January 11th, 2006

who the fuck is todd?

Wool in the Woods - "Sophie"

I feel it is my duty to inform you, fellow knitters, that I have found the Best Yarn Ever.

I was in my LYS the other day, and they're having a sale on all Wool in the Woods this month, so I was, um, a little generous in my stashing of it. I picked up two skeins of WitW's "Sophie", a new worsted-weight spin that consists of 50% llama, 50% wool.

It is soft. It is sturdy. It holds color like a Kodak. It isn't spun too tightly, so with a little bit of a twist you can make it bulk up a little bit and make stitches nice and even. It felts like ... metaphors fail me, but it felts like a really felty thing. It slides along the needles like it's trying to seduce them, and yet I did not drop a single stich. Except for that one, but we won't talk about that. I alternated between wanting to knit like a maniac, because it was such a joy to work with, and wanting to savor the experience forever. I was actually kind of bummed when I bound off the last stitch today, because it meant I didn't get to knit it anymore.

So if your LYS stocks Wool in the Woods, do consider picking up a few skeins of Sophie. Unless you shop at my LYS. In which case, can you wait until after this weekend? I'm going back to buy a whole lot more.

(Pictures of the handbag I made out of it forthcoming once I finish and felt it.)
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felted ipod cover

i bought lionbrand 'landscapes' and to make my daughter a felted ipod cover.
is there a felting/shrinking ratio science or is every yarn different?
i want it to be snug on the ipod.

this will be my first intentional felting project.
will post a photo of it afterwards.

thanks in advance.

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Hi! I'm attempting to make the pink Heart scarf by Stephanie Roy from the breast cancer awareness issue of Knitty... And it's my first time at yarn-overing. Now, I think I'm doing the yo's correctly, but I must be doing something wrong because I keep running out of stitches before I've finished the pattern for the row! It goes like this:

CO 17

Row 1: K3, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl1, k1, psso, yo, k3.
Row 2 and all WS rows: K2, p to last two sts, K2
Row 3: K3, yo, k4tog, yo, k3, yo, k4tog, yo, k4

And that's as far as I've got because I didn't have enough stitches to finish row one or row two. Now, if I count up the stitches on the first row of the pattern, it looks to me like they're asking me to knit 21 stitches, NOT 17. Am I doing something wrong?

baby blanket or similar pattern help?

I have a friend who has a new-ish little one that I still owe something knitted. I'm super-busy and still finishing a Christmas gift, so I need something that I can knit up pretty quickly, but will be something that she'll appreciate. The mother needs a pick-me-up, so I thought I'd try to get it done before the little one starts walking (she's already crawling!). Anyone have any suggestions for something that'll knit quickly and be something that she can hopefully use for a while?

I was also looking at Fiber Trends Easy Knit Baby Blankets Collection 2, and wondering if anyone had experience with those patterns. They say that they go quickly, but I would prefer to hear from someone who's already knit it.


Sock Help!

A few days ago, i took the plunge and started knitting my first sock. Everything went quite okay until the gusset part! I'm totally stumped. I tried watching a video, reading this Sock 101 page but i'm still clueless. :(

I tried knitting them a couple of times but the instructions are a bit vague.

The Gusset part is as follows:

With RS of heel flap facing and same needle, pick up and K10 stitches along left side of heel flap(needle 1 - Which needle is this?),

k next 20 stitches (What does this mean?) for instep (needle 2 - Which needle?),

Pick up (with which needle?) and K10 sts along right side of heel flap and

K6 from heel (needle 3 - again which one?), K rem 6 sts from heel onto needle 1.

16 sts on needles 1 and 3 and 20 sts on needle 2.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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How do I loosen up my knitting?

I am, apparently, a very tight knitter. Everything I make comes out smaller than it's supposed to because I've knit it to tightly. I can't ever get gauge unless I go up several needle sizes and then the fabric is too loose. When I cast on, I can barely knit the first row because my cast on rows are super tight. I've tried casting on with bigger needles, then transferring the stitches over to the regular needles, but that results in a big, loopy, crocheted looking cast-on on the FO.

I have tried conciously knitting loose, and that works for a couple rows, but then I fall into my old tight rhythm again, so then I conciously loosen up again, then end up back at tight, so that in the end, the tension on my FO is all over the place!

Are there any other former tight knitters who found a successful way to loosen up? I've only been knitting a few months, so it would be good if I could break this habit before it gets worse. I knit English, if it makes a difference (I've tried Continental but it's very unnatural feeling for me and I don't like it).


Tempting II in Shine?

(I've searched the community and knitty's Coffeeshop, and posted in knitty's coffeeshop about it, but don't have an answer.)

