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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 24, 2006 04:44:12 AM
I actually had pain in my left hand from holding the needles . . . I think that I knit for six hours straight one day (moving from chair to chair when one got too hot - stupid heat wave). The hubbo is actually the reason for the stitch markers as he has a really bad habit of beginning a conversation when I am casting on and/or counting. I am so glad that I added the extra 3.5 inches so that it is long enough. The back will be done this morning and I will cast on the front this afternoon. I have until August 2nd to get this finished as it is my 15th anniversary.

22  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 23, 2006 06:06:18 PM
Sosidegal -

Was your fabric too open on the 7s? I had one extra stitch per inch and decided to live with it. It is the length that was bugging me. I'm on the back section between the armholes right now. Not much knitting going on in the house this weekend as my hubbo and I were installing a tub surround . . . the reason why ReBath charges $4500 is because you don't have to do the work. UGH!


PS - I still put stitch markers every 20 stitches when I have to cast on any number above fifty. That way, I only have to count the twenty stitches between each marker and then take them off as I work the first row.
23  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 19, 2006 06:24:43 PM
I think the knitting gremlins are in this project. I just finished the increases of the back and am ready to begin the armhole shaping. I took the measurement of the piece so far and the length is 12 inches, about 3.5 inches shy of the 15.5 specified on the schematics. After fooling around with both the tape measure and some yarn cut to the finished length, the final length of 23 inches (making the XL here) will work nicely, but that will only occur if I add the 3.5 inches. I am fine with that, but here are my questions:

1. should I put the extra 3.5 inches between the decreases and increases, making the last increase fall on the bust line OR should I put the extra 3.5 inches after the increases (like the back)? The first one makes more sense to me.

2. should I begin the V at the 12 inches the way that the pattern says or not? I am not sure about this one.

Honestly, I am really feeling like a shit knitter after this one, but I don't know what to do.


24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 18, 2006 05:49:38 AM
Sometimes I think that my brain cells are dripping out of my body like the sweat from this latest heat wave. Totally missed the M1 on the first stockinette row so that would answer both the questions that I had. I emailed Wendy about the pattern and she responded very, very quickly . I guess I will make the increases on the next right side row. Luckily, or unluckily if you ask the hubbo, Home Depot took way too long last night and I didn't get any more knitting done.

25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 17, 2006 03:39:11 PM
Has anyone noticed any mistakes in the pattern? I cast on this afternoon (love the Elann Esprit with elastic - love it!) and I am beginning the darts. I think that that dart placement might be off for the the XL as it says, "Knit 30, k2tog, pm, work 60, pm, ssk, work to end" but that will put the darts a little off center so I fixed that myself. The thing I am concerned about is when the directions say, "Decrease in this manner every 6th row an additional 6 times" which would mean that you decrease a total of 7 times (the first plus the additional 6) but the increases say, "Work to 1st marker, sm, m1, work to next dart marker, sm, m1, work to end. Repeat this increase row every 6th row an additonal 5 times." The increases bring you up to the original number of stitches. My only concern is that if I don't do the last decrease to make the decreases match the increases, the length will be off. Should I knit those extra six rows?

26  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 11, 2006 08:24:27 AM
Thanks! I bought enough of the Elann Spirit (a little elastic in it) to make my finished bust size. Can't wait to get started!
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Sizzle KAL!! on: July 10, 2006 05:29:54 PM
Hey, I'm contemplating this top too, but I'm a little confused about the sizing. It seems odd to me that something so apparently fitted should have positive ease--I mean, is that one bodacious photo or what?--but the Bust Measurement is smaller than the Finished Bust Measurement. (I'm assuming that "Finished" bust measurement refers to the garment.) For anyone who's bought the pattern, does she give recommendations as to whether to size up or down, or should I just guess based on whatever yarn I end up using?

ETA: Er, never mind, I just read through the comments at knitandtonic and she answered that question for someone else. I'll be sizing down, then.

I must be having a "low coffee" moment, but I can't find for the life of me where the question about ease is answered on Wendy's blog. What day is it posted under? I am a bit confused about the ease too as my actual measurement is one of the finished measurements.

28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hill Country yarns, anyone? on: June 27, 2006 05:48:16 AM
I bought the green (tadpole), pink (old rose), and brown/turquoise/white (indian stone) colorways. They are lovely as lovely can be, but the shipping bites. I waited for over a  month to get the yarn. It really is nice yarn, but if you are looking to knit with it right away, buy something else.


PS - Did you see it on Knit and Tonic? That's where I found it.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting needles on airplanes? on: June 27, 2006 05:44:13 AM
Hmm. This late-August I'm flying from Orange County to Gatwick, England. Has anyone had experience at that airport? Will I probably have more trouble going through customs from the US to the UK or the other way around? It really would be the PERFECT thing to do during all that time..

I have never had a problem flying into or out of Gatwick (six or seven times) with knitting needles, but I use Denise Needles so pose any problems. Honestly, you will be more likely to encounter problems in the UK with your knitting than here (no matter what our country says, the security measures in the UK are higher than ours - armed police in the airports are farily normal, but they won't want your knitting  Grin). I did pack some dental floss to cut the yarn, but I think I am going to buy a pendant. As long as you have the plastic needles, you should be okay.

The UK used to have prohibitions against any knitting or crochette on airplanes, but I think that it has been lifted in the last few years.


PS - If you stay in London, check out the yarn in Liberty . . . lovely folks to deal with!
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Clapotis question - too many stitches on: January 16, 2006 05:52:17 AM
Do you have six stitches between all the markers? I know when I was tired, I somehow moved a marker and had five on one side and seven on the other. I would say if you can knit two together, then you should do that at some point. If it is at the beginning, I think that you are beyond that drop stitch for that row (you drop after that first marker, right) so it won't make much difference. It will make a difference on the other side because the two balance with the increase on the knit side and the decrease on the purl side. Maybe you forgot to decrease in the previous two rows of purl? Either way, I don't think that you will notice that one row where you made a "mistake" since this is such a forgiving pattern.

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