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Nuno930
03-12-2005, 09:23 PM
We discussed this in another post in the main forum but I though maybe we should make it official and let everyone know incase they didn't happen to open that thread (since we derailed the original thread)

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=764

gardenia
03-13-2005, 06:47 PM
Hey Nuno. I think the general consensus was that we would start a knit-a-long in May and folks would knit the tank of their choice. Do you want to start earlier? I don't see why we couldn't have people starting at different times. If you want, I can probably start in about two weeks. I decided to knit this tank: http://chicknits.com/ss2k3/chickw.html in Classic Elite Provence yarn (which I LOVE). :inlove: I'm planning to do it in a bright pink.

Let me know.

Thanks,

Deb

Nuno930
03-13-2005, 07:44 PM
Yeah, I had planned the May date :happydance: I don't think I could start before then

Kirs10Knits
03-17-2005, 12:14 AM
Hi, I'm new here, but I'm totally in if you guys do a tank top knit-along! I will be doing either Mudflap Girl or the Front-slit Tank from Interweave Online...

I'm so excited! Do I need to keep my eyes open for a start date or will somebody collect everyone and notify us? Not sure how y'all are working this one...

kirsten :XX:

gardenia
03-17-2005, 01:03 AM
Hi Kirsten,

I think May 1 is the official start date. I'm sure we will discuss it here more as the time gets closer. This will be my first sweater, not to mention the first thing I will knit for myself. So, I'm excited, too. :D

Deb

knittingnanna
03-17-2005, 10:38 AM
I'm in also. I just need to find a tank top pattern in a toddler size first, so far no luck.

beldaraan
03-17-2005, 12:53 PM
I am going to do the mud flapper girl tank!! Yeah baby!!!

gardenia
03-18-2005, 02:22 PM
I am going to do the mud flapper girl tank!! Yeah baby!!!

Is anyone shocked by this choice?? :lol:

beldaraan
03-18-2005, 03:00 PM
omg Gardenia!! ROFL! That just made me sit back and laugh and laugh and laugh. Am I really that transparent?? :D

Hildegard_von_Knittin
03-18-2005, 10:35 PM
Am I really that transparent??

nope, it's just predictible that a naughty like you would want the naked lady from mud flaps displayed across your gargantuan... i mean, on the front of tank top.

beldaraan
03-19-2005, 01:31 AM
nope, it's just predictible that a naughty like you would want the naked lady from mud flaps displayed across your gargantuan... i mean, on the front of tank top.
Well Hilde, I've been inspired. I thought of something to put on the BACK of the tank.....


A LICENSE PLATE

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Hildegard_von_Knittin
03-19-2005, 01:41 AM
R O F L:rofling:

you'll have to get one of those beeping things to warn people when you back up (or just for regular walking, I guess).

ashley
03-23-2005, 05:00 PM
i would like to get in on the knit along also, i have never been a part of one before, and im still a fairly new knitter. This would be the first thing for myself and my first tank/sweater. sooooo im very excited :happydance:

03-24-2005, 04:31 PM
I found a tank pattern that may suit me. I'm in. It's from Family Circle Easy Knitting Spring/Summer 2004. It's knit in two pieces and then sewn together at the sides/shoulders. It has a lot of coverage for my, uh, frame, shall we say?

gardenia
03-31-2005, 02:40 AM
I'm in also. I just need to find a tank top pattern in a toddler size first, so far no luck.

I found some tanks that might work for a toddler:

Funky Tank Top (http://www.yarnmarket.com/project.cfm?action=show_project&project_id=92&first_cat_id=-1)

Kerrie's Place (http://www.kerriesplace.co.uk/patterns.html) (has 3 cute patterns)

Sugar Top (http://www.retroknits.com/sugartop.htm) (no photo)

Hope one of these will work!

ashley
03-31-2005, 06:42 PM
i'm thinking of the honeymoon cami off of knitty.com. I think it will be a challenge for me...i just hope im able to finish it before winter :lol:

Sara
04-02-2005, 09:54 PM
FYI: I saw Knit 'n Style magazine in the grocer's today. It has a couple cute tanks in it.

