September 13th, 2006

Just Josie

Wool of the Andes - Knit Picks

Can anyone tell me how itchy Wool of the Andes is? I'm making a cardigan for someone with sensitive skin and while I know there won't be a lot of skin contact, the person in question does have sensitive skin. And no one likes itchy arms or necks. How does it compare to Swish in the skin irritant department?

Also, has anyone seen the Hyacinth color in person? It looks very bright from what I can see on the website and I was really hoping to find something that is more Navy than bright blue.

Thanks for your help.

FO: Chemo Cap

Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Berroco Plush
Color: Lava Lamp
Needles: US10

My knitting group has been making chemo caps for the past few weeks. This is my third hat for that cause. The Berroco Plush is very soft which makes for a very comfortable hat (I hope). I only had two complaints with the Berroco. First, it was difficult to get a stretchy cast on with the yarn. I normally don't have this problem, so I'm going to experiment with different cast ons and focus on loosening up a bit more. Second, dropping stitches was a nightmare especially while on the decreases. It was so hard to find the stitch with all the stuff sticking out. I don't think it helped that I was double stranding.

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Christmas Yarn - where is it?

I need to get a move on knitting some christmas stockings. I'm trying to knit them to match a stocking someone did on a machine about 30 years ago for my friend's mother. Hey, it sounded like something I could definitely do back in January.

But now I can't find the yarn! Anyone seen variegated acrylic christmas yarn in the stores? It's definitely red heart super saver, in bright variegated red, green, and white. I posted a photo of the model stocking here about six months ago.

If it's not quite time for the christmas yarns to hit, anyone have an idea when the stores start getting them in? Every time I'm near a Joann, Walmart, or Michaels, I stop in to check and I haven't seen it yet.
Kid knitting

shawl/wrap pattern suggestions?

After cutting my knitting teeth on a washcloth, I'm about to finish my first real project (socks for my oldest son).  I'll post pics when I'm done.  (Ok, I did do another set of baby socks, but I was in a hurry to finish them for a baby shower and didn't get a chance to photograph them before I gave them away).

My youngest is next in line for socks, but I'm planning on trying to knit 2 at a time on a set of circs, which will be new for me.  So I'm looking for something that's a little bit more portable.  I have lots of projects to complete before Christmas, so I really need to be knitting as much as possible.  I think a simple shawl/wrap (not sure of the proper name, but something that's not terribly fitted, i.e., no sleeves/cardigans) would be good, as I want to make that for my friend who's birthday is in November.

So...anyone have any pattern suggestions?  I'm looking for something that knits up fairly quickly, but I'm not afraid of a bit of challenge, either (simple lace or cabling is fine).  I'm also looking for something with a fairly loose weave...we live in AZ, so this would be something to cut down on minor night chill.

I'd like to pick out a project so that I can buy the appropriate yarn when I go to the LYS to pick up my circs for the socks.

Edit: I ended up choosing to do Kitty's Clapotis in electric blue Bamboo by Soysilk.

Knitpicks Options set

Someone reviewed the Knitpicks options needle set not too long ago, but I cannot find that review by searching or looking in the memories.

Does anyone know where to find that or is anyone willing to comment with further opinions about the set and its value?

Thank you and I will remove this post if someone can help me find the old one...! Thanks!
Kid knitting

Yarn help?

Ok, I've decided to knit either Knitty's Clapotis or Cozy.

My question is, do you think this yarn would work?  It seems like it would work up to a similar gauge, but I'm not sure about the material, i.e., if it would block well enough to show the pattern.  It's made of 51% viscous, 32% cotton, and 17% acrylic.  I have no idea what "viscous" is, or if it has too much acrylic.

I ask because this yarn is beautiful (I have some waiting to be made into a shrug for myself; after Christmas, though), and because I know my LYS carries it and I'm impatient.


Edit:  After a trip to the LYS last night, I decided upon Bamboo yarn by Soysilk.  I chose the electric blue color (since my friend I'm making it for loves blue), which looks much more vibrant than it does on the website (at least on my monitor, anyway).  I went in thinking I'd do Clapotis if I found a nice variegated yarn, and Cozy for a solid, but she had something knitted up with the Bamboo and I just thought the dropped stitches in Clapotis would work well with it, so Clapotis it is!!!

Magic Loop question

Hello Knitters! I am making a sweater and I would like to knit both of the sleeves at once on one circular needle alla magic loop. I know I have seen this done but I can't figure it out. I have been searching online and can't find any information about how to do it. Can anyone here explain it to me or point me to an online tutorial. I am going to be traveling tomorrow and would like to work on these gosh darn sleeves already! THANK YOU!! <3

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I'm sitting here ready to make these baby socks but there is a problem:

Cast on 22 stitches, distributed evenly on three needles:
1st needle: 10 stitches
2nd needle: 12 stitches
3rd needle: 10 stitches

Is that not 32 stitches? Can anyone tell by looking at the pattern which is correct?

Complicated cabled sweater yarn substitution

So After finishing the Roundabout Tank I started a few other projects. I brought the book with me one weekend when I went to visit my parents in Rhode Island and my brother found it. He's been asking me to do knit him a sweater for quite some time, but we could never decide on the right pattern. He found Collapse )
And of course this is the sweater he wants me to knit him before Christmas!. He claims to have an allergy to wool, and so I'm thinking of knitting this out of cotton or a cotton/wool blend that is much more cottony than wooly. He's picked out, from Knit Picks, Collapse ) in Blueberry.

