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1  Re: Zimmerman KAL?? in Knitalongs by MairWear on: October 05, 2007 09:43:44 AM
I've been lurking here for awhile.  I did the Baby Surprise Jacket this summer.  I haven't finished it up yet (as you can see in the pic) but will soon since it's getting colder now.


Also, because of the adorable tomten  I saw earlier in this post (I forgot who it was.. but it's on her blog) I made this one. (EDITED TO ADD: it was Stitcheees (THANK YOU!) and here's the link: http://50villapeikkoa.blogspot.com/2007/07/tonttunen.html  )

This was such a FUN knit!  I made it in two days!!  I'm going to make another one for my older son (both of these jackets are for my younger son).
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2  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by MairWear on: October 05, 2007 09:32:00 AM
engineer_girl:  so pretty!  I'm still so amazed at how this sweater fits everyone so differently!  It looks beautiful on you!

Khakigirl:  I know what you mean... it makes sense that you want the ribbing to fit you just right... I'm making the Medium but am thinking of decreasing further to get the Small measurements for the ribbing part (and then increase back up to the Medium size at the bust).  This is because of my hourglass figure (small waist and big boobs and hips).  I hope this will work out.  I'm also going to try and elongate the bust section... anyone actually do this and have suggestions?

BTW, here's my progress so far:

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3  Re: Cable Luxe Tunic KAL? in Knitalongs by MairWear on: October 05, 2007 09:24:46 AM
I just bought a cardigan that had almost the exact same construction as this!  Except it's a cardigan!  I saw this in the lion brand catalogue and really liked it... but I have too many WIP's and things in my queue to start this.  I will be lurking, however.
Old Navy?

What kind of yarn do you experienced knitters recommend for projects like this?  I walk into a yarn section and I'm completely overwhelmed.

It was from Dress Barn (I had a gift card... I don't normally shop there).  Here's a pic.  It looks like they made each part separate and sewed them all together (which is NOT the way I would make it - I would p.u. stitches like everyone else is talking about).

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4  Re: Elann's pinwheel sweater in Knitalongs by MairWear on: September 30, 2007 01:16:12 PM
More progress... like I said before... I'm so glad I ripped out.  I like the colors much better!  I have a few inches left of the brown before I BO and start the sleeves!

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5  Re: Elann's pinwheel sweater in Knitalongs by MairWear on: September 28, 2007 04:10:22 PM
Ok guys... I need your help.  I'm new to this KAL but I'm almost finished with the body of the jacket.  However, I'm realizing that the colors may be a little wrong.  Here's what I'm thinking... instead of the bright pink, light purple and tan (which I just started), I should do the pinks from the middle of the jacket and brown (which is the color the sleeves will be).  I'm just not sure I want to rip out those last 2 sections I did!  What do you think?

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6  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by MairWear on: September 27, 2007 07:51:47 AM
Hi everyone!  You all have convinced me to knit this.  I ordered Bernat Softee Chunky Twists in Teal Twists.... (I have been wanting to use this yarn for awhile for something... now's my chance!)

My husband laughed at me when he found out I ordered yarn to start a new project (I have WAY too many WIP's).  So, I'll be trying to finish a bunch of stuff up before the yarn arrives in the mail.  But I'll be joining you soon!  Everyone's Cherie Amour's look great!!
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7  First ever stranded project! (sweater) in Knitting: Completed Projects by MairWear on: September 20, 2007 07:27:29 PM
I was always SO intimidated by fair-isle/stranded work.  But when I saw this sweater, it made me want to try it.  It actually turned out really cool and I like the method!  It's a garnstudio free pattern (see link below) and I used cheap acrylic yarn from my stash.  So not only did I learn a new technique, but I stash-busted at the same time!  Sweet.  The only mods I made were adding short rows for the bust.  But for some reason, it TOTALLY didn't fit the way I thought it would.  I thought the sweater was unwearable.  But then I remembered something I read in one of Elizabeth Zimmerman books about adding short rows to the back of your yoke-style sweaters.  So, I turned it around and.... WALAH!  It fit great. The only thing I sorta don't like (and I may end up changing) is the neck part.  It's a bit too wide.  That's pretty fixable I think, though.  Ok, enough blabber... onto the pics...

Pattern here: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=97&d_id=24&lang=en


And some close ups...


Thanks for looking!  Comments welcome and appreciated.
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8  Puffed Sleeve Cardigan... felted in Knitting: Completed Projects by MairWear on: September 20, 2007 07:18:23 PM
Ok so here's my rendition of the Puffed Sleeve Cardigan from Fitted Knits...  I used the recommended Knit Picks Merino Style yarn in Asparagus.  I knit the size 36' one and it turned out WAY too big.

Here's some pre-felting pics...


So, I went back and forth between giving it away to someone else, frogging it, or .... FELTING IT!  I took the plunge and felted it.  It felted really fast and I thought it was a gonner but it turned out ok!!  Here's the pics (of course it was still wet).


I forgot about the button holes and they almost felted closed!  But I saved them and it still buttons up.  So, let me know what you think.  I'll probably wear it but not as much as I originally thought I would (when I thought it would fit me like it does on the model in the book!  HAHA!).
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9  EZ's Surplice Baby Jacket in Knitting: Completed Projects by MairWear on: September 20, 2007 07:10:40 PM
Here is the Baby Jacket... I made it for my newborn niece.  The pattern was in the Spring/Summer 2007 Vogue Knitting.

The real color is closer in the first pic.  Doesn't she look so cute?!?!  That was her announcement pic!  I used some sort of baby yarn... cheapo acrylic from my stash (sport weight).  Thanks for looking!
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10  Flying B.Wereclops - now includes pattern for WINGS! in Knitting: Completed Projects by MairWear on: June 15, 2007 09:47:22 PM
BEWARE of the Flying B.Wereclops (part Brontosaurus, part Werewolf, part Cyclops)!!!  He may descend on you unaware and "fang" you to death!!  ACK!

Some specs...
I used random yarn from my stash and size US7 needles.  The body and spikes are from the dinosaur patterns found here.  I made up the wings pattern myself because I couldn't find a suitable one out there.  I wrote it down in case anyone wants to use it.  I also inserted some wires into the wings so they were pliable and able to be bent in the shapes I wanted them in.  The only bummer about this guy is that he's a little top heavy.  So I inserted some soldering wire my husband had (he suggested it!) up through his body and up into his head.  That helped a lot!  I had a lot of fun with this guy and hope you're SCARED OUT OF YOUR MIND now when you go out of your house, looking for the Flying B.Wereclops!  HA!

Sidenote:  This is my first ever knitting challenge!  It was a lot of fun and I'm sure I'll enter more now in the future!  YAY!  Also, the Flying B.Wereclops now sits atop my computer watching my every move... I've tamed him into submission for now but who knows what will happen in the future....

Modified to add WINGS pattern:

CO 25
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K22, K2tog, K1
Row 3: BO 1 st, K to end
Row 4: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 5: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 6-13: Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more.  This leaves you with 11 sts.
Row 14: Knit
Row 15: CO 6 and K across (17 sts)
Row 16: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 17: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 18-23: Repeat last 2 rows 3 times more.  This leaves you with 9 sts.
Row 24: Knit
Row 25: CO 4 sts, Knit across (13 sts)
Row 26: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 27: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 28-29: Repeat last 2 rows
Row 30: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (8 sts)

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