I am the genius that posted as "guest" in this thread. I think I was on the university computer system and it made me use my secret identity.
One never knows what lurks in the shadows...

knittingnanna
04-03-2005, 11:30 AM
I'm in also. I just need to find a tank top pattern in a toddler size first, so far no luck.

I found some tanks that might work for a toddler:

Funky Tank Top (http://www.yarnmarket.com/project.cfm?action=show_project&project_id=92&first_cat_id=-1)

Kerrie's Place (http://www.kerriesplace.co.uk/patterns.html) (has 3 cute patterns)

Sugar Top (http://www.retroknits.com/sugartop.htm) (no photo)

Hope one of these will work!

thanks gardenia for the links. I am unsure which one I will use, I might just do a combination of both and my own personal touch. Thanks again.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
04-03-2005, 12:35 PM
Don't forget, you can add something "knotty" to your tank top and join in the KH challenge KAL! *hint hint* :thumbsup:

Holly
04-06-2005, 11:28 AM
Is there a start date for this knit-a-long? I'm still thinking about the mud-flap girl tank, but I'm worried about adding the design -- it will be my first experiment with color :?? All right...I'm also worried about how my twinkie shaped arms will look in the tank!!!

Holly

gardenia
04-06-2005, 04:54 PM
Is there a start date for this knit-a-long? I'm still thinking about the mud-flap girl tank, but I'm worried about adding the design -- it will be my first experiment with color :?? All right...I'm also worried about how my twinkie shaped arms will look in the tank!!!

Holly

Hi,

Our original thought was to start May 1st, but I have a confession. I already started my tank. :oops: The yarn arrived and I couldn't help it. I was thinking we could run a "summer top knit-a-long." That way, people who didn't want to do a tank could have a bit of sleeves. And we could still share photos and help. Maybe we could do it from now until the end of August. ? Any thoughts?

Is it Friday yet?

Mer
04-06-2005, 10:45 PM
Hi,

Our original thought was to start May 1st, but I have a confession. I already started my tank. :oops: The yarn arrived and I couldn't help it. I was thinking we could run a "summer top knit-a-long." That way, people who didn't want to do a tank could have a bit of sleeves. And we could still share photos and help. Maybe we could do it from now until the end of August. ? Any thoughts?

Is it Friday yet?

I'm doing one now too--maybe we need to start a new thread? I like the summer top knit along idea. :thumbsup: I have plans to knit more tanks and other warm weather tops soon.

Holly
04-07-2005, 10:10 AM
OK, I'll confess too...instead of starting the tank after I finished my last project, I started this one:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-prettyPoncho.html

Keep in mind that I swore I would never wear a poncho -- too many bad 70's pics of me in white knee boots and ponchos :lol: . However, I just crocheted (sp?) one for the little girl across the street and it is adorable! So....I decided it would be a great garment to have at our camper for those chilly nights around the fire :D

I'm hoping it will work up quick and I will still be able to start a tank by the end of the month. I have to find good yarn for the tank project.

Holly

gardenia
04-07-2005, 09:26 PM
Keep in mind that I swore I would never wear a poncho -- too many bad 70's pics of me in white knee boots and ponchos :lol: .

:rofling: That is soooo funny. We must be about the same age. I had a white, crocheted poncho and red, white & blue crocheted purse (and long, stringly Marsha Brady style hair). Blech!

Sara
04-08-2005, 12:19 AM
I had a beautiful white poncho that I would kill to have the pattern for. White knee socks and mary janes. Or the white cowgirl hat and boots, my BFF had the same set in red.

Holly
04-08-2005, 10:08 AM
:rofling: There was a time when I would have killed for Marsha Brady style hair!! (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!) It was probably about the time that my Mother decided that we should all have the Mrs. Brady style shag hair cut!! Talk about blech! Greg Brady -- all suited up in the rock star suit -- would never have given me a second thought with a shag cut!!

Now...the white cowgirl hat -- that is styling :D !! I think I have a picture similar to that when my Grandparents brought me to the Grand Ole Opry and I had my picture taken on Billie Jo Spears' lap! Yee Haw!

