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wizdmzchyld message #1
THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 12:34:37 PM
 
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/PATTspoke.php

I'm intrigued with the the pattern.  It's on my back burner now.  This will come to live with me one day.

Charlene Cheesy


 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 1:32:03 PM
 
Charlene,

OMG...I'm drooooooooooling!  Me too, me too!  (Though I'd like to change the back, which I feel is pretty plain, compared to the dramatic front.)  Can you imagine making that circular shaping?  Are your fingers itching to pick up needles at the very thought?

Question: Do you think the front could be made again for the back?  Do you think it would look as good?  For that, I'd want to make the neckline a non-V neckline, though.  I don't know if I could change it sufficiently well to look good.


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wizdmzchyld message #3
Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 2:28:03 PM
 
You know. I don't see why you couldn't repeat the front twice and place them back to back.  I'm going to file that suggestion for when I am able to make this pattern.  Yep  it's one of the prettiest patterns I've seen in a while and it lends itself to multiple variations without even a pattern change, (well except for the one where you make the front and back exactly the same).  Just a change from one variegated yarn to another, or stripes of different colors.  In any case, Lori Versaci did brilliant work on this.  I've requested that she put me on her mailing list.  I did ask about translating this from 2 sticks to a bed but she thinks it's probably not doable.  Shucky darn on that score.  She does 2 stick and bed knitting too.

All that said, if I have to spend the summer knitting this I want one.  AND for the first time in years, I've decided that being the giant economy size must become a thing of the past.  Did you notice though that she accomodates people of larger size in her pattern?  What a champ!

Charlene
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Charlene,

OMG...I'm drooooooooooling!  Me too, me too!  (Though I'd like to change the back, which I feel is pretty featureless, compared to the dramatic front.)  Can you imagine making that circular shaping?  Are your fingers itching to pick up needles at the very thought?

Question: Do you think the front could be made again for the back?  Do you think it would look as good?  For that, I'd want to make the neckline a non-V neckline, though.  I don't know if I could change it sufficiently well to look good.



 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 3:44:14 PM
 
Charlene,

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You know. I don't see why you couldn't repeat the front twice and place them back to back.  I'm going to file that suggestion for when I am able to make this pattern.  Yep  it's one of the prettiest patterns I've seen in a while and it lends itself to multiple variations without even a pattern change, (well except for the one where you make the front and back exactly the same).  Just a change from one variegated yarn to another, or stripes of different colors.  In any case, Lori Versaci did brilliant work on this.  I've requested that she put me on her mailing list.  I did ask about translating this from 2 sticks to a bed but she thinks it's probably not doable.  Shucky darn on that score.  She does 2 stick and bed knitting too.


Glad to hear you think the front could be repeated to make the back!  Smiley

Unfortunately, I don't see how it could be done on a machine, either, just because of that shaping.  I'm thinking of literally using coupons to buy yarns here and there from the craft stores for it, because ouch, at maybe $6/skein, that's $60 or more!  Which is cheap for a good wool sweater, but still...

I think I'd like to stripe it, like you mentioned, so buying the yarns piecemeal would likely work out well.  Smiley  The variegated yarns would be soooo lovely for this, but I can't get variegated easily.  (The LYS isn't all that close, yet another reason for wanting to use craft store yarns, despite the lack of selection.)

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All that said, if I have to spend the summer knitting this I want one.


Same here!  It's so dramatic.  I'd like one as a cardigan, too, but don't know if I can take making that front piece FOUR times!

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AND for the first time in years, I've decided that being the giant economy size must become a thing of the past.  Did you notice though that she accomodates people of larger size in her pattern?  What a champ!


I completely agree!  That's always a mark of a truly great designer, in my book.  She has larger sizes and extra small, too.  Those are rare.  I don't get it...most women aren't built in only a few sizes, and it's mighty irritating how many designers completely forget this.


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wizdmzchyld message #5
Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 5:39:13 PM
 
I live 25 to 30 miles from the nearest yarn store, which is why I do much of my yarn shopping online.  Not NEARLY as entertaining as the LYS (oops I just remembered there is one within 15 miles), BUT, I don't have to wait so long for what I need. 

I shop Crafts Etc. (Hobby Lobby online), Lion Brand, Joann's and when I can get to town, I do the rounds.

