April 21st, 2006

percentage bars?

I hope it's ok to post this here, if not, feel free to delete.
I've seen percentage bars several places in different blogs. I've found one place that I can make one myself, but it uses javascript, and LJ doesn't support java. I'm not incredibly adept at coding, so I'm looking for something relatively easy to manage. I've tried googling, but my google-fu isn't very strong. Anyone here have any ideas? I'd really appreciate it.
Just as an example, I mean bars like these.

Felting KnitPicks Sierra

Okay, I've Googled and LJ-seeked (LJ-sought?) and can't find anything.

Has anyone used KnitPicks SIerra yarn for felting? I know it does felt, because it's hand-wash only, 70% wool, 30% alpaca, and KnitPicks has a pattern for a felted bag in their catalog using Sierra. But I haven't heard anything about how it ends up. I'm looking to sub it for Lamb's Pride Bulky for two projects in SnB Nation--the Felted Furry Foot Warmers and the Candy Stripers laptop bag. Does it felt as well as the Lamb's Pride? Does it end up being about the same size (obviously I would swatch, I just need to know if I would have to end up buying extra). I'd love to hear your opinions on it.

Also, for anyone who has the color card for Sierra, how would you describe the color Bud? I'm looking to combine it with Wild Rose for the laptop bag, and I want them to be similar colors to my Vera Bradley bag (shown here). I have the printed catalog in front of me and it looks like that would be a good combination, but I also saw this scan of the color card that djinnj linked to a while back. (I hope that's not hot-linking, but I don't think it is.) And in there, Bud looks a little more lime than I prefer. But I'm not sure which one is more accurate.

Any help you all can offer would be wonderful! Thank you!
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Knitting help

EDIT:Thanks to all of your help, i have found a solution. I will find Machine Knit or Sweaterknit, and just make it from a pattern.
I will not give up on knittin though, the hobby that started and ended in less than 24 hours! LOL! One day I will knit, and I will come here and talk with you all. (a couple people suggested the Stitch and Bitch books).

Anyways, I found this sweater fabric.
That I think will do fine! Tell me if there is any other options or suggestions on this.

Again, thank you so much, you were all welcoming and I will be coming back a lot when I start knitting.

I just started sewing recently, and I have made a couple things using a pattern and figuring that out.

I posted in sewing about what fabric this pullover i wanted to make was, well little did i know, it wasn't fabric, it was knitted, so here i am having to learn one more thing!

So I was wondering, how hard is it to make this pullover? Could someone tell me what kind of knitting it is and if anybody knows a similar pattern for it? Or even some helpful links.

Or basically, where should I start? lol. I am not making this for any deadline, I just want to make it for fall, I am working on a couple different clothes for fall.

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Seriously, any form of help is usefull.

And yes, that is River Phoenix (not sure if any of you were going to ask) :)
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Greetings and salutations. I have come here seeking help, and seeing as this is a pretty huge group I'm sure that some kind soul will be able to sort me out.

I have been asked to knit a pair of ice hockey socks (long legwarmers to the rest of us) for a friend. I have had them described to me as thus:

They seem to be made from a heavy, tight-knit Nylon?
The small end is about 18-23 cm wide, and heavily elasticated and tightly ribbed.
The big end is 23-29cm wide and heavily ribbed.
The sock is 63cm long.
It's an even taper.

Now the person describing them is not a kniter, so I'm sure nylon is wrong, but mayhaps an acrylic that will be happy with being wet for a long period of time? Any advice that you can give on perhaps yarn to use, needles and such would be greatly appreciated. If anyone out there has a pattern or would be able to point me at one I'd be greatly appreciative. I'm waiting on a random sock in the post so I can see what it looks like, but I thought a bit of preparatory begging couldn't do much harm.

Thanks for reading through this.

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Chococat knitting tote - completed

On and off for the past two months, I've been working on a variation of the skull knitting tote from Hello Yarn. While the skull is cool, I decided to knit the tote using Chococat in place of the skull.

