August 12th, 2006

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Blocking Rayon

I recently purchased absolutely beautiful Blue Heron yarn, the Beaded Rayon in the Eggplant colorway. I'm considering using this yarn for a second Flower Basket Shawl. I'm concerned rayon might not block well. Does anyone have any experience with using a rayon yarn in a project that had to be severely blocked in order for the finished object to fit the specifications of the pattern? Did the rayon block but with a little more effort? Was it like blocking cotton; the same end result, just a little more pulling and tugging and repinning? This yarn is beautiful and I really want to use it for the Flower Basket Shawl, but I'm concerned about the finished product. Thanks in advance for the help.
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yarn recommendations, please?

I see these databases for things like movies, but I haven't come across one for yarn, and I'm not sure what to Google for it. One of those, If you like [this], try [this] things would come in really handy. I have a friend who adores Toasty Toes, and I want to get her something that's a little different, but that she'll probably still like. Can anyone point me to a site like that, or just make a suggestion for a Toasty Toes alternative? I'd really appreciate either.
Chub Chub

Who better to ask....

I am working on creating a purse to take along my knitting projects.  What would be the best things to add to my bag to make it the "ultimate knitting bag"????

You are all the experts I want to take from your knowledge and experiences.  I am thinking about a million little inserts for my needles and such but what else?
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FO: Jean Greenlowe superman doll

Last week my younger sister and I visited my grandmothers house, and came accross these knitted dolls we used to play with when we were kids. This prompted much nostalgia, and my sister kept saying how cute they were and how much she wanted one. I told her if she found me a pattern for something she liked, I'd make it.

The same afternoon, I dragged her into a yarn shop (to her protest!) and we found they had a great selection of Jean Greenhowe patterns.

So I knitted her this adorable 'Superkid'.Collapse )

The pattern came from Jean Greenhowe's Little Gift Dolls. It was a nice, easy pattern to knit and follow. I followed it pretty much to the letter. The only modification I made was to the sleve cuffs - after finding that the belt and boot cuffs came up too large, I reduced the number of stitches on them to 16 and found they came out perfect. Oh, and I changed the superman S to a Z because my sister's name is Zara, so it's super-Z.

It was nice to knit. I did the whole thing in 2 days. The only difficult part was the sewing together, as I am rather inept at sewing. I did think I got better towards the end though and would probably do another one more neatly. Fortunately the messiest parts are at the back and hidden by the cape.

I'm not too keen on the face. I couldn't get the eyes right and the smile is less smiley than I want. But on the whole, I like it very much, and possibly more importantly, I think my sister will too. She gets her AS exam results on Thursday, so I'm going to give it to her then as a congratulations gift.
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Flared rib?

Does anyone have any information on how to do a flared rib? I've looked it up on Google with no luck... but I really, really want to incorporate it into the pattern I'm beginning. I think it's a matter of sneaking increases into the rib, but I'm not sure about the spacing or the number of increases to do. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks!

ETA: Oh my goodness, Swish Superwash is wonderful so far! It is so soft, and springy, and both colors I've ordered (Red Pepper and Fired Brick) are just beautiful! My only complaint is that there is only one shade of pink, and I'm not sure it's one I'd like (I didn't order any of it). Btw, Red Pepper is really a classic *bright* red, and Fired Brick is a deep, bright jewel-toned red. Both are much prettier than they appear on my monitor for the Knitpicks site. Don't worry, I'm not using them together. :-)
credit to: call-me-daisy

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I've got a request for all you very experienced knitters out there. Collapse )

Edit: Thank you everyone! Your advice worked wonders. : ) I don't know how I didn't manage it on my own. [looks very sheepish]