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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cycling Aran on: November 27, 2007 08:18:22 PM
I finally finished my Cycling Aran for my boyfriend!  Smiley He picked out the yarn and color. The pattern was extremely easy to follow; I didn't make any changes since the ribbing on the back allows it stretch to 42" comfortably. It was the first time I ever installed a zipper so the top and bottom came out a little wonky, but not too noticeable. Cheesy

Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Chunky in Rain
Needles: US 10.5

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pseudo Beaded Cami on: August 23, 2007 09:18:52 PM

Pattern: Beaded Cami
Yarn: 5 balls of Debbie Bliss Cathay
Needles: US 5

The first time I finished this, it was way too baggy around the chest, so with sage advice from tragicheroine, I frogged back to where I had stopped decreasing and decreased more until I was 2 inches into negative ease. I knit this flat and don't really know why when it would have been fine done in the round.

I heavily modified this from the original pattern:
- I wanted this to be more fitted than the original so I cast on 1 full less lace pattern repeat around the hem (e.g. 98 sts instead of 121)
- I  liked how tragicheroine moved her purl row under the bust on hers so I did the same.
- I completely changed the neckline to just have 1 lace pattern in the center. The garter st edging was borrowed from the Silk and Pearls Cami in Knitting Lingerie Style. By just picking up sts continuously all the way around, even to the points where the straps would go, somehow it added some shaping to the chest, which worked out really nice in the end.
- The back piece neckline is flat.
- Steamblocked by holding the iron an inch above the surface of the fabric.
- And no beads, not really a bead person. Smiley

Another front view:

Back view:

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Butterfly out of its cocoon (finally!) on: July 29, 2007 09:01:10 PM

I finally finished my Butterfly!

Pattern: Butterfly (vest version), Rowan 37 magazine
Yarn: Jagger Zephyr Wool Silk in Mahogany colorway
Needles: US 6, 5, 3
Size: XS (though technically more like S due to 2 extra knit stitches added on either side)

I did a ton of research beforehand in Craftster, knitting blogs, anywhere Google could point me in regards this pattern! I've incorporated a lot of notes other knitters have made in their versions. For example, like Domesticat, I did not make YOs or decreases at either edge unless they could be paired with corresponding decreases. And like Eunny Jang, I used the same yarn, needle size, and full immersion blocking (with a little help from citrus-scented Soak). I did not use the waste yarn for grafting the hems; I just knitted and seamed normally. I also added 2 extra knit sts on either side to help with mattress stitching up the seams at the end after hearing what a bitch the seams were for other knitters. This was a significant help. Overall, I'm overjoyed with how the project came out. Now if only I can find some decent pants or a skirt to wear it with... my pants in these photos aren't really cutting it!

Back view:

Another front view:

Thanks to my sister, Amy, for the photos. And thanks for looking!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool Silk on: June 24, 2007 10:26:30 AM
Has anyone used Zephyr Wool Silk before? From Googling, it seems like a pretty popular yarn to use for lace projects. I'm hesitant to block something I've been working on in Zephyr Wool Silk as I've been coming across different techniques for blocking it. Some soak it in lukewarm water and then pin and block, and I've seen others pin it out and steamblock it. If you've used the yarn before, how did you block your project?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone get Runway Knits: 30 Fashion-Forward Designs? on: April 21, 2007 10:11:56 PM
Runway Knits by Karabella's Berta Karapetyan just hit bookshelves a couple days ago. Has anyone picked up the book yet and tried knitting anything from it? If so, what are you thoughts on it? I flipped through it at Borders and it has some really pretty cabled patterns, but are they well-written?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Butterfly One Skein Wonder on: April 21, 2007 11:58:53 AM
I made my second one skein wonder (well, more like one and a quarter skein wonder) out of 2 hanks of Classic Elite Posh. I modified the pattern a little to add in butterfly eyelets.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Na na na na na na na na katamari damacy~ on: February 18, 2007 08:27:03 AM
I knit a Katamari from the video game series "Katamari Damacy."  Smiley I made up the pattern as I went along. I drew the prince in Photoshop.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cherry in Rowan Wool Cotton on: February 11, 2007 06:30:37 PM
Hooray! I just finished working on Cherry from My Fashionable Life!

I used 7 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton in Ship Shape (1 more ball than the pattern called for, even though Rowan Wool Cotton had more yardage than the recommended yarn for the pattern). Luckily, the eBay seller I got the yarn from still had extra.  Cheesy I am extremely pleased with the way it came out!

More photos on my Flickr!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The woes of buying yarn online on: February 09, 2007 04:48:47 PM
Everyone knows that buying yarn online is not always WYSIWYG since colors vary by monitor calibrations and camera and lighting and other factors. I knew this, and still I took a risk in buying what is possibly the ugliest colorway in a yarn I've ever seen in person: Rowan Plaid in Soft Kelp.

Be not fooled by the subtle flecks of yellow in that photo, as in reality they are lurid snot green! Yes, the color of green snot! So now I'm knitting a shrug with 4 balls of this stuff and kicking myself in the derriere mentally for buying it without really getting to see it in person first.

I don't mean to knock on purchasing yarn online by photo in general, sorry if I come off that way in this topic. I've definitely had winning purchases as well.

Anyone else have some not-so-delightful colorway purchases from online photos?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Twinkle... the mystery yarn line...? on: February 02, 2007 04:29:50 PM
So in the upcoming new Interweave Knits for Spring 2007 the Tea Rose Halter Top by Wenlan Chia calls for Twinkle Cruise yarn, but when I went to look up stitch gauge info for it, I couldn't find anything.  Huh

It looks like Classic Elite produces the line, but there's no information there either.

From some Googling around, I found out that Twinkle Cruise is a DK weight, but I'd really like to find out the stitch gauge in case I want to do a yarn substitution when the magazine comes out.

Anyone know anything about the Twinkle yarns?
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