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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Golden, Lacey, Shorty take on Picovoli on: August 15, 2007 12:19:00 PM
The cute wee Shorty you see pictured below is the first in what I anticipate to be a long line of FOs from the SWAP (stash with a purpose) fever.


Pattern: my own take on Grumperina's Picovoli http://www.magknits.com/Aug05/picovoli.htm
Yarn: one, very golden, and very lovely hank of HandMaiden's Silk Maiden
Ribbon: two pieces of some creamy-coloured silk ribbon I purchased from the ever-supportive eBay

This project came about because I wanted to make something wearable (something decidedly <b>not</b> a hat).  This yarn called out to be worn against the skin.  It's possibly my favourite yarn ever.  The colour is perfect, as well.

The only problem is that I'm not used to wearing these type o' Shorties (I just made that up.  If there's a real term for this type of garment, let me know).  I'm undecided as to whether it makes me look cool, or like some sort of misplaced 13th century golden maiden.

Once again, photographing oneself in a mirror creates only half-good representations.  I know you all forgive me.</div>
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's too scratchy for myh skin? on: July 18, 2007 08:34:12 AM
I'm drooling over the amazing colour selection available from Jamieson's.  http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/knit/jamiesonsspindriftcolours.htm
I was wondering if anyone else has used this yarn, and found it to be too scratchy.  I really don't want to go through the trouble of creating my own fair isle sweater, only to find I can't wear it!

23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Up Mod of the Modesitt Silk Corset on: June 27, 2007 03:01:39 PM
I posted in the KAL, but realized I'm about 2 years too little late to the party!
Here's my version of the Modesitt Silk corset:


I used the ArtYarns Regal Silk called for in the pattern, but much less (I think it was only about 2.25 hanks of it) and I didn't change colour at the bottom of the corset.  I made it a tad small, and blocked it farther than I've blocked before.  (I know silk will stretch, so making it a bit smaller was the plan anyhow).  I used some silk ribbon to tie up the front instead of buttons.  All I did for that mod was make button holes on the other side of the button edge, to match the ones called for in the pattern.  I loved making this so much, I'm making another!  (check out my blog for more pics) Wish me luck Smiley
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitty's Askew on: June 13, 2007 08:51:24 AM
Anyone up for a KAL for Knitty's Askew?


I have great plans for this one.  The pattern does call for wool, but I love to sub and mod and switch and add, and I think this pattern is perfect for that sort of knitting.

25  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Jane Austen Amigurumi on: May 03, 2007 11:24:51 AM
Hi all!

Here's a doll I recently made for a swap.  It's Jane Austen!

Here she is holding her "quill" (a feather from one of my canaries).

And here's a close-up of her shoes:

I just got creative with the pattern.  My swap partner liked it!

Thanks for looking Smiley

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Anne Elliot Spencer designed by me - - EDITED to add PATTERN on: May 03, 2007 11:18:39 AM
Here is a knit I've been working on for a few months now.

It's worked in a clover pattern on tiny wee needles.  I had a lot of fun making it.  The pic of the back is better:

It took me a few months to make, but only because I didn't work on it exclusively.  I wasn't sure about the length to make the sleeves, so I just winged it (and of course decided that they were quite long enough after only about an inch!)  I'll probably be making another in the near future.  What do you think:  should I make one with 3/4 length sleeves? 

Thanks for looking!  More details on my blog, http://canaryknits.blogspot.com/2007/05/wee-spencer-christened-anne-elliot.html


Please let me know if you see any glaring errors.  I didn't keep the best notes going along.  I hope this isn't too convoluted.

Sized for a 36" bust.  You can read my suggestions for pattern-improvement.
Gauge:  7 sts/inch
Yarn:  Wendy – Peter Pan 4 ply
Needles: 2.5 mm
Extras: seven 1 cm buttons, tapestry needle.
Warning: crochet ahead!
Hook: 3 mm

You can block the Spencer to make the lace look nicer.  Just don't use pins that will rust! (yes, I did).

Double Seed Stitch:

Row 1 - *K2, p2. Repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2 – As row 1.
Row 3 - *P2, k2. Repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4 – As row 3.

Clover Lace:

Rows 1 and 7 – K
Row 2 and all Wrong side rows – P
Row 3 – K2, yo, sk1, k2tog, psso, yo, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo*, rep from * to *.
Row 5 – K3, yo, ssk, *k6, yo, ssk*, rep from * to *.
Row 9 – K1, *k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo*, rep from * to *.
Row 11 – K7, *yo, ssk, k6*, rep from * to *.


CO 82 sts
work 1x1 ribbing for 1 cm (0.5 inch)
work double seed stitch for  6 cm (2.5 inches)

Begin clover pattern, and begin increases.  Increase 1 st on each side on the Front Side of the work until piece measures 23 cm (9 inches) long.

