July 18th, 2006


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Ok, I'm really sorry I tried to ask about a crochet problem in this community (it got rejected) but could anyone direct me then, to a good community that does _both_ knitting and crochet? I find myself combining the two quiet often and didn't realize crochet posts was forbidden in here.

If you could direct me I'd me very happy, searching interests just leads to a jungle. Anyone member of a good one? In the future I will remember it's striktly knitting in here. Thank you.


UFO Swap?

I have a wacky idea. I've heard of people doing kit swaps or giving a friend yarn to make a FO that you'd like to have, and it sounds like a cool concept. So I'm proposing something similar. I have a Hogwarts scarf (Slytherin!) that I have absolutely no motivation to finish. True to form, I'm picking up new projects faster than I can finish the old, and this half-finished scarf is just sitting on my coffee table. It looks like this:

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It's longer than the pic shows, about half-done, and I have enough of the yarn (KnitPicks Merino Style) to finish it. I'd love to have the completed scarf, but I just can't make myself pick it up. My thinking is that, if someone else is in a similar predicament, we could switch. I'd have a little more motivation to finish a project if 1)it were "new" (to me, anyway), and 2)if I knew that someone were waiting for the FO.

Any takers, or is this too off-the-wall?

EDIT: OK, not completely off the wall. Thanks for the input! (Good thought on the gauge and knitting tension thing - I hadn't thought of that. In this case I don't really care, but it's definitely an issue.) I'll re-post this to my blog - if anyone wants to swap their UFO for mine, let me know there. If I can spread the idea around, maybe I'll go ahead and start a community. :)

first picture post!

I finished this a while ago, but finally got a camera to post with :)

I would have taken more pictures, but....it's really hot, and there is no air in the dorms. boo. and this little thing is surprisingly warm - and easy to knit. I'm working on one for my mom, but for some reason, i can't seem to avoid mistakes....i might have to start over - again!

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First Human X-Ray

FO: Baby V-Neck Raglan Cardigan

Pattern: Ann Norling Pattern #53 Kid's Basic Top Down Raglan, V-Neck Cardigan variation.
Yarn: Plymouth Galway Highland Heather color 712, a medium heathered brown, 1 skein. Manos del Uruguay color 109, less than 1 skein. A small amount of Plymouth Galway dark chocolate brown for button band.
Needles: US 6 24" circs for body, US 4 24" circs for button band.
Gauge: 5 sts/inch stocking stitch.
Size: 12 months
Time to complete: Less than a week.

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Modifications, what I liked and what I'd do differently: This is a great pattern to have on hand, there are instructions for four gauges (3.5, 4.5, 5 and 5.5 sts per inch) and four styles (crew neck, V-neck, crew neck cardigan and V-neck cardigan), with lots of room to add your own cuff and collar styles or anything else, really. I decided on stocking stitch rolled cuffs and a garter stitch hem. Since working in rows for the yoke and body, my stripes were done in even numbers to avoid constantly cutting and re-attaching yarn. The stripe pattern goes (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) then (4, 4, 4) and back to the 2 row stripes. I made the sleeves in the round instead of rows since I didn't need a seam there for support, and used 2 circs after trying out the magic loop method which was too fussy for the join at the underarm. I can't think of anything I'd do differently, it was a quick knit that didn't take much concentration.

Figure 8 Cast On

Hello everybody,

I was wondering if anyone knows of some instructions for this that aren't the Knitty ones. I follow the instructions as I understand them, but it's not working. Even when it seems to be, it's driving me mad knitting so tightly.

So my second question: alternative cast ons for toe up socks? I can't crochet, so anything needing that is out.

Thank you!

FO - sockrazy!

I've been working on Christmas presents. Last December 24th, as I was furiously steam blocking a scarf for the new sister-in-law, I vowed that I would be prepared for 2006.
Thus, gifty socks. I apologize in advance to the dial-up folks for the image heavy post!

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Crystal Palace Kid Merino, Felted Hat Question, Blocking a Sweater

Ok, I have three questions, and I really haven't been able to find answers to these... I have done Google on them, but haven't found exactly the answers I'm looking for, though I expected to.

1. I was considering using Crystal Palace Kid Merino as a sub for Kidsilk Haze, and I know it's the same weight, but what about blocking? Is it going to block very well? There is quite a bit of acrylic content, which makes me wonder. I would be using it for a lace pattern (Rowan Butterfly dress). I haven't done much blocking, and I have never used this yarn... I also don't want to buy it until I am pretty sure it will work, since my yarn budget is so tight! If this yarn won't work, could anyone recommend another yarn that would give the same "airy" quality to the piece?

