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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitty's avast (finally!) on: April 29, 2007 08:14:10 PM
well, i finally finished avast for my husband.  it's modified with wider front bands and a skull on the sleeve.  there are a few things i've realized from this, my first sweater.  first, i don't like turning hems.  i think i'll just stick to ribbing from now on.  also i think i'd prefer to work top down.  finally, almost having gauge is not the same as having gauge!  anyway, without further ado, here are the pics:

the sitting shot.  the neck came out a bit too big, but he said he doesn't care...

the standing shot.  it actually fits him better than i thought it would!

close up of the ultra cool new stitch i used for the front bands

close up of the cable along the bottom hem.

here's to hoping the sweater curse doesn't come around and bite me in the ass!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sweater stone on cabled nylon? on: April 06, 2007 11:27:02 AM
ok, so this is a question about a commercial garment.  the dh has a ben sherman cardi which has knit panels on the front which have cables.  they pilled almost immediately and look a bit shoddy now.  the tag says it's 100% nylon.  do y'all think a sweater stone would work for this?  it's a very fine gauge...  i'm just worried that they nylon would snag rather than obligingly come free and look nice.  i donesn't make sense to me that the nylon pilled in the first place, but what can ya do, right?
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / it's a monster! on: April 03, 2007 09:36:16 PM
ok, so it's a cute, fuzzy, purple monster, but a monster nonetheless!  i made this as a gift for a new baby.  my hubby designed it, and i sewed it!

and the action shot.  you can see his horns a bit better in this shot.

it's my first sewn toy but it was a lot of fun!  sewing is soooooo much quicker than knitting.  it took three trys to get a body i was happy with, but there's still a few things i would change about him, but there he is!

14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me decide on a bind off... on: March 22, 2007 02:10:12 PM
so, i'm working on a zip-up cardi and i'm about to bind off on the front sides (which were picked up and knit perpindicular to the rest of the body) where the zipper will be sewn.  i don't want to use a typical looking bind off so i was thinking of either the sewn bind-off or something similar (like this italian bind off http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/stricktipps/stricktipp_italienischabketten.html).  my only worry is that it will be too stretchy, but this would be counteracted by the zipper which will be sewn in, right?  the cardi is for a man, so i don't want to do a picot bind off or anything decorative like that... what do you all think?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted corgi dog... with a tie! pseudo pattern on page 2 on: March 12, 2007 11:03:48 PM
here is a corgi dog that i knit for a good friend for his birthday.  he really wants a corgi, but doesn't want all the work that comes along with a dog, so i figured i would whip one up for him!  i'm very proud of how he came out:
here's the angle shot:

the front view:

and from the side:

i couldn't really find a pattern i liked so i made it up!  yay!  first knitting without a pattern!  the tie was a decoration on a present he got from someone else, and it just happened to fit perfectly on the dog!  serendipity, i tell ya!i used pantons (?) chacha or something like that and size 8 dpns.  whaddya guys think?
16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / my new mystery sewing machine... help! now with pics! on: March 07, 2007 01:55:33 PM
i'm a long time knitter, but i was totally inspired by the clothing board and decided i wanted a sewing machine yesterday.  today, i went into the thrift store run by my agency (i'm a social worker and it's part of our vocational program) and lo and behold there was a fairly new sewing machine on sale for $50!  we took it in the back and it does indeed work.  it came with a bunch of feet, bobbins, and other various and assundry tools, but alas, no manual!

before you tell me to do an internet search on the make and model, i already did that and it appears that my sewing machine does not exist!  it is a mechanical euro pro, and the sticker on the back claims that it is model 3100, but none of my extensive searches produced anything even resembling the machine.  it also says euro-delux on it.  it has 19 stitches and button holer capacity.  8 utility stitches, 4 decorative, and 7 stretch.  i checked the euro pro website, and they have no manuals for a 3100. 

i'm very confused...  any advice? Huh
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / horizontal cables? on: February 27, 2007 11:43:11 AM
hey everyone!  i was wondering if anyone knew of somewhere that i can find instructions on how to knit a horizontal cable?  i know i could just knit a regular ol' cable and then pick up stitches or sew it on, but i was thinking a horizontal cable would be neat.  i know it's possible, since eunny jang has a wip with horizontal cables, and i've been searching around trying to figure out how it's done!

here's the link for eunny's wip:

any ideas?
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / questions on how to approach shaping a stuffed toy on: February 14, 2007 11:01:05 AM
hi everyone!  happy v-day. 

i'm knitting a stuffed dog without a pattern (fist attempt at knitting sans pattern... eek!).  i'm knitting it in the round, so far i have the back half of the body (basically a closed tube), and i'm thinking about how to transition to the chest, neck, and head.  i was thinking about doing some short row shaping for the chest, so that there's like an angle, if that makes any sense.  i'm guessing i would need decreases on the opposite side (the dog's back) to compliment the angle so it's not like the dog has a boob.  does this sound like it would work?

here is a stuffed dog with shaping similar to what i want to achieve.  so, if the short row shaping would work, would i just reverse it for the angle of the head joining the neck?  i've not done short row shaping yet, so i'm not sure what it's capable of...  then i'm planning on doing the decreases for the snout and sewing the ears on later.

what do you y'all think?  i welcome any thoughts or advice.

thanks in advance,
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / intarsia/fair isle bunching... on: January 30, 2007 03:41:21 PM
hey y'all.  so, i'm working on a sweater with the misfits skull on the sleeve.  i finished up to the top of the mouth (working from the bottom up, of course) and i'm not liking the way it's looking.  it turned into some bizarre intarsia/fair isle bastardization and it's kind of bunchy in parts with some uneven stitching....  my hubby thinks it looks fine, but i'm anal. 

anyway, my question is do you think i should rip it and then do the big blocks of color with intarsia and come in later and do duplicate stitch for the details?  or should i rip it and try my intarsia-with-some-carries with more careful tension control...   here's a pic of the skull, just for a reference (and so you can see what a nightmare the mouth is!).
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / double-knit om scarf complete! on: December 30, 2006 12:08:51 AM
well, i finally finished my double knit om scarf that i made as a gift for a friend for xmas.  i actually remembered to take some pics too!  it's made from silk of the andes (knitpicks) on size 4 needles.  took forever since double knitting is a lot like doing 1x1 rib but it takes a heck of a lot longer (for me anyway).  this project made realize that i need to learn how to knit continental!  anyway, i used a chart i got off of craftster


here's the pics!

the "right" side:

the "wrong" side:

and the happy recipient:

the colors actually came out reasonably true in the pictures, but the blue is a little bluer.  i had planned on sewing a ribbon around the edges to cover up the messiness, but i got halfway done sewing it on and decided i hated the way it looked.  so i had to rip it off.  on the 23rd of december.  when i still had three more gloves to make before xmas.  needless to say, there were a few breakdowns this holiday season and i'm giving serious consideration to starting my holiday knitting for 07 next week!  anyway, i'm quite proud of it!

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