The details:
Pattern: Skull knitting tote from Hello Yarn, replacing the skull chart with a self-made Chococat chart.
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Camel for the main color, Black for the head, Winter White for the eyes, Russet for the nose, and That's Blue for the color. (I have a lot of left overs!!) I used about a skein and a half of the Camel, everything else was less than 1 skein.
Needles: Size 13, 32" long bamboo circulars.
Pre-felted size: 17.5 inches tall, 13 inches wide
Post-felted size: 13 inches tall, about 10 inches wide.

I learned a lot of new techniques in knitting this bag: making and following a chart, stranding work, magic loop, i-cord and felting. I had tried the online chart maker, but I didn't like how it turned out. Making the chart myself was actually pretty fun. I displayed the .jpg image on my laptop screen at the size needed, printed out a blank knitting chart (I think from about.com), held up the chart to the laptop screen and filled in the boxes. :)

Doing the stranding work was a challenge, but it was really interesting. Doing it in the round and carrying all these different colors around made for quite a mess. I am glad that I watched the fair isle video on knittinghelp.com otherwise I might have pulled too tight and had a lot of puckering. The yarn was left somewhat loose and I just tighten the work after I was done knitting and had to cut all the loose ends and tie them to a neighboring yarn.

The real challenge was knitting about 50 total inches worth of i-cord! >_< It really felt very tedious and boring, and it was one of the reasons why this bag wasn't done sooner.

Felting this was fun and easy. I followed some instructions from DIY.com. It took about four 5 minute turns in the washing machine and 2 minutes in the dryer for it to get the size that I wanted.

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k....who wants to explain to me the concept of knitting having a "front" and "back", and how the hell I figure out which is which?!?!?

I just borrowed "Knitting over the edge" from my library and I'm probably not gonna be able to return it due to the large amount of DROOL on some of the pages!!

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Yeah, this definiety qualifies as knitting humor....

With the help of my "Kids Knit" book borrowed from the library, I finally learned how to make my first i-cord. I think it had alot to do with the fact that it was put into wording that a child could understand, which made it virtually idiotproof for me. Anyways, I used the only dpns I own, which are like size .00000000094853 from my grandmothers stash, and the thinnest yarn I own. Needless to say, I didn't get very far since it was so pain staking, and I eventually convinced myself that it would just be easier to go out and buy a bigger set tonight :) Anyways, heres what my portion of an i-cord looks like sitting on my desk........I bet you can guess it's not gonna stay there for very long after my boyfriend gets here, since he has a fear of these *items* it will immediately remind you of!!

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Hi I am new to this community :)

Hi I am new to this community. Its nice to see a knitting community that is this active. I have been knitting since november 2005. I live in NYC and I am a member of Booze and Yarn. Right now I am working on a hat using a Brioche stitch. I am knitting it flat on circulars. I am sure I can learn at lot from all of you and hopefully make some friends here. Most of my friends are tired of hearing me go on and on about knitting lol.
I have added a pic of what I have done so far behind the cut.
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FO - Mountain Stream Scarf

Project stats:

Pattern: Mountain Stream Scarf - this is an Orenburg style scarf. You knit the bottom border first, then turn the corners with short rows and pick up along the straight edge. Then you knit the length of the scarf with the border attached, and turn a corner at the end and knit the top edge across, grafting the final corner. This results in a piece with no cast on or bind off edges.

Yarn: Handpaintedyarn.com lace weight, approximately half a 100g hank

Needles: 3.00 mm Addi Natura

Size: 8" wide by 63" long (pattern specs are 11" x 50")
Modifications: Smaller needles - the pattern calls for 4mm needles, but I like my lace at a tighter gauge. The pattern only calls for 14 pattern repeats, I did 30, because of the smaller needles and wanting a longer scarf.

