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janestarz
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janestarz
Finally finished the second sock of my socks to wear around the house in my Birkenstocks. (I'm a little funny that way.)

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Next time I'll have to make sure all toe parts are equally long. Now the big toe has 2 rows more than the others, and it's obvious the other toes need a little extra length.
All in all, I am so proud of this pair and I'll wear them with joy.

Crossposted to my own journal.

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hakkai_duo
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hakkai_duo
Hello everyone!

I am currently pregnant with my first child, a little girl that will be born in April.

I want to make her some neat things, so I was wondering if you guys could maybe share some of your favorite patterns/things/yarns for babies.

Thanks!
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janestarz
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janestarz
This is a pair of socks I finished yesterday. They will be a gift for my mother-in-law. Half the fun was imagining her surprise when she gets them -- she will be ecstatic!

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celtic_flicka
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celtic_flicka
Hi everyone, I'm starting my first sweater, the Krydda lace cardigan, and I'm already stumped on row 3. :(

Row 2 is k3, pm, k5, pm, k31, pm, k5, pm, k3

Then row 3 says: [Kfb, k to 1 st before marker, kfb, sm] 4 times, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. (10 sts increased)

Since there's a marker after the first 3 stitches, am I just supposed to kfb, k1, kfb, sm? And it seems that the pattern of stitch markers in row 2 doesn't match what's needed in row 3.

I'm confused.
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
Back in the summer at a small music festival, some wool was found in the camping field. I made it into a hat!
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jlsjlsjls
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jlsjlsjls
The Pattern: Bloody Stupid Johnson by Sarah Lilly
The Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Volcan colourway
The Tools: Two 3.5 mm, 40 cm circular needles (for the true trivia buffs: The Collection SRK Bamboo Knitting Needles); I used one circ for the ribbing, used one as the stitch holder and one as the active needle for knitting the cable band, back to one again to pick up stitches for and knit the crown, and then went to the two circs method when the crown decreases got to the point where a single needle was too long. Bamboo wouldn't normally be my first choice for working with wool but the needles were on hand, it was just a hat so it wasn't going to be a long-term combination, and this particular brand are quite smooth and have long tapered tips similar to those on DyakCraft needles so they weren't all that grabby (sorry gang, S.R. Kertzer was taken over by Coats several years ago and these needles are, to my knowledge, no longer available)
The Ravelry Project Page: with bonus excessive notes! ;-)
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janestarz
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janestarz
When I get home in the afternoon, I love to kick back and kick off my shoes, but I have hard wooden floors around the house that hurt my feet. I can't walk around barefoot and should be wearing my shoes with support soles. Instead, I wear a pair of Birkenstock slippers that have podo-therapist approved foot support.
But now that autumn is approaching, it's getting too cold for Birkies without socks. I need the socks to keep warm....

This sock pattern was just a sock recipe, and so I chose to combine it with several other patterns to achieve the desired result. It might not look fashionable at all (not anywhere in this century) but at least I can show off my fancy hand-knit socks of gradient yarn and I keep my feet warm.

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Ravelry Links:
The base pattern is "Broken Seed Stitch socks"
The heel is a Fish Lips Kiss heel.
I used the instructions from the "Lateral Cable Socks with Toes" pattern for setting up the big toe
And the anatomically correct sock toe pattern for the other toes and pretty decreases.
And you might find the notes on my Ravelry Project page helpful.

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wild_huntress
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wild_huntress
Hello, all you knitters from a newbie to this comm! Anyway, I just finished knitting a mega bulky cowl/wrap combo loosely inspired by Katniss’ cowl in Catching Fire and the Lion Brand District 12 wrap pattern (I didn't follow it exactly but the idea is more like their adaptation than a really faithful version of the movie costume). The scarf/wrap part were knit separately and are supposed to be sewn together. However, I love the look of the two pieces separately as well, and after spending so much time and money, I’d like to have a versatile piece which I could wear as one seamed or fastened up Katniss inspired cowl, OR detach into two different items and wear a smaller cowl.

That brings me to my question. Is there any removable alternative to just seaming them together? I’m thinking of sewing a row of buttons into each side of the cowl and little button holes on each end of the wrap part, but I used Bernat’s Mega Bulky Yarn and am not sure if buttons would be sturdy enough to survive wearing such a heavy piece buttoned together, without having it detach when I don’t want it to. I definitely see myself wearing it buttoned or seamed together as the full District 12 wrap, so it would have to survive more than, say, one Halloween party, but I would like to be able to use them separately too. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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janestarz
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janestarz
On Ravelry there is a discussion topic in the Sock knitters group that looks for patterns that work well for variegated sock yarn. This is one of them: "Show-off Stranded Socks" and it means to show off your yarn.
This yarn was a gift for my birthday this year, so naturally I had to pick it up as soon as I started a new sock project.

