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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Eunny Jang Argyle Vest--My first fair isle and steeks--*FINISHED* on: January 23, 2008 04:07:12 PM
My New Year's knitting resolution is to make something in Fair Isle & to try steeks. So I found a project that has both!

Here's my dated photo:

I ordered the yarn last week & it just arrived today. Now to get to work!

Update Feb 17th:

I finished the actual knitting component of the vest yesterday & spent a couple hours working on the steeks.

Here's the vest before I crocheted the steeks. I think it looks like something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This is what the crocheted steek looks like before cutting.

Here's the inside of the steek after cutting

...and the outside

And here's an armhole being worked from the steek facing

I just have to finish one armhole, block, and tack down the insides of the steeks today. I think the finishing of this garment is more time-consuming than the actual knitting itself, but it will be worth it.

UPDATE 2/26/08  **FINISHED!!!**

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sizing issues on: January 08, 2008 05:35:33 PM
I've been knitting for a while now, and I really thought I knew what I was doing until I finished my last sweater. I made a Dollar and a Half cardigan and I hate it. I really think it just looked better in the magazine. I'm ready to frog it already and I just finished it two days ago.

The biggest issue is the sizing. It fits alright around the bust, when it gets to my hips that's another story, but I decided not to put any buttons on it so I wasn't too concerned. However on my arms it is very tight. I've noticed this happening with a few of the sweaters I've made. I consider myself average-sized and well-proportioned (except for my abnormally long torso, but I find ways to make that work), but for some reason when I make knitted things meant to fit my size bust-wise, I end up feeling like my arms are big fat sausages or something. It's horrible. I've thought of making the arms bigger but I feel like that would make the rest of the sweater look bad. I wouldn't even know where to start.

I measured myself and with my normal bra and t-shirt that I would normally wear under a cardigan, my bust is 37" (a far cry from what my measurement is without support, but you didn't need to know that). If I want a sweater that fits, ie it hugs my body without suffocating it, what size should I be going for? It seems no matter what I do I can't get anything to fit me just the way I would like it to. Any recommendations at all? I'm running out of ideas... Undecided
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / WHERE can I find this yarn??? on: December 16, 2007 07:27:32 AM
A couple of years ago I bought some lovely yarn called "Peru DK". I don't know who makes it because the ball bands have long since been discarded, but it's a merino/alpaca/silk blend and it is absolutely luscious. I've used the yarn to make a sweater which I am now planning to frog because I never really liked the way it fit me and I want to make something much nicer out of it. Problem is, I don't think I'll have enough to make the sweater I want to make and I'd like to have some extra on hand just in case.

When I originally bought the yarn, I found it at A.C. Moore. Then I moved, and the A.C. Moore where I currently live does not carry this yarn at all. I also checked on acmoore.com with no success. It must be quite an obscure yarn since I can't seem to find any info on it when I try googling, though I find it very hard to believe since it is so lovely. If anyone has any suggestions at all as to where I can find some more of this fabulous yarn, I will be eternally grateful!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Getting Started on Etsy on: July 16, 2007 12:50:51 PM
I've been thinking recently of starting to sell some things on Etsy. I started my first "real" job about 3 months ago and now that I have (a little) disposable income to spend on supplies, I would like to try & make a little extra money on the side. I'm not looking to make a year's salary by selling on Etsy (though it's a dream of mine to knit for a living, even if it's not realistic).

Anyway, I'm thinking of selling hats, mittens, scarves, small things like that because I can make them really fast and therefore would be able to make lots of them to sell on a regular basis. I probably won't do it for a couple more months when it starts to cool down a bit, though. So I have a couple questions:

Should I wait until I have a lot of things made and list them all at once, or should I just start listing them as they're finished?

Is there anything I could do to really make my product stand out? Like if someone saw a solid-colored wool hat with a lining online would they be willing to pay 10-15 bucks for it, or should I jazz it up a bit?

What's the best way to advertize once I have things listed?

Would people even buy my product, or is it not worth my time? What kinds of things should I be selling in addition to the ones I've already mentioned?

