October 17th, 2006

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previously our hero was working on:
Pattern: atypically.net's hogwarts scarf
Yarn: plymouth encore worsted in #204 hunter green and #389 grey heather
Needles: size 7 denise interchangeables
Modifications: i can't count and i have short-term memory loss, so the number of stitches was about 80, with the stripes varying from 22-32 rows. i added a five-braid cable.

a scarf for a friend, for her birthday. this post is just on finishing this one scarf.

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Happy kitty

Is there a mistake in this pattern?

Quick question:

I'm about to start a stole from a free pattern I found on a blog that I had saved to a word document...of course now I can't find the link to the blog to ask the designer if the pattern is correct or not! I'm going to keep searching for it, but I thought I'd run it by you guys in the meantime...

It's a pattern for a simple rectangular stole. Basically you work several rows in garter stitch, then do a lacy row, then several more rows in garter, then a lacy row, etc until it's as big as you want. The lacy row directions are written as such: " sl1 *k2 YO, repeat from * until end, k1 "

If I'm sticking a YO in there after every 2 stitches, but not decreasing anywhere, isn't the stole going to get wider and wider? Because the YO is an increase, right? It's supposed to be rectangular, not triangular. Should that line really read "sl1 *k2tog YO, repeat from * until end, k1 " ? Or I am missing something else? I'm going to be using Kidsilk Haze for this, which I know will be hard to frog, so I don't want to mess up! Sorry if this is a really dumb question, but I've never really done any lace before so I am not sure of the rules...I'm used to just trusting patterns!


Beer bottle holder

A few days ago, a poster in punk_knitters (fred_chan) replied to a request for pattern ideas made with cotton. She explained that she went to make Knitty's Wine Holder but didn't use the right gauge and accidently made a beer bottle holder. Well, I loved it and made my own! Thank you to fred_chan for the idea.

Pattern: Knitty's Winecozy
change idea from fred_chan:

Yarn: Sugar n Cream 100% cotton
color: Playtime, top is some leftover orange Sugar n Cream.
I used about 3/4 of a skein for this bottle holder.

Needles: Size 4 straights

Modifications/tips: Using the smaller needles with this yarn gave me the perfect sizing. I got 4.5 st/inch gauge. I skipped the part about crocheting on the cast on edge because the edge looked fine to me, and I didn't go that whole twisted yarn bit for the tie- I just did a sc chain until it was long enough. Also, when you go to pick up the row 6 rows down to form the ridge, OMG you MUST run a piece of contrasting yarn through the row first or you will not be able to figure out which stitches to grab. Once that yarn is run, it's easy as pie and you can pull it out at the end of the row.

I live in south FL, so we drink a lot of Coronas, Smirnoff Ice, and regular beer. I am sick to death of having bottles that sweat all over my hands, the table, the works. I have a feeling this is going to work out GREAT. Thanks for looking!

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Grand Pré archaeology

FO: Skull Scarf

A friend of mine is enamored with skulls and other skeletal paraphenalia.   The goal was to complete it in time for the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropologists conference next week at which she is presenting a paper on her research. 

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Thumb gusset help

Hi everybody, I have a question for you. I'm designing my own pattern for fingerless gloves, and I'm having a hard time finding a good, definitive description of how to do a thumb gusset. Does anyone here have a link to a site that's helped them in the past? Thank in advance for any help/advice!

ETA: thank you thank you thank you!! Following your suggestions, I have successfully done the thumb gusset. I'm so excited about it, I can't wait to do the other glove! *does Snoopy happy dance* Thanks guys!
supercute girlfriends

The debatable softness of Sugar and Cream cotton

I want to cheer up my best friend, a Florida native, who is far away in St. Paul attenting her first semester of vet school. She's been lonely for the past few weeks, not to mention working really hard, and I think she needs some pampering.

She adores the scent of lavender, so when I read about this eyemask on the KnitPicks website I immediately thought of her. My question is, do you all think the whole "pampering" point will be lost if I substitute Sugar 'n' Cream kitchen cotton for the suggested Shine Worsted? I've never worked with Shine but I have the Sugar 'n' Cream on hand because I work with it all the time. Now, my concern is that it's kind of rough/coarse, but I know it works up to a really nice texture. I've been torturing myself making an aran cardigan with it for my partner, and although it feels bleh in my fingers and makes my hands red, the resulting fabric is really, really nice. For a cardigan, however. I'm not so sure it would make a nice eyemask.

Anyone ever made an eyemask or anything else "intimate" out of dishcloth cotton? And in a related question, can any of you compare the relative softnesses of Shine and Cotton-Ease (another option)?
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question on a pattern

Just a quick question - for Christmas I'm making my dad a pair of felted clog slippers, and I was doing fine up until the toe and instep shaping - that's when the pattern goes like this:
Row 1: K51, m1, k1 (center toe st), m1, k1, turn.
Row 2: Slip 1, p4, turn.
Row 3: Slip 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn.

My question has to do with the slip 1 instructions - do they mean to slip the stitch completely off the needle or slip the stitch onto the other needle?? Thanks for your help in advance!!
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