July 8th, 2006

skins || could you ever love a mistress?

Me < Lace

I'm considering giving up lace for the rest of my life, but here's another shot.

A couple days ago I asked for help regarding this cami pattern. My stitches weren't lining up, so hedgemom suggested that I start again and place markers between each lace pattern repeat, to better keep track of my stitches. I got frustrated and ripped the entire thing apart, haha, but now I'm caught up again. Okay. Last time, the problem was that my stitches kept moving one place to the left ... now, they're moving once place to the right. My YO's look like this:


I'm starting to feel pretty incompetent! There are exactly twelve stitches between each marker. I've completed one lace row, one row of straight knitting, and I'm at the beginning of the second lace row. I don't know why or how I'm "missing" a stitch ... I have no idea what's going on. Any more help? D:

Basic Flower Technique

I just got the Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers book.

I have a question about one of the patterns.

it says to cast on 6 sts.

rows 1-3 knit
row 4 sl 1, k3, with LH needle lift 2nd, 3rd and 4th sts over 1st st, k2-3 sts.

so you take the sts on the lh needle and do a pass over stitch. so you are taking the 2nd 3rd and 4th st over the slipped stitch on the left needle.

sounds very confusing to me.

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    washer and dryver

Pattern Help Needed

Hi all. I am a lurker, mainly. But I am working on a sweater for my toddler and have come across a pattern instruction I just can't quite wrap my head around. I think I know what I am supposed to do, but since these are the sleeves and I don't want to totally mess them up, I thought I would see if anyone could clarify or help. This is for a Sirdar cardigan.

The pattern for the sleeves reads as follows:

37 sts. Change to 4mm needles and working in st-st (throughout) inc 1 st at each end of 5th and every foll 6th row to 53 sts.

The part in italics is where I am a bit confused. I understand the increasing at every 5th row, but do I think increase at the next row, too? Or count 6 rows from the increase and increase there, start counting to the 5th row, etc?  Unfortunately, there are no measurements to follow (increase until you reach X inches or whatever) so I can't just work that out in my head. I normally have very few issues reading patterns or figuring out what they are asking for, but this just isn't computing for me!


animal anecdote

i am not feeling well. (Insert pity here). So when i woke up this morning at 4am for the 5th time last night and walked to the bathroom, i was greeted by my max. Max being my cat. A beautiful mix of Himalayan & Siamese. as he nuzzled up against my leg, i petted him and provided him with a stuffy nose inflicted smooch then i went back to our bedroom (ours meaning my husbands and mine) as i turned to close the door, max gave me one last look of plea to let him in, but i knew if I did, he would wake me up again by rummaging through my nightstand, so i said "not tonight darling" and closed the door.

at 7am i woke again to do the same procedure and when i opened the door i found on the floor my lovely deep purple cascade llamas wool yarn laying (still in its wrapper, unskeined) in a messy pile, obviously played with and chock full of knots. Max was nowhere to be found. That was his way of saying - mom, you used me for a morning snuggle and then prevented me from snuggling with you in bed, so HA! This is what you get. (Insert sly face here)

the moral of the story?

When your sick and your kitty snuggles you, for the love of your llamas wool, let the cat in.


EDIT: thank you to all the knitters who posted kind responses, you are the reason i love this board!

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Worship Yarn

Which is Worse?

This situation that we've all been in, or a situation where you know the person would appreciate the knitted item SO much, that they never use it? That it sits in a closet collecting dust because the recipient doesn't want anything to "ruin" it.

What is it with people that don't knit (i'm just beginning to understand why we call these kinds of people "muggles") that makes them crazy?
leaf and fire

Kureyon question.

I have been Googling and Ebay-ing far and wide without success, so I turn to you people. =D

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a skein or two of a discontinued colour of Noro Kureyon? I'm looking for 130 and/or 36. I'd be beyond grateful if anyone might be able to direct me to a source.
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Pattern Interpretation and Yarn Enquiry

I'm working on Knitty's Devan, and am at the sleeves. The pattern reads "Inc 1 stitch at each edge of next and then every foll 4th row 7 times"

I am fairly certain I understand what this means - increase at each edge of rows 1, 6, 10, 14 etc - but I'm a bit confused by it. Row 1 is a right side row, the even rows are wrong side rows. Does it make sense that it is asking for me to do the increases on wrong side rows every time but the first? Alternatively, does it somehow mean to work the increases on rows 1, 5, 9, 13...?

Any thoughts? MTA: I just got a call back from my mum, who tells me I need to ignore the word "following" and I should just read this as "increase every 4th row" to mean rows 1, 5, 9, etc. Not that I don't trust my mother, but I'd love confirmation from someone else as well (she's not a knitter, so there could be some "knitting convention" she isn't familiar with).

Also, I have an intriguing idea for a sweater that has been rattling around in my head for awhile, using a sport or even worsted weight yarn. However, I'd love it to be a self-patterning style yarn (I believe it's called 'jacquard', like Parade from Knitpicks). I have never seen a worsted weight version of a yarn like this and I'm not sure why it would exist, but I thought I'd ask here in case anyone has seen one - but I'm also curious about similar sport weight yarns that have better color choices than the Knitpicks :)


banana silk yarn--what do I do with it?

HI all,

Normally, I don't buy yarn unless I have a pretty good idea already what I want to do with it. But at a street fair, I came across a vendor selling banana silk and sari silk yarns at an absurdly cheap price so I broke down and bought *ahem* six skeins.

Here's a picture. Sasha the cat decided to stick his nose in just because he's ornery that way.

Each skein is between 150-200 grams, and I'm wondering what to do with it. I don't want to do a scarf. A bag or a shawl might work. I've done an LJseek and looked at the previous entries tagged with banana silk.

Fellow knitters (and crocheters), I need your fashion wisdom. Which of these colors would go well together and which will absolutely NOT go well? The colors are a bit shinier than the picture shows. Your color sense is very important to me because that will help me in my choice of pattern and which colors I can mix and match to get the required yardage.

Obviously, I'm googling my heart out looking at patterns, but if you want to point me in the direction of your favorite patterns, I won't say no to that. :)

Thanks for all your feedback!