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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Deeeeeeep v Argyle vest on: January 25, 2006 02:08:10 PM
Can such a thing be sexy?  I'm in love with it, or at least in deep deep lust.

The pattern is my own; the thing is knit entirely in the round with crocheted steeks at front and back neck and armholes.  It's argyle, but not intarsia - I charted the pattern with a false "seam" at each side to ensure that there isn't a single float longer than 5 stitches in the thing.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Steeks ahoy! on: January 18, 2006 04:08:43 PM
For anyone who's interested in steeking, I've been working on a VERY in-depth exploration of the Fair Isle steek for the past few days.  Subjects include why and when to steek, choosing the most appropriate method for your fiber, setting the different types up, handling decreases, handling color changes, and finally, photo instructions for working and cutting a traditional (unreinforced) steek, a hand-sewn steek, and a crocheted steek.


Introduction, whys and hows and which ones, handling colors, setting up:

Placing steeks and handling decreases:

Unreinforced steeks:

Hand-Sewn steeks:

Crocheted steeks:
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Your opinion, please (pictured fixed!!) on: December 29, 2005 11:01:20 PM
Okay, I'm knitting a little sweater for a baby, and I'm (as usual) going through some angst over decisions.

Pattern 1

(a)     (b)

Pattern 2

(a)     (b)

These are the two border patterns I've decided on, and the color combinations I picture them in.  I want to keep the continuity going by keeping the blues background and the pinks pattern, but I'm having a tough time deciding the gradient direction.  Right now, I guess I'm leaning towards 1a and 2b, but I'd love to hear your advice.

Because my web color picking eye sucks, the color accuracy here is pathetic - the true colors are more like this:

(that would be number 2b).
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Disgustingly cute baby argyle on: December 26, 2005 07:43:51 AM

It's so cute it makes me feel sort of uncomfortably smiley and pleasant - I'm the last person you'd imagine would coo over a baby, but seriously, awwww.

My own pattern, superwash wool (Dale Baby Ull) at 9st/inch made in pieces and sewn.  The argyle motif is all intarsia, with the lines knitted in as well (you can see that my tension leaves something to be desired).  It also closes with three buttons at the right shoulder, the better to plop that baby into it
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / More lace! Print O' The Wave Stole (Pattern now available!) on: December 20, 2005 09:31:43 AM

One of the last Christmas gifts - cobweb weight wool on 1.75mm (US00) needles in my variant of the traditional "Print O The Wave" Shetland lace motif.  I'll have a free PDF pattern available today or tomorrow - it would make a beautiful longer stole/shawl done in laceweight and maybe 3 or 4 mm needles, or even a luxuriously wide and long scarf done with fingering weight and say 6mm needles.

Click here to download the free PDF - http://eunnyjang.com/images/knit/0511joycesscarf/stole_print_o_the_wave.pdf

The pattern has been checked carefully, but please let me know if you find any errors or inconsistencies.  Also, I haven't yet test-knit this in a laceweight - the numbers should work out fine, but finished size and yardage are just estimates.

Let me know if you make one!  I'd love to put together a gallery.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing self-striping yarn at home on: December 16, 2005 08:53:17 PM
I hope this doesn't seem too site-pimpy, but I've written a tutorial on how to dye self-striping yarn for socks at home.  Any feedback is much appreciated.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / (cross post) Felted Baguette Bag with leather trim and shantung lining on: December 07, 2005 04:30:21 PM

The pattern started out as Nicky Epstein's Floral Felted Bag from the fall '04 Interweave Knits, but it changed along the way into something very different - it has leather cargo-style handles, a lining with a zippered pocket, and a lot more structure than the original.  Click on over to my blog to see LOTS more pictures and see the evolution of this project.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Floral Felted Baguette Bag with leather trim and shantung lining on: December 07, 2005 04:28:21 PM

The pattern started out as Nicky Epstein's Floral Felted Bag from the fall '04 IK, but it changed along the way into something very different.  Click on over to my blog to see LOTS more pictures and see the evolution of this project.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Purse neophyte - some questions for you experts on: November 28, 2005 02:54:42 PM
I normally hang out on the knitting boards here, but I'm making a felted purse as part of a Christmas swap.  Since it's for someone else, I'd like it to look really finished and professional, so I thought I'd ask the advice of some more experienced, uh, bagsters.  To wit:

--how do I attach purse feet?  Do I put them in before the lining?  Do I need to make the hole beforehand?

--how can I source or make some nice buckled leather straps?  I want them to be more or less like these: http://www.tallpoppycraft.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=136.  How do I sew them in?  Should they be inserted between the lining and the felt?

--I think I can muddle out making a lining, but does anyone have a good tutorial they can point me towards?

--what on earth is buckram?  Where can I get it, or what can I sub for it?

Any help you can give is GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks in advance!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink lace wimple / smoke ring! on: November 21, 2005 09:29:19 AM

Flared Lace Smoke Ring from Heartstrings Fiber Arts (http://heartstringsfiberarts.com/a49.shtm in fingering weight alpaca.
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