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1  Re: Knitty's Roam (Fall 2007) in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: October 04, 2007 03:54:46 AM
Yay, I was worried for a while this was going to be a solo-KAL Tongue

I'm having a crazy-busy week but I'm knitting a row or two when I get the chance; I'm halfway though the increases on the left front and I'm loving how the fabric is knitting up in Trinity.

Here's some hastily snapped and slightly blurry progress pics:

I'm loving the faux-seam!  This is quite a good colour representation, depending on the light the yarn seems either blue-grey or grey-blue.  Either way I really like it!

Looking forward to seeing some other people's takes on this Smiley
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2  Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: April 11, 2007 01:04:22 AM
Well, one year on(!!! How did that happen?! 12 months?!) and the heartbreak of having to frog the whole sleeve tube plus about 10" of the body tube has subsided enough to tackle this bad boy again.  I'm DETERMINED to make it work this time.

I'm using Jaegar Extra Fine Merino for attempt #2, in colours similar to the original pattern on Knitty (aside from the brown, which I didn't like and couldn't get anyway; I went for another Aubergine instead).  I didn't get gauge (not enough stitches, too many rows) so I just cast on enough to fit snugly around the top of my arm which ended up being 50.  I knit the first sleeve then went back and did the back portion, but I'm using a 4mm needle rather than the 5mm I used on the sleeve just to make doubly sure I don't end up with a huge back portion this time.  FINGERS CROSSED.

So far so good; the fit's perfect on my arm and the belling at the end's minimal.  I'm almost done with the back portion (I WAS done, but I messed up watching Life on Mars last night and had to tink about three inches. Bah.) and I'm really looking forward to getting on with the other sleeve to check the fit properly Smiley
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3  Re: Amelia Raitte's "My Fashionable Life" Knit A long in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: February 26, 2007 01:54:15 AM
...my swatch in the RYC Soft Tweed also grew in length, but not width, so I'm making the pieces shorter to accomodate the stretch (hope I did my math right!).  I'm a little worried about the shawl collar/front bands, since if I knit them on as called for, they'll need to stretch widthwise when the sweater is blocked...

Great minds and all that jazz..!  I picked up 100sts for the front edgings which equates to roughly 5sts to each 6 rows of pattern (if that makes sense?!  I've tried to explain it about twenty times over and it's not getting any clearer Tongue) because I was concerned about the lack of widthways stretch.  Fingers crossed my maths stand up to the blocking!  I really like the idea of st-st at the top too Smiley

Apologies for the bad pictures and flash glare but anyways, here she is:

So soft and cosy!  Probably not the most flattering garment I've ever worn as I'm pretty top-heavy but I love it anyway.  I'm not used to wearing something so voluminous though!

There's a lot of knitting in that bottom portion!

Oh, ands I ended up with seven and a bit balls left over - over 600yds!  So I've bought the pattern for Glampyre's Bulky Cabled Cardi and cast on last night.  Looking forward to seeing other Craftster's knits Smiley

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4  Re: Amelia Raitte's "My Fashionable Life" Knit A long in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: February 09, 2007 02:10:17 AM
I'm done with the back of Flicca - talk about a quick knit, I only cast on for this on Monday [let us not talk of the amount of housework I have neglected in order to get it done in four days Lips sealed]

Here's the back in almost all it's glory, it'll stretch out a fair bit in length when blocked if my swatch is to be believed:

And here's a close-up of the first lot of decreases.  This is the best representation of the colour although there are quite a few blue flecks which are hard to capture with my crappy camera:

I've already cast on for the left front, I'm dying to wear this!  Oh and judiper, I hope you enjoy this yarn too, it's absolutely yummy!  So soft and squishy, I'm *almost* enjoying knitting with plastic needles.  Almost...
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5  Re: knitscene's central park hoodie in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: October 11, 2006 02:50:06 AM
I'm done! [sorry if the pics are rubbish, it's pouring with rain so natural light's in short supply Sad]

I'm so happy with it, I've worn it the past three days and I haven't even blocked it yet.  The hood's a little small as I have a rather huge head(!) but I'm not too bothered as I never intended to wear it hood-up anyway -- this has my best friend confused as to why I knitted a hoodie in the first place, but there you go!

I made the 40" size and according to yardage I needed 7 hanks of my yarn (Rowanspun Aran), however I only just broke into the 6th hank for the edging. It's cabled beautifully IMO and is lovely and cozy.  I'm off now to sew this is place
-- it came with the yarn!  Heh, I'm so easily amused.

Jane Cheesy
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6  Re: knitscene's central park hoodie in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: September 11, 2006 01:43:09 AM
And finally, cucumberpatch.co.uk has the rowanspun aran for about the equivalent of 7 US dollars per hank (I saw that someone else was using that). 

*raises hand* Me, me! Tongue

I finally got started on this last weekend and it's such a quick knit, I love it -- I think the combination of largish StSt sections make for speed but the cables and reverse StSt stop me losing interest.  Here's a rather rubbish photo of the completed back:

I LOVE this yarn, it's much easier to wind than the Rowanspun 4-ply I'm using for Arisaig and the colour is just perfect for me [a sort of mulberry tone with flecks of burgundy, dark blue and light grey].  I'm up to the armhole on the first front and think I'll either do sleeve-second front-sleeve or complete the fronts then do the sleeves at the same time, anything to avoid the dreaded second-sleeve symdrome(!).