Charlene


 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 6:20:30 PM
 
Charlene,

My LYS is about 25-30 minutes away.  Argh, and there's not much else out that way, so it's usually not worth going.

What stops me about mail ordering yarn is shipping.  Have you found some companies which are better than others?

I have a JoAnn Fabrics and a Michael's not far from each other, and conveniently located near other stores.  In a pinch there's Wal-Mart, though their selection is pretty sparse.  They mostly only carry Red Heart and Vanna's Choice worsted-weight acrylics.  Oh, a little bit of cotton, too, both worsted weight and size 10.

I do like the coupons in the newspapers (and in the mail) for JoAnn's and Michael's.  They're good for only one item at a time, but if I'm buying colors one at a time for this sweater project, it probably doesn't matter!  Still, it's a lot better to spend $4 or so on a single skein of wool than to spend $6.  (I love the Patons wools.  The colors are outstanding!  Lion Brand also sells some nice wools.)

I had a favorite wool at JoAnn Fabrics, which the smaller stores like mine have discontinued (saw it at a larger JoAnn's a few months ago).  It was a JoAnn Sensations wool.  These were soft, chunky wools...gorgeous, heathery colors!  I bought a whole bunch for a pattern which I'd purchased at a yarn shop (the pattern was free with purchase of yarn).  The yarn was supposed to work up to some very large gauge, something like slightly over 1 stitch per inch, but I couldn't get close enough with large needles to make a nice, firm fabric.  So I found a shade of that Sensations wool from JoAnn's that closely matched the color of the yarn shop wool, and two or three strands (more likely two) held together would have made for just the right stitch gauge.  (Then there was the Big Flood, so I put everything away and now probably won't find it for a while.)



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wizdmzchyld message #7
Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 7:26:47 PM
 
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Charlene,

My LYS is about 25-30 minutes away.  Argh, and there's not much else out that way, so it's usually not worth going.

What stops me about mail ordering yarn is shipping.  Have you found some companies which are better than others?

Crafts Etc., (online Hobby Lobby) tends to have really good deals on shipping.

I have a JoAnn Fabrics and a Michael's not far from each other, and conveniently located near other stores.  In a pinch there's Wal-Mart, though their selection is pretty sparse.  They mostly only carry Red Heart and Vanna's Choice worsted-weight acrylics.  Oh, a little bit of cotton, too, both worsted weight and size 10.

All three of those, plus Hobby Lobby are in a several block radius when I can get to town, but that's not often.  The Wal-Mart of that group still has a good crafts department and they say it will be several years before they reevaluate so the department is safe for now. 

I do like the coupons in the newspapers (and in the mail) for JoAnn's and Michael's.  They're good for only one item at a time, but if I'm buying colors one at a time for this sweater project, it probably doesn't matter!  Still, it's a lot better to spend $4 or so on a single skein of wool than to spend $6.  (I love the Patons wools.  The colors are outstanding!  Lion Brand also sells some nice wools.) 

I've looked at both those companies online.  Both carry nice yarns. 

I had a favorite wool at JoAnn Fabrics, which the smaller stores like mine have discontinued (saw it at a larger JoAnn's a few months ago).  It was a JoAnn Sensations wool.  These were soft, chunky wools...gorgeous, heathery colors!  I bought a whole bunch for a pattern which I'd purchased at a yarn shop (the pattern was free with purchase of yarn).  The yarn was supposed to work up to some very large gauge, something like slightly over 1 stitch per inch, but I couldn't get close enough with large needles to make a nice, firm fabric.  So I found a shade of that Sensations wool from JoAnn's that closely matched the color of the yarn shop wool, and two or three strands (more likely two) held together would have made for just the right stitch gauge.  (Then there was the Big Flood, so I put everything away and now probably won't find it for a while.)

  My mind is grappling with the idea of one stich per inch.  DO post pictures when you get around to it won't you.  While you're at it, what size needles does that call for?  The largest I've ever used was size 11.  Too small a gauge and the hands and arms go numb, but too big and I become incredibly clumsy.

(Psst, the truth is I'm clumsy anyway, but the gene doesn't kick in until that gauge). ;-0

Charlene


 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 15, 2009 at 8:38:32 PM
 
Charlene,

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My mind is grappling with the idea of one stich per inch.  DO post pictures when you get around to it won't you.  While you're at it, what size needles does that call for?  The largest I've ever used was size 11.  Too small a gauge and the hands and arms go numb, but too big and I become incredibly clumsy.

