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urbancomfort
Hey all - the recent poster asking about community activity prompted me to go back and see when the last time I posted here was... and... (omg)... it was in 2012. D: I am a little embarrassed, because I actually check LJ every day and like to see posts on here! So here is a massive FO post with my best FOs (skipping some of the ones I don't love) since Sep 2012! :D

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Wow, that was a lot of stuff. I promise to post here more often! I guess I just needed a little reminder...

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grey853
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grey853
Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry

Since this book has knitting patterns and so much information about how wool is made into usable fibers, I thought I'd share my review of the book here.

The title is dull and she should've probably picked something different. It's hard to tell your story, be informative, and not be dead boring. However, Parry is both entertaining and educational. She's got a ton of lovely pictures of her lambs and sheep along with all the fleeces and wools she collects. She dyes her own wool after it's been spun. It's a lovely book that tells how she quit teaching and with her retired husband bought 200 acres of land to start fiber farming with 2 sheep.

She starts at the beginning of finding out about sheep and which ones to buy to increase her flock and learning how to keep the farm and the sheep going. She gives a detailed account of the lambing process and how they grow and get weaned, wear their coats to protect the wool, and how they get sheared. She talks about her garden, cutting the hay and keeping the flock safe. There are even knitting patterns. They're too advanced for me, but they were pretty. There are recipes, too, for those that enjoy them.

The most amusing thing is when she talks about Crackerjack, her llama. He's the nanny of her flock, especially when her ewes go into labor and when the lambs are still very young. He's the leader, teacher, and protector of the younger lambs when they're in the barn and in the field. I've read a lot of books about shepherding, but they all used herding dogs. She uses Crackerjack and later on a few other llamas as her flocks increase in size. I had never really heard about this technique and it fascinates me how a llama would be such a great addition to a flock both as a teacher and guardian.

It's a really good book even if you skip the technical stuff about dying the yarn. The stories are written like real stories and not a text book. It's really one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a very long time. It certainly gives me a new appreciation of what it takes to make wool yarn available for the consumer.

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sallycandance
I've just finished a small needle book to hold sewing needles when I travel. I knitted the cover using a lovely cable pattern, then filled it with felted pages. It is not a superb work of art, as I'm a beginning handworker, but I feel quite accomplished anyway. No doubt, when my skills expand so will my needs for more tools, thus the needle book may only be a temporary solution.


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belfusto
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belfusto
This may sound like a really, really dumb question but it seems like there has been little activity on my Knitting feed for several months. I know on FB there are times where friends post and I don't see it. Could that be happening here or are there just not been many posts? I just saw a new posting from STORYFAN and the previous one was 11 days earlier from TICIACTOEPONY. I hate to think I'm not getting all of the posts, or worse yet, are our numbers dwindling?
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storyfan
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storyfan
I've never made i-cord and thought I'd try it to make this: http://www.carissaknits.com/2007/06/basketweave-headband.html

The i-cord in the photo is nice and neat, using Sugar & Cream yarn. Mine, however, is messy, with tension that alternates from loose to tight. The plies are separating, too.

I want my headband to be as pretty as the one in the photo. Could I just use another kind of yarn, such as an acrylic or a wool blend, or would the headband be too stretchy?

This pattern would be a terrific stash buster, and quite a few people have told me they want them for stocking stuffers. I'd certainly like to accommodate them.

What do you think?

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I made this guy:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php
(2 more now being knitted...)
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ammet
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ammet

I'm planning on making these (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/podster-gloves) for my little sister, but I would like to add a cable down the center of the back of the mitt to kind of spruce it up (she's 16 and has a really great sense of fashion, in my opinion) but I'm unsure of how the best way to add the cable would be. I know the basics of creating a cable pattern (and I know how to knit them) but I want these to turn out nicely!

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I have made these quite a few times now, following a knitty pattern from way back:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTbroadstreet.html

Latest pair were made for a friend's daughter and I natural dyed them using anatto and madder extracts.
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celtic_flicka
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celtic_flicka
Heh--auto-correct automatically capitalizes TARDIS.

Anyway, I finished this shawl a few months ago but just got around to blocking it. Some folks here helped me out with a difficult-to-understand part of the pattern, so thank you! I'm happy about my first shawl.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I'd had some lovely green yarn in my stash (from the Natural Dye Studio) for ages and finally got round into making it into the rather lovely Neldoreth socks:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss14/PATTneldoreth.php
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aome
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aome
I'm working on these mittens (Ravelry link, but since I don't have an account and can see it, I'm assuming everyone else can, too). Scroll down to the third page (chart). I've gotten to the point where I've finished expanding the thumb gusset, and am struggling with the row that comes AFTER that. Help help help!Collapse ) Could some more expert person help me out here? (In English - I'm not Finnish!)

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clarithmetic
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clarithmetic
Hi guys

I'm knitting the ties for my brother's wedding and he's found one he likes, but I don't immediately recognise the stitch - does anyone know what this is and how easily replicable it would be?

tie

Thanks very much!
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karalianne
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karalianne
Hi everyone!

Exciting news: I am pregnant! I'm due at the end of February.

I'm a slow knitter and currently working on socks for my dad. When they're done I would like to work on something for the baby.

Here's the thing about that: because I'm so slow about finishing things, I don't want to get too ambitious about how much I make.

One of my friends is going to make soakers and other things for me.

So what I was thinking was that I might make a Christening layette: booties/socks, jacket, bonnet, and blanket at the very least, possibly a gown as well (but like I said, I don't want to do too much). [No, we don't know the sex and we aren't going to find out, but baptism stuff is unisex regardless.]

