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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sweater! (a Berroco shapely pattern) on: January 06, 2007 07:15:13 PM
I actually finished most of this in May (just in time for non-sweater weather here in NH), but the neckline was too big. I got some great help here with ideas for how to cinch it a bit, and I ended up doing single crochet around the neckline twice. It still a bit open at the neck but not falling off my shoulders.

This is from a Berroco pattern (Bernadette from book 234) meant for their suede yarn. I substituted Cascade Peruvian Wool in a cool blue-green color. I picked the pattern because it was shaped and had some cool embelishments, but not so much that it would be intimidating. Plus I learned to use a cable needle!

The detailing is on the front and both sleeves

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's pedicure socks - an Xmas gift on: January 02, 2007 07:39:29 AM
I finished these in November and could have even posted them since my best friend doesn't look here, but I lost the cord of my camera until yesterday!

Anyway, these are the pedicure socks from Knitty, with no modification except the color. The idea is that you can wear them with flip flops and still get your toes done. Smiley They called for red and orange and I used red and pink, but it's still Paton's Classic Merino. These were my first socks of any kind and I found the pattern very easy to follow, even for turning the heel (which uses short rows).

Sorry for my huge foot. My friend wears 2 sizes smaller! Click on the images to see bigger versions.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Baby Sweater! on: November 14, 2006 03:54:42 PM
My first baby sweater and one of my better FO's! This is the "Baby's pure and simple pullover" from Weekend Knitting. I used Ry Classic Cashsoft Baby DK and boy howdy is that stuff soft! I wish I could make a me-sized sweater of it...

Gave it to a friend in London and grabbed these pics (with a British pound next to it) just before handing it over!

Bigger pics:
Front: http://www.peckish.org/knitting/babysweater1.jpg
Back: http://www.peckish.org/knitting/babysweater2.jpg
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Neckline too big on my finished sweater. Ideas? on: June 26, 2006 09:20:34 AM
Hey folks, I just finished my first sweater. Yay!

And it's turned out pretty well, except the neckline is a little too big. It's a raglan sleeve, so I guess it's really the top of the sleeves that is a little too long and it's making it almost hang off of my shoulders. I've thought about redoing the seams to take a bit more into the selvage or putting in some elastic thread, but I was wondering if there were any suggestions from the wise craftsters?  Smiley

Here's photos to see what I mean. It doesn't look to bad in the photos, but it really feels like it's going to slide off my shoulders at any second.

The pattern is Berroco Bernadette in case anyone is interested.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How many times have you pulled out the same rows? on: March 07, 2006 07:53:05 AM
It's just one of those things, I guess. I'm working on the front of my first sweater (finished the back last week, yay!) and it's got a crazy-stitch design on each side several times up the bottom of the front. I was working on it sunday and got through two of the crazy-stitch patterns and realized that I had misread the directions and wasn't decreasing on the ends while I did that. So, I ripped out about 8 rows (taking out one set of crazy-stiches). Then, during the Oscars, I was knitting again, made it past the 2nd set of CS's by 2 rows and realized I mucked up the one so it made the other one be out of alignment. I suppose I could have kept it, but it was driving me nuts. So, I ripped out about 6 rows. By sunday night, I was at the exact same place I had been on saturday afternoon, depsite an hour or two of knitting.  Roll Eyes <-self-directed eye roll

Have you guys every ripped out the same few rows more than once? Please tell me I'm not the only one!  Smiley
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / First completed project post: the alien scarf on: February 27, 2006 07:45:16 AM
I finally get to post a completed project. Yay! I actually finished the scarf last winter, but for the rest of last year it hung by the door curling in on itself. Well, I blocked it a couple of weeks ago and finally took a photo. My husband is the primary wearer of it now. Smiley

A bigger version is here:http://www.peckish.org/crafts/alienscarf.jpg
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Any overlock/serger experts? on: February 26, 2006 06:25:51 AM
Hi folks, I have a 4-thread serger and I love it, but I'm wondering about one of its quirks and a more knowledgable sewer might be able to help. Sometimes, when something isn't quite right (I assume it's how it's threaded since it usually goes away when I rethread it), it starts making a clicking sound and the needle theads magically 'jump' out of the needles. The thread is still being pulled off the spool, but it's no longer going through the needle. It's like magic! Only not the good kind. Smiley

Anybody have a clue how that happens? Or what the clicky sound means I should fix?
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