October 12th, 2006

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yarn storage

Quick question: I've recently inherited a HUGE stash of yarn. Over 6 garbage bags worth. I'm going to be giving some away, later, but in the meantime I was thinking of using a few SpaceVac bags to store this in a smaller space and protect it from moths and bugs. They're those bags that you put your stuff in (bedding, sweaters, pillows), then vaccum the air out of to compress the size of the items in the bag. Most of the skeins and balls are wool, with some wool blends and acrylics. There are also 10 skeins of 100% mohair.

Has anyone else tried this? Is it safe? Did the yarn turn out OK after reopening the bags and letting air back in?
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I know this is kind of a stupid question, but I'll ask anyway. I'm getting ready to knit my first socks. The pattern I have says I will need approximately 300 yards of fingering weight yarn. Is that only for one sock or will it make a pair?
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My Yarn Flashed Me!

There tends to be a lot of talk about which sock yarns "flash". By "flash", people generally mean that a variegated yarn is knit in a way that makes the colors clump and pool together. It can be good or bad, depending on the design.

In fact, self striping yarn are actually variegated yarns with very long color repeats. For example,I have a sock knit from Vesper Sock yarn behind the cut.

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Now, while Vesper stripes very nicely when making a sock, if you were making a sweater it would behave completely differently. Kim Salazar has a lot of information on how yarns flash - this pattern has a description of how to determine the "flash value", or the number of stitches at which a particular yarn will pool or stash. She also has a table of sock yarns and their repeat lengths.

Given the right conditions, any variegated yarn can flash. If you are knitting a sock where the yarn suddenly starts pooling in an undesirable way, it isn't that the yarn is inherently bad. It just means that at your particular gauge, with that particular number of stitches and in that pattern, the yarn behaves in a certain way. Another knitter, with the exact same yarn, could get completely different results.

I recently knit a pair of socks that gave a perfect example of how small changes can make the same yarn flash or pool differently. First, look at the picture behind the cut.

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That sock was the second I knit out of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, in the Birch colorway. You'll notice that the yarn flashed three different ways. When I was doing the lace portion of the cuff, it did a thin spiral. As soon as I started the stockinette portion, the amount of yarn per round I was using changed, and it suddenly started stacking in a wide, slow spiral. I didn't change the number of stitches on the needle at all. Finally, I remembered that I was supposed to have decreased by one right after the lace cuff. As soon as I did, the yarn suddenly looked completely different.

As a comparision, here is the front of the first sock I did in the same pattern.

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The lace cuff looks different, despite that the yarn all came from the same ball. What had happened was that my gauge was slightly looser on the second sock - if I hold them up back to back, the second sock is perhaps one or two stitches larger. However, both socks have the same number of stitches.

Oh, the other thing these socks prove is that some patterns are not at all suitable for a variegated yarn, especially one with very short repeats. That poor sock is actually the New England Sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road. This blogger knit a beautiful pair. Unlike my pair. My friends christened them the "Flesh Eating Zombie Socks". In my defense, I knew seriously ugly was going on, but I figured the pattern was more fun than doing a ribbed sock.

Finally, I just wanted to mention that I have a site called Island of Misfit Patterns. A few friends of mine dreamed up the idea after one our friend's design was rejected from Knitty. We'll happily put up any pattern at all - it doesn't actually have to have been rejected by Knitty first. :) Just email it in whatever format you've got to submit@islandofmisfitpatterns.com . We don't have any real guidelines, beyond it being your own work. I've been really pleased with the quality we've gotten so far. Don't worry, I don't make any money off it - I just have a massive hosting plan I like playing with. :)
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Knit Picks: Simple Stripes Fair Isle Socks

Two quick questions:

1) I'm looking at this pattern but neither the catalog or website indicates how much yarn is needed for the self striping bit? Based on the estimated cost shown in both spots, I'm guessing that it's just one ball of the Simple Stripes and 2 of the Essential Solid?

http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/itemid_50440222/projects_display <-- here's the link to the pattern.

2) Anyone here made this pattern and have any suggestions or words of wisdom?


EDIT:  Thanks for the clarity on the amount of yarn needed!  :)  I know that Fair Isle takes a bit more yarn and didn't want to not have enough!


I absolutely love this pattern. I was wondering, for about an intermediate knitter, how long it would take? Has anyone completed this pattern? Do you have any tips/suggestions?
Also, does anyone know where I can find a few good large pictures of Lamb's Pride Bulky yarn? That's the yarn they recommend for Cleaves, and I was wondering what it looks like close up!
Thanks a bunch!

help would so be appreciated

Oh my goodness, I've been googling for about a hour and I just can't seem to find what I'm looking for! I made one 'Fetching' from knitty, and decided that I would really prefer gloves, or even the kind of fingerless gloves that have the finger parts. (Does that make sense?) The only problem is, the yarn ( Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky) has a pretty large gauge. (It's 14 sts and 22 rows over 10 cm on size 10.5 needles!) I would really love love love to be able to use this yarn for a project like this, its so soft, but I don't know if that is going to be impossible. I really hope this isnt burdensome, but I would so appreciate any help that you wonderful guys can give me!

Thanks so so much in advance,
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still trying to figure out what to do

so i still have these 2 balls of noro transitions. i need to use them for something. do you think i have enough yardage (264) to make a tank? i'm thinking of something like this http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_spring_fling.html, except with ribbing at the bottom up to about where an empire waistline would fall (does that make sense?) watcha think? and here's a pic of the colorway
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Thanks for the input and i promise not to post about this yarn anymore. :)
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I'm knitting Basic Cable from Stitch N' Bitch Nation.

I don't understand the part of the pattern that is bolded.

Rnd 6: *K2, p2, c6f, p2l rep from * to end of round.

What does that mean?

I'm sure it's to do with the cable needle... but I'm not sure what. If it's put 6 stitches on the cable needle to the front... when do I put that 6 back?

Finished Objects! (and nearly-finished)

OK, I finally got a really cheap digital camera, and now I have pics of some of the objects I talked about. Unfortunately, I do not have a paid account, so I will have to post links to my Photobucket account. They're not so big, though. I've cropped them small.
Forgive the fuzziness of the pics, like I said, it was a cheap camera.

Colorado Springs sweater (Dale of Norway Heilo)

Monmouth cap (Reynolds Lopi)

Socks (Rowan Magpie Aran)

Gunnister stocking, in progress (Dale of Norway Hauk)

2-ply yarn I spun and plied myself with a drop spindle, using Norwegian Black roving

EDIT: fixed link to socks.
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