Holly

Sara
04-15-2005, 05:03 PM
I bought my yarn! I'm so excited! They just got the first shipment of Plymouth Fantasy Naturale yesterday. I am so lucky they have exactly what my pattern calls for. I'm a little worried that the finished measurement is 46" and my "finished measurement" (OMG I hope it's finished) is the same. I bought a beautiful lilac color. I really liked the sagey green, but it seemed less summery. So now I have to rush to finish this @*#^$ Moebius that I, a truly great idiot, messed up on, in time for the kal.

Nuno930
04-15-2005, 10:11 PM
Ok for my sanity I am skipping the Mud Flap girl for now and just going to use Cleo from Knitty as my summer tank. I am still awaiting my yarn to get here... I may have to up my mail man stalking and go to my Mailmans house :rofling:

javede
04-16-2005, 02:51 AM
I'm joining here too!
I'll start another Lelah out of cotton yarn, the mud flap top out of other yarn I've laying around and my sommertop.
Yes, that are three projects and I can't stop myself from beginning new ones :oops:
I think the Lelah one will be first cause it's a fast one and next the sommertop that could have been completed looooooooong ago hadn't I miscalculated....

Nuno930
04-16-2005, 08:13 AM
Keep in mind that I swore I would never wear a poncho -- too many bad 70's pics of me in white knee boots and ponchos

Do you have any idea how much I would pay for those boots. Curse my mother for throwing out all her clothes!

gardenia
04-16-2005, 08:31 AM
Do you have any idea how much I would pay for those boots. Curse my mother for throwing out all her clothes!

Some of us seventies "survivors" will have to post photos of ourselves in the boots, just to torment you. :eyebrow:

Mer
04-17-2005, 12:03 PM
I'm in! I'm either doing Lelah (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=26874.0) or the yarn girl tanks (http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/yarn_girl_tanks.asp) (or both)! :cheering:

Mer
05-01-2005, 12:00 AM
Hey, where is everyone? Are you all ready to start your summer tops? Tomorrow is May 1st, after all. ;) And for those of you who cheated and started early, how's your progress? I am almost done with my Lelah and once that is done will start a swatch for my yarn girl tank. I'll be sure to post a picture soon! :XX:

Sara
05-01-2005, 10:47 AM
Yes, I started my tank, in between everything else, I have about 2 inches of garter stitch done. The pattern says to make it in two pieces, but I'm doing it in the round. It's just bands of garter and stockinette, done in squares with a little armhole shaping then sewn together at sides and shoulders. It has a boatneck effect. So I am going to avoid most of the seaming by working on a circ. These are my last few days of school, so I will work harder on it at the end of this week! OOOH, I checked out a digicam from the IT department, I should take a picture of it. I'll do that later. Can't wait to see everyone's stuff!

gardenia
05-01-2005, 09:06 PM
I'm here! I am one of the ones who cheated and started early. :fingerwag: Hee hee. You can look at my blog and see the sad story of how I ended up frogging about 4 inches. I am knitting "chickami" (http://chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html) in a beautiful, pink cotton. I guess I'm halfway done now. I will take a photo soon.

What is everyone else doing? I think we need to go hunt down Nuno -- seems she's having motivation problems. Hi Nuno! :waving:

I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone else's projects.

Nuno930
05-01-2005, 09:44 PM
Awwwww I are loved :heart:

I think I am going modify the Cleo tank and take the lace out and just rib it. I think that could work :thinking:

Mer
05-02-2005, 03:49 PM
Ok, so my Lelah is done except for the elastic I need to sew into the top--I guess technically it isn't a tank top, but close enough!

I started the other tank, and it seems to be going pretty slow. The ribbon yarn isn't too hard to use, just a little stickier, or something. But I'm using big needles, so I hope that will speed things along!

I'll try to take some pics when I get home tonight. :D

Holly
05-03-2005, 10:28 AM
I'm late! I'm still finishing my hooded poncho. I'm trying to not have too many projects open at one time (OK...and I was also hoping to lose more weight before I knit myself an arm-bearing tank top :oops: !)

Any advice on a good, non-wool (allergic :( ) yarn to use for the tank?

