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Andrea
02-06-2006, 12:10 AM
Hello everyone!! A few of us expressed interest in making the Einstein coat from Sally Melville's book, The Knitting Experience Book 1:The Knit Stitch (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1893762130/sr=1-2/qid=1139198793/ref=pd_bbs_2/002-4373925-1212801?%5Fencoding=UTF8).

If you want to take a look at it, here's (http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein.html) a great link with picture and hints...

Come join us!! :cheering:

DotMom61
02-06-2006, 10:31 AM
:cheering: Yay Andrea!!! Thanks for starting this.

I ordered my yarn last night about midnight from Joann's. It should be here in about a week. I can't wait to get started! Have you done any measurements to see what size to use?

I ended up w/ 10 balls of Patons Shetland Chunky ... I wanted 11, but they only had 10 left in the color I wanted -- Deep Taupe. That's about 1400 yards -- I would think that would be enough.

Andrea
02-06-2006, 10:48 AM
I ordered 14 balls of the Lopi...each ball has 110 yards...should be enough for whatever size I end up doing. I'm probably going to do either a large or XL. I'm not sure how to measure :oops: is it around your waist for the "A" measurement? Plus a few inches for an oversize fit? Any extras I can always use for felted bags :D

DotMom61
02-06-2006, 11:43 AM
I think -- for me -- I'm going to measure the widest part of my body for A ... hips? :oops:

I just measured -- 43" at the hips in jeans. I'm thinking that a size M would be plenty big. It's 50" @ measurement A ... that would leave 3.5" on either side. I think that would be loose enough. Plus, Size M uses 1200 yds. So I'll have 200 yds left. I'm sure I'll find *something* to do with that!

silveridger
02-06-2006, 12:32 PM
Oh boy, thanks a lot, you guys! Not that I haven't got a half a dozen projects in the works, plus the year of the sweater project. I simply couldn't resist the prices at Smiley's and ordered both Lopi and the Shetland Chunky for Einstein coats. I am going to be so busted when the yarn starts spilling out of the closet into the guestroom...

OTOH, DH just bought a motorcycle, so I think that seriously overshadows my yarn budget :roflhard: .

allegra918
02-06-2006, 03:22 PM
After seeing this coat everywhere, I realized a) i need to make one (or two....) b) that I already have the book!!! yay!!!! :cheering: :cheering:
i can't start this coat for quite a while, but I look forward to watching all of your progress!!

Andrea
02-06-2006, 10:36 PM
Oh boy, thanks a lot, you guys! Not that I haven't got a half a dozen projects in the works, plus the year of the sweater project. I simply couldn't resist the prices at Smiley's and ordered both Lopi and the Shetland Chunky for Einstein coats. I am going to be so busted when the yarn starts spilling out of the closet into the guestroom...
:roflhard: Good for you!!! I'm glad you're playing!


OTOH, DH just bought a motorcycle, so I think that seriously overshadows my yarn budget :roflhard: .
Excellent! What kind of bike? My DH and I also ride!

silveridger
02-07-2006, 01:29 AM
Excellent! What kind of bike? My DH and I also ride!


He already has a Dukati Monster, the new bike is a KTM enduro bike. It's street legal (barely) and well suited for cross country riding. I do my own cross-country riding on a quad :thumbsup: .

Ingrid
02-07-2006, 10:16 PM
wonderwool (http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Schoeller+Stahl+Wonderwool+Tw eed&Cat=&ProductType=5&Count=1) from elann. I saw this and though of this KAL.

DotMom61
02-08-2006, 12:51 PM
Wow, Ingrid! That is an awesome price on that yarn, and the COLORS!! I wonder if I can send my yarn BACK to Joann's. ;-) (Just kidding ... perhaps I'll get the wonderwool for something else, though.)

VictoiseC
02-08-2006, 04:27 PM
hmhmhm, I have NEVER done a knit along! But I want to make this coat.
I'm going to the yarn stores (can ya imagine ANOTHER one opened in my neighborhood TWO blocks away) and peruse the various offerings.

I want to use Manos but I know that's a lot of bucks.
1200 yards huh? Ohhhhhhhhh it's so beautiful this project.

Andrea
02-08-2006, 06:05 PM
I got my yarn today :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: It's a little darker than expected, but I think it'll grow on me!

DotMom61
02-09-2006, 12:43 AM
:crying:

Andrea, that's so exciting, I just got all teared up.

OK ... not really ... but I am jealous that you got your yarn before I did. I'm hoping mine arrives by the end of the week. Of course, chances are I will likely get NOTHING done after it arrives because I won't be able to stand not casting on my very own EINSTEIN COAT! I've already been trying to figure out if I have enough yarn in my stash to make one of the sweaters in the book. :oops: It's just so embarrassing how impetuous I can be when it comes to knitting.

OK ... speaking of that ... I just printed out instructions on how to knit two socks at once. I need to go ... http://static.flickr.com/43/96861113_8c0ccd68cc_o.gif

Andrea
02-09-2006, 01:26 AM
I gotta say, I am really excited to start this! My DH leaves at 9:30 AM tomorrow and is gone overnight, so I plan on :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: all day (esp. b/c I don't go back to work until Monday night!!!) :cheering: :cheering:

VictoiseC
02-09-2006, 10:39 AM
That's really a pretty color Andrea, I think it'll be a GORGEOUS coat!

:thumbsup:

feministmama
02-09-2006, 12:05 PM
That color looks like chocolate. mmmmm..... :drooling:

DotMom61
02-10-2006, 09:14 AM
:mad: Grrrrr

I just checked Joann.com for the status of my yarn order for this. It's been 5 days since I placed my order, and it still says "Being Processed."

I wonder if it's too late to cancel the order and place an order for the Lopi instead. :mad: :mad: double grrrrr

I was actually thinking I might use this project as my Olympic event.

silveridger
02-10-2006, 04:10 PM
Oooooh, my Smiley's order should be here Tuesday :heart: . Just enough time to finish up my Abigail, I think! Good incentive, too :lol: . Going to start with the Lopi.

Andrea
02-10-2006, 05:50 PM
That stinks, Julie! And it also seems unacceptable for them to still be "processing" the order! It's a work week!!! Who's working over at Joann.com? :mad:

Silveridger, what color did you get?

Angelia
02-10-2006, 07:34 PM
Oh Julie, you need to contact those people personally! The site may have the wrong info; I've had that happen before.

Okay, I've ordered my yarn!! I went with the Wonderwool in Braun. (It won't show cat hair as much. :rollseyes: ) But I'm sooooo excited--I want to start now! :happydance:

DotMom61
02-10-2006, 09:38 PM
I just checked again, and it still says it's being processed, and I haven't gotten an email, either. {sigh} I hope they don't screw this up.

Ingrid
02-10-2006, 09:46 PM
:( That stinks! :(

Jillie
02-10-2006, 11:48 PM
I'm considering starting with the Prince Albert jacket first. My granddaughter will be arriving shortly :cheering: I just bought Lion Brand microspun yarn in Cherry Red and some cute ladybug buttons. As a newbie knitter maybe this would be a good first garment, and also less yarn to buy and faster to finish ;) Then, I could takle the Einstein coat. It looks so classic and stylish! I don't think it will go out of style before I get it finished :lol:

Angelia
02-11-2006, 12:03 PM
Oh, the Prince Albert is adorable! And it will make for a great Einstein primer! :thumbsup:

VictoiseC
02-11-2006, 03:15 PM
Hey Andrea, where did you get your Lopi yarn? I didn't see if you posted that when looking.... it looks really nice, I'd like to check the price.
Thanks!

P.S. I just found some in a catalog from the Yarn Shoppe (Hershners) for $5.99 a ball. Is that good?

Andrea
02-11-2006, 08:00 PM
Victoise, I got mine from smileys.com ...it was $3.99/ball I believe! Awesome price!

VictoiseC
02-12-2006, 11:04 AM
Wow! Thanks Andrea! That is one incredible price!

Andrea
02-13-2006, 05:56 PM
Poor Einy's getting further from the top! Has anyone started? My DH just asked me about the charge on our MC from Smiley's :oops: Darn it-he never looks at those things! :roflhard: I need to start soon, I'm so excited!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Angelia
02-13-2006, 09:05 PM
Waiting on my yarn... :(

Sorry the dh got hold of the credit card bill! :shock: :rofling:

Ingrid
02-13-2006, 09:08 PM
Poor Einy's getting further from the top! Has anyone started? My DH just asked me about the charge on our MC from Smiley's :oops: Darn it-he never looks at those things! :roflhard: I need to start soon, I'm so excited!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Tell him Smiley's is a place for sexy undies. :eyebrow:

I don't want to rain on your parade, ladies, but how long do you thing the thrill is going to last when it's all garter stitch? :rofling: I love this coat, but I don't think I could hang in there. :wall:

Andrea
02-13-2006, 09:52 PM
I don't want to rain on your parade, ladies, but how long do you thing the thrill is going to last when it's all garter stitch? :rofling: I love this coat, but I don't think I could hang in there. :wall:

Ingrid
02-13-2006, 09:54 PM
The Secret Society of Happy People, huh? If they're so happy, why do they keep it a secret? :??

Angelia
02-14-2006, 01:09 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

DotMom61
02-14-2006, 01:10 PM
All right, Ingrid, Little Miss Spoil Sport!

I'm sure it's going to be miles of endless garter stitch, but it's done in several pieces, and I'm expecting that to break up the boredom. Also, it's done in a bulky yarn, which will help it to knit up fast. I'm thinking it will make a good "mindless knitting" project for those times when I'm watching the Olympics or my daughter do TaeKwonDo.

