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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Serpentina - Can't sleep, scarf'll eat me... (w/ free pattern) on: January 23, 2008 10:47:26 AM
Thanks all! I have it safely folded up and kept far away from me while I sleep. Just in case...  Grin

I like the way you handled the edges - they roll in but in controlled fashion, so it looks sort of like I-cord edging.

It's sort of a slip-stitch double-knit type edge - and totally not my idea, I've seen it used in heaps of patterns and I'm not sure where it originated. I really like that edging, it's great for when you don't want a big strip of garter or seed distracting from a stitch pattern.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Tomato by Wendy Bernard - modified version on: January 22, 2008 12:28:06 PM
Ooh, that's really pretty - I think that's the nicest version of Tomato I've seen.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Serpentina - Can't sleep, scarf'll eat me... (w/ free pattern link) on: January 22, 2008 09:30:41 AM
I am afraid of this scarf.

See, a while back, I thought up this scarf idea. Swatched it, refined it, charted it, tweaked it, and then knit it up. And it turned out exactly as planned.

This does not happen, ever! It is well-documented that my knitting hates me. So I think this scarf may be plotting something, and trying to lure me into complacency by behaving so nicely and knitting up just the way I wanted it.

I used 4 balls of Elann Incense - which made a very very long scarf. I think it might eat me. (Hey, maybe that's what it's plotting!) But I love long scarves, so I will put up with the fear of being devoured.

There are more pics in this blog entry (and also more "I am suspicious of this scarf" paranoia). There's a bit of a review of the yarn there too. Summary: I liked the yarn. Good stuff for the price.

Here's the free pattern - hopefully it will be suspiciously trouble-free for you too!

Thanks for looking.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you help me find a pattern??? on: December 08, 2007 11:31:34 AM
Found it on Ravelry - at least it looks like the same pattern. Vintage Velvet from the book Scarf Style.

If you're on Ravelry, here's some that people have made, that's the same scarf as the one you linked, right?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mmmalabrigo A-line Sweater on: November 16, 2007 10:24:45 AM
Wow. Thanks all!  Smiley

Okay, the cast-on numbers I can give, because I wrote those down and I don't think I changed them.

I cast on 44 sts total, divided as follows:
2 for front
8 for sleeve
24 for back
8 for sleeve
2 for front

but then over the next few inches, added an extra 20 sts to each front to make the curved neckline (4 sts gradually, then 16 at once). Note that my stitch counts don't match the pattern exactly, but they're close (for the smallest size).

And my gauge was about 17 sts over 4 inches.

I'm actually thisclose to springing for Malabrigo. Tell me, does it pill? If it does, how badly?

Well this is my first time using the merino worsted, so I can't answer from experience, but I've heard that it pills like a mofo. Angry Sooo I've just resolved to de-pill the damn thing as often as it needs it, because the yarn is gorgeous and so soft and hopefully worth the bother.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mmmalabrigo A-line Sweater on: November 15, 2007 09:36:23 AM
This is the Drops A-line jacket that everyone and their dog is making, but I messed around with the pattern and turned it into a top-down raglan. Partly because I love me some seamless sweaters, but mostly because I totally didn't have enough yarn to make it, and this way I could just stop knitting when I ran out and pretend it was intentional. Grin

I used 4 skeins of Malabrigo worsted in Cinnabar, and I mean every last little bit of 4 skeins. I also made it flare slightly less and completely ignored the directions for the sleeves and improvised them instead. I read the collar directions and said a few naughty words to them and then partly (but not completely) ignored those too.

I was worried that it wouldn't look right with raglan sleeves but I think it turned out fine. So if you're into top-down raglans I highly suggest this mod. Unfortunately I took really sketchy notes on my mods (and then ignored half of them) so I can't rewrite the pattern as a raglan for others to use, but I think I'm going to write up a general bottom-up-to-top-down-raglan tutorial sometime soon instead. I've seen a lot of people ask about how to modify sweaters that way, so... yeah.

This was actually my NaKniSweMo sweater but it only took 10 days to knit!

More pics and info in this blog entry, if you're interested in details and/or unnecessary ranting. Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: fibonacci slouchy hat and christmas ornaments! yay! on: November 15, 2007 09:15:59 AM
I love that hat! I think I need to make one.  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Textured Tunic from "Fitted Knits" on: November 15, 2007 09:14:16 AM
I love the colour you chose! Super cute.

I'm planning on making one of those and the pattern is made of pickled ass. I mean, the sweater itself is lovely, but they clothespinned and photoshopped the model's sweater into something that bears no resemblance to what you'll get actually following the pattern as written! I'm going to mod the pattern up the wazoo too (I can't believe it has no waist shaping. What IS that?). Rant rant rant.

Your mods totally worked because yours looks great!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! What to do with leftover bulky yarn? on: September 29, 2007 11:31:59 AM
I made a Calorimetry with some super bulky Malabrigo, and it's nice and cozy. Only took about 30-40 yds (on size 15 needles I think).

I don't seem to have a proper pic but there is a crappy blurry one if you scroll down here. I just cast on fewer stitches and did fewer rows.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need ideas for a special scarf! on: September 29, 2007 11:24:41 AM
Hows about this one?

It's simple and dad-scarf-ish, but not completely plain.
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