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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Minimalist cardigan! :) (pic heavy) on: September 08, 2007 10:58:09 PM
First cardigan ever, really happy Cheesy

It's a really easy pattern, no waist shaping to worry about. Miles of moss stitch though, I don't think I'll touch anything that requires K1 P1 for some time!

This is knit with Jo sharp silkroad aran tweed yarn, on size 6 needles instead of size 7, I knit the 34" size in a smaller gauge to get a 32". I also made it an inch longer.

(also, WTH do you do with your hands when you pose for a photo?! I've got no idea where to put them, that's why it always looks like I'm trying to grab at something sorry Roll Eyes )

ETA: Oops forgot to say this is the minimalist cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum, it's from interweave knits fall '07
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Block and block again? on: September 03, 2007 06:07:02 PM
Hi all, being a sweater newbie I just have a (few) question(s) about blocking.

When you're knitting a sweater in separate pieces, I know it's better to block the pieces before seaming to make it easier to match up the pieces. After seaming the whole sweater up, do you block it again? It makes sense to me to block it before and after seaming.

If you do block both before and after seaming, what methods do you use to block the pieces and the sweater? Thanks for any advice Smiley

(p.s. any great articles/tutorials on seaming and setting in sleeves would be greatly appreciated too Wink )
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Woohoo! Knitty's thermal, sans sleeves. (pic heavy) on: August 10, 2007 09:06:24 PM
I loved Knitty's thermal pattern, but I've never knit a sweater before and I knew I'd never have enough patience to knit a long-sleeved sweater on size 3 needles. Thus I present.. the thermal vest!




close-up of yummy waffle stitch

I'm really happy with how this turned out cos it was my first time trying any armhole and neckline shaping of any kind and I had to fudge it a bit. This is knit with DK weight yarn (Patons Zhivago, half tencel half acrylic) on size 6 needles, and it only took me a week and a day. Cheesy
4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / KOGO: knit one give one on: August 01, 2007 06:40:16 AM
Does anyone have any information to share on this charity knitting organisation? I was browsing through the patons site and chanced upon a link to their page at http://www.knitonegiveone.org but the page is kind of sparse, and I'd like to know more.
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / knitting/crocheting in australia on: May 25, 2007 09:15:02 PM
So I took up knitting maybe a year and a half ago. I don't know anyone who knits in real life so I've got a whole heap of questions not about knitting itself but about yarn..

What yarns do you all use? What brands for different kinds of fibres? Heck, what fibre dyou usually knit/crochet with?
Where dyou get them from - LYS, online, spotlight, lincraft, big W?? What's your favourite online yarn store?

It seems like the expensive stuff is easy enough to locate - Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Noro, etc can be found online/ at LYSes quite readily. I know (one of) the best value for money for wool can be found at Bendigo Woollen Mills - I guess I'm just wondering where the secret stash of nice, affordable, reasonable quality yarn is. Is all cheap acrylic here bound to be scratchy and icky? Or is there a caron simply soft equivalent (or do you all just shun acrylic like the devil)? (Also, is it just me or does anyone else wish like crazy that knitpicks shipped to Australia..)

I know everyone has different budgets, and different tastes, but surely nobody can pass up on good deals. Does everybody have a bread-and-butter yarn?

Sorry for the whole barrage of questions, I'm just awfully curious. I hope I don't sound all crazy for using a billion question marks in this post  Smiley

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Spicing up stripes on: May 17, 2007 04:51:38 AM
I have some yarn that I am intending to knit a sweater with - half the yarn is sage green and half is burgundy, so it will be striped. I don't want to knit a normal stripy top-down raglan with ribbing, I'm trying to think of interesting design elements that will make a stripy sweater more exciting - interesting bindoffs, small details that will go with broad stripes.

Anyone have any ideas? C'mon.. I know you guys are brimming with them Smiley

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / stitch pattern help! on: February 28, 2007 04:55:36 AM
Hi everyone.. I'm hoping someone can help me out here. I was recently gifted a handknit hat with this lovely stitch pattern:

hope it's clear enough from the picture. Anyway I have a burning desire to know what stitch this is, cos I'd like to use it.  Smiley Problem is that my boyfriend's Italian granny knit it for me and I can't ask her how to do it cos she doesn't speak English.

This is driving me nuts! I guess I'll go down to the library and try to pore over the stitch dictionaries if this doesn't look familiar to anyone..  Sad So does this look like something anyone's seen before?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / bright happy hat! on: February 27, 2007 10:46:28 PM
Once upon a time, I desired a slouchy hat. Finding some bright red yarn, I cast on right away, following tragicheroine's big blue beret pattern. Long story short, I screwed up.. (apparently it is humanly possible to mistake size 6 needles for 9s) and so my slouchy hat was modified into a normal beanie.


I was miffed. No slouchy hat, instead i had a bright red but pretty darn boring hat.

So I jazzed it up.

yaaaaaaaay! pompom!

yaaaaaaaaaay! cute duplicate-stitched hearts!

I feel much better now.  Cheesy time to cast on for a slouchy hat...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / i know it's winter for most of you.. on: February 16, 2007 05:14:35 AM
...but it's summer here down under and it's BLAZING HOT here. I just want to ask all of you: what do you knit when it get's hot?! I unfortunately don't have any airconditioning and I'm itching to knit. I see all my WIPs and I pine away to knit at them. I pick them up and I can't knit for more than one row without feeling gross and hot and sticky. Probably doesn't help that I'm working on a wool scarf..

So, help and suggestions anyone? distract yourselves from the cold one moment, pleeease?  Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Seed bead bracelets :) on: February 10, 2007 12:24:19 AM
I made these a long time ago when i took a beading class. Thought i might share  Smiley

I made mostly bracelets, here are most of them..

I've forgotten what most of the stitches are called! If anyone can recognise them I'd like to know..  Smiley the black one is in flat peyote stitch, and the dark blue one right in the middle looks like herringbone but i remember the stitch had the word "african" in it.

close ups!

this is the one in african _______ stitch? it's my favourite.  Smiley

this was made by beading the pink parts at the side first, then joining them together in the middle with the smaller beads.

thought i'd share these here cos when i wear them nobody can comprehend the amount of squinting and jabbing myself with a needle these took! Smiley
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