October 31st, 2006


Interweave Knits

Okay, so I finally, after seeing everyone's gorgeous FOs of Interweave patterns, caved and ordered a subscription. This was on September 20. I got a confirmation e-mail, saying "The current issue is Fall 2006, ships on: October 17." I was all "Okay, I guess I'll wait...." and I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my first issue.....and planning on making a couple sweaters as Christmas gifts.

It's November tomorrow. I still haven't recieved my magazine. However, I did recieve an envelope from them today asking if I wanted to renew my subscription for another two years. Which, if it always takes forever to get things from them, I don't really want to do...I'd rather purchase it online or from a store and KNOW when it's actually going to be shipped. Should I call/e-mail them, and ask if it's actually been sent? Is this a normal amount of time to wait for something you've paid for to be sent to you?

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

FO: Short-Row Hat from IK

I just finished the Short-Row hat from Interweave Knits last night.

Pattern: Short-Row hat available on the Interweave Knits website, right here.
Yarn used: ~1.25 balls of Paton's SWS in the Natural Geranium color.
Needles: Recommended size, 7.
Mods: Left off the icord thingy at the top, felted to size

I really liked this pattern. At first, it confused me; although I'd used the short-row technique in a couple of other patterns, I really didn't understand it. This hat definitely helped, although I'm not sure I'm ready yet to use short-row shaping as bust darts (something I've wanted to learn). I think I'm going to have to knit a garment that uses the technique first, and I think there's an article on Knitty I should read as well. Anyway, the pattern was fun to knit, but I did make a very noticeable mistake right at the beginning. I didn't realize it was a mistake at the time, and actually couldn't tell it until I'd already felted and blocked the hat, so it was too late to rip it out and fix it. You'll see a picture of that under the cut. If there are any suggestions of anything I can do besides "Get over it" or "Rip it out," I'd love to hear them.

The hat turned out a little big for my head, although I knit to gauge... I guess I have a small head. I felted it down in the sink, trying it on in between feltings. It didn't take much, but I didn't get the result I really wanted either. It's a lot tighter now, but still too long for my taste - if I were to knit this pattern again, I'd definitely knit it shorter. I have to tuck under 3 or 4 stitches of the garter band now so that it doesn't cover my eyebrows and my eyes.

I've used this yarn in this particular colorway before, and I really like it. I like the way it looks slightly felted better than just knit up. It's a very soft yarn, and this hat is super WARM. If I were going to Alaska (or some place equally cold), this is the hat I'd wear. I imagine it's so warm because of the felting.

As I've already mentioned, this hat was a good practice piece for the short-row technique. I need more work on my turns, because there are some pretty big gaps between the diamonds. Are there any tips for better hiding the turns? The pattern has you YO, then later close it by k2tog the yarn over and the stitch after... which worked well most of the time, but for the diamonds, still left a big gap.

I closed the crown just by running a piece of yarn through it, pulling it tight, and knotting it. I could tell by then that the hat was a little too large, and didn't want to risk making it even a little bigger. I also didn't bother with the icord thingy on the top, partially since I didn't really like it, but even more due to my boyfriend's looking at the photo of the pattern and innocently asking "Why is there a nipple on top of that hat?"

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More pictures and possibly more info available on my blog: http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2006/10/fo-short-row-hat.html

Cable Footie Heel Flap?

I'm currently working on the Cable Footies pattern in One Skein by Leigh Radford. This is the first pair of socks that I've attempted to knit. I'm just a little into making the heel flap now and have one question. For the first row the pattern instructs to *Sl 1 knitwise, K1 and repeat this pattern to end. I did this and it seems right, but then the second row says to *Sl 1 purlwise, P1 and repeat this pattern to end. Does this sound right? I've done a few rows like this, but it seems weird. I checked some other sock patterns I have and they seem to have a Sl 1, K1 across the first row, but then on the 2nd row, just a a Sl 1 purlwise for the first stitch, and then just straight purling to the end of the row.
I've checked for corrections, and found one correction for turning the heel, but no corrections for the heel flap.

Any suggestions?

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flickering flames skirt from elann

Yea! I finished the skirt before Halloween! It was actually finished last week but I was trying to wait until I had a photo of it being modeled. But I still haven't bought a black slip to wear underneath so you'll just have to settle with a Collapse )

This was a fairly easy pattern, I did make several flubs but it's going to be a witch skirt so it's ok if it's not perfect.

