January 30th, 2006

jamie hyneman

FO - Rowan Beret (KSH)

I got two balls of Kidsilk Haze when I subscribed to Rowan International, but I didn't really like the pattern for the scarf that I got with it. Also with Rowan International, you get access to downloadable free patterns, and I finally decided on this beret.

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Knitpicks WOTA or Cascade 220 for felting

I am thinking of heading up to my LYS to get some Cascade 220 for a felted bag I want to make for myself. But I've heard good things about Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. WOTA is about $3.60 for two skeins equalling 220 yards. Cascade 220 is about $6 a skein at my LYS, but I know it and love it, it felts easily and it comes in the colors I want.

Is the WOTA a good substitute for the price? I probably wouldn't qualify for free shipping, so that's an additional cost as well, which may negate the savings - I honestly haven't calculated it to find out.

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pattern request...

A former student of mine from when I lived in Japan is now living with me as an American exchange student for one year, and his birthday is coming up in March, so I was thinking of knitting him a scarf. Handmade knitted items are gaining a lot of popularity in Japan so I thought it would be a good gift for him to take back home with him. Could anybody point me in the direction of a scarf pattern that would knit up fairly quickly and simply? I guess I could always just do something in stockinette or rib, but I was hoping for something a little more unique than that without being too complicated/time-consuming. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (^_^) Thanks!
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Hi! I'm new!

I thought I'd make a quick post to say hello and that sort of thing. I'm currently working on a few things:

1) A bag that I'm going to felt that I'm knitting with Galway (worsted weight) in lavender and black. I've never felted before, so we'll see!

2) A cable scarf made with a wool/acrylic mix. Not the most experience cable-er, so we'll see how that works out.

3) A few small squares of Kid Mohair, with beads and fake pearls to put little things I have scattered around the apartment on, just to make it pretty.

4) A scarf for me in Homespun (not sure how much I like it, it keeps bunching) in this dusty, dark purple color called "Gothic" that I really like.

So that's it for now. I really like reading all the posts on here and seeing what everyone is up to!

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I'm getting ready for Superbowl Sunday. Here's a link to a scarf I made in Pittsburgh Steeler colors since I don't have any official 'gear' to wear. I have lots of black in my wardrobe so a gold scarf was definitely in order.

Flat to Raglan Sweater?

My husband had to take an emergency trip home to Canada (we live in Japan) and I was thinking of trying to make him a sweater while he's gone. He has a crew neck from Old Navy that he likes but it has a hole in the arm so I was thinking of making one almost the same, maybe just different colours. The Old Navy sweater is knit flat and seamed (sorry, I can't take a pic - he has the camera), but I was thinking of making a seamless raglan instead since the Curse you Boyfriend sweater on The Anticraft is similar and since I have The Sweater Workshop, which gives instructions for a similar sweater but it is also a raglan, knit in the round.

So, my question is, is there anything I should keep in mind when trying to recreate a flat knit sweater as a seamless raglan?

Thanks in advance!

Salvaging a loose hat

I started knitting a hat with some soft boucle yarn I got at Big Lots. I did it in 2x2 rib to make it stretchy and estimated the number of stitches, figuring a stretchy rib would be forgiving. But I just discovered that the gauge is bigger than I expected, and now that there's enough hat to measure, it seems that it's about 24" around unstretched. I've knitted about an inch of material, and the yarn doesn't hold up well to frogging, so I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to use what I have. I only have one skein of this stuff, so I'm not sure I'd have enough yarn left if I just started over.

Do you think it would look OK to do decreases now to make it the right circumference, leaving what I have now as a sort of brim? Or could I possibly sew elastic to what I have?

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Also, my latest FO, a bag that I knitted from two colors that didn't seem to go together until I tried it. It's for donation, but I liked it so much when it was done that I wanted to keep it. Nothing special in the knitting technique, but I liked how it came out.
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Help with "Gifted" mittens


I'm doing the "Gifted" mittens, my first mitten project, and I'm about to seam the thumb. However, I don't know how to crochet, and the directions don't add up logically in my head. The pattern reads "Pass hook through edge sts. Pull loop through edge sts and loop on hook".
I'm not quite sure how to do that. Admitted, I haven't really tried as of yet, because I'm afraid I'll screw up the sts.

Here's where my logic gives in: if you pull the yarn through the edge sts and the st on the hook, wouldn't you end up with the same amount of sts? And if you didn't, what about the yarn you just pulled through? Wouldn't that just go right back through the sts if you pulled on it? I simply don't understand the directions, and I'm beginning to feel stupid and frustrated. :(

Please, please help me?

x-posted to Craftster.org as well.

