March 21st, 2006


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was someone looking for fishnet stockings here?

i could be crazy. i know i am, because i gave up knitting in my house for lent. (as in, i can knit at friends houses if we go to watch tv with them, because i can't just sit and watch tv.)

bad, bad idea. if it weren't so cold out, i'd be outside on the deck knitting! i should've given up chocolate. it would've been easier, with less withdrawl symptoms.

oh, here's the fishnet stockings pattern. here's the picture.

edit: whoopsie. copied and pasted wrong window!
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Bingo the clowno

Socks-shortest leg possible

Ok, about to start my 3rd pair of socks. My trouble is, they don't stay up and are constantly slipping off my foot. I'm guessing my problem is that I'm making ankle socks so there's not enough ribbing to hold them up, either that or I'll have to find that thread-like elastic that store-bought socks have.
So my question is, what is the shortest sock I can make and still have it actually stay on? And it seems like all the patterns call for using the same needle throughout the entire sock, but sweaters all want a smaller needle for ribbing so...shouldn't I be using smaller needles for the leg part, the ribbing? My ribbing just gets all stretched out looking and doesn't do squat so far. What's the secret?

FO: Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers

So this is my first post here. I've been knitting for about 2.5 years, and in that time have amassed a love for socks mainly.

I've finally finished something that I figure I should post here, since I have been mainly posting over in novice_knitters.

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I finally got around to updating all the projects I've made over the past few months, and put them up here. Knitting, Crocheting, and most recently (since Sat., actually) spinning. Comments and criticism welcome.
Ostrich hat

Shawl pattern request

Hi everybody,

In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in English. I have just finished writing the first complete draft of my thesis (99 pages--woohoo!) and I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Thinking of graduation leads me to thinking of how great my advisor has been, which leads me to think that I would like to give her a really nice gift. I hate making scarfs and don't want to attempt a sweater (don't know her exact measurements, so that could be embarrassing), so I settled on making a shawl. Except that I also despise lace knitting.

Which brings me here.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a pretty shawl that doesn't involve a whole lot of lace? I know I could just do a garter or seed stitch, but I really was thinking something a little bit airier. I guess I could handle a lace pattern if it were a 10-row repeat or less (I often knit in small snatches of time, so I'd rather it not be overly complicated).

I am, of course, willing to pay for a pattern.

Any ideas?
black heel

Cupcake Hat

Hi everyone-

I hope you can help me with a problem with a pattern I found. I found the cutest Cupcake Hat here: and just fell in love with it. It is also posted here:

The problem is that I would like to make it for a baby size 0-12 months “ish” and being a new knitting am not sure how to reduce or adjust this pattern to a smaller size. Can you help me with this?

Lil Miz Cheezcake
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Sock Progress!

Okay, I'm taking a sock class this month, and so far we've learned how to do a Cable Cast-on (COOL!), knit up to the heel, then do the special Heel Stitch, and tomorrow night we learn how to turn the heel, and pick up stitches for the gussets...I think. I hope!! Here's what I've got so far - I'm truly excited, as I've ALWAYS wanted to learn socks, and just couldn't from the patterns alone.

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Do you think it really looks like a sock yet?? I SURE DO!! :-)

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I have actually gotten another set of needles, and started the 2nd sock last night - figured out some tricks our instructor was teaching us, and have now gotten about 3" into it. YAAY - just another 4" before I can start THAT heel flap, and have it ready for Wednesday night to hopefully, TURN BOTH HEELS at once. THEN I will take many pictures, and celebrate muchly. :-)

I've been hearing from many sock knitters that "turning the heel" is actually FUN...what do y'all think??

OH, and Thanks to EVERYONE who helped me figure out that K1, Sl1, Psso thingy - I took the notes with me when I was out and about, and a sweet stranger helped me put it into practice, and I DID IT!!! Let's hear it for Cool Knitters. :-)
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I need help, being a good daughter I feel it is my duty to provide fashion advice to my mother, currently she has a very boring scarf, its a gray fleece scarf to go with her gray wool coat... I tried to convince her to let me knit her a scarf but she is sure that it will be too itchy.

Anyways i need some ideas for really soft coozy yarn to use for a scarf, it can't be wool or anything remotely itchy (she already said no to homespun, and caron simply soft, but those were the skiens I had brought with me for other projects)

WotA vs. Lopi-Lite?