So, like almost everyone else, I wanna make Tempting II. I don't, however, want to buy Rowan Calmer. It's just a tad too pricey for me right now.

So, of course, I'm looking for a yarn substitute. I was thinking Knitpicks' Shine, but I don't know if it's elastic enough. What do you guys think?

For that matter, what yarn are y'all using? I want to use something non-wool, because it's a light top, and preferably stay away from pure acrylics for the same reason. A cotton blend like Calmer would be lovely. But as I'm only just branching out from mainstream yarns found at Joann's and such, I know very little about what kinds of yarns are out there. Oh, and I'd rather not pay over $5-6 per skein of the yarn...

Applied i-cord on Rogue cardigan?

I'm trying desperately to finish my rogue. I'm doing it cardigan style and trying to do the applied i-cord on the front where the zipper will go. When I knit the body (flat) I slipped the first stitch of each row. I'm not sure why.

So now when I'm trying to apply the i-cord, it seems to be distorting the edges. It's wonky for lack of a better term. Instructions on-line tell me to pick up 3 out of every 4 stitches on the edge. Any ideas on how to do this/fix this on the mess I've made?
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Vertical Stitch Patterns?

So, I work at a theatre and we're starting a show that has a main character who knits. Being the only knitter in the building, I've gotten roped into knitting a sweater for one of the characters (for $$$). The kicker? It has to be done in two weeks. Yes, TWO WEEKS. Luckily, I've got more yarn than god (even if it is acryllic), so I can just double strand the worsted weight and start flying on my size 17s. It's a pretty straight forward drop shoulder sweater with a shawl collar and a kangaroo pouch and I've got SweaterWizard, so that shouldn't be a problem.

There's just one problem. The costume designer wants there to be some vertical textural detail on the body of the sweater. I don't want to do anything complex, because of the time constraints. All of the stitch patterns I've looked at are either horizontal, have lacework or are just ugly. I could do some simple cables or 2x2 rib, but I wanted to see if you guys have any input. It doesn't to be visible from stage, it just has to add some extra texture to the sweater.

Thanks in advance!

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thats me

FO: wool soaker shorts

I learned to knit after I started cloth diapering and buying wool soakers. It's been a process for me and I've knit various other things- scarves, slippers, bags, but I've finally met my goal and knit my son a pair of soaker shorts!

I used Noro Kureyon #164 on size 7 needles. The project took about 2 skeins. There was a yellow/gold color that I didn't like, so I just cut it out and spit spliced the ends together. The shorts are a little long on him right now, but I think they'll be the perfect length come spring :)

I did have a little bit of an issue with the short rows. The pattern has a section of wrapped short rows in the butt area. I never have a problem knitting into the wrap to hide it, but since the rows are wrapped on both sides, I come to a wrap on the purl side. I purled into the stitch and the wrap, just as I would knit into the stitch and the wrap, but it always gave me problems. When I come to a wrap on the purl side, should I continue to purl into the wrap, or do I wait till it comes up on the knit side?

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Clapotis Problem!

Okay, as we say every day at my work: What's the problem, tell me exactly what happened?

So, I misread the clapotis directions a little bit. I did not see the 2nd "drop the stitch" directions in the 2nd to last grouping of the pattern (decreasing section). For like, oh, two or three rows. Yeah. So that's like two or three stitches that weren't dropped on one side. Oops. At least one side looks fantastic! I have started dropping stitches on the 2nd side, but the order is now slightly messed up, so the drops aren't hitting the YOs at the bottom. *Insert cussing of your choice here*

Has anyone frogged their clapotis at this point? Do the drop stitches frog? I can keep going and just bear with the small mistakes, but I've got a rather large stockinette section in the center that won't be dropped. I would like to fix that, if there's another way, but I can't think of one besides cutting a stich and felting the drop back together. And that may lead to more mishaps than its worth.

Thanks for helping save my cute little clapotis!

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The last of my 2005 FOs...

Okay, under the cut are some photos of my completed knitted items from December, 2005. I picked one photo for each, but there's a bunch more available at my flickr account if you're interested.
I don't have the yarn used on all of them handy... but I'll try to add in that information once I find it :)
December looks a lot more prolific then it actually was - a couple of these were long time WIPs...

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I have another finished object from the holidays, but I only finally took pictures yesterdays and they're still sitting on my camera... It's a dog hand puppet, done in some bright red yarn I had leftover from ages ago. Just a quick knitted gift for a friend, but if you really want to see it, it'll be uploaded to my flickr account in a few days..

x-posted to my personal journal

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I got ONE hank of Recycled Silk yarn from my Dad. I really have no idea of the yardage.

I know all of the basics (knit, purl, increase, decrease, etc), and I want to make something beautiful that will show off the quality and colors of this yarn.

