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Spring Gallery Q & A

Feb 21, 2008

You all had so many great comments for the 2008 Spring Knits Galleries (Part 1 and Part 2)! As promised, for today, I picked a few to respond to:

We love Gallery Days!

Sara H.: After reading the galleries, I can see how imperative it is to "know thyself"—it's easy to see that a waist ribbing or bustline should be moved up or down a bit when a completed sweater is on a model, but I struggle with visualizing those changes for my own body shape. Definitions of "high/low waisted" etc. would be helpful.

Sandi: A high waist is closer to your bust than your hips; a low waist is closer to your hips than your bust! Mental picture: Visualize an hourglass, and then mentally move the narrowest part up and down away from the "exact middle" of the shape. When your waist is higher than the actual midpoint of an hourglass, you have a high waist; when it is lower than the midpoint, you have a low waist.

Judy L.: One thing I would like to know, is how to tailor the sweaters to not gap in the front over the hips. Some seem to be designed to be open, but I think on my mature figure, that would not be flattering. My thought was to check the hip measurement and knit the sweater to have an inch or two of positive ease through the hips. I would appreciate any advice in this area. Thanks!

Sandi: You've got it. That's exactly how to make more room for generous hips (or a curvy belly/backside). You gave yourself excellent advice, Judy!

There's a few corrections on the Mirabella Gallery

Charlotte W.: Sandi, Thanks for all your comments on shaping and adjustments for different figures. I don't seem to get the vertical dart above the waist if you are big busted. If you knit from the bottom up, wouldn't you want to increase more for those girls to fit in? Send special thanks to all the models. Great pictures.

Sandi: Charlotte, you are absolutely correct. Thank you for catching that error! Corrections on the Mirabella Gallery have been marked in purple. (Of course purple. What else did you expect?)

Sharon R.: Where da big girlz at? Seriously, I love the Galleries but we need to see Sandi and other generously endowed women!

Sandi: We big girls are here—and waiting for our camera moment! Change takes time in the world of knitting magazines, where the samples are often knit months ahead of press date. But I hear you. After all: It's sooo much fun to try on the sample sweaters that we all want to play!

Elsa X. and others ask: I do enjoy the galleries very much. A number of the comments made by Sandi about the fit are about things that you only find out after you've tried the garment on. How do you work out before you start knitting that you need to make this particular design an inch longer, raise the ruffle or so on?

Sandi replies: As I read through all the comments, this was echoed many times over! I also discovered that many people are mystified by terms such as "long-waisted" and "short-waisted" and so forth. So, let's go on an adventure together, shall we? During the Year of Fearless Knitting here on Knitting Daily, let's be truly fearless and take an honest look at ourselves, what looks good, and how to knit to fit.

Next week, the knitting adventure continues!

Every now and then, someone posts a comment that just leaves me speechless. Working in my little cubicle, it's sometimes hard to know how Knitting Daily is speaking to all of you, all over the world; it's always a humbling experience when someone relates how one of our family of Interweave publications has become part of their own personal story. This week, I'd like to share this comment from Stacey D.:

The Cobblestone Pullover

This past October, I knit my wonderful husband of 20 years the Cobblestone Pullover. He absolutely loved it, and it was the first sweater I ever knit that turned out just as I imagined it would. On February 9, we lost him very suddenly to a heart attack. One of the small comforts I keep returning to is that we had his sweater placed in his casket with him. I can never thank you enough for how wonderful your patterns are. You all at interweave have given something very real to hold onto at this time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Stacey D.

Stacey, that's what family is for. Our thoughts and hearts are with you and your loved ones. Thank you for letting us know about that very special sweater, knit for a very special man.

Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. I have been spinning. Knitting too, on the KD Secret Project, but mostly...spinning. I've been immersed in yarn making and yarn thinking and yarn plotting. Yarn is good!

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ElizabethB wrote
on Feb 28, 2008 7:58 PM
I am wondering if, at some point, you will be including patterns at the pattern store that are not from existing issues of IK. Since I have all of the issues (excluding I think 2 really early issues), I would love to see some patterns from designers that are not included in the magazine. Also, I avoided Knitting Daily for weeks when you posted new designs from the Spring issue since one of my real pleasures is a cup of coffee (or five) while I go through my issue one design at a time. Seeing them weeks before I receive my issue takes away from that awaited pleasure. Could you hold off showing them off until we subscribers receive our magazine?
E.L wrote
on Feb 25, 2008 6:18 PM
Thank you, Cathy W.!
CathyW wrote
on Feb 25, 2008 11:00 AM
E.L. -

You're absolutely right on both counts - in sewing, putting in a dart takes away fabric to give a better fit. And to make more room in a bottom-up sweater, you increase stitches. The effect is the same - the garment is wider at the bustline than at the waist. And knitters will also use the term "dart" to refer to the line of increases even though it's not made the same way as a sewn dart. (In a top-down sweater, the below-the-bust dart would be made by decreasing.)
DianeK@2 wrote
on Feb 24, 2008 7:20 PM

Most of the patterns this month have buttons. I've read lots of books that show the different ways to make buttonholes, however, I never see anything on how to attach the BUTTON. I would think that there are different ways to do this, depending on the thickness of the yarn and tightness of the gauge. Does anyone have any hints or tips?
Sherry wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 5:21 PM
Sandi, are you also going to be sharing patterns for using that wonderful yarn you are spinning? I sure hope so because I have also discovered spinning and need some serious direction on how to turn the yarn into all kinds of articles for the ones I love.
M.M wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 5:03 PM
LOVE the fitting topics covered. I was brought to tears by Stacey's story. My prayers are with you, Stacey, and your family. You finished something very precious for your husband which I'm sure he appreciated very much. I should finish the sweater I started months ago for my husband of 20 years. Thank you for sharing your story.
AnnaM wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 4:16 PM
I have the same problem as Amy E, and the email I sent (twice, from different computers!) was returned, unable to find "fully qualified host name".
Help! I am starting to TWITCH!
Thanks very much, Anna
AmyE wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 3:59 PM
L look forward to reading Knitting Daily with great anticipation. Friday's post never materialized. Can you check to make sure I am still registered? Thanks and keep up the great work!
CyndyS wrote
on Feb 23, 2008 1:21 AM
these gloves bring back Easter memories especially of me trying so hard to keep them and myself clean. Got a stash of Tiur (Dale of Norway) which was quite a trip to get because they had a major flood in the warehouse in Norway, all of the Tiur is destroyed it is very hard to find here, moment of silence for all of that beautiful yarn lost.
Elizabeth wrote
on Feb 22, 2008 7:02 PM
My deepest sympathy to Stacey D on the loss of her wonderful husband. With love, all things endure, for though they pass from this earth, they live on in the hearts of those who have loved them.
Elizabeth wrote
on Feb 22, 2008 6:57 PM
Thank you Sandi for your plan for teaching us how to make it fit! I am really looking forward to this information, as it is my biggest knitting problem.
E.L wrote
on Feb 22, 2008 5:01 PM
Sorry, I'm confused. In sewing, adding darts takes in the fabric, making a more fitted garment. How can adding more darts provide more room? If more room is needed, don't you increase the number of stitches?
BridgetM wrote
on Feb 22, 2008 4:50 PM
Nice explanation of high/low waist. Now, how does that fit in with long/short waisted issues, or the space between the last rib and the hip bone? My sister in law is very short waisted - about an inch between rib and hip, and my daughter and I are long waisted, with about 4-5 inches between rib and hip. But all of our waists are actually right in the middle ob bust and hip curve...