Thoughts: This scarf was very fun to knit. I really liked the Orenburg styling, and enjoyed knitting on the top border the most. I'm thrilled with how it looks, fits, and feels. It's nice and light, so I should actually get some use out of it.

Links: All my blog posts on this topic.
All photos of this project

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A Different kind of Yarn Shop in Chicago

A while ago I asked if anyone had ever been to "Midwest Discount Yarn" on Irving Park Rd. in Chicago (Ukranian Village area). I got mixed results in comments. Today I decided to just go...with no expectations. What an unusual shop! First of all, I was the only one in the shop and the lady running the place seemed to be in a mood to deal. I found bags filled with small skeins of 100% pure wool (feltable), worsted weight in some really exciting colors...though marked .75 cents an ounce, I was offered my pick for 50 cents an ounce! I found a huge cone of sport weight, extreemly soft acrylic yarn (perfect for some baby items) the skein was 20 ounces. The price marked was $10.50...I got it for $6.00. There were zillions of huge skeins of pale green sport weight acrylic/cotton blend. I found one with 40 ounces for $9.00. Between the 100% wool (2 bags) and the 2 cones I purchased I filled a large bag for less than $25.00. The shop is "eclectic", I suspect that stock varies...as it seems does the prices. Perhaps the best part, while walking back to my "green machine" parked on Irving, I passed a small cafe with a sign "Today's Special...Perogi's"!
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FO-- Tubey from Knitty.

It's done. After three months of classes, stalling, and family emergencies, it's finally done. Just in time for the weather to turn toasty again. ((wry grin))

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Excuse the lousy focus in the first shot. My digicam is dying on me and I can't afford a new one right now. Knitty's Tubey, done in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, size XS. Yes, it is too big in the stomach area. No, I'm not going to try and fix that, mainly because I'll probably spend til next winter working on it if I did. If I ever make this sweater again, I'll probably try and work decreases in after the bust section. Other than that, though, I'm pretty happy with it. The neckline is very flattering, as is the ribbing. Well, on top anyways.
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quick frogging question

just a question- what would you recommend for techniques for frogging laceweight? specifically, kidsilk haze? apart from the obvious "very carefully", is there any way to help it undo itself? I'm not averse to dunking it in water or whatever, as long as it works and doesn't damage it too much...

I've got a ball and a bit's worth knitted up and I'd quite like to have it back, since the semi-shawl it's in now isn't big enough to leave for any useful purpose. but I'd also rather have to buy more than end up damaging it so badly that it's weakened and ruins the other project I've decided to use it in (the free candle flame shawl from knitpicks, if anyone's interested).

thanks in advance! and as a treat, a WIP.

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need help with sock pattern

I should be able to figure this out, but really, I just can't wrap my brain around it.

I'm knitting these socks: http://files.blog-city.com/files/aa/3830/b/hollyssocks.pdf (PDF)

I'm at this part:

Turn work, and with wrong side of heel facing, begin eye of the partridge heel:
Row 1: Slip 1, purl across.
Row 2: Slip 1, knit 1. Repeat to the last 2 stitches; knit 2.
Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
Row 4: Slip 1, knit 1. Then knit 1, slip1 to the last stitch. Knit 1.
The slipped stitches should alternate with the knit stitches on the right side creating a diamond
patterned, re-enforced heel. Continue until there are 14 chain stitches on the left of
the wrong side of the heel and 13 stitches on the right of the wrong side. You should end
with a wrong side row (row 2).

I knit the 4 rows. Does this mean that I keep on knitting these 4 rows over and over until I see some type of chain stitch on the side? Am I looking at the right and left edge, and will it be blatently obvious to me that there are 13 or 14 of these chain stiches? The only chain stitches I know of are used in crochet and this is a bit beyond my understanding.