So, NYAH http://static.flickr.com/27/99730255_e30cddac06_o.gif

ETA: And the society is secret cause we don't want any of you Spoil Sporty Smarty Pantses to try and spoil it for us. And besides, just 'cause!

Andrea
02-14-2006, 04:00 PM
Yeah! What she said! Mlah!!!! http://static.flickr.com/27/99730255_e30cddac06_o.gif

DotMom61
02-15-2006, 01:44 AM
Psssst ... Andrea! Ingrid didn't reply to us ... do you think we were too intimidating?

Angelia
02-15-2006, 07:56 AM
She firmly believes she's right, so she's being quiet until we start whining "@*#&-ing garter stitch--I hate it!" :rofling: :rofling:

DotMom61
02-15-2006, 12:12 PM
Yes, Ang, but I think that as right as Ingrid is, we're just that stubborn. :thumbsup: Let's see who can hold out the longest!!

Andrea
02-15-2006, 01:41 PM
Love the avatar, Julie! And I think you're right about Ingrid. :thinking: Now if one of us could just get started!!! :roflhard: Anyone's yarn come in yet?

silveridger
02-15-2006, 04:01 PM
My yarn came in yesterday, and I really like the color. I think it was called taupe... it's a nice heathery brown. I started a quickie shrug from Knit It! on Sunday. The back and the 2 little fronts are done, just have to do a couple of inches on the first sleeve and the second sleeve, should be done by Friday.

In the meantime, I can start winding 14 hanks of Lopi into balls ;) so I can get started this weekend. I know, it's a lot of garter stitch, but there are lots of pieces and directions to knit in :thumbsup: . And since I really want the coat, I'm willing to garter stitch my way through it. Good TV knitting.

Besides, when I'm not knitting I'm supposed to be painting the entire inside of the house, so actually, garter stitch looks pretty good :lol: .

DotMom61
02-15-2006, 04:13 PM
I have had two unexpected UPS deliveries this week, and both times I was all excited to answer the door because I thought my yarn was here. Neither of them were the yarn. :(

I sent an email to Joann's today, and I'm supposed to hear back from them w/in 48 hours, at which time my yarn had BETTER be here, or they're going to have an awfully unhappy customer on the phone. :mad:

I'm so tough. :rollseyes:

Angelia
02-15-2006, 08:28 PM
Get 'em Julie!! :evil:

I got my yarn today!! :happydance: (Sorry, Jules... :( )

The yarn in the photo is but a smidgen of the boxfull I ordered for the coat... It's very soft and cushy. I can't wait to get started! :inlove:

DotMom61
02-15-2006, 08:38 PM
Oh, it's OK, Angelia :verysad:

Perhaps you could cheer me up by telling me where you got YOUR yarn in case I have to place a new order. Or maybe you could just send me yours.

Angelia
02-15-2006, 08:47 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Good one! ;)

I ordered it from Elann. It shipped from CANADA on Monday and arrived today. JoAnn's has some 'splainin' to do! :mad:

Andrea
02-15-2006, 11:31 PM
Nice yarn Angelia!! :inlove: I can't wait to start, I think I might start on Friday!

Julie, so sorry about your yarn! Completely unacceptable!

Silver, your Lopi came in hanks? I wonder why mine is in skeins already :thinking:

Andrea
02-16-2006, 10:18 AM
I started!!! :cheering: I did a swatch, got gauge with the 10's and already knit a few rows since this morning!! I'm getting excited!! :cheering:

DotMom61
02-16-2006, 10:29 AM
http://static.flickr.com/42/75943516_9870e783f0_o.jpg

Give me your yarn, or I'll scream.

Angelia
02-16-2006, 10:42 AM
:shock:

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Time to get the cover out for the cage, hm?

Yay for you, Andrea!! :cheering: :cheering:

Andrea
02-16-2006, 10:43 AM
:shock:
Maggie!! Are you driving your mommy crazy again!?

DotMom61
02-16-2006, 11:48 AM
No, she's fine, I just WANT SOME YARN -- that was just my feeble attempt at trying to intimidate you.

The GOOD NEWS is that I just took a look @ Herrschner's, and they have the SAME YARN (Paton's Shetland Chunky) as Joann's (different color -- Berry Ragg), and it's $1.97/skein!!!! I just ordered 14 more balls. So, now I can be assured that my Joann's order will arrive this afternoon. :rollseyes:

(I also threw The Great American Aran Afghan book. :D My day is complete.)

Angelia
02-16-2006, 03:12 PM
:happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Yay!!

Is that a good afghan book? I've been tempted to get it...I really want to knit an afghan.

DotMom61
02-16-2006, 03:57 PM
Well, Angelia, to be honest, I haven't seen it up-close-and-personal, but I saw the afghan that Silver made from it, and it's gorgeous!!! I also have this burning desire to make pillows out of afghan squares now. ;-)

Eventually, I might make enough squares to put them all together into an afghan; I guess time will tell.

(Is it just me, or do I seem to be spouting cliches today? :?? )

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 05:12 PM
I rushed right over her to tell you about the Herrschner's sale, but Julie beat me to it. What a price!!!

Angelia
02-16-2006, 06:17 PM
I've got the itch to do afghan squares, too... Pillows, an afghan... :heart: :heart:

Andrea
02-16-2006, 08:36 PM
No, she's fine, I just WANT SOME YARN -- that was just my feeble attempt at trying to intimidate you.

The GOOD NEWS is that I just took a look @ Herrschner's, and they have the SAME YARN (Paton's Shetland Chunky) as Joann's (different color -- Berry Ragg), and it's $1.97/skein!!!! I just ordered 14 more balls. So, now I can be assured that my Joann's order will arrive this afternoon. :rollseyes:

(I also threw The Great American Aran Afghan book. :D My day is complete.)

Maggie is the last person that could intimidate me! She :heart: :heart: me! Smooch smooch smooch smooch
I :heart: that yarn!! And $1.97!! And Berry Ragg!!! How beautiful! :inlove: I'm starting to think my coat is gonig to be really itchy! I guess as long as I don't wear it with nothing on underneath :shock: :roflhard: :eyebrow:

That sounds like a good book---I'd really like to make an afghan so that by the time I finish it at age 65, I'll be warm! :roflhard:

Ingrid
02-16-2006, 08:38 PM
:happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Yay!!

Is that a good afghan book? I've been tempted to get it...I really want to knit an afghan.

I have it. There are some great squares in there, but there are also great stitch patterns out there everywhere that would make great squares.

DotMom61
02-17-2006, 12:37 PM
http://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gif <=== It's not often that you see me looking like that.

But I just called Joann.com today only to find out that my order was CANCELLED because the yarn is OUT OF STOCK and they never TOLD me!!!!!

http://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gif

{OK ... deep breath .... focus on the kitten}

Ingrid
02-17-2006, 01:03 PM
http://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gif <=== It's not often that you see me looking like that.

But I just called Joann.com today only to find out that my order was CANCELLED because the yarn is OUT OF STOCK and they never TOLD me!!!!!

http://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gifhttp://static.flickr.com/36/100823249_0923d38a04_o.gif

{OK ... deep breath .... focus on the kitten}

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH HH!!!!!!

Angelia
02-17-2006, 07:17 PM
:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

That's like my awful KP experience!! I know exactly how angry you are.

You did say that you've ordered yarn from somewhere else, right?

Jan in CA
02-17-2006, 08:20 PM
But I just called Joann.com today only to find out that my order was CANCELLED because the yarn is OUT OF STOCK and they never TOLD me!!!!!



GAH!! http://bestsmileys.com/frustrated/7.gif They so would be getting a piece of my mind! What's left of it anyway!! :twisted:

DotMom61
02-18-2006, 11:00 AM
OK, so TODAY I get an email from them telling me that they've cancelled my order. :rollseyes: They also offered me 15% off on my next online order -- as if I would take the chance of ordering from them again.

And, here's the icing: I tried to track my Herrschner's order this morning, and it's not even showing up in the system online. So, I called their 800 #, and they don't show it either. The only consolation is that the girl said it doesn't usually show up for 48 hours. At least that's what she told me. So, now I have to wait until Monday to see whether or not it's in the system.

http://static.flickr.com/27/101163470_f239f3eba2_o.gifWaaaaaaa haaaaaa aaaaaaa waaaaaaa I want my YAAAAAAARRRRRRRNNNNNN waaaaaa haaaa haaa haawwwaaaaaaaa http://static.flickr.com/27/101163470_f239f3eba2_o.gif

Ingrid
02-18-2006, 11:04 AM
:crying: :crying: :crying: I feel your pain. Herrschner's has been quite good in my experience, so hang in there. :pray:

DotMom61
02-18-2006, 11:06 AM
Thank you, Ingrid. If *you* say it'll be OK, then I have to believe it. ;-)

Angelia
02-18-2006, 02:21 PM
Oh, Julie, that just stinks! :mad:

Andrea
02-19-2006, 05:23 PM
:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

That's AWFUL, Julie! What a bunch of #&*$^@
I would never order from them again. 15%? BIGFLIPPIN DEAL!

DotMom61
02-20-2006, 12:04 PM
:balloons: My Herrschner's Order Has Been Processed!!!! :balloons:

Angelia
02-20-2006, 12:17 PM
:happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Andrea
02-20-2006, 12:21 PM
:balloons: :balloons: :balloons: :balloons:
WOO HOO!!!

MaryB
02-20-2006, 12:25 PM
Get those needles ready------yarn is (almost) on the way!
:XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX: :XX:

DotMom61
02-22-2006, 10:51 AM
:balloons: And now it has SHIPPED!!! :balloons:

Thank you for putting up with my over-enthusiasm. I'll be on the front porch ... http://static.flickr.com/43/96861113_8c0ccd68cc_o.gif


BTW ... Andrea, how is yours coming along?

