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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Wicked" fans -- any knits? on: January 17, 2008 12:47:18 PM
There is an elphaba knit doll pattern (whether it is from Wiz. of Oz or Wicked I'm not sure) somewhere online.  But I can't find it (figures).  I'll keep hunting around for it.   

ETA:  I had a link for you, but someone at work accidentally unplugged my computer.  Do a search for elphaba on here and you'll find a thread where we were all discussing the stitch pattern of the hat. 

As for the doll, I still can't find it.  I remember the site was very pink...it was a blog or personal site, not one of the manufacturer or magazine sites.  you might want to go through the links in the free pattern thread, the link to it is in the "what happened to all the sticky posts" thread up at the top.  Smiley 
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noro reaction on: January 14, 2008 07:01:16 AM
If you got it from a friend, does she by chance have a cat/dog/rabbit/something furry you're allergic to that may have snuggled with the yarn?

If you don't mind, it'd help if I knew what your known allergies are...I'm allergic to a lot of crap so I might be able to narrow down what's causing it if I know what you're allergic to. 

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple - anyone else having serious problems? on: January 07, 2008 07:33:53 AM
Well, I frogged it, and I'm casting on with 92 stitches per side and hoping for the best.  I figured out the cable part is done in a repeat pattern until a certain length, so it shouldn't be a problem to attach it to the body.  For the sleeves, I plan on wrapping the body around my arm and counting the stitches and casting on for the size sleeve closest to the #sts I come up with. 

I bet the sweater on the model *is* pinned together in the back.  There was this cabled Chaps sweater I fell in love with in the Kohls ads all winter.  I went in, tried it on, and the small, the smallest size, was totally baggy while on the model it was perfectly form-fitting.  There's no way this model was bigger than me, so it must be a common practice. Sad
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple - anyone else having serious problems? on: January 05, 2008 02:16:18 PM
No, that's the problem, I'm getting too many stitches per inch.  My swatch is already smaller than the suggested gauge, and it still turned out huge  Undecided
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple - anyone else having serious problems? on: January 04, 2008 08:36:26 PM
I'm knitting the Cabled Pullover from KnitSimple's Holiday mag (it's the trapeze top with the cable that runs across the chest and arms). 

I've knit about 6 sweaters in the past and have been knitting for a few years now.  This is the first time I'm actually using the yarn the pattern calls for, so of course I'm going to have problems. 

I was attempting to make the size small because I'm a 35 bust and I like my sweaters to just graze my body, like it does on the super skinny model in the mag. 

First, I couldn't get gauge.  I was up to a sz 10 needle (calls for an Cool, and I'm still at 19 sts/4".  Gauge is supposed to be 18 sts/4".  I figured it'd be ok since I didn't want it quite as big as the small, but I wanted it bigger than the XS, so I just went for it with the 10's.  I decided I didn't want/need it 4 feet around at the bottom (this should have been a red flag), so I cast on 92 sts per side instead of 104 and I eliminated the first decrease row.  I decided to knit the front/back panels in the round.

This thing is HUGE.  It's over 6 extra inches too big at the bust, not to mention the hips.  They SAID the model was wearing the small, and she looks like she's a size 2 or 4.  I'm a size 6, which with the extra holiday weight is pushing it. 

What the?!  To get it to a managable size, I'd have to cut off 15 stitches per side!  Not even the XS is that small, and my gauge is tighter! 

I've done the math and resized patterns when I've gotten a different gauge and it worked out okay, but with the way this sweater is constructed with half of it knitted bottom up and half side-to-side, I'm afraid to do it.

Is anyone else having trouble with this?  Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?  I'd like some feedback on what *I* could possibly be doing wrong before I write to KnitSimple and ask about what could be wrong with the pattern...

Thanks for any help.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: website to buy out of people stashes? on: December 02, 2007 06:40:10 PM
Could it be the swap page at elann.com?  They have a swap thingy, there's a button for it on the home page (swap center). 
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone seen a free pattern for a hat like this? on: November 30, 2007 08:14:18 AM
I'm looking for a free pattern for a cabled earflap hat.  I really like the one by Uptown Knitting in this photo:


I think (actually I know) I could figure out the pattern to it myself, but I'd prefer to work off a pattern than have to deal with all those numbers.   Wink

Thanks for any help!  Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the name of that non-stretchy stitch....? on: November 21, 2007 07:26:20 AM
I'm pretty sure you heard about it in one of my posts (I was the one with the problem, not the solution). 

The fabric stitch definitely works better than seed stitch, but depending on the yarn you use, it can still stretch.  I ended up lining my purse strap.  So I recommend doing the strap last, and every inch or two, pin it to the side(s) of your purse and try it with the purse filled with your stuff for at least a couple of minutes (hang it over a table or chair arm if you have to).  Learned that one the hard way  Roll Eyes
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn weights drive me crazy on: November 15, 2007 10:02:02 AM
Thank you!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn weights drive me crazy on: November 15, 2007 07:40:42 AM
When I become president, I'm going to make a law standardizing certain words for certain weights of yarn. 

If I were to want to make a pair of socks from Knitpicks yarn, which weight should I use?  They have the options of carrying weight, lace weight, and fingering weight. 

Specifically I want to make Knitty's Clessidra, which calls for regina silk on sz 1's.  But I'd like to modify the pattern to make them on sz 2 or 3's, because I'm not the most patient person in the world. 

Thanks for any help! Smiley 
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