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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: February 16, 2008 07:26:50 AM
Which version did you use?

I used the Lion Brand pattern.  Uck.  Its such a shame too because my knitting was some of the best I've ever done - but the shape of this sweater is just completely unflattering.  I had my reservations about it when I saw how BAD everyone looked in it on Raverly - but I went ahead & made it anyway.  Dang! My first clue should have been when LB pictured the sweater on a hanger instead of on a model.  I can't imagine a body type that would look good in this.  I'm not allowing it to reside with my other sweaters in the closet...its on its own until I work up the nerve to donate it.   
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: February 10, 2008 08:45:06 AM
Well, I finished this sweater & I gotta be honest....I just hate it.  I wish I hadn't done the increases in the body - it is enormous!  My DH even said that he thought it looked like a maternity top.  If I was 8 months pregnant with triplets I am quite sure I'd still fit in this sweater.   

I would absolutely NOT recommend investing the time/money to make this sweater.  The pattern is a disaster & the fit is just terrible.  If you are a member of Raverly - go look at photos of it on people there & you will see for yourself that its a very unflattering shape on everyone.   Sad
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 26, 2008 05:23:41 AM
Today is the big frog day.  I will be ripping out 3 days worth of work on the back and starting over again from the pick-up along the yoke.  This would be a really dark and depressing day for me if it weren't for this KAL!   Thanks for all the corrections & shared woes!  I'll post updated pics as soon as I get another section finished. 
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: ANY sock KAL anyone? on: January 26, 2008 05:15:57 AM
Thank you!!!   Maizy made by Crystal Palace & was just at my LYS.  I thought it was relatively inexpensive for sock yarn - I think it was about $6 per skein.
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: ANY sock KAL anyone? on: January 25, 2008 01:45:18 PM
two little monkeys covering my toes:

I used Maizy yarn - which is made primarily of corn.  How bizzare!   The yarn was splitty & a little difficult to work with - but I *can* put it in the washer/dryer - which earns it bonus points. 
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 25, 2008 01:39:58 PM
I am making the sz 1x & its clear that info was just "cut & pasted" from somewhere else in the pattern - don't know if this correction holds true for the other sizes.  Here's one more correction to add to the list:

Shape Armhole - it says to work row 3 of the 3/3 LC - but you aren't *on* row 3 when you get to this step.  Why would you suddenly skip rows and make a cable just for the heck of it?   Ignore that & just stick with whatever your row counter says. 

Also, the increases in between cables could have been a little clearer. I wish they'd bothered to give you a specific type of increase.  I am going to experiment of a swatch. I increased away on my sweater & they look really ugly - gotta frog anyway to correct all the other mistakes...so I'll just add that to the list of things to fix.   
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 24, 2008 11:36:52 AM
You're nicer than me....I've been thinking of drafting a letter to Lion Brand to complain.  If a free pattern has errors - I understand.  But to pay a company for a pattern that they haven't bothered to edit just gets me steamed! 
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? on: January 24, 2008 05:05:42 AM
   I settled on Patons Classic Merino in Faded Denim.   

How is the Paton's merino working out? Is the guage similar to the pattern?  I'd like to try this but I don't know what yarn to use and I kinda stink at conversions.

The gauge is dead-on...no problems there. I knit really tight so I went up a needle size - but I don't think its the yarn - its me.  My big problem is the pattern is driving me nuts.  I started about 1/2 the back & realized that the pattern led me astray. The front panel of cables are upside-down & lots of other little things that spell Crappy Sweater I'd Never Wear Like This.   I am going to have to frog - but for now its comfortably resting before its big *surgery*.

wickedgoodknitta - this is just another example of poor pattern writing.  There is some reference to "knitting back & forth to create garter stitch"  - like you were able to knit this whole sweater & didn't know that.   I think they figure that you will knit it flat & seam it up.   I don't know why anyone would do that.  I knit mine in the round. 
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: ANY sock KAL anyone? on: January 22, 2008 05:14:53 AM
such a smartie, redwitch!  I never would have thought to knit one toe-up & the other cuff down for the pomatomus socks!   I want to try those soon & will keep that little trick in mind.   
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: January 19, 2008 06:10:19 AM
I am a knitter & I use mine to store circular needles.   I removed the paper & black insert and labeled them.   This only works up to US size 11 needles - anything bigger than that is too fat for the depth of the box.

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