(Psst, the truth is I'm clumsy anyway, but the gene doesn't kick in until that gauge). ;-0


Hee hee!  I've fallen while...standing still on a non-moving surface!  Wink

I wish I had taken a pic at the shop (this was a capelet), because the pattern had no pic whatsoever, and I won't have a reference when I make this thing.  IIRC, it called for either size 17 or size 19 needles.  HUGE!

I'll definitely post pics...I can't wait to find it!  It would be really nice to be able to wear it this winter, but that's probably not going to happen.

BTW, sometime in about '00, Vogue Knitting had an issue with at least 3 or 4 "big knits," using large needles.  One of them was what I called the "drool sweater."  It was a long sweater coat, made with some large size needles (35, perhaps) and it was GORGEOUS!  They also had a cabled sweater made with big needles and I forget what else.  IIRC, the sweater coat was actually made with 5 strands of yarn held together.  (Not sure how thick the yarn was, and don't remember the gauge.)  Oh, was that an incredible VK issue!  All of those items would be finished within a mere few days!  (Sorry, the drool is running again.  Wink)



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knitnknanny message #9
Re: THIS I have to make
December 16, 2009 at 1:14:10 AM
 
I was quite intrigued with that pattern, too. 

Marilyn

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http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter09/PATTspoke.php

I'm intrigued with the the pattern.  It's on my back burner now.  This will come to live with me one day.

Charlene Cheesy



 
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knitnknanny message #10
Re: THIS I have to make
December 16, 2009 at 1:23:51 AM
 
In the 'story' above the pattern itself, it said that the curved front piece was sewn down. So I think all it would take to turn this into a cardigan is to leave it unsewn and find some kind of fastener. Big button? Shawl pin?

I wondered how it would turn out if you were to leave off the last increase on the curved piece so it wouldn't be quite so wide, and then make another piece just like it for the other side.  Something I may ponder sometime.

Marilyn

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Same here!  It's so dramatic.  I'd like one as a cardigan, too, but don't know if I can take making that front piece FOUR times!




 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 16, 2009 at 7:28:38 AM
 
Marilyn,

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In the 'story' above the pattern itself, it said that the curved front piece was sewn down. So I think all it would take to turn this into a cardigan is to leave it unsewn and find some kind of fastener. Big button? Shawl pin?


I like your thinking on this!  I'd want to perhaps make something beaded, something that would nicely accent the curved piece without being too dramatic.

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I wondered how it would turn out if you were to leave off the last increase on the curved piece so it wouldn't be quite so wide, and then make another piece just like it for the other side.  Something I may ponder sometime.


I like your ideas on this, too!  That's a good thought, because the curved piece wouldn't need to be so big for the back, plus it wouldn't overshadow it, without being so plain.


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knitnknanny message #12
Re: THIS I have to make
December 17, 2009 at 2:06:27 AM
 
Ooops!  When I said "other side", I meant the other side of the front. In other words, the left front.  I think it's the right front that's curved, isn't it?

Marilyn

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I wondered how it would turn out if you were to leave off the last increase on the curved piece so it wouldn't be quite so wide, and then make another piece just like it for the other side.  Something I may ponder sometime.





 
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wizdmzchyld message #13
Re: THIS I have to make
December 17, 2009 at 10:18:12 AM
 
It would take some thought and planning, but I don't see why that wouldn't work also.  I think for myself, I would do the back and the front, but your idea is excellent.

Charlene

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Ooops!  When I said "other side", I meant the other side of the front. In other words, the left front.  I think it's the right front that's curved, isn't it?

Marilyn

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I wondered how it would turn out if you were to leave off the last increase on the curved piece so it wouldn't be quite so wide, and then make another piece just like it for the other side.  Something I may ponder sometime.






 
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Re: THIS I have to make
December 17, 2009 at 3:05:59 PM
 
Marilyn and Charlene,

Yes, I agree with both of you!  I was thinking of the back, but it would be nice to have two circles for the front, one on each side.  Smiley


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wizdmzchyld message #15
Re: THIS I have to make
December 17, 2009 at 10:40:05 PM
 
It just popped into my head that it would make a really interesting skirt as well.

Charlene

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Marilyn and Charlene,

Yes, I agree with both of you!  I was thinking of the back, but it would be nice to have two circles for the front, one on each side.  Smiley


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