Holly

Mer
05-03-2005, 07:46 PM
Here's my Lelah! I think it qualifies for the tank KAL, it's just strapless! I'm pretty happy with it. Now on to my next tank top! :XX:

Mer
05-03-2005, 09:09 PM
Any advice on a good, non-wool (allergic :( ) yarn to use for the tank?
Holly

How about a cotton/acrylic blend? Nice and light for summer! I've heard that cotton ease (lion brand) is being discontinued, but there are others out there.

tinkercat
05-03-2005, 09:19 PM
I love your top! I wish i could make something like that lol. It would not look as good on me as it does on you lol. GOOD JOB!!

:happydance:

kemp
05-04-2005, 08:07 AM
Here's my Lelah! I think it qualifies for the tank KAL, it's just strapless! I'm pretty happy with it. Now on to my next tank top! :XX:

Love it! When I originally saw that pattern, I thought the bottom part looked too flared for me, but it looks awesome on you! If you don't mind, could you share what type of yarn you used and if you made any modifications? If I know it is going to look like that, I am all over it! Thanks! :D

Sara
05-04-2005, 09:36 AM
Mer, that Lelah is beautiful! Nice work. :thumbsup: My final is this afternoon, then I throw myself into knitting for days, I won't even surface for food and then maybe my tank will fit me when I'm done! :lol:

Mer
05-04-2005, 10:34 AM
Aww, thanks everyone! :blush: I just used Caron Simply Soft yarn--I wasn't sure if I was going to like the top so I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money. It's pretty comfy, just a little warm. But only about $3 for the whole top!

And I didn't feel like recalculating sizes, so I used her numbers for the medium size and knit it on smaller needles (size 7 I think) to scale it down a bit, since I figured I'd be a size small. That way the top part wasn't so see-through either since it was a tighter gauge. I'm quite surprised as to how well it fits! Now I need to find an occasion to wear it, guess it's not really work appropriate. :lol:

tinkercat
05-04-2005, 02:47 PM
to make it work to wear it any place would be a jacket, or a shrug type thing i have seen where your arms go in it and covers the back i forget what they are called but i think a jacket with that top would be GREAT! :happydance: :cheering: :thumbsup:
:XX:

brookenic
05-04-2005, 02:54 PM
Mer, That is beautiful! :thumbsup:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-04-2005, 11:32 PM
Wow Mer!!!! EXCELLENT job! I love the pattern at the bottom, nie and open, but still modest. And the ribbon adds just the right amount of "flirt" in there. WTG!

Mer
05-05-2005, 12:29 PM
You all are too nice! That top was my first lace attempt too--it wasn't too bad! I had to start over a few times and actually keep track of where I was in the pattern (I tend to lose my place easily :doh: ), but it wasn't really that hard.

My yarn girl tank (http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/yarn_girl_tanks.asp) is coming along, but I really wish I had converted the pattern to do in the round. I hate stockinette flat! I do like the way the yarn is working out though--I'm using Patons Fresco in Ocean. Pretty! I got it cheap through ebay.

Sara
05-09-2005, 11:13 PM
I'm almost up to the armholes on mine. I tried to find a pic of it to post, but Family Circle doesn't seem to get the idea of posting pics of their projects on their website. Having a place to order back issues does not do it for me. I'm not buying a mag unless I have significant incentive, no way I'm buying sight unseen.

So, I will try to get the digicam operating and post my pic. I am all about following directions (and rules), so I am starting to worry about having done this on a circ instead of making a front and back as the pattern said. Oh well, time enough for a nervous breakdown tomorrow.

gardenia
05-09-2005, 11:45 PM
Mer, I agree with everyone else -- that top is beautiful! I haven't tried lace yet, but now I feel motivated.

I finally took a photo of my progress on the chickami (http://chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html) tank. This is the first thing I've ever made for myself, so I hope it turns out well. It is also my first item bigger/more complicated than a hat or scarf. :rollseyes:

I plan to knit another tank after this one, especially since I cheated and started early on this one. I'm thinking about doing Soleil (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTsoleil.html) from knitty. Orrrrr, I saw this tank (http://www.knitty-noddy.com/images/stories/knittynoddy/lg-filati29/model36-37-binario-lg.jpg)in my favorite LYS. It was beautiful, and the employee who knitted it said it wasn't too difficult. It's in Lana Grossa's Filati 29. LYS will e-mail me when they get more copies in. Hmmm...which one should I try?

