A question for people who've made sweaters and other high-wear items in KnitPicks' Wool of the Andes:
I completed a sweater this past Friday using Wool of the Andes knowing that it would likely pill a bit. What I didn't realize is exactly how much "a bit" is. I've worn it twice now and there are already spots in the fabric where you can no longer see the stitches because of the thick layer of fuzzballs that has developed.
How long-term is WotA's pilling in your experience? Does it eventually reach a critical mass, or will it not make a difference in the amount whether I take a razor to the piece? I've worked with some wools that only pill at the get-go and eventually stop once they've shed all of their short fibers, but then I've also worked with some that don't stop until the fabric's completely worn through, and in this case I'm worried that the WotA is leaning toward the latter. Is it safe to continue wearing my sweater as a day-to-day item, or should I reserve it for special occasions?
Are there any sites out there that have basic lace patterns of any sort?
I'm just starting a hat of my own creation that's basically going to look like a beret. The brim is ribbed and then the rest of the hat is going to be lacey. The only problem is, the only lace-like pattern I know is a simple yo, k2tog repeated endlessly. I've already got a project going in that pattern, so I'm kind of sick of it, and was hoping that someone knows of some lace pattern sites or something that have some nice patterns I can mess around with to throw into my hat.
Thanks in advance, guys! :D
I am looking for alternatives to Lion Brand Wool Ease (worsted and bulky).
The higher wool content the better but must be machine washable and dryable.
TIA for any information.
So I recently finished up spinning a nice 1650-yard skein of 2-ply 70/30 merino/silk yarn that's weighing in at about 7.5 ounces for the whole deal, and it's sturdy but has a nice loft to it, and weighs, well, very little. Upon lots of reflection, I've concluded that it's a summer cardigan. Soooo I am on the hunt for some basic elements which I'll most likely modify heavily, making it into a lacy summer cardigan somehow. Here's what I want:
- set-in sleeve
- at least a little shaping at the waist; not short row shaping though because I want to do a lace thing
- length anywhere from cropped (say at the navel) to about hip length
- not a wrap type thing, as I'm far too busty for that to work out
- neckline undetermined, but probably not a strict crewneck; collar possible
- closer fit (say 1-3 inches of ease depending on the overall design)
- button band! buttons right up the middle.
I'm hoping to find something that fits the bill and has a schematic, to save myself the structural design work... sizing isn't terribly important as I will adjust it regardless, yarn weight/gauge also not a critical factor (although the yarn's lace to fingering weight and I expect to use somewhere between US3 and US5 needles depending what swatches reveal). Anybody have any thoughts?
Question for all you pros...
I just bought some "Thick 'n Thin" yarn (It's one of those JoAnn Exclusives) from JoAnn Fabrics, and I was curious to see if I would be able to felt it. It's 75% wool and 25% nylon. I'm wondering if the wool will all felt leaving the nylon notiable, or if it will all felt together and create a nice looking project. Please help!!
PS....About my patchwork scrap quilt in case anyone was wondering. I decided to just knit 6 inches by 6 inches out of each yarn and then just crochet it all together. I bought one of those 6 inch rulers and it's nice and small to carry in my knitting bag with me, so it works like a charm. I only have like 8 blocks done so far, but it's getting there...pictures to come soon!!
i'm thinking of making the pattern i just created for my cardigan into a "real" pattern which means having various sizes. how does one do this? did you find standard measurements somewhere to use as a guideline? did you wing it? any advice would be appreciated. thanks!
KK...since the 75% wool blend I bought probably isn't going to felt, can anyone suggest a good AFFORDABLE wool that I can use to make my first ever felted project??
I might have missed the post, but has anyone seen any updates on the Snb vs. SFSE copyright situation?
I'm really wondering what's going to happen with that seeing as it effects lots of independent knitting groups.
Does any one have new scoop?
I am afraid of DPNs. They seem mysterious and awkward and generally "huh?" to me. And yet, I would like to say I once made a pair of socks. Heck, I'll take "a" sock. Just so I can say I did. So today I took a deep breath, bought a set of DPNs and sock yarn, and... dove in.
Uhm. It's not so scary. I started over three times before I was satisfied with how it was coming together, but now I'm taking a break from the itty-bitty knitting to save my hands. :p
So I hope that anyone reading this who has a "fear" of trying something with the knitting obsession will just follow my example and dive right in -- It's not so scary here in the "deep end", I promise!
I've decided my summer project is going to be the Under the Hoodie from Stitch 'n' Bitch.
I have two questions for you lovely people:
1. What is a good subistitute for the Rowan or is the only yarn that works? I can order it from e-bay if I have too.
2. Could someone help me convert the pattern to a 32" bust? I'm tiny....
To fit chest measurement Finished chest measurement
Small 36 ins [ 91.5 cm ] Small 41 ins [ 104 cm ]
Medium 38 ins [ 97 cm ] Medium 43 ins [ 109 cm ]
Large 40 ins [ 101.5 cm ] Large 46 ins [ 117 cm ]
What is the differences between the "to fit" measurement and the "finished chest" measurement? When deciding what size to make, should i be more concerned with the to fit?
OK, so, I just made this pair of mittens with stripes of 4 rows each. The mittens were knit on two needles. Now, as I'm sitting here sewing up the side seams and weaving in the many, many ends of the two colors I used for the stripes, I'm having some thoughts...
Why did I do this this way?
Why did I make these mittens? I hate weaving in ends.
Should I have just carried the yarn up over the other colors? It's only four rows each.
Should I sew up the side seams using some of the ends?
Should I tie two ends together and just cut the yarn at the knot?
It goes on like this forever.
I'm curious to see how you all handle this situation. Weaving in ends, joining colors, whatever. Color work in general. I have different ways of handling it for different pieces of work, I guess. I'm not looking for advice, just sort of a general idea of what other people do. Hope this stimulates some good discussion...
Okay, so I'm looking at The Knitting Fiend's Sock-U-Lator II. After doing the backward loop cast-on, it says to "pick up and knit 6 stitches from the first 4 loops". Does that mean I do an increase? What the heck is it talking about? I'm so confused!! Help, O Wonderful Knitters of the Knet!
Obviously with more complex projects, the knitting needs your full attention, but what about when you hit a long path of garter stitch or regular 2x2 ribbing?