July 16th, 2006


FO: Lacanau

I'd been rather desperate for something to knit that I could use some of the yarn in my stash for, and the recent issue of Knitty supplied plenty to choose from! I chose Lacanau because it looked interesting, as well as like the perfect set of summer slippers for wandering around the house in. I cast on for the first sole a couple days after the summer issue was published, but only just finished them tonight. I'd been intentionally making them last as long as possible, because the whole point was actually the knitting, not the finished product.

I had some hanks of Tahki Cotton Classic left over from the stole I made at the beginning of the year, so that's what I used for these. The colours I used are brick and gold, and are actually quite dusky and pleasant in real life, and nothing like the McDonald's advertisement the pictures make them out to be. O.o

Overall I loved this pattern. I didn't even come close to meeting gauge, especially since I was using 4mm needles instead of the 4.5 called for in the pattern. 4.5mm makes for floppy stitches with Cotton Classic, in my experience. However, I found it to be really easy to modify the pattern to accomodate my smaller gauge and short feet -- 5 inches for the portion of the sole that covers the ball of the foot would have been excessive, so I only knit 4, for example. Also, instead of using fabric or leather (my original idea) to make "proper" soles, I simply knit duplicates of the sole pattern, 2 stitches wider and minus the heel flap, and then crocheted them into place.

The double-soles used up the entire hank of gold yarn, though the tops only used up (I'm guessing) less than half the hank of brick.

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Similar pattern request...

I found this pattern while searching for a bulky lace scarf that will knit up quick on a Sunday. I have a pretty Moda Dea Cache yarn that I've been dying to use....and then I found this. But I found the pattern and you gotta pay and yadda yadda yadda....

Anyhoo, question is this....can anyone direct me to a similar pattern? A bulky lace scarf.

Thanks in advance!
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Confused about switching needle sizes

Hey all. I hope someone can help me with this.

I am knitting this hoodie and each part of the sweater so far has started out with 5 rows of garter stitch on size 5 needles and then switched to stockinette on 6es for the rest of the piece...except, apparently, the hood, which starts with the same garter stitch border, but the pattern does not call for switching to 6es when the stockinette starts. Is there some reason the hood would be done all on 5s when the back, front sides, and sleeves are all done on 6es except for the border?

Or should I assume there's an omission in the pattern and switch up?

Edited to Add: Thanks, all, for the swift feedback. I am going to go ahead and do the hood on the 5s, and if it comes out messed up I will come back and tell you all about it.
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Hrm. Knitty Vs. Firefox?

Has anyone out there using Firefox experienced difficulties when reading the Summer Knitty? Perhaps, more specifically, anyone using a mac (os 10.3.9) and Firefox, though it might be too much to hope for? Anyways, the problem is that the only things loading are the ads and colour bars on the front page, and the plain text anywhere else-no pictures, no links, nothing. The only way I figured out the plain text thing was by randomly clicking in the window. At first I thought it was a bandwidth thing, because text obviously loads faster and is less data than an image, but it's been 2 weeks now, with no changes. I've been having the same problems with earlier issues as well, since the whole thing started. I've checked my browser settings, to see if I was for any reason blocking images or something ridiculous like that, but to no avail. Knitty is the only site where I'm experiencing this. Any suggestions, or am I stuck browser-hopping every time someone mentions a Knitty pattern I am unfamiliar with or might be interested in?

Edit: have rebooted, have cleared cache, have checked settings...nothing goes... grar.

Edit again: Apparently firefox was inhabited by some kind of gremlin for a while and changed settings when I wasn't looking. After blackrayne's comment on the image prefs, I checked again and fixed the problem. Moral of the story? Beware crazy computer gremlins. Or possibly cats who walk on keyboards when you are sleeping. Or something. Thanks everyone for your (super speedy!) suggestions.
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Multiple Yarn Weights - One Brand

Could anyone suggest a brand that makes the same yarn (wool or other natural fiber preferred, but I just might take anything at this point) in multiple weights (eg: sport, worsted and bulky, all 100% merino wool)? Most brands I've seen change blends as they change weights. Thanks!

Finished objects -- socks!

Since the end of May, I've finished 2 pairs of socks. The caramel-color socks took forever, I'm not quite sure why, but they are bigger than others I've made. The pink socks are my first foray into toe-up socks, and I'm hooked! I love toe-up, and they come out so much better than my attempts at top-down ones. The pink socks went especially fast -- I cast on the first stitch last Thursday (10 days ago) and finished them last night. I've also taken to reading a bit more on the bus/subway, so that cuts into my knitting time a bit.
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FO, Ballerina Wrap

Hi, Everyone! This is a Ballerina Wrap. I got the pattern from Hollywood Knts. I'm still a novice knitter, so, I had a few problems of course!

I had some guage issues, so it came out a little bit smaller than I intended. I may do a little blocking (it's curling a little bit because I did it in a stockinette stitch) and give it to someone smaller than I. But, I don't know, I kind of like it, it's different! What do you think?

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Bind Off Question

About a month ago, my Grandma passed down her knitting stuff to me.
As a thank you, I wanted to make her something a knitter would appreciate.. so I picked a basic lace pattern out of one of the books she gave me, and I think it's turned out nice (but needs to be blocked!)

Well, it would turn out nice, if I could figure out how to bind it off to match the cast on.. since this was just a stich pattern, there aren't really instructions...

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knit sweatbands

So I asked my brother what I should knit him (he will probably be heading down South this year for a while), and he said what he could use is a headband/sweatband. I'm thinking Cascade Fixation might work-- any recommendations for patterns & size of needles to use? He is quite a conservative dresser & persnickety about what he wears. I'm considering doing some sort of cable, like the belt in Knitty a while back.
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