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jessiebeans
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jessiebeans
Ok well i am knitting a blanket for a pregnant Stanford mom, I want to knit her school colors for her son to be...


The color is Cardinal.. anyone know where I can get the yarn???
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lilsailorknits
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lilsailorknits
Does anyone know somewhere online that carries the Wedding Ring Shawl pattern that's in the US? I've tried Google searching and came up with nothing. I'd rather not pay a small fortune to get a pattern if I can avoid it.

On another note (and the real reason I'm posting here), how did you learn Fair Isle? I did search the community but didn't get much in the way of what I was looking for - but if I missed it, please point me in that direction. I'd really like to get into Fair Isle and stranded knitting, but I'm having a difficult time finding something simple (and easy) to start with. I want to get some real practice in it before trying some more involved things, so is there a sampler type pattern that would be good for someone new to the technique? Maybe a hat or scarf or something? What was your first project? I'd love to take a class, but none of my LYS's are offering anything in the way of Fair Isle classes anytime soon (they do have them, but none are scheduled and they don't know when they'll be offering it again).

I'm not afraid to try new things (though I must admit that steeking scares me!) and I have been able to tackle some bigger projects without difficulty. So, what would you recommend? Any web sites with free videos or tutorials on Fair Isle/stranded knitting that helped you?

TIA!

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supertoki
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supertoki
Still working on the infamous BLOOM from last fall’s Rowan magazine. I managed to get through the shoulder’s short rows successfully (wahoo!) and have stumped on the next part of the pattern. Hoping you crafty ladies can help out.....?

Next Row (RS) – Work to last 4 sts, K2tog, work to end
Next Row (WS) – Work 2 sts, P2tog, work to end

(part I’m stuck on)
Working all neck decreases as set by last 2 rows, dec foll 2 alt rows, then on foll 4th row
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azziria
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azziria
Finished the soccer scarf for DS, and just finished the beanie I made with the leftover yarn. It's come out really well (considering I've never knitted a hat before, and never knitted on circular needles or dpns, and I merged and adapted two different patterns).

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My DS is delighted with these, I'm glad to say. I just hope I don't end up having to knit another 10 for the rest of the team...

Current Mood: pleased pleased

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zebbiejohnson
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zebbiejohnson
I'm looking to make a felted shoulder bag (like a messenger but without the flap over the top) that will end up about 30cm by 20cm with a 3cm gusset in a bright green colour, so that I can applique pre-made-felt lemurs onto both sides and knit their furry ring-tails in the round to use as the strap, meeting at the shoulder (I was a Biological Anthropology Major).

The only problem is that I've never felted before, so I have no idea how much yarn I will need to make the basic bag - the entrelac tote pattern on Knitpicks seems to suggest 6-7 skeins of Wool of the Andes, does that seem reasonable, or too few? I'm happy to take advice and would def. rather buy too much than too little as I don't want to run out and would like to swatch first, also possibly do a small section of the strap in the middle so you can see it is two tails. How much wool should I be getting?

Also, how big should I make the pre-felted bag if I want pretty close to the final dimensions above, using Wool of the Andes? I'm assuming just using stockinette stitch and making one long bag piece for both sides and the base, and then attaching two sides to it, I've heard it shrinks from 4units to 3units during felting, is this the case in all dimensions?
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captainvern
OK, so, I need to block something.



What sorts of things does everyone here like to block on? I'm thinking of using some push pins and foam-board (from the crafts store). Has anyone done it that way? Any better suggestions?


By the way, I'm blocking something made of crochet thread. Not sure if that makes a difference (as opposed to, say, heavy wool.)
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theresa_grant
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theresa_grant
For those of you who have helped lighten my stash, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm down to one crate of working yarn (in theory). :)

The people who contacted me, confirmed what they wanted, and sent postage have had their stuff shipped out to them today. I have sent you messages separately so you can keep track.

However, there is still stuff available! Some people didn't get back to me on what they wanted, so if you want to participate in the stash giveaway the original link to it is at http://community.livejournal.com/knitting/6715302.html?view=69047718#t69047718 . Still available are groups 2, 6, 7 and 8.

