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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / FrankenCardi on: March 17, 2008 12:47:49 PM
or The Mutated Nantucket Jacket That Wouldn't Die!

Basically, Norah Gaughan's Nantucket Jacket from IWK Winter 2006. I added 3" to the waist, made the sleeves full-length, and changed the cables to be more cable-y, which resulted in some odd sleeve seams - sort of like the composition of a mad scientist's first monster. I have more pictures of the whole crazy thing on Ravelry.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sharp Knitting Needles? on: March 12, 2008 04:51:19 PM
Invest in Addi Lace needles. Save up for a versitile size - a 4 or a 6 are used in alot of lace shawl patterns. They are completely worth it!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite method for making socks? on: March 08, 2008 09:20:03 PM
I love going toe up on two circs because I invariably suffer from sock-doubt and this lets you try the sock on as you go. Also to use up every smidgen of yarn in your skein, and they fold up safely. However, I do love my dpns - there is something so satisfying about them. Maybe it's the spikiness.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Who are you on Ravelry? on: February 06, 2008 07:22:53 PM
I've been on Ravelry for about three weeks and I have to admit I've become one of those people who answers questions about patterns and yarns with "Are you on Ravelry?" which I used to find totally obnoxious but now understand. I spend waaay too much time there. I find it weirdly comforting. I am evenstarpdx.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting uncool?? on: January 26, 2008 03:25:58 PM
I actually love needlepoint - made a living at it for several years, too; but I get far more crap for it than knitting. Even from knitters who have this "What, are you crazy?" attitude more than a "What are you, a hundred years old?" attitude like non-crafters. I think it's cool. What I meant was that the public has a better appreciation of the coolness of knitting.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting uncool?? on: January 25, 2008 08:04:10 AM
I swear they keep a certain kind of celebrity in caves - all they're fed is a weak diet of clothes and parties and sex. Something that has been a massive change in the outside world (like the drastic shift from the disdain for hand-made things that was prevalent for decades to a love and cultivation and whole culture of craft) may have completely escaped their notice
Recovering addicts need something constructive but obsessive to take the place of drugs because being a dope fiend takes a huge amount of focus and after you stop taking drugs the energy that needs focusing is still there. Knitting is good, but Kate should take up needlepoint. Now that would be seriously uncool!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fair isle... How much to compensate for? on: January 20, 2008 06:52:41 PM
It depends a lot on the yarn you are using, too. Definitely swatch as your gauge can change drastically. For a softer fabric, use a needle a couple of sizes larger than the yarn calls for. Example : say you're using worsted weight and an 8 for the plain part. getting 5 sts per inch - go up to a 10 for the fair isle and you should get the same tension.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: short sleeved sweater for a busty girl? on: January 16, 2008 08:21:04 AM
I don't have a picture of the finished one - I'm gonna try to post the second one when I'm done, though. If you're on Ravelry, lots of people have done it and have excellent pictures. Otherwise, I bet there are lots of blog posts out there with triumphant sweater knitters. I found it a little tricky getting the charts set up, but after a while it got very easy .
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mary Jane slippers from scraps! - TUTE ADDED! on: January 14, 2008 06:37:00 PM
Holy Mother of Cats! I'm making them tonight! Thanks for the inspiration.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: short sleeved sweater for a busty girl? on: January 14, 2008 01:18:19 PM
I'd suggest anything with waist and bust shaping as boxy sweaters just suck. The thing I've learned with sweaters is that most patterns look best on me and my 40" casabas if I make the small or medium size but add some length (2-3") to the waist. if you check out the photo galleries on Knitting Daily, you can get a really good idea of how sweaters stretch on different body types. Also, the Nantucket Jacket (from Interweave Winter 2006) has waist/bust shaping and 3/4 length sleeves. I'm making my second one.
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