January 16th, 2006

Shy Violet

Hidy Ho!

Hello all!

I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to join and a beginner knitter of 3 days.. hee hee
I've been enjoying learning and I can't wait to get the basics down. I am getting stuck on the knit stitch. I've found some web sites with some good instruction, but I think ultimately I need some face to face intruction. lol
Glad to have found this community!
Happy kitty

2 unrelated questions - Magic loop and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted

1. Dudes, I totally learned Magic Loop this weekend. I was trying to make one of the little toys in the Jess Hutch booklet, and you had to start off by casting on 6 stitches on the DPNs. I tried for over an hour, and the needles kept falling out and it was a huge fiasco and I was near tears. I had read about Magic Loop before, but totally didn't get it, so I never explored it further. This time I watched the video on knittinghelp.com, and it totally clicked and I was able to make the toy in a couple hours! I was so psyched! Then the next day, I was making a hat, and I got to the part where I'd normally have to insert the DPNs to do the decreases, but I was using my Denises, so I figured I'd see if I could add on an extra cord to make it longer and try Magic Loop for the decreases, and that totally worked! I feel like I am a big cheater, but I don't care! Anyway, my question: Can I do ANYTHING on Magic Loop that I could do on DPNs? Am I totally absolved from ever having to deal with these things again? Or are there some things in which I will need to use them?

2. Has anyone here worked with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted? I am wondering how soft it is? It claims to be soft, but I am pretty much restricted to Merino, as far as wool around my neck goes, and it doesn't say that it's 100% Merino, it just says 100% wool. Do you think it's soft enough for sensitive skin?


prayer shawl exchange?

I'm going through a difficult time in my life right now. And I had this moment of thinking, "Wow, it would be really awesome if someone made me a prayer shawl. I have the materials, and time, to make one myself, but it wouldn't be the same." And, at the same time, when things are difficult, it makes you want to reach out to other people and help them.

Putting these two concepts together, I'm wondering - is there another knitter out there who is also having a rough time of things (bereavement, health, relationships, whatever) who would like to exchange prayer shawls with me?

Please feel free to email me if you don't want everyone to know that you're having trouble - ladyanemone at gmail dot com. Or you can just leave a comment with your email address. If I get multiple responses, I will try to match them with each other, possibly by geographic area, so feel free to mention that as well.
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Tuscany Love

I finished my socks last Tuesday night! You'll notice how even though both skeins were the same dye lot they're really quite different. These are Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the Tuscany colorway. I’m not so tickled pink about the orange and how different each skein was, but that’s the beauty of handpainted yarn. Collapse )
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sweater woes.

Hi again!
A while ago I made this post, and for reference, I am making my first sweater (or trying to), klaralund.

Well, I've finished my first piece (hooray!) which will become either the back or the front (they are the same), but there's a problem.
Before I started, I took measurements, made a swatch, checked it (it was perfect), and cast on the correct number of stitches to make a size large. When I finished this piece, I measured the width. As the back piece and the front piece are the same, I expected the width of the piece to be exactly half the chest width measurement of the size large. It's not! It's about 3 inches short, in fact. What gives?! I may be a relative beginner, but my stitches are pretty even. It's not even close to the right size, it'll barely be a size small now.


Skirts and dresses

So I've had my eye on the summer dress from IK Summer '05, and also on knitty's eyelet skirt.

I remember a pretty recent post discussing what a bad idea knit skirts and dresses are, in general. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with THESE patterns, specifically. They just look so pretty to me, I had to ask in hopes that there might be exceptions to the general rule!

When gifts don't fit

So, this morning my SO confessed that the socks I'd knit him were ... a little loose. Instead of taking this with equanimity, I felt annoyed. I knew the first one was loose, and I thought I'd made the second one a bit better fitting. I'd asked my husband if the first one was too loose, and he says, "it's perfect." The thing is, I want him to tell me the truth so I can make future socks for him fit better, but he's afraid to tell me the truth because he doesn't want to hurt my feelings. My annoyance at the second one being loose was annoyance not at him, but at my inability to correct the second sock to fit better.