Anything still not spoken for by tomorrow goes to the local senior citizen's center. But who knows, maybe in those groups there's something you have wanted to play with?

Current Mood: content content

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bertha79
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bertha79
Background: We're going on a 4 day ski trip next weekend.
Problem: My hair looks like total ass from being smooshed under a hat all day
Solution: Apres-Ski Kerchief from Handknit Holidays
Yarn: 1 skein of Blue Sky Alpaca worsted hand-dyes in green (50% Alpaca/50% Merino)
Needles: 24" size 9 Denise Interchangeable Circs
Time to complete: 1 weekend
Notes: I used the yarn suggested in the pattern and I *loved* working with it. Malabrigo was my favorite yarn prior to this, but this might beat it out! Unforunately, at $19 for 100 yards, I don't think I'll be working with it as often as I would like. I would kill for a sweater made out of this stuff. Luckily thanks to a friendly knitswapper, I have 2 more skeins of this stuff in blue and I can't wait to find something to make with it. This pattern was a really fun and easy knit. I really like the panel up the middle. I don't feel right in calling in "lace" since it's a kind of a bulky yarn and just created with yarn overs and decreases, but I like it whatever it is!
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jylcat
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jylcat
Does anyone have experience with the Birch Leaf Socks from Gathering of
Lace? I started this pattern using very nice sock yarn, a wool/tencel
blend on size 0 needles (as stated in the pattern). I'm not a
particularly tight knitter, but these socks are insanely small. I couldnt' get
them over my ankle. Has anyone else found these socks to be very small
when knitted on the suggested needles? Maybe it's my yarn. I got a
few inches past the heel and decided i had to start over on at least size
1 needles, but I'm not sure if I should go up to size 2's even. Any
suggestions? Would blocking increase the size enough to even matter?
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Current Mood: disappointed disappointed

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lta
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lta
And this is one of the first FOs. It's a knit Moebius done without seams. The technique can be frustrating at first but after establishing the twist and getting the first round done it's actually pretty simple.

MoebiusCollapse )

I cut off the top of my head but that's ok, the scarf is the focus anyway ;)

Current Mood: artistic

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dottiemaggie
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dottiemaggie
Pattern: Cleaves
Yarn: Jo-Ann exclusive Bellezza Collection: Cosetta
Other: 8mm DPNs, 8mm 61cm circulars
Cast on: Jan 19/06
Cast off: Feb 3/06 (in a fit of laziness, left the ends to be woven in the next day..)

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freshwaterpurls
I've been searching for a seamless, no steak, fair isle sweater pattern. I've found a few online but they only use borders of fair isle and I'm looking for something that is ALL fair isle. Does anyone have any links? Thank you!
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n0n0
I am a little concerned by LionBrand.com. They are putting up incorrect felting instructions and I was wondering if you guys think someone should contact them:

"FELTING

Place Tote, Straps, and Loop in mesh laundry bag or a pillowcase. If pillowcase is used, pin closed. Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape."


The part i am concerned with is the "Dry by Machine" ... this has ruined a few of my projects (test projects to see if it would work) and I am worried that someone might screw up a perfectly felted bag by throwing it into the dryer.... here is the link to the new pattern for reference:

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/40647.html

What do you guys think?

Update:
Thanx for your input... I guess this is just another "Technique" ... all you knitters are awesome!! :)
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capsicumanuum
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capsicumanuum
I'm embarassed as all get-out about this, but here goes:

I recall seeing a sweater pattern I really liked in this community at some point in the recent past. I thought I bookmarked it, but it's not in my bookmarks or my del.icio.us page. In my defense, I looked at the subject-line archives for knitting going back to mid-December, clicking through on anything that had no subject line, had a subject line that indicated finished object, or that even remotely looked like it would have sweater pattern links in the comments. I've also googled and checked Knitting Pattern Central, with no luck.

Anyway, the pattern in question was a pullover sweater. The photo showed it knit in either a solid color or heathered yarn (I don't recall. ::facepalm::), but I remember thinking "Wow, that would look really great in a tweedy yarn." It had minimal textured patterning (again I don't recall specifics, but it was either subtle cables or an interesting rib or a variant of creating geometric designs with raised purl bumps).