I've looked at Ravelry and the choices are overwhelming and sometimes it's hard to tell from photos what things will actually look like.

Does anyone have favourite patterns for this sort of thing? It should be kind of fancy since it will be for church (and an important rite, at that). Also, I cannot do yards of stockinette as it quite literally puts me to sleep. However, I can do lace and cables, I can read charts, and I really enjoy learning new techniques. I also know how to crochet, if that matters.

Thanks for any ideas!

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meganeko_mausuu
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meganeko_mausuu
But I can't recall if I have, and I don't see it in the archives, so...


I'm looking for a looser cast off for flat knitting than the standard, preferably with a video, so I can get a good look at how it's done. I found one once that worked really well, but it was gone when I checked my bookmarks again. Sad.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
A new set of knitware for when the weather is cooler!

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bluehairedchild
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bluehairedchild

I started this doll today. I want to make the shoulders bigger, I don’t feel like they are wide enough. This is the part of the pattern for the shoulders:




  1. K2 PM K2 PM K1 Kfb K2 PM K2 PM K1 Kfb (14)

  2. K all

  3. K all

  4. (K2 SLM Kfb Kfb SLM K2 Kfb) x2 (20)

  5. K all

  6. K all

  7. (Kfb K1 SLM Kfb Kfb Kfb K1 SLM Kfb K3) x2 (30)

  8. K all

  9. (K3 drop marker K1, slide 5st onto waste yarn, cast on 4st K6) x2 (28)


Do you think it would be best to add more rows with increases and do less knit all rows? I am pretty ok at making up simple patterns, or modifying simple things, but I’ve never modified this type of thing before.

Thanks all.

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sageincave
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sageincave
My ravelryfu is failing me - I want to make a big hoodie, cardigan, or car coat type of thing. Can someone recommend an awesome pattern for me? I'm basically still a beginner (I use knitting for stress release, but I'm feeling ambitious and slightly tipsy tonight! Will not start knitting until I am sober, I promise).

BTW, this is a thick acrylic yarn that comes in giant skeins at JoAnns. One skein is 435 yards, so five skeins is >2000 yds. It was on sale. Now I have to make something out of this, or I will feel STOOOPID and have to return it.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
My latest pair of socks (handspun, made up pattern as I went along)
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arylla
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arylla
It's been a while since I've posted here! But I really do want to show off my latest selfmade pullover. I mean ... how do you feel about mustaches? They're awesome, right? I though so, too, when I saw the I Mustache You to pattern by Kayla Dyches.
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organgrinder5ki
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organgrinder5ki
In making a headband, the pattern calls for a bind off pattern of K2, bind off 1 st,*knit in front, back and front of next st, lift first, 2nd and 3rd sts on RH needle over 4th st,**bind off 1 st;rep from* across, ending last rep at**. Fasten off.

My problem is that I am having trouble locating a video online that shows me how to perform the knitting pattern that appears between the single asterisks. I'm not sure if I am doing it correctly or not. I've never done this type of bind off before. Can anyone give me suggestions on where I can find a video or instructions for this bind off? I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thank you.
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I made another sample item for a pattern designer

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
Back at the end of 2013 I spotted a really nice cardi pattern in Spin.Off - last year I accumulated a rather nice Shetland/merino fleece to spin up into some yarn for this.
Finally I have a finished product (though may be a while before it's chilly enough to wear it ;) )

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I made a thing!
Used my drumcarder to blend up black Corridale, and some yellow, orange and purple merino wool. Made some yarn then made some armwarmers for a friend:

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carbonel
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carbonel
And I would just like to say WTF. Fall? Really? It's not even summer yet. Sheesh.

Anyway, the only one I bookmarked was Reverso, though as a spinner I appreciated the column that compared Wensleydale, Corriedale, and Merino fibers.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff14/content.php
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biascut
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biascut
This time last year, my middle brother and his wife announced they were expecting a baby. This was the first baby in the family, and at the time it seemed like there was a possibility that it would be the only baby in the family, so I got designing and knitting and made a blanket for the baby (rav link), very loosely based on the Debbie Bliss alphabet blanket but with lower-case letters and pictures. It took about September-December of not-frantic, fairly relaxed knitting. Each square was knitted separately, which made it very portable and easy to carry around, but also meant (groan) lots of sewing up at the end. My brother and his wife were super impressed by it!

Now my little brother has announced that he and his wife are expecting twins! I don't want it to be that as twins they get half as much as their cousins, so I'd like to make them a blanket each, but I don't think I've got time to knit another two blankets quite as time-consuming as the first. Also, did I mention I'm expecting my first baby in October?! Which could mean extra time for knitting between October and December, or could mean, ha, knitting, are you kidding? I'm planning for the latter!

So I'm trying to make plans that will look fairly fancy and impressive to non-knitters, but won't take me three months each to finish. I'm thinking:

- larger gauge, which probably means a wool/cotton or wool/synthetic mix
- figurative rather than abstract or a spiral - I like pictures!
- considering seaside motifs (they live on the coast), but could be something else
- haven't decided whether it'll be one colour and lace, or something in colourwork
- almost certainly knitted in one piece, with no making up
- could have a back sewn on to it (especially if it's colourwork and there are lots of ends

I tend to like designing things myself, rather than following patterns exactly as they are, but I'd love some links inspiration, either to patterns or even to commercially available ones. Have you any suggestions?
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