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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / giant afghan on: May 09, 2008 08:22:04 AM
I started this afghan back in July of 2007, hoping do get it done before Christmas.  HAHAHAHA  That was a joke.  It started as a Christmas present for my mom, then it was Valentine's Day, and now it's a Mother's Day present.  =)

It's queen sized (84" square) and took around 3 miles of yarn total.  I am sooo glad it's done.

project on Ravelry
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for ribbed sweater/duster pattern on: November 13, 2007 11:19:12 AM
I vaguely remember a sweater posted here awhile ago that was gray, ribbed, and very long.  It was knee-length or perhaps longer.  I do remember that it was ribbed and that as you got closer to the bottom, the ribs got bigger.  Like, it maybe started out as a 1x1, then progressed to a 2x2, then 3x3, etc.  I can't for the life of me find a picture or a pattern or anything and I've looked a lot of places:  here, Knitty, MagKnits, Knit and Tonic, Glampyre, Oh My Stars, etc.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rowan Handknit Cotton weight? on: May 16, 2007 07:51:44 AM
I was trying to make the Petal Bib from One Skein, and the yarn they recommended was Rowan Handknit Cotton.  I had a giftcard to Michael's so I looked for what I could sub.  The book said it was a Sportweight (Fine #2), so I subbed with Paton's Grace.  So, I'm nearly done with the bib and it looks terrible.  Ignoring the fact that I apparently did my short rows wrong, the yarn just sucks and doesn't look nice.  Sad I figured I could go out and buy one skein of the Rowan and try again.  I looked at yarn.com and they claim the Rowan Handknit Cotton is worsted weight.  What?  That's a far cry from sportweight!   Angry Knittinggarden.com and Yarndex both say that it's a DK weight.  I'm a little frustrated at seeing 3 different weights for the same yarn.  Anyone know what the true weight is so I can sub properly (or just buy the Rowan yarn) for my next attempt at the bib?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Minimalist Funnel Neck problems on: April 23, 2007 07:56:23 PM
So, I'm trying out MagKnit's Minimalist Funnel Neck as my first sweater, and and I managed to get through the yoke shaping with no problems.  However, I am to the point where I have to put the sleeves onto waste yarn, and the pattern just seems flat out wrong.

At the beginning of the pattern it says:
"Work 9 (11, 15, 15) sts for back, pm (first kind); work 5 sts, pm (second kind); work 3 (3, 3, 5) sts for left shoulder, pm (second kind); work 5 sts, pm (first kind); work 9 (11, 15, 15) sts for front, pm (first kind); work 5 sts, pm; work 3 (3, 3, 5) sts for right shoulder, pm (second kind); work 5 sts, pm."

So, clearly, you are working in this order:
1. back stitches
2. decorative raglan stitches
3. left sleeve
4. decorative raglan
5. front
6. decorative raglan
7. right sleeve
8. decorative raglan

However, after the yoke shaping, the pattern says:
"Removing all markers except the one marking beginning of round, work 3 sts, place foll 35 (39, 39, 45) sts on waste yarn for left sleeve, CO 5 (5, 7, 7) sts, work foll 55 (61, 65, 73) sts, place foll 35 (39, 39, 45) sts on waste yarn for right sleeve, CO 5 (5, 7, 7) sts, work the remaining 55 (61, 65, 73) sts in pattern."

What the... ?  Why would you work 3 stitches, then put the left sleeve onto waste yarn?  This section is completely out of order.  Not to mention that the number of stitches doesn't add up.  I'm supposed to have 180 for the small, but this section adds up to 193!  Unless of course, CO means Cast On in this case, but I assumed it meant Cast Off.

Anyway, I would seriously like some help with this pattern because it's my first sweater and I can't visualize/fudge what the pattern's supposed to be doing.  TIA!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Real Knucks this time on: March 08, 2007 01:09:05 PM
I had posted previously about my DH's "Knucks" that I made for him. (topic here)

Then I decided to make some for myself!  Sooooo much faster than the DH's.  Cheesy

*Kathmandu DK color #12, 1 ball
*US#3 dpn
*3 or 4 days
*no mods to pattern

I don't think I'm going to actually put any words on these.  They seem elegant enough by themselves.

Also, a few more details on my blog.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first socks! on: March 08, 2007 12:14:57 PM
I finished these a couple days ago, and since I'm actually wearing them today, I thought I'd finally post about it.

See?  There are two of them.  And they fit!

Closeup of short row heel and bit of ribbing on the ankle part.

Short row toe.

More details on my blog, including plans for my next sock adventure!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / arm warmer pattern in DK weight? on: February 27, 2007 11:46:54 AM
I've been searching far and wide for some nice arm warmers/fingerless gloves in DK weight.  I have made Knitty's Knucks before, and I'd be willing to do them again, but I don't particularly want the separate fingers this time.  I've looked at Knitty's Fetching, but it calls for worsted weight.  I'm not very good at modifying patterns, so I'd prefer one that I don't have to.

*DK weight, 141 yards (I only bought 1 ball...)
*no separate fingers
*fairly long finger section (goes up to mid-finger instead of stopping at finger base)
*the thumb needs to be covered too, not just a hole in the side of the glove

I think if I got some tips on how to modify Knucks to not have separate fingers, I might be able to do that.  Any help at all would be appreciated.  Thanks!
8  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftopedia Support / amigurumi misspelled on: February 21, 2007 07:39:35 AM
The amigurumi topic is misspelled as amigurami or something like that, and I couldn't see a way to change that.  Doing "edit this page" doesn't edit the title and I couldn't see a "move this page" or anything like that.  Am I just missing something?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / not really Knucks anymore on: February 10, 2007 06:09:16 AM
So, I asked my DH what I could knit for him and he said, "gloves" because he has looooong fingers and can never find gloves that fit.  I looked at a ton of different glove patterns and I decided that I liked Knitty's Knucks the best.  I figured all I had to do was make the fingers longer and close them up at the top.  Well, since the fingers are top-down, I had to start out with about half the stitches I wanted to end up with, and I increased over the first couple rounds to get to the desired circumference.  I used Rowan pure wool DK in marine (DH picked it out), 2 balls with just a few yards left over.  I'm really proud of my first "piquant" knit from knitty.   Grin

See?  There are two.  Wink

I'm not sure I can call them "Knucks" though....  These don't quite capture the spirit of the original Knucks...

EDIT: Actually modeled by the DH himself.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / applique on stretch knit fabrics on: February 07, 2007 01:26:20 PM
So, I am my dad's "official ice skating costume designer" and he's commissioned me for a new shirt.  I've made a couple shirts for him that are a sort of renaissance style that don't need to be close-fitting or anything like that.  However, this time, we've decided on buying a ready-to-wear black top (this one, specifically) and I will applique the design onto it.  The fabric I have bought for the applique is a swimsuit-type fabric, which is fairly stretchy.

My questions are thus: What is the best way to go about this?  Do I cut the intended size before stretch or after stretch?  Do I cut it smaller to accommodate for stretch?  Can I use a stretchable backing for the applique so it doesn't shift funny?  When I sew it together, do I need to stretch the shirt as well so it won't look funny when worn?

This seemed like a ridiculously easy way to design a shirt (guaranteed the shirt will fit because he bought it himself), but now the stretch is giving me panic attacks.   Shocked
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