January 3rd, 2006

emily the strange

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Does anyone ever buy sweaters at goodwill for yarn? I saw an express sweater at my local goodwill with this really cool bulky cotton yarn that I want, as well as a nice, soft merino wool one. The problem is that I'm afraid of getting a bajillion short pieces once I unravel it, instead of a nice continuous ball. Does anyone have any hard and fast rules for this?

Simple Hat and Basic Cable

A guy friend of mine was looking at some yarn I picked up the other day for practicing. He mentioned really liking one of the colors of Patons Bohemian I had and he's previously shown interest in a hat. So I'm looking for a simple pattern for a beanie type thing that I could make with this yarn. So far I've only made scarves and a simple purse. I only recently got started and I'm looking to move on up to something non-scarfy so I figured the hat might be fun to try.
I've only knit on straight needles thus far but I'm not against trying circulars as long as it's simple.
Sorry if this is too broad or basic of a question. I'm just having trouble figuring out what should be easy enough to make that it won't make me crazy and that will work well with this yarn in particular. Since a lot of you have a lot more experience I was hoping you might know something offhand.
Thanks very much in advance.

I'm also looking at trying the Basic Cable hat from SnBN. What would be a reasonable alternative yarn that I could find at a Michael's or Joann? I can't currently order yarn and I have yet to find a good LYS here. I'm not ready to have to change the pattern myself to make the yarn work but I don't have access to the yarn the pattern is written for.

New member post

Hi, I just joined this community after deciding that one of my New Year's resolutions was to learn how to knit.

I've crocheted for years, though I'm not very advanced. I usually stick to simple patterns that don't take long to make as I never have much time for myself with school and a 16 month old little girl.

My real name is Candy [yeah, really], I'm 30, soon to be 31 in February. I'm currently going to school for Business Management. Oh, and I have the weirdest family I've ever seen. I live with my daughter and my two first cousins [Chris, 30 and Junior, 33]. The boys are also Meaghan's godfathers as well as being my cousins.

So, after having to explain to the 200th person that I wasn't knitting, I was crocheting, I decided to learn. I went out and bought myself one of those Learn To Knit kits and am now about halfway through my frist project. I've only learned one stich so far but I'm finding it pretty easy to pick up. I still have a long road ahead of me though. So far my doll blanket is a little lopsided at the edges but not too bad for my very first project.

That's about it. Just wanted to introduce myself and show off my new icon [fresh out of Jasc Animation Shop approx 20 minutes ago].
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Knitting snarkiness

I haven't been able to "land" on a project for the entire week. Sigh. I got some skeins of the Lion Brand Suede, thinking "Haven't tried that, interesting..." but does anyone other than me think it's just the skinnier version of thier velour stuff? I don't like the way it knits up in anything -- I keep frogging it to pieces. ARGH! Someone tell me about the glorious project they're doing, so I can get the Happy Knitting Vibe back! Please?
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Question about felting bag handles

So thanks to everyone's help yesterday, I finished the body on the Teeny Tiny Felted Tote, and it's ready to be felted. In the original pattern, she felts the bag first, then adds some sort of twisted crochet cotton or yarn to make the handles. I am not a big fan of anything that looks like cording for handles, so I want to knit some wider straps for it.

The way I was planning on doing it, was knitting like a 3" wide and 20" long piece of knitting, felting it, and then cutting it in half and sewing the straps onto the finished bag, since I am not sure how to knit handles onto the already finished pre-felted bag. If I do it this way, can I felt it in the same pillowcase at the same time with the bag? I have to go to the laundromat to felt stuff, and I'd rather not have to do 2 loads. So do you think the handles would be ok in there, or would they like, stitck to the bag and felt together somehow? Or is there a better way to do this whole handle thing? I want them to look kind of like this, just smaller/shorter. I'm using Noro Kureyon if it matters...

Thanks in advance!

island hut

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Two FOs and a question.
These are my mom's post Christmas presents (haha, finished just two days after...she laughed)
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As for the question, I'm looking for a new project that is slightly more challenging. I'd really like to make some sort of a garment (ie-shrug, poncho, wrap, sweater, ect). Any ideas?
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Hobby Lobby Rules!

sorry if this a repeat but...

For those of you who are close to a Hobby Lobby - (and are a TK *Thrifty Knitter)
Yarn Bee yarns are all 50% off.

