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1  Re: Fall 07 IK's Tyrolean Stockings in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: November 10, 2007 09:36:59 AM
isisfae: congratulations! Those sure are award winning socks!

I finished mine about a week ago and love them! These are the first pair of wool socks I have knit for myself and was really surprised that they kept my feet toasty warm, but not hot and sweaty. I really think they are a bit too thick to wear with shoes, but they make great house socks.
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish Superwash (4 skeins-Dublin)
size US4 dpn

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 10/05/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: October 05, 2007 02:10:41 PM
I am loving all the amazing colors this week!
My daughter requested a key hole scarf after seeing the pink wool roving this was spun from. She thought it looked just like cotton candy (I was thinking it looked like fiberglass house insulation)! I am glad she liked it because I was going for a much paler pink and was a bit disappointed with the outcome. I showed her the roving on Tuesday and she asked if I could have her scarf ready by this weekend. Ummm, no.

Cotton Candy, 210 yds. corriedale wool
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3  Re: Fiber Friday 9/28/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: September 28, 2007 09:12:11 AM
As always, everyone's yarns are amazing! The colors, the textures, the lovely fo's are making me ohhh and ahhh!

Snowberrylime and I swapped a little roving a few weeks back and she sent me this gorgeous hand-dyed wool- she named it "cinnamon bun".

I am trying my best to finish a pair of socks for my dad before the Secret of the Stole begins. But for me, socks seem to go on and on and on and I tend to catch startitis before they are finished. I managed to fight the urge to spin for 4 days before the call of the roving overpowered me and spun and plied it all in one night. (2ply, 75 yds.)

As soon as the yarn was dry, I cast on for a hat for myself...I now understand the appeal of handspun yarn- I can't believe the difference in feel while knitting. I didn't want it to end!
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4  Re: Fiber Friday 9/7/07 in Spinning: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: September 07, 2007 12:03:47 PM
Very beautiful and inspiring yarns/color combinations.  I am always in awe of everyone that posts on Fiber Fridays!

I have not spun in quite awhile, but after joining Secret of the Stole, I decided to spin the rest of my Sheep Shed mill ends to make the stole.  It is by no means lace weight, but I wanted a more substantial stole to keep me warm.  I ended up with 1234yds. and am pretty happy with my resulting yarn!
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5  Re: KAL*Psychedelic Squares Afghan* KAL in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: July 25, 2007 05:38:05 AM
I finally finished this over the weekend.  The seaming and lining took almost as long the knitting.

here is a closup of the backing

yarn:2 skeins each KnitPicks Swish (aloe, dublin, baby blue, deep ocean)
size US 8 needles
finished size 30" by 30"

more info on my blog
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6  Re: What do I do if I have a ball winder but don't have a yarn swift? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by AWynkoop on: July 23, 2007 11:27:35 AM
I made a very simple one out of K'nex. I tried the knees and toes and also putting the yarn in a lage circle on the table, but always ended up with a mess.

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7  Lemonade-short sleeved cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by AWynkoop on: July 08, 2007 10:31:35 AM

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Elena (100% mercerized Mako Egyptian Cotton; 99yds [90 m]/50g) 9 balls. This yarn is discontinued.
Needles:US E/4 crochet hook for provisional cast on.
US 3 needles
US 3 circular 32inch

Lemonade was my first attempt at having a pattern published.  I missed the deadline to submit to Knitty, so submitted to Magknits instead.  Sadly, my pattern was not picked to be included in the July issue.  I have the pattern posted on my blog if anyone in interested in knitting it.  You can alternately send me a PM with your email address (I promise it will not be used for personal gain or sold to spammers) and I will send you the word version along with the charts and schematics.  Please let me know if you notice anything that seems strange, as it is my first attempt at sizing up a pattern. 

As always comments and criticisms welcome! (especially constructive criticism as I am just beginning to write patterns!)

Thanks so much!
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8  Re: Magic Roving Ball Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by AWynkoop on: July 02, 2007 12:22:05 PM
My first attempts at spinning the cotton roving I received were less than satisfactory.  I have only been spinning for two months and still have loads to learn. Who knew so many adjustments to the spinning wheel were necessary to go from wool spinning to cotton spinning? Duh, I guess that is why the wheel is adjustable!  So after reading every post on Craftster with tips to spin cotton, I was able to spin about a quarter of the roving and be satisfied with the results.

It is very slow going, it is taking me about 30 minutes to predraft less than an ounce of fiber, and about 10 minutes to spin it after drafting.  I am having a little issue with my yarn refusing to wind around the bobbin at times, resulting in fiber so overspun it is coiling up in sections, hopefully some of that extra twist will come out in the plying.   
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9  Re: Interweave Knits lace nightie in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: June 29, 2007 07:03:52 AM
You can't go wrong with cashmere! After I bound off the back stitches I decided to slip this on to see how it was going to fit. I realized there was no way this was going to fit over my hips like a nightie should. I also realized there was no way I was going to frog and reknit it in a larger size. So I decided it would make a very cute tank. I really did not take note of my mods but if I remember correctly I added an extra pattern repeat before the waist shaping. I also added a few more waist decreases. I am thinking there is a problem with the measurement in the schematic, because there is no way with a gauge of 6 sts per inch that you can decrease 8 sts and lose 3.75 inches...so beware if you are planning to knit this. On the Upper Back and Front portion I put the pattern aside, instead of following the pattern I BO 1 at the beginning of each row until I had 68 sts on the needle then BO all sts. As soon as I read the pattern I knew there was no way in hell I was knitting all that i-cord for the straps. Instead I bought some lace and backed it with satin ribbon then sewed them on making sure to place them where they would cover my bra straps.

Yarn: 4 ply cashmere from PlumKnits, 2 skeins, 200 yds per skein. I did have a little egg sized ball of yarn leftover.

Needles: US5 circs
Size: small

Add this to my list of favorite knits! The pattern was easy to follow and the cashmere was a dream to knit with.

There are a few more pics on my blog.

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10  Re: Modeknit corset tank top in Knitalongs by AWynkoop on: June 28, 2007 08:05:00 AM
canarysanctuary I love your version! The yellow is georgous!  After seeing this thread bumped I realized I never posted a pic of my own finished corset...

Knit with Knitpicks Shine worsted, size medium (I think I could have used a small) knit on US 4 circs.
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