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Old 01-29-2009, 10:44 AM   #41
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Got my yarn this morning, Cascade 109LE. Very Pleased with it. it is lovely and soft and ooh so purple, my favorite.
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Here is a photo, excuse the sorry state of the wound up ball of yarn. Don't have a yarn winder thingy, so used an empty loo roll. They do say practice makes perfect and I do have another 19 skeins that need winding up.

Have to go pick up the kids from school, hope to do my swatch before I have to start dinner.

I think if I put pocket in my coat I want them hiding in the seam line.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:56 AM   #42
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LOVELY yarn!
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:30 PM   #43
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I went to Kinko's at lunch and had the graphs enlarged to 11 x 17, they will be MUCH easier to wrok with (at least for my old eyes). Unfortunately without thinking ahead I had them laminate the charts.......... I was going to color code them and forgot all about it.

Ideally I should have taken the enlargements home, color coded and taken them back to laminate. I am going to see how difficult they are "as is", I might end up redoing them.
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Ginny - Since the chart is larger it might be OK to use as is. maybe you could just put them sticky notes under the row you are knitting to keep on track.

Well done for finishing your sweater.

I have done my swatch with 6mm needles which I think is 11's, and get 12.5 stitches to 4 inches. I can live with that. my row gauge is completely off, at 21 rows per 4 inches not quite sure how the designer gets 16 rows with a yarn that is supposedly a little bit less bulky than the 109.

How would be the best way to wash and block this yarn. Hot or cold water. Artlady I am sorry to say I do not have any fiber wash, so would normal liquid soap do or should I use Shampoo. I have heard some people use shampoo with good result.
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Yea, I picked up a pack of post it's after I realized what I had done. I wasn't thinking, the shop girl said "we have a special on laminating, would you like it laminated" and I didn't stop to think, I was so excited at the thought of a LAMINATED graph!!

I am home from work and off to swatch.
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I'm seriously leaning towards the pockets! Dunno if top mounted, or side mounted...but pockets for sure. With some little decoration on them such as:
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:11 PM   #47
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Artlady that is just beautiful.
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Got gauge! Lambs Pride Bulky with size 10 needle!

Started the cuff........

Artlady have you started the sleeve? I think I am confused about ovelapping and sewing before picking up stitches. Back stitch??

The pattern doesn't have a good picture of the cuff.
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We'd usually color-code our charts first before laminating. Did you color-code before or after enlarging? I have some of the 'self-laminating' sheets. It's a cold laminating process. But they are only the standard sheet size 9x12 called SELF SEAL by GBC. Got a pack of 50 sheets at Office Depot or Staples.

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To block: knit the pieces first. Don't block anything til all 5 pieces are knit. Never block with hot water. I use coolish water. Not frigid cold, not warm.

Yes, I've heard that some folks use shampoo, however, the PH of shampoo might not be the greatest. Do you have access to any type of sweater wash? Eucalan?

Anyone care to input on that one? I'm not fully informed.

I personally might not do the full bath style of blocking for SYLVI.
I might use my old standby: pin the pieces down to the blocking board and mist the tar out of them...and leave til bone dry. OR, lay damp towels on the pieces and leave til bone dry.

I always do the full bath style blocking when the yarn needs 'bloom' to fill in the stitches, or if the yarn needs to have excess dye and dye odor removed (as in Donegal Tweeds), or if the yarn is filthy (like Malabrigo Merino) from the get-go. You wouldn't believe how much soil comes out of Malabrigo!

This is the wash water left behind Malabrigo Merino
color "natural, undyed cream"!


The filth wasn't my fault! I knit this coat very quickly. The pieces were impeccable. But, hidden in the depths of the fiber was lots of soil from the sheep's wool. I think undyed Malabrigo is especially dirty cuz it doesn't receive the extra dunking from a dying process!

I don't think my Rowan POLAR will be this full of soil. At least I don't think so.

I'll wash my swatch in a small white saucer, and see if I get any soil from it!
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Originally Posted by GinnyG View Post
Got gauge! Lambs Pride Bulky with size 10 needle!

Started the cuff........

Artlady have you started the sleeve? I think I am confused about overlapping and sewing before picking up stitches. Back stitch??

The pattern doesn't have a good picture of the cuff.
There is a cuff diagram from the designer. She posted a rough diagram over at Rav for someone.


No, haven't cast on yet. Feb 1st. I'll have more input about the cuffs after I cast on for them.

Am finishing up John's Jacket. Seaming all done, and currently in the process of knitting the collar. Next: installing the zipper, and slip-stitching the pocket linings in the inside!

The LOG CABIN stashghans for the January KH-KAL took a lot of my time away from John's Jacket...so I am really focusing on getting it done before SYLVI. I did allow myself the luxury of color-coding my charts though! I totally enjoyed that! And I got my folder prepared. But the actual knitting will have to wait til Feb 1st unless I get his jacket done tonight! I hope I do! But, it depends on how fussy and time-consuming the zipper is! Ach.
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