(I had to fudge the pattern for the increases.  What I did was placed markers at the beginning stitches, and continued the pattern as normal within the markers.  When there was enough stitches outside the markers  - which is seven, I believe - I worked those in pattern).

Shaping armholes:

When piece measures 21 cm (8 inches) long, begin shaping armhole by dec 2 sts on each side of Front of work for six rows.  Then dec 1 st each side until piece measures 28 cm (11 inches).  Arm holes are now shaped.

Continue in clover pattern until piece is 36 cm (14 inches) long.

Front Panels:

Work two.  Just remember to reverse the neckline and arm hole shaping!
At this point, choose which side you want the buttons on, and which side the button holes.
CO 38 sts (this is what I did, but I recommend casting on a few more.  I found the front panels to be a bit small).

Do the same shaping for the front panels as you did for the back, save for the 6 sts along what will be the buttonhole edge.  Here I just kept the knitting in sockinette.

Button holes:

You create the first buttonhole on the first row of double seed stitch, and from then on place the buttonholes at approximately  2.5 cm (1 inch) intervals.
All I did was work 2 sts on buttonhole edge, cast off 2, and continue in pattern.  Then on the next row, you just CO 2 sts over the space created by the 2 you cast off. 

Begin neckline shaping. (this is also when you begin armhole shaping!)

Neckline Shaping:
Cast off 18 sts to create beginning of neckline.  You should have about 30 sts left.
Now you continue to shape the neckline edge by dec 1 st along neck edge every Front side row.  Continue dec in this manner until you have 12 sts left.  Work until front panels are same length as Back.


Make two.

CO 70 sts. 
Work 1x1 ribbing for 1 cm (0.5 inches).
Begin clover pattern.
Work in pattern until piece measures 4 cm (1.5 inches).

Begin shaping sleeve.
Dec. 1 st each side of Front of work until you have 2 sts left (my sleeves ended up being 16 cm/6.5 inches long).


Sew up side seams, shoulders and sleeves.  Place and sew buttons.
Pick up sts along neckline (sorry, I didn’t count them), and knit two rows in stockinette.  This makes a nice edge for you to create the crochet trim upon.

Neckline crochet:
Starting at one edge of neckline, make 1 sc.
Skip 2 sts. 
Make five dc in next st.
Skip 2 sts.
Slip-stitch this down.

There you have the mini-shell that I used all the way around the neckline.  Just continue the pattern til you get all the way around the neckline.  I consciously kept my crocheting a little looser, because I was afraid it would pucker the knitting and look funny.

Suggestions for improvements to pattern:

If I were making this pattern again, I would add an inch-worth of extra stitches to the bust area (I would spread this out across the front panels, so I'd add 0.5 inches to one side and 0.5 stitches to the other).

I would also attempt to do it in the round, at least for the bottom half.  I only suggest this because I dislike sewing seams.

I suggest creating a row of garter stitch on the edge of the front panel where the buttons will be sewn.  This will make the fabric want to lay flat, rather than curl under like the original does.
Here is a pathetic Paint diagram of the measurement I took of the Spencer.  If you can measure your own gauge, you can fit the pattern to you and your own yarn/needles/tension.

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie has a "Crush on Crochet!" on: March 06, 2007 01:10:00 PM
I just got this in my email:


I love Anthropologie.  Such great inspiration!
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / A very Mod Wedding on: March 01, 2007 12:01:12 PM
A good friend of mine is getting married in August, and has asked me to be a bride's maid.  I'd like to knit her something, but can't seem to think of a pattern that strikes a good balance between "nice gift" and "not girly girl wedding". 

I'd say she's into a more mod look.

Any suggestions?

29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Cotton Hunt is on! on: February 24, 2007 10:36:31 AM
I really really want to knit up my own version of this pretty little top.http://www.guess.ca/ProductDetails.aspx?style=Y71L3605&image=Y71L3605-NPH&category|779=Sweaters&browse=1&root_category|743=Women

I was thinking I'd like to make it out of light-weight cotton, preferably a blend including something that would make it a little more elastic.  I've not used much cotton before, and was looking for your sage advice on the subject!

(By light-weight, I'm thinking DK at the biggest.)

Also, I was told that I shouldn't use cotton blends because they pill terribly right away and become a pile o' garbage.  Is there any truth to this?

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What's a good quality thread? on: January 31, 2007 12:54:58 PM
Hi all!
I'm a very new quilter (so new in fact, that I've yet to buy thread!)
There's a quilting shop near my home, and I've already bought some very pretty fabric there so I can make a quilt!
I want to use good quailty thread; ones that won't tear or fray or have their colours run.  I would ask at the shop, but I suspect they might not be impartial in their advice!

So to all you quilters out there:  what are some good-quality thread brands?  I've heard Gutermann is good, and I've also heard that polyester thread is bad.  So, I was rather confused when I saw a polyester Gutermann thread at another sewing shop!

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