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applebite
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applebite
Hi everyone,
I'm knitting the Snowflake socks from Magknits, using Lang Jawoll, which comes with matching reinforcement thread, which I've never used before. Since it's not included in the pattern, I just want to double check that what I'm doing is right: Use the reinforcement thread through the heel flap and turning the heel; then stop before I start knitting the gussets? The ten rows of heel-turning just look shorter than the socks I've made before (though I guess these are unstretched) so a side-by-side comparison looks a little odd/off to me, as if the heel should go on for longer, I guess.

Thanks for any help :)
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psychethesane
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psychethesane
This is a question for people more experienced in the repair of hand-knit items. I have a beautiful hand-knit Irish Aran sweater originally purchased over 10 years ago in Ireland. As a knitter, I appreciate the garment way more now than I did when I first acquired it then as a teen. As I was admiring some of the stitching today, I noticed that there are a few spots where seams are starting to look a little loose, and one or two places, particularly at the seams, where the yarn appears to be fraying or broken entirely. Naturally, I am concerned about these breaks or near-breaks causing damage to my sweater. I have cared for the sweater well over the years, so I am not sure what has lead to these breaks in the yarn.
My question, which google has made more difficult by returning many non-helpful links, is whether there is a safe way for me to repair these weak spots, or whether this would even be a sane thing to consider doing on my own. I am concerned that a) I might just make the problem worse and b) I have no idea where to get yarn to match this undyed "oatmeal"-colored sweater. (The closest I could find to it is CA18 at this site.)
Any advice or suggested resources would be appreciated.
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sarah_bee
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sarah_bee
Eight months after I started it, Tubey is finally finished.

This was a trial-run to see if I like the pattern/fit on me. The results are a bit inconclusive, but I know that I don't like the fit right now. I lost 25lbs in the months it took me to knit this, but the sleeves were too loose from the start. I don't like the clingyness of the ribbing and I bound off too tightly. I'm just happy to finally have it off my needles.

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in heather grey, 2 skeins
Needles used: my Boye Needlemasters in US 7
Modifications: I added 6 rows of garter stitch to each sleeve because I didn't think 1 purl row would prevent the curl.

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More info can be found at my knitting blog.

Current Mood: tired tired

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asqmh
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asqmh
I have some DK weight alpaca and I'm looking for a good scarf idea to use it up. I've considered Knitty's "Branching Out" but I'm not entirely sold on it. I'm looking for something a little less lacy, but not so dull I want to stab myself in the eyeball with the dull end of my needles, y'know?

Any suggestions? I mean, I could always go back and get worsted weight like I intended to in the first place, but I get freakishly attached to yarn if it's around me for very long -- and I've had this about a week. So we're friends now and it'd just be sad to take it back.

There's always the option of looking for another yarn entirely and turning the alpaca into a stash puppy (read: yarn you don't knit; just pet), but that's not economically brilliant. Though I do look for any excuse to add to the stash. But this is ideally for Christmas knitting. If it were destined to be a stash puppy, I'd have snagged it in a color other than black.
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princesspetunia
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princesspetunia
I've been around here reading and commenting for quite a while now, but I think this may be my first FO post.

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imindiaunajones
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imindiaunajones
Oh I'm so proud of it. I still need to finish up some tying in ends and what-not. It's definately not perfect, I screwed up in a couple of places and some of the knit sections are wider than what they should be. But it's really only noticable to me I think. =) Or when I point it out to someone, of course.

Just a bit of information about it:
I followed the pattern almost exactly, same size needles, same amount of stitches, etc. I used Cascade 220 in "Quatro" though. It's a really nice yarn though! I'm very pleased with the way it came out. Through the entire process I kept thinking about what I might make it out of next! =)


Now a brief question about it: is it possible to block it after wearing it for a while? Or should I block it now if I plan to?