VictoiseC
02-22-2006, 11:54 AM
WHAT A SAGA! Geeeeeez, I'm glad ALL IS WELL.

Just catching up here... wait why is this so little I can hardly see it...

Ok, let's see if ...

anyhoo, I was in the yarn store where I had originally seen the Einstein coat, I went back to look at it again. And while I was there a lady/woman/being
came and everyone was looking at HER Einstein coat, she took it off and passed it around. It was so super. She used 3 strands of different yarns held together. So I'm just saying this: it doesn't matter if it's ALL GARTER stitch coz it's the end result that is the important thing here, it's just really gorgeous, a gorgeous coat to wear. I now want two. Problem is I went crazy at a yarn sale and spent $100 forgetting that I wanted to buy yarn for the E. coat and couldn't afford it.... so now I REALLY can't afford it.

but I'll keep workin' on the good ol' DH, after all I just knit him the most incredible bulky/chunky vest that looks like it cost $150 at Barney's.

These coats are gonna be FANTASTIC!!!!!

Debbie
02-22-2006, 12:58 PM
Angelia, Is your Wonderwool "Braun" ? Is it Brownish, or Blackish, or Greyish ??? I have decided to join the KAL and make this coat and love the look of the Wonderwool yarn .... I want a pink one ... but Braun looks practical :) Have you started knitting with it??

Angelia
02-22-2006, 08:12 PM
Debbie--yes, it is brown with wee tweedy bits of green, wine, and cream. It is incredibly soft and easy to knit with. And, it's been marked down a bit, or so the email notification yesterday told me. (Figures!) I just might have to order more...for something...

Here's a photo of it; I posted this somewhere, but yarn porn never gets old, so here it is again ;) It looks rather purpley in the photo, but it's not that way IRL, nor is it that dark.

jctscon
02-23-2006, 12:30 AM
I would love to knit this coat but am a fairly new knitter. Do you think this is doable for a fairly new knitter.

Angelia
02-23-2006, 12:58 AM
First of all, welcome! :waving:

I do think a new knitter can do this, yes. The coat is knit solely in garter stitch and has minimal shaping and seaming. And of course we are always here to help! :D

Andrea
02-23-2006, 10:05 AM
:balloons: And now it has SHIPPED!!! :balloons:

Thank you for putting up with my over-enthusiasm. I'll be on the front porch ... http://static.flickr.com/43/96861113_8c0ccd68cc_o.gif


BTW ... Andrea, how is yours coming along?

I'm only on Ridge 41, slowly but surely :D (I've been trying to get more done on Tubey AND I just bought yarn for the Hourglass sweater!! :shock: )

silveridger
02-23-2006, 12:08 PM
I have started! Swatched up pretty much on gauge (stitch-wise) and have my first 16 ridges done. My row gauge was off a bit, 4.25 per 13 ridges instead of 4. Hopefully I can keep track mathematically and cross-check with the tape measure. Anybody see any major pitfalls doing it this way?

Seems like I should be able to knit the skirt to the right length regardless of a difference in ridges, as long as I keep track of the proper number of stitches when picking up along the sides...

I like Lopi for outerwear, it's tough and doesn't pill. It IS scratchy, though. I'm curious how the softer Wonderwool will work up, I bet it feels a lot better :lol: . And, knitting with Lopi makes my hands tired faster than softer wools, it has absolutely NO stretch to it.

Angelia
02-23-2006, 01:00 PM
Oooh, the Wonderwool is Wonder-full!! My only quibble with it is the same as with Lamb's pride: it's one fuzzy strand--one BIG one...(does that make it roving?)...and sometimes the fuzzies can split while you're knitting if you're not really paying attention. It doesn't happen often, though, thankfully.

I have 30 ridges to go!! :happydance:

allegra918
02-23-2006, 06:18 PM
When are we going to see pics of these great coats in progress!?!?!??!?!

VictoiseC
02-23-2006, 06:20 PM
Yeah, I think Sally Melville did this book in garter stich esp for beginners...

Kellync
02-23-2006, 07:35 PM
I have heard from several people that the Einstein coat takes quite a bit more yardage than what is listed in the book. Please make sure you have plenty of extrea yarn before you get too far along in the knitting! :XX:

Andrea
02-23-2006, 07:51 PM
My WIP is just a square so far, pretty boring :( Yeah, I think mine is going to be pretty scratchy, but I still think it'll be ok when I'm wearing it over my clothes as a coat.

I have heard from several people that the Einstein coat takes quite a bit more yardage than what is listed in the book. Please make sure you have plenty of extrea yarn before you get too far along in the knitting!
That scares me a little. Although I think I ordered quite a few more skeins than I needed.
Oooh, the Wonderwool is Wonder-full!!
I wonder if it would be soft as a sweater? What do you think? Where did you order it from again?

Angelia
02-23-2006, 07:52 PM
:shock:

Well, I'm not even close to halfway through the yarn I bought for it, and I almost have the bottom done, so hopefully I'll be okay...I tried to over-order.... :oo:

Angelia
02-24-2006, 01:33 AM
Yeah, Andrea, I do think the Wonderwool would make a nice sweater! I got it from Elann. And it's reduced a bit right now, so it's the perfect time to order!!

DotMom61
02-24-2006, 04:20 PM
My yarn is inching ever closer to my house. The tracking info says it's due in to my home post office tonight at 8 pm.

Andrea
02-24-2006, 07:51 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: Are you going to meet them at their receiving door?? :roflhard:

Julie: I'll take that, thanks!!!

screeching tires

DotMom61
02-24-2006, 11:37 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I'd probably get hauled off by the Homeland Security folks! All for the sake of YARN!

Angelia
02-25-2006, 10:50 AM
I've finished the bottom and am about halfway through the right front. I put the buttonholes on the wrong side (long story :rollseyes: ), so I'm having to fudge them. They match the buttonholes on the bottom, so I'm not really worried.

I'm actually excited about going out and looking for some really cute buttons! :happydance:

My world is small...

Andrea
02-25-2006, 10:59 AM
I'm excited to pick out buttons too, Ang! :D But I'm a loooong way from there...I just hit 50 ridges last night (at work!)(it was slooow!!)

How about a pic from you??

DotMom61
02-25-2006, 11:48 PM
Well, I think, Angelia, that you're going to beat all of us with this one!!

My yarn is still not here. According to the tracking info, it was supposed to arrive at my home post office last night. Why they couldn't get it to my house today, I have no clue. I actually had a moment today where I was about ready to pick up the phone and call the post office to see if I could come get it. :oops:

And, most definitely, Angelia, post a PICTURE!!! :cheering:

Oh, and I think button shopping is going to be a blast! I'll take my children along and bore them to tears in the button aisle at Joann's.

Angelia
02-26-2006, 12:08 AM
They might have fun looking at them. Okay, maybe not for an hour while you pick out THE perfect button... :rofling:

Here's a progress pic. It's really hard to show progress on this b/c of how it's knit.

If I make another Einstein, I'm making the bottom a LOT longer (wider, technically). And, I'll make the top a bit longer, too. I'm too tall for this coat.

Oh, and sorry you get to see our trash can. :rollseyes:

DotMom61
02-26-2006, 01:57 AM
Wow! You are coming right along on that!! I was trying to get a good look at the color, but, geez, I'm like all distracted by that darn garbage can!!! :doh:

Andrea
02-26-2006, 05:02 AM
Looks great Angelia! I was thinking the same thing--I should have made it longer...but it'll still be nice! :D

Angelia
02-26-2006, 09:19 AM
Wow! You are coming right along on that!! I was trying to get a good look at the color, but, geez, I'm like all distracted by that darn garbage can!!! :doh:

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

silveridger
02-26-2006, 11:52 AM
Looks great, Angelia! Sally M. mentions that the coat will stretch a bit, up to 6 inches... so maybe you'll get your length after you start wearing it :thinking: ?

I'm past the 30 ridge mark (placing markers every 10 ridges for quick gratification), but Einy will have to be on hold for awhile while I work on my class project from my LYS. THAT one (the Foothills vest from Mountain Colors) takes some concentration, though, so I'll keep the Einstein handy for those times when I just want to knit without thinking.

Angelia
02-26-2006, 03:51 PM
Thanks! Yes, I keep thinking about that 6-inch stretch and crossing my crossables that it will be true for me as well!

jctscon
02-26-2006, 08:19 PM
I love your coat in progress. It has made me decide on doing the einstein coat afterall. I am a new knitter, as I stated and do not know enough about needles and yarn. Could someone recommend some yarn to me. After reading the other posts, I would not like something scratchy. Also, I learned to knit on circular needles going back and forth. Do you think I could use circular needles for this project. Any and all help and hints would be appreciated.

Also, go places to buy yarn on the internet. So far, I have only bought things at JoAnn Fabrics.

Angelia
02-26-2006, 08:29 PM
I'm using circular needles going back and forth--I never knit with straight ones anymore :)

As for yarn...hmmm...The Wonderwool I'm using is soft and easy to knit with. It does have a bit of the scratchiness of wool, but not much. Here's (http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Schoeller+Stahl+Wonderwool+Tw eed&Season=&Company=&Cat=ALLY&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=95) a link to the site where I bought it; it comes in some really pretty colors. If you don't like the Wonderwool, there are other yarns at elann at really great prices. Just make sure you choose a bulky weight yarn.

Angelia
02-26-2006, 08:39 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

There's no more Wonderwool in braun!!!

:verysad:


STINK!!!

Gee I hope I have enough yarn... :doh:

Jan in CA
02-26-2006, 08:42 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

There's no more Wonderwool in braun!!!

:verysad:


STINK!!!

Gee I hope I have enough yarn... :doh:

:shock: Ack..save all your little pieces! Keeping fingers crossed for you!

