Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Finished the Mermaid body pattern - size small

A short post to let anyone who is waiting that I have mailed the complete body pattern - size small Mermaid to Amy. I have knitted past row 600 so I may still find errors. I want to take a break before I do the sleeves.. but I'm suspecting they will be easier than the body.

Good luck and let me know if you find any problems. I paid more attention to stitch counts than ridge counts - so the ridge counts may not be 100% accurate.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mermaid small measurements

I'm wondering if anyone could post the measurements for their completed small Mermaid - particularly someone who got gauge!?! I think I may need to try to modify the pattern to bring the waist a bit higher, as I am not of Danish viking-like proportions (only 5'3").

Any advice? Anyone done this? got the measurements from shoulder to mid -waist shaping? I'd be grateful!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Studio Long question

I'm just starting my Studio Long (finally). Is there any reason that the M1 increases on triangle Z need to be worked one stitch in from the edge instead of two? Has anyone used an increase other than the M1 specified in the pattern?


Sandra D

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Spreadsheets getting out

Just a quick update --

Mermaid: I have responded to all requests so far. If you haven't heard from me, please resend your request.

Mermaid sizes: I'm still only sending out Mediums. Small and Large are coming, but I want to catch up on Ballerina requests first.

LaStrada: I have now responded to all requests so far. If you haven't heard from me, please resend your request.

Ballerina: I have about 75 requests dating back to June that I'm getting started on. Currently I will be sending out the sheet in its last format - incomplete and possibly with some errors. If you have found some errors in it or completed it past what I had sent, please let me know and I'll start incorporating updates after I get the new requests satisfied.

All other Hanne patterns: I don't have spreadsheets for these. I don't know anyone who does. If you have made one and would like to share it, please let me know. If you want to handle distribution, I can direct people to you if they ask me. If you would like me to distribute it for you, we can set that up. E-mail me.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Mermaid size Large

Has anyone knit the mermaid in large and used Amy's spreadsheet as a guide (since it is size medium). Did that make it easier or add to the confusion?

Friday, October 12, 2007

To those who knit size small Mermaid

OK - I will soon be at the point where I place a MT on the shoulder to mark the beginning of the neck shaping.

The pattern says: Place the MT in ridge 8, (7), 8 - for sizes Small, Med, Lrge.

Does the "8" for size small work out? I'm kinda surprised that it isn't 6, (7), 8.

I have searched high and low for errata on this pattern but cannot find any.

Amy - do you have any insight?


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Treading Water

Hi Everyone!

Okay, so I mis-judged my readiness to jump back into the knitting world last time I posted, but I really am catching up now.

I dug through 4000+ messages (darned Knitlist) and sorted out over 200 spreadsheet requests. As of right now, I am caught up with Mermaid. If you haven't heard from me about a Mermaid request, please resend your request.

As Ricki posted, I will be distributing the modified Small Mermaid. I also have a Large Mermaid that someone else adapted and that I need to process. At this point, I am not ready to distribute either of these sizes. If you ask me for Mermaid, you will get the Medium and I will put you on my update mailing list where I will announce the availability of the other sizes once I am ready.

I still have about 100 Ballerina message to respond to and a smaller number of LaStrada ones. Not to mention random requests for spreadsheets that don't exist (or if they do, I don't have them). :) I'll probably hit the LaStrada requests next because there are fewer of them, so I won't get to Ballerina until next week (because I will be away from my computer this weekend).

As for Ballerina...I know there are some errors in the spreadsheet, I'm going to be working through the e-mails about that. I'm also concerned that my spreadsheet is being redistributed without my permission, albeit in a modified, corrected/completed state. So far, I've been very careful to verify that everyone I send the spreadsheets to owns the patterns they are derived from. All along, I have been aware that I'm treading a very fine line in copyright which is why I have not just posted the spreadsheet to my webpage and been done with it, it certainly would have been much easier for me and made all of you a lot happier. While the spreadsheet is a different interpretation of the pattern, it is still Ms. Falkenberg's design and distributing the spreadsheet without care is a violation of the spirit of copyright if not outrightly illegal.

I'm not sure whether Ms. Falkenberg is aware of the spreadsheets. I've sent them to over 400 people so far, most of whom have been very pleased with them. If she should inquire, I want to be able to show that I have guarded the distribution carefully and I have kept records of every copy I have sent out. But if she asks me to stop distributing them, I have to in order to avoid legal troubles for myself and also potentially for Becky as a facilitator of distribution. I know that can be frustrating for all of you when my life prevents me from responding quickly, but I think you'd rather know you can get them eventually than be barred forever. So thank you for being patient.

I have considered other methods for distribution, or to solicit some helpers, but I need to work out some technical issues there first. And I'm going to wait until I have caught up on the requests before I put any effort there.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Volunteer needed

I am looking for a volunteer who is familiar with Blogger to help me manage the knitalong. Duties would be assisting with the template (fixing the sidebar so it doesn't fall at the bottom of the page) and assisting with getting us back to the list of users where we included links to people's blogs.

Let me know if you're interested in helping out.


Sunday, October 07, 2007

Version 1 of Amy's Spreadsheet - size small

FYI - I emailed the first version of Amy's Mermaid spreadsheet for size small to her this AM. She has agreed to handle the distribution. Not sure if she will just add it to the size medium spreadsheet or keep it separate. The body pattern is finished up to row 340 and I have knit up to row 255. If anyone uses it - please let me know if you find any mistakes. I think it is correct but you never know. Here is my body so far. I'm very happy with it! Hope it fits as well as it looks.

I'll send her more of the spreadsheet as I get more done.. probably the rest of the body in the next version.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

she's blocking

did I mention how happy I am with the amount of stretching a rib stitch offers? I should probably have made size L, but insisted on using Amy's spread sheet, which was only available in M. meanwhile I noticed Elaine has posted a picture of us when she visited Amsterdam a while ago. Yes, that is Mermaid in my hands.