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1  My new sweater has liposurgery - it's an Easter miracle! in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: April 10, 2009 09:03:40 PM
Well, miracle DOES rather overstate the case. Actually, it's like this. Using a new yarn and doing no gauge check along the way I ended up with:

Oh dear. Not to worry. A friend with the appropriate overlocking sewing machine cut down the middle, front and back, chopped out a few inches and sewed it back together again. There was still a nasty seam on the right side which was solved by handsewing over it drawing more of the seam into the wrong side.

This is the result:

It isn't perfect but it is a whole lot better. I think in real life the seam isn't as bad as the camera makes it look.

In retrospect I realise that the whole thing should have been done by hand, not by machine. Still, it's a darn sight better than it was....don't you think?

More pics and details of the whole experience on my blog...
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2  Drops 88-25 cardigan finished - I LOVE it! in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: March 23, 2009 07:00:23 PM
I am just thrilled with this.

The pattern is easy, but still interesting.

The colour changes and the side-ways knitting of the body make the stocking stitch fly!

It was my first time using Drops yarn, as well as a Drops pattern. Nice yarn.

There are supposed to be crocheted flowers attached, but I'm thinking of leaving them.

And, of course, it is light as a feather, being alpaca and mohair....

There are other pics and comments about this on my blog....

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3  3 summer cardigans finished. in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: February 16, 2009 03:39:41 AM
I think if I were banished to a desert island with any amount of yarn and equipment, but only one pattern - http://ysolda.com/store/sweaters/liesl/ Liesl - is the one I'd take.

It went so well in the Rowan All-Seasons cotton, that I had to try another one, this time modelled by Andrea.

Can't say I'm SO happy with my next offering, Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri...

It is just alright. I'm hoping that a wash will leave it with more give. I don't recommend the yarn, Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere. The pattern itself, which you can get from www.patternfish.com is certainly a great intro to lace. Really the pattern is only one row long - the WS is all pearl and the RS has this one line of pattern which is shifted a few stitches on alternate rows. Honestly it'll take about 10 seconds to pick it up.

Well, that's the last of my summer knitting, although there is still a couple of weeks of it to go. I have a couple of wool projects on the go. They'll be my next report!

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4  My latest top: a dreadful mistake that should never have seen the light of day? in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: December 11, 2008 11:19:49 PM
I've updated this at the bottom....

Let me have it, the honest truth, no holding back. Is this a terrible mistake?

I've got more pics, but they don't really get any better....


Since I wrote this an awful look of Craftster girls have said it's okay - or even better than ok!! Maybe it's a case of red being hard to picture. It looks so unforgiving. Anyway, THANKS. Lots of interesting advice and thoughts on how it might be better. I've learnt a lot.
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5  Slouchy Berets x 3 in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: October 25, 2008 08:25:40 PM
I have used NanoEffects Slouchy Stripey Beret  pattern for these.

This one was knitted by Jan Jonas in Eki Riva Natal which is silk+high quality alpaca. Great yarn. Am I sad I shrunk and felted the cardigan I made in it!

Then I tried my hand at one in Jaeger Chamonix, such a lovely yarn, light, warm, a delight to knit with:

These are for my father (nb: NEITHER of the models photographed is my father!) and I figured he needed a couple of summer versions, so this is bamboo:

I've also knitting one in a Cleckheaton Bamboo/Cotton mix, but I daren't show any pics as it is really quite untidy knitting....didn't have suitable needle size to knit it comfortably. Lesson learned, more needles on their way!

Love the pattern, highly recommend it as a starting point for hats.

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6  What's the best way to copy this cardigan? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by cathyc on: October 25, 2008 04:07:45 PM

It's a Marks and Spencer cardigan and I want one. I figured I'd use the Chic Knits Beryl pattern as the basis for it. HOWEVER!!! Those stripes are going to drive me mad one way or another. None of them are more than 3 rows and there are 8 colours going at once.


(1) Carry 8 balls of yarn. No thanks
(2) Knit in 800 ends. At least as bad
(3) I don't know if this is a really weird idea, but I'm thinking could I make it a couple of stitches wider, cut off all the ends as I go along and then get the edge chopped off and sewn with an interlock sewing machine (I think that's what it is called). This would get rid of all the ends and make the edge secure. Well, that's my cunning plan. I could then pick up along the edge for the button border....

Is this doable? Or does somebody else have a better plan?
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7  Now with pics of the Shrug version! Signatur Knits Digit Shawl/Shrug in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: September 12, 2008 03:15:01 PM
The shrug version looks like this:

Although I had my heart set on the shrug version to begin with, I wasn't nearly so sure once it was finished. However, other people have convinced me it looks good, so the shrug is here to stay!

I am intending to do something about the gap on the sleeve which is too big - it is there to poke an end into if being used as a shawl. I'm thinking of looking for a really nice button to put there, but I could even sew it up completely.

This is my first shrug and I'm so pleased I finally made one!

And here are the shawl pics....

There are a lot of issues with the pattern....but with something so offbeat, does it matter!?


I learnt a lot from this project while never being fearful of messing up the pattern. When I did make a mistake I sometimes went back to fix it and sometimes went on. Its eccentricity was quite liberating.

I was torn between several colour combinations and I'm sure I could have at least one more go at it to satisfy my curiosity about the possibilities.
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8  Drops 106-28 Cable and Berry jacket finished in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: August 09, 2008 09:37:41 PM
This was knitted by Jan, a friend of mine, in Louisa Harding Kashmiri Aran which was perfect for the job.

I happened to have this set of buttons which are so cute:

Originally I thought I'd ask Jan to use this yarn for Silver Belle, but actually I prefer the Drops pattern - maybe Silver Belle is a bit too busy? Not sure....At any rate, I'm thinking of knitting one myself, I love it so much.

The Kashmiri Aran is the second Harding yarn I've used and I highly recommend it. I'll certainly be using it again.
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9  Sorelle finished in Knitting: Completed Projects by cathyc on: July 19, 2008 11:31:20 PM
This isn't actually knitted by me - it was knitted by a friend, I just supplied the yarn and the pattern, but it's a finished project all the same!

The yarn is Karabella Aurora 8 and the pattern is by Angela Hahn. I'd love to knit one myself, but I have decided not to start any more winter projects this year, and once I started thinking about summer, I wondered if it might not make a nice sleeveless top - is that a good idea? Thoughts appreciated!

There are more pictures here: This and That

I have knitted some armwarmers to go with it: pics of them later.
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10  Re: Is crab stitch reverse single or double crochet? Picture of instructions.. in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by cathyc on: June 24, 2007 05:09:00 AM
Here is a picture of the instructions....

or, here looks clearer:


Would it be best to follow these instructions or do single reverse crochet? I'd be grateful for advice.

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