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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with cabled brioche scarf on: January 02, 2008 02:43:14 PM
The scarf I'm making looks like this:

but is supposed to look like this:

Sorry my pic is a little blurry, but basically the cabled bits are not attached to each other, very spread apart.
This is the pattern.
Now, it's my first try at brioche. Is there something I'm missing? Like, does every row I knit really count as 2 rows or something? Sorry to be giving so little info as I ask for help, but I'm really at a loss. Thanks!!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Curled bound-off edge :( on: November 12, 2007 06:20:24 PM
I'm making convertible mittens, with just a bound-off edge inside, instead of partial fingers. Unfortunately, that bound-off edge is curling, like so:

I shoulda thought of this and done a little rib before binding off. Any way to fix it from here without unraveling and adding that ribbing?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first sweater! on: November 09, 2007 02:28:09 PM
It's EZ's Seamless Hybrid Sweater, made for my husband:

and I knit a mushy little secret message in the hem:

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help with knitty's "Manly Mitts" on: October 08, 2007 10:44:49 AM
I'm making mittens, with the shape based on these http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTmanlymitts.html
and I'm having trouble when I get here, at the end of making the thumb gusset:
"K3 in patt, place gusset sts on st holder, CO 5 sts over gap, k to end of round in patt."
That means cast on 5 stitches over the gap, right? I tried to do that, and can't figure out how for the life of me! Any instructions or direction to resources would be appreciated. Thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / math help for Seamless Hybrid Sweater on: September 19, 2007 07:59:40 PM
I'm making the seamless hybrid sweater from Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears (like this one, from brooklyntweed). I made some pattern adjustments in the beginning that resulted in my having 263 stitches on the needles after joining sleeves and body, versus EZ's 292. So my question is this: she says to do each saddle for 44 rows, until the collar is reached. I'll do fewer rows, right? How do I figure out how many?

This is my first sweater, and I was all proud of myself for figuring out sizing, etc, but I just can't wrap my head around the math for this issue for whatever reason. Help, please!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sweater color advice needed- intarsia, fair isle, lots of break offs? on: September 03, 2007 07:50:20 PM
So, I'm making my first sweater, this one:

It uses the "recipe" for the seamless hybrid sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears. It's for my husband, and I asked him to sketch out what he wants done with the 2 colors I have. His sketch includes  top with shoulders only (not top of the chest/back) in the 2nd color. So, I've knitted my sleeves and body and joined 'em all together, only to realize this color change will be tricky! I've tried some methods found here and elsewhere on the internet for intarsia in the round, but what has me worried is that the color change is also where the decreases happen, and they're supposed to happen every 3rd row, which seems a little tricky if I'm doing some purling. Figuring this out has my head swimming!

Should I stick with this plan, or just join and then break off the 2nd color at the shoulder of each row? Did I mention this is also my 1st crack at intarsia? Yeah, I think I'm in over my head...unless you can help! Please let me know if my explanation of the problem doesn't make sense.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pillowcase ---> babydoll nightgown *Now with tutorial! on: July 23, 2007 06:45:28 PM
This was a practice project before I cut up an embroidered set of pillowcases I don't use but really like...but I'm liking using the nightgown- it's very comfy! I took a plain pink set of pillowcases, shaped a bit, and added the lace trim. I sorta wanted to play up the pillowcase-ness of the thing.

If anyone is interested in a tutorial, let me know. It was pretty simple, and most of you sewers can probably figure it out (and do me one better!) but I know I for one have a hard time visualizing steps to a process- I took photos and notes so I'd have a little help for myself when I try the next one!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Maternity wedding dress to fabulous party frock - and purses! on: July 21, 2007 09:23:59 AM
This was completed awhile back, in April, as you can tell from the cherry blossoms in the "after" picture, but I just located a "before" picture, so here we are.

My friends bought me this maternity wedding dress at some clearance outlet as a joke before my wedding. Here's one of them modeling, with the aid of a pillow:

I loved the fabric (silk dupioni) and neckline so much that I considered having it altered and actually wearing it for my wedding. In the end, I decided against it. But I dyed it and altered it to wear to one of their weddings, exactly one year after mine:

The fabric lost some of its sheen in the dyeing process, but I was still pretty happy with the results!

edited to add:
I can't believe I forgot to add this! I used the fabric cut from the bottom of the dress, and a shawl that came with it, to make purses for those friends. Here's one:

Many thanks to stacysews for her tutorial!
9  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Sewing supply in Brooklyn? on: March 24, 2007 06:21:15 AM
So do I really have to go to the garment district just to get some interfacing? Any suggestions of sewing/notions stores in Brooklyn (preferably near to Park Slope, but anywhere really; I'm curious) would be really really appreciated! I searched around here and found threads about Michael's, and about stores in Manhattan, but not in Bklyn. Thanks!!
10  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / silk fabric dyeing- vat or washing machine? on: March 20, 2007 01:13:24 PM
Please feel free to redirect me if this has been answered already; I couldn't find it on my search.

I have a silk dupioni dress that I'm dyeing before a major alteration. I know, I know, not a great first dye project, but it was purchased on clearance for $10 and if it comes out I'll wear it to my friend's wedding; if not I have a backup. Anyway, I have supplies I ordered from Dharma Trading- fiber reactive dye, and all the washes, etc. recommended in the silk-dyeing instructions on their website. I was going to go ahead and try the tub dyeing described on the site (http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/vat_dye.html), b/c it says that's easier than hot dyeing, and I didn't want to mess with acid dye. My question as I get started is where to do this:
If I do it in a plastic tub, will it come out even? I'll probably wreak havoc in the kitchen as I try to dump the dye water down the sink..

If I use the washing machine, is that more likely to wear on the silk? Will simply running a bleach cycle after really clear it for regular clothes washing again?

I'm a little nervous, in case you couldn't tell  Roll Eyes

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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