May 21st, 2006

a knitters observation

did you ever notice how much of a knitter you are? how you take certain phrases as compliments and non knitters would think they are weird or not compliments at all?

for example.....

1. love your edging!
2. perfect bobbles!
3. oooo, i love your cables!
4. Love your lopi!

haha! whenever anyone gives me a compliment on my knitting i am so flattered. i take it personally (b/c of all the times staking hours) and creatively (b/c i like to change patterns all the time).

only fellow knitters know the right compliments to say!
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Sticks and Strings

Dying and felting

Does anyone here have experience with dying wool with kool-aid? I found instructions here: here, and followed them with this great white wool yarn I got from my aunt. It seemed like everything was going well at first, but I ran into two problems. The thing is that I was planning to felt the yarn after I knitted it into a bag. Anyway, I made a gauge square out of yarn dyed with cherry kool-aid to test the felting. I felted it the only way I know how: in the wash machine with a couple towels and some baking soda. But even though I've felted like this with other yarn, nothing happened to this gague square, plus the dye faded sigificantly. I'm guessing that the hot water from the dye process prevented any felting from occuring in the washing machine. So I am wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a better way to do this. I want to color the white yarn and be able to felt it, but I can't figure out any other way to do it. I would like to be able to use kool-aid as dye, because it seems the easiest and cheapest way. I'd prefer not to have to mess around with expensive, toxic dyes if I can help it.
Anyhow, you you can give me any advice on the subject it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

French Market Bag Questions

I am getting ready to knit French Market Bag from Knitty for a friend. I plan on making the body a bit longer, as the pattern says you can do. A few things I was wondering about:

1. I will be subsituting yarn, probably either Elann Peruvian Wool or Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. How is the recommended "Cold Harbour Mill Aran Weight" different from the above yarns, in terms of thickness, and how will that affect the pattern??

2. If anyone has made this bag, have you lined it?? I plan on making it quite large, and my friend tends to carry a large, heavy purse. Will this bag handle weight unlined, or will it be better to line it?? I don't have much experience with lining, so I'd rather not, as I'd want it to look nice.

Thanks for any advice you can give me!!

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So, I was wondering if this happens to any of you. I bought some yarn for a skirt (light grey and light pink) and had to start over. That's fine. But then I realized I hated the colors I picked out, so I'm really glad I had to start over. I decided to keep the light grey and use that instead of the pink for the edging, and use black for the main color. I got to knitting and realized "When I finish this, I won't have anything to wear it with..." After much deliberation in The Studio, I decided that I don't have enough fun black skirts and it goes with everything.

Does this happen to anyone else? Or is it maybe first project jitters?

FO: Socks!

So I'm very proud of these, and I've been meaning to post them since I've been done with them for about a week now, but I just got around to uploading pictures from my digital camera.

These are my first socks! =D
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Now finally, I have a question. My mom gave me this pattern, along with the yarn to do them with about a month or two ago. I finally re-found the yarn yesterday...I lost it while moving home, and I sat down to work on them. I am completely lost with this pattern. First of all, if I'm reading the instructions correctly, it says that you only cast on 16 stitches. Last time I checked, there is no way I'm going to be fitting a sock of 16 stitches around my feet. Just generally speaking, the pattern confuses me. If anyone can make sense of it and explain it to me, I'd be grateful. I'm probably just reading it wrong or have gotten used to the "basic" socks after this last pair that I made.

I'm longwinded. Haha, and I'm going to stop now. =)
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First FO *Clapotis* and socks question

My first FO ever, and I'm loving it. Didn't think I'd like the snow white, but I think I'll keep it for now instead of tea staining as I had asked about a few weeks ago. I thought I would hate the pattern, too, as it's not quite my style, but it's reallly growing on me. Now, I'm on to learning Magic Loop and knitting socks using Wendy's Toe-up Sock Pattern. Any tips or thoughts? Would there be another sock pattern better suited to a beginning sock knitter? I have marked the Knitty article where Wendy shows how to do the short-row toes, so I'm hoping it won't be too difficult to understand.

Thanks, everyone!

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Fun - Kitty Claudia

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Inspired by stephanielynch I decided to whip up a quick batch of icons as well...
I know this isn't an icon journal and will not post more again but I myself have had a hard time finding craft related icons so I figured sharing the ones that I've made with you all might be a good idea...

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Love and happy crafting!
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place markers.

so, i'm attempting Elann's Flower Petal Shawl. i dutifully placed my markers in row 3- but, i must either misunderstand the point of markers, or have done it wrong. i've gotten to row 12 and the instructions are R12: P, inc P, inc 1 st at the beg and end of each row and one st before and after each marker (36 sts) .

my markers are way down in row three, i can't really tell WHERE i should increase in row 12... are the markers supposed to somehow carry their way up as you go? this is the first time i've been stumped.

Thank you guys so much- i sucessfully figured out the stitch markers (which WERE in fact split rings, but i started over none the less) and on the third try made it past row 12 :) i will *definately* be using lifelines on this bad-boy.
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Magic Loop

I am trying to learn to like to knit socks. I have trouble with my gage so I would like to knit both at one time. Has anyone figured out if there is a way to knit two socks at once on a magic loop?
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sock it to me

Has anyone made "Priscilla's Dream Socks" from Interweave Knits? The pattern was featured in the Fall 2000 issue and is also available on the Interweave website (subscriber only section).

I've never made socks before, and I got halfway through the heel before I became totally confused with the short rows. I've checked some sites on short row techniques, and I've got the general idea. I just don't understand this patterns instructions.

Also, how do you frog short rows? When I frogged my sock's screwed up heel, all I got was a very long piece of yarn attached at both ends to the rest of the sock.

Dainty Bess FO

Pattern: Dainty Bess
Source: Knitpicks' Elizabeth I Lace Collection
Yarn: Knitpicks Gossamer in Leprechaun
Needles: US 8

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I really enjoyed this pattern and it was a fast and easy knit. The only problem that I ran into was that the last pattern repeat makes half a diamond in the center of the panel, so I should have added another half of a repeat. I used Yarn Harlot's "Walk Around the Block" blocking tutorial to block it out. Using the waste yarn threaded through made it soooo easy to get really straight edges. I learned how to do a sewn cast-off to match my knitted cast on and I like the way it looks, but it's really hard to make it even so I doubt I would ever use on something that wasn't going to be blocked.

To make this length, I used 8 or 9 repeats of the pattern with 8 rows of garter on each end. I didn't measure it before I blocked it, but it ended up being 27 1/2". I could have blocked it longer, but it's for my mom to wear with suits so I like this length.
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