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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alapca and washing/blocking - HELP! on: January 22, 2008 07:11:01 PM
Thank you for the replies.  This is becoming known as the Alpaca Disaster of 2008 around my house.  I feel pretty stupid for making a mistake I knew better than to make.

I think the growth is compounded by the weight of a sweater to the point that alpaca swatches (for sweaters) are hardly ever accurate without the weight of the sweater pulling on them.

Yes, this exactly!  A teensy little swatch is so easy to support without stretching while a big heavy sweater is not.

Well, I've learned a lesson.  I had a felting disaster last year (I'm making a lot of amateurish mistakes lately) and so I think I'll avoid the dryer, though it's what I was considering.  I'm just going to rip it, reknit, and avoid full on washing from here on out.  I appreciate the feedback and help.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alapca and washing/blocking - HELP! on: January 20, 2008 04:54:57 PM
You know, I've had prickly alpaca, but this stuff isn't.  And once I washed it, it felt wonderful...it just grew, too.  Thanks for the reply.  I did do a search, but it's hard to find the specific terms.  I got thread overload when I searched before, and it was hard to narrow it down. I'll try again and see if I can think of the magic words to bring up somewhat fewer threads.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Alapca and washing/blocking - HELP! on: January 20, 2008 04:30:31 PM
(x-posted at Ravelry)

I think I already know the answer to this, but Im going to ask anyway. Im knitting the McQueen knockoff by Calista Yoo in the recommended Andean Treasure and I finished the front and back panels. I know not to wet block alpaca, but when I held them up to my skin, they felt really itchy, I think because Id been dragging them all over the place to knit, and theyd gotten dirty. So I very very gently washed them in the sink and then I blocked them. This morning I picked up a dry panel and held it up to myself and found that my fitted sweater is now much much larger than it was before. It looked fine while blocking, but stretched the moment I picked it up.

Obviously, this is my own fault, since I did know better. What I want to know now is twofold. One, do I have to rip and reknit this? I suspect that I do, but if anyone knows a way I can avoid this, theyll have my undying love. Two, when/if I do this over again (on much smaller needles, by gum), and it comes that I need to wash my sweater, whats the safest way to wash alpaca so that it doesnt grow like a mofo? Im down with steam blocking future alpaca projects, but I do want to be able to wash dirty sweaters without fear of a disaster the like of which occurred this morning.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf Sweater from Phildar Tendances on: November 10, 2007 12:14:18 PM
Bee-yew-tee-ful!  It's seriously lovely.    I was picturing Teva Durham's leaf pullover, but I think I like this one better.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: cable luxe inspired on: November 10, 2007 12:11:02 PM
Beautiful!  I've been admiring that pattern for a while.  Yours looks great, especially considering you didn't really use the pattern!  Wow!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first Afghan on: November 06, 2007 05:35:18 PM
What a great color!  And the giant cables are gorgeous - what a great blanket.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: puffy wicked on: November 04, 2007 02:04:01 AM
So, so beautiful!  I love the sleeves, and the fit is perfect.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leafy Shawlette on: October 29, 2007 06:30:37 PM
Very pretty! I'd like to see it on a person 

Heh - that's next up.  I just didn't feel terribly glamorous this weekend, so the pumpkins got to model.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle-Free Knitting Needle Bag on: October 29, 2007 04:05:25 PM
Beautiful!  I, too, loved that pattern but not the needles.  Great solution!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leafy Shawlette on: October 29, 2007 04:02:57 PM

Pattern: Clementine Shawlette, Spring 2007 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, Happy Forest colorway
Yardage: About 350 yards - less than one skein
Needles: 3.5 mm, US size 4, random bamboo jobs I got on Ebay

I'm thrilled with this pattern.  It's fast, fun to knit, and the end result works really well as either a shawl or a scarf.  I'm also thrilled with the yarn, a lovely gift, in that it's every bit as smooshy as the name would imply, and the colors are to die for. 

This was a less-than-two-week project from start to finish, and it's very rhythmic.  Once you get past the shaping at the bottom, it's suitable for TV knitting (although there are some small mistakes on the second half thanks to some exciting moments on the DVDs I was watching.) 
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