Keyhole scarf design questions

I want to design my own keyhole scarf for a Christmas gift, and before I end up frogging a foot of Misti Alpaca Chunky, I wanted to run my pattern idea by you guys.

What I want to do is have a short scarf with ridges. I’m thinking of knitting it length-wise and making the ridges that way (because I want them to be more rounded than ribbing is, if that makes sense. More like waves than plateaus). Would I just (for example) knit 4 rows, purl 4 rows, knit 4 rows, purl 4 rows? With my (not quite advanced) knitting knowledge I think that would work.

Since I’d be knitting it length-wise, then, would I just bind off x # of stitches (the length of the keyhole) where I want it to be? Then I’d need another skein for the next 1 or 2 rows (however wide I want the keyhole to be) right? So (all example #s here) on row 5 I might k20, BO 15, k150. And then row 6 would be something like k150 with one skein, then k20 with the second. Row 7 would be k 20, CO 15, K 150 all with the same skein. Please let me know if you see any major problems with this idea :)

Sorry for all the questions, but every time I frog this gorgeous yarn it gets more “used” looking, so I’m trying to plan it perfectly in advance! Thanks!
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Adding a Zipper to a felted bag

OK, now that I have felting down, how do I add a zipper to a felted bag?

What I plan to do is very simple. Knit a long rectangle, fold it in half, sew up the sides and install a zipper on top.

I know I'll have to do a zipper after felting, but will there be enough room for it? Do I need to leave gaps on the sides?

Also, any tips for sewing through thick felt?

And while I'm at it, do I need to put something in the purse to keep it from felting on itself?

You guys have been very helpful. Thanks for everything!
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k2tog, yo, k1, yo, p1.....Huh?

Minutes ago I started Brooke's Column of Leaves Scarf, and moments after starting... a problem.   Oy!

Directions are as follows:

Row 1 (RS): [Edge pattern] Slip 1 knitwise, k2, slip 1, k1, psso, yo, k2, [Leaf pattern] p2, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, p1, yo, k1, yo, slip 1, k1, psso, k7, p2, [Edge pattern] slip 1, k1, psso, yo, k4, slip 1 knitwise

Question: How do you p1 after a yarn-over? 

I must be having a stupid.
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Hey guys, if something calls for a circular needle, I can use dpns instead right?

Because it's still knitting in the round but with a larger diameter, but this only calls for a 16" circ.

Am I right in thinking this?
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what to do with yarn / how to split hanks?

Hello all!

I had a really bad day last week and so to comfort myself I went to my LYS and bought far too much yarn (but it was totally worth it). Ended up with some Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in Watercolor. 1 skein, 205 yds, to be exact.

It feels simply marvelous and wonderful and warm and soft and everything. It also positively glows with color. So I want to show it off. I was thinking about a scarf, but now I'm thinking more along the lines of a Mobius cowl/gaiter or a pair of wristwarmers. (A Mobius cowl is its own thing altogether, and wants a needle expedition.)

I also just dyed some KnitPicks superwash sock wool with the Jacquard acid dye, and it came out beautifully. I tried to ball it up into two equal balls as best as I could, but they don't look equal, and they don't feel equal.

So my end question is twofold:
1) What suggestions do you guys have for 205 yds of the softest worsted yarn ever known?
2) How can I split a ball/hank/skein into two even balls?

Thanks in advance!

Yarn Question

I am looking to start making a blanket for myself and my boyfriend, knitted because I'm terrible at most other crafty type things.

My question is this, what sorts of yarn would be suggested? I want something thick and heavy, because that will be easier to knit with for a long period of time.

I was looking at the Wool Ease Thick & Quick, but I'm wondering if there is something better.
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Pilling with Alchemy "Synchronicity"?

Dear knitters,

I recently picked up two skeins of Alchemy's "Synchronicity" at an obscene 80% off, having fallen in love with the colorway and the obscene price, thinking little about what I would do with them. Now I have them home, they seem a bit... pilly. It's a single ply yarn - dunh dunh dunh dunh! - and 50/50 silk/wool. They probably sat in the store for a year or something, being transferred from basket to basket, etc., so perhaps they are just showing signs of wear... But I am now wondering, has anyone experienced pilling with this yarn, or a similar yarn? I know the 50/50 silk/wool is a popular one - Lion&Lamb, Schaeffer Helene, Louisa Harding Grace - and many of the blends out there are single ply. Does it work out okay in the end? Perhaps I am being paranoid?? I was thinking of making a pair of mittens or armwarmers, but I am too nervous about the pilling possibilities now.