Cotton Chenille "Worms"

I received my order from The Naked Sheep much faster than I ever expected. In earlier posts, I learned what "non-worming, 100% cotton chenille" meant, so I wasn't too concerned. However, I think Cottage Knits may have forgotten to deworm it. The beautiful "grass" green yarn already appears to be worming its way out of the skein. This is going to be a challenge!
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Washing baby yarns?

A good friend of mine is pregnant, and I'm planning to knit various things for her baby. Another friend of mine who has a daughter emphasised the importance of giving items which can be washed at 40 degrees, which I can entirely understand. However several of the patterns that I want to follow use Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere), which apparently needs to be washed on a 30 degree wool cycle.

I don't want to give my friend items which would be a real pain to wash -- she'll want hard-wearing things which can be thrown in with all her other laundry. But most of the baby yarns I find seem to adhere to the 30 degree wool cycle option.

So two questions: 1, does anyone have any experience of washing recommended-30-degree yarn at 40 degrees, and what does/will that do to the material? And 2, assuming that 30 degree yarn is Just No Use for real mothers, is there any other (more practical) baby yarn that you would recommend? Thank you.


That would be First-Ever Fair Isle Finished Object!

This was my first attempt at fair isle. I used the two-handed method from Philosopher's Wool. Since I'm an English to Continental convert, holding the yarn in both hands was pretty easy.

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Yarn is KnitPicks Merino Style.

I also have a couple of questions for you accomplished fair isle knitters.

1) When you have a complete row or round with only 1 color, do you drop the second color and just knit with one color? (That's what I did).

2) Do you cut the yarn every time you change colors, or just bring unused colors up the side until they are needed again? (I didn't cut, unless it was going to be a a significant number of rows until the color would be needed again).
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Lion Brand Cashemere Yarn?

Hey, I saw this in the new Catalog (how the heck did Lion Brand get my address?? - prolly joanns!) and it has some cashmere pastel yarn.

Has anyone used this? I would love to hear reviews, thoughts about the price and even FO's or UFO's!
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ISO Stuffed Kitty Pattern

Hello Knitters,

I'm hoping someone out there will know what I'm talking about and point me in the right direction.

I'm looking for a pattern for a stuffed cat to knit for a friend. I remember coming across one online that I'm almost positive was free and complete and would swear I had it bookmarked, but alas I did not. I've searched via Google for things like stuffed knit cat kitten kitty etc. but to no avail (which doesn't mean it's not out there, I may just have missed it in my search). The pattern I'm looking for is a white cat in a normal cat position (not upright like Kate in the recent Knitty). Unfortunately I don't remember the yarn or anything else that would be helpful to know.

I remember thinking that specific pattern was ideal, but if you have alternate suggestions I'm all ears (or eyes). Thanks!!
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A stupid question

I'm knitting a scarf on size 13 needles in ladder stitch (I think). It's Row 1: K2 P2 repeated to end and Row 2: Purl to end. It looks good with the worsted weight wool that I'm using. I've decided on a 6 inches navy 6 inches teal pattern also. It looks really nice on the needles. The problem is the sides curl in. I'm new to knitting scarves outside of a k3 yo k3 yo k3 pattern. I knit mostly hats and socks. My question is.... Is there anything I can to do stop it from curling? Blocking? Or maybe felting it some? I might be SOL, but I wasn't sure and thought I'd ask you guys.
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Scarf on circulars....HOW many stitches?!?

Ok. I am making a scarf on size 10.5  29" circulars.  I'm using http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Gedifra_Yarn-Distrato_Yarn-756.html. The yarn calls for size 6 needles. Now for this scarf. i want to make it length-wise on the circulars..duh, why else would I use ciruclars. Anyway, 6 sts =1 inch for me.  I need about 62 inches worth of scarf. So that means I'd have to cast on 372 sts.  That seems like sooo much. Is that right??? Please give your input.
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booga bag

Hi everyone...been lurking for awhile but need some advice. I made the Booga Bag by Black Sheep Designs and wondered if anyone else has. It's been felted and looks great (I used the noro suggested in the blues)- no digital camera so no pics...anyway I wondered if it was sturdy enough as is or does it need a lining--uggh...I love knitting, hate sewing.
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substitution for Debbie Bliss Merino DK?

I'm preparing myself to knit a tiny cardigan for my future niece or nephew. The pattern calls for Debbie Bliss merino DK and I need 8 balls, but at ~$7.50/ball things are looking pretty pricey. I'm a student and I really don't want to swing $60+ for a baby sweater. I mean, I will if I absolutely have to, but I'm not looking forward to it =p

So, any suggestions? The tension is 22sts and 44 rows to 10cm/4in on US 5 needles.

Elann gave me some suggestions, but most need to be hand washed and laid flat to dry, and I'm obviously looking for something a little more new parent friendly.

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