Hope everyone else is having fun. :cheering:

KellyK
05-09-2005, 11:58 PM
looks GREAT! I really like the waist shaping!

gardenia
05-10-2005, 12:04 AM
looks GREAT! I really like the waist shaping!
Thanks Kelly. Now, if only it fits when it's done. :pray:

Mer
05-10-2005, 10:42 AM
I finally took a photo of my progress on the chickami (http://chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html) tank. This is the first thing I've ever made for myself, so I hope it turns out well. It is also my first item bigger/more complicated than a hat or scarf. :rollseyes:

Ooh, gardenia, I love the color! Can I ask what yarn you're using?

I think I'm getting obsessed with tank tops...I have at least 4 more I want to do this summer!

gardenia
05-10-2005, 06:16 PM
Ooh, gardenia, I love the color! Can I ask what yarn you're using?

I haven't been knitting for very long, so I don't have much to compare it to, but...I LOVE :heart: Classic Elite's Provence yarn (http://www.handworksgallery.com/provencey.htm). It is mercerized, Egyptian cotton (#2625, but it looks brighter and shinier than in the photo). It is expensive, but you get over 200 yards on a hank. I've made several baby hats out of it and I love it. They were all gifts, so I can't vouch for how it will wear. But, I love to work with it. Web's (http://www.yarn.com/yarns-knitting/provence.html) has some for $8/hank right now. I've never ordered from them, though, and I've heard mixed things.

What other tanks are you thinking of knitting?

Mer
05-10-2005, 09:49 PM
Ooh, pretty. Well, I'm also planning on doing this (http://www.spunmag.com/article/050410bevin) for my sister, another yarn girls tank for my mom, one from the spring/summer vogue knitting, and perhaps this (http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id92.html).

Oh, and I might help out Kemp with the sizing on this one (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1709)...do you think I've taken on a few too many things?!?! :shock:

Sara
05-11-2005, 12:09 AM
Please feel free to mock me. I went to my lys this evening and said "I'm not sure how to do the armhole since it's in the round, can you help me calculate the decreases and bind off?" Well God bless my lys lady, she didn't bat an eye, just said "Well I think you could just divide the two sides and work them individually following the original pattern..." OMG, I can't believe how stupid I can be! No wonder I don't like diverging from patterns, I can't think for myself. If I didn't have a sense of humor, I would have done myself a fatal injury. :doh:

So I bought a circular needle for my 5yo's tank and slunk home. The good news is that the tank is going really well.

gardenia
05-11-2005, 12:38 AM
Please feel free to mock me.
Oh please! :rofling: We are all in the same boat. I'm too tired now, but I know I'll have to read your post again to even understand what the LYS lady told you. I would never have figured that out on my own (at least not the first time). Good for you for having the common sense to ask for help. :thumbsup:

Sara
05-12-2005, 10:16 AM
:frog: Oh well... The more you do it, the less you fear it?

Mer
05-14-2005, 09:46 PM
I'm done with the back of the tank! Whew. Now for a bit of a break. I used to like stockinette b/c it was so simple, but now I am sick of it!!!!

On the plus side, I did learn how to properly shape an armhole from this pattern. Good to know! :thumbsup:

Jivewhistle
05-16-2005, 02:50 PM
Mer, your Lelah is soooooo beautiful!!! I'd :heart: to make one for myself.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-21-2005, 12:08 AM
so *news flash* I am starting a tank top! :shock: It's the turtleneck sleevless tank from the spring summer issue of family circle easy knitting, but either with a shorter or non-existant neck. I picked this one because it goes up to 2x, yay! Here's a link: TOP ROW RIGHT PHOTO (http://www.fceasyknitting.com/magazine/preview.html) Will it be finished before summer is out? Can I hold my attention for longer than 3 inches of ribbing? Will the cotton yarn drive me insane and force me to quit? STAY TUNED. :-D If all goes well, I might make the white hoodie, and the red bell-sleeved sweater, too (but let's not get ahead of myself here...)

