February 14th, 2006


A plea for yarn.

I am in need of yarn. I am in the beginning (Day 5/16 of the Knitting Olympics) and after swatching with the yarn I planned to use, it decided it didn't want to become Trellis from Knitty. So I delved into the mighty stash and found 6 balls of the lovely but discontinued CottonEase. 2 each of Orangeade, Pineapple and Bubblegum. I am making two Trellises for my 1 and 3 year old nieces. Well, I WANT to make two trellises. Alas, I will need one more Orangeade and One more of either of the other two.

DOES ANYONE HAVE A BALL OF ANY OF THESE YARNS, even at least a half a ball would work for the Orangeade?
I need one ball of OrangeAde
One ball of Pineapple
One ball of BubbleGum

I can paypal immediately or whatever arrangements you would like!?
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knitting journey

When I was about seven, my grandmother taught me how to knit. I liked doing it, even though all I ever did was knit a row, turn it around, and knit the next row. Initially I thought I would make it into a nice scarf. It would have become a scarf, if I had ever learned to bind off. My grandmother is from Poland - and didn't often make visits. So, I just kept knitting. Of course, I'm sure I could have found out how to finish my scarf somehow, but something just made me want to keep knitting. I knit the same scarf for years, throughout my teens, picking it up after perhaps a couple of months (or years) and knitting a few more rows. I always imagined I'd be knitting the same scarf when I was an old lady, hehe.

It's not a very good scarf - full of knots and changes of yarn mid-row - not to mention how it started out with perhaps fifteen stitches, but over the years has grown to about twenty-five stitches due to unconsciously-made yarnovers and other silly mistakes. Right now, it's really, really long. Too long to be a scarf. I recently thought about scrapping the whole thing and trying to salvage some of the yarn, but thought twice about it. I'm much too sentimental to destroy something I worked on for so many years... even if it is useless and not very desirable to anyone. I think I'll keep it anyway. :)

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phinjay H

Mrs. Weasley's Bell Sleeves

I'm a attempting to recreate the Mrs. Weasley Bell Sleeves from COS.  It's crochet, but I know there has been a lot of interest circling around even to knitters.  
From the pictures that I have, I think I've figured out the pattern of how they were made, or at least a close assessment.  If you are interested in what I've come up with, have any helpful hints or want to crochet/knit along with me, check out my blog

The sleeves can be knit. I saw a pattern for something similar in the recent issue of Knit1. The pattern was for a lacy pair of white bell sleeves and they had been attached to a white shirt for a pirate inspired look. It's not as rustic as the ones for HP, but it's a good place to start if you are trying to convert the pattern from crochet to knit.

Pixie Purls

Dumb Question Prolly

The instructions say;

The hat is knit entirely in stockinette stitch, bar the second row.

Does that mean purl the second row?

I have never seen the word bar before so that's all I can guess it is. Also isnt it odd when you knit a 2x2 rib, the purls seem to go into the back and the knits seem to pop forward, except when you are doing stockinette and have a random purled row, BOGGLES THE MIND!
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shamrock pattern?

The holiday today got me thinking that that all-important holiday, St. Patrick's Day, is coming up fairly soon. I happen to have a fair amount of green wool around, and I was thinking I would like to knit some small felted shamrocks, perhaps for use as pins, to be attached to hats/scarves/whatever. Does anyone have a pattern for something like this? In googling, I found several dishcloths and hot pads with shamrock designs, but no individual shamrocks.

A couple of interesting items - Fair Isle & Cables

I've been working on a couple of items I thought I would share.  One is a Mosaic & Cables scarf that I just finished for my Mom.  It was a little bit of a challenge with the two colors but I really like how it turned out.  It is fabulously warm for Michigan winters!  It was knit with 3 balls of yarn at once, 2 green and 1 in wine using Intarsia techniques with the color changes.

