May 10th, 2006


shawl design poll

I'm working on designing a triangular shawl.

Once I'm finished I was thinking of perhaps submitting it to Knitty or something. But before I got too far into the design process I wanted to ask your opinions on some things. Ultimately it will come down to what I feel comfortable designing, but your input will be incredibly helpful.

I couldn't figure out how to properly post the poll here, so if you would like to take it, click away and sorry for the inconvenience.

I've probably forgotten a few things, but this will be a good start.
If you have any other input, please let me know.
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wondering if anyone else changes gift recipients at the last minute?!

i've been working diligently on a little debbie bliss baby jacket originally intended for a co-workers baby. i just have to sew up the sides tonight and it'll be finished (pictures to come!). now that i think about it, it turned out to be a $50 sweater (i use cashsoft by rowan) and i'd rather give it to my cousin for her little son!!!

its hard sometimes to separate the cost of gift knitting with the actual final product!
Art Girly

Felting preferences

Greetings everyone-
I am about to felt my first felting project- it's a bag knit with a granny apple green Cascade 220 and Noro Kureyon #95. The pattern is from one of the many knitting books that I've been getting from the library and copying patterns out of. The bad thing is that I forgot to write down the title and author of the book on the copy.
Oh well, it really doesn't matter much anyway as I'm just using the pattern as a suggestion and modifying it based on a few other patterns and Leigh Radford's bag samples that she brought to the seminar on Sunday at a LYS that I attended.

My question pertains to felting handles.
The original pattern calls for making a long, skinny Stst panel and putting a cotton cord inside it and then sewing that to the bag and felting it. In the pictures it looks like the kind of strap I dislike on bags so I'm modifying it to just be a long, skinny garter st. strap- and actually making two of them and putting button holes in them and looping them through slots that I'm knitting into the sides of the bag.
I may either button them on or ties them on with skinny leather strips.
One of the pattern books that I have out NOW (Fabulous Felted Hand Knits by Jane Davis) calls for you to baste the edges of the top of the bag and the straps with cotton embroidery thread. Other books and patterns do not call for this at all.

Have any of you folks out there done the basting? Is it worth it in your opinion or did it mess the edge up?

Circular Needle Length

I've got the Denise interchangeable set for needles size 5 and up, but I'm getting ready to start work on Knitty's Devan (sorry - not sure of the spelling or link and I'm at work so I can't check) and it calls for smaller sizes. So far, I haven't knit much on smaller sized needles but I do enjoy socks and am currently trying a pair on two circs.

The pattern calls for straights but I prefer to work back-and-forth on circular needles, so I'll be buying a pair of circs for this (Inox, my favourite! or possibly Addi Turbo's). Because I'm just going back and forth, length won't matter for this pattern as long as they are not 16"s. I'm thinking 24" might be a little short but I'm not sure, and I imagine a 40" might be overkill for a chid's jumper but would be great for socks should I ever want to try the magic loop method. I'd like to buy something that will be useful in the future.

I wonder if you would share the length of circular needle that you find most useful, and the types of projects you use it for.
Sing out

chunky yarn beanie- ammended

I have been googling my little heart out for a basic knit hat pattern for really chunky yarn. I can't find one at all! I'm completely new to the whole hat concept so I wouldn't even know where to start when it comes to decreasing without a pattern...

ok, ammending my question cause the lightbulb finally came on and I found a pattern to work with. Now I need help tweeking this pattern:

1. it is knit on straight needles and then sewn up. Not really my cup of tea. I would much rather knit it in the round. Can I do that as long as I am careful to flip instruction for working on the backside since I will always be on the front?
2. I don't like the shoobydoo at the brim. If I go straight into stockinette, will the edge curl like it would with worsted weight yarn (the scarf I'm knitting right now is doing this)?
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Felting question

So most of the felted bag patterns I've done have had some form of an i-cord strap. Mercury, however, has a strap that's knitted flat in a two-color pattern, lengthwise (cast on 350 stitches, etc). The only problem I expected when felting was that I thought it was going to tie my washer in knots. It didn't do that -- unfortunately, it tied itself in knots instead.

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If it were a standard strap, just sewn on top and carried like a purse, I might be able to deal with it. But as you can see in the pattern photo, it's meant to be sewn all around the outside of the bag. Lying flat would therefore be beneficial.

I've thought of several possible solutions, but I wanted to check with y'all and see if anyone has experience with this and can recommend one over any others.

1) Iron it with lots of steam -- I don't even know if this would work
2) Try slicing the tube portions open VERY carefully -- I'm afraid of undermining the integrity of the strap if I do that
3) Something involving tumbling it in the dryer -- would this do anything?
4) Last resort -- knitting a new strap, but I'm not sure I have enough of the light green left, and I REALLY don't want to repeat that casting on 349 stitches experience.

Any suggestions, warnings, etc?
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Josephine modifications

I'm about to embark on making Josephine from knitty, for my summer knitting project and I was wondering if anyone had ever made modifications to the pattern. Even the small size is too huge for me and I just don't know how to go about making the changes without making the pattern look weird. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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well i finished the baby jacket, but was dumb and didn't swatch so its more like a 1-2 year old jacket!! looking at the measurements in the book though, it follows the 9-12 month dimensions so perhaps the style is just susposed to be super baggy on the poor little infant! THANKS TO EMMA C. AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HELPED ME WITH THE PATTERN READING AND SHAPING!!!

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