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joanct
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  9:44:44 PM  Show Profile Send joanct a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am knitting with two yarns a solid for a few rows as the border andthen a variegated yarn. My question is do I start with the solid. I think I do but want to make sure. Thanks, Joan

kdcrowley
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  9:49:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The husband of the LYSO did this. Yes, start with a solid.

Kelley
Check out my solar-dyed yarns at http://www.ceallachdyes.com
and my blog at http://ceallachknits.blogspot.com
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joanct
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Posted - 03/07/2009 :  10:13:44 PM  Show Profile Send joanct a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Kelley
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knits_for_preemies
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Posted - 03/08/2009 :  04:16:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit knits_for_preemies's Homepage Send knits_for_preemies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi, Joanct. Baby Surprise is such a fun knit. The combinations are endless. I love to look at pictures of what others have done to help me sort out my ideas...if you are a member of Ravelry.com you can search there for Baby Surprise and scroll through bunches of pictures...some you'll like and some you won't. The great thing is, you'll see how different combinations work out before you try it.

If you are not a member of Ravelry, I would strongly suggest you consider it. It only takes about 4 days to get your "invitation" once you sign up. It's free and very helpful. It offers different things than Knitter's Review. I use both a lot. Ravelry for searches and such, and KR for advice and questions.

If you aren't a member of Ravelry, you can go to www.flickr.com and search there for pictures of "baby surprise jacket". That's what I did before I joined Ravelry.

Here's a picture of my Baby Surprise: Link here. My solids are at the bottom and variegated (actually two finer yarns held together) are in the sleeves and such.

Have fun with it, whatever you choose to do.

Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies

www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
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knits_for_preemies
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Posted - 03/08/2009 :  04:30:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit knits_for_preemies's Homepage Send knits_for_preemies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is some info on Baby Surprise Jacket when I was deciding on what to do for my project. I thought it might be of some help:(Brookylntweed's work is so nice--take time to look at his other blog pages when you can.)

Here are the links to online notes to use along with your Baby Surprise Jacket:

General notes with great pictures:
http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Baby_Surprise_Jacket

KR discussion on button bands:
http://knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=81207

More notes and pictures of sleeve construction:
http://www.3gcs.com/adcock/free%20patterns/BSS%20Notes.htm

I printed these out and had them handy as I worked along. They were a big help to me. When knitting the BSJ for the first time, it helped me get my brain around what I was doing. As you can see by the photos, the BSJ looks a bit different from regular sweaters for quite a while. Then, like magic, it all comes together.

To me, the neat thing about BSJ is the striping. If you are a member of Ravelry, you can search and find tons of examples of BSJs that people have done—some lovely, some not so lovely…also can search Flickr for similar pictures if you don’t have access to Ravelry. Plan for the colors and you’ll be so very pleased.
Here is my BSJ: Link Here

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of BSJ:
Brookylntweed’s BSJ (keep scrolling here—there are 5 pictures) Link here

2 more BSJs from Brookyntweed (7 pictures here)

Some nice ones on Flickr:
Here and here

As you can see, the choices are endless as to what you can do with colors and this pattern.

Have fun with the knitting.
Barbara


Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies

www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 05/11/2009 :  3:30:49 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished my first BSJ - what a fun knit!! I can't wait to try other color combos. I've heard some people say they thought the pattern was confusing, but I thought it was very simple. I used Cascade superwash in a varigated colorway, and got some metal buttons with a Celtic knot design. I love it!

Jan
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LizzieK8
Warming Up

USA
83 Posts

Posted - 07/09/2009 :  07:08:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit LizzieK8's Homepage Send LizzieK8 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished a BSJ and am about three fourths the way through another one. Too much fun and as addicting as knitting socks!

Pics and info on a KAL on my blog.


'm LizzieK8 on Ravelry and Twitter, too
http://lizzysends.blogspot.com/
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