The other project is a pair of MS-FIFFAS's  -- Meg Swanson's Fair Isle Form Fitted Arch Socks from her book Knitting.  I have the cuff done and am working on turning the heel in two colors then starting the arch.  There are quite a few "when you get there" decisions and it is definitely challenging but so far a great deal of fun. ***Edited to add pics of scarf back as well Collapse )


"Bobblicious" pattern

Hi...I've been lurking for a while and enjoying everyone's posts, but this will be my first.

I'm working on Bobblicious from Knitty. I'm a relatively new knitter, and this is the first garment I've tried to make. I'm only a few rows in, and I have a looming sense of dread about the rest of the project. My main cringe-inducer is that every time I make one of the bobbles, some stitches disappear. I cast on 55, and by the end of a bobble row I'm down to ~36. I can't figure out what I must be doing to lose these stitches. Is there something odd you have to do when you turn

The other thing that has me worried is the size comparison between what I've got so far and what it looks like on the model in the picture. I'm using the same yarn and needles as called for in the pattern (Lion Thick 'n' Quick, US 15). But what I've got looks to be half as wide as what's in the picture.

Has anyone knit this pattern yet? Had any trouble? What Very Stupid Thing could I possibly be doing to lose those stitches? And should I quit worrying about the size and just keep knitting? (*fretfret*)
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Grafting question...

I'm working on Bubby from Knitty, and the directions for the arm tell you to graft together the last 5 stitches.

Now, I'm a bit of a grafting n00b, but everything I've read about Kitchener Stitch says that you need an *even* number of stitches, otherwise it doesn't work. Is there some fabulous technique for grafting an odd number of stitches??
[Brit&Justin] let you down

ipod cozy + black handwarmers of death

my loving boyfriend bought me a beautiful 30GB video ipod for Valentine's Day (a little early, on Saturday), and today i knit up a cozy for it using about 1/2 skein of noro silk garden #205. i love it, it took me about 4 hours or so. no pattern, i simply cast on 22 stitches on size 4 needles, then knit until it was long enough, then seamed the sides.

and finally, i don't know if anyone remembers, but i posted here about knitting with acrylic on bamboo needles, and how i had to frog a handwarmer i almost finished. i FINALLY finished the final one today, and i'm mailing those suckers out tomorrow. I'M NEVER KNITTING HANDWARMERS AGAIN. especially after 6 pairs of the exact same pattern. yeesh.

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but now i have nothing to knit. however, i've just ordered 4 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Iris Garden to knit up a Big Bad Baby Blanket for my sister whose baby girl is due in June!

star lace scarf?

I was sitting in class today, bored, as usual. I killed time by dreaming up a scarf that I want to make. Like most things I think of that I want, I don't think it exists.

What I want is a lace-ish scarf with a star design. Nothing too fancy, something that is done on worsted weight yarn. I was thinking along the lines of the heart scarf from the knitty breast cancer issue. Does anyone know of a pattern like this? Or at least a pattern that includes a star kind of like that I can turn into a scarf? I don't think I could create the star lace on the my own. I've never really done lace before.

I have this all imagined! It's to be brown, to wear in the early spring with my red jacket...

Oi. lol. Thanks for any help!!

Pattern Help - Translate? :)

Hey, group.

I got a pattern from my landlord to make a blanket. I managed to cast on twice and got to the first row before I was stumped. My knitting group isn't until Tuesday and I was hoping to get a jump on this blanket so I have an excuse to stay in tonight and through the weekend. :)

Can you help me figure out:

Row 1: K7, sl 2, K1, p2 sso

I read this as knit 7, slip 2 stitches (knit wise?), knit one, purl 2 stitches and slip a stitch over (but HOW?!)

Row 2: P1, K3, (K1, Yo, K1) in next stitch, K3

I read this as purl 1, knit three, and then in the next stitch knit one, yarn over (don't know how to do that, but gonna look it up) and knit one, then knit three.

Any help is great! It is supposed to create ripples if that helps explain where I am headed with this...

Thank you! :)