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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Disappointing book on: November 06, 2006 11:15:55 AM
I was SO looking forward to getting Nicky Epstein's "Fabulous Felted Bags" and it came this weekend.  And...... and I was SO disappointed!  I was hoping for some bags that I would actually carry.  And while some of there are pretty, they're either insanely difficult to make, or have dangling flowers or balls (!).  I maybe would make the one with the balls but omit them, and the houndstooth one is okay, although the colors are icky.  But come on ... a stuffed swan??  A cat with a mouse dangling from its mouth?   Undecided  Or is it just me? 
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: winter cyclists-how do you bundle up? on: October 13, 2006 11:18:19 AM
I use a wide, warm headband to keep my ears warm (and ache free).  When it gets even colder I wear a hooded sweatshirt under my bike jacket and if it's pouring rain, put the hood over my head and under my helmet.  Dorky looking?  Oh YEAH baby!  Embrace it!  You can easily knit yourself a headband and make it dense. 
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cables along raglan increases? on: September 21, 2006 08:25:37 AM
I actually figured it out!  If you put the cable between the increases it works just perfectly!  I'll post a picture when I have more of it done. 
34  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cables along raglan increases? on: September 19, 2006 11:14:22 AM
Thanks but no, that's not what I'm looking for.  I want the cable to travel along the increases.  I charted it out and it looks like it can't be done the way I envisioned.  Maybe if you were doing raglan decreases - in other words, doing a bottom-up sweater.  But I'm doing top down.  What I think might be the next best thing is to do a p3 k2 p3 starting two stitches before or after the increases for the front and back and every six rows do a twisted stitch on the k2 rather than a cable.  I think that'll give me a cable look.  Opinions? 
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cables along raglan increases? on: September 18, 2006 11:19:17 AM
I am wondering if anyone has experience putting a cable alongside raglan increases in the round.  I have cast on and frogged my project twice now, not being able to get this right.  I am thinking perhaps I am starting the cables too close to the increases and I'm going to see about charting them out to maybe get a visual on my mistake.  But if anyone has experience with making this happen, I'd love to hear about it!

36  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: introductions and a dumb question on: September 13, 2006 11:09:31 AM
The raglan sweater is a sweater with raglan sleeves.  That is to say, sleeves that are not set in, but go in an angle from the neckline to the arm.  The Bad Penny is a good example: http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTbadpenny.html
I love raglan sleeves because you can make a garment in the round and not have to seam shoulders or put in sleeves.  In fact, I can "wing" a sweater (pull over, V-neck or cardigan) with raglan sleeves.  And you can too.  Try this:
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can anyone help me with Knitting Pure and Simple pattern? on: August 07, 2006 10:46:09 AM
I agree that those instructions are a bit ambiguous.  I've made a lot of top-down raglan cardigans and pullovers.  This pattern walks you through the front increases - that's the K1 M1 part at the beginning and ending of the rows.  The other increases are your raglan increases for your sleeves and the beauty part of making a raglan sweater is that it's so flexible.  Your instructions are telling you to increase before and after your sleeve markers every right side row until there are 68 stitches for the back and then you purl another row because you don't want to end on the wrong side.  The repeat rows 2/7 is a little misleading because you obviously don't get all the way through the repeats.
38  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Something Red Cardigan on: July 28, 2006 11:57:23 AM
Was the pattern hard to do?  And what size did you knit?

I made the bust size 38.  It was very easy to make since there's no seaming.  You can try it on to make sure it's long enough, etc.  I am a huge fan of the top down sweater and cardigan.  It's almost all I make. 
39  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Something Red Cardigan on: July 28, 2006 10:34:16 AM
Where did you get the pattern from?

40  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Something Red Cardigan on: July 28, 2006 10:19:17 AM
I obviously didn't make it in red ..... I thought steel grey would be nice for a change.  A bit dull to knit with but I think I'll wear the finished product, which is always a bonus.  I used Micro Cable from Elann, which is a slinky synthetic.  I love the way it moves and that's why I used that rather than cotton, which I thought would be stiff.  Plus it is machine washable.  For blocking I just popped it in the washer and let it air dry and it's perfect.  I used a larger button than called for and therefore made an I-cord loop rather than a button hole.  If I were to make this again I would use a light wool (maybe superwash) and make it with long sleeves but have the sleeves echo the ribbing so they would flare.

The pattern is very well written.  I especially like the short row shaping on the collar.  It looks a   bit wonky in the picture but it's really not uneven.  It just got twisted up when I was taking the picture.

Excuse the extreme cleavage - I wouldn't wear it out that way, but I was in a hurry to get a picture.
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