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DotMom61
02-03-2006, 11:57 AM
I just picked up from the library The Knitting Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1893762130/sr=1-2/qid=1138981823/ref=pd_bbs_2/104-1256138-0859964?%5Fencoding=UTF8) by Sally Melville. I've been avoiding this book because I kept thinking, "Awww ... it's just a bunch of stuff in garter stitch. How boring."

Well, poke me with a stick!!! This book is fabulous, and I now have it at the top of my wishlist on Amazon.com. Sally Melville has done some wonderous things with garter stitch. I had no idea!

Now, I am determined to make myself an Einstein Coat, and my DD wants one, too.

Now, I just need to find the right yarn for it. Sally uses ISTEX Lopi. I found what she used at Camilla Valley Farms (http://www.camillavvalleyfarms.com/). The cost of the coat would be approx. $63 + s&h. I guess that's not too terribly unreasonable, but my purpose for posting this is to see if anyone had any other suggestions for yarn.

Once we get the yarn issue settled, perhaps a Knit-Along is in order??

Thanks!

CarmenIbanez
02-03-2006, 12:10 PM
What does the einstein coat look like? Is there a picture?

nicolethegeek
02-03-2006, 12:11 PM
Is that the price in USD or CAD? Either way, it is quite reasonable for a coat's worth of wool. Even though I haven't ordered from her myself, I do know of people that have, and were very pleased. One of my crochet groups that has a crochet-in every year for the tent sale at Spinrite always make a side trip there as well.

brendajos
02-03-2006, 12:12 PM
i just googled and here (http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein.html) is the first link on the page for it...has a perfect picture! :)

Julie
02-03-2006, 12:30 PM
How much yarn does the pattern call for? Smiley's has Reynolds Lopi and Lite Lopi for $2.50 and $4 a ball, respectively.

CarmenIbanez
02-03-2006, 12:41 PM
Oh that is lovely! I think $63 plus s/h is very good price for a coat like that. Most people would pay over $100 and much more for "hand-made".

kimmie
02-03-2006, 12:43 PM
I have always admired that coat. It not only looks good on that skinny minny model, but it also looks good on all sorts of body shapes and sizes.
If there is a place to get the yarn more inexpensively, I might give it a try. It might take me awhile, but it would be fun!

kimmie

DotMom61
02-03-2006, 12:47 PM
Carmen here's (http://www.crazyforewe.com/Classes/Project%20classes/Fall%2005/Einstein%20Coat.htm) the picture that won me over! ;-)

And, yes, I think that $63 is a pretty good price, really, but just thought it would be good to look around and see what all was available. I'm also interested to hear if anyone else on this forum has knit one of these. It seems like a rather huge project, but with the bulky yarn and different pieces, it would probably not seem all that tedious.

DotMom61
02-03-2006, 12:47 PM
How much yarn does the pattern call for? Smiley's has Reynolds Lopi and Lite Lopi for $2.50 and $4 a ball, respectively.

Thanks, Julie! I'll check into that!!

CarmenIbanez
02-03-2006, 12:53 PM
Oh I just love it! I wish I had seen this two days ago before I ordered knitting books. I would have bought that one instead! My library does not offer as extensive a collection as it should.

DotMom61
02-03-2006, 12:57 PM
I know what you mean, Carmen. I had no idea this book had such great patterns in it. I wish I hadn't ignored it for so long!!

There are also some really cute sweater and bag patterns.

Andrea
02-03-2006, 01:22 PM
Julie, notice my to do list ;)
I bought this book awhile ago. It's wonderful!!
I've been eyeing Einstein for a long time, but acquiring the yarn has been what has delayed it. A woman in my guild made one (it's soooo gorgeous), she got a huge cone of yarn from WEBS online for what seemed to be a pretty good price. I've been looking on their website to try to find something, I need to ask her exactly what it was. It was the perfect yarn for it.

KAL is a definite must!!! I would loooooove to participate!

Andrea
02-03-2006, 01:30 PM
Thanks to the other Julie, I may be purchasing from Smiley's...I'm not sure what size to make, but with what I'm playing around with, it should only cost around $60 with S & H! Not bad!

DotMom61
02-03-2006, 02:21 PM
Well, that's a great price @ Smiley's on the Lopi!! W/ shipping it would be just under $60.

Of course, now I'm wondering what it would be like in a different type of yarn, too. What would it be like in Chenille? Would that be too icky?? Would it wear well?

What about L.B. KoolWool?? I've never used it, but I like the smooth look & the colors.

I've also checked out bulky yarns @ KnitPicks, and the only thing they have that looks like it would work would be Decadence. Not too sure I want to go that route.

I'm interested to see what everyone else is coming up with! Andrea, what are you looking at?

VictoiseC
02-03-2006, 02:27 PM
Omg Julie! I just recently got fascinated with this coat and am determined to make it. Let me tell you what I found: when I went for my disastrous job interview at this yarn store downtown... I was checking out their finished pieces hanging around the walls. And there was the most beautiful coat I had ever ever seen. It was a dark reddish brown with bits of metallic bronze placed strategically throughout, not much just little dashes here and there.

