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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Needed: pretty lace pattern on: October 25, 2010 01:48:33 AM
Hey all!
I found this top in a catalogue (exactly which catalogue is escaping me right now...) and I thought it's cute, but overpriced.  Plus it needs tweaking.

Pretty, huh?  Well, first of all, I wouldn't want it to be sheer.  Also, it was a bad idea on the photographer's side to have her wear that flowery top underneath.  It makes it hard to see the blue top, which is the one we're concerned with.

Anyway, I want to adapt this into a knitting pattern, so I started thinking about what lace could go into those side panels.  I started looking for lace.  Bad idea.  There were just too many options, and way too much pretty.  I started setting aside all the ones I thought were possible good choices, but that ended up being most of the patterns I saw.  I was paralyzed by the sheer volume of possibilities.

So!  I'm thinking it shouldn't be too openwork, but not too not-openwork (dense?) either.  Something with a simple, repeating motif, maybe, that would look nice set into this top.  What do you think?  Do you know of a lace pattern that would look awesome in this?  Also, please include pictures and charts if possible.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I love this yarn! on: May 25, 2009 06:53:44 AM
I recently started knitting a shawl with Diaketo Tasmanian Merino, and I've fallen in love.  It comes in great colors, and it feels like a dream against the skin.  Next-to-skin yarn if I've ever seen one.  And it looks great all knitted up.

Anyone know if Diaketo has the same thing in a worsted/aran weight?  Or anyone know of a yarn that's just like it in a worsted/aran weight?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knit Triforce DS Case on: October 12, 2008 03:57:28 PM
I had some free time while waiting for new yarn to arrive in the mail, so I improvised this to occupy myself.  I used stash yarn - Tahki Cotton Classic in green and white - and size US 3 needles.  It was my first intarsia, but it was super easy - my main problem was trying to keep my tension even.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sahara! on: May 13, 2007 11:40:20 PM
I used ten(?) balls of discontinued Debbie Bliss cotton/silk aran blend.  The neckline is Lily's Sugar 'n Cream in white double stranded with Paton's Grace in White.  The Paton's Grace is hand-strung with white beads, and the Sugar 'n Cream is so that the thin yarn isn't too lacy.  I do have some sense of modesty.  I knit the sleeveless version, essentially following the pattern to the letter.  It still needs a good blocking, but I'm happy.

Here's a shot of it as I was sewing up the neckline seam - I did that part with it on to judge the depth.

And here we have it in natural light:

And another look at the neckline:
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I Do Shrug on: March 24, 2007 10:54:34 AM
Knit in roughly two weeks, following Knitty's I Do Pattern on US 7 needles with Lily's Sugar 'n Cream yarn in white.  There was a little confusion (and re-knitting) to get the back pieces to match up, and I think that's partially the fault of the pattern and partially my not paying attention.  I took several pictures and this is the best I got:

It's still a little ripply, which I think is a result of my impatience in the blocking process, and will be re-blocked someday...
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First Stencil! on: March 24, 2007 09:00:12 AM
I created this stencil out of an image of a Guster bumper sticker I found online.  The original image says "is OK!" underneath the name, which I omitted because I think Guster is better than okay, because I prefer the clean, simple look without it, and because it's difficult to stencil.  I made the brilliant move of throwing away my stencils after the first coat of paint, so the following two were done freehand.

And on me:
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lavender Baudelaire Socks on: February 14, 2007 05:55:24 AM
When I bought yarn to make my Falling In Love Socks, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151470.msg1503836#msg1503836  I bought three balls of yarn only to discover that one sock only required one ball if I shortened the cuff.  Well, I wanted it shorter anyway, so I used the third ball and bought another to make a new pair from the Baudelaire pattern: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTbaudelaire.html  I knit them with Patons Grace in Viola, like the others, on two US 2 circulars.  I made several modifications to this pattern - namely, I switched the decreases so that the stitches would lean in the right directions, I knit less repeats in the leg section, and made the ribbing a few rows shorter.

Baudelaire Socks by rubychan4, on Flickr

Leafy Toes by rubychan4, on Flickr

Side view - Baudelaire Sock by rubychan4, on Flickr
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sox! on: February 09, 2007 02:02:38 PM
I made a pair of socks this week - I cast them on last friday (Feb 2nd) and sewed in my last end last night (Feb 8th).  One sock took three days, the other four (the first one went faster with the weekend and all).  I'd never made socks before, though I have done every technique (short rows, cables, lace, provisional cast-on) before.  I used size US 2 needles and two balls of Patons Grace in Viola, which feels wonderful.  Knit from the Falling In Love pattern from Magknits: http://magknits.com/Feb07/patterns/falling.htm modified for a shorter cuff (I just kept going until I used almost exactly a whole ball of yarn for each sock).  Also, a pattern misprint: Rnd 9 of the Lace and Cable pattern should read: P1, K6 and so on.  Also, I modified the k4tog on the left side of the heart so that it slants to the left.  The color is a little closer to the first picture.

Falling In Love Socks! by rubychan4, on Flickr

Side view: Falling In Love Sock by rubychan4, on Flickr
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Why I will never look at chapstick the same again... on: January 03, 2007 04:59:58 PM
So I saw this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108216.0 and it was too genius to resist making my own.  I used a Chapstick brand tube, which is acutally rather small - it only just fits a regular ob tampon, and a little snugly at that.  Because it's Chapstick brand, it was a little different to dissect.  I basically took out the part that holds the chapstick, and then I had an empty tube, with the part that twists it up, which is attached to a plastic corkscrewy thing.  So I just popped that part off the bottom and broke the corkscrewy thing off (you'll see I didn't break it off all the way).  Then I cleaned it, and voil!  It really is quite snug, though, and I've bought and am now using a chapstick that is wider in diameter for my next tampon hider.  tuffie, this was a wonderful idea!

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / gloves! on: November 19, 2006 12:30:38 AM
In light of the increasingly colder weather, I decided to make myself a pair of gloves.  For the pattern, I used Knitty's Cigar, but I lengthened the cuff and knit all the fingers complete.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue on size 3 DPNs.  Quick and easy.

glove by rubychan4, on Flickr
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