October 2nd, 2006

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I finished my first pair of socks! I'm so proud.

I knit these with black Cascade Fixation.
The pattern is from Charlene Schurch's "Sensational Knitted Socks". It's one of the six-stitch pattern socks; the lace pattern is called "waterfall rib". Mine doesn't look exactly like the picture, but I still really like the way it turned out. Had some issues with my gauge at first, since I'm not used to having to figure it out; I'm also not used to following patterns.

Other than that, they fit pretty well. The first one is a little loose around the ankle (and about 1.5 lace pattern repeats shorter than the other), but I blame that on my lack of experience with yarn this stretchy. The second one fits wonderfully. I love them. I've been wearing them around my apartment all day, which is why they have hair and dust bits on them. :D

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I was also not stricken with second sock syndrome, which was cool. I was actually more motivated to finish the second, because I already had all my notes and changes written out from the first sock, so it was a little easier to follow the pattern. I can't wait to start my next pair!

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I really want to knit my first pair of socks along with a matching cap for my new baby due to arrive in dec.
I need to find a fine yarn (I want something very fine!) that is super super soft for a newborn...and ideally...washable ;)

Would something like knitpicks shine work?

Looking for a Mitten Pattern

Hi there - I am hoping that some of you will be able to help me out. I am looking for an easy, free mitten pattern, one that it doesn't matter if you put the mitten on your right or left hand. My plan is to knit up a bunch of these in the same color so that when my kids want to go outside come winter, they can just grab two mittens out of the box and head out. Thanks in advance for your help on this.

Rogue In Progress & Quick Yarn Review

Work In Progress: Rogue from Girl From Auntie
Yarn: "Peacock" Shetland 2-ply from Bartlett Yarns.
Needles: KnitPicks Options, US5 for the ribbed hem, US7 for the body. My gauge is a little tight, but moving up to the next size would be way too much of a jump.
Progress so far: The 12 rows of hem are done, and I'm almost done with the 8th round of the body. I'm loving the yarn, a long long time ago someone posted about it for their rogue that their secret pal sent the yarn to them. They complained of the yarn having a "smell"... well come to find out, that smell is just really really wooly and a little bit of petroleum from the spinning process. I actually like the smell, it doesn't bother me... I honestly really like it.
Another thing with the bartlett yarns is there's a few areas where the yarn is thicker or thinner, that also isn't a problem for me. Overall, I recommend the yarn... I ordered it directly from the mill because I couldn't find the color I wanted for a better price anywhere else. They were really nice, they called when there was a problem with my card (I forgot to enter in one of the numbers,) and it shipped fast.
The pattern is going well, I've been working on this sweater to relax. I have a huge exam coming up on Armenian Architecture, and yeah... I'm spending too much time knitting verses studying. After this post I'm finishing my note cards that'll enable me to study while knitting, this pattern is that addicting.
On to the pictures...
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edit: Quick question, what is with all of the colleges listed on the community info page? Are they schools of the 'mods or just random ones? Sorry, curiosity.

SnB Kitty Mouse & Cast On Question

Just for fun, I'm trying to make the cat toy in SnB: Nation. I'm at rows 10-16 and the directions say "work even." Does that mean work as if they are all even rows (which in this case means purl them all)? Also, after this instruction you change to your CC and then back to MC, but the only instructions are "work x# of rows." Should I assume these are purled as well? Although come to think of it, when I look at the pictures they look like stockinette stitch. Did I just answer my own question? But then why wouldn't they say "work in st st"?

Also, I want to attempt a pattern that calls for a "long tail cast on". I know this is the most popular cast-on method, but it's not the one I was taught. I've tried my various books and the video on knittinghelp.com (and I feel like a moron!) but I'm just not getting it. Do you guys know of any other videos, or resources, I can try? When I try it, I get a random assortment of yarn on my needle, not cast on stitches. Thanks!
[Brit&Justin] let you down

knitted star baby blanket pattern?

i've been searching and searching and searching to no avail. does anyone know if there exists a pattern for a blanket (or smaller piece) like this? it's a beautiful star blanket and i thought it would make PERFECT dishcloths, except i can only find the crochet pattern. i first saw this picture and my mouth dropped open.

i could learn to crochet, but i'd rather not, simply because i don't have the supplies to begin. if anyone can help, that'd be lovely. thank you!

edit: thank you, everyone, for your help! i think i will go ahead and take a stab at crocheting (is that a word?). that way, i'll get exactly what i want. :) thanks again!

First Time Felting - question

OK, I've read several descriptions of felting. Of course they all have conflicting information, so I'm hoping to just pick your wonderful collective brain for a couple of quick answers.

First, when felting something relatively small, is there any way to felt that doesn't involve a needle or running a full load of wash?

Second, and this is my really important question - is it really terrible to felt with a load of towels? I know some people here have mentioned that this is how they felt, but knitty and a few other articles I've found say never ever to use towels (but never say why). I know "old jeans" are the favorite item, but well, I haven't owned a pair of jeans in almost 20 years. So what do you recommend in the absence of jeans or towels? I'm stumped for this one.

I guess that's it! Any other hints for a first-time felter would be greatly appreciated. I'm not a huge fan of the appearance of felting so I've never done it, and I'd like my first attempt to be encouraging rather than disasterous :)

Thanks in advance!

Basic Chart-reading Skills

I have no chart-reading skills. I've never read a chart before in my life. I'm working on Knitty's Falling Leaves and have just reached the lace part. I don't know what to do next.

INstructions say the chart is for odd numbered rows and I knit even rows. I can handle that. However I'm not sure if I start from the top or the bottom of the chart. I've read about reading charts and done some google searching but I'm not sure in this case because the chart doesn't have any numbers on the rows. It seems to be most common to start from the bottom but I am not sure if that applies in this case (according to Google there are charts that work both ways). Should I just start from the bottom? In theory it doesn't matter, right, as I'll just end up with the pattern upside down or right side up..?

Thanks for any help!

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I want to start making the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It calls for Noro Cash Iroha, which is too far out of my price range.

For those of you who have used Knitpick's Andean Silk or Elann's Peruvian Highland Silk, how soft is it? I'd like to wear this sweater without wearing anything underneath it.

Do you have any suggestions for a soft DK weight yarn that isn't very heavy and isn't very expensive (under $5 would be best, definitely under $7).

Thank you!
i'm so sleepy

question abt subbing yarn for a booga bag

so i want a booga bag. and i have 2 balls of noro transitions that i have no idea what to do with. the org pattern calls for noro kureyon. i have subbed yarns before but with mixed results at best. and the yarn i have is too nice to risk wasting on something that won't work.

pattern here http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html

org yarn here http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Noro_Yarn-Kureyon_Yarn-568.html

my yarn here http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Noro_Yarn-Transitions_Yarn-1074.html

what do you guys think? will this work? i know they are different gauges but should i just up in needle size? and i know i'd be a little short in the yardage needed but i can just alt the size on the bag or the length of the straps to accommodate that.


Edit: ok so maybe not this yarn for this bag. i really like the yarn and i don't want to waste any of it felting if it won't felt right. so any other ideas on what to do the transtions? i live in fla and don't need the normal hat/scarf/gloves.