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Old 04-06-2008, 11:43 PM   #11
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Hey, good to hear you have it figured out... and swatches lie. You don't always use the same tension in them you do when you settle down to knit the piece, and it being larger than the swatch will make a difference too.

Hope things turn out well for your mom.
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Old 04-07-2008, 10:01 AM   #12
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8 inches is a lot of positive ease, dude. Either you're already planning ahead for Thanksgiving and Christmas eating, or you secretly have some body image issues.

Or, like me, you just messed up your gauge.

At least it's a project you've enjoyed working on. The last one I messed up that bad was one I HATED and couldn't wait to finish. When I realized how messed up it was...I couldn't make myself do it again. Nor could I make myself frog it after all that work. So it sits.
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Mason, praying that the doctor has a good report for your Mom.
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OOH I feel so bad for you. That has happened to me a couple of times. Now I just make sure I get more than enough yarn or fiber. I got some alpaca at the taos fiber fest and didn't get enough but I hat and scalf will be nice.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Hey, good to hear you have it figured out... and swatches lie. You don't always use the same tension in them you do when you settle down to knit the piece, and it being larger than the swatch will make a difference too.

Hope things turn out well for your mom.
Yeah when I did the swatch I am sure it was 6 stitches/inch but I think I knit that tighter than I was the actual vest. Ah well, live and learn.
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8 inches is a lot of positive ease, dude. Either you're already planning ahead for Thanksgiving and Christmas eating, or you secretly have some body image issues.
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I'll try and find some more of the yarn in the same color.

Sounds like you'll have enough yarn with the new gauge, but if for some reason you want to buy some extra just in case I can check the local yarn stores in my area for you.

There are at least 4 LYS' in San Francisco proper and within the bay area there are at least 6 more that I can think of off the top of my head that I've visited.

If you have the label with the manufacture, name of yarn, color and dye lot number I'm happy to call around to see if any of them have it.
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If you have the label with the manufacture, name of yarn, color and dye lot number I'm happy to call around to see if any of them have it.
Ah, there's the rub. No label at all. It was just a 1 lb ball of alpaca with a tag listing the fiber and price.

Hopefully it'll be enough now that I presumably have the gauge snafu sorted out. If not, I'll just have to carry it around to yarn shops until I find a match or just give up and make a hat and scarf out of it.
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Guage is really hard for me, I check & recheck & end up wrong often. (I now have friend/knitter check my guage for me!)

I was thinkin' if you end up w/o enough yarn, maybe you could find some other colour of alpaca for the back, could look really good.

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Originally Posted by Tutu Carol View Post
Guage is really hard for me, I check & recheck & end up wrong often. (I now have friend/knitter check my guage for me!)

I was thinkin' if you end up w/o enough yarn, maybe you could find some other colour of alpaca for the back, could look really good.

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Yeah now that (I think) I have the gauge and size right, if I still run out before it's finished I may try finishing it in another color if I can't find more of this stuff. But I feel fairly sure I'll have enough now that I'm not knitting a sweater for an elephant.
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