August 21st, 2006

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Yarn sub for pattern - ideas?

The latest issue of Vogue Knitting is out, and there's a project I'm absolutely in l-o-v-e with on page 76, a cutaway cropped jacket. (As an aside, this issue also has a lot of really great sock projects and a couple spins on English-style fashion knitting, both of which have interested me in the past.) Anyway, the yarn they used is Muench's "Touch Me", and it calls for 16 balls of it for a size medium. The cheapest I've found that yarn is $14.95/ball, which is a staggering $239.20 for materials. Uhm, not in this lifetime. It's the principal of the thing.

Muench's "Touch Me" is a rayon-wool blend chenille in weight catagory 4, worsted/heavy worsted. The chenille design is what makes this jacket "pop" with the texture and shine, so I don't want to sub out to something flat. The cheapy weight catagory 4 chenille from, say, Michael's sheds like there's no tomorrow. Anyone have ideas?
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Knit Picks Gloss vs. Harrisville Designs Shetland

I'm making a lace shawl as a holiday gift and am looking at using either Knit Picks Gloss or Harrisville Designs Shetland. I've not molested either in person and have not worked with either. If anyone has, can you tell me about either the yarn? Is the yarn soft? Does it work nicely with a lace shawl? Pilling? etc.

Also is there a yarn reveiw site out there? A site that has user reviews of yarn so I don't have to ask the community these types of questions? So far I haven't been able to find one.
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I need sock math help...where did I go wrong?

ETA: These socks are to be a gift for someone else so I can't get accurate leg measurements...(it's a surprise) so I'll have to guess the best I can...

So, I started a pair of socks last week using a pattern from Cat Bordhi's "Socks Soar on 2 circular needles." I didn't do a gauge swatch, but in her pattern using fingering weight yarn and size 1-3 needles, she cast on 54 stitches. So I cast on the 54 stitches using size 1 needles and fingering weight yarn. I finished the ribbed cuff and started the leg, but it looked a little small, so I tried it on and couldn't get it on over my heel at all. 

So I ripped it out and swatched on size 2s and size 1s. I didn't like the looser fabric I got on the size 2s,  so I decided to stick with the size 1s where I got about 9 sts per inch. I then switched to KathrynTs universal sock pattern and decided to go for the largest size (an 80 stitch cast on). The ribbing at this size was perfect, but after I got a couple inches into the leg, I noticed that it was looking pretty wide...I had decided to just do a plain stockinette leg instead of ribbing, so I figured that's why it looked so big (since the ribbing would normally pull the fabric in). I tried it on and it fit around my leg pretty comfortably, so I figured I'd keep going. Once I got about 6 inches of the leg done, I started the heel flap and that's when I realized this wasn't going to work...the heel flap was huuuuugely wide and the sock was going to bag at the ankles. I had to rip the whole stupid thing out. I want to make sure I do it right this time.

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does anyone know what the submission guidelines for knit.1 magazine are? i've been on their web site and blog but all i found was a 'contact us' link, nothing specific. am i missing something obvious? i don't have any print issues in my possession at the moment and never really paid much attention before, do they have more info in the magazine itself?

i don't usually use a lot of lion brand stuff but i've been working on something with a lot of leftover wool-ease i had lying around and thought it might be a good project to try submitting.

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Sock frustration

So I'm making Baudelaire, and this project has been a real headache. I'm using Fleece Artist in the "Rain Forest" colorway, working both socks toe-up simultaneously from both ends of the skein to use up all the yarn without running out prematurely on the second sock, and the only thing stopping me from just binding off now and calling the project done is knowing that I have nothing I particularly care to make from the yarn that would be leftover at this point...

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FO: Intarsia Carrot Bag

I recently made a small project bag with Intarsia Carrots on it.

The bag I first envisioned was going to be a Bunny Head complete with Big Bunny Ears.

Right. No that didn't work out. I was running out of the lovely soft grey yarn and couldn't get any in the same lot. So instead of making a Bunny Head Bag I made a Carrot Bag. (I made this for a friend who raises Angora Rabbits and says Orange is her favorite color, hence the bunny theme.)