So, I'm curious, how have the dynamics of a not-quite perfect-fitting garment worked out between you and your recipients? Or do you just stick to one-size-fits-all scarves? ;-)
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aaron, captain drew, divinebird

FO - Dartmouth Scarf

ETA: SORRY about the cut! I don't know what I was thinking. XD

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This was my Christmas gift to my little sister, who is doing her Master's degree at Dartmouth. She wanted one of the school scarves, but they sell for something like $80 at the co-op, and they're crappy acrylic. I decided to make her a REAL school scarf. This baby is all soft wool, boasts 21 stripes, and took me a couple of months to complete. It is, so far, the biggest labor of love I have yet undertaken.

Not that it was a difficult project, not by a long shot. It's just tedious and time-consuming to knit nothing but stockinette in the round for 5 1/2 feet. XD Plus, I couldn't knit it at the movies, for instance, because I needed to keep the row count even between stripes.

All in all, though, it was totally worth it. I am in love with this scarf. It is double-thick (it's basically a really wide tube), it's super warm, it can be worn any one of a dozen ways. I will be sorry to mail it off to teh Seester, but she already loves it (I gave her the 1/2 finished object at christmas) and I know she'll take care of it.

Besides, maybe she'll give out my card. ;)

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HR: Dumple Dance

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Okay, I need some ideas here. I hope this makes sense, I'm a little very sleepy.

I'm knitting a bra/boob type dealio for a friend of mine who had a double mastotasecectomy (ha.) and wants a combo... thing. My plan is basically to make a wide garter band with stockinette cups that I can stuff with pillow filling and sew a back over. The closest thing I can find to what I need, patternwise, is this, but it looks like 3/4th cup, and I'd need to do a full cup plus a little more to sew it closed in the front, like a tube. I'm only an advanced beginner, so I'm a little nervous about the turns, but I think I can do this (and she's so excited to have boobs again so I'll try just about anything). She just wants an A cup, maybe a small B at the largest. She's picked out Caron simply soft yarn, which is a light worsted. I'd like to do this on 7's or 10.5's as the rest of my needles seem to have run away. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can modify the pattern, or does a pattern like what i need exist someplace?

FO! ipod thingy

well, i finished my daughter's ipod purseything last night.
i did it in lion's brand 'landscapes'...and it worked out just fine.

i apologize for the fuzziness of the fotos. she wouldn't stand still. (she loves it.)
thanks to all of you who commented on my landscapes/felt ratio post.

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Plan 9

Didn't Work Out too well

This is my 2nd FO. It is a stripped scarf in stockinette stitch. Uneven isn't even the word to use. But I suppose I'll wear it, once it is tied no one can tell. My first one came out much better, but I didn't have to change yarns and it was thicker yarn and bigger stix.

2nd FO

1st FO

I learned a lot making the 2nd one. I know what I have done wrong.
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Valley Yarns Longmeadow

I just got an email from WEBS announcing a new Valley Yarns yarn: Longmeadow, a 60/40 cotton/microfibre blend. Perhaps this would be an affordable substitution to Rowan Calmer? I know lots of people have asked in the past about finding cheaper alternatives to Calmer.

Finished at Last

Inspired by all the fabulous FOs in this community I finally finished a knitting project. Last summer I resolved to knit something from one of the old knitting magazines that I have collected over the years. I knit a hat from Pingouin -Createurs Autumn/Winter 1985/86, designed by Thierry Mugler. I used Lorna Lace washable bulky wool in "Camouflage". My daughter graciously modeled it for me.


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You were warned

For those of you who haven't seen Stephanie's blog today, she's got a challenge a brewin'. A challenge for all of us out there during the winter Olympics- cast on at the flames, and off at the end of the Olypmics- 16 days to finish a project of your choice that you deem worthy of a medal! Swatching is encouraged and allowed before the cast-on start. Let's see some quality knitting out there folks, and keep it safe. Ready, set, GO!
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Hey everyone!

I hadn't been knitting as much as I'd've liked to over the past few weeks, and that plus some major procrastination on my part led me to have a sort of knitting epiphany this weekend. I learned how to cable (looks great, very easy to do, and fun :D), pick up stiches, and count rows (those last two were really difficult when I first started knitting, but they aren't hard at all. whew!). Yay!

Over the past few day I've been knitting my friend's harry potter scarf. I have to finish before the weather gets warm, and its a great project to do while reading or whatnot-- you don't have to think about a pattern at all.
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Now what I really want to do are SOCKS. I'm kinda sorta terrified of them though :).