What if I offered up custom-orders? Is this something that's done on Etsy? I wouldn't do anything big, just a hat/mittens/scarf set at the very most, done to the customer's specifications. I think that might give me a little more inspiration than just randomly choosing ideas I have floating around in my head.

I'd really love any advice from people who already sell on Etsy and I'd like to hear what kind of success you've had with it. Really anything you can offer would be extremely helpful. Thanks! Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / anthropologie on the cheap (img heavy) on: March 30, 2007 10:39:39 AM
For this challenge I used this pattern:


To make this:

This picture gives a better idea of the color and shows the clasp I put on it:

Price of materials:

I used less than one whole skein of LB Homespun. It came from my stash, so I didn't have a receipt, but I know I bought it at JoAnn so while I was there the other day I snapped this pic with my phone:

That's the regular price, though it was on sale for $3.99.

And here's the receipt for the clasp:

It's the "slvr classic clasp" for $2.50.

Total price: $7.49.

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Chicken & salsa wraps on: March 27, 2007 05:35:26 AM
This is a simple recipe I like to make a lot. This is my first time posting a recipe, and I never really measure anything, so nothing is too exact. But changing the amounts won't make it taste bad or anything. These are the amounts that I normally use, and I cook for 2-3 people usually. And we always have leftovers so this could probably feed more people too.

Chicken & Salsa Wraps

8 flour tortilla wraps
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 bell pepper (color of your choosing)
1 medium onion
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
same size can black beans
8 oz pepper jack cheese
olive oil
chipotle powder

Grill chicken or cook in a pan on the stove and cut into strips. Chop pepper & onion into big chunks. Sautee in olive oil until cooked through. Add can of tomatoes. Drain black beans and add to the pan. Cover the mixture with a dusting of chipotle powder (I use the "Pain is Good" kind with the screaming guy's face on the label) and the same amount of paprika and stir it all together. If that's not hot enough for ya, throw in some red pepper flakes or hot sauce. Heat up the salsa mixture and the cooking part is done!

Cut pepper jack into thin slices and put a layer down the center of each wrap. Spoon some salsa over it, then add some strips of chicken. Wrap it up and enjoy!  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitty's Serrano on: March 22, 2007 11:29:21 AM
I'm about to cast on for this


and I thought I'd see if anyone's interested in joining me. The recent (relatively) warm weather has got me hankering for some lace knitting, and I've officially abandoned another project from which I will take the yarn to make this cardigan.

Sooo....come on down! Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interesting knitting books for around $10? on: March 19, 2007 09:06:37 AM
I'm putting in an order with Amazon and I've only got a couple things in my cart...and I'd really love to have that free shipping, so can anyone recommend a good knitting book on the cheap? I'm interested in all kinds of wacky techniques and new things to learn about knitting, as well as good reference books that would be valuable to an intermediate or more advanced knitter, so any ideas are welcome. Thanks!  Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Overdye? on: February 27, 2007 12:31:30 PM
I'm working on a sweater right now that I'm making out of 6 different skeins of yarn that I dyed with Kool Aid. I tried to rotate skeins while I was knitting so there wouldn't be giant blocks of different colors, but now I've got some stripes going on and I'm not so sure I like them. Another fellow Craftster suggested I overdye the finished piece.

This might be a dumb question, but does overdyeing basically just mean adding insane amounts of dye to the yarn? Is there a specific ratio of dye to water that I should be using?

Here's a picture of the sweater in question just so you have an idea (plus my cat's tail):

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1930s-inspired sweater on: February 21, 2007 09:55:05 AM
One week left in the challenge!

I wanted to design my own piece for this challenge, so I took inspiration from 1930s evening wear. I really like dresses like these: http://www.fashion-era.com/images/1932_dec_gh/dec1932lowback.jpg
so I created a sweater with a deep v neckline, elbow-length sleeves and an empire waist that's cinched in a bit with ribbing. I realize that from the pictures it just looks like a plain old v-neck sweater, but the construction was kind of unusual. The top part (everything above the ribbing) is made of two pieces and the bottom and the sleeves were worked separately. (Details on my blog.)

Here's another without my hair covering everything up:

And I also wanted a v-shaped back, so here it is:

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