Angelia
02-26-2006, 08:59 PM
Maybe I'll have the only short-sleeved Einstein coat :)

Jan in CA
02-26-2006, 09:02 PM
Maybe I'll have the only short-sleeved Einstein coat :)

And then again maybe it'll all work out! ;) After all it's been made before and you bought what they told you right? Let's think positive, no? :roflhard: :heart:

Angelia
02-26-2006, 09:06 PM
I'm trying to think positive. And I can always try to get the yarn somewhere else; buying two or three balls at regular price won't kill me. Not entirely, anyway! :rofling:

Jan in CA
02-26-2006, 09:14 PM
I'm trying to think positive. And I can always try to get the yarn somewhere else; buying two or three balls at regular price won't kill me. Not entirely, anyway! :rofling:

Or maybe you could put a stripe or two of a different color in the sleeves?! Reminiscent of Tubey? That might actually look very cool!

Angelia
02-26-2006, 09:15 PM
There are two beige colors...one a cream and the other more a tan...That's a great idea, Jan! :thumbsup:

Ingrid
02-26-2006, 09:26 PM
That would look nice! I was sure that at the rate I was going on the cardigan that I would run out of yarn. It sucked it up like a kid with spaghetti! I almost ordered more, just in case. But I actually have a few balls left. Wait until you get more done before you panic.

Jan in CA
02-26-2006, 10:35 PM
There are two beige colors...one a cream and the other more a tan...That's a great idea, Jan! :thumbsup:

Yeah! I had a good idea! :cheering: :roflhard:

I've always wanted a long sweater coat...I may have to give that one a try, too. Someday. :roflhard:

Angelia
02-26-2006, 11:50 PM
You always have good ideas, silly person!

I'm going to see how much yarn I have left after finishing all of the body bits before I order more, though. I was hoping to have extra yarn to make longer cuffed sleeves, but that ain't gonna happen, at least not with solid sleeves! :rofling:

Andrea
02-27-2006, 02:22 AM
You know, the one shoulder clothing items have been making a comeback, haven't they? :roflhard:

Is that the yarn I said I wanted to get for something? I'm so confused. I really like the purply/pinky colors. :inlove: Not like I don't have a billion things I'm working on and/or want to work on!

Angelia
02-27-2006, 07:36 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Or I could go all mod and only have ONE sleeve! :rofling:

And yes, you were interested in this yarn. They do have other colors, just not mine. :evil:

I did ask for email notification in case the situation changes. Could be like KP, who in December said they'd be out of Merino Style in coal until March, then got it in like a week later. :rollseyes:

DotMom61
02-27-2006, 10:43 PM
:balloons: :happydance: :balloons: My Yarn Is Here! :balloons: :happydance: :balloons:

(That GAAA book was just for fun, btw)

http://static.flickr.com/40/105561255_a9e7365f2b.jpg

And just because I can, here's a close-up:

http://static.flickr.com/42/105561254_4b94ada660_o.jpg

:oops: :oops: Sorry, Angelia, don't mean to steal away the admiration of your coat ... I just couldn't help myself. :oops: :oops:

Andrea
02-28-2006, 12:59 AM
It's about damn time, Julie! Did you cast on yet???????

Angelia
02-28-2006, 12:05 PM
Yay Julie!! :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

And it's lovely, too--I can wait to see how that knits up!

And about stealing my thunder: please, my coat is nothing to be particularly excited about! :D

Speaking of the coat...I have finished the back and the left front. Time now for the sleeves and collar. I only have 4 balls of yarn left...I'm not sure I'll make it. This thing does eat up a LOT of yarn. :shock: I've considered doing the sleeves on larger needles to make the yarn go a bit farther; think that will look dorky?

Jan in CA
02-28-2006, 01:39 PM
Which comes first, the collar or the sleeves? I think I'd do the collar first and then if you can do both sleeves at the same time. That way you can see about the yarn and throw in a couple stripes if necessary. :thinking:

Angelia
02-28-2006, 03:29 PM
The sleeves come first. :(

You know, as I was knitting the left front panel, watching my yarn dwindle, I was thinking to myself "oh, well, I'll just knit these two sleeves at once, and then the ends of the sleeves and the collar can be a different dye lot or color, and then I can add a few rows at the bottom of the coat for symmetry."

Alas, the sleeves are knit individually into the body of the coat. I think I'm going to follow the dirs. for Sally's fav. summer sweater and knit the sleeves as in my dream above. It shouldn't make much difference, should it?

Ingrid
02-28-2006, 05:41 PM
You could work the sleeves knit on sort of at once. Knit an inch on one, then an inch on the other. This way you won't have to sew them in, yet be able to keep them the same length if you need to make any adjustments.

Angelia
02-28-2006, 05:50 PM
:thinking:

Right now it doesn't matter since I can't get anymore yarn!! I guess I could get a more solid color for the ends of the sleeves, the collar, and the bottom....(the yarn I have is tweedy)...knit the sleeves an inch at a time.... :thinking:

I'll give elann a week or two to replenish their stock, though, b/c I really do like the wonderwool...

VictoiseC
02-28-2006, 07:38 PM
THANK GOD THAT YARN FINALLY ARRIVED!


Whew. Seems like it took forever!


Coat looks great Angelia! I think different color yarn for the cuffs etc. might make it look really interesting. I love to do that, of course I usually have to do that coz I never buy enough yarn.

I can't afford yarn for this coat for a few weeks boo hoo but I have to say, we who haven't started the coat are learning lots of lessons from you'all! I want to make this coat with the
'waist' (although Sally M. says it's not a waist) higher, the dividing line higher so it looks more Empire style. I think it will look great that way, well the man's coat in the book IS like that.

Oh, Silveridge...thanks for mentioning that site Mountain Colors is it, re your vest. I've been searching all day for a good vest and they have some very nice designs.

Angelia
02-28-2006, 07:45 PM
V, the way this coat knits up, the "waist" is empire--I'm holding it down much lower than it will be when the shoulders are seamed. But I'm kinda tall (5'9"), so it might hit me higher than it will on you.

Rhyannon1970
02-28-2006, 08:31 PM
So i am new here & see that you guys are knitting the coat from Sally's book, how is the progress going?

I started this project today, but i think im going to need some more yarn...yikes...

Ok, so lets hear how you are doing/?

Rhy :XX:

Angelia
02-28-2006, 08:46 PM
Welcome, Rhy! :waving:

My coat is fine...just need more yarn and am wrestling with myself over what to do about it.

The good news is that it is a fairly quick knit! A fairly quick knit that devours yarn... :shock:

jctscon
03-01-2006, 06:57 AM
Everyone is talking about not having enough yarn. I just ordered my yarn and ordered an extra 100 yards. Is this enough or should I order more (before they run out). Thank you.

Rhyannon1970
03-01-2006, 07:15 AM
Ouch, more yarn eh, sounds like one of those "$" patterns, but i think it will be sooo worth it when its completed.

I also love the sweater coat on the page just prior to the Einstein, the whole book is beautiful.

Lemme know when you post some pics, would love to see them.

Rhy :XX:

Angelia
03-01-2006, 08:04 AM
Everyone is talking about not having enough yarn. I just ordered my yarn and ordered an extra 100 yards. Is this enough or should I order more (before they run out). Thank you.

I'd order another four or five balls if I were you, particularly if your original order was very close to the recommended yardage. If you run over, you can always make a matching hat :)

VictoiseC
03-01-2006, 11:12 AM
Oh, thanks Angelia. The one in the store I saw had been hanging on a hanger for a very long time so it was stretched down and made the waist look really low. Oh! I want to make this now! Think I'll go look at yarn today.

VictoiseC
03-01-2006, 01:11 PM
Morning! Um, I just found this on ebay. I can't afford the Manos del Uruguay I want for the coat..... ! so I just found this and it seems like the right type of yarn and I like that color. (I think) Would you take a gander and tell me if you think it's a good choice of yarn for the coat?

http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Skeins-Reynolds-Lopi-Color-924-Plum_W0QQitemZ8264144974QQcategoryZ36599QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

You aren't using Lopi Light are you ? It's Lopi Bulky.

DotMom61
03-01-2006, 01:32 PM
Vic --

That's definitely the right kind of yarn, but it's only about 1100 yards. I would be worried about that being enough after what Angelia is experiencing. My size is calling for 1200 (the 1st size in the parentheses) -- have you checked yardage for your size??

It's a very pretty color, though! I hope you can find a way to make it work!

DotMom61
03-01-2006, 01:35 PM
So, I haven't heard anyone say anything about this Crochet Cast-On Ms. Melville suggests using for this coat. Has anyone used it? I used it yesterday, and I have to say that I really like it. It gives such a nice edge, and you don't have to go through the estimations the long-tail requires. (or the double tail using the method Dee taught us @ Kool Knits)

Just wondering what everyone else though. :-)

VictoiseC
03-01-2006, 01:38 PM
Thanks Julie! Yeah I love that color as a matter of fact. Shoot, it's a little short of yardage. Maybe I could just make the coat a little shorter!
Have to see how high the bids go.... also. Crochet cast on sounds interesting esp if it gives you a nice looking edge. I'll have to experiment with that.

DotMom61
03-01-2006, 01:41 PM
Vic --

Maybe you could find a few balls of that same kind of yarn in a complementary color & do the color & cuffs in that like someone (Ingrid?) suggested to Angelia. I think it would look really pretty in a different color scheme!

VictoiseC
03-01-2006, 02:21 PM
Yes yes yes exactly! Wouldn't it just be nice if the bid stayed at $10 ha ha... and Einstein coat for $10. :D

DotMom61
03-01-2006, 02:46 PM
That would be amazing!! When does the auction end?

