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11  FO - Rambling Rose from Rowan 39 in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: August 02, 2006 03:53:54 PM
Yes, that's right... I finally finished Rambling Rose today! I'm not sure yet what I think, but I did take a couple of bad shots in front of the mirror to give an idea of how it looks. I'll try to post some better photos in my blog at a later date.

Pattern: Rambling Rose from Rowan 39
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fine in Victorian Pink
Needles: Susan Bates size 1 circulars, Addi Turbo size 2 circulars, 24 or 29"
Modifications: No intentional ones. I messed up and made the bottom ribbing about 1 cm too short (by the way, this project was great for getting me to know metric better, since everything is in cm), and I may have done the shaping wrong around the shoulders and sleeves, since the pattern was a little confusing to me... but it all worked out in the end, so I don't think I did mess that up.

I'm happy with the knitting, overall... I think my seaming should be better, and the cotton is not very forgiving, so I can tell even minor problems with the stitches, but I think the sweater looks beautiful... on me, however... I'm not so sure. I kinda feel that it may make me look heavy, and I'm still not sure about the roses on me, as much as I love them. I like this yarn as well as I reckon I could like any cotton fingering weight yarn... it is very soft, and I am loving how it feels against my skin, although knitting with it was tiring at times. I didn't really learn any new techniques with this piece, which is probably why it got boring after a while, but I am happy with the finished product, although I don't know how frequently I'll wear it... or if I'll ever get the nerve to give it a public appearance!

PS: A hint to any wanting to knit this sweater... if you hate weaving in your ends, do it as you go along. I didn't think to do this, and ended up with sooo many ends to weave.
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12  Vintage Simplicity 8159 (1969 dress pattern) Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by cnp71201 on: June 29, 2006 07:05:48 PM
I hope it's ok to post this here!

I found this awesome dress pattern at a shop for 50 cents. I bought it, for some reason thinking it was a size 32" when it is actually a size 37". I was going through so many patterns, I guess I got them confused. Anyway, I do remember that the shop didn't have another copy of this pattern, and I really love and want to make this dress! So, I am wondering whether anyone has this pattern in a size 32" or 34" bust they'd be willing to trade for this, and possibly some cash, if needed. Here's the pattern info:

Simplicity 8159 Jiffy easy cut-easy sew. It says it was printed in 1969. Here's a picture of it:

I really want to make the pink version, and I've been told it would probably be too hard to resize this pattern that much. The package is just a little shabby around the edges, but it's not in bad condition, and the pattern itself looks like it has never even been unfolded. So if you have it and are willing to trade, please let me know! Thanks!
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13  Chinese Prosperity Fish Bag (Folk Bags) in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: June 24, 2006 06:23:19 PM
I just finished my Chinese Prosperity Fish Bag from Folk Bags. I love it so much!

More info on my blog. :-)
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14  Re: Retro whirl away dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cnp71201 on: June 07, 2006 05:42:55 PM
Here's a picture of mine. The skirt looks uneven, but it's not - I wasn't standing up quite straight This is a REALLY bad picture of me, and the room isn't really as messy as it looks, either. It's hard to make a summer dorm room look clean!

I used the vintage Butterick 3221, which is basically the same as the new pattern, except the skirt isn't as full, and there are a couple of darts in the new pattern that aren't in this one. I had to add them anyway, to make it fit right around the bust. I bought both patterns, because I won this on ebay first and went ahead and ordered the fabric. I ended up having to use 3221 because 4790 takes more yardage. I had to modify it quite a bit to get it fitted, so I made the bodice shorter, added the darts, and I also added the rhinestone buckle. I like it better than the way this version is supposed to be made, with the bias tape extending to tie in the front - that was a little precarious for me. I had to mess with the neckline a little, too. The seams aren't quite straight, but I don't think the unevenness is too noticable. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, especially since this is the first piece of clothing I've ever sewn, and only the second thing I've sewn - the first was a purse that isn't technically complete, since I have to put the handles on it.
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15  Modeknit's Silk Corset Top and Knit.1 Ribbon Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by cnp71201 on: April 26, 2006 10:46:42 AM
First of all, please excuse how horrible I look in these photos. I was completely sober, although a bit tired, and there is no excuse for how cracked-out I look!

Silk Corset Top:
From: http://www.modeknit.com/silk_corset.html
Size: 32"
Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Brilla, cotton/rayon blend, color #400, almost 4 skeins
Needles: size 6 straight


Mods made: I used all one color, instead of a MC and CC. I didn't add buttons to the very bottom, and would have needed 24, I believe it was, if I had. I did buy them, but so many people told me it looked great the way it was that I decided to leave it. I worked chart D for an extra inch before beginning the bottom lace. I have yet to do the crochet edging because I know I don't have enough yarn left, so I'm waiting until I can find another skein in the color I need.

Other details: I feel the Brilla was a great yarn for this project; it's a little thinner than the yarn called for, but it's not so thin that I HAVE to wear something underneath (although in these photos I am wearing a red cami under the top). It was really nice to work with once I became used to the inelasticity of the yarn. The pictures are a little bright; in reality it doesn't appear to have any orange in it at all.

Sizing was a hard decision for this project; I normally wear about a 33", but I chose a 32", and it is really, really tight, as you can see. Also, if knitting this top, be sure to pay extra attention for the first few rows; that seems to be where many people get most confused on this project. I joined the knit along for this. The URL is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/silkcorsetknitalong/

Incredible Ribbon Shrug:

From: Knit.1 Spring/Summer '05
Size: 35"
Yarn: Lion Brand Incredible Ribbon, color purple party, ~ 3.5 skeins
Needles: size 15

Mods: I think my gauge was off; at any rate, it was really hard to measure this thing. It doesn't really matter, because I didn't realize it was probably going to come out too large, and it did. I should have gone down to 13s, maybe, or sized it down somehow. It still looks alright, I think.

Other details: It's a bit tricky figuring out how you're supposed to tie it, but I think I got it right. I had one very off dyelot that was much brighter and not as pretty as the rest, so I did the sleeves with that one. At least it kinda looks purposefully done. In this picture, it looks a little wonky. I promise it's not! It looks that way because the flash was so bright. I couldn't get a good picture of it, but it's much cuter in real life!
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