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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby tomato hat - knitting in the round...Help!! on: September 15, 2006 02:50:53 PM
Thanks so much Diana!

I am in the process of making another one for baby number two and I will try the centered double decrease and see how that looks. I really don't know where that lady got the pattern from - it knits nothing like the hat in the picture. Its also a good idea to knit the stem a bit longer - otherwise it makes a strange looking bump rather than a faux vine.

I agree that everyone on Craftster is lovely and very helpful. I have been reading this board for ages now and it was the first thing I thought of when I had tomato trouble  Grin

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby tomato hat - knitting in the round...Help!! on: September 14, 2006 03:23:57 PM
Thanks for that Diana - I know they are wrong - but if you read the pattern and knit as the pattern specifies - you get what I have. Actually - as I mentioned before and as knittingal has asked me to clarify - if you knit is as the pattern states - you get these strange triangles instead of leaves. Its very hard to explain - but the leaves end up having one straight edge that decreases only one one side so that it ends up looking like one of those hand help windmill things kids sometimes have. I know this is a crappy explanation - but I am convinced the pattern is wrong. Well - this part of it anyway...

leaves: <---- this is the bit that gives funny shaped leaves
round 26: * K1, K7 * around;
round 27: * K3, K5 * around;
round 28: * K5, K3 * around;
round 29: * K7, K1 * around;
round 30: * K7, K1 * around.

decrease for crown:
round 31: *K6, SSK* repeat around (63)
round 32: *K5, SSK * repeat around (54)
round 33: *K4, SSK* repeat around (45)
round 34: *K3, SSK* repeat around (36)
round 35: *K2, SSK* repeat around (27)
round 36: *K1, SSK* repeat around (16)
round 37: *SSK* repeat around (9)
round 38-43: Knit  remaining 9 sts
round 44: K2tog around

Maybe when someone else gives it a go it will be more obvious.  Huh Huh
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Baby tomato hat - knitting in the round... on: September 13, 2006 02:52:14 PM
Thanks for your kind words jchinique.

I am just a little frustrated because as most creative people do - I am painfully aware of the mistakes in what I have made but can't for the life of me figure out how to fix them. As I live in Paris but don't speak French well (I am trying) it can be a little hard to find somewhere or someone to help me. Babies are being born left right and center and i have a few more tomato hats to make!!!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby tomato hat - knitting in the round...Help!! on: September 11, 2006 05:36:24 AM
I knitted this as a small gift for my husbands work-mate who just had a baby. It was the first time I have knit in the round (first using a circular needle and then swapping to DPNS for the decreases).

Whilst I think it is not that bad a first attempt - I just can't cope with the horrible gutters and ladders that have appeared near the "stem" of the tomato  Angry 

I know this can happen when using DPNS - I really tried to pull the stitches tight between the needles - I wondering if maybe I pulled too tight  Undecided

The other thing I am wondering about is why my SSK's don't look right. I have looked in every book i can find and watched online videos about how to do this - it really isn't complicated and i am sure i am doing them correctly - but they just look wrong. I am a self taught knitter which i think is half my problem...

Last question! I promise...

This is going to sound stupid - but how do you block a hat? Is it necessary?

This is where I got the pattern from - http://acechick.typepad.com/knitchicks_patterns/2006/01/strawberry_bean.html

I know my hat looks nothing like that one (another issue...) and the pattern is wrong. If you follow the pattern exactly (including the listed corrections) the leaves come out wrong...

Sorry for the long post - but I am stumped!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pug Swap/Dog Swap on: August 25, 2006 01:27:21 PM
There was a similar thing close to where I lived in Melbourne on Sunday mornings. Heaps of pugs would get together to play and sniff each other's butts etc. There would be a massive swirling herd of pugs that would migrate all over the park generally doing bad things. Oscar loved it.

I remember I actually learnt to knit because of Oscar. I really wanted to make him a jumper - so I went to spotlight and bought a pattern, needles and some wool and tried to figure out how to do it. It was a mess - the jumper was never finished - but I love knitting now. Part of the initial problem with knitting a jumper for Oscar was the measurents. He has the chest of a large dog, the butt of a small one and the length of a medium dog. it was all too much for a beginner.

Anyway - this is Oscar...

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Pug Swap/Dog Swap on: August 25, 2006 03:48:01 AM
I love pugs - in fact I think I am obsessed. I have a pug dog waiting for me in Australia - my beloved Oscar. I miss him every day. If I see a pug in Paris - I squeal and end up making strange gurgling noises etc.

Generally non-pug owners don't understand this...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My finnished flapper wedding gown on: October 20, 2005 08:36:34 PM

I can't believe you did your hair by yourself!! It looks amazing!

I am trying to do everything by myself - my mum and I are currently working on my dress and I will make invitations etc. Our wedding is only very small and untraditional. I would do my own hair but I am beyond hopeless when it comes to that stuff. It is usually very short for that very reason but I have been growing it for the wedding and it is driving me crazy! The day after I am going to have it all cut off! We are getting married in Paris (Pierre is French and I am Australian) in the Mairie in front of the Pantheon and then will have a small reception at the Luxembourg Palace before taking everyone on a grand tour of Paris in a 1940's bus! It is in January and it will be freezing....

Thanks again for your advice...
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My finnished flapper wedding gown on: October 05, 2005 06:42:57 AM
You look absolutely beautiful!! I love it...

I am getting married in January and though not really having a 'theme' - My dress and my hair etc will be 30's/40's inspired. I have short hair like yours and I am still trying to figure out exactly how I will have it done. I love what you did with yours. Did you just show a pic to your hairdresser?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! What should I knit to go with this dress??? on: August 02, 2005 05:17:11 AM
Oh hey! - I am going to ask the question every Australian asks when they meet another (apparently - this is what my French boyfriend thinks) Where abouts??

I have since found a pic of the fiery bolero and I think that would be great too!! How will I decide. Actually - it is probably a good idea to have something with sleeves - then it wont be a hassle to put a jacket over the top...

I think IK must be findable somewhere in this very large country but probably at a ridiculously inflated price. Don't you love living in the middle of nowhere???
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone seen another picture of this dress? on: July 31, 2005 06:54:33 AM
Ive tried both with no luck ;o( I think I am just going to make it up....

Thanks for your suggestions though...

Now I just have to find a jacket
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