2. I have a felted hat in mind, and since I can't find a pattern for it, I just wanted to wing it... it doesn't seem too hard. My question is, and I am sure this question has been asked here before, but I could not find it, how much bigger should I knit it than I want it to be after felting?

3. Another question I think has been asked, but I couldn't find it either... I'm nearly finished with a sweater, knit in Brown Sheep Cotton Fine. Should I block it before or after seaming? Or both? There is a band of ribbing to knit after the sweater is seamed.

FO: Kiri shawl in Rowan Kidsilk Spray

I really enjoyed knitting this - once I got past the initial cast-on and flipping around those first few rows, and picking up stitches (I never did find enough ridges unless I knit an extra few rows of that starting bit). It was like knitting with cobwebs. And I really like the colouring.

I didn't get gauge on the called-for needles, so I went down to 4.0mm (and knit it all on a pair of straights instead of circs). It worked on the straights because the yarn was so light I think - any heavier and it would have started dragging at the wrists.

It made for a good project during hot weather too - it folds up small, and is easy to drape out of the way so it wasn't lying heavy and warm all over my lap and legs.

The original bindoff attempt was miserably tight, so I painstakingly tinked the entire row, dug out my 7.00mm needles, and bound off again in the pattern-stated method but much looser this time, which worked a treat - it blocked out properly the second time around :-)

I used the full 3 balls (minus a few yards) of the yarn - and it's come out just the right size - 2 balls would have been too small for what I wanted (something light to wrap my shoulders/arms/back in of a summer night when it starts cooling off).

So, onto the photos... one of the whole thing draped on the sofa, one of it draped over my wrist, and another with a closer look at the pattern... the last one is the truest to colour I think (though it does depend on your graphics settings of course!).

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Edit: Thanks for all the compliments, I'm sat here grinning like a mad thing! I wanted to add that this is only my second every lace project, and the first time I've knitted using yarn as fine as this (previously it's all been DK and sockweight). I found it challenging initially but it quickly got easier to keep the lace pattern straight (and I read the lace chart, having learnt how to follow a chart on the first DK-weight lacy feather&fan baby blanket). The lace chart is much easier to follow than written instructions, and I think that this is a simple enough pattern that beginners to lace can have a go and expect reasonable amounts of success. It took me about 3-4 weeks from start to finish, knitting in evenings and weekends (I work fulltime) so it didn't take too long either (and I'm not a superfast knitter, I don't knit continental-style but english style with 'throwing' the yarn rather than using the needle to pick up and form the loop).

So if you're looking at it thinking it must have been really complicated hard work, it really wasn't. Bit of concentration to learn the lace pattern and then not too many distractions whilst you're doing the long rows (and boy, they get really long, I counted over 450 stitches on one row of the final pattern repeat before I started the edging rows) and it just zips along!
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branching out

I have just started branching out (on http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/PATTbranchingout.html) and I am already frustrated!! I am on row 1 (after the 5 rows of garter st) and I'm stuck.

If you cast on 25 sts, how will you have enough sts to do the ssk and k2tog? I was 3/4 through the row when I counted the remaining sts to be knitted and realized there weren't enough sts for the pattern.

Please, please help me!!!!

Thrift store needle find

Dunno if we can post needle porn here, but I had an especially good find at the thrift store this Saturday: apparently they got a REALLY REALLY GOOD needle donation recently.

For a grand total of $4 I got:

A Boye hairpin lace loom
Bernat aluminium circlars, 29" long, in sizes 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 10.5, and 11
Some sort of metal circular with a metal cable, 29", size 7
Susan Bates Circlon, aluminium tips, 29", size 3
Susan Bates Circulon, all-nylon, 24" size 5, 6, 8, 36" size 10
Boye circular needles, all-nylon, size 7.

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They actually had a *ton* more: I did not buy the majority of the needles there. Apparently at least one other person had hit it hard before me, too. I was trying not to be greedy. I have the Boye Interchangables and want to buy the Knitpicks set, so how many more needles do I really need? I did buy all the Bernats, since they looked nice. I only got a few of the all-nylon kind, even though they're wicked cool, since I hate plastic needles. They had some shorter needles, even some super-short 9" kind, but playing with them I thought they seemed annoying to knit with: I'd rather use DPNs or 2 circs for something that small.

OK, in retrospect, I should have bought more. Maybe I'll look again on Saturday to see what's left. We'll see -- I showed them off in my SnB group tonight and I think some of them are planning on hitting the thrift store this week. :-)
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