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Incidentally, this is my first pair of socks photographed on home-made sock blockers, and I am happy with how they look. You can find the tutorial I used here.

Now I have stress because I don't know what pattern from my queue to pick up next.... so many beautiful choices!

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chia777
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chia777
Pattern from Ravelry by Aine Marriott: this is actually the first "toy" that I've ever knitted; most toy patterns are for crochet and I still haven't learned how! From the side, my elephant kind of looks like an odd mouse.
https://flic.kr/p/wRaeKe
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janestarz
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janestarz
This project was part of a knit-a-long. Three Dutch women researched the fishermen's sweaters of Zeeland (NL) and their knitting patterns and published a book with their findings. Every town with a rich fishing tradition along the Zeeland coast has their own knitting patterns distinctive for their town.
The patterns were collected in a blanket (afghan) to show them off, and then they started a KAL. The pattern is in Dutch, but over 1300 people (mostly women) from all over the globe participated. The revenue from the pattern went mostly into publishing the book and in that way preserving the rich knitting history of fishermen's sweaters and their patterns.

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Current Mood: accomplished

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e_moon60
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e_moon60
Hi.  I'm a knitter--almost entirely socks at this time--taking a look at knitting interest groups on LJ.   You can see pictures of my latest completed project (finished July 31, 2015) in my own journal.   I returned to knitting after about a 40 year gap in 2011, and started making socks for the first time in 2012.   I started knitting again as physical therapy for hand pain resulting from many hours/day pounding a keyboard, thinking the different hand position and motions would help.  I switch back and forth between writing and knitting--changing whenever one becomes uncomfortable.   Vision problems have limited my knitting to size 4 US, 3.50 mm needles and larger, as I can't see the stitches well enough to fix mistakes in more fine-grained work.  I'm on Ravelry as EMoonTx.

My posts here would be about my own projects (and you might get tired of endless socks.  My feet don't, though!) and comments relating to someone's questions or compliments on projects I admire.  As I get enough contention in other parts of life, I prefer laid-back, low-key special interest groups.  Most moderated groups are. 

I look forward to more knitters to talk with about knitting techniques, yarn, knitting books, etc.

Current Mood: awake

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fantomatiquevie
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fantomatiquevie
I made a couple of these little hedgehogs from The Purl Bee. I think they're absolutely adorable, and a quick knit too! Just as a note, I didn't have chunky yarn, so I used WW for the back part of the body, and it worked just fine.

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passionfruitj
Hello, all!

I have fibromyalgia, and sometimes the repetitive motions and the tension hurts me, but I have PLANS and PROJECTS! Cable work is my favorite, but the tension involved is too painful. After about 20 minutes my shoulders hurt and the right side of my neck is sore.

Has anyone dealt with this and figured out a way to cope?
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fantomatiquevie
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fantomatiquevie
I haven't posted in a while! My mobility had been limited to *ahem* my smartphone just, and it's hard to cognitively write on a tiny keyboard/screen. But! Now I have a laptop again! So here's what I did this winter; The Elder Tree Shawl. It was the first charted pattern I've ever done, but it was super easy as the author of the pattern also includes super detailed instructions on how the read charts, a perfect beginner pattern for charts!

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I dubbed the color "Wes Anderson Yellow" ^_^

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lorienellen
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lorienellen
I want to try my hand at knitting some wool soakers. Has anyone here knit their own, and what yarn did you use? I think I like the look of Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks but it's hard not being able to touch it before I buy it.

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Wool_of_the_Andes_Worsted_Yarn__D5420103.html

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janestarz
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janestarz
My next finished project is the Copilot cowl! I nearly knitted my fingers bloody to finish this before going on vacation so I wouldn't have to bring my circular needle (which - of course - I did anyway).

The yarn was a birthday gift and so was the enthusiasm that came with it. I found the pattern by entering yarn specifications into the Ravelry pattern database and chose it because of the texture and witty description. You can find the pattern here.

Copilot Cowl


It's an easy knit and a great first lace project. All you need is a good pair of scales to weigh your yarn as you go along. Recommended!
And: *Ding!* Project done.

Cross-posted to my journal.

