a friend:

Easy enough to knit quickly without getting confused; interesting enough not to get bored.

I used Classic Elite Miracle (which I liked a lot).

More pix & details on my blog:http://merp.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/and-one-more-two-more/
Thanks for looking!
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fitted cable knit vest pattern? on: September 18, 2006 12:01:34 PM
I really want to make myself a fitted knitted vest with a really deep v- or scoop-neck, but I haven't found the right pattern yet, and none of my googles have turned up anything.  So I'm turning to you all!

Something like Ms. Marigold:

Or Eunny's deep-v argyle vest:

But more interesting than just stockinette.  I don't care for argyle, though, and don't like to do color work.  Besides, I have only one color to work with.

I have this brown Peruvian wool in my stash, probably a DK or light worsted weight.  So I thought cables would be good, or some kind of textured stitch.

The closest I've found is Knitty's Boogie:
And Interweave's Veste Everest:

But both would need shaping and dropping the neckline lower--which I'm scared to do with cables.  So if anyone has any advice about that, I'd be really interested! 

Or, how hard/disastrous would it be to add cables or other texture to Ms. Marigold or Eunny's deep v?

Thank you, thank you for your collective wisdom and knowledge!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Minisweater, maximized on: July 09, 2006 11:56:19 AM
Finally finished my summer cardigan, roughly based on Glampyre's Minisweater/Boobholder: http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id62.html

Button detail:

Did the bottom half in Grecian plait:

Did it work?  I'm about 80% convinced....

More details on my blog:
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pacific Northwest Cardigan on: June 03, 2006 09:04:03 PM

At least that's what I'm calling it.  The actual pattern from Knitting Pure & Simple was called something stimulating like "top-down v-neck raglan cardigan."  I think it has a kind of muted, drizzly PNW style, though. 

Here it is blocking:

Nice pattern.  And although it's not my first adult sweater, it is the first I've made for myself that I will actually wear! 

Details and more chatter on my blog: http://merp.wordpress.com/2006/06/03/pacific-northwest-cardigan/

Thanks for looking!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace for Mother's Day on: May 19, 2006 10:13:28 AM
Both have finally been received by their recipients, so I can safely post them:

The dayflower scarf, found here: http://www.tmooka.net/blogs/stitchingirl/index.php?p=328
Double strand of emerald laceweight from handpaintedyarn.com

Tiger-eye scarf, found here: http://www.tmooka.net/blogs/stitchingirl/index.php?s=tiger+eye
Austermann Peru (sport or fingering weight alpaca) in palace blue

More details on my blog (below).

These were really, really fun to make.  Not so much with the mindless knitting--the only thing I could do well while knitting was listen to the radio and archived episodes of This American Life <thislife.org>.  Conversations and movies would mess me up.  But really fun, totally addictive.  Now I have to make one of each for myself!

Thanks for looking!  And thank you stitchingirl, wherever you are!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Angelica yarn subs? on: March 24, 2006 09:09:30 AM
Has anyone experimented with yarn subsitutes for Stephanie Japel's/Glampyre's Angelica sweater?  Or have insights? 

It calls for hipknits (really nice) aran silk, which I can't afford.  I'm looking at a chunky silk yarn that just showed up on elann:
But I think the gauge might not be right. 

I'm wondering if I have to stick to silk or silk blends, or if it might work if I strayed into stretchier things like wool.  Seems like a straightforward fit...

Here's the actual pattern:
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Still cold--little twist wristwarmers on: March 23, 2006 09:34:42 AM
I made these over the weekend:

The pattern is here: http://slumberland.org/wp/2006/02/16/pattern-a-little-twist-wristwarmers/.  It's a great little pattern--stash buster, cable practice.  This was my first cable project. 

The yarn was knitpicks merino style in "fog."  Not so happy with it.  See here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=86256.msg813536#msg813536

Anyhow, fun little project!  And now my hands are warm!  Thanks for looking!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Results with discount yarns over time? on: March 23, 2006 09:14:15 AM
I've seen lots of little discussions around here--what do you think about this or that kind of yarn?  And some quick answers, usually based on having just received it and just started using it.  But besides knitting up well (or not well, as the case may be), I wonder how well they hold up over time? 

So I thought maybe an ongoing forum would be nice. 

I'm interested especially in discount yarns (like knitpicks, elann, etc.), because you always do wonder if you're sacrificing something for the price.  And also because they're the only yarns I can afford.  Smiley

I'll start with what motivated me to bring this up in the first place: Knitpicks Merino Style.  It's very inexpensive, beautiful colors, soft and easy to knit with--I love it.  EXCEPT that it fuzzes almost immediately.  I didn't notice this at first because I was making gifts to send away.  But I noticed it with some scraps of yarn, and then I made some wristwarmers with some leftover stash and by the second day of wearing them, they were all fuzzed out and starting to stretch out--looks like I've had them for weeks or months.  Has anyone else had this experience?

And I'm wondering about Knitpicks Sierra which I'm about to buy for Starsky--will it hold up for years, as a sweater like that should? 

Would love to hear what people have found! 
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