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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2 sk HM Sea Silk - options? on: June 19, 2007 09:24:32 AM
What did you hate about it?  That might help in giving suggestions for other patterns to try.   Smiley

For the clapotis, the colors were too dark for my intent of having it as a summer-day wrap. For the Kiri, the pattern is lost in the variegation.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 2 sk HM Sea Silk - options? on: June 18, 2007 06:23:43 PM
I have two skeins of Handmaiden's Sea Silk in mineral (a brown and grey variegated colorway). It started as a clapotis, but I hated it. It's currently working it's way to a Kiri, but I'm not in love with it. Any suggestions?

I'd love to make a shrug out of it for evening summer wear, but I haven't found any shrug patterns for fingering weight on size 3 needles.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lily Go's Sunshine Top on: June 15, 2007 08:03:19 PM
That is just beautiful!  I just might have to buy this pattern now, seeing it knit up in a larger size than a small one.

I've found that Big Girl Knits and What Not To Wear (the BBC version) are the books that have helped me look at a knitting design and been able to determine if it'll be good for my body type. Of course, it also requires me to be brutally honest with what my body flaws are so I know how to hide them. (My assets I know all about  Roll Eyes)

It looks gorgeous on you. You make me want to try my hand on bamboo yarn. Thanks!

Thanks Lily! The bamboo is really nice to work with, and it knits up a lot nicer than it feels in the skein.

I really want to knit that top. I just don't have time with all my other WIP. AHHH some day.

It was a surprisingly quick knit. Granted, it was also during the interim session so I didn't have a whole lot to do until my students were put into my classes and those started.

I love this top. It looks so good on you.  I like the shorter sleeves. I bought the pattern and am working on it. I need to do the shorter sleeves, just because I dont have enough yarn and my LYS doesnt have any more in the same dyelot.  So I'm really glad you posted it that way because now I know it looks just as good.

Just be careful where they hit. If they end at the top part of the elbow, they have a tendency to make your arms look a lot shorter. (I found this out the hard way on a different top that has since been frogged.)

To everyone else, thank you for the wonderful compliments and feedback!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lily Go's Sunshine Top on: June 09, 2007 09:22:29 PM
Date Started: 25 May 2007
Date Completed: 05 June 2007
Pattern: Sunshine Top by Lily Go, pattern written for fingering or DK weight yarn in 40".
Yarn:SWTC Bamboo in Cobalt from DiscontinuedBrandNameYarn.com, about 3.6 skeins.
Needles:US6 Addi Natura (Bamboo) 32" circulars.
Modifications: I didn't get gauge, but the top-down construction of this top made it easy to modify and keep knitting until the raglan sleeves were wide enough. The pattern calls for 3/4 length sleeves, but I opted for a t-shirt length sleeve for summer wear. I added in short rows (1.75") to fit my bust. I also reduced the seed stitch cuff on the sleeves to 6 rows (from 3" as called for in the pattern).
Thoughts on the knit (or what I'd do differently next time): I don't like where the waist panel hits on me, but I suspect that has more to do with my rolly belly than the design. I'd also CO fewer stitches so the neckline comes up a bit further on my shoulders and turn the bottom hem into a shirt-tail hem with short rows.

The pattern was easy to follow and Lily sent out an errata as soon as she had one. She also offered to help with any aspects of the pattern that may have been confusing.

(Please don't mind my goofy smile)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: yarn website? on: June 04, 2007 12:50:40 PM
Re: discontinuedbrandnameyarn.com
It is SWTC, and keep in mind that it is mill-ends, so there are a few joins per ball. The most I've found so far is 5.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone made the Knitty French Market Bag in Lambs Pride Worsted? on: June 01, 2007 11:32:21 AM
That is exactly what I needed to know!  Thanks! 

Looks great, by the way.  Wink


I realize I forgot to answer the yardage question. I used less than a skein for the black, and a skein and a quarter for the green. I also lengthened the green body by 3".
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Has anyone made the Knitty French Market Bag in Lambs Pride Worsted? on: June 01, 2007 09:50:28 AM
I made mine out of Cascade 220, and knit it on size 7 needles.

I know it's not LP Worsted, but it might help Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Double knitting help on: May 27, 2007 09:43:45 AM
I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but this article in Knitty seems to address how to fix a flubbed stitch in double knitting.
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Firefly/Serenity Swap 5 [Signups: 21 May 07 to 1 June 07. Sendouts 2 July 07 on: May 26, 2007 11:06:38 PM

Gorram it all. You would have to have this super spiffy swap going on when I'm having to pack all my goods up again for another move.

Please please please tell me there's going to be a Firefly/Serenity Swap 6 at some point!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: $34.77... on: May 26, 2007 08:54:08 PM
And dragon snot...

I always forget to ask for the dragon snot. Now, would you recommend that at more than or less than 15% of fiber content? Wink
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