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kate_mct
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kate_mct
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Working on this for my second cousin. Using Baby Bee Hushabye Yarn Cotton/Acrylic blend, which is my go to yarn for blankets that have any kind of texture because my other go to yarn, I Love This Cotton, is mercerized and the texture gets lost. I'm about 60% done with the first third, which is great considering that I started it Saturday.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
My latest project that isn't an octopus. I had a request for a pink knitted beard.
Used a pattern from:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Knit-Your-Own-Moustache-Disguises/dp/1908449357
The results are fairy bizarre, but fun ;)
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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I got given a bag of yarn the other week, this Sirdar Firefly was calling out to be a spiral scarf:

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janestarz
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janestarz
I have a question for people used to weighing their yarn during a project, because I'm getting a little confused.

I've cast on "Copilot" (link to Ravelry pattern), a cowl knit-in-the-round made from sock yarn. Between sections of the pattern, you weigh your yarn so you're sure you can finish the project and make a well-balanced item.

At the start, I had 102 grams of yarn.
After casting on and 6 rows of garter stitch, I had 86 grams left -- 16 grams for this section
After 20 rows of lace, I had 61 grams left -- 25 grams for this section
After 6 rows of garter stitch, I had 54 grams left -- 7 grams for this section.

My question: does casting on really cost that much yarn? The first section with the garter stitches was more than double the amount that I needed for the second section of garter stitches! This seems absurd, even for casting on.
I used a loosely knitted-cast-on, because I couldn't estimate the needed long-tail for the long-tail method.

Mostly I just want my cowl to be symmetrical and I want to be able to estimate where to place which section. If I need another 16 grams for the final garter stitches & bind-off, I can calculate if I can add a third lace section in the middle.... I'm just a little worried my measurements are off.

Sock yarn does come in 100 gram skeins, and although I am unsure if I took the wrapper off before weighing, the wrapper itself weighs only 1 gram, although that could be rounded down.

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tictactoepony
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tictactoepony
I keep needing to knit another octopus (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf14/PATTopus.php) - I do have a plan for one more after this too ;)
I had a request to make one in a Transformers character colour-scheme so here's the result:
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e_musings
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e_musings
Original post's pictures were not visible.
Not sure what to do if these are not.

I'd like share my latest finish object---took four months to complete. I never made anything as complex and when I started it, I wondered why on earth I chose something so attention demanding, I the queen of mindless knitting. BUT it was worth it!

I would find an error several rows back and frog stitch by stitch to get to the messed up area. I found an error on the back after I started the front and decided I would live with it. And another error on the front (a p instead a k st, big deal)

Yarn used: Berroco Blackstone tweed
Pattern: Rafters by Stephanie Tallent
Needle: sizes 2 and 3 as I am a loose knitter


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janestarz
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janestarz
The pattern is called LaLa's simple shawl and I knitted this for a roleplay character of mine. I think I finished it this quickly (2 months on the needles) because my next big project was coming up. A nice pattern, not too difficult and with a lovely ajour (lace) effect. Can be even more awesome in slow or low-contrast gradients.

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Also my first time blocking. I used my steam iron and may have pressed all my stitches into oblivion, but I'm happy it's just cheap acryl in stead of expensive merino or something.

*ding* project done!

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jlsjlsjls
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jlsjlsjls
The pattern: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm.

The yarn: A one-of-a-kind skein handspun by Laura Chau which she named "Lollipop." 100% merino, marled two-ply, mainly various shades of pinks but also including orangish-gold, orange, lilac, and purplish-magenta; thickness varying from fingering to DK but no extreme thick/thin areas outside that range. I hope I can someday score another of Laura's rare handspuns ... this was a dream to knit with. :-)

The tools: Knitted on Dyakcraft Darn Pretty interchangeables using 4.5mm tips

The details: I knew as soon as I opened up the package and saw (and squooshed) the skein that I wanted to use it in a plain pattern that would show off the colours/texture rather than detract from it with fancy stitchery. "Hitchhiker" is ideal for this; not only is it a pattern that's all about the yarn but it's perfect workplace mindless coffee break knitting (which is why it took me so long to complete this ... would have whipped through it much faster if I'd done any work on it at home). Also an ideal pattern when one is determined to use every possible bit of a special skein (though it's possible to be a little too clever about that as you'll see if you read my Rav project notes)

Ravelry project page

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I have three more finished shawls and a cowl all patiently (well if they're complaining of neglect, they're doing it when I can't hear them) awaiting very necessary blocking ... hopefully I'll get myself in gear and get those done and posted soon.

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