This question is about knitting for preemies specifically. I have cast on for a preemie garment and while I sat there knitting the first rows, it occurred to me that I have cats and the fact that these tiny premature beings may have allergies.
Does this mean that I shouldn't be knitting for premature babies, or does it mean that I can wash the garments, dry them outdoors and package them in zip lock bags until they are delivered.
Also, in my day, I used Ivory Snow but are there more gentle or better laundry detergents these days that I should consider? Take note that I'm in Canada, so I may not have access to many American or British detergents.
I am at a point in my knitting life where there are no more good reasons to knit another sweater, pair of socks, scarves, and mittens because I really have enough (for now) and so do my friends and family.
So I'm looking to knit for a cause but I'm afraid I would get terribly bored knitting, for example, preemie caps over and over, and that's not very charitable of me but I know exactly what my tolerance level is for repetition. I'm looking for variety to keep me interested and happy to help someone, somewhere.
Can any of you give me some suggestions as to how I can quench my knitting addiction in a way that is helpful to people in need but keep me from not enjoying knitting?
I'm unsure how to approach this and I'm guessing that a lot of people here are more resourceful and learned on this subject than I am.
I finally finished a pair of mittens which were on hold while I tried like mad to find my polar fleece (which I had put in such a good place that I couldn't find it!) to finish them off. ( Photo here.Collapse )
I have a question about knitting a baby blanket. I am not using a written pattern and I want to make it in stockinette stitch with size about 36 inches square. I am use to using only preprinted patterns which already tells me how many stitches to cast on, size of needles, and type of yarn to use. Therefore, I don't know how to figure the number of stitches to cast on for this project. My other question is this, what is a standard size for a baby blanket? Any information and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
Hello everyone, unfortunately, I'm back again with more silly questions. I'm sorry!
I'm planning on making some mittens for a friend, Deep Blue Sea Shark Mittens(ravelry link) and I'm just wondering what all of your favorite mitten yarns are? This pattern calls for worsted weight, and we live in a very cold climate during the winter with a good bit of snow, so I'm thinking that it should probably be wool, but I don't know what the best option would be as I've never made mittens before. I'm looking for something that would come in bluegray/gray/blue-ish color, if that ends up narrowing anything down.
Thank you all again so very much for all of your help as of late - it's very much appreciated!
First off, thank you to everyone who gave me sock pattern suggestions! They were all lovely and I have saved them all for later use!
Secondly, for those of you that sell your knitted items, or even just give them to people other than yourself. How do you wash them? Obviously follow the washing instructions that go with the yarn, I get that, but what do you use as soap? Or do you just wash it in plain water?
Lastly, for those of you with pets how do you get rid of the inevitable pet hair before sending it off? Do you suggest to your buyers/friends/families/etc. that they wash it themselves in their pet-free house to get rid of the hair?
This was a trial...I loved it (I've felt a bit nuts the last week without logging the weather every day!) and hated it. And now I have something really warm to mummify myself in because it's 12-foot long.
I obviously went my own route without buying the kit (I used Jiffy yarn from Joann's...they had a nice selection of blues so I was able to stay within the same yarn family) so it turned out longer and bulkier than Lea Redmond probably intended.
I finished knitting this ages ago, but life kept getting in the way of my blocking it. Finally did it yesterday. The pattern:Grand Teton Shawl by verybusymonkey. Excellent pattern ... I have more of her designs on my to-make list. The yarn:SHEEPaints Sock'n'Go (from before the label became part of Ruppert Garne); colourway is "Belgian Chocolate". Very happy with the stratigraphic look I got with this ... most appropriate to a mountain-themed project, I think. The Rav project page:jlsjlsjls' Grand Teton Shawl The photos:( Read more...Collapse )
I want to knit a counterpane. I've been researching various thread types and ran across a site that recommended using rug warp. Rug warp, which I didn't know was used extensively by weavers, is cheaper and comes in tons of colors. I'd like to use it if I can, but I don't want to invest in rug warp if it isn't suitable for such a major project.
I made a scarf years ago out of very cheap yarn but it got lost... Can anyone help me ID the yarn, please? A long shot... Most of the possibles out there are shiny, not wanted for a man scarf. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tictactoepony/3878065699/in/set-72157615240073867/lightbox/ Thanks!
Dear knitters, I am searching for a Fairisle cardigan pattern: just a very traditional steeked cardigan in a traditional OXO pattern, like these ones.
All the patterns I find on the web or in books are either yoked jumpers/cardigans, or designer Fairisle 'with a twist'.
I don't want 'with a twist'; I want something very, very traditional, but because I've never knitted a whole Fairisle jumper before, I need complete instructions, not just a recipe and a stitch pattern. Can you help?
In the overview it says that it's a 'honeycomb knit,' but I'm just not matching it up to anything on image searches. I've messed around with a few things but I'm not getting the texture of it right. I haven't done a lot of color work so I feel like I might be missing something really obvious.
Someone linked to this a while back so I am making some: http://knitting.dreamwidth.org/54196.html Getting a bit confused after leaving the waste yarn for the afterthought heel - anyone completed this pattern OK?
Could you tell me if, before the heel, do you end on a left or right-facing row? Any hints, after heel, for having correct number of sts for the triangle setup so you can then start doing entrelac all the way round? (I have the right number of sts for sock but when I get to that point, not enough sts or multiples thereof so do 6 x 5 st triangles).
Assistance (or links to corrections / clarifications) greatly appreciated!
Baby sweater pattern (Telemark pullover by Erica Flory) calls for a gauge of 20sts/4" with US 5 needles and DK weight yarn. I'm a very tight knitter and the ball band was 22sts/4" on US 6. so I went for US 7 needles and got 20.5sts/4". Close enough?