August 11th, 2006


FO: My Very First Scarf on a Knitting Machine

For my birthday I received a knitting machine--the Ultimate Sweater Machine to be exact. To get to know the machine, I decided to make a striped scarf. I used Caron Simply Soft in Black and Gray. I casted on 50 stitches and got to work. At first it was difficult to have it work right, but once I got going it was a lot of fun. Not something I would use to replace hand knitting but fun none-the-less.

As far as I can tell, garter stitch is not possible on the machine. Ribbing and cabling are, but you have to drop stitches and bring them up for it to work. But you can increase and decrease and do short rows, intarsia, and faire isle pretty easily. At least, according to the video. I haven't actually tried anything that complex on it yet.

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There's a more detailed review and a lot more pictures at my personal knitting site for anyone interested.

this is disappointing...

I am sad that when i went to Joann's for just a spur yarn/needle browse, i left with their sensations 100% wool.  i also think that they had a sign saying that it was feltable...
this is NOT a feltable yarn even though nowhere does it say superwash!
do you think i should head back, make sure the sign is there and demand a refund?
i spent a good 20-something total on it...
also, get this yarn if you want a superwash, it isnt alot, and is soft and has some cute colors
(i was thinking legwarmers with it)

this is the page on their site, but the description does not state its non-feltable properties either!;$sessionid$DXUWTKIAADCTIP4SY5LRJAR50LD3OEPO?CATID=92240&PRODID=123105

Thank you to all of you in advance!

i am working on tempting with the debbie bliss cashmerino...
i can see why this is a great yarn!
and so far, it is moving quickly!

Thank you again to all of you and your suggestions, ideas and comments
I am going to check the signage, but since I have used it, I dont plan on a return but would like the same yarn in the same color (the peach is well, just peachy)
As I said, it does not say superwash, but this would work really well, just as a side note

thanks again!!!
Knitting - Perfect Day

Austermann Step socks; and a question

1. I have been knitting a pair of basic socks with this yarn, and I have to absolutely sing its praises. It's so soft, the colours are so pretty, and I'm just drooling at the thought of having several pairs of socks knit out of aloe vera yarn, just for everyday! And you can throw them in the wash, too! Surely this is too good to be true...

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2. A question - have any of you ever knitted something from Viking Patterns for Knitting? I recently browsed this book and had to physically restrain myself from buying it and yarn to go with...The cables are just gorgeous! Anyhow, if anyone has any stories of projects from this book I would just be so grateful to hear about them ;)

Snowflake mittens

Quick question . . . Does anyone know of a good snowflake motif? I'm thinking knitting mass amounts of mittens for Christmas presents with a snowflake on the top in knit stitches against a backdrop of garter stitches. I've never actually knit something without looking at a pattern except for scarves. And I still can't decide whether to do the whole mitten with just garter and the snowflake in knit stitches or to throw in some cabling. Yay for starting Christmas knitting in August!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

FO: Supermerino Socks

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YARN :: Artyarns Supermerino, colour 115 (I think). 1 skien per sock.
NEEDLES :: Size 3 Addi Turbo circulars, magic loop method.
Basic toe-up socks. I used what a friend called a "Figure-8" cast on, but Knitty seems to call it a "Magic Cast-on." Anyways, a cast on of 16 stitches, then increased to 50 stitches, then the "corded rib" pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks and a short row heel. I switched to 1x1 ribbing about an inch before I bound off for the cuff.
Umm... Friday to... Friday. Oh. 1 week. Well, with 2 knit-nights attended and several episodes of Star Trek watched.
&c. :: If I was feeling exceptionally rich, I would get a third skien and make the socks a bit taller. They are very warm, though. I didn't really want to wear them all that long in the heat to take the pictures. They're really far too thick to be anything but pad-around-the-house socks, but they'll be nice when the winter comes in, and the wood floors are cold. I've decided that I prefer toe-up socks to top-down, as far as toe neatness is concerned. However, I will have to try the pretend-heel-flap sort of heel, because I am not fond of short row heels --they seem to pull and tend to be kind of gappy. I also tend to be leery about varigated and "hand dyed" yarns, but these striped in a rather nice, if spiral-y, way.
internet disease

