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« on: September 14, 2005 12:09:22 PM »

First off, here's the link to the free pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTblackberry.html

Ok, I decided to start this thread so that all interested could join in the fun.  There were a lot of people interested from the "knitty" thread.  Right now I'm finishing my minisweater, but I'm looking into what yarns are good subs and hopefully will be able to start it sometime next week.

Has anyone else started this?  I've never done cables so this is going to be a new experience, we'll see how it goes.
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2005 04:27:07 PM »

I haven't started but I'm in for sure ! I really want to make this...except not in chunky yarn...ya i'll have to figure out the guage for that.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2005 05:28:19 PM »

Ha!  My sister requested this sweater for christmas, so this is perfect!  I haven't knitted cables either.  The pattern claims it is a "quick" knit.  I guess we'll have to see how it turns out.  I'll probably start it....  next week?
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005 08:03:01 PM »

I discovered the new Knitty upon returning from four weeks at sea (for work) - what a nice welcome home gift!  Anyhow, after seeing Blackberry I immediately hightailed it to Craftster to see if there was a KAL.  Indeed, I was not let down! 

I have a backlog of projects, but this item makes the top of the list.  I'll be looking forward to ideas on yarn substitution: $14/ball * 6 balls = too expensive!  Sheesh.  KnitPicks' Sierra?  Cascade 128 (maybe in a tweed?)?  Or Cascade 109?  So many possibilities!
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2005 08:10:42 AM »

Hi Everybody!

I would like to join the KAL, although I've already started Blackberry.  It is a very quick knit and I'm a very slow knitter.  I've finished the back and the right front.  I'm half way through the left front.  I started to read ahead and was confused by the sleeves.  I'm going to do the cables but not the bobbles.  Oh, also I'm just doing regular stockinette, not reverse. 

Glad to be here!

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2005 08:15:59 AM »

Yay!  I'm glad someone's already started!  I too am looking at the Sierra for a substitute, do you think the natural would dye well with kool-aid? 

Valerie: I'm not going to do the bobbles either.  I also thought about doing it in stockinet, but with the cables I think it looks good to do the reverse.  Gald that it's going fast for you!  I love projects on bigger needles, they seem to go so much faster!  What yarn are you using???

I really really want to start this and I only have one sleve left on my minisweater so I should be able to start soon!  Just need to figure out a substitute yarn...
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2005 02:13:44 PM »

Yeah!  Yah!  Thanks for starting this KAL!  I want to make like 3 of these.  I was such in a frenzy to begin I picked up some leftover Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n' Quick from another project just to get started.  It matched the guage so I took off with it.  I couldn't deal with finding a sub yarn as I was so intense on starting.  Today I went to pick up a couple more things of yarn to continue on.  This project goes fast.  I am knitting it between other projects (as to pace myself because I am so giddy to finish) and I am already to the pits of the back.  Once I get my digital camera squared away I will post progress pictures.  Please post progress pictures!  It helps to see whether I am doing the project wrong (or luckily, right).      
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2005 02:47:32 PM »

I'm in - I bought Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky in a purplish color.

Valerie - you read my mind exactly!  I want to do this in regular stockinette, and no bobbles!

Show us some progress pics!
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2005 08:04:17 AM »

I knew I should have posted what kind of yarn I was using but this being my very first KAL on craftster...well, I was afraid of the yarn police. :-) 

I'm using Lion Brand Landscapes in Autumn Trails.  It is a perfect match for the gauge.  I got the idea from Bron.  Here is a link to her web page.  She has already finished Blackberry and she used Landscapes in Deep Sea:
http://bronsfiberstuff.typepad.com/brons_blog_ii/2005/09/no_well_dressed.html

Last night I finished the other front and started the first sleeve.  I've never knitted a sweater on size 13 needles before.  I'm truly amazed at how fast it is knitting up.  I'm in class this weekend, but will try to post pictures soon!

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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2005 09:47:12 AM »

Yay!  I bought my yarn last night.  I ended up going super cheapo and getting Red Heart chunky in a great brown color.  I only bought three skiens (they're huge!) since it didn't say yardage on it so I hope I have enough, but at 3.99/skien it will still cost me well under $20!! even if I have to get another one.  Horray for cheap yarn! Smiley  If I like the pattern I'm sure I'll knit another in a different color/yarn.  I'm hoping to cast on this weekend. 

Let's get some pictures going!  I want to see!

Glad to hear it's knitting up fast.  I've never done a full sweater so this will be good for me!
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