August 19th, 2006


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For about the past two weeks I've been working on the Cozy Sleeper from Sexy Little Knits by Ashley Paige. I bought a wool-alpaca blend instead of the expensive angora blend the pattern called for, and knit the back piece in about three days (and doing little else during that time). The front was going fairly quickly too, until I ran out of yarn about two-thirds of the way up (I only bought two skeins to start with).

Today (about a week after I ran out) I finally got the next skein, and continued from where I left off. But as I made my way to the top of the front piece, all of my fears and uncertainties about the pattern and how my pieces were turning out came to head.

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yarn substitution help

I'm interested in suggestions for a yarn substitution.

I want to make Edith Eig's baby blanket from Knit One Purl Two (on DIY network). I've made it with Baby Clouds and it turned out pretty nice. I just used single stranded since its a bulkier yarn and let the varigated colorways do their thing. Its a pretty simple fan and feather pattern. In her pattern, she double strands an acrylic sport weight boucle. This allows for a neat color blending between color changes. I want to try for that.

I also wanted to try for a natural fiber as opposed to acrylic, because it seems I read somewhere that natural fibers are less of a fire hazard. I know wool is definitely better but might be a skin irritant, so I though cotton.

I was at my LYS (I hope that means Local Yarn Shop, or I'm using it wrong! *L*) and liked the looks of Mission Falls 100% cotton, which had a slightly bumpy texture. But I don't have $60+ for the amount of yarn I'd need. I may end up with acrylic anyway just because of the cost involved. The yarn used in the pattern has been discontinued, so I have to find something else regardless.

Anyone have any suggestions for something like this, suitable for baby, but not TOO pricey? I'd be willing to try shopping online even, the only drawback there is that you can't fondle it first.

Thanks in advance!
Knitting - Perfect Day

Pattern help: Rib and Cable Socks, IK Fall 2005

Hi there; I have a question about the Rib and Cable Socks pattern by Nancy Bush, from Interweave Knits Fall 2005 (I just know there are knitters out there who have finished this pattern already!)

I'm on Sock #1 and have turned the heel and knitted both gussets. Right now I have worked to the following line:

"60 sts rem; 15 sts each on Needle 1 and Needle 3; 30 instep sts on Needle 2."
(Needle 2 has the Rib and Cable pattern, and Needles 1 and 3 were just stockinette in dec to the gussets)

Now the next instructions say: "Cont even in patt as established until foot measures 6 1/2" from back of heel..."

I am assuming this means that ONLY the instep stitches will use the Rib and Cable pattern, and Needles 1 and 2 will continue to be worked in stockinette stitch. Is this correct? (This is the first time I've done a sock with an actual pattern on it, thus my curiosity.)

Thank you in advance!

Confused about doing a bobble

here are some instructions i received that came with a pattern but i still don't get it.

could someone explain this to me like i am a 3 year old.

MB = mini*bobble: knit one, purl one, knit one all into the same stitch. You will now have three stitches from ONE stitch on your right needle. Take the tip of your left knitting needle, and lift the furthest away over top of the other two, then lift the second over the first one – tada! Mini-bobble made!

Bobble: Same instructions as above, except you will knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one, knit one…….all into the same stitch to get FIVE stitches from one

any help would be appreciated!

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help with WTS abbreviation

I am knitting the Air Bear from Berroco's website. The full pattern can be found here.
The problem I am having is with the WTS abbreviation, which says that

Sl 1, bring yarn to RS of work, return slipped st back to LH needle, turn work, bring yarn to WS of work, sl 1 purlwise.

What I don't understand is after you sl1 purlwise at the end, do you turn your work back or do you then continue with the pattern with your work turned?

here is an example of a row:
Row 5:  K16, WTS, p13, WTS, k12, WTS, p11, WTS, k10, WTS, p9, WTS, k13 – 18 sts.
Based on this, I am pretty sure that you continue with your work turned, because you will end up turning it back to where it should be.  But I am not completely sure.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.

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emily the strange

Twisted Yarn

I'm having a problem with my yarn twisting. I'm making a 3x3 ribbed scarf out of Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% Wool, 15% mohair), and the yarn is twisting very badly. I only have about 6 inches of the scarf done. At about 5 inches, I had to break the yarn, untwist it and reattach, because it was so badly twisted that it was starting to effect the look of the scarf. Well, I've knit about an inch more, and it is getting really twisted again. I don't want to have to break and reattach again and again, for obvious reasons. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, how did you remedy it?

Lace Books

So, I've recently gotten into lace knitting (damn you, Interweave, and your delicious, delicious patterns!) And, seeing as how I just bought a full pound of Zephyr laceweight of Ebay, I thought I should celebrate by also buying a really, really good lace book. So, I was looking around on Amazon, and I came across Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, A Gathering of Lace, and the first and second books of Modern Lace Knitting. Now, if you were in my position - which do you prefer? I really want a book that has primarly shawls and stoles, preferably with some wonderfully complicated patterns, because I apparently like to torture myself. (And if you want to throw in a recommendation that I don't have, please do!)

Thank you so much, kind knitters! I really appreciate how much you all do to enable my addiction artistic expression!
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FO Baby Blanket

Since I mentioned the blanket in my previous post about my yarn subbing question, I thought I should post about it as well.

As I mentioned before, I made a version of Edith Eig's Baby Blanket for my sister.

This time, I chose to use a variegated fluffy yarn called Baby Clouds. I started with Pastels, then Tutti Fruitti, then a pink and lavender blend. (I found out it was a girl after I'd already started it) Since I know my sister will want the girliest stuff she can find, I used the girliest colors I had. I finished off by crocheting a border around the outside.
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This was much easier to do than I expected, and once I got the hang of the repeats, I didn't even have to look at the pattern sheet. This made it very enjoyable to knit for me, because it was interesting without being too complex. I had a lot of fun knitting it, which is why I want to make another one. I just have to decide what yarn to use.

I'll try to post a couple of other projects soon.

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I'm about to start on my second pair of Knitty's Fetching. The last ones I knit were loose on the hands and wrists, and those were on dpns. But I did a gauge swatch with Knitpick's Swish Superwash on 5s and it seems to be about the same gauge. Should I do it on the 5s and just accept it? Will 4s make that much gauge difference? Or should I do it with a DK weight?

Rogue help?

Ok, so I have watched this site forever and thought I'd never post for fear of doing Something Wrong. But, now I need you people and your wisdom. Pretty badly.

I ordered yarn from Peace Fleece for Rogue. I swear they had some sort of kit thing, but I cannot find any evidence online (I've been looking). I am doing the 39" size and am up to the neck and feeling like this sweater looks pretty big. Now I am panicking that I didn't order enough yarn. Did anyone else order this kit business and remember if the 39" was 6 skeins or 7? Because I have only 6 skeins and would really prefer to solve this potential dilemma before I have 97% of a sweater and no more yarn. I really hope I am just paranoid. :)