KellyK
05-21-2005, 01:18 AM
*crossin my fingers for Hilde's attention span*

Mer
05-21-2005, 10:11 AM
Yay, another tank knitter! Welcome Hilde. I'm loving tanks right now--much easier than sweaters b/c there are no sleeves to worry about!

Sara
05-21-2005, 10:54 AM
Yay, Hildie! I have fallen behind on my tank, but I got going on it again last night. I really like those sweaters in the Fam Circ mag. They all look really tailored. I'm not a fluffy kind of girl. Okay, squeeze me and you'd think I was the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, but I don't like to wear foofy stuff.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-24-2005, 12:25 AM
well, had to frog and start the tank over... read about it on his thread (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1893&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0) by KK and I, about our date this past weekend

square
05-24-2005, 01:35 PM
Grrrr. I was happily knitting myself a top based on the Mariposa from Knitty (I knit it in the round and with just a plain back instead of the wrap-stuff). I was so sure of myself that I didn't even do a gauge swatch. Well, once I was up to the armpits, I finally took it off the needles. It could fit about 3 of me inside it. Apparantly, my gauge is way off. :crying:

It seems clear what lays in my future: :frog: I just hope I can work up the patience to resize and try again.

Mer
05-24-2005, 01:44 PM
Aww, sorry to hear about everyone's frogging experiences! Don't let that keep you from finishing your tank! :mrgreen: I have a feeling mine is going to be a bit big, but I think if that's the case I'll give it to my mom and make myself another!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-27-2005, 11:22 PM
I'm starting to get bored of my tank...

knitqueen
05-28-2005, 12:17 AM
I made the sigma tank by knitty, ended up not really liking how it came out - the straps were too short and it was too tight under the armpits, so my aim was to lengthen the straps but that meant ripping out the single crochet edges and opening up the kitchener stitch and in the meantime I reeeeeeally screwed it up so frogged the whole thing (minus the part that is still a tangled mess in the corner :doh: ) and have started on this (http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lpullovers/fbc.html) one instead. I feel a whole lot more comfortable doing it flat than in the round. I HOPE I really like this one, if I don't I think I will be all tanked out.

gardenia
05-28-2005, 02:35 PM
Wow, we are all having trouble with our tanks. :shock: For me, this is the first major project I've done (all the others were hats or scarves or tiny things). I have ripped back my Chickami tank several times. It is on hold now. The nice lady in my LYS said if I bring it in there, she will help me figure out if I should frog the whole thing.

In the meantime, I'm starting a new tank. They had a gorgeous sample hanging in the LYS. It is from the Filati 29 book, which they had to order for me. I'll include links later to tank and yarn. I WILL get this right. Somehow. :??

Is anyone else working today????

gardenia
05-28-2005, 02:36 PM
I'm starting to get bored of my tank...
We need KK the cheerleader to pay us a visit! :cheering:

Mer
05-29-2005, 10:35 AM
I finished my Yarn Girls tank last night! :cheering: Just need to weave in the ends. And it fits! I wish it had some waist shaping, but still, it turned out pretty well. A very very boring pattern though! I guess something can be said for not having to think too hard. But I think for my next project I won't be doing all stockinette knit flat!

I'll try to post pictures later.

Mer
05-29-2005, 10:37 AM
I made the sigma tank by knitty, ended up not really liking how it came out - the straps were too short and it was too tight under the armpits, so my aim was to lengthen the straps but that meant ripping out the single crochet edges and opening up the kitchener stitch and in the meantime I reeeeeeally screwed it up so frogged the whole thing (minus the part that is still a tangled mess in the corner :doh: ) and have started on this (http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lpullovers/fbc.html) one instead. I feel a whole lot more comfortable doing it flat than in the round. I HOPE I really like this one, if I don't I think I will be all tanked out.

Oh, knitqueen, I love the look of that white lies tank! I hope it works out for you.