Most of them are truly novelty yarns, but there are a few (islandic jewels, highland thistle) that are nice. And the colors are great. Plus I had to get this yarn, Lambie Pie, because it was SO SOFT. Like softer than any yarn i've ever felt in a great while.

I got like four skiens for 10 bucks. Now that's a good deal :)

Help with Anouk

Hi everyone, I'm knitting Anouk from Knitty.com right now and I need a little help.  I'm a fairly new knitter and I've kind of jumped into this pattern.  I'm on the neck shaping right now.  This is what the pattern says:


Neck Shaping
Work 13[13, 15, 15] sts in patt, place these sts on a holder, BO 9, work to end in patt. Turn and work 1 row even.
BO 3 sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row even. BO 2[2, 3, 3] sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row even. BO 2 sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row even. BO 1 st at beg of next row. Work 1 row even.
Rejoin yarn and rep neck shaping for other side, reversing shaping.

I'm confused about the last sentence.  I really have no idea how to reverse the shaping.  Could anyone offer any help?

la la la

hello everyone

I just joined this community so I thought I'd introduce myself and also ask you super knitters a question.
My name's Mimi and I've been knitting on and off for a year or so. I'm still pretty much a beginner - still stuck knitting scarves!
My question is this, I just started a ribbed scarf (this is the first time I've tried ribbing), it's going well but the bottom is really wavy and bumpy and looks like plain garter stitch - even though I was doing 2x2 ribbing. Has that happened to anyone else?
I'm thinking I'm just going to live with it since I've spent too long working on it to pull it out. Also, my edges are really big and messy, does anyone have edge stitches to recommend?
Thanks in advance!
Happy kitty

Felting Noro Kureyon by hand?

OK, so in my last post, someone pointed out that they have to run Kureyon through their washing machine 3-4 times to get it to felt properly. I don't have a washing machine. We wash our clothes via a weekly laundry service, so when I need to felt something I have to go to the regular laundromat. I've only felted something once there (kitty pi bed knit in Lopi) and I ran it through twice, and it wasn't really as felted as I wanted it, but I didn't want to hang around anymore, so I just dealt with it. A wash there is $2 per load, and you can't set the water level or agitation amount (just the temp)...I really don't want to spend $8 + 2 hours of my time hanging out at the laundromat checking on the progress...

So I was contemplating felting it by hand. It's just a very small purse. Is this even worth attempting with Kureyon? I mean, if takes so long to machine felt, is it going to be even more difficult trying to felt it by hand? Do things get as thick and sturdy doing it by hand vs. machine? Am I just going to have to suck it up and spend an eternity at the laundromat?

New Mexico

yay! I felted for the first time!

Sooo, I've been working piece by piece on the Candy Striper Messenger Bag from SnBN and finally finished all the knitting/weaving in/sewing together. I felted it yesterday (my first time ever!) and it looks pretty good for a first timer! I have to sew in a zipper and attach the straps to an O ring.

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That is all for now, I get to start a new project!



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God, the holidays are over and I can finally do some non-gift knitting. Not that there's anything wrong with gift knitting, it's just... I can finally knit for myself! Here are some final FOs for the Christmas season.

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And here are some that are still hot on the needles.

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First-time Felting and Intarsia, targeted project: Greek Letters scarf

For my lovely boy's Generic Winter Holiday present, I am planning on making him a scarf. Not just any scarf, however! I want to make him a scarf with his Greek (ha, I nearly wrote "Freak") letters on it, and possibly felt it a bit to be more compact and warmer. I plan on using Lamb's Pride Bulky, with white for the background and blue for the letters. This would be my first attempt at intarsia as well as felting, so it might be interesting. So, my question: Have any of you done lettering intarsia-wise before, and if so, do you have any suggestions for a first timer? And what have your experiences been with felting things that involve intarsia? Does everything come out still fairly clear? Luckily there isn't exactly a lot of detail in having a xi, chi, and psi, but hey. I still need it to be recognizable! I was thinking of hand-felting the scarf if I decide to felt it, which I probably will, so an additional question would be How does hand-felting mostly wool go? I would guess it takes awhile. I don't know if this project is TOO ambitious for me (I'd say it is quite ambitious, though), so aaaaany suggestions/tips/stories of past experiences would be quite useful.

Just an introduction!

