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1  Re: Zephyr Style's Juliet in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: September 14, 2007 10:29:13 PM
I have finished mine - wow, it was the quickest knit ever!  Mine is made of cotton fleece doubled, and I followed the directions for XS exactly.  I love it so much, I had to go out to dinner tonight just so I had somewhere to wear it!

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2  Zephyrstyle Tree Jacket in Knitting: Completed Projects by jesdmill on: September 11, 2007 06:55:22 PM

Pattern: Tree Jacket by Zephyrstyle

Yarn: Valley Yarns Colrain in Chestnut, 9 balls for the size small knit to a tighter gauge

Needles: US 6

Notes:   I love this sweater!  I wasnt sure about it until after blocking.  Colrain grows significantly after blocking, so I knit the 34″ size to a tight gauge (5 st/in), and I ended up with a sweater that is 32″ around the bust.  It fits perfectly!  I love the slightly spiral lace on the body, which allows the sweater to fit almost like it has waist shaping (I chose not to add any.)  The cowly neck was not working until after blocking either, but now it is just perfect!  I made my sleeves 1 inch shorter than the pattern calls for in the garter stitch section, figuring that they would grow, and I think that was a wise choice.  They would have been long otherwise.

If you are making this sweater, I would recommend a pretty drapey yarn.  Colrain is a merino/tencel blend, and works pretty well for this purpose.  An alpaca would be nice as well (but I am allergic) but I would not knit it out of a straight wool.  It needs a softer yarn in order to hang nicely.
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3  Re: Zephyr Style's Tree Jacket in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: September 05, 2007 10:11:25 AM
I started mine while we were on vacation last week.  I'm using Valley Yarns Colrain (merino/tencel) in Chestnut and I looove this yarn.  It's so soft and drapey!  I'm knitting to a tighter gauge, so I'm making a size up to cover the difference.  How is everyone doing their sleeves?  I think I'm going to knit mine flat, because I really hated having to do purl rows to get garter stitch on the top.  Here's a progress pic!

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4  Camisa from Knitscene in Knitting: Completed Projects by jesdmill on: July 08, 2007 01:07:13 PM

Pattern: Camisa, from KnitScene Fall 2006, designed by Kat Coyle

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple, less than 3 skeins for the x-small size

Needles: US 6 and a size F Crochet hook

Notes and mods: I followed the pattern for the 32.5″ size nearly exactly, with the only change being fewer repeats on the basketweave section to compensate for my row gauge.   I also chose to do the top half in stockinette rather than reverse stockinette, because I'm tired of reverse stockinette sweaters now.  Blocking made all the difference here - preblocking it was all weird and lumpy, with the basketweave pattern actually standing out from my body.  I blocked it a bit longer, and now it fits perfectly!  I love the sleeves, which are kind of like tiny wings on me, and this sweater adds curves where I dont actually have them its very nice!  I dont usually knit with red, because its hard for me to find the correct shade not to clash with my hair, but this red is very nice, and I actually have another red sweater planned soon.  I had issues with the crochet edging.  I dont care for crochet edgings as a rule, and it took  me forever to get the slip stitch to behave (to be fair, I needed a smaller hook but couldnt find one, so I made do.)

I really recommend knitting this sweater - it was super easy!

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5  Re: IK Josephine-along in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: June 25, 2007 06:50:01 PM
Finished!  I'm so pleased with how this top came out.  The finishing was such a pain - I'm really tired of picking up stitches now!  

Pattern: Josephone by Deborah Newton, Interweave Knits Summer 2007

Yarn: Karabella Vintage cotton, 5.5 balls

Needles: US 2 and 1 Addi Turbos

Notes: I removed one repeat of the pattern (1 rib setion + 1 lace section) in order to create a bust size of around 32.5 inches.  I also chose not to make the knitted cord.  I prefer the contrast of the ribbon, and I hate making cord!

Im very happy with this sweater.  Its delicate and light, and the fabric drapes beautifully.  The only modification Im still considering is to removed the bottom edging.  Its added on at the end, and I think it makes the body hang a bit too straight.  Im not sure though - I may keep it!  My sweater is an inch longer than the pattern calls for.  I chose to add a bit of length to the section after the lace before the armholes, because my lace section came out about an inch longer than specified.  Im happy with the length.  The modifications for size were easy, and I would encourage anyone wishing to make this size to give it a try - it really isnt too bad.
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6  Re: IK Josephine-along? in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: June 19, 2007 11:40:06 AM
I've made a lot of progress on the back of my top.  Did anyone else have to go down a bunch of needle sizes or am I just an awfully loose knitter?  I'm knitting on size 2s and getting gauge.  I was so glad to finish with the lace section, but I know it's going to start again!

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7  Re: IK Josephine-along? in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: June 13, 2007 12:51:15 AM
Hi all!  Lovely progress on everyone's tops!  I've decided to make this my next project.  I'm using the called for Vintage Cotton, which is lovely but a bit easy to split, and I'm going to attempt to modify the pattern for a smaller size.  This is going to take me awhile to knit, so I'm glad to find a place where I can get encouragement!  Here's a picture of the very beginnings of my sweater!

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8  I made a bedjacket! in Knitting: Completed Projects by jesdmill on: June 08, 2007 02:41:02 PM
Pattern: Bedjacket from Knitting Lingerie Style

Yarn: Brown Sheep cotton fleece in Peridot, 4.5 skeins

Needles: US 6 for the body, Size F Crochet hook for the edging.

Notes: After many tears, Ive finally finished the bedjacket to my satisfaction. I chose to knit the 2nd size on smaller needles, because I wanted a size in between the two smallest, and also because I prefer cotton fleece knitted to 5 st/in. I left out the chain stitch called for in the finishing, because I could see that it would be tedious and I didnt see that much of a difference. I love the picot edging, which made such a difference in the finished look of the jacket. Seaming this baby was a nightmare. It was knit in 9 separate pieces. I am very proud of my seaming here, especially on the armholes. Finally - non bumpy armholes! I am using a shawl pin as a closure, because I do not like it fastened on the side. The collar design, which uses short rows for shaping, is just beautiful. I really think this jacket would be flattering to all different body types. The pattern was (as far as I could tell) error free. There are more photos and details on my blog.

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9  Re: Ripple along in Crochetalongs by jesdmill on: March 31, 2007 01:35:33 PM
I just love everyone's ripples!  I've been bitten by the bug.  I went to the store and bought a load of Simply Soft (love Simply soft for crocheting!)  I don't have enough washable stash to use mine, and I want it to match my living room.  I've made up my own pattern because I wanted a more gentle ripple.  Here are the colors I've chosen!

I can't wait to start my ripple tonight!

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10  Re: Ms. Marigold in Knitalongs by jesdmill on: March 02, 2007 01:24:11 AM
Wow, Skillj - yours is the same color as mine!  Must be the year for pink...

I finished mine, it was a quick knit except for when I had to rip half of it and start over with smaller needles (I ended up using size 4s on the whole thing.)

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