I've never used the yarn that is required in the pattern (Harrisville Highland Style) and know that the weight seems to be about the same, but was still wondering how you folks thought this would substitute. The yarn from the pattern is 100% wool, and Main Line is mostly cotton. I'm told that cotton will make the cables stretch out and look rediculous. Does anyone have any creative ideas for substitutions on this pattern that wouldn't itch? I'm thinking of just throwing in the towel and getting a ton of navy blue Karabella merino and just not telling him. Aurora 8 is so soft, how could it itch anyone? That almost seems morally wrong to me, but I'm running out of ideas for alternatives. If I don't knit this for him, I think he wants some uber boring plain ribbed cabled sweater that would cause me to shoot myself. Strangely enough, I'm not worried at all about getting the rediculously complicated sweater pattern done before christmas, as long as I can grab the yarn soon!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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French Market Bag (kind-of)

I recently finished a project that I've been planning for months, loosely based on Knitty's French Market Bag.

I used Elann's Peruvian Highland Wool in Dark Indigo Blue (which they don't seem to carry anymore) and Mid Indigo Blue.

I made some modifications to the pattern. I made the bag much deeper, the bottom is wider, the handles are shorter and wider, and the color pattern is different. I had a great time until the end, when I had to hand-felt small pieces of yarn together to finish the handles, and I almost had to order another skein. I barely made it.

I love the way it turned out, and the recipient was PSYCHED - she loved it and was totally speechless. This is only my second felted project (first was a Booga Bag), so I hope it holds up well...

Click HERE for pics.

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FO: A Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfullness

The pattern: Lavish Lace's A Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness shawl/stole
The yarn: Knitpick's Shimmer in Deep Woods, 2 skeins (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk hand-dyed lace weight)
Time used: Not including blocking, maybe 40-45 hours total knitting time.
The story: I wanted something pretty and unique to wear to my little sister's wedding, which was an evening outdoor wedding at the country club. I started this about three months before the wedding but time got away from me, so about 8 days prior to the wedding I went into overdrive. 10 rows took me about an hour to complete, there are 52 rows for each repeat, and 8 repeats so at the point I picked it back up again I figured I needed about 40 hours to complete it if I pushed hard. Every day I worked for 2 hours in the morning or afternoon, and about 3 hours every evening, just to get this done. The day before the wedding I was finished at exactly 12:10, which was about 10 minutes after I figured I would be according to how much I had left that day. WHEW!
The blocking: The pattern instructions call for a soaking overnight with two full days of blocking. Let me say right out that did not happen. I put the finished shawl into a ziplock freezer bag, filled it 3/4 of the way with water, sucked the air out of the bag to make a vaccuum seal, and then let it soak for about 20 minutes. Then I took it out, blotted it in a rolled-up towel, pinned it to a backer board front and back and then just let it sit. In about 2 hours it was dry -- this laceweight yarn is VERY easily air-dried, apparently! I left it pinned overnight and well into the next day, until about 3pm, and that was after putting it in the car, driving to a friend's house to stay there and get ready for the wedding the following day, etc. Heck, the wedding dress was at her house, I knew my knitting would be safe, cat or no cat in residence... ;)
What I would do differently: I would give myself a little more time simply to enjoy making it, and add maybe another two repeats in the pattern because I like a longer length overall. This was fine for what it was, but my personal preference is such that I may add another repeat onto each end now that the wedding rush is over.
Total cost to make: I usually don't include this in my summaries but I have to point out that Shimmer is $4.99 a skein for 440 yards, so it cost me $10 in materials to make this beautiful accessory!
Other notes: I've ordered from Knitpicks twice now, and each time I was able to track my order online and it arrived a little earlier than I thought it would. I'm very pleased with their products and delivery methods so far.
A confession: I think I've become addicted to lace, as this is now my third project and I have already cast on for the Adamas shawl...

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Cross-posted to my own personal journal and to knitting. Thanks for looking!
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Knitpicks' dye lots?

Has anyone here ordered Knitpicks' Wool of the Andes, run out of yarn, and had to order more? I was wondering how close the dyelots seem to be. I'm specifically wondering about the color Hyacinth - I originally ordered 4 skeins for a project, changed my mind about what I wanted to knit, and will probably need more for what I'd like to do with it now (I probably would have run out of yarn for the other project, too). What are my chances of getting a decent match to the stuff I already have? The yarn is pretty cheap, should I just order enough new yarn for the project, and not worry about this stuff? I'd hate to do that, but if I won't get a good color match, I'd rather pay a little more than be unhappy with what I get.

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Possibly a silly question, but I wanted to double check before screwing something up.

I'm working on Knitty's Daisy.

I got to this point and want to double check something:

The Great Divide

The work splits here for 2 fronts and a back.
First, the Right Front, home of the buttonholes.

Row 1: K1, yo, k2tog, k23[25, 27]. TURN [the rest of the sts sit and wait].
Row 2: BO 1 st, p to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.
Row 3: K1, p1, k to end.
Row 4: P to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.
Row 5: K1, p1, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 [start of raglan shaping].
Row 6: P to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 twice more.
Next row [second buttonhole]: K1, yo, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next row: P to last 3 sts, k1, p1, k1.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 three times.
Next row[last buttonhole]: k1, yo, k2tog, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next row: Repeat row 6.

I did row one and row two. Now, when you purl row two, you end up with all of the stitches on your left needle. Does row 3 only mean to work the 27 stitches I was working on before? It says to end, and it doesn't mention turning again, so I'm a little confused. I'm just having trouble picturing how this gets worked for the rest of the sweater, I guess, and I don't want to assume wrong.