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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / summer shawl from dailyknitter on: July 23, 2006 08:10:50 PM
finally finished the summer shawl from dailyknitter.com.  I used some blue sky cotton I salvaged from a project gone wrong.  it was a little pilled from an attempt to shrink the previous project, so I was worried about how it would come out, but I'm happy with the end result. 

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / modified bad penny on: July 16, 2006 07:07:30 PM
just finished bad penny in shine worsted using the body shaping from mesilla (both patterns from knitty).  I like it a lot!  (and I learned a lesson about not joining yarn right in the bust area, though you can't really tell from the angle in this photo.)

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted cuff bracelets on: July 09, 2006 09:11:00 AM
knitted these this weekend using the perdita patterns from summer knitty.  the blue one is the lilacs pattern and the green one is the bluebell pattern.  the beads I used are too big, but I think it's ok.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / pattern for toe-up cabled knee socks? on: June 29, 2006 11:47:42 AM
I have NEVER had the urge to knit socks before, despite having read millions and millions of blogs about how great it is to knit socks.  for some reason, though, I just had the urge to make some cabled knee socks.  don't ask me why -- it's 85 degrees and muggy outside right now.  anyway, I've heard about socks knit with short rows -- and since I'm a total novice to sock knitting, I'm thinking that's a good way to start out.  does anyone know of any good short row cabled knee sock patterns I could try out?

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / cheap sewing machine for a total novice on: June 26, 2006 11:34:38 AM
hey all -- I'm normally over on the knitting boards, but thought I'd ask you for some advice about sewing machines.  I know just about nothing about sewing, and probably will only use a machine for things like purse linings and sewing knitted sweaters that I made too big.  it seems like a machine would be really useful over the long run, but is it possible to get a semi-decent machine for those small jobs for, say, $50?  or am I totally on crack?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / seaming a too-big sweater on: June 21, 2006 11:30:43 AM
I just finished a sleeveless sweater made with DB Cathay that turned out to be too wide.  I did it in two pieces, so I can adjust it to fit me when I put it all together.  (the shoulders aren't too wide, thankfully.)  every bit of advice I see about how to do this, however, involves using a sewing machine to make sure it's ok to cut off the extra fabric on the inside of the sweater.  but I don't own a sewing machine.  does anyone have any clever workarounds?  I'm open to anything! 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / frustration!! on: June 16, 2006 07:14:23 PM
a week or so ago, I made a baby sweater using caron simply soft, but I flattened it too much by trying to gently block it.  I decided that since it was such a quick knit, I'd just make a second one, which I finished tonight.  I thought I'd wash it to soften it up a bit, only to discover that I hadn't woven in long enough pieces of the ends and it was already unraveling!!!  (despite the knots I also used to secure the ends.)  I don't have high hopes that the first flattened one won't unravel the same way, so I probably shouldn't even bother to send it.  wah!!!  live and learn, I guess. 

just had to vent to people who understand. Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / M1L & M1R -- on the purl side on: June 09, 2006 04:32:12 PM
I know how to do these stitches, but am wondering if they slope in the opposite directions on the purl side.  so, if I would normally do a M1L at the start of a row and a M1R at the end, on the purl side would I M1R (purlwise) at the start and M1L at the end?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / bra-covering straps for tank top? on: May 11, 2006 09:52:38 AM
inspired by the lelah tube top (and, really, who isn't?), I'm knitting a top that has ribbing where lelah has lace.  (more coverage for a top I want to wear under suit jackets at the office)  I haven't decided whether to add straps or just wear a strapless bra, but if I did decide to add bra-covering straps, what stitch would you all suggest?  I was thinking about putting the elastic in the top, so the straps wouldn't have to bear the weight of the top.  maybe seed stitch?  or is that too boring?  I'm doing it in Simply Soft, so blocking will be hard -- which rules out a straight stockinette.
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