Andrea
03-01-2006, 08:40 PM
Julie,

I really like the crochet cast on now! I was a little confused at first (it's also used for Tubey, which I CO first). In fact between that and THE SEAMING PARTY FOR AMY'S AFHGAN (which we can blab about openly now!!), I've really been interested in crochet. So much so that I bought the Happy Hooker book. I will NEVER like it more than knitting though. I promise.

Angelia
03-01-2006, 10:32 PM
*gasp*

Andrea! Hooking! Crochet is fun :thumbsup:

DM--I LOVE the crochet cast on! In fact, and this is kind of weird, I was sad when it ended and I had to start knitting! I felt that way with Tubey, too...:shifty:

Andrea
03-01-2006, 11:01 PM
Ohhh Angelia, I didn't know you were a hooker!!! My mom said maybe she's try it, she doesn't like the idea of 2 needles :rollseyes:

Angelia
03-01-2006, 11:06 PM
Oh yeah, I've been a hooker since I was ten.

That sounds really bad, doesn't it?! :shock:

Andrea
03-01-2006, 11:16 PM
No worse than wanting to get my mom hooking :roflhard:

CateKnits
03-01-2006, 11:18 PM
Even better, my mother tried to get me hooking when I was eight. It didn't take, so she tried again when I was 12. :D It still didn't take. I keep TRYING to be a hooker, but I suppose I'm just not cut out for it. :shock:

Angelia
03-01-2006, 11:25 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Wonder what the google ads will turn up now! :shock:

DotMom61
03-02-2006, 02:02 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

I just have no desire -- most of the time -- to hook. It's just not my style. ;-)

I have to admit, though, that I bought a How to Hook book about the same time I got the knitting stuff, and I tried it, and I tried to teach my children, but, really, none of us was all that excited about it.

Ingrid
03-02-2006, 02:07 PM
My eldest daughter has turned into a hooker. :( She says knitting takes too long and she prefers quickies! :rofling:

DotMom61
03-02-2006, 02:24 PM
Well, we recently watched some documentaries on Arctic explorers, and my DD thought that it was really exciting. Personally, I think it's just plain dangerous. I really hope I can keep my DD off The Pole.

Ingrid
03-02-2006, 02:27 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

mintdee
03-02-2006, 02:39 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :doh: you people have issues! :roflhard: :roflhard:

Jan in CA
03-02-2006, 02:43 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

My stepmom and MIL crochet and I crocheted long before I knitted. I don't dislike doing it so much as I dislike the end product. I prefer knitting by far. Haven't tried that crochet cast on though... is that just that other version of provisional co you are talking about?

Angelia
03-02-2006, 03:18 PM
Yeah, the crochet cast-on is a provisional cast on. It's easy and it's fun!

And Ingy!

My eldest daughter has turned into a hooker. She says knitting takes too long and she prefers quickies!

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

CateKnits
03-02-2006, 03:48 PM
I wish I could hook. I found the cutest halter top pattern... :thinking: It would be good for hooking and for hooking, I suppose. :D

Angelia
03-02-2006, 04:28 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I find crochet MUCH easier than knitting, which of course makes knitting more appealing ;) You can crochet, Cate, I'm sure of it!

CateKnits
03-02-2006, 05:02 PM
I just can't, though! I've tried to learn four different times. From books, from video, and from a real live person. :shock: It's funny, because I like the look of knit things much better overall. :roflhard: I think I only still want to learn because now it's MOCKING me!

Ingrid
03-02-2006, 06:47 PM
I used to be a hooker years ago--actually I was a knitter and a hooker--but always enjoyed knitting more, mainly because I like the finished product better. I will say, though, when my daughter whipped out a pair of slippers in an afternoon, I have to say it has it's advantages. Just not enough of an advantage for me, though!

It could be that I'm a little old to hook now, though. :rofling:

CateKnits
03-02-2006, 07:00 PM
Old hookers...makes me think of The World According to Garp. :shock: My mom was an old hooker, Ingrid. :roflhard:

Angelia
03-02-2006, 07:05 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Andrea
03-02-2006, 09:06 PM
I wish I could hook. I found the cutest halter top pattern... :thinking: It would be good for hooking and for hooking, I suppose. :D

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: Get the Happy Hooker book, Cate, and we can start hooking together!

CateKnits
03-02-2006, 09:34 PM
:thinking: I DO have a gift card to Barnes and Noble. And my dad's new apartment is a mile (at most) from one. It's pretty much on my way home from work. :shock: This is a terrible, TERRIBLE thing! I'm not going to save any money all summer! :roflhard: Before I started knitting, I was addicted to books. I still have stacks of books I just HAD to buy and haven't yet read.

ScandaKnitvian
03-02-2006, 09:56 PM
Oh MAN! I would really like to knit the Einstein coat BUT...I am already working on a big project, a serape (the one from Sally M's book The Purl Stitch)...and...I'm kinda scared to try those buttonholes. Are they hard? The only things I've knitted before starting the serape are a few scarves, a poncho, headbands for my girls, and a dish cloth.

Patty

DotMom61
03-02-2006, 10:26 PM
Yeah, the crochet cast-on is a provisional cast on. It's easy and it's fun!

OK, Angelia, you've been found out. I don't think you really *are* doing the Einstein, 'cause the crochet cast-on for that pattern is NOT a provisional cast on. Unless, of course, you're planning on making your a pullover!! :figureditout:

That said, there *is* a provisional crochet cast-on. You just crochet a chain of slip-stitch a few loops more than what you need to cast on, and then pick up stitches through the loops on the backside. The one w/ Einy, though, is done using a crochet hook, and essentially you end up wrapping the yarn around the knitting needle while you are slip stitching w/ the crochet hook. You end up with a really nice cast-on edge.

Angelia ... I hope you don't mind me giving you a hard time. (hee hee) http://static.flickr.com/26/55951450_9c0f07f5d3_o.gif

Andrea
03-03-2006, 04:47 AM
Julie, aren't those essentially doing the same thing though? I would think the crochet cast on would be much easier and faster, like 2 steps in one.

And Scanda, I've never done buttonholes, but I think it's just a yarn over or two... :thinking:

Angelia
03-03-2006, 08:00 AM
Ha DM! :roflhard: :roflhard:

They are kinda the same; it's just that with the provisional you use scrap yarn, and with the real cast on you use the yarn you'll knit with and don't cut it once the cast-on is done. The actual crochet method isn't different. Oddly enough, I was actually thinking about this last night while I was brushing my teeth! I must have sensed your mockery... :rofling:

And please, if I were sensitive when folks give me a hard time, Cate and Andrea would have run me off months ago!! :rofling: :rofling:

Andrea
03-03-2006, 08:03 AM
And please, if I were sensitive when folks give me a hard time, Cate and Andrea would have run me off months ago!! :rofling: :rofling:
:angelgrin:

CateKnits
03-03-2006, 11:48 AM
And please, if I were sensitive when folks give me a hard time, Cate and Andrea would have run me off months ago!! :rofling: :rofling:
:angelgrin:

Ditto the :angelgrin: !
We only harass you because we WUV YOU! :heart:

DotMom61
03-03-2006, 12:45 PM
Hmmm ... :thinking: ... me thinks we're talking about two different kinds of crochet cast-on here. You guys are talking about the one in Sally's book but using waste yarn instead of a needle; I'm talking about the one where you crochet a chain, and then pick up stitches from the chain. Then you come back later & unravel the chain to get your live stitches.

And, Angelia, since I now know how tough you are, I'll just use you for my emotional punching bag on those special days when I feel like yelling at someone. :thumbsup:

Just kidding of course ... {smooch} :heart:

Angelia
03-03-2006, 04:58 PM
Argh, now my head hurts. I do them both almost exactly the same way. (Now whether or not I am supposed to is a completely different story!)

My version of the crochet cast-on is to, well, crochet the cast on stitches using my project yarn, then, when I have my number of stitches, I begin knitting with the same yarn I used to cast on.

If it's a provisional cast-on, I crochet with scrap yarn, then use my project yarn to knit into the cast-on stitches, stiches I will then remove later to make live stitches on my project.

Did that make any sense? I think I need more coffee!! :shock:

And DM, punch away! :rofling: :rofling:

DotMom61
03-03-2006, 07:37 PM
Angelia, I LIKE your way! First of all, when I did the crochet chain cast-on for something, I had a really hard time picking up the stitches in the chain. I didn't enjoy it. But, I can see doing the crochet cast-on (as described by Sally Melville in The Knitting Experience: Book 1, Knit Stitch, for those of you just now joining the conversation) w/ scrap yarn & knitting into that as being a MUCH easier way to handle things.

That's what amazed me about knitting -- there are so many different ways to accomplish a task. And the reason that amazes me is that some knitter some where was fiddling around and needed to accomplish something and they ingeniously designed these clever solutions.

Sorry to have caused you a headache ... :doh: ... just know that you've given me a solution that I like and can live with the next time I have to do a provisional cast-on ... I've been known to avoid projects w/ provisional cast ons ... :shifty:

And now ... I must be going ... I have a date with my husband this evening. :sunny:

Andrea
03-03-2006, 09:51 PM
:eyebrow:

Angelia
03-04-2006, 09:06 AM
Oooh, a date with hubby! I hope you two had a wonderful time! And I second Andrea: :eyebrow:

Maybe it's because I've done crochet forever, but my crochet cast-ons, provisional or otherwise, are never tight. I guess I just have a feel for it. If you're ever in a piddling mood, you could practice it so that the cast-on stitches are looser.

And I actually helped? Really?! Wow... :shock:

ScandaKnitvian
03-05-2006, 08:39 PM
Can anyone help me decide what yarn to buy for the Einstein? I have decided to keep knitting fast and furiously and my serape and buy/order yarn for the coat. I'm thinking of either Reynold's Lopi or Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky. What do you think? I want something that will hold up well and not pill excessively. I do want a wool or wool blend as Sally M. suggests, and I don't mind hand washing. Thanks for any and all advice!

