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Old 04-25-2008, 11:31 PM   #111
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Your kitchen looks fabulous! Love that 'fresh bread' sign!
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:46 AM   #112
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Thanks so much artlady! I though that would work but it's nice to get confirmation ^^ I'll get right on it! That cardi is so lovely, btw, such rich reds
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Old 04-26-2008, 12:16 PM   #113
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Originally Posted by lactosefree View Post

Your kitchen looks fabulous! Love that 'fresh bread' sign!
Thanks Susan!

Boy, our KAL sure did stray Off-Topic, huh?? Kitchen photos!
Sorry to air all my pains here in the KAL! But, it's nice to get some sympathy from friends!
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Old 04-26-2008, 06:01 PM   #114
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hehe, I love seeing people homes ^^ your kitchen looks so pretty and homey
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:29 PM   #115
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the kitchen looks great, artlady! i love the campbell's soup kids container! i have noticed a tad of a problem with my cph...a very knowledgable knitting friend was looking at it and noticed that the back and the front did not have the same nember of "cable crosses" one had 14, the other 13!!! we counted rows and found the back and left front to each have 132 rows...(the right front is still in progress) but neither of us could spot the error. it's a mystery to both of us. she asked me to drop it off to her this week so she could sit down with it and really check it out. i will keep you posted...
also, artlady, i love the other sweaters you knitted and showed us in earlier cph posts...especially the twin set!
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Old 04-27-2008, 07:03 PM   #116
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Your kitchen looks so nice!! Well, I got my yarn yesterday and oh my it's wonderful! It's much richer and deeper than it looked on my monitor and so soft. I am going to swatch (hopefully) tonight after I get home from a night out with my friend. I'll also take pictures of it as promised.
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Hi missmom31! Let us know what you find out about the uneven number of cable crossings. That is a real mystery, especially since both pieces have 132 rows. I have an idea what happened, but I'll wait and see what you friend says. She'll know for sure, having the two pieces right in front of her.

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I found a zipper for my CPH on Friday. It isn't blue. The blue zipper choice was too too too blue. So I chose a dusty grey. Mimi, from our Tempting II KAL, messaged me that Hancock Fabrics is having a sale on zippers...and I think there a two Hancocks within driving distance. I didn't even think of Hancocks. Will let y'all know if I find a better color zipper. I need a 22".
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:16 PM   #118
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artlady~can you please advise on how you changed the cph directions to add a zipper, and any advise on how to put the zipper in??? as always, thanks for your advise. patty
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artlady~can you please advise on how you changed the cph directions to add a zipper, and any advise on how to put the zipper in??? as always, thanks for your advise. patty
I didn't change the pattern at all. I just didn't make buttonholes.
Then, I hand-stitched the zipper into place...at least that's what I did for my DD's CPH.





But I gotta tell ya...I'm having a hard time with the zipper in my blue CPH! I had it completely stitched into place last night...and it looked awful. The application was rippley. So I snipped all the stitches and removed the zipper.

Then I pinned 6 silver celtic elliptical-shaped buttons onto the button band (thinking I could make I-cords for the other side for the closure)...but wasn't completely happy with that either. The weight of the silver buttons made the buttonband kinda stretch southward.

So then I ran a self-yarn 'running-stitch' in and out of all the ribbing (at the edge) up one side, over the top of the hood and down the other side...to stabilize the ribbing from stretching under the weight of the buttons.

That worked like a charm! So now I can use the buttons if I want to. Or, I could let the hoodie just hang open, no zipper, no buttons. (The model CPH has no closure application at all if you'll notice.)

But that was all late at night...or early in the morning (2 am). In the light of day, and 6 hrs sleep and two cups of coffee...I am feeling like giving the zipper another GO. With the running stitch now stabilizing the edges of the ribbing, the application of the zipper may do better. And, I shouldn't have been trying to do the pinning on my lap. I should have laid it down on my blocking board and THEN done the basting stitches...and THEN done the actual permanent hand stitches.

If the zipper doesn't pan out this time...I will have to think about those
silver buttons that are shaped like frogs almost...long elliptical shaped.

So, stay tuned. It is sunny today. I feel better about trying again. Right now a baby coat is drying on my blocking board, the contractor is here (installing a new storm door for me)...and I am trying to work out a new external hard drive backup. I won't get to the zipper today. Tomorrow.

Basically, here are my steps:
1) baste the ribbing shut from the front to hold the sweater shut (see photo below)
2) baste the zipper into place, aligning the teeth in the very center
3) remove that first basting
4) *hand-stitch the zipper into place, using double-stranded regular sewing thread and a very sharp needle
5) remove the zipper basting
6) open the zipper, and hand stitch the excess zipper plackets (at the top) into place and out of sight

*Tip: hand-stitch the zipper between the last row and the bind-off row

Baste the front of the jacket shut, in preparation for zipper application

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Old 04-29-2008, 05:55 PM   #120
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My Seaming Tips
Here are a few 'mattress stitch' seaming photos.

Use these little baby clippies to securely hold your two edges together for mattress seam application: they are easy to install and quick to remove as you seam your way up!



All clipped and ready to go: side and sleeve seams!


Beginning at the ribbing, mattress seam the 'edge stitches' together.
It is easy to see, and it 'cinches up' quickly & smoothly!



Notice how easy it is to detect where to insert your seaming needle!


I use DMC (gauge 5) Coton Perle for most of my seaming:


The ribbing mattress seam is now 'cinched up'. Notice how a Knit stitch meets a Knit stitch on either side of the seam, thereby maintaining the uniformity of the K2/P2 ribbing.


The middle K2 stitches are the seamline!


Notice the edge stitches? See how easy they are to see?


A mattress seam is invisible! I highly recommend its use to assembling
your garment pieces...even when joining the sleeves and sleeve caps to the body!


Side seam done...this is now the view of the 'clipped up'
sleeve, as viewed from the armpit down to the cuff!
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