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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fair-Isle cardigan with set-in sleeves? on: August 14, 2006 11:39:59 AM
Help me, oh wise craftsters. I'm making a Fair Isle sweater for my grandmother for Christmas. I had planned to use the Fairly Easy Fair Isle pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, but my mother mentioned that Grandma has gotten quite stoop-shouldered since I last saw her, and Mom specifically requested that I stay away from a raglan sweater pattern as it would emphasize the roundness of her shoulders (which she has been trying to hide by wearing lots and lots of shoulder pads).

I'm stumped. I want to make Grandma a sweater that will be flattering on her, one she'll love and wear a lot, but I'm having a hard time reconciling a FI design (which I know she loves) and a non-raglan pattern. I've never done colorwork before, and FEFI seemed like a good way to ease into it. The only non-raglan stranded knitting patterns I've seen have been the lovely (and extremely challenging) ones from Dale of Norway (which I would LOVE to make, but need to work up to first). So here's a question for you: Can you recommend a pattern for a sweater that

1) Is a cardigan
2) Features stranded colorwork
3) Has set-in sleeves?

Many thanks!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your knitting phobia? on: August 01, 2006 02:08:57 PM
I hear you all on the seaming. It's not that I'm afraid of it, per se--it's that I'm afraid of doing it wrong. Like I'll sew the sleeve to the shoulder and it'll look wonky and need to be taken off and redone. Possibly multiple times. It does not help that this has actually happened to me in the past. Sigh.

Mostly, though, I'm afraid of colorwork of any kind. So I decided to cut my teeth by making my grandmother a Fair Isle cardigan for Christmas, and have told practically everyone I know about this plan so I can't back out. I'm hoping some good old-fashioned peer pressure will light a fire under me.
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater on: July 14, 2006 08:58:08 AM
Just bought the pattern--can't wait to get started!  Smiley
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Homemade yarn swift! on: July 12, 2006 01:35:10 PM
Hey all, this isn't a knitted object but it is knitting-related. After I told him about some of the homemade yarn swifts I'd seen here on Craftster, my lovely boyfriend was inspired to make me one himself for my birthday last month.

This involved three trips to the hardware store, about eight hours of work, and many loud curses at our two cats, who liked to knock over round, rolling dowels just as soon as he had finished staining them and set them someplace to dry. But the finished product was definitely worth the heroic effort that went into it.  Smiley

As soon as the swift was done and my boyfriend gave me the ball winder he'd bought for me, I spent the next hour winding ten hanks of off-white chunky KnitPicks' Sierra (someday destined to become the Starsky cardigan from Knitty) into balls. Fast, easy, and highly entertaining! So for those who'd like to try their hand at a homemade swift, I say go for it.
15  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: July 10, 2006 08:09:05 AM

Question for those who knit this in stockinette instead of ribbing (or for anyone who can help me): I'm to the point where I need to pick up stitches to form the body, but I'm not sure how many to pick up. Since the ribbing is supposed to be stretchy, if I'm doing the body in stockinette, should I pick up more stitches than the pattern calls for, or fewer?

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: MEN JACKETS!? where on earth are they?! on: June 28, 2006 08:32:58 AM
I've considered making both the "LMKG" sweater and the Cambridge jacket for my guy. They both quite manly--what with the ribbing, the stand-up collar, and the big front zipper--so they have his stamp of approval.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Gift and Garter on: June 27, 2006 07:43:10 AM
That is simply gorgeous. Your niece must be a very special girl to inspire such a labor of love. Beautiful work!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I crazy? - Latest knitting project on: June 22, 2006 11:03:10 AM
sandraregina, I made a full Samus this spring--it was my first sweater for myself, and my first project with cables that weren't super-basic (I'd done a couple of cabled hats, but nothing at all complicated).

I think you can certainly do it--just be prepared to go slowly with the cables for the first couple of repeats (until you start to "see" what's supposed to come next in the pattern), and don't be afraid to rip back (and possibly start over) if you make a mistake. Remember, cabling is just knitting the stitches in a different order--all you have to do is pay attention (and maybe cross off or write down each row as you finish it to keep track). Once you finish that cabled band, the rest is stockinette--smooth sailing!

One recommendation: If you're leaving off the sleeves, you'd want to do something to "finish" the armholes, like add the applied i-cord done around all the other edges of the sweater. I thought the applied i-cord added a really nice touch and made it look professional.

Here's mine, just in case you're interested. I also opted not to go with the orange.  Wink


Good luck!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you wear in your cold office? on: June 21, 2006 07:30:01 AM
I just bought some lovely Malabrigo to make myself a less scarf/more shawl-type Clapotis, which will probably live on the back of my office chair until they turn off the AC in September.  Roll Eyes

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Starsky completed! on: June 07, 2006 11:58:13 AM
Awesome job, both on the sweater and the slideshow--very entertaining! I love that sweater. It's next on my to-knit list (once my boyfriend gives me the swift and ballwinder I know he got me for my birthday this month  Smiley ).
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