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11  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / More Lucky help: Sleeves? on: June 20, 2005 06:13:26 PM
I've mastered the lace pattern, knitted the fronts and back.

Now, I need to master the sleeves. I've seen multiple posts of people who have 'adjusted' the sleeves, so they are not bell-like, are longer/shorter, but CANNOT FIND ANYONE WHO'S POSTED THEIR CHANGES TO THE PATTERN. Well, I've found one adjustment for cap sleeves, but I can't wear cap sleeves (upper arms...sigh).

I've searched this site; I've searched the 2005 KAL; I've searched the SnB message boards; and I've looked at a couple dozen blogs of people who have made this sweater. No dice. I've struggled so long on this sweater (including re-knitting the right front **4** times), I really want to finish it up and be proud of all the effort I've put forth.

Anyone who's knit this pattern and changed the sleeves, would you mind posting the changes you've made? Or emailing me, or something? I'd really appreciate it!

12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 3 color pattern Tute for MONSTERGIRL ;) as seen in scrapbook blanket on: June 03, 2005 10:30:07 PM
Ah, bunnyboo, you are my HERO! That is a fantastic st pattern, I can't wait to try it out!

Thank you so much!
(who blushes at the thought of having a tutorial named after her!)
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: how did you learn to crochet? on: June 02, 2005 10:47:00 AM
I've been "taught" about 4 times...it finally stuck in 2001 when a client's mother (I was working as an Outreach Counselor for a teen-intervention program) showed me how to make an afghan. I spoke very little Spanish (well, nothing I could/would say to someone's mother!), she didn't speak much English to me, and her kids were just *waiting* for me to make a mistake, so their mom would smack me (she defensively  hugged me and stated, "I no hit Monstergirl. She my favorite!").

My afghan is now on my couch, and since then I've built on those skills and taught myself other sts from a book (I think its the learn-crochet-in-one-day books). And I never miss the opportunity to share this story...that afghan is even named my "Elizabeth afghan" to honor her.

14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Scrapbook style baby blanket on: June 02, 2005 10:27:07 AM
I'm curious about your 'super easy way' to alternate colors and make the pattern...I"ve been crocheting for about 4 years now but my skills aren't that advanced. When I try to change colors in the middle of the row, it looks really weird.

Do you mind posting your technique/suggestions/hints?

15  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Question about the Clover Wrap (help needed) on: May 14, 2005 01:10:49 AM
Okay, I think I've got it...since you start shaping on row 3 of the pattern (which is the first row of k2tog sl1...etc), I couldn't figure out if, since I have to k2tog for the decrease, do those two sts count as ONE, or TWO to begin the pattern; either way I started out, the pattern didn't come out "even" with the directions on the other end. Makes me wonder why the pattern-writer didn't write out explicit directions for the first 5 rows, where you start all the shaping...!

I'll try it out tmw, and post if I have any more questions.

Thanks again for the advice!
16  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Question about the Clover Wrap (help needed) on: May 13, 2005 07:24:45 AM
Okay, so I'm an idiot. I've read over all the posts about this sweater, and I see EVERYone is successful with the lace pattern.

And I would be, too, but the whole shaping thing is throwing me off...I can't seem to figure out how to "stay in pattern" and still reduce my sts. (In my defense, I've done other patterns and had the same problem).

Anyone who has knit (at least the back!) of this sweater: can you give me pointers on how to maintain the clover lace pattern *AND* shape the sweater?!?

17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) on: April 25, 2005 07:57:31 PM

I did mine (sleeve increases) last night. I was too lazy to locate my copy of SnB, which tells the math-way to figure out increases evenly over a # of sts...anyway, I was lazy, so what I did:

(oh, this is for the second increase round, not the k3 m1 k3 m1 part)
1) counted # of sleeve sts (I think it was 20)
2) divided by 5 (number of sts to increase by)
so: 20/5=4
3) Increased after every 4th st.

They didn't come out even, cuz my groove was, after the marker, K1, then do the lift-st increase, so on the right arm its k1 m1 k4 m1 k4 m1 k5 m1 k1 I think; second sleeve turned out much more evenly.

No one but me will notice, and I've given up on making anything "perfectly" (I firmly believe in the Amish way of leaving one imperfection in each piece of handwork...life is much less stressful that way!)

Good luck, and get stitchin on those sleeves!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: question about pillowcase inserts from Weekend Knitting on: April 21, 2005 09:00:29 AM
Mine are super-curly as well. I used mercerized cotton (100% cotton, really shiny), and I wet-blocked them: sprayed them down with water, laid them out and pinned them on my ironing board. Left them there for a day or so, so they could dry. Don't pin too tight, or you'll get super-funky wavy sides (ask me how I know)...

I hate taking the time, but blocking makes things sew in*so much better*. Good luck!

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) on: April 20, 2005 03:11:30 PM
Okay, now *I* have a question.

I'm knitting this up in Paton's Decor (75 acrylic/25 wool). Gauge on band says 20 sts = 4" on size 7 needles. Gauge is too...small. So I tried it out on Glampyre's recommended size 9 needles; gauge is now a little more than 4 sts/inch. Still too small, and with the stretchy-ness I'm expecting from this pattern, the knit is already too loose; I don't want to go up to size 10 or 10 1/2 needles and be swimming in this sweater.

Anyone else have gauge problems, and deal with them? I know I can cast on more sts than the pattern, and work it that way (and basically re-write the pattern for my yarn/needles), but I'm sure that someone else has a simpler way...

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Functional kitchen furniture on: April 15, 2005 02:07:38 PM

I figured it was the 'spine' somehow, and now I understand...so I will make sure the boards are cut to allow for that. Thanks again for all your explanation, and I'll get back to you once I try my hand at it!

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