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FO: Hapi Wrap

I haven't posted a finished object here in a while (how many pairs of k3,p1 ribbed socks does the community need?), but I'm pretty happy with the quasi-jacket/wrap I finished during a 4-hour train trip to Seattle Friday, from a rayon-flax blend yarn bought earlier this summer at the Black Sheep Gathering. It got road-tested Saturday night at a backyard party, and I think it's going to be perfect as the evenings (and days) grow cooler here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Fetching Question


I'm almost done with a "fetching" (from the new Knitty) and I keep thinking, wow, this looks pretty big! I went to my LYS to see if I was doing something wrong, I was using a great deal of yarn & the glove is rather large. She re-measured my gauge & checked my stitches, all is well on my part. I'm using the recommended yarn (Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran) & the recommended needles (size 6). The owner of the shop suggested I email the designer to ask some questions, my circumference is 9 inches, not 7!!! I've been trying to email her all day, but it says it's not a valid email address & won't let me send it.

I've seen other posts with questions regarding the pattern, but no one mentioning the email address not working or the circumference being incorrect. I was thinking that I'd just frog & reknit but casting on ten stitches less.

Any thoughts? I know the pattern works, I've seen a lot of finished pairs, but most using different yarn and different needles!

:D Thank you!

Quick question

I want to start working on Sophie, from MagKnits, but I'm a little confused about something in the pattern.

With circular needle, CO 39 sts. K 34 rows in garter st.

Pick up and k 16 sts along the left edge of rectangle just worked. Pick up and k 39 sts along the CO edge. Pick up and k 16 sts along rem side. [110 sts total]

Now, I get the first part.  But the part about picking up on the left edge of the rectangle doesn't make sense to me.  If it's in the round, where is the triangle?  Am I just over looking something obvious?

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FO's: Soleil, 2 bags, and a Kitty Pi

So. Due to my forgetting to pack the cable that allows me to move images from my digital camera to my computer, it's been a Long Time No Post.... but here's to a summer of FO's! This entry is PICTURE HEAVY.... I guess that's what happens when you can't post your FO's for three months.

First Up:
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I hope this is all informative and makes sense... I've had a long day of meetings for my theatre and my brain is a little kaput right now. Let me know if I've left anything out or if anything needs correcting :)
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Manos del Uruguay Musings (Sweater? Felting?)

I have four skeins of Manos del Uruguay, two solid and two variegated, which coordinate with each other. I am not sure what to make. I do not want to make a scarf or a hat. I am not sure I want to felt it (It's so pretty, I'd almost hate to!). I am happy to buy more, but am not sure how well it would match, dye-lot-wise. I'm thinking about making a jumper for myself (women's medium-ish), but might *consider* a felted cat bed or some pillows.

After searching Google extensively, I have found felted cat beds, felted hats, regular hats, mittens, scarves, socks, boobholder-style-"shrugs" (I'm not sure what that is called - a bolero, perhaps?), capelets, etc. What I have not found are full sweaters made of Manos. Is there a reason for this? Are they just Too Warm to be practical? Is a sweater's worth of Manos bank-breaking for many people?

Also, I am very curious about how Manos felts. I have seen several images online and one felted hat at my LYS (here is one, although it's not the clearest picture), and it seems to felt in a strange way. It doesn't end up smooth, thick and sturdy like Cascade 220 or Noro Kureyon but rather seems to get kind of nubbly and it *almost* looks hole-y. Now, the examples I have seen have indeed lost all stitch definition and are very well felted but it just doesn't have that same smooth fabric feel that C220 does. Is this because of the ply/spin/twist (sorry, I'm not very clear on terminology here) of the yarn? Does it adversely affect the sturdiness of the fabric?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this!

Gauge in Yarn Girl's Guide to Beyond the Basics

I am interested in a pattern in Yarn Girl's Guide to Beyond the Basics, but I want to know what its recommended gauge is before I buy the book. I would like to make the Not So Standard Issue Sweatshirt (I think that is its name - it is a hooded cable pullover). Can anyone that has this book tell me what the pattern recommends for gauge? (I have yarn in mind that I'm seeking a pattern for!) Thank you!

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I just joined this community so I can get some knitting friends, as my knitting
circle off the internet is sadly rather small...
So! Currently I am working on a pair of mittens, but I've run into some
trouble with the thumb gore. I've only ever made a peasant thumb and the gore
is charted out with very little word or graphic instructions, so I am afraid I
am quite lost.
I am using the classic mitten pattern from Marcia Lewandowski's Folk Mittens
book, if anyone knows it... But how on earth do you work the thumb gore?
Here is what I mean:
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