Kitchener in the round

So, I did kitchener stitch for the first time last night, using the directions in the Knitty article here, and it went well and looks great... except in one spot. I was working in the round (so joining two tubes), and I didn't know what to do when I got back to the beginning. I tried to put the tail back through the first 2 stitches in some way that roughly approximated another knit stitch, but I couldn't quite figure it out and I ended up with a small hole. Is there an established technique or trick for this that I should know? At the moment it doesn't really matter since the work won't show at all (it's on the torso a stuffed animal that's going to be wearing a sweater), but I'd like to know for the future.

Pattern questions

So to give y'all a bit of background, I've been knitting since early this year and am just about to finish my very first FO (a very basic scarf). As soon as that's done I'll be diving into these. (Yes, I like to challenge myself... ;) )

This will be my first time working with DPNs and yarn thinner than worsted weight, knitting in the round, and doing anything more complicated than knitting/purling. So needless to say, I have a couple of questions. ;)

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Sock help? Not asking for much.... :P

Hi there :)

I've never knit a sock before. I know I could start with a simple one...I've been googling sock patterns and "How-To's" for over a month now and have seen plenty of "Beginner socks" patterns.

However, I figure why learn one way, when it's not the way I personally want to eventually knit socks? Therefore, I'm going to be stubborn and I want to start out making them the way I want to make them.

This is what I can tell you that I want. I want to make two socks at once on a long circular needle, using the magic circle technique. I will be using the turkish cast-on method. I (obviously) want to make them toe-up. I want my first pair to be anklets. I've done a lot of research on this, but I still feel like I'm missing a crucial part of the equasion.

Given that I want to make them as I stated above, where do I find a pattern on how to make socks like this? I have instructions for the turkish cast-on for two socks on one circular needle, so I feel like I can cast on the toes just fine. But where do I go from there? I figure I just knit until I get to the heel and then I can take a tutorial I have for making heels using magic loop and apply that. Then, I just knit more. Is that really all there is to it? Am I missing something important and crucial that will make this a disaster when I start?

Any guidance would be appreciated :) I bow to your collective expertise *curtsey*

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I have done some cablework in the round, and I want to knit a friend a scarf with the DNA scarf cables.

I don't really like the fisherman's scarf part around the neck, and that it has a good side and a not-so-good side.

Could I knit it in the round, so I could drop the selvages and have a proper cable running up both sides of the scarf?

I've done cables before, in the round, but not from charts.

Can I assume that if I am doing the chart in the round, I just keep reading right to left instead of back and forth?

FO: "Column of leaves" scarf

I made this with Mountain colors 4/8s wool in Juniper, on size 7 needles. It took 1 1/2 skeins. The leaves pattern comes from "Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns" published by Sterling. I put together the scarf design myself. A link to the full pattern can be found under the cut. In hindsight, I probably should have done it in a solid yarn, but I fell in love with the Mountain Colors Juniper. Under the cut, you can see a swatch I did in white yarn that really shows the pattern.
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Pattern Finding Question...

Okay, this is driving me crazy. I'm looking for a pattern that I know is in a fairly recently-published book of knitting patterns. The pattern is for tiny sweaters (about 3-5 inches) that are used as decorations, either as tablecards or Christmas tree decorations. In the illustration in the book there are three or four of these tiny sweaters hung from the back of a chair. I know I own the book with this pattern in it, but I have been through my entire collection and am coming up with nothing. Does this pattern sound familiar to anyone, and if so, could you please tell me what book you found it in? I was hoping to start knitting these as christmas gifts/ornaments, and I don't want to leave for school without the pattern!

Thank you thank you thank you!