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    ^ That's a lovely pattern! I just want to jump onto those pillows and snorffle those kittehs.

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    Cat person that I am; I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fergus View Post
    ^ That's a lovely pattern! I just want to jump onto those pillows and snorffle those kittehs.
    After all this time and hours of work...be assured..there will be NO snorffling of these kittens! It will come off the floor frame and immediately be gently laundered and taken to my favourite needlework framer and from there I hope be hung over our bed! My husband says these are the quietest Siamese we've ever had in our home!! We currently have 2 senior littermates....the chocolate point has gone deaf, and his flame point brother is our resident Nazi!

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    That is gorgeous pair mom!!

    Although, now I've got the Siamese song from Lady and The Tramp running through my head. We had friends who had Siamese cats and I know all too well what you mean about them and how vocal they can be. Not exactly what I wanted to hear when I went there for Math tutoring and trying to figure a tough problem out.

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    Almost finished knitting the black sparkle purse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by myhoneyhoney View Post
    Almost finished knitting the black sparkle purse!
    I can't see it very well. I need a better view, please .

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    I can't see it very well. I need a better view, please .
    Sorry, here's a better one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Next will probably be my wedding boleros.
    Got one sleeve done with the first pattern...man I hope it looks better after I block it! It's hard to get a gauge of how the lace pattern will look properly when you're in the middle of it!

    It's kind of fun though, since you don't really need to count the stitches anymore once you understand how the pattern works from row to row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myhoneyhoney View Post
    Thanks! It's beautiful! What kind of closure will it have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by myhoneyhoney View Post
    Almost finished knitting the black sparkle purse!
    Fabulous! I love a sparkly clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Got one sleeve done with the first pattern...man I hope it looks better after I block it! It's hard to get a gauge of how the lace pattern will look properly when you're in the middle of it!
    I never understood what blocking was until this year. I thought it was like when you washed a sweater and put it on a towel to dry, pushing and pulling a little to put it back into shape.

    Little did I know about blocking wires, blocking boards, and T-pins until I was drooling over a lace sample in a local knitting store, and the owner told me it was easy. I say I didn't have problems with lace patterns, but that they looked all out of shape and gnarly and that my gauge was a little wonky, and she told me everyone's looked gnarly until blocking, and that blocking hid a multitude of sins. I took an hour's lesson, and haven't looked back since, even though I find it tedious. (Not as tedious as weaving in the 46 ends of a 12-color entrelac pattern, but still tedious.)

    I just finished blocking the fourth and last of a set of blankets I made for a baby cousin. It should be dry by tomorrow, and then they'll be in the mail in a couple of weeks when I'm back in the US.

    I'm sure your wedding bolero will be gorgeous when you're finished blocking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    I never understood what blocking was until this year. I thought it was like when you washed a sweater and put it on a towel to dry, pushing and pulling a little to put it back into shape.

    Little did I know about blocking wires, blocking boards, and T-pins until I was drooling over a lace sample in a local knitting store, and the owner told me it was easy. I say I didn't have problems with lace patterns, but that they looked all out of shape and gnarly and that my gauge was a little wonky, and she told me everyone's looked gnarly until blocking, and that blocking hid a multitude of sins. I took an hour's lesson, and haven't looked back since, even though I find it tedious. (Not as tedious as weaving in the 46 ends of a 12-color entrelac pattern, but still tedious.)

    I just finished blocking the fourth and last of a set of blankets I made for a baby cousin. It should be dry by tomorrow, and then they'll be in the mail in a couple of weeks when I'm back in the US.

    I'm sure your wedding bolero will be gorgeous when you're finished blocking!
    Uh oh, I thought it was just that as well.

    I've seen the pins and blocking boards sold on Knitpicks' website, but do you really have to go through like, all the rows and adjust them with pins? Is that what proper lace blocking entails?

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    Bless all those who make preemie clothes. When my son was born, he had the most tiny hats and blankets made by volunteers. And when he was ready to start wearing clothes, he was still too small for regular baby clothes. My mom made him hats and sweaters using Cabbage Patch clothes patterns.
    With glowing hearts / Des plus brillants exploits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myhoneyhoney View Post
    Oooh...Very nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Got one sleeve done with the first pattern...man I hope it looks better after I block it! It's hard to get a gauge of how the lace pattern will look properly when you're in the middle of it!

    It's kind of fun though, since you don't really need to count the stitches anymore once you understand how the pattern works from row to row.
    Those are lovely. The second one looks like such a tough pattern though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jojo View Post
    Bless all those who make preemie clothes. When my son was born, he had the most tiny hats and blankets made by volunteers. And when he was ready to start wearing clothes, he was still too small for regular baby clothes. My mom made him hats and sweaters using Cabbage Patch clothes patterns.
    It's also been a Godsend for me, as thanks to various battles w/doctors to get obvious things looked after (Don't ask) I've been unable to work. Went to College, had a dream Internship and graduated only to actually spend the close to fifteen years since doing anything but work. A friend of ours suggested getting involved w/our local Project Preemie and Linus chapters back in 2000 and there have been days when making the various things I crochet and now also knit have been the only things keeping my head above the depression waters.

    As I posted earlier in the thread, I just finished knitting a Preemie sized sweater and hat a couple of weeks ago. When I showed it off to a friend who popped in, she mentioned how tiny it was for a "Going Home" outfit. As I reminded her, and as you just shared, when most Preemies do get to go home they're still playing "catch up" development wise, so for a Preemie going home it's actually more than likely the perfect size.

    I wish it wasn't in yellow yarn, but that's the only colour I've got in that weight of yarn that isn't either one skien of yarn or a ball of this or that left over from another project. So what are you going to do?

