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Old 07-30-2008, 09:49 PM   #321
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guess we learn something new every day, huh?!
Don't feel bad! I just learned this excellent felted join technique a couple years ago. I think I heard about it at Knitter's Review. I learned how to do it from some excellent diagrams.

Then I saw Amy's video!

I can't remember what Amy does exactly, but I split the ends of the old and new yarn (like a snake's forked tongue)...wet both ends good, and then twist end A of new yarn around end A of old yarn...and at the same time, twist end B of new yarn around end B of old yarn. Then when they are twirled around each other for one or two turns, I felt them in the palms of my hands. The 'twist' is kinda like how ivy climbs a branch. Can you visualize that? It twists or wraps itself clockwise around the branch or tree. That is what you want your ends A and A...and B and B to look like before felting. But just a twist or two is all that's necessary. (BTW: I split the yarn down about an inch...the snake's forks are no more than 3/4"-1")

To accomplish the 'twist'...I just lay one yarn end over the other one, and use a tapesty needle to coax them to wrap their arms around each other.

Does this make sense?

I don't simply lay each end of the old and new yarns side-by-side in my palms. I also do that preliminary "splice". Then the rapid palm felting maneuver.

This doesn't work on cotton or acrylics. Mostly just wool or wool blends. But when you can use it, you will never waste another inch of yarn again, and no more weaving ends!
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:51 PM   #322
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Thanks I can definately visualize what you're saying.

And I was able to watch Amy's video...I think I'll just have a weave in party Fri. drats.

BTW Karina the sleeve length is fine, but the sleeves are tight! just FYI
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Artlady - the cable I am doing on my Viking version is over 12 stitches and not 10. that is why I am assuming that the stitches you put on a holder on the neck edge is to carry it up the hood so I would have to put all 12 stitches on the holder for the cable to match from the front up the hood on both sides. I was just wondering if it would make any difference to the end when it is finished and the last stitches is put on a holder for the shoulder I will have two less stitches there. I might PM Lisa Kay just to check how she did it.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:26 AM   #324
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Julie just saw your entry about the sleeves being tight, I might just go up a sleeve size. Hate tight sleeves. My yarn being Silk/cotton would not have to much give as it is. Thanks for that bit of Info.
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Karina I think you'd be fine with your 12 sts instead of 10. And I'd go up a sleeve size next time or something because they are tight & I thought well maybe "those people" who said they were tight had plump arms, apparently I do too, though I don't think so. (no offnese to anyone, please)
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I'm done
Ok so here's the pics!

obviously this was just as I was starting to seam the sleeve in...looks like it will never fit, but it did. If anyone wants to know how, I'll scan the instructions in and share, just pm me your e-mail...it does make it easier!

front unbuttoned

front buttoned

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viola! btw it's only 80 here so it wasn't too bad for taking pics in a wool sweater,
O and you'll have to excuse the 'no make up' not quite ready for the day, but thought I'd better take pics while Caitlin was asleep & before it got too hot, gonna be 97 or so today I think.
geeze can't believe how reddish blonde my hair looks outside as apposed to my avatar pic which was inside, wild huh? no didn't dye it.
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Julie! You are a doll! Love your hair in the sun!

The sweater is absolutely a WORK OF ART! Just fabuous!!!
I love all the photos!!!
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Originally Posted by Karina View Post
Artlady - the cable I am doing on my Viking version is over 12 stitches and not 10. that is why I am assuming that the stitches you put on a holder on the neck edge is to carry it up the hood so I would have to put all 12 stitches on the holder for the cable to match from the front up the hood on both sides. I was just wondering if it would make any difference to the end when it is finished and the last stitches is put on a holder for the shoulder I will have two less stitches there. I might PM Lisa Kay just to check how she did it.
Oh gotcha.

So what you did was borrow the two extra stitches from the shoulder area to make the cable 2 stitches wider?

Well, the 2 stitches that the front shoulders will be missing will prolly not be a problem, but remember, the BACK shoulders will have those two extra stitches. So when you seam your shoulders, fronts to back, you will have to allow for the front edges being short 2.

It's prolly too late to "make 2" for the FRONT shoulders, bringing their stitch count up 2...to match the stitch count for the BACK shoulder, huh?
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Julie your CPH looks fantastic, love the colour. You look so young standing there, very sweet. never guess you are a mum of three. Please email me the seaming instructions, I will need all the help I can get.

Artlady - I cast on the stitches the pattern called for and did the cable with 12 stitches instead of 10. I sent a message to Lisa and she came back to me and said what she did was when you bind off two stitches for the neck 3 times she only did it twice so she still had the right no of stitches at the end so I think that is what I will do. hers looks great so it obviously did not do any damage to do it that way.
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