Patty

DotMom61
03-05-2006, 09:51 PM
Well, I'm using Paton's Shetland Chunky -- it's an acrylic/wool blend, and it's quite soft. I am somewhat concerned about how much it will stretch and/or pill. Time will tell.

I know that Angelia is using Wonderwool, and I think Andrea is using Reynold's Lopi. The Lopi, if I remember correctly is somewhat scratchy, but that is probably not an issue since it's a coat and won't be directly next to your skin.

I would think the Lamb's Pride would be terrific, but since it's not a plied wool, will it pill?

Angelia
03-06-2006, 12:37 AM
I've heard that Lamb's Pride pills, yes. But apparently all wool pills; it's the nature of the wee cute beast :) I personally LOVE Lamb's Pride and would have used it if I'd had the funds to pay for it!

Andrea
03-06-2006, 03:55 AM
The Lopi is UBER scratchy, but I think I'll be ok as long as I don't use it as a bathrobe or anything... :rofling:

Angelia
03-06-2006, 08:21 AM
It might serve well as a wearable loofah!

DotMom61
03-06-2006, 02:04 PM
Oh, cool! An exfoliation suit! :D

Andrea
03-07-2006, 12:23 AM
:roflhard: :roflhard:

I got about 60 ridges done now...I'm going to work on it more tonight at work because Tubey is getting too big to be portable... :rollseyes:

Angelia
03-07-2006, 08:44 AM
Ugh, I know what you mean about Tubey! The Einstein will get that way too--even worse, actually!

ScandaKnitvian
03-16-2006, 01:57 AM
I did it!!! I ordered yarn for this coat! I'm sure some of you are done or mostly done by now, but I finally bit the bullet and did it. I'm excited.

Of course, I will probably be done with this when it's warm and all the flowers are blooming and we're running around in shorts and capris, but oh well. :rollseyes: It'll be ready for next fall!

Patty

jctscon
03-16-2006, 06:28 AM
I just received my yarn also, so I am a new starter like you. I hope people stick around because I am a little confused about the second step in the construction of the sweater.

Andrea
03-16-2006, 06:45 AM
I'm still on ridge 60 something of the 1st part, so don't worry, we'll be around for awhile!! I KNOW I won't have mine done until next fall...

DotMom61
03-16-2006, 10:24 AM
Likewise, I'm only on ridge 24 or 25 or something. A couple other things have jumped in front of my Einstein in my list. So, who *knows* when I'll get it done! So, knit away, ladies. We'll be here for weeks, months, years to come!

silveridger
03-16-2006, 12:32 PM
Me too, in the 60 ridges area and holding while I finish another project from a class I'm taking. I still hope to finish mine this spring (because I know it'll bug me all summer to leave it undone), but don't worry if you're just starting, you have plenty of company.

ScandaKnitvian
03-24-2006, 09:28 AM
HURRAY! I got my yarn yesterday...my first mail order yarn and I'm very pleased. It's a beautiful plum color. At first I thought it seemed a bit thin for a chunky yarn, but it was fine when I went up one needle size. I did my gauge swatch and 14 or 15 garter ridges on the lower piece of the sweater.

I'm excited! I don't know how to post a picture, though.

Patty

DotMom61
03-24-2006, 10:22 AM
Congrats, Patty!!

Oh, boy, I need to get back to this one. I had originally hoped to have it done for Easter, but I'm thinking perhaps for Thanksgiving, now. :oops:

KitKnits
03-27-2006, 01:23 AM
So glad to find fellow Einstein Coat planners! I'm almost finished with the Baby Albert coat, which Sally Melville said she did before the E. Coat ("Big Al"?) to see if the idea would work out. Maybe it's a good idea to make up a Baby Albert first? Doesn't take too long. For the Baby Albert, the buttonholes she lists in the pattern are reallly quite awful and would in no way work with the suggested button sizes. I used alternate buttonhole method from "The Purl Stitch,"which worked beautifully. I used Lion Brand (yes, TOO, TOO lowbrow!) Microfiber Yarn in 3 primary colors and the little coat is really quite cute. (I like bright colors on babies.) Have any of you done any asymmetrical pieces from "The Knit Stitch"? I'm' wary of these. I have a feeling they may just look badly designed or poorly knitted -- even though I love, design and wear assymetrical stuff.

DotMom61
03-27-2006, 10:44 AM
I used Lion Brand (yes, TOO, TOO lowbrow!) Microfiber Yarn in 3 primary colors and the little coat is really quite cute. (I like bright colors on babies.)

I like Microspun. :shifty:

Have any of you done any asymmetrical pieces from "The Knit Stitch"? I'm' wary of these. I have a feeling they may just look badly designed or poorly knitted -- even though I love, design and wear assymetrical stuff.

And, I feel the same way about her asymmetrical pieces. I'm afraid people would just think I made a mistake! :lol:

KitKnits
03-27-2006, 03:26 PM
:thinking: Live and learn ... or, better yet, knit and learn. Here's a problem: for the left and right front sides of the BA, you cast on the same # of stitches. All is well until you get to the point where one buttons the coat. :shock: Obviously, the left front (where the button holes are) should be wider than the right front. :doh: So, now I have this darling red, yellow and blue color-block coat. I guess I'll just pick up and knit a button band on the right side. Drat! :crying: This will rather interfere with the color-blocking. Anyway, glad I discovered this before starting to Einstein.

And, thanks, DotMom:(1) glad I'm not being picky about Melville's asymmetrical stuff; and (2) the Lion Microspun is really quite nice; it tends to fray and separate, but it is soft and completely washer/dryer safe, a must for baby clothes, I think. (I'm a mother of twins -- who are now 20 yrs old -- so I am adamant about baby clothes being completely washable.)

I want to do my Einstein (actually it will be the Not-So-Warm version) in stripes on the upper L/R sections). Any suggestions for NON-wool yarns that might work. Amazingly enough, I can't wear wool -- unless I want to act like I have a severe case of fleas. Good thing I live in California now.

I came across something lovely; take a look here for some amazing color work:
http://www.sigknit.com/Australian_Collection/INDEX.HTM[/code]

silveridger
03-27-2006, 03:46 PM
I'm progressing slowly on mine: I've snuck in the Foothills Vest and two pairs of wrist warmers when I should have been working in Einie. Just passed the 80 ridge mark on the bottom, but should go faster now that it's my only WIP. Thanks for the tip about the buttonholes, I'll take another look at the pattern and measurements. Perhaps it's not as critical on a larger garment like the adult size, vs. smaller one for the little guys?

KitKnits
03-27-2006, 04:32 PM
If the pattern for the Einie (vs. the Baby Albert) is written the same way, I think the problem with buttons/buttonholes might turn out worse,i.e., proportionally bigger! :shock: On the other hand, maybe I've done something wrong ... but I've read and re-read the pattern and I've got the Baby Al coat right here in front of me and it's according to pattern. Truth is, I'm just not willing to believe that I know more about knitting than Sally Melville, whose books I love ... :thinking:

VictoiseC
03-29-2006, 12:30 PM
ohhhh jealous jealous! I'm STILL not making that coat because I can't afford the yarn right now, or maybe it's because I feel guilty about the hundred skeins or so stuck in all the bags that accumulated....

Glad to be reading about it though. I will get there I will get there I must have an Einstein COAT!

(Would be interesting in cotton or a cotton/blend which might give it better support).

(WHO CARES what other people think! re assa.. asymetrical! Remember those Vidal Sassoon haircuts way back when where there was one side of hair longer than the other side? I hated that!)

KitKnits
03-29-2006, 03:13 PM
All right :cheering: I've finished the Baby Al coat and it's wonderful. (Will try to post a photo soon. ) However, I really did have to add on a placket for the buttons. I picked up and knit it in stockinette (to keep it flat) and it is just fine. No problem on such a small version of the EC, but I wouldn't want to do that on the adult version, whose pattern reads the same. This lack of overlap can lead to pulling one sleeve out of alignment.

And, yes to cotton! I'll be doing my California-style EC in a cotton, silk or linen (or combination thereof) yarn and multicolored stripes on RF/RB + LF/LF +sleeves, but meanwhile I'm starting the man's (i.e., shorter) version in a washable wool for my daughter to take off to college with her next September .

I do have other things to think about aside from the Great Buttonhole Escapade, but I just can't remember what they are ;) ... amazing how these projects take over one's entire brain, isn't it?

KitKnits
03-29-2006, 03:25 PM
All riiiiiiiiight! :cheering: I've finished the Baby Al coat and it's wonderful. (Will try to post a photo soon. ) However, I really did have to add on a placket for the buttons. I picked up and knit it in stockinette (to keep it flat) and it is just fine. No problem on such a small version of the EC, but I wouldn't want to do that on the adult version, whose pattern reads the same. This lack of overlap can lead to pulling one sleeve out of alignment.

And, yes to cotton! I'll be doing my California-weight EC in a cotton, silk or linen (or combination thereof) yarn and multicolored stripes on RF/RB + LF/LF +sleeves, but meanwhile I'm starting the man's (i.e., shorter) version in a washable wool for my daughter to take off to college with her next September .

I do have other things to think about aside from the Great Buttonhole Escapade, I just can't remember what they are ;) ... amazing how these projects take over one's entire brain, isn't it?

VictoiseC
03-31-2006, 04:34 PM
amazing how these projects take over one's entire brain, isn't it?


Aint' that the truth!!!!! I find myself getting up early to get back to knitting a particular piece. It's great! :lol: :XX: :lol: :XX:

VictoiseC
04-01-2006, 04:08 PM
I have a question. I don't suppose I could use Lopi Lite for the coat?
There's so many good deals on ebay for the lite. But would it be too light?