Yes I know, it's another scarf. But this scarf is special because I always make scarves for everybody but none for myself, so I am keeping this one for me.
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It's just a garter/drop stitch scarf and the yarn is the Jo-Ann's sensations. It only took a skein but it's really long. I like it because it's nice and warm and soft!

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Gifty FOs

I think my knitting needles are getting jealous of the piano... A friend of mine has gotten me hooked on Regina Spektor's music and I will sit at the piano for HOURS figuring out songs.

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fat kitty

trade and advice

so, i somehow ended up with extra copies of winter 2005 interweave knits and the man issue of knit.1 magazine. if you would like these 2 or would like to trade for the 2005 crochet issue of IK, post a response with your email and i'll get in touch with details. really, i would prefer to trade with someone for the crochet issue.

second, i would like to knit a sweater for the first time. i've done some medium-skill knitting like the kittyville hat and the danica scarf from knitty. does anyone have a recommendation on a good beginner sweater pattern that really spells everything out?

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another pattern question!!! I'm making a tiny debbie bliss raglan pullover sweater for my cousin's new baby. the pattern reads:

Shape Raglan
Bind off 3 stitches at beg of next 2 rows
1st row: k2, skpo, k to last 4, k2tog, k2
2nd row: p to end
Repeat the last 2 rows until 21 stitces rem, ending with a p row.

my question, when it says to repeat, do they want you to BO 3 stitches at the beg of every row and then do either 1st row or 2nd row pattern?

Thanks for your advice!! i'm seriously a novice when it comes to decoding patterns! =(

Triumph in making a sweater for a small frame!

I have finally made a sweater that fits! After a failure with Blackberry and several other projects that I always followed the smallest size pattern, i've learned some things. I hope they can help you, so I've listed them below, as well as some fancy pictures I took with my dad's camera.

Edit to add: I just have to thank everyone for your awesome compliments. I meant for this to be more of a lesson than anything else but you all have really made my day! I really needed the emotional pickup :)
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Superwash blocking

I just finished a sweater that ended up with really long sleeves. It is the "to dye for" sweater from stitch and bitch (I even shortened the length of the sleeves by 3 inches and they still ended up long). I am hoping that blocking will enable me to shorten them a little bit. The sweater is made out of cascade superwash wool and I am wondering if superwash wool blocks as well as regular wool. I have never blocked superwash wool before and wanted to know what kind of results I could expect. Thanks in advance.

Pointy-hatted Goodness!

This is the pointy cap I inquired about last month, as in how to make decreases to make it long and pointy. I think I should have stuck to my original plan and done two straight rounds between decreases, as it's not nearly as long as I liked. But as I was working on it, a bandmate of my husbands said he wanted one just like it, so, I just finished it as it was. :) A free hand knit, stockinette on US8 (Clover 12" circs!) with Nashua Wooly Stripes (a lot like Noro Kureyon, but MUCH softer!), obtained from Crafty Planet in NE Minneapolis.

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Christmas FOs (at last)

So I finally finished most of my Christmas presents, and mailed them off last week. I still have one scarf to finish, but I'm not waiting any longer to post Collapse )

And now back to more knitting. Just two more rows on that last scarf, and my Christmas knitting will be 100% done. Of course, have 5 or 6 projects on the list after that. ;)

Trying to figure out a design element

I saw a picture of something today (I wish I had one to show you, but it was in an Argentinian newspaper...oh well, long story) of a little bag with an interesting design I would love to recreate.

It was a waist pack with a flap, and the flap had a hole in it where the handles (on either side of the bag) went through, effectively closing the top of the bag under the flap. The one I saw was in leather, but obviously I'm thinking in yarn, to be felted.
Picture a rectangle, with handles in the middle of the long sides, and grafted together - say for a bag 65 stitches wide, after it is finished, bo 20, k10, bo5, k10, bo20, with the k10 sections becoming the handles, and when long enough, grafted to each other. This would be done on each side. All good so far. So, my question to those of you who have better experience with these things, and better design skills than my nonexistant ones, is this...if you were doing this, and wanted to make a flap, would you do the flap first, then go back and pick up the stitches for the handles, or would you do the handles first, and then pick up stitches for the flap, or am I am complete moron and this wouldn't work because...well, because I forgot something?

There may be a pattern like this out there somewhere, but I don't remember ever seeing one, so if you have, or you have any clue what would work for something like this, please, share your brilliance. :)


(I do love my Einstein knitting icon, but obviously, I'm no Einstein when it comes to this, so forgive my presumption, and laugh at the self mockery!)

