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Regarding the Booga Bag [Mar. 1st, 2006|02:38 pm]
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I've been meaning to post this in my own journal since I keep mentioning it to people over in knitting.

Regarding the Booga Bag:

Some things I would have done differently if I'd known:
- for binding off, I'd do an i-cord bind off (aka applied i-cord). I just think it looks neater (and it probably would have used up the remaining yarn).
- I would have double stranded it (though I'm not sure how that would work out since it's self striping yarn). The Noro seemed thin and because of that, it doesn't hold it's shape that well (it sort of sags, IMO). I think that a liner would help quite a bit in this aspect, of course this is all preference and I'm sure some love it as is!
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(no subject) [Mar. 1st, 2006|12:50 pm]
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Fish blanket 1
Fish blanket 2
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Raglan sweaters. [Mar. 1st, 2006|11:13 am]
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I got some Noro Kureyon from a swap. I love the colorway and I can hardly wait to knit with it. I imagine more than enough to make a sweater for me - 18 skeins. I love the colors and I've been REALLY wanting to make a sweater. It's sat around for 3 weeks or so now and it keeps calling to me to make it into a sweater or a vest. It's calling to me more than my Rogue yarn is calling to me. It MUST be knit! I've thought of doing a vest with it (namely, Leftovers from Knitty), but my only issue would be that I'd still have a lot of yarn left! So, instead, I think I'll go with a simple raglan sweater. I thought about a cardigan, but it's self striping yarn so the issue of getting the stripes to match on each side would be a challenge I don't want. If I have left over yarn and not quite enough for a vest, I'll probably find something that would complement the yarn and make Leftovers. We'll see.

In searching for something basic, I found these:

Spin Craft Pattern for top down raglan (The knit so it fits pattern)
Knitty's Knit By Numbers bottom up raglan
Glampyre's bottom up raglan
The Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater
Top down raglan that does the math for you
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My first attempt at spinning [Feb. 27th, 2006|12:26 pm]
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On Saturday I decided to give the drop spindle I bought last September a try. I had some beautiful roving in "Seafoam" that came with it (I'd also purchased some roving in "Raspberry" to try as well). I purchased both through eBay from Annie May. Since I had no previous experience with spinning, a while back I ordered the Spring 2005 issue of Spin-Off that had a "how to" article on drop spindles. I found it to be VERY helpful and I think I did pretty good for my first try!

Behold my first attempt at spinning!Collapse )
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Bad Penny FO and pattern notes [Feb. 23rd, 2006|10:19 pm]
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Last night I completed my first knitted garment - Bad Penny.

I used Cascade Sierra Quatro (color 88) and Sierra (color 12). They're both 80% pima cotton, 20% wool. Working with this yarn was great. I really liked it and would definitely work with it again. I think it's perfect for next to skin garments because it's quite soft. It's a little on the heavy side, though. I love the way it feels on (though this could also be because this is my first garment, so...).

I would recommend this pattern to someone who hasn't knit a garment before. It's quite easy (knits, purls, yarn overs, k2tog's and p2tog's). The only thing that tripped me up was how to really do the bottom pattern and when to use the k2tog or p2tog to make it look nicer (the pattern says k2tog for all of it, but if you do that it just doesn't look pleasing to the eye, IMO). Also, for the XXL size (which is what I made) it says:

On last round, inc 2[3, 8, 0, 1, 2] and dec 0[0, 0, 4, 0, 0] sts evenly around.

My issue is the inc 1 evenly around. If you do this, you'll have an odd number of sts while doing 1 x 1 ribbing. I didn't bother to do it and it worked out fine. I had to do the last row of yo's for the chart pattern slightly differently, but it's not at all noticeable. It was just a matter of being one stitch shorter because of not doing the increase. I think the bottom pattern could be not done at all for someone with a little less experience who still wants to make a garment.

I also worked the sleeves in the round because I found it impossible to knit flat. Because of the raglan style of this shirt, it's quite difficult to do anything other than knit the sleeve edging any other way. That's my opinion, for whatever it's worth.

When I picked up the sts along the collar, I had a difficult time. I know I'm really just not good a picking up stitches "properly" so it seemed to stick up a bit before I blocked the collar. After blocking it, though, it now stays flat instead of trying to fold outward.

Okay, enough of that... Look at my FO!Collapse )
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I'm a naughty girl.... [Feb. 23rd, 2006|04:25 pm]
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So ever since hearing Grumpernia talk about Blue Moon Fiber Art's Socks that Rock yarn, I've been wanting some.

I broke down and ordered some. (Hey, all my bills are up to date and paid. I have a some money left so why not?)

I ordered a hank in Colbalt Bloom and that should be more than enough to make a pair of socks. I'll be making a pair of Jaywalker Socks :o)
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Bad Penny is.... [Feb. 23rd, 2006|09:54 am]
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.... DONE!!!

Last night I completed Bad Penny. Tonight I will attempt to block the colar portion of it because the way I picked up the stitches around the neck made it a little wonky. Before I block I will take and post pictures of it!

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Aside from that... look at THIS. They're really cool beads and buttons that are custom made. The next project I do for knitting that requires buttons, I want to order from them.
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Swift and ball winder [Feb. 15th, 2006|09:52 pm]
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I got my swift and ball winder combo from WEBBS in the mail on Monday. I'm loving it already!!

So of course... some photos....

My swift, ball winder, and some yarnCollapse )
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Knitting Olympic Changes [Feb. 15th, 2006|04:29 pm]
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I think I'm going to be changing my project for the Knitting Olympics. I don't particularly care for the pattern I've chosen (Kyoto from Knitty.com) and I'm afraid that after I complete it I won't ever wear it. I've frogged 4 times and I'm about to do it again to take out the white strip because I don't like the way it looks in the double seed stitch. I'm frustrated that I had to frogg twice because the original cast on amount was wrong (should be 212 instead of the 210 the pattern says). I'm 5 days in and I'm at square one!

I've thought of doing something else, but I'm not sure what to do. I have been working on Bad Penny and it really needs completing and I also have been wanting to do Liesel (and I have the yarn for it already). So, I think I'll opt for completing Bad Penny and then complete Liesel instead.
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Updated list of yarn to swap or sell [Feb. 14th, 2006|10:29 am]
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Updated list of yarn left to swap or sellCollapse )
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