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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:pattern / problem finishing Adriafil sweater on: April 19, 2004 09:31:34 AM
from the chart, i think it looks like it's intending raglan sleeves, and the picture is ambiguous, so i think that if it fits she probably did it right.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:pattern / problem finishing Adriafil sweater on: April 17, 2004 05:17:31 PM
you have done everything correctly, except choose your pattern! the picture is misleading. the neckline is indeed square-ish, but the two 'corners' you have to join with the cord fall back if not tied up - if you look closely on the picture you can see one of them - making it look like a v-neck in a bad photograph.

i must admit that while the photo on the front looks like a v-neck, i am not sure why you still thought it was a v-neck even after looking at the chart, which clearly that shows the jumper is not a v-neck. have more confidence in your knitting ability, there is no way you could have accidentally made a v-neck square.  Grin

unfortunately the knitting world is full of dodgy patterns with misleading pictures. the people producing them make mediocre garments look interesting by giving the model accessories, or less "old" by putting them on a teenage model, or better-fitting by showing the model in an odd position. i have given up on patterns completely, as so many of them are not designed for women of my age and bustline!

i'm sorry, but if you really want a v-neck you will have to rip out the whole top of the front and put regular decreases in instead of that sort of slit, to make a sloping neckline. personally i would just put up with the fact that it is not quite as expected, as it looks like it will be a lovely jumper with a deep neckline anyway. next time, check the chart before you buy the pattern to get a better idea of what the garment really looks like!  Smiley
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:What am I doing wrong? on: April 17, 2004 08:35:50 AM
"stockinette" as you yanks call it, curls up. a border of some kind is the most effective way of stopping it.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:v-neck pattern? on: April 17, 2004 08:33:32 AM
have you tried knitty.com?
15  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Challenge of the week on: April 16, 2004 08:34:30 PM
tape measure:
tape measures always go missing, so i would use it as a tape measure.  Smiley

my cat seems to like rolling them around and chewing them, so you could give it to a cat as a toy, but that's not really craft either.

you could wrap it round a hat, like a ribbon (lol), or glue it down the outside seam of your trousers or similar.

the erasors i would pierce through the middle with a thin needle (because a thick piercing device might split them) and use them as beads for a bracelet.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:beginner+ project ideas? on: April 16, 2004 08:29:36 PM
buttons may be a bit above beginner knitting. they are tricky to make look good, if you are interested in the future there is a good method given in a book i have: "knitting in plain english" by maggie righetti (which is quite a good book even if you are not a beginner)

zippers are easy because they don't require you to do anything at all knitting-wise. you just knit the edge where you want the zipper as any other edge, and then when you have finished you hand-sew the zipper on. it is advisable to pin it on first.

a tip on zipper-sewing - make sure you are not stretching the knitting as you pin it to the zipper. i had this problem with my first knitted garment and had to redo it about 3 times.

sweaters do take a long time, so with the benefit of hindsight i would recommend knitting something in the biggest, chunkiest yarn you can find because it makes it a lot quicker.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:knitting pattern chart in italian - help? on: April 16, 2004 08:22:01 PM
Does anyone know how to make little patches with controlled ladders (runs) that don't take over the whole sweater?

from the picture, i think what is happening is this:

the stitches are being replaced by yarn overs, which are not being knitted in the next row.

when you want to "finish" the shape, as it were, start increasing stitches and decreasing the number of yarn overs (still not knitting them).

so for those triangle shapes you might do something like
1st row of shape: k to where you want the shape, dec 1, yo, continue in pattern
2nd row: yo, yo, dec 1
3rd row: dec 1, yo, yo, yo
4th row: yo, yo, yo, yo, dec 1

get what i mean?
and then when you want to start making the shape smaller
row 1: inc 1, 1 fewer yo than row before
row 2: 1 fewer yo again, inc 1

it's a lovely idea for a motif that i've not seen before. good luck!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:tooffuu help on: April 14, 2004 09:53:55 AM
i'm not terribly experienced with tofu cookery but i have a few suggestions.

regarding the blandness of tofu -
it is a fact that most foods, cooked alone, are more palatable than tofu - especially chicken and other meats which have a strong flavour of their own. that doesn't mean that tofu isn't good to eat, it just means that it needs something to go with it.
i usually soak it in soy sauce and lemon juice before cooking, but you could have it with a dipping sauce or anything with a strong flavour.

i have never had a problem frying tofu - perhaps the heat was too low?
tofu, as a food made of processed cooked soya, does not technically need any cooking, so no need to worry about cooking it all through or anything. however cooking it fairly fast gives it a kind of crust which gives it a bit more texture.
it is pretty soft and smooth in texture, so if it's a bit crisp on the outside that can be an improvement.

i wish i could eat tofu more often, but i usually cook for my flatmates as well as myself (in return for not having to wash up), only one of whom will even tolerate tofu. Angry
19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:I screwed up a picture frame! on: April 13, 2004 07:24:37 PM
have you tried kind of scraping them off with a knife? (you could repaint the frame afterwards.

what didn't work about the vinyl? if it was the glue not holding them on rather than anything stylistic, you could try a different glue.

erm how about gluing buttons or bottlecaps or something to it?
20  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Neon Green Cardigan! on: April 13, 2004 07:21:42 PM
err, a cushion?

if you like the cardigan but not the colour, you could dye it.

you could unravel it and knit something else.
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