Edited to clarify: I do not want to make a waist pouch, I am only interested in the mechanics behind the flap/strap design. Sorry for the confusion!
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wearing skirts in january.

Hey there! I'm a relatively new knitter, and I'm contemplating a project. I just bought some really bright blue Caron Simply Soft yarn, and I was thinking about making legwarmers. Basically, I'm planning on knitting them in the round on dps, with about, say, three inches of rib on the bottom, stockinette up past the calf, and three more inches of rib on top. I wanted to thread some ribbon through the top, for extra decoration and some more support. It's pretty thin ribbon (say, 1/4 inch?), and I was wondering how I could best accomodate threading it though. My plan: learn the drop stitch, and put that about halfway through the rib. But would that look all right interspersed through a rib? Will I have major problems? I've never worked a drop stitch before, either. Any suggestions?
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bragging rights

I just FINALLYFINALLYFINALLY figured out the basics of double pointed needles. It turns out I was casting on wrong before.

I feel like I could climb Mount Everest.

(sorry for the pointless post, but I have no one to brag to right now)

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I knit a bag with 100% merino wool.

I put said bag in my washing machine (a high efficiency washer) and the felting has been minimal. (Little soap, in pillowcase, with jeans for rubbing, hot water...)

How do I hand felt?

Is it my washer?



ok, im getting quite worried about the sweater im knitting from stitch n bitch (skully)
i just barely got started when i realized that it may not work:

the pattern called for brown sheep company's lamb's pride worsted (pattern said to use US 10 1/2 needles, gauge is 13 sts and 20 rows= 4" in St st)
i hate itchy yarn (and am not inclined to spend 40 something dollars on a sweater i might screw up) so i used wool-ease (recommended needles are US 8, gauge is 18 sts and 24 rows= 4" by 4")
there is also intarsia on the sleeves, so will that be messed up?

i am still using US 10 1/2 needles, although i realized i probably should have used US 8.

will this be a huge problem? if anyone who has used this pattern before could offer tips, that would be great.

one more question about the pattern:

Shape armhole
BO 1 st at beg of next 6 rows, then works 3" more in ST st, ending with a WS row.
does that mean i will be working in ST st for the first 6 rows too?

thank you thank you thank you to anyone who can help!!!
red rose

FO's and new stuff!

I was very busy knitting over break. I finished and started lots of stuff that are all under the cut.

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In other news, the pretty deep blue Lion Brand chenille yarn tempted me and now I have to figure out what to make with it. I'm thinking that slippers would be nice, so if anyone has a pattern for slippers made with bulky yarn, that would be much appreciated. Otherwise,maybe a stuffed toy would be nice. I also decided to use my new Manos to make a stripey version of either SnB's To Dye For sweater or the cowl. Right now I'm leading towards the former. But if anyone has any reasons as to why one would be better than the other, I'm all ears. Or eyes, as the case may be. This would be my first sweater. O_O I'm also thinking of knitting Knitty's womb pattern and donating it to the campus FMLA. Because a feminist group really needs a stuffed uterus. I'm also getting my Denise's interchangeable needles this week. I am SO excited! ^_^
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I'm knitting liesel (http://yummyyarn.indus3ous.com/patterns/MJG_Liesel.pdf#search='Liesel%20Scarf') and, well, it's not coming along too hott. I know that since it's lace it will need to be blocked, but when I kind of stretch it out to see how it's coming it just seems very open, like the leaves don't really stay as dense as they look like they should in the picture. I'm afraid to start over on smaller needles, because I'm not sure if that would fix the problem.

Just in case this helps, I'm knitting it using Paton's Classic Merino Wool. The yarn calls for US7 and I'm using US8.

Any ideas?
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Finishing--what to use?

Hello again! I'm almost finished with this sweater... It's worked up in Lion Brand Chenille T&Q. Now I'm almost at the part I hate most... piecing it together! Eek! Now, I was wondering... should I use the same yarn for stitching this monster together? Something of a smaller weight? Same weight? Also, the pattern calls for a zipper. Should I impose on my mother's sewing machine with a regular zipper foot or do I need something totally exotic for this weight? ( I took one sewing class a year ago and all of the knowlege I received has already fled my brain, wah!) Help?