    It's not just Preemie Going Home sets I make. I asked one time when I got a chance to drop off the latest bunch of stuff I'd made and the nurse told me they badly needed Full Term layettes too. When she saw the confused look on my face, she sadly told me...

    Pregnant woman take refuge in Geneva House too.
    She went on to say that for many of those women, they only had the clothes on their back when they came to the shelter and have nothing for the baby. So now I try to make one Full Term layette for every Preemie one I make too.

    I also make little Burial Gowns and Buntings as well. Sadly, they're needed too. First few times I made them, I was choked up the entire time I worked on it. Now, after talking to a cousin of mine who has worked Labour and Delivery and to another one who owns a Funeral Home in the area and for whom I also make them for, hearing just how those little outfits and/or buntings have helped the parents by giving their little Angels dignity and that someone cared enoughto do that much to help them during the most horrible moment of their lives...Well, that helps to make those particular items a little bit easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    Uh oh, I thought it was just that as well.

    I've seen the pins and blocking boards sold on Knitpicks' website, but do you really have to go through like, all the rows and adjust them with pins? Is that what proper lace blocking entails?
    The shapes that I come up with for baby blankets, scarfs, and shawls aren't found in nature until I block them, so it's worth it for me. The blocking I've done is for flat items. I'm not sure how to do that kind of blocking on a three-dimensional piece of lace like the bolero jacket.

    You don't need a blocking board to block, although they are convenient for big projects, but T-pins, which you can get at crafts stores like Michael's and probably any store that sells sewing and/or yarn supplies, are useful with a couple of layers of towels piled together. Blocking is done after soaking the piece in either plain cold water or water plus a little bit of conditioner (sold in crafts and yarn shops) to loosen the fibers, and then rolling the piece in a towel to squish out the excess water without wringing or stretching it unduly. (Soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.) You might be able to spread out the jacket on towels, and if you have the pins, you can use them to tack the edges down as the piece dries.

    FSUer's who've done this, how do you block a three-dimensional lace piece?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    The shapes that I come up with for baby blankets, scarfs, and shawls aren't found in nature until I block them, so it's worth it for me. The blocking I've done is for flat items. I'm not sure how to do that kind of blocking on a three-dimensional piece of lace like the bolero jacket.

    You don't need a blocking board to block, although they are convenient for big projects, but T-pins, which you can get at crafts stores like Michael's and probably any store that sells sewing and/or yarn supplies, are useful with a couple of layers of towels piled together. Blocking is done after soaking the piece in either plain cold water or water plus a little bit of conditioner (sold in crafts and yarn shops) to loosen the fibers, and then rolling the piece in a towel to squish out the excess water without wringing or stretching it unduly. (Soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.) You might be able to spread out the jacket on towels, and if you have the pins, you can use them to tack the edges down as the piece dries.

    FSUer's who've done this, how do you block a three-dimensional lace piece?
    Thanks for the info!

    I actually imagine that you'd sew it up AFTER blocking it? Otherwise finding the matching stitches at the seam would be more difficult?

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    I've never seen instructions to block until the piece was finished. I don't have much experience with clothes apart from socks, because I hate sleeves, and I tend to knit in the round, with shoulder joins on like number of stitches, so matching isn't an issue.

    The instructions I've seen most often for lace jackets is "block lightly", which means manipulating it manually and gently. (The wires with pins isn't blocking lightly, but sporadic pins can be used to keep edges from curling and to keep the shape as it dries.)

    In general, you pin the piece together to match patterns, and stretch what you have to match. Especially with lace, you should have lots of give. I think the danger in blocking sleeves separately would be matching the size of the sleeves to the armholes.

    I hope someone here with experience making clothes chimes in.
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    I forgot I had pictures of the stuff I've made for Project Preemie over at Photobucket in a folder I'd created over there for just that purpose. I made one for pictures of Parker and when I was adding one to it this afternoon, what do I see on the Folders listing?

    Anyway...Here's links to some of the things I was talking about last night. The model for them is the Princess Beanie Baby that was put out when Princess Diana died and is the perfect size for something like this.

    Preemie Burial/Christening Gown and Cap

    Close up of the Cap and the Yoke of the Gown

    Burial Bunting

    How it looks when a little Angel is inside of one of them

    And...The very first Preemie hat and booties set I'd ever knitted. It's called the Honeycomb pattern and I got it from over at Bev's Country Cottage.

    Honeycomb Hat and Booties

    This shows off what the patten looks like

    Up close of the booties

    For the fellow knitters here, it's about four or five rows of k1, sl1 across the row, then purl across, then k1, sl1, then purl, then... Really easy and such a really pretty look too IMO.

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    Haiti by Hand needs homemade, elastic waist skirts for little girls. I'm sure some of the crafty people here can whip up a skirt or two.
    Info here:

    http://haitibyhand.typepad.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    I forgot I had pictures of the stuff I've made for Project Preemie over at Photobucket in a folder I'd created over there for just that purpose. I made one for pictures of Parker and when I was adding one to it this afternoon, what do I see on the Folders listing?

    Anyway...Here's links to some of the things I was talking about last night. The model for them is the Princess Beanie Baby that was put out when Princess Diana died and is the perfect size for something like this.

    Preemie Burial/Christening Gown and Cap

    Close up of the Cap and the Yoke of the Gown

    Burial Bunting

    How it looks when a little Angel is inside of one of them

    And...The very first Preemie hat and booties set I'd ever knitted. It's called the Honeycomb pattern and I got it from over at Bev's Country Cottage.

    Honeycomb Hat and Booties

    This shows off what the patten looks like

    Up close of the booties

    For the fellow knitters here, it's about four or five rows of k1, sl1 across the row, then purl across, then k1, sl1, then purl, then... Really easy and such a really pretty look too IMO.
    Those are super-cute and look like a great way to use up some leftover yarn!

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