If I can't find the particular pattern I am looking for that's fine. After all, I barely remember what it looks like! I am, however, looking for a pattern that has a little teeny bit of texture and would look good in a tweed yarn. Googling for patterns that explicitly call for tweed yarns hasn't inspired me much.

I'm knitting this as a gift, and the recipient picked the yarn, a worsted weight navy blue wool with flecks of orange, hence the emphasis on "must look good in tweed." Free patterns are great, but I'm more than happy to purchase a pattern or book, if necessary.
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dandelion
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dandelion
Thanks for everyone's help yesterday- I've decided to go with Caron Simply Soft Quick for my anthropologie capelet. However, I can't find anywhere that sells it for a reasonable shipping price. I live in the UK, and the Caron shop wants to charge me $13 shipping for three balls (bloody cheek- I sent eight balls to a friend of mine in the US last month and was charged all of $9). Elsewhere's even worse, with $20 or more from one shop, or just plain refusing to ship unless I buy $50 worth of yarn.

Is there anywhere that doesn't charge more for shipping to the uk on this yarn than the yarn itself is actually worth? If I pay through the nose for shipping, I may as well have double-stranded some Rowan and worked with that.
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neefer_1
I am so excited. I finally figured out how to Kichtner stitch. Mind you I have been a knitter for over 20 years and have never been able to wrap my mind around the idea of this stitch. It came to me in a dream last night how it work and volia!!!! I am now able to do it. Just had to share my joy in this new skill.
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cimorenegal
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cimorenegal
Okay, so I've only really made one pair of socks using self-striping yarn, and am currently working on another one. The first pair I made was out of Lion Brand Magic Stripes so I just knit from the ball and started the new sock when I was done with the first one.

Anyway, I now knit my socks 2 at once on 2 sets of circular needles, so I use 2 balls, and I remember when I was buying the yarn that the lady at the yarn store said i had to make 1 sock pulling from the outside of the first ball and the other sock pulling from the inside of the second ball (specifically saying when using 2 balls). Now, I thought about this, and decided she couldn't possibly be right about that becuase that would mean there were two different kinds of balls and how on earth would you know you got two of the different ones and not two of the same.

I must be missing something, though, because as I'm knitting my socks (and I don't honestly care that much if this pair match, i just want to figure this out), they are both striping in the exact opposite order, which, like i said, isn't a big deal in this case but I'm just trying to wrap my head around why this is. Is it like this with all self striping yarns? And if so, how is it that the balls are different? How do you tell they're different?

Thanks in advance for any input you guys can provide. This one's going to bug me for a while.

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romiettah
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romiettah
Hi there :) I'm trying to knit a baby sweater that can be found here http://knitting.about.com/library/blbabyswe8.htm

It's a sweater I've knitted before, however it was all in one color. A friend just asked me to knit her one for her upcoming arrival, and got the yarn for it. She wants the body, which is stockinette, done in a verigated, and the border, which is garter, done in a solid color. So I started it. Now I have the problem of the body and the border not connecting to each other as I knit with the two separate colors. Is there anyway to knit it so that they aren't disconnected from each other?

TIA
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puddleofglass
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puddleofglass
Hmm... I'm thinking that I might have made a purchase mistake. I'll bet it comes from this being my third or so project. Hoh boy!

I was going to knit these socks for my friend, and planned on buying white yarn to dye with Kool-Aid.

The pattern calls for Regia 4 fadig, which is 75% wool, 25% polyamide, and has 210 meters per 50g ball. To make solid color socks, it requires 2 balls.

The store I went to did not have this kind, and they thought the following would be a good substitute (I didn't have the pattern with me for them to look at. =/)
I bought Baby Ull, 100% wool, 165 meters, and 50 grams per ball. I also only bought two balls.

The pattern asks for size two needles for smaller feet (which my friend has). I bought size one needles (again, from the suggestion of the people at the store), and just now I saw that my yarn calls for size 2.5 needles.

So, should I go back and make some exchanges? Or do you think that I might be able to make it work?

Thanks guys!
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