:thinking: If you have time, would appreciate your opinion.

silveridger
04-01-2006, 05:56 PM
Well, I suppose the main issue would be gauge... otherwise, the lite would make a nice alternative. Maybe someone who has swatched the lite could give their 2 for the sake of comparison, although of course you'll have to do your own as well :thumbsup: .

As for my own progress, after a bit of a setback with my knee surgery 10 days ago (didn't even want to knit until I came out of the demeral haze) I am up to 110 ridges on the "skirt" of the coat! Yay, the end is in sight. I'm hoping the upper pieces will be both quicker and more interesting. This thing is practically a lap robe! :roflhard:

jctscon
04-02-2006, 08:35 AM
I am at the point of doing the button holes in the botton portion. Has anyone done this yet? Did it turn out all right. Someone mentioned changing how to do the buttonholes. If so, how did you attempt the button holes.

ScandaKnitvian
04-03-2006, 12:15 AM
All is well until you get to the point where one buttons the coat. :shock: Obviously, the left front (where the button holes are) should be wider than the right front. :doh: So, now I have this darling red, yellow and blue color-block coat. I guess I'll just pick up and knit a button band on the right side. Drat! :crying: This will rather interfere with the color-blocking. Anyway, glad I discovered this before starting to Einstein.



Not sure I understand why you think the left front (buttonhole side) has to be wider. I'm only starting the coat, and only a beginning knitter (about 9 months) but I've sewn for over twenty years and have made numerous things that buttoned down the front. The right and left fronts are always the same. The middle of the buttons line up with the center front, and the buttonholes are just a tad over the center front line, but the right and left front pieces are exactly the same size...

Trying to figure this out before I do my buttonholes for Einstein. :thinking:

Patty

jctscon
04-03-2006, 06:30 AM
I followed directions completely and I think the buttonholes from the pattern are too small. Unless I am doing something really wrong (I am also a beginning knitter). If I do have the directions right, I suggest to the other kal's that they somehow increase the buttonhole. I will never be able to use the buttons I already picked for this coat.

VictoiseC
04-04-2006, 11:19 AM
Thanks Silveridger, yeah, a swatch would be good, I don't have any lopi lite yet but I'll go look at it. then see about the ebay offerings....

hope your knee is feeling better. Vic

silveridger
04-04-2006, 11:23 AM
FWIW, I found some really helpful Einstein coat hints on another list. One thing consistently mentioned, is to use a stitch marker (the kind that pins through an individual stitch) to mark your buttonholes as you make them, because they are small at first and very hard to find later when you're sewing on your buttons. Several knitters there also thought the buttonholes were too small, read through this link http://ample-knitters.com/einstein_hints.html for helpful hints from Sally herself regarding the buttonholes and other aspects of the coat.

As for my own, I got to 136 ridges and decided to measure, since the thing looks huge, and it's already 46 inches long, the measurement given for the small size. But it should have 156 ridges for the small! Now I'm not sure what to do: if I stop knitting the bottom at the right measurement in inches, I'll have fewer stitches to pick up for the top pieces: won't I risk having the top be too small? And doing some increases for proper stitch count on the tops would be awfully obvious in garter stitch, wouldn't it? Maybe I should continue knitting the bottom piece at least to the correct number of ridges for the small size and take an average (since I intended to knit the medium)? Help me, Obi Wan Kenobe! (or experienced knitters who might know what to do :lol: )

BTW, I've rechecked my gauge in case it had slipped, but the stitch gauge is still dead on. Row gauge seems o.k. over 4 inches but obviously isn't since my piece is much longer than it ought to be.

KitKnits
04-04-2006, 04:04 PM
I thought I was getting crazy with the buttonhole problem ... but, I'm making another Baby Albert and the postings have let me know that there is some sort of problem. Yes, the buttonholes are really, really small ... especially when the pattern calls for 3/4" buttons! I'm just following directions this time, hoping that all will work out, i.e., being lazy. Might one problem be that the buttonholes on the bottom are done in one direction of ridges, while the top is done in another direction of ridges? Or, maybe all of this isn't that important. Clearly, I'm tiring of the buttonhole debacle.:crying: As they say, "I admire the problem, but I have no solution."

the thing looks huge, and it's already 46 inches long, the measurement given for the small size

Thanks, Silveridger. No kidding! In working the Baby Alberts, it seems that they are really huge for the sizes given ... and my gauge is right on, too. I thought I'd just forgotten actual sizes of real babies, but these Baby Albert coats look more like something a toddler could wear. Still, they are really cute pieces. I'm still dithering :thinking: about a non-wool for my Not So Warm. It would ne awful to be wearing a stunning Einstein Coat and be scratching like a dog the whole time. :lol:

And thanks to all for your patience with this first-time-ever poster. Sorry if I don't know all the cool abbreviations for things! Meanwhile, rather like Mme. Defarge (we really need a better literary icon for knitters!), I knit away while more and more rain pours down, floods occur and mudslides have started in sunny Northern California. :XX:

jctscon
04-04-2006, 05:10 PM
Mine seem huge too for the size I was knitting. I switched a smaller size and less ridges. I hope I did the right thing!

Angelia
04-04-2006, 05:14 PM
I haven't put buttons through mine, but my thumbs slide through fairly easily, so I am hoping that means the buttonholes are big enough... :thinking: I do plan to take the coat with me when I go button shopping, though, to make sure I get the right size buttons.

Of course all of this is contingent upon my getting more yarn. I can't afford to buy a whole bag of it right now, and it seems that's the only way available. :( Stupid elann folks need to get in more of the individual balls already! :mad:

CarmenIbanez
04-06-2006, 05:17 PM
Okay, all you hookers, are you actually making this coat, or just talking about quickies?

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Angelia
04-06-2006, 06:47 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Andrea
04-07-2006, 04:40 AM
I haven't touched Einstein in so long :oops:

Angelia
04-07-2006, 08:01 AM
I'm sure he feels lonely....but, to borrow a line from Tia's siggie, maybe "it's too bloody hot to knit" with Lopi right now ;)

silveridger
04-07-2006, 02:10 PM
I'm still plugging away :cheering: . Finished up the bottom piece, and decided to bind off at 148 rows since it was quite a bit longer than anticipated. I've done a little math and made a decision about how many stitches to pick up for the fronts and back (since I don't have the correct number of rows) and nearly have the right front finished! I am determined to get this thing done and worn at least a couple of times before summer. Given the kind of spring weather we get here, I'm sure I'll have several opportunities :lol: . I am delighted with it so far, picking up the stitches as directed for the right front made a cool-looking join, even DH commented that it's an interesting looking project!

Angelia
04-07-2006, 04:23 PM
Sounds wonderful!

I wish I'd done that with the bottom...I'm just hoping that when gravity does its work, the coat will be less roomy!

DotMom61
04-13-2006, 12:41 PM
Wow ... I haven't posted here for quite a while. I'm only on about Ridge #50 on my Einy. Socks & another Oregon Tote have taken over my knitting time, which has been somewhat limited lately. We've just been really busy!!

How's everyone doing with their coats??

silveridger
04-13-2006, 12:55 PM
Still plugging away, but hit a milestone this morning! I've got the "skirt," the right front, and the back finished. One good thing about knee surgery, it provides a lot of knitting time :lol: . As it gets warmer, I'm finding it takes a lot of will power to stick with it: I want to move on to something lighter. I'm determined, though, even if I don't get to actually wear it until fall. :roflhard:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y115/herbgal/Knitting/DSC01461.jpg

That table is 60 inches by 36 inches, do they all look this huge?

Note the two tiny orange spots on the left side, marking the lower buttonholes.

DotMom61
04-13-2006, 01:01 PM
Well, it looks really nice! What a pretty color!! I can only dream about mine being that far along right now. I'm in a knitting slump at the moment, but I'm still plugging away as time permits.

Happy Easter!

Angelia
04-13-2006, 04:13 PM
It looks fantastic, Silveridger! :thumbsup:

I'm still waiting for elann to get in more of my yarn. I can't afford to buy a whole bag of it (and don't try to make me! :rofling: ).

KitKnits
04-14-2006, 02:13 AM
It really looks great ! :cheering: Am on knitting hiatus till Easter's over, but thanks for inspiring me to get with the program again soon. Finishing my second Baby Albert, but don't have a working digi-cam to show it off. Honest! I can only deal with one technology at a time ... and sometimes not even that.

Andrea
04-14-2006, 05:55 AM
Looks beautiful!

And Angelia, come on, just order the bag! :rofling:

Angelia
04-14-2006, 06:03 AM
Stop it!! :fingerwag:

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Andrea
04-14-2006, 06:42 AM
:angelgrin:

Angelia
04-14-2006, 06:52 AM
:rofling:

DotMom61
04-14-2006, 10:04 AM
Andrea,

How did you get bunny ears on your little ostrich? I want Maggie to have bunny ears. :(

Ingrid
04-14-2006, 10:08 AM
Andrea,

How did you get bunny ears on your little ostrich? I want Maggie to have bunny ears. :(

Jan, the computer master, did it.

DotMom61
04-14-2006, 10:12 AM
Jan, the computer master, did it.

:thinking: Does she read this thread?


:roflhard: :roflhard:

Ingrid
04-14-2006, 11:55 AM
Jan, the computer master, did it.

:thinking: Does she read this thread?


:roflhard: :roflhard:

There's always pm!

Jan in CA
04-14-2006, 02:03 PM
Jan, the computer master, did it.

:thinking: Does she read this thread?


