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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finito! (summer top w/pix) on: June 09, 2006 11:47:31 PM
My very first 'summer' top... and I'm so proud! 

Another silly thing I did was forget to name the pattern - it's Lelah!
I think it's all the excitment from finishing this baby....

I'm sorry I can't remember where to find it, but it's pretty easy if you google it.
Anybody have the url for it?

Zia   Grin

22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / conversion confusion on: June 02, 2006 07:54:02 PM
Ok gauge experts, I need a bit of help (please?  Cry )

I have decided to use this: http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/topdown.cfm for my next project.

My problem is, where it says "Enter needle size:", its a problem for me because I live down under (Australia) and we use mm's, but the site wants U.S. sized needles. 

When I looked up the conversion for my 3mm needles that I want to use, they can't be converted to U.S. sizing. 

Can anybody shed some light on this?  Undecided  If it helps, I get about 30sts per inch with my size 3mm's.

Thanks so much in advance..

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cuteness Alert! on: May 29, 2006 06:59:09 PM
Anybody seen this yet?


How ADORABLE!!   Cheesy

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fresh off the needls on: May 23, 2006 10:24:44 PM
Introducing my 'stashbuster' topdown raglan.  I used this - http://www.glampyreknits.com/ - to help me along...
I guess I had enough blue yarn for a little top or something...but I really
wanted something warm for around the house.... so here she is:

Can you see how I put a little cable between the two increases for the neckline?
I found that trick somewhere on the web... but honestly can't remember where, but
it's really easy to do.  I also put some ribbing on each side of the body as you can see
so that way it has a nice 'shape'.

Zia   Grin
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blood Red on: May 05, 2006 08:39:25 PM
Ok firstly let me apologize for the quality of the web pics.  Technology ain't my forte', so please be gentle with me  Embarrassed

I call her 'Blood Red' (is that name already taken??) and she's my own creation, although the 'Pull Etnic' on this site inspired me somewhat:
(i hope the link works!)

Dorky front shot:

Goofy back shot:

The important 'can't see it very well' close up:

And thanks to mum for her crochet know-how for the neck:

Cheers to all for looking!    Grin
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A sort of rant and a question on: May 05, 2006 01:49:03 AM
Yesterday I went to my local second hand shop and thought i scored bigtime.
I found two bags of 100% wool, 50g balls.
One bag had about 15 balls, a pale green colour. The other had about 10 balls, a lavender colour.
On close inspection, I discovered ALL of the balls had been
stained by the colours on the wrapper..... it looks as thought the
previous owner had some type of moisture problem or something.
I couldn't believe every single ball had a tiny or a huge coloured stain. 
I dared not buy them, in case the colour had seeped through the entire ball.
Now that I think of it, i should have asked if I could open the packs and
inspect them closer, and inside each ball.   
So my question is, if I go back and buy this wool, assuming it's still there,
do you think the stains can be washed out or cleaned in some other way?
I appreciate any help offered.....
Zia  Undecided
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible? on: February 14, 2006 09:46:30 PM
I love the stitch pattern that's used for Odessa.  I want to use this pattern for a dolls A-line skirt and was wondering if anyone knew how one would knit it in 'reverse'. 

What I mean is instead of it getting smaller and smaller as you reach the end as in the hat pattern, I want it to get larger and larger. 

Also, instead of starting with 110 sts, I need to be able to start with about 50 sts.

I had this flash in my head of maybe how it could be done: substitute the k2tog's for yo's, and the yo's for k2tog's.  Am I a total moron to think this would work?  Any ideas from anyone?

Thanks heaps!   Zia.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Confused on lace pattern on: January 22, 2006 07:02:19 PM
I'm hoping somebody can help..    Huh
My sister wants to make this : http://www.berroco.com/181/181_michaela.html
but is having problems with it. 
I'm trying to help her and made a swatch, but for some reason it just doesn't look right. Although I'm following each row correctly, when I get to row 5, it confuses the heck out of me.
I did complete all 16 rows, but after I do row 5 and thereafter, it actually turns into
the reverse side.....(yep, I understand this: Row 1 and all WS rows, except rows 5 and 13: Purl.)
This all might be confusing, but I can't even explain it properly because I don't know what's going on with it!

Anyway, maybe somebody has made this lace and has had the same problem, or at least
have some advice.  Many thanks indeed!

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