Any ideas?

ALSO. I have two pairs of circ's but they are both 29'' needles! Where, in all the land of Illinois (north of 80, from the lake to Iowa), can I find any other size of circ's? I've been to Joann, Michael's, etc.

I would love any input.
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Sale alert!

Hey ladies and gents! I'm Amanda, and this is my first post after obsessively lurking on this community forever. I just wanted to let everyone who's interested know that Michael's is having a big clearance sale on a lot of different craft-related stuff (including knitting stuff!!!!!!!!). They had a lot of yarn on sale, mostly Moda Dea, and a lot of novelty yarns. Also, in the "up to $1" section, they had some Susan Bates tapestry needles and cable needles for $1 apiece. Maybe I just got lucky, but they had this booklet, "Paton's Designer Series," for $1. I just thought I'd share. Also, this community rocks! You've all had very inspiring FO's and hopefully I'll be posting some of mine soon, too!

*PS* I am not affiliated with Michael's in any way, I'm just excited about sales!
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Okay, I know there have been posts here about knitting a Dr. Who scarf; I've friggen seen them. But I'll be buggered if I can find anything when I use the Google engine thingy.

So. A friend of mine asked if I could make her a Dr. Who scarf. Those of you have made one: did you work from a pattern, or just fudge it from staring at pictures? (I must also confess to having never actually watched Dr. Who.)

Thanks in advance...
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some FOs and a needle question

Hi everyone. I learned to knit last summer and this is my first FO post here.

These were all Christmas gifts for my family, and a couple of the photos show the little tags I made for each item (with materials and washing instructions).

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Now a question: Is there any way to sharpen or otherwise smooth out the points of bamboo needles? My cat got a hold of one of my DPNs and gnawed on the tip of one a bit, so now there are little teethmarks. I guess the solution would be to buy replacements, but new needles aren't in the budget right now and I'm in the middle of knitting my first pair of socks.

Yarn Suggestions Needed for Childrens Fair Isle

I would like to make a fair isle sweater for a small child and am looking for advice from Moms & caretakers. I do not have children so I am asking those of you with more experience to help me out.

I would like to use 4ply/fingering or sport weight, wool or wool blend
The garment is intended to last, hopefully to be handed down amongst cousins
The parents do not have any issue with handwashing and cherish handknits (one of the reasons they get them :)

I am looking for something that will hold up to the washing needs of a child and be considered acceptable for a childs skin. I would also like suggestions that have actually been tested out - what have you used for your own children that worked out well or what are you planning to use? I would greatly appreciate your advice.

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Socks and Gauge...

Hey guys, I knitted a sock that fit my foot in Trekking, size US2 needles and cast on 48 stitches and it fit. it happened on accident (the pattern was with worsted yarn on size US4 and I didn't see that part). But still they fit so yay!

So the thing is I wanna get to the 60 stitch dream zone that so many sock patterns are written in (alteast in the books I read). Should I go down to US0 ? Does it matter with the yarn really? I thought the trekking was a bit "airy" and I tried it on US1 and it was about the same.

My foot is 8" wide below the toes, and 9 inches tall. I think thats a normal smaller size sock, not like XS or anything..

I'll also add that normally I am right on Gauge with knitting.


Since everyone was so helpful with my last post...

I made a straight stockinette scarf, thinking that that was the only way to get the effect I wanted. I told myself that I'd just block it when I was done (although I'd never blocked anything before) and it wouldn't curl too badly. Well, I finally got around to trying to block it, and it doesn't seem to be making any difference. I was told the yarn was wool (it was unmarked), and it worked fine when I spit spliced it.

So here's what I did; let's play spot the problem! First, I wet it in the sink, squished out most of the water, and pinned it to my ironing board and let it dry out overnight (yes, it's really dry in my house in the winter). That didn't seem to make a difference, so I tried pinning it back down and steaming it, holding my iron just over it on the steam setting, and pressing the steam button. Still, no difference that I can see.

It's not that I'm worried about the time it would take to frog it and do it again in something like a 1x1 rib, but more that I really want to figure out how to make this work. Am I wrong to think that I can block a lot of the curl out?

Thanks again guys!
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fingerless love

Thanks to all of you in this community who helped me through my many moments of doubt while making these Buttoned-Up Fingerless Gloves. As mentioned, they were my first challenging project. Thought I'd have more trouble figuring out how to reverse the pattern for the left hand, but it worked out fine!

So anyway, had to share the results. Actually finished these over New Year's weekend and just got around to pictures now.

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Learned a lot about binding off from these. Only thing I'd do over is make the left thumb as tight as the right one, but the difference isn't enough to make me actually go back there.