June 4th, 2006


a question...

in a knitting pattern, when you are given a number of rows to knit, and a measurement of what said rows ought to come out to be, is it more important to knit to the number of rows or to the measurement given?

specifically, i'm knitting the Sunrise Circle Jacket and after the decrease rows, it says to knit 11 rows and that the piece should measure about 7.25 in from the hem line- i've knitted 3 of the 11 rows and the piece has already reached 7.25 in and i'm perfectly in gauge!! any suggestions? has anybody else had similar issues with this jacket?
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Excess Yarn?

I appologize if this question has been asked frequently, but I didn't see anything about it in the memories and I haven't seen anything like it in a while (to my knowledge).

So I'm curious! What do you do with your excess yarn?

I have an inherent worry that whenever I'm knitting something that I'll run out of yarn before I'm done with whatever I'm doing, so I usually end up with several yards of yarn left, but none of it is enough to actually make anything on it's own. What do you people do in a situation like this? I really want to use it for something, I just don't know what!
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knit kill

Various objects of the present nature (image heavy)

I realized that I hadn't  gotten one of my friends a birthday present, so I made for her one of Knitty's Pocket Creatures and stuffed it with lavender that we got last year at the Sequim Lavender Festival.
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For the wedding of a friend, pink_adidas and I made separate presents for the bride and groom. For the groom, we designed a scarf in binary. We used a quote by Carl Jung, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."

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For the bride, I made Josephine from Knitty, which she had requested when I was starting to learn how to knit. Josephine was my first cable project, my first sweater, my first shortrows (in some places it shows), and my first real seaming (I had to seam a tiny bit for the pocket creature).

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The bride was so excited by the sheer geekiness of the groom's present that I decided to geekify her present a bit, and I modified the DNA scarf to make the belt for Josephine.

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Finally, about 2 weeks after the wedding was the bride's birthday (how annoying, huh?). I had promised her some Mrs. Beetons for her birthday with yarn she had picked out.

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How to apply trim to a felted hat

I just made a felted hat for my Grand Daughter. Now I've seen many patterns where the hat has been adorned with a flower or a ribbon band, the patterns never mention how to attach the ribbon. Generally the directions simply state "attach ribbon band". I'm wondering if using a few drops of tacky glue would be best or should I sew the ribbon directly to the hat. Any advice? Also I found that head forms in childrens sizes are NOT easily found, so I made one myself. I bought a styrofoam ball, roughly the same size as the childs head then glued it to a foam block base...so far it seems to be pretty good. I may even get around to drawing facial features on it!

I did it!!

I posted a day or so ago about how I didn't grok mobius loop knitting cast on.



I've cast on and knitted my first row!


I'll post pics after I get back from picking the guys up at the airport. I wanted something to do on the wait there and the trip back, and now I have it. *happy dance*

Help with pattern: Magknits market bag

So here I am all ready to do some Sunday knitting, and I can't do the first row, and I feel like an eejit!

The first line of the lace pattern for the Saturday Market Bag is as follows:

Row 1 – (RS) – k1 *yo, sl 1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the following yo; repeat from*

Okay, normally I'd read this as pass the knit stitch over the yarnover, since the K1 and YO are the last two stitches on the needle, but what's this "and the following yo" business? Am I supposed to be passing the last two stitches (the k1, yo) over something? If so, what? They're the last two stitches, there's nothing further to pass them over!

Arg. I want to figure this out soon, because I hate watching TV without knitting, and it's the season finales of Big Love and Sopranos tonight ;D Help?

ETA: Thanks, I was just thrown by the wording (which I still think could be clearer): I thought that "psso the knit st" meant to actually pass the knit stitch over, not to pass the slip stitch over the knit stitch (and yo).

Knit Diaper Soaker Pattern Generator or Formula?

Hello, all. As most knit wool soakers for babies follow a similar formula, I'm wondering if anyone knows how you would go about setting up a soaker pattern generator, much like the raglan sweater generators I've found on line? Is there a computer program out there with which one could plug in the guage, waist, rise, hip, & leg circumference and end up with a pattern to follow? Or, at the very least, write
 a formula to make a pattern. Yes, there are good patterns available on line, but I would like to make my own.

And just so this is not a pictureless post, my sweet baby, behind the cut.
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Greetings everyone!!

I have a finished object to share :) I made Reid from the Spring Knitty for a friend's daughter.

The pic is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21943427@N00/160383716/

I used June by Nashua in willow, and the edging is RYC Luxury Cotton in a pink color (I lost the ball band, so I don't know the exact name).

The 2 and a half year old recipient loved it and her mom and dad needed to fight with her for 20 minutes to take it off before eating her dinner of tomato ravioli....and I was also told that she was carrying it around like a blanket :) Overall, I enjoyed the project. The only problem is that the way the pattern is written, the sizes come out very large. for instance, I made the 2 year old size and it measured out to the 4 year old size, even thought I got guage.

Have a wonderful day!

FO: Katrina Rib

Last night, I finally finished my Katrina Rib. I cast on for this on May 14th, and had a major exam on the 25th, so I am really pleased that I've finished so quickly. I am happy with how it's turned out; it still needs blocking but that has to wait until I get some heavy plastic to put under a towel. I've read about blocking using your carpet, but I worry about water soaking into the carpet pad so the woman at my LYS suggested I lay heavy plastic over the carpet and then a towel on top of that. I think I'll give it a shot!

Pattern: Cookie's Katrina Rib; size S/M

Yarn: Knitpick's Merino Style in Cinnamon; my yarn spreadsheet says I purchased 6 skeins but I remember thinking about adding one extra in case I decided to lengthen the sleeves; unfortunately, I can't recall, and I sent the packing slip back with a return. Either way, I did end up needing a small amount of the last skein for the sleeves. I love this colour, it's rich and warm and very lovely. The yarn is relatively soft but I do think I'll wear a light tank underneath.