And a question unrelated to my Clapotis:
I'm making my boyfriend a pair of "glivens" (think Knitty's Broadstreet mittens). He doesn't have huge hands, but I'm really worried that I'm not going to have enough yarn for them! I bought some Nashua Wooly Stripes. It's worsted weight, and 88 yards (obviously not what the Knitty pattern calls for) but I'm really afraid of not having enough yarn for one reason or another! Please tell me I have enough!

ETA: I have 2 skeins of the Nashua Wooly Stripes. Not just one ball of 88 yards. =) I must have left the "two skeins" part out.
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tigrrgrr
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tigrrgrr
I'm on the hunt for a pattern that I saw once...back when I wasn't interested in knitting for myself as much. I believe it was called a Faroese Working Shawl.

I've googled on several occasions using different variations of that term and have yet to come up with anything close to the pattern. I keep finding very lovely and lacy patterns. This one however was quite simple and if not made from worsted weight yarn was very close. In the photo with the pattern it showed the shawl draped and then with the ends tucked in out of your way (this was what made it a working shawl vs just a shawl the text explained). I really have no idea if you can do that with any of the other ones but the fact that they are all lacy and delicate eliminated them.

I'm looking for a shawl that I can wrap up in while I'm knitting. I want something sturdy and warm. Oh...this also had shoulder shaping, which I believe is just another nifty detail to this style of pattern but then again I could be wrong.

Does anyone have a clue what I'm talking about? I spent about an hour pouring through books in B&N and did find a lovely pattern in the Folk Shawls book but it wasn't the one I was looking for. I *think* but I'm not completely certain that this was knit from the top down in one piece. Again that may be the norm for this style, I don't really know.

ETA - A workable option has been found and ordered. Thanks to everyone who responded.

Current Mood: busy

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wyz_azz
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wyz_azz
I've commented on a couple of posts, so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself.

I'm 30-something, married and I like to knit and sew. I've recently jumped back into knitting and have been knitting like some kinda cracked-out knitting thing lately. There are three WIP's on the needles lately and one recent FO that I totally forgot to take a picture of. I swear I did, but it is not to be found.

Yarn: Alacama 100% Alpaca, color 501, fingering weight
Needles: Susan Bates aluminum sock needles
Pattern: Spincraft Sock Theory 101
New Technique: Carrying sewing thread with the yarn for heel and toe
Project: WIP/Bedsocks
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Since I forgot a recent project picture (Knit Picks Andean Silk in Olive, bamboo, Odessa, yarn overs, hat for MIL), here's a picture of my favorite casual sweater.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease chunky
Needles: Clover bamboo
Pattern: Paton's #957
New Techniqe: raglan sleeves
Project: FO/Big Stupid Sweater
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Hopefully, I'll have more FO's to post....soon?
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woolygrrl
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woolygrrl
Hi y'all. I need some opinions, though I will in the end undoubtedly take (d) which is an option as yet to be discovered...

I've modified this pattern by "cardiganizing" it: I'm knitting it flat, on my needles with my yarn at my gauge. My yarn is handspun 3-ply wool which is very mohair-ish but is really wool. I'm at a decision point now in that I need to choose to

(a) continue up the yoke in the original color

or

(b) stop knitting, spin different wool, which is a blinding white kitchen sink blend of every white wool (plus a little mohair, and a little cashgora, and a little cashmere) I had in the house when I sent stuff off for processing earlier this year. It will have a VERY different character from the original gray wool above because it spins more smoothly and produces an essentially worsted yarn from a carded roving.

or

(c) stop knitting, spin a natural white (creamy versus blinding) 50/50 wool/silk blend. Again, it will have a very smooth finish and will have that nice silk sparkle.

(d) TBD

Comments and opinions solicited.  Thanks :D
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ohmavie
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ohmavie
hi,

Here are a couple photos of my first scarf! I also have a question - why/how did my scarf start off bigger (wider) than how it is now? My next project is making a wool scarf (bulky weight, I think) as a Xmas gift for my friend. I don't want this to happen again!

Thanks

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