I'm so tired of carrying my knitting around in a Wal-mart/Target/gift bag. I don't know how many of you have done this, but I'm so ashamed. I feel so tacky! Plus, it's annoying, having to worry whether your needles/scissors put a hole in the bag, and whether anything is going to fall out of that hole when it does happen.

I have soooo many things I want to knit, but I've decided the next thing I am going to knit will be a knitting bag. I've settled on one I love - the beautiful Weekend Getaway Satchel in the Fall 2005 Interweave Knits, which is a large felted bag. It recommends Lopi-Lite, but using WotA will be a lot less expensive. I've never felted with either of these yarns, however, and I know that while all pure wool yarns felt, some do it better than others. So, those of you who know, how well do both of these yarns felt?

Also, I want it to be really strong (I'd also like to carry a couple of books in it when necessary), but still pretty on the inside. What would be good for lining? I want to install pockets for needles, scissors, etc. This is going to be a big project!

Finally, has anyone else made this bag? Is there anything I need to look out for? I haven't done much colorwork, should I practice quite a bit before starting?

This topic brings me to a question: What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever used to carry your knitting?

Yarn help

My future MIL recently got back into knitting and she just discovered socks. She excitedly gave me some sock yarn thinking that she would be introducing me to something new. Little did she know that socks were my first project. Sadly, she has not yet discovered the joy of fine fibers and the sock yarn is 60% acrylic and 40% nylon. I would rather not put time into making myself socks which I don't want to wear, however, I do want to make something out of that yarn so I can show it to her. The yarn is multicoloured including pink so I was thinking of using it to make something for my 3 year old cousin. I am not really sure what I could make for a 3 year old with just 2 balls of sock yarn (about 400 yards). I would appreciate suggestions of patterns, especially something which my cousin would actually make use of. Free patterns are preferable.

Thanks in advance.

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knitting elective questions

Hi there,

I'm a teacher's aide for the junior high faculty at a small private school. Each year the students take three-day elective courses on topics like hiking, cooking, quilting, et al. One of the teachers suggested that I teach one on knitting and I agreed. I have three, two-hour sessions with about six students to show them the basics of knitting, as I have no expectations that they'll be turning out scarves and hats with such little time, but I think this'll be a good introduction. Who knows, a knitting club might be next.

As far as supplies, I have a few questions.
a) What would be the best type of needles for them to learn on, in terms of size and material? I was thinking something around 7 or 8, maybe plastic. My budget is pretty generous, so if bamboo would work, I could get those instead.

b) I want to get each student two skeins of yarn in colors of their choice and was thinking of using Knitpicks because of the quality and color selection. However, which one would be good for beginners? Odds are they won't use the yarn, at first, for anything more than practicing their stitches, so it doesn't have to be superfancy.

c) For odds n' ends, I wanted to get them each a row counter, a pair of small scissors, a gauge measurement tool - can anybody think of anything else?

Thanks in advance for any input you have!

- Anna


Sigh. This vest project has stalled and I'm really at a loss as to what to do. To recap, I bought a pattern from Eunny Jang for a vest that I thought was awesome. The current problem is that I can't get gauge. I've bought and tried two sizes of circs and neither of them are working but I feel it will start to look bad if I go any bigger. So, I figured out my measurements and how many stitches I need with the smallest needles but this means that I can't really use the numbers prescribed by the pattern. This kind of sucks since the pattern was a wee bit expensive. I guess I need to try to wing it but I've never made a V-neck vest before so I'm not entirely sure about how to go about this.

Any guidance? Thanks everyone.
Rock and Rule!!!

A demented FO

Not too long ago, a site featuring various knit animals/creatures being injured by objects was being linked everywhere. The header said "Beutiful art made with kintting" or something to that effect--I just remember it was misspelled. Anyway, the artist who did the stuff is German, and her name is Patricia Waller. As it turns out, the art is actually crocheted, but I was asked to make one of the pieces anyway.