Needles: unknown needle, unknown size. The woman at my LYS suggested that it's a Susan Bates Quicksilver circ, and it measures between a 5 and 6. It's a 29" needle so I used the magic loop method for the neck and arms, and was fine for the rest.

Modifications: I lengthened this by about 2" (I'm 5'7", for reference). Really, I would have liked about another inch in length, but I also wanted to end on an evenly-spaced travel section (ie, 3x3 ribbing everywhere but the 2x2 portion in the centre) and I was worried about the 2x2 rib travelling around my body. I also worked 5 rows at the sleeve instead of 2 prior to binding off. Finally, I used the Sewn Bind Off for the bottom and the sleeves to make sure it was stretchy enough to fit properly.

Comments: I really enjoyed this pattern; it had just enough going on to keep it interesting and the 3x3 rib wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. I might make this again in another colour for my mother. Because it's worked from the top down, there is NO seaming and very minimal finishing - a perfect project for a beginner! My stitches are a LITTLE uneven around the increases but I am going to play with this a little bit when I block it and hope they even out a bit. My only complaint is that I didn't realise it would accentuate my chest quite so much...

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Knitting Blaze...

I'm planning to knit Blaze from Knitty as a present for my cousin. She's a teenager and very petite - so much so that I'm wondering if the smallest size in the pattern will still be too big for her. If I knitted the smallest size of Blaze, my cousin would still have about four inches of ease... that doesn't sound right for a sweater that looks like it has quite a close fit. On the other hand, the cabled ribbing would pull it in some, but still, four inches...? On the other hand, I thought I'd ask before I rewrote the pattern and ended up with a sweater that was too tight.

I'm also wondering if there are any yarn substitutions you can recommend for Blaze. Cascade Indulgence looks like it would break the bank. My cousin wants it to be a dark blue - she said, "sort of like ultramarine but not as bright." I suggested maybe finding something slightly heathered - a dark blue with flecks of brighter blue in it, or something, and she thought that was a good idea. But as long as it's a rich dark blue color, she'd be happy. Actually, as long as it's a coherent sweater, she'd be happy. I'm pickier than she is - I've been trying to find all her opinions, so I can make a sweater she'll love and wear a lot.

I like the fuzziness of the Indulgence in the picture - it makes the zig-zag cable pattern subtler. But if I have to sacrifice fuzziness for price, I'll do that. I'm planning to buy the yarn when I visit a yarn shop on Thursday - the shop is Have You Any Wool? in Berkley, Michigan, if that helps. I haven't been there before, but I've heard good things about it.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Edit: Preferably a yarn that can be machine-washed. She likely doesn't have the patience for handwashing sweaters.

P.S. And while we're at it, anybody planning to knit anything in the summer issue of Interweave?

WIP: Lion Brand Yarn Trellis Triangle Shawl + Unrelated Question

Edited to add pattern link that I forgot.

No pictures, I'll post when it's actually done, buut I'm currently working on (da da da da) the Trellis Triangle Shawl, from Lion Brand, using the Ocean color. My sister went yarn shopping with me one day and thought it was a cool yarn, and since she's getting married on the 4the of July I thought I'd knit something with it for her. I figured, hey, it uses large needles (although I'm not using the size in the pattern - it calls for size 19s, I only have size 15s, and didn't want to buy a set of needles I'd probably never use again; likewise I'll be binding off with the same needles when it calls to bind off with 35s), so it shouldn't be too bad, right?



I AM NEVER KNITTING WITH THIS STUFF AGAIN. OH MY GOD IT IS SO ANNOYING. GRAGH! I mean it wouldn't be so bad if it was a regular ribbon yarn (which I don't care for that much but at least it's USEABLE) but this thing has like blank spots all through it and it is SO ANNOYING TO KNIT WITHOUT GETTING THE NEEDLES TANGLED UP WHERE IT 'SPLITS'. GRAAAGH!


Okay, enough of that. ~_~ Aheh. It does LOOK cool, kinda, but my god I am never ever LOOKING at Trellis again if I can help it.

So, unrelated question. What is the community opinion on Moda Dea yarn? I've seen it mentioned here and there but I'm not sure how it is, like, quality-wise. I picked up a couple skeins of Cartwheel in Misty and Hazey (one each, I usually dig tiny projects) but I'm wondering if it's crap yarn or anything. I mean, I did get it at a Jo-Ann's (my best local yarn shop, gragh), so I'm not sure.
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Finished baby blanket!

I finished something! And the world rejoices. Or at least, my boss's baby who is the recipient. I'm going to visit mother and baby next weekend (when she will be two weeks or so), so I finished it in perfect time. Pattern is an old aran blanket pattern my mother has made at least a dozen times- it's fun, easy, and it's pretty quick to memorize.

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I find it ironic that I only really screwed up one thing in this entire blanket, which is remarkable for my first time using the pattern and the variety of stitch patterns. And of course you can see the error quite visibly in the detail photo. Oh well, nobody's perfect!

Currently on the needles: a crocheted doily (shower gift for my friends getting married in August), the I Do from spring 05 in Knitty (this will be worn over my sleeveless dress for all three weddings I'm attending this summer), and also I need to make a baby hat for another coworker whose wife is due any day now. The I Do pattern is pretty fun to knit so far, and I'm making it out of an off-white color of Calmer. Calmer really IS a dream to knit with!! Pics soon, it's a super fast knit and I expect I'll be able to finish it in record time. So I can knock these projects out of the way and get going on my Next Big Dream... the peace shawl. Yarn and pattern at the ready! I hope to post quite a few FOs in the coming weeks- my knitting fingers are itching.