Hello all! I am a pretty new knitter, stick stuck in the land of scarves, but I thought I should say hello. I fear I will become a yarn whore, but also look forward to all the things I will knit.

right now I am working on a skinny scarf with orange mohair on size 7 needles. I do it in a multiple of 4 plus 1 and do k k k p until I end on a knit. It's very stretchy and quick to knit. Next, my first foray into hats and adding/subtracting stiches!
red shoes

Archival Yarn Storage

Thanks to everyone who answered my questions about organizing their knitting projects and supplies! Your creative and cost effective solutions are much appreciated. :)

To return the favor, I would like to add a little something to the yarn stash discussion. I've searched the knitting archives and haven't found anything regarding the long-term storage of knitted things.

A lot of people mentioned that they stored their stashes in plastic containers, plastic bags and/or cedar chests. This is a wonderful short-term solution, but having worked in a museum, I know that plastic and cedar aren't great in the long run. (In general, I'm thinking of 20+ years.) This website about fabric stashes on About.com has a really good explanation of how to store wool, silk and cotton over long periods of time without damage to the items. In general, they promote using acid-free materials and storing objects in a cool, dry place.

It can be expensive to store things in acid-free containers as a museum would, and so I only use those methods for items that have significant sentimental value to me -- a hat that my grandmother knitted for me when I was a baby, my first communion outfit, etc. I also try to use little shortcuts when they're more practical. If I can only store something in cardboard, for example, I would first roll it or fold it up in a white, washed sheet. The sheet acts as a buffer and cuts down on the damage that the acid in the cardboard could do to the object underneath.

I'm sure that everyone has a different method or has a story about how plastic and cedar has worked well for them. I just thought that this information about archival storage might be useful to those who have heirloom objects or are worried about future storage for some current projects. It's just something to keep in mind as the years go by. :)

Hope this was helpful!
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Musk Ox

So yesterday the other half and I went to the zoo and in said zoo there was an informative sign about our friend, the Musk Ox. It turns out that this creature, with just one pound of its wool, can create about TEN MILES of yarn! FROM ONE POUND! Now, that, is what I call wool. It also said that there have been some attempts at making this into a wool available to knitters. Since the lovely Musk Ox is also able to withstand arctic temperatures, I thought this wool might be a nice thing to use for the winters here in lovely Minnesota.

I have searched, with little to no luck to find some more information on Musk Ox wool.

Any ideas my fellow knitters?


My birthday is coming up this month, and for my birthday, I get to spend $30 on knitpicks. I want to make Clapotis and I plan on using sock garden. Has anyone tried knitting this pattern with that yarn? If so, how many skeins did you need? Any other knitpicks yarn that would be good for Clapotis, and if so, how many skeins of that?

Question regarding an online pattern

Hello everyone,
I have just joined the community, and am very new to livejournal so please bare with me.

I would like to attempt this pattern: http://www.teenmag.com/seen/articles/0,,639388_654891,00.html , however I having some difficulty understanding part of the pattern.

Row 1: (Right Side) knit 1, slip, slip, knit, *knit 9, slip 2 stitches individually purlwise, knit 1, purl 2 stitches and pass slip stitch over;repeat from * to last 12 stitches, knit 9, knit 2 together, knit 1

Where it says to pass the slip stitch over, which stitch would this be referring to? After the knit 9 are you meant to slip the two stitches purlwise, and then knit them together, and then this stitch becomes the one that is slipped over the 2 purled stitches?

I will be knitting the scarf with Manos, and so I would like to make the scarf narrower than the pattern calls for to compensate for the thickness of the yarn. Any assistance in figuring out the number of stitches to cast on would be well appreciated.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
Anne & the Giant Bird

hats with circular needles?

(repost, since the first was deleted before I could repair it...)

So, I was working on this baby blanket, when I ran out of yarn, the store has to order more, and so, I had to start a new project to stay happily occupied.

Anyway, the first, a blanket, is medium weight acrylic-wool, done with size 7 needles, about 32 inches wide.

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The next, will be a scarf. Chunky weight yarns in acrylic-wool and acrylic-wool-mohair blends. Size 15 needles, garter stitch. (I'm loving working with the fat needles and fat yarn!) Sorry, the colors are a bit off here, but you get the idea...
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Anyhow, eventually, I'd like to make matching hats to go with these- smaller for the baby, of course. My question is, I already purchased the 16 length circular needles (both 7 and 15 gauge) in anticipation of this, however, I can't reduce all the way to a point with those, can I?

Do I have to start my hat from the top & work down? Or can I start from the bottom and work up?

How do I end (or start) the small circle, or, should I just knit the tube, and stitch together the top?

Thanks for any help.