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7  Re: Booga Bag in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: June 16, 2006 03:43:24 AM
I'm done!

In the end I used the same 4-ply purple (double stranded) I'd used for my Isabeau a while back.  I added a ten-round stripe of the yarn you can see in the bottom right of the picture and I'm SO GLAD the colours washed out a bit as it felted, I'm not into neon brights.  All in all I'm very pleased, and it'll be making its debut when I go girly shopping next weekend Smiley

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8  Re: Cupcake baby hat with pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by jane_101 on: May 19, 2006 07:13:59 AM
Here you go! Flat:

And stuffed with a plastic carrier bag (hopefully the baby's head will be a bit better shaped than this Tongue):

The yarn is a Sirdar cotton/acrylic blend which is a bit thinner your suggestion but it's so soft and has worked out fine, plus I figure at this time of year she wont need something too cozy anyway.  I worked this flat as DPNs are the very devil and my 5mm circs were otherwise employed in my Tubey (which I had to rip out last night, RIP Sad).  I also only did three flowers and placed them on the left front of the hat as this is for a wee one and I didn't want anything added to the back of her head lest she be uncomfy Smiley

Thank you for such a super pattern, it was quick and easy but I'm sure Mummy will be very pleased with it!

Jane Cheesy

ETA: That second picture is awful!  I swear my knitting is a lot more even than it looks there.  Photography is NOT my strong suit Sad
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9  Re: BBBBalong!! in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: March 20, 2006 03:34:02 AM

Beautiful!   Shocked  I love the way there's almost an argyle-style pattern emerging from the yarn.  That's a very lucky niece you have Smiley
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10  Re: Isabeau, small and quick... anyone game? in Knitalongs by jane_101 on: February 22, 2006 03:01:17 AM

A couple of things I have discovered about my crafting abilities while making this bag:

a)My sewing skills are really not that bad at all; I am so pleased with the way the lining came out, I decided to really go over the top and added a pocket for my phone.  Show off?  Moi? Tongue  I chose cheap and cheerful hot-pink poly-cotton (double thickness) because I wasn't at all confident about my lining skills, but next time I will be more brave (and less mean, Cheesy) and splash out on something a bit more luxurious.  I slid a piece of thin plastic in the bottom, between the two layers of lining, just to give the base a bit of stability and rigidity, being married to the James Bond of the Plastics world really does have it's benefits sometimes Tongue

b)I cannot crochet Sad  I managed the sides of the bag OK, but after three attempts at closing the handle, and each time it being scrunched-up and ugly, I just gave up and fudged it with a darning needle and yarn.  Not that you would know, unless you had seen the pattern and knew how pretty it should look(!), it's OK, but I HATE to be defeated; I WILL learn to crochet, and properly (either that or the next one I make will have an i-cord handle!)

Excuse the Big-&-Brown button, it's far from perfect but the yarn store I visited had quite frankly the UGLIEST selection I have ever seen, so I stole this 'spare' from my son's duffel coat and the quest goes on.  I'm thinking, actually, that a silk flower (iris?) stitched on the flap and a magnetic closure under it might be oh-so-pretty.  In case anyone is interested, the yarn was from ebay, its 100% wool but very thin so I double-stranded it and I used what I thought were 5mm needles but it turns out theyre 5.5mm (I don't check gauge, can you tell?!).  The finished dimensions are base - 25cm x 10cm and height 12cm.  My handle's almost 20cm long as I couldn't find my tape measure so I just stopped knitting when it was almost as long as my DPNs scientific aint got NOTHIN' on me.

Oh, and whilst I was weaving in the ends, I managed to snip right into the side of my finger with the scissors, much blood and general swearing ensued, but I realised that was the first time I have injured myself knitting; maybe I should look at it as a bizarre rite of passage to being a 'proper' crafter rather than an irritating little nick which reopens every time I straighten my finger.

Lothruin, I love, love, love the idea of lining with jeans; I had thought of denim but just in the context of buying new, not using old jeans I had lying around, that's genius Cheesy, especially using the pocket as I despise my mobile not being to-hand.  To be honest, I think with this project it might have been a bit small to fit a pocket in but if I love little Isabeau as much as I think I'm going to, I can see me buying the pattern for the tote and using jeans for that; thanks for the brilliant suggestion.

Anyhoo, pictures!  Closed, and empty:

A close-up of the lining, and phone-pocket:

And finally, Isabeau holding all my daily essentials; mobile phone, purse (which is LARGE), diary, pen, MP3, lipgloss and leather gloves.  I can't believe how much it holds, it looked so small when it was blocking I thought it would be a going-out bag and nothing more, thankfully I was wrong:

Thanks to you all for your helpful suggestions, I am a Craftster newbie but you all seem so friendly I think I'll end up hanging round Cheesy

Happy knitting, Jane. x.
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