July 31st, 2006

guess what I did?

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Now to cast on the other one!

that was hard, but not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The "sock class" website really broke it down beautifully and logically.

Specs-made with knitpicks "parade" in "daffodils" on size 3 dpns. I made it an anklet because of the size of my feet and their tendency to edema-didn't want to run out of yarn. I might extend the cuff upwards a bit.

FO: Sarena Shrug (Take 2) and Mason Dixon Scarf

I made the Sarena shrug from the Berroco site quite some time ago. I had a bit of a gauge problem and it turned out huge, as you can see here.It's so big I just use it as a bed jacket, something to throw on when the weather is cool and I have on a nightgown but don't want to put on a big robe.

Anyway, I really liked the shape of it. The stitch pattern is quite simple, and since it's made in one piece is very easy indeed. I made another one out of Schoeller Esslinger Bermuda (ordered from elann.com) which is like Rowan's cotton tape but it's half acrylic so machine washable, not to mention very low in price.

This time I did a gauge swatch! I figured out the measurements for the smaller size and cast on accordingly, and made the sleeves shorter. So now I have a shrug that fits. My only complaint is that it is a little bulky on the underarm seams, but most likely after a few washings it will soften and be more comfortable.

If only the weather was not so fricking hot here in Chicagoland so I could wear it right away.

WARNING: Image heavy. Dialup'ers beware.

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Worst case Ontario

Socks on two circs: stuck on picking up gusset stitches

My first sock is going well. Well, was going well. I did the leg, heel flap and turning the heel without a problem.

I have NO CLUE how to pick up gusset stitches.

The instructions say:
"With needle 1 (the needles you just finished working with), pick up 15 sts in the loops along the heel flap."

Ok, first of all, I've never picked up stitches before and can't find my Stitch and Bitch! Ack. Do I just pick up random stitches from the edge or (as it seems from some online tutorials I've looked at), do I knit into these stitches? Which point of my needle to I use (the one closest to the stitches or the one hanging far away). Does it matter what edge of the heel flap I use?

Right now, I was trying it with the end of the circ and trying to pick up stitches from the top (meaning, the sock is turned on its side with the top of the leg facing awawy from me) of the heel flap. Or, do I pick this up from both sides?

I'm so confused and hope I don't sound like a moron. I tried following directions from http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/socks.html and got even more confused.

I better just put this away for tomorrow. It's too late and I'm getting irriatated, but any advice would be appreciated!

fo: sweater vest

Okay, maybe it's entirely the wrong time of year where I live to be wearing a wool sweater-vest (especially since the forecast calls for 35-degree weather this week), but it does get pretty chilly in my office some days, so maybe it'll be useful yet.

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Irish Diamond Shawl

I've just finished casting on for Folk Shawls Irish Diamond Shawl. Any suggestions from those of you who have finished it? I'm using Addi's and Knitpicks Gloss yarn. I'm really excited and slightly scared. Any helpful hints would be appreciated. Thanks.

Fiber Substitution Question

Due to short arms and a dislike of being overheated, I prefer my fall/winter sweaters with short sleeves. With that in mind, is there anything in the Green Gable construction that would prohibit it from being made in a sportweight WOOL? Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Tuscany is calling my name, and I'd love to give Green Gable a try using it. To make it a little more suited to cooler weather, I would lengthen the sleeves slightly and do fewer lace repeats, but other than that, I'd leave it as is.

So, while this seems feasible to me, are there any words of caution you could share? Am I just asking for bad fit and rampant pooling? ;)

Many thanks in advance!

What am I doing wrong?

I have been working on http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0. this is the first time I have knitted a item of clothing. I needed it to be larger so I co 65 stitches. My first row after the ribbing goes like so:

K2, p2, yo, pm, p1, yo, p10, yo, pm, p1, yo, p19, yo, pm, p1, yo, p10, yo, pm, p1, yo, p9, k2

The problem is all of my yo parts are going like this //// instead of like this /\/\

Can you tell me what on earth I did wrong.


Set-in Sleeves Don't Fit

I am THISCLOSE to being done with Rambling Rose. I'm seaming, and now I've just discovered that the set-in sleeves don't fit... they are smaller than the armhole. My gauge was spot-on for both, but the pattern itself was pretty confusing around the shoulder and sleeve shaping so I may have done something wrong. Is there any way to fix this without ripping? I was thinking of maybe undoing where I bound off on the sleeve caps, picking up the live stitches, and just knitting a few more rows. That's all I can think of... is there any better (and quicker) way? I have been working on this sweater forever, and am so tired of it that having to rip may just cause a huge delay in its completion... say, maybe, an eternal delay. I am really tired of knitting with fingering weight cotton! Although after doing so much work on something, I don't really think I could just toss it aside forever... so if I must rip, I guess I will........

Edit: I don't even think that would work after all. I think it's the armholes that are too large, not the sleeves that are too small... so is there any way to make the armholes smaller without ripping?
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My first FO!

This is the first thing I ever completely knit.  It's a soaker for my son.  Normally I crochet (sometimes knit waistbands and such).

I knit it flat and then sewed it up...that why the right side is a little funky.  It'll straighten itself out after he wears it a few times.  My mom gave me the yarn (she was going to make something for him with it, but didn't know what).  It's 100% wool.  I don't remember what kind though....I might still have the paper from it somewhere if anyone really wants to know.  It was totally fun to knit with.  =)

The waistband is ribbed, but it's hard to tell in the picture because of the texture of the yarn...I crocheted the very short cuffs on the bottom (I was running out of yarn)

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Right now I'm just starting a bag for wet diapers....It's knit in the round and then crochet the bottom and put drawstrings on the top....it's super easy.  It may take me a little while, but it will be easy.

I'm debating on putting the word diapers on it.  I've never done anything like that though.  How do you add embelishments like that on there.  Do you use thread and sew it on?  Would you make an icord to make the word out of?  How would you do it?

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Hello all!

I have a quick question about knitting sleeves. I have been working on the Knitting Pure & Simple Neckdown Long Hooded Cardigan and I have finished the body and am getting ready to start on the sleeves. However, the directions are confusing me a bit. Here is what it says:

Sleeves - Slip the sleeve sts on to the 16 inch needle. Joining the yarn at the right edge of the armhole, pick up 16 sts along armhole, placing a marker after 8 sts. This marker is the beginning of the round. Join and k 1 round.

Can someone explain this to me?

Thank you!


Is Koigu elastic enough to be put through the abuses of a headband that is seamed instead of tied? I really hate the feeling of strings on my neck, and don't really like the idea of a tie headband anyway. The pattern in question is Molly's Headband.

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Hellooo - quick question.

If my pattern says to decrease "K2 together across the row" I'm assuming it means every single stich is decreased? K2, K2, K2... am I right?

Thank you so much.
Worst case Ontario

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Despite all of the tutorials and such that you pointed me to yesterday, I cannot seem to get the grasp of picking up stitches.

At first, I was taking the actual edges of the heel flap and plopping those stiches on the needle. That made a mess of things.

I don't know why I can't figure this out.

Is there any easier way to do this? I even tried a crochet hook. Ugh, ugh, ugh.
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