I asked what the yarn was and they said Manos del Uruguay. They didn't mentioned the name of the metallic yarn but I'll find it. The two combined just looked so fantastic, I have to do that. And then I did a little research on the Einstein coat and found the following link. In that, they discuss about how a coat can get distorted if its weight is too much and putting in a bit of other yarn here and there (like this shop did) will reinforce the knitting and prevent that. I'm sure you don't HAVE to do that if you have the right yarn but I liked that extra effect.

I think I'm going to use the Manos if I can afford it. And last but not least, I have a hankering to make the "waistline" which is not really a waistline she says, a little higher, kind of more like an empire style coat. just a weee bit higher.

Just put he book on order from the library.

Keep us posted! Oh, here's the link:

http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein_hints.html

Andrea
02-03-2006, 02:29 PM
I think I may have to do Smileys...KP for once is more expensive! Unless I check out the KoolWOol too...I'm definitely going to get the dark brown color (then I can wear it with Tubey!! :rofling: ). I :heart: brown!

ETA: I just went to the LB website and they say KoolWool is discontinued :thinking: Although, what about Wool Ease Chunky? I still think the Smileys price is the best I've seen

DotMom61
02-03-2006, 02:43 PM
Vic --- Thanks for all that great info!!! A great site to go to w/ questions that will surely arise!

Andrea -- I'm afraid that the WoolEase would pill ... does anyone have any experience w/ this? And I had no idea the Kool Wool was discontinued. Why does L.B. discontinue the yarns I like? (e.g., CottonEase) :??

I'm thinking I'd probably go w/ the Lopi, too, though just cause it would be the first major garment I made, and I would want to use something as close to the pattern as I could. I did see some neat and colorful bulky yarn over there, though (Smiley's, that is), that DD might like, although she *really* wants to have the rust color they show in the book. She has good taste. ;-)

Jan in CA
02-03-2006, 03:14 PM
I like that coat! :inlove:

Andrea
02-04-2006, 03:26 AM
Julie, that's the color I'm going for!! I'll think I'll order tomorrow (or some time when the DH isn't looking!!) :D

Andrea
02-04-2006, 04:05 AM
Never mind---I just ordered 14 balls of Lopi from Smileys!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Angelia
02-04-2006, 09:46 AM
:cheering: :cheering: Yay Andrea!

If a KAL starts on this, I'm in. Of course I have to get the pattern...the dh just asked if I want anything else for my bday... :happydance:

And yes, Wool-Ease does pill a bit. I use it for socks a lot, and though very cozy, once washed, it pills some. Not as much as WOTA, though.

Sara
02-04-2006, 10:26 AM
Manos sells for almost $15 a skein at my LYS, but the colors are luscious!

Jan in CA
02-04-2006, 02:06 PM
I put the book on hold at my library. Looks interesting! Can't wait to see what you all do with it!..the coat pattern I mean, not the book. :roflhard:

BTW did anyone notice the gallery (http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein_gallery.html) of finished Einstein Coats? They tell what they did and give hints, too. That's a good website for anyone thinking of doing this coat.

DotMom61
02-05-2006, 10:48 AM
Oh, Yay! Andrea!!! You're going to beat all of us to the finish line on this one. Why don't you start up the Knit Along (or did you already -- wasn't on here at all yesterday)? I'm not sure when I'm going to get to this.

And, Jan, I did see that web site. They all did a fabulous job, didn't they?

Angelia
02-05-2006, 11:22 AM
I've ordered Melville's book to get the pattern, but I'd also like to get the yarn already. The bulky yarn is just not practical here in the South, so for those of you with the book, can you help me? I'd like to knit the coat in worsted weight. How much yardage do I need?

VictoiseC
02-05-2006, 12:47 PM
You're welcome Julie! Yeah, I think this coat will look great in that rust color also. That's what the coat I saw was like even though I said
reddish brown.... ha Too bad Manos goes for so much, $15 is the usual price or $14.50.... Naked Sheep in Vermont is having a sale online right now and it's a close out of Manos for $12 or 12.50 but the only colors are pink, raspberry, purples.

Just think of what a coat like this would go for in a good store! Wow.

DotMom61
02-05-2006, 05:08 PM
I've ordered Melville's book to get the pattern, but I'd also like to get the yarn already. The bulky yarn is just not practical here in the South, so for those of you with the book, can you help me? I'd like to knit the coat in worsted weight. How much yardage do I need?

Angelia --

You're in luck! There's another pattern in the book that is called Not-So-Warm Coat. It uses 1850 to 2460 yds of worsted weight yarn and Size 6 needles. She used Paton's Katrina (http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=katrina), btw, in color #10031 - Chocolate.

