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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Tyrolean Stockings on: October 08, 2007 09:16:12 AM
it took me a month to finish them, but here they are

also, i entered them into a local fair's needlework exhibition where they won 1st place in the sock category.



yarn: Knit Picks Swish Superwash worsted in "squirrel heather"
needles: US 3 bamboo dpns
pattern: Tyrolean Stockings from the Fall 07 issue of Interweave Knits
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Fall 07 IK's Tyrolean Stockings on: August 22, 2007 08:12:23 AM
anyone else making these right now?

i'm waiting for my yarn to come in the mail. i'm using Knit Pick's Swish Superwash in Squirrel Heather, it should be on my porch any day now. i can't wait to start them!

is anyone game for a KAL for these beautiful stockings?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me with yarn subbing for IK's Tyrolean Stockings on: August 20, 2007 10:27:28 AM
i need help choosing a yarn... i want desperately to make the Tyrolean Stockings from the new issue of Interweave Knits. this will be my first time ever making a pattern from this amazing magazine (up until now i wasn't confident enough to even think of attempting the patterns in there)

b/c i'm already ordering some sock yarn and need a few needles anyway, i'm thinking of using Knit Picks' Swish Superwash but i'm stuck trying to figure out if the gauge will work out.

the gauge of the stockings is 12 sts over 18 rows = 2" in St st in the rnd on size 3 needles...   
the gauge of the recommended yarn (Green Mountain Spinnery Vermont Organic), is  4-1/2 st./inch on #7 needles, 5 st./inch on #5 needles, 6 st./inch on #3 needles

i suck at figuring out yarn subs... can someone help me?Huh

oh and if you'd like to give your opinion on color too... that would be great b/c i'm stuck there too *sighs* all i know is that i want something similar to what was used to make the sample.

any help will be greatly appreciated!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / KP Felici Hummingbird Toe-Up Socks on: August 20, 2007 08:56:39 AM
i just finished my third pair of socks (still need to get pics of the first two)

and i have to say... i now understand. i was silly to write off sock knitting as, well, silly. i was wrong for doubting that sock knitting was interesting. i was wrong by thinking that i could never make socks...

so i present you with my third pair of socks (the 2nd made from fingering weight yarn)


yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Hummingbird
needles: Knit Picks fixed circulars, size 2
method: magic loop (me don't like dpns)
pattern: Knitty's Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula

i'm now addicted to KP's Felici and i'll be ordering more. this stuff is heaven to work with and heaven to wear.

i am now addicted to sock knitting, and with the help of the Yarn Harlot's book Knitting Rocks! i am now attempting my first pair of top down socks. and i am going to make the  Tyrolean Stockings from the fall issue of IK once i figure out a good yarn sub.

i also now love socks b/c they're so portable. i'm definitely making more
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what would you ask for for your birthday? on: August 14, 2007 09:17:29 AM
my birthday is coming up and my mom asked me what i'd want and i'm at a loss.  Huh

i know i want knitting related stuff, but i have a pretty large stash and i own two sets of interchangeable needles already.

i'm thinking of asking for a few skeins of worsted weight alpaca yarn from Misti Alpaca or a few skeins of Malabrigo kettle dyed... but i'm not too sure about that. and gift cards are such a cop out. *sighs* maybe a bigger WIP basket b/c i've outgrown mine, maybe this one from Ikea   Undecided

what would you ask for for your birthday if the person getting the gift was internet illiterate? Huh

(seriously, my mom has no clue how to order stuff online)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / question for the designers on: July 18, 2007 06:49:30 AM
on the quest for the perfect fitting tank top, i've been disappointed by not one, but 3 different patterns (one was too small, one was too big, the last one looked awful). i've decided that it's time for me to just bite the bullet and design my own tank top.

i'm curious how the designers in here go about turning an idea into reality. i really want to make it in the round so there's no seaming; so, if working bottom-up how would i go about calculating my CO stitches? how would i figure out waist shaping? bust shaping, short rows or increases? how would i add a v-neck?

i'm thinking of making it look like this

any info would be appreciated greatly.

thanks in advance!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / designer "knit" top on: July 13, 2007 11:01:50 AM
i was at a department store browsing the designer clothes when i spotted this


(click for larger view)

it's a "knit" print top. can you see it?

what has the world come to? are hand knits so popular amongst the trendy people that designers are putting knit print on their tops, and people are willing to pay $100 for it? and people were buying it (they didn't have many left)

i found this funny... i had to share.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Sophie sans split neck. on: July 10, 2007 08:30:32 AM
i adored the Sophie top from the summer 07 issue of knitty, but i didn't like the contrasting stripe of handspun, nor did i like the split neck. so i removed them and made it one solid color.




yarn used: Cascade Sierra color #04.
needles: denise sizes 10.5, 9, and 8
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knitty's Sophie-along on: June 29, 2007 11:28:41 AM
i'm in love with sophie from the Summer 07 issue of knitty.com

i couldn't find a KAL for it, so i thought i'd start one!

has anyone else started it yet?

ETA: i just started it! after spending 30 minutes with not only an LYS employee but the owner as well, i managed to find an affordable sub for ArtFibers Phyz. i'm using Cascade Sierra in color #04. so far it's working very well.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / suggestions for first fair isle on: June 29, 2007 08:02:06 AM
i would really like to learn stranded color work knitting and i was wondering if anyone knew any good and easy patterns for me to get started with?

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