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i'm feeling very knitting ADD lately, so despite my having about 8 projects on the sticks, i'm sketching out a cardigan. if i want to add some ribbing to the collar (and up and down either side)- is it better to pick up all the stitches around the area i want it, or knit it seperate and seam it on.
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I did a search in knitting for "placemats" and nothing came up, so I return to you guys for help!  I want to make placemats using this pattern (although I'm just going to do them all in one color, rather than stripes), but it doesn't specify the material for the yarn, just that it should be worsted weight.  I was thinking cotton might be good, but I've never made anything like this before...any thoughts?  Thanks! :)
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MiniKnits and Baby WIP

I've been "auditioning" patterns with some random yarn from my stash in an effort to decide what to knit with my New Zealand yarn. So far I've got:

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This, of course, is being done as a break from the lovely but crippling baby blanket I'm knitting for my cousin's wife, who is expecting twins at the end of the summer. I need to finish it before April 6, which is when they should find out if they are boys or girls or one of each, at which point I will not be able to resist switching to more pink or blue (hopefully pink!) projects. :)

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Donna- Smirk when you're winning

Alpaca WIP

I'm making this lotsa-YO-scarf pattern in Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Grande colour #3317 for my mom's birthday. I have to use the really good stuff because she teaches textiles!

It's a beautiful light grey/blue/slightly aqua colour- really hard to describe and my camera phone doesn't do it justice) I'm not sure if I REALLY like the pattern but maybe I'll give it another 6 inches or so- I have about 3 inches on the needles now.
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I'm using 10 1/2 needles rather than the (I think kinda silly) 10.75 needles that CPY sells and of course different yarn so it's going to NOT look like the picture no matter what. So I have to keep on telling myself that. Heh.
And I hope that 2 skeins will be enough to make a hip, long-ish scarf. *crosses fingers*

I think I may have to mortgage something so I can make myself a cardigan out of the Baby Alpaca in this colour. I LOVE THIS COLOUR!! And the texture.... *purr*

Has anyone else made a cardigan or sweater from Baby Alpaca Grande?
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spring is creeping slowly up from the south. if you happen to have a large fluffy orange cat, now is the time to put away your black projects and switch to pastels. learn from my experience. :)

to make this less of a waste of space and your time, I will attempt the dread cut thingie again.. again. *fingers crossed*

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Steelers Patterns

I want to make a baby blanket with the Steelers logo (three diamonds, pic under cut).

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Anyone seen a chart out there premade? I could make one with knitters graph paper, but honestly, I don't much feel like it. With two babies due within a week of another (friends and family) I've got a lot of knitting to do.

I was thinking garter stitch on a bias in yellow, with a crocheted black border... or maybe stripes? Logo will probably be duplicate stitched, if duplicate stitch holds up to repeated washings. Sounds doable right? I hate starting projects and then finding out they won't work. :) Does duplicate stitch work on garter?

Clapoltis masters help!

Ok, so the first time I started it, I got to the end of section 2 and had to frog the whole thing cause i din't have enough stitches. I'm finaly on section 3 and i'm stuck.

Section 3
Row 8 P1, remove marker, drop next st, let it drop down several rows, pick up top bar with left needle to form a new st (make sure this st isn't twisted), k this and foll st tbl, k3, k tbl, [k1, k tbl, k3, k tbl] to last marker, k1, k tbl, kfb

I'm having trouble with the underlined part. what on earth is a "bar" and how do i make sure it isn't twisted? and whats "foll st tbl"?

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I need.... something for the yarn. I've a rubbermaid container for the yarn not in use. I've a small stuffed bag of leftovers and experimental yarns. I've a bookbag of notions and all my needles and some other leftovers. I've a binder of patterns. And a few works in progress.

What the heck can I all but the not-in-use yarn into that is both accessible and organized? I'm not sure if a big bin does any good. I need to get IN to it. hrm.


I need some ideas, please

I need some ideas for a knitted item for a boy of 7. He lives in Houston (and when he leaves here, he will go home to Indonesia), so warm things are inappropriate.
I know what I am making his sister, and his mom (these are students of mine, long story), but I am totally pulling a blank for him.
I thought about a bag, but I'm sure he wouldn't use it. A blanket - not so much. Hats would work, for about 2 weeks a year if they stay here for any length of time, and never in their home country.
He is a Spiderman freak, but I've never seen a Spidey pattern...

So basically, I'm stumped. Any ideas welcome, really. This is driving me nuts, and I figured with this huge group of people, someone might have a nifty idea or two.

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