KellyK
05-29-2005, 11:13 AM
We need KK the cheerleader to pay us a visit! :cheering:

Nope - I think you need THE PROFESSIONALS.....

gardenia
05-29-2005, 07:56 PM
Thanks Kelly! We needed that! :cheering:

OK, so I'm starting a new tank (http://www.knitty-noddy.com/images/stories/knittynoddy/lg-filati29/model36-37-binario-lg.jpg) while my other tank is in limbo. :help: I bought the yarn recommended in the pattern, which is Lana Grosso's Binario (http://www.knitty-noddy.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=88). You can't really tell in the photos, but it looks partly matte and partly shiny -- very pretty. I chose white. I used a $40 gift certificate to the LYS that a friend gave me for my birthday. :-) That took a big chunk out of the price for the book and the yarn.

This new tank has a nice pattern at the bottom and is k2 p2 ribbing at the top, so I hope it won't be as boring as the straight st stitch of the other one.

How is everyone else doing? Don't give up!!! We can do this!

knitqueen
05-29-2005, 08:46 PM
I made the sigma tank by knitty, ended up not really liking how it came out - the straps were too short and it was too tight under the armpits, so my aim was to lengthen the straps but that meant ripping out the single crochet edges and opening up the kitchener stitch and in the meantime I reeeeeeally screwed it up so frogged the whole thing (minus the part that is still a tangled mess in the corner :doh: ) and have started on this (http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lpullovers/fbc.html) one instead. I feel a whole lot more comfortable doing it flat than in the round. I HOPE I really like this one, if I don't I think I will be all tanked out.

Oh, knitqueen, I love the look of that white lies tank! I hope it works out for you.

I'm just starting the armhole shaping on the front side (haven't started the back yet) and I'm really liking it! I am following the pattern very closely this time so I don't screw it up. It is very plain (ie. mostly stockinette....grrrrrr.... :? ) but it has a lot of shaping - short row shaping at waist and bust, as well as decreases around the waist. I'm hoping it will be fairly form fitting.

Will post pics as I make progress.

:XX:

Mer
05-30-2005, 03:39 PM
Well, here's my yarn girls tank! Pretty basic, but wearable! Sorry I cut off my head, but I was looking a little crazy after just getting out of the shower. :D

Why is it that everything I want to make is all stockinette? I need something more interesting for my next project.

knitqueen
05-30-2005, 04:16 PM
If you didn't see it on my blog, here is my progress on the Shapely Tank Top by White Lies Designs. The front is finished and it went off without a hitch. Yay!!

:cheering:

Nuno930
05-30-2005, 04:37 PM
I wonder if I'll ever get mine done :thinking:

gardenia
05-31-2005, 05:00 PM
Mer and Knitqueen, your tanks look great. :thumbsup:

Nuno, what's up with yours? I'm starting all over. :doh:

ekgheiy
05-31-2005, 05:50 PM
:cheering: :thumbsup:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-31-2005, 09:39 PM
wow they look great! I still have 2 inches of ribbing and that's it. :rollseyes:

KellyK
05-31-2005, 09:51 PM
2 inches is more than you had on our date....you are doing GREAT!

YAYYYYYYYYY HILDIE!!!!! :cheering:

Sara
05-31-2005, 10:38 PM
I am just a few rows from finishing one side of my tank. Then I do the back armhole decrease, bind off, sew the shoulders and I'm done. I can anticipate finishing in a couple of days. Hooray! Now everybody think happy thoughts so that it fits.

Mer, that's so pretty! Love the color! And I'm very impressed with your Shapely tank, Knitqueen. If I were shapely I might tackle the short row concept. It seems kinda intimidating, right now.

knitqueen
05-31-2005, 10:49 PM
And I'm very impressed with your Shapely tank, Knitqueen. If I were shapely I might tackle the short row concept. It seems kinda intimidating, right now.