Annie Modesitt's Spectator Grand hat/ yarn suggestions and where to find millinery wire

I want to make Annie Modesitt's Spectator Grand hat (click link and scroll down down down) for my mom.  She's undergone (several) laser surgerys to her eyes to repair torn/detached retinas and her eyes have been left very sensitive to the sun.  She already has several pairs of sunglasses and will need to build up a collection of wide brimed hats for additional sun shielding comfort.  I thought this would be a very nice special thing I could make for her as a gift, hopefully before the end of the summer (although L.A. is sunny all year round, so it could get use even in January).

Have any of you made this hat or any other wired knit hat?  If so, what yarn did you use?  Where did you get the millinery wire?  What did you think of the pattern? Any tips?

There isn't really a yarn suggestion in the pattern, it says '100 yards of light colored yarn for the brim, 75 yards of dark colored yarn for the crown, and 50 yards of silk or rayon ribbon for trim' with a yarn guage of 5 sts and 6 rows per inch when blocked and wired/ for swatch knit in stockinette and press and pull taut in both directions.  The suggested needle size is US5.

Since it's pulled taut for the swatch and the hat is knit in a lace pattern I know it's going to be a yarn that's more than 5 sts per inch normally, so maybe a dk weight?  I'm thinking I'd want to use white for the brim, beige/natural for the crown and a navy or black ribbon for trim, pretty much just like in the picture.

I was thinking the yarn would have to be a linen, cotton, or hemp yarn, and to look for silk or rayon ribbon, but I'm looking for suggestions.  Also, the pattern just says 9 feet of milliners wire.  I know most wire comes in multiple weights, and I'd assume milliners wire is the same?  If so, what guage milliners wire would you suggest for something like this?  Where do I even get milliners wire? I feel a bit strange just ordering online from some random site I've never heard of, so if anyone can recommend a site they've used I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks in advance!


I have a question about the Spring/Summer Issue of Vogue Knitting. I have never knitted anything more that a few scarves and hats, but I really liked the mobius capelet (#33) in this issue. The closest lys is 50 miles away, and I went yesterday and the owner said the project looked really easy for a beginner, yada yada. Now I am confused thought, because the picture in the magazine looks like a tube, but I thought that a mobius was a tube with a twist in it. So, has anyone made this? Can anyone explain how this works? Even the cast-on is confusing and I'm a little mad because I spend $20 on yarn that is non-returnable and this lady is way too far away for me to just pop in and ask her. Please help me!!! Thanks in advance!
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How many rows for heel flap?

Quick question! My sock pattern reads:

- Slip 1, then purl across; turn
- *Slip 1, knit 1; repeat from *; turn

Repeat these 2 rows 14 times; end after a knit row.

Does "repeat these 2 rows 14 times" mean I am going to be knitting 28 rows? Or 14 rows (7 of each?)
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Baby Hat

I made this little baby hat for my new cousin (born on April 1st) from this pattern It was very easy. The only thing is I wish I'd made it with nicer yarn (I used a cheaper brand of cotton than I probably should have). Still, for a beginning knitter I'm pleased that the pattern was easy to understand and something I could pick up and finish quickly. (I am a non-monogamous knitter...I admit it.) :)

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I'm working on Knitty's Topi and I'm stuck right at the end on the wrap and turns, which I've never done.

From pattern:
K to last st, W&T. P to last st, W&T.
K to last 2 sts, W&T. P to last 2 sts, W&T.
K to last 3 sts, W&T. P to last 3 sts, W&T.
K to last 4 sts, W&T. P to last 4 sts, W&T.
K to last 5 sts, W&T. P to last 5 sts, W&T.

I have that first row all set. But in the second row it says to knit to the last two and then wrap and turn.

Knitty's description of a W&T is:

Wrap and turn. Bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip next st to right-hand needle, bring yarn around this st to back of work, slip st back to left-hand needle, turn work to begin working back in the other direction.

So, for the rest of the rows, do I slip the remaining stitches? Or do I just leave the extra stitch(es) on the left hand needle and still turn?

I hope I'm explaining my problem correctly. Any help would be appreciated!
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