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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 06/12/2005 :  6:40:54 PM  Show Profile Send peskymac a Private Message
I just cast on for the Martha cardigan [the eyelet version] from Rowan #37. I'm using Rowanspun 4 ply in a color called Swarm, which is sort a tweedy looking beige.

All I can say is this: dude, what was I thinking? 4ply? I'm must be on crack. I worked for a few hours and have all of three inches to show for it.

A view of my torturously slow progress:

I fear this sweater may take years to finish.

Permanent Resident

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Posted - 06/13/2005 :  03:38:26 AM  Show Profile Send a Private Message
I made a Rowan sweater (Nell from the book Rowan Wool Cotton) and used #4 needles, I believe. It took me 5 months to finish it, and it had short sleeves. But I am glad I did--it turned out to be a very pretty sweater. So hang in there--I love that sweater, and it's classic so you will be able to wear it forever.
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 06/13/2005 :  10:50:36 AM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that knitting with 4ply is insane. I bought enough Wool Cotton for a men's sweater (talk about being on crack) because I figured that would produce a fabric light enough that the boyfriend would actually wear the sweater on a regular basis, but I'm having a very hard time motivating myself to knit miles of stockinette in that skinny yarn. At least you're knitting a women's sweater with some pattern elements, mac!

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Warming Up

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Posted - 06/13/2005 :  12:37:36 PM  Show Profile Send PatC a Private Message
Just keep telling yourself that it's the process as well as the product that you love.

You can get into a wonderful relaxing rhythm will smaller gauge yarn.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

440 Posts

Posted - 06/13/2005 :  5:34:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit GrandmaHatter's Homepage Send GrandmaHatter a Private Message
Oooh, that is SO pretty!

I just finished a sweater knit on size 2 needles- don't worry, once you get going it will go faster.

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Posted - 06/13/2005 :  8:05:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message
It does seem quicker after a while, I've made a couple of 4ply cotton tops. I haven't taken on anything with sleeves yet though.


2005 stats: 7 FO, 9 WIP, 1 frogpond.
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Sabrina Fair
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Posted - 06/17/2005 :  01:44:28 AM  Show Profile Send Sabrina Fair a Private Message
Try considering it as more knitting for your money and judging by your pic it will be worth it


Sabrina fair,
Listen where thou art sitting
Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave,
In twisted braids of lilies knitting
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Diane Kerr
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Posted - 06/17/2005 :  2:25:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Diane Kerr's Homepage Send Diane Kerr a Private Message
I have never tried 4 ply but I would like to. People say that once you get going on the sweater that it moves faster. I have done many other sweaters from the Rowan 37 book. I did Chicago twice, Jenny,Hiker and started on Marianne. Is it nicer to work with cotton 4 ply or wool 4 ply?
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