The short row thing is hard to get your mind around before you actually do it, but once you do it a few times it's like one of those "Ooooooooooohhhhhhh, that makes so much sense" lightbulb type moments. :figureditout:

And thanks for the compliments on my tank! I'm finding that it really pays to follow the pattern precisely when in doubt!! ;)

Egeria
06-01-2005, 02:27 PM
Well done with your tank tops guys! They look great :)

Sara
06-01-2005, 11:40 PM
Pictures! Very little progress since I'm working on dd1's shrug. My goal is to finish the tank by the 16th, so that I can wear it to a dinner at the lake. The shrug has to be done by the 19th, for dd1's confirmation. Photos of the shrug are in my blog thread.

In pic #1, the side is about 2" from completion.

In pic #2, the stitches are on the yellow yarn holder, waiting for decreasing.

Mer
06-02-2005, 11:32 PM
Sara, that looks great! And a very pretty shade of purple. :thumbsup:

gardenia
06-03-2005, 11:30 PM
Ooooooo...very pretty, Sarah. :cheering:

What pattern is it? The yarn is very pretty, too.

I need to get moving...summer will be over before I finish a tank. :frog:

knitqueen
06-04-2005, 01:03 AM
Sara, is that the shapely tank top by White Lies Designs???

Sara
06-04-2005, 12:30 PM
The tank is from Family Circle Easy Knitting Summer 2004. It's just bands of garter and stockinette. The pattern doesn't have shaping in the waist, but I think that the band of stockinette around the waist fools the eye to give it more shape than it has. I can't wait til it's finished. I'm hoping it fits me.

The yarn is Plymouth's Fantasy Naturale. It's a cabled cotton and it's great to work with.

Tessa
06-06-2005, 02:02 PM
I would love to join if it's not too late. I just started knitting an Asana (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTasana.html)-inspired top off of my failed Tempting, which I am unraveling and using like a ball of yarn. I'm doing it in Grey Wool-Ease, and the straps in either baby pink or lighter grey.

I am going to attempt to knit it completely in the round without the slits in the back. So far, I have 10 rows of garter ribbing. I'm excited about doing the shaping.

Your tops are all wonderful. I especially love Mer's Lelah - seriously awesome job. :)

Sara
06-06-2005, 02:10 PM
Oooh! That's going to be cool! It should knit up pretty quickly.

Mer
06-06-2005, 06:31 PM
Thanks Tessa! Sorry your Tempting didn't work out. :(

I'm on a tank top break at the moment, but I have a few more in line for the summer!

gardenia
06-06-2005, 11:42 PM
I would love to join if it's not too late.
No, it's not too late! Glad to have you! :waving:

Tessa
06-08-2005, 12:30 AM
Glad to be here :)

My tank is going really well; I'm in the thick of the bodice work at the moment. I've been knitting pretty much all day (with plenty of coffee) and the stockinette rows are just flying. I hope to finish soon because I am going to knit my mom the Shapely tank and Shelley's Lace Cardigan (http://whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lcardigans/107.html) for her birthday early next month, so I'll need plenty of time to do that.

Sara
06-10-2005, 09:03 PM
I'm done! I'm done, I'm done, I'm done! It is really nice. Even the finishing went well. It's really pretty (pics later). I just don't think it looks good on me. :rollseyes: I'll have to see. I wore it today, anyway. I'll try to post pics tomorrow.

Mer
06-11-2005, 11:11 AM
Yay, Sara! Can't wait to see pics. :happydance:

Tessa
06-11-2005, 08:38 PM
Hooray, Sara! I can't wait for the pics either. :)

Tessa
06-21-2005, 02:04 PM
Well, I finished my summer tank top and have started on Shapely. Here are some pictures. As you can see, I added some eyelets. Also, I had to use a serger to take it in a few inches because it turned out too big. I'm quite pleased with the result :)

Mer
06-21-2005, 02:35 PM
Looks great Tessa! I like the eyelet and ribbon addition. :thumbsup:

Sara
06-21-2005, 09:15 PM
Fabulous, Tessa! Love the pink ribbon.

Mer
06-22-2005, 10:18 AM
Sara, did you post a pic of yours somewhere? :D

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-23-2005, 12:07 AM
Wow, that's FABULOUS!!!!!!!!

Carol_OH
06-23-2005, 09:49 AM
it's adorable! and so are you, Tessa!