DotMom61
02-05-2006, 05:18 PM
What about Paton's Shetland Chunky? Joann's has it on sale for $4.29/148 yards. That would work out to less than $40. :shock:

Has anyone used this yarn? I don't want to use it if it's not going to wear well. I'd rather spend the $$ on the Lopi. But if it's a decent yarn, I'd be more than happy to SAVE the $$. :-D

ETA: Joann's has free shipping thru 2/8 PLUS you get 10% off your order if you buy 8 or more skeins. Someone please stop me if this is a huge mistake!

Angelia
02-05-2006, 06:42 PM
Thanks, Julie! So go with nubby yarns, right, not the smooth ones? Of course looking at the pic, the nubby yarn, knit in that cream, kind of makes the model look like a sheep. I love it! :heart: (Of course I might look like a sheep for an entirely different reason! :shock: )

DotMom61
02-05-2006, 09:03 PM
Ang ...

The coat knit w/ Katrina doesn't look nubby at all. I was suprised to see the Katrina looking nubby in the ball because the coat in the picture in the book looks really smooth, and it looks like it's knit at a tighter gauge than the Einstein. Of course that is probably just because of the yarn being a lighter weight.

Angelia
02-05-2006, 11:39 PM
Oh no, but I'd gotten all excited about nubbiness! :rofling:

Andrea
02-06-2006, 12:04 AM
Maybe I will go post in the KAL thread for this!! :cheering: :cheering: Oh I'm so excited to do this!

DotMom61
02-06-2006, 12:39 AM
Well, Ladies, I'd say it's a go here, too. I got Ingrid's "OK" on the Paton's Shetland Chunky. ;-) So, I think I'll give it a try in Deep Taupe. :cheering:

CarmenIbanez
02-06-2006, 05:46 PM
ETA: I just went to the LB website and they say KoolWool is discontinued :thinking: Although, what about Wool Ease Chunky? I still think the Smileys price is the best I've seen

NO NO NO! I love KoolWool!!! :?? :thinking: :(

MaryB
02-07-2006, 01:51 PM
Julie, I saw the Einstein coat at Wool and Co. this week-end. It is very nice!! I pulled myself out of the store before I started down the slippery path of yarn gathering.



But I am still thinking about it!

DotMom61
02-07-2006, 04:07 PM
Mary !! You were @ Wool & Co?? Well, you were just a hop, skip and a jump away. I was *almost* there this weekend, but now I can't remember why I needed to go. :??

How's that for pathetic?

You should join us!! {swinging shiny object back & forth in front of Mary's face} http://static.flickr.com/41/96861112_f3edc0626a_o.gif

Angelia
02-07-2006, 05:05 PM
*shiny object working on me...have sudden urge to grab purse and get in car*

Ingrid
02-07-2006, 05:10 PM
*shiny object working on me...have sudden urge to grab purse and get in car*

Many hours and hundreds of miles later, Angelia wakes up and wonders what the hell she's doing in the outskirts of Chicago. :shock:

Angelia
02-07-2006, 05:18 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

All I'll remember is "YARN!" Which makes the day much like any other day! ;)

DotMom61
02-10-2006, 09:18 AM
Oh no, but I'd gotten all excited about nubbiness! :rofling:

Angelia --

I was in Hobby Lobby earlier this week, and I saw a skein of Katrina. It's *really* pretty! It's not really nubby, so to speak, but it has a shiny texture running through it. It would make a beautiful Not-So-Warm Coat. I think you should look in to it!! :lol:

Jillie
02-10-2006, 06:18 PM
I just picked up Sally Melvile's book at Joann's. I was flipping through it in the store and saw the pattern for the Einstein coat. I had seen pics online while surfing for easy beginner projects. I love it! The book and the coat! :inlove: I'm in FL, but we usually go to the mountains in the fall :heart: I think I'd like to do it in a worsted weight yarn (still learning about all the exciting choices available and what would be suitable for what project). I like Patons Katrina (maybe Oyster or Med. Blue??) or Sheltland Chunky in Taupe or Deep Red?? Decisions, decisions...time, time,time...$$$ :X: I'd be interested in a KAL; How many projects are too many?:lol: Sounds like fun!

DotMom61
02-10-2006, 06:44 PM
Jillie --

The KAL is goin' on right here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=114062#114062)! come join us!

cheesiesmom
02-11-2006, 10:09 PM
I just picked up Sally Melvile's book at Joann's. I was flipping through it in the store and saw the pattern for the Einstein coat. I had seen pics online while surfing for easy beginner projects. I love it! The book and the coat! In Love I'm in FL, but we usually go to the mountains in the fall Heart I think I'd like to do it in a worsted weight yarn (still learning about all the exciting choices available and what would be suitable for what project). I like Patons Katrina (maybe Oyster or Med. Blue??) or Sheltland


The book has a not so heavy version of the Einstein jacket, which you may want to check out if you live in FL. It seems everyone on Ample-Knitters ('cept me) has knitted that jacket. I love it and am going to make it if I every get the nerve to really knit something for myself.

Gladys, freezing in Michigan

PurlyGyrl
02-13-2006, 11:42 AM
OHHHHHH! :doh: Another title to add to my growing knitting book wish list.