:roflhard: :roflhard:
Check your blog. ;)

DotMom61
04-14-2006, 05:13 PM
Again, Jan, thank you!! Whaddaya think? http://static.flickr.com/26/55951450_9c0f07f5d3_o.gif It just makes me giggle!!! Wait 'til my kids see this! :roflhard:

Angelia
04-15-2006, 06:49 PM
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

allegra918
04-16-2006, 01:39 PM
I just got my yarn to make the Einstein (although that is not in the plans until August).... It's Malabrigo in Brown Berries. TO DIE FOR!!! I can't wait!! I will post pics of these beautiful hanks tomorrow....

Happy Easter!

silveridger
04-17-2006, 03:50 PM
Finally, I've finished up the body, whoo hoo! I was able to pin the shoulders together with hair clips and see that yes indeed! it's going to fit! This morning I settled down enough to pick up the stitches for the right sleeve and so far it seems to be going well. There's light at the end of the tunnel! And now that the buttonholes are finished, I can make my buttons. Several racks of deer antlers have been awaiting the mitre saw, I was just afraid to start cutting until I had finished buttonholes to work with. It's way too windy here to do anything outside anyway :lol: .

allegra918
04-17-2006, 04:28 PM
Here's the beautiful Malabrigo (Brown Berries)

silveridger
04-17-2006, 06:16 PM
Allegra918, that Malabrigo is absolutely gorgeous! You're going to have an amazing coat. I bet it'll be much softer and more fun to knit with than the scratchy Lopi! :rofling:

Andrea
04-17-2006, 07:32 PM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH :inlove: How pretty!! And yes, that will be MUCH better than the Lopi! (You wouldn't have to wear anything underneath! :shock: ) :rofling:

DotMom61
04-17-2006, 11:05 PM
Yes, but Andrea, she won't get exfoliated!

Andrea
04-17-2006, 11:31 PM
Yes, but Andrea, she won't get exfoliated!

I know, that is her loss, I guess! :rofling:

silveridger
04-19-2006, 10:33 AM
My Lopi Einey would provide excellent exfoliation :roflhard: . It also shed lots of hair on my black cotton capris yesterday :thinking: .

I'm halfway through the first sleeve now. It's been cold the past two mornings, below freezing (after being in the 80's last week). The coat sure does feel good on my lap :heart: in the mornings! (Of course, I'm wearing pajamas so as to not be exfoliated in the process...)

VictoiseC
04-20-2006, 01:30 PM
Allegra... that's a GORGEOUS colour that Malabrigo. Btw, where did you get it from? Maybe you posted that early but I missed it.

So the Malabrigo is much softer huh? I was going to order the Lopi esp now that WEBS is having a GREAT BIG ANNIVERSARY sale... no one's seemed to mention it. They have the Lopi down from $5.95 to 3.75 so that's only
37.50 for the coat or to be safe 11 skeins $41.25.

Now I'm not so sure though EXFOLIATION!??? :rollseyes:

VictoiseC
04-20-2006, 01:32 PM
Oh Silverridger... I just went back into the forum and saw your coat.
It looks great! It will go with so many different colours. Nice job!
That's Lopi right?

silveridger
04-20-2006, 11:01 PM
Yes, that's Lopi, and thanks! It's the same color as the child's Einstein that's pictured in the book. I wear mostly jeans and khakis, I thought that color would go with everything!

Don't let us put you off with our joking, the Lopi is a tough, durable yarn that's highly suitable for a coat or outer garment: warm, and slightly water repellent in my experience. It IS too scratchy to wear against the skin, but then again, I think Noro is kind of scratchy too. I have a poncho made with Lopi and it's great. Unless you tend to go naked under your coats, don't worry about it too much :lol: . I also think it kind of softens up with wear.

VictoiseC
04-24-2006, 12:49 PM
Oh shoot, I LOVE to go naked under my coats! hmmmmmm :thinking:

Well thanks for that info, I think I will like the Lopi although i really want to do an Einstein in manos del urguary... but that would cost $125 or so.
I think I'll get that lopi from Webs while the sale is on.
I love Noro ... never found it scratchy like others and my scarf I wear all the time did soften up. Wouldn't an Einstein out of Noro be interesting?


okey doke

Andrea
04-24-2006, 06:48 PM
A Noro Lopi would be beautiful, but VERY expensive!!! :shock: But the colors??? :drooling:

silveridger
04-25-2006, 01:14 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Soooo close, it's nearly done and I so want to wear it NOW! I've finished the sleeves and seamed them up, knitted the collar on and finished the last buttonhole. Just 7 more ridges on the collar to go!

Yesterday I made my buttons from a piece of antler I've been saving, so they can go right on as soon as the collar is done. Think I'll use embroidery thread to sew them on, though, the Lopi doesn't have much twist to it and I almost pulled it apart sewing up the sleeves.

Pics to come! We are due for at the most a half dozen more mornings in the 30's, I absolutely must get in a few wearings before spring arrives for good. :inlove:

Angelia
04-25-2006, 03:11 PM
Oh fantastic! And you made your own buttons--how cool is that! And just as cool is that you get to wear it NOW!

I can't wait to see it! :cheering: :cheering:

jctscon
04-25-2006, 03:59 PM
Silverridger - I just started the sleeves and I am getting excited also. I am a beginning knitter and this is a quest for me. Hopefully, it is coming to an end soon and does not look to bad. I hope to see your Einstein coat and hope you post a picture.

silveridger
04-25-2006, 08:37 PM
jctscon: you're in luck! The sleeves get smaller and smaller as you knit, so they go pretty fast. I did the entire collar in a couple of hours, so you are in the home stretch :happydance: .

The buttons were easy, although I have been putting it off for quite awhile :doh: . I used the excuse that I needed to see the size of the buttonholes before I could make them, but really, the pattern was right and the ones I made were about an inch. Once I got started it was quick and easy, and they do look good with my rustic yarn :thumbsup: .

In case any of you have access to shed antlers... just use a miter box and saw to cut parallel slices, using a part of the antler that's the right diameter. I found another button the same size and used a sharpie to mark the holes, then drilled them with a 3/16 size bit (using vice-grips to hold the piece of antler steady). A little sanding and they are done!

Pictures to come soon: they are taking, I just have to resize them and post. Yay!

silveridger
04-25-2006, 08:52 PM
Here goes...

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y115/herbgal/Einsteincombosmall.jpg

The inset picture gives a little closer view of the buttons and the sleeve detail. I'm not sure I did it correctly, but mine has a kind of braided look to it on the sleeve part.

I am greatly relieved to find that it actually does fit! Guess there must be something to that swatching thing after all :roflhard: .

Angelia
04-25-2006, 09:30 PM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

It looks absolutely fantastic!! :inlove: :inlove:

The buttons look great--everything looks great! :thumbsup:

jctscon
04-25-2006, 11:47 PM
All I can say is that your coat is Stunning!!! I am impressed.

Andrea
04-26-2006, 03:46 AM
It is BEAUTIFUL!! :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:
Now, tell me, which color is it? The bigger picture or inset? I love both of them, just curious which one it is!

That is just wonderful! Great job!

silveridger
04-26-2006, 11:28 AM
Thanks you guys! This coat is a big commitment in terms of knitting time, but it was so worth it.

Andrea, it's the color of the inset, :lol: , the light in the bathroom somehow transformed everything into a yellowish tint.

BTW, the buttonholes seem fine, time will tell if they stretch as Sally suggests they will. I have plenty of antler left :thumbsup: .

The sleeve design does leave quite a bit of bulk underneath the arm, which I read about on the ampleknitters' page. I don't mind it, it looks just like the illustrations from the book. But if you are concerned, you might want to review one of the ample knitters' comments about changing the sleeve design to eliminate bulk.

Now the rest of you slackers better get busy knitting and get this project done before it's too hot to hold on your lap. And by the time you get to the collar, you have the entire coat on your lap :rofling: . It's toasty!

Angelia
04-26-2006, 11:45 AM
At this point, I need a walk-in refrigerator to knit in if I'm going to work with a lot of wool ;)

Celine
04-26-2006, 08:04 PM
Am I too late to join in the fun? I just ordered Sally's first two knitting books tonight. :happydance: I've been reading so much about this coat I want to knit one too!! I just have to decide on what yarn and what color!! :XX: :XX:

I read earlier about a yarn site that offers figuring out how much yarn you'd need to order depending on what size coat you were making. Does anyone know what site that was??? I think I read about it here someplace. Thanks.

allegra918
04-27-2006, 12:21 AM
Allegra... that's a GORGEOUS colour that Malabrigo. Btw, where did you get it from? Maybe you posted that early but I missed it.


Sorry, I haven't been able to post for a while. I got my Malabrigo at WEBS. if you order enough you automatically get a discount. worth looking into.
Silveridger, AWESOME COAT!!!!! (sorry I wrote the wrong name when I first posted this!!!)

i am thinking, when i knit this coat, i'd like to make it more fitted in the waist. anyone else try that?

DotMom61
04-27-2006, 09:37 AM
Silveridger ... it's beautiful! Very nice! Mine still lies on the couch in the living room waiting for me to come visit it again. Your finished product is an inpiration, S.R.!!

And, Celine, it's *never* too late!! Join right in!

Celine
04-27-2006, 10:20 AM
I'd like to order my yarn for the coat but my book has not arrived in the mail yet. :XX: :XX: Can someone please tell me how much yarn I need to make the largest size of the coat? :rollseyes:
thanks so much!

Angelia
04-27-2006, 10:46 AM
The largest size takes 1500 yards bulky-weight yarn.

I'd order an extra 300 or so yards, though, b/c the coat actually takes more than the pattern calls for, which is why mine isn't done yet. :(

Celine
04-27-2006, 11:24 AM
Angelia, thank you SO much for letting me know. I do appreciate it. I'll let you know what I end up buying when I order it. :XX: :XX: