November 4th, 2006

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No more than 4-6 months ago someone posted a FO of a lacy hoody featured in a back issue of Vogue knitting. I swore I bookmarked it so I could buy the back issue to make that hoody. I've LJ-seeked at least 50 entries including "vogue knitting" and such to no avail. Does anyone know what entry that was, or (better!) - what issue of Vogue it was? Also, if somewhere theres a place where projects in specific issues of Vogue are listed and pictured, I can look myself if I knew where to look.

From what I remember, the FO was red in worsted yarn with a big lacy pattern on the front, sleeves, and hood. The hood was long and a little ponty - a bit fairy-tale-ish. The original poster mentioned that they'd modified the pattern to make it a little longer in the body than the pattern dictated.
Brain Slug

November Cloth Knit Along

One of the lady's from Lone Star State Knitters does this thing where she release a dishcloth pattern in several parts, and everyone knits it, but they don't know how it will turn out.

It's hard to see in this picture, but this one was "Don't Mess With Texas." After Day 1, I though it was a big horse jumping over a small hurdle. By Day 2, I saw the "with" and the state of Texas, but couldn't figure out the rest. Finally, today I saw the "mess" and put it all together.

Knitted with size five needles and Sugar n' Cream yarn.

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The pattern is a little hard to see.
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Kate and Sawyer

Reversible scarf?

I was googling for something other than this, but came across someplace that offers a class on how to "Knit a scarf that will fascinate you and baffle your friends. Use two colors to
create a reversible scarf with horizontal stripes on one side and vertical stripes on the other." The place that offers the class is nowhere near me, but this sounds really fun. My first thought it that it's just two sides stitched together, but I thought I'd ask the most knowledgable knitters on the web.

How shall I go about doing this?

Shawl Pattern

I'm looking for a shawl pattern that, like Birch, starts with a massive cast-on and knits to a point (I think that's called top down?). I'm happy to pay for a pattern, but I'm in Australia and the Rowan pattern book with Birch in it is $45 down here! So any other suggestions will be great appreciated :)


Yarn Review: Knit Picks Totem

I thought I'd write up this review for the new Knit Picks wool/modal blend yarn called "Totem".

I bought three balls: Northwest Cloud (milk white), Graphite (black), and Hematite Red (red).

Specs off the ball band:
50% Wool, 50% Modal
164 yards/100 grams
Gauge: 4.5-5sts = 1" on #6-9 needles
Hand wash/ dry flat

Modal is a man-made cellulose fiber.

My initial impression right off the bat, was this is a cabled yarn. Each of the three plies is made up of another 4 plies. The 3-ply is not twisted together very tightly, and thus is pretty darned splitty. I knit up two swatches, one on #8 addi turbos (too slippery!), and one on #7 bamboo takumi. The bamboo needles made knitting much quicker and easier.  The colors seem typical for KP, nothing extraordinary.

The drape on the size 8 swatch (small though it is) would seem to be appropriate for a summer tank. However, at 4.5 sts per inch (pre blocking), it's a bit too "holey" for my tastes. The #7 swatch knit up at 5 sts per inch, and is a much nicer feel to it. In both swatches, the strandy-ness of the cabling is still quite apparent.  Also quite noticable, is that there is the lack of noticable "memory" to this yarn - it acts more like KP Shine or a full synthetic, than any wool yarn I've knit with.

I think, however, that washing & blocking this yarn will reveal it's true potential. The wool content bloomed up very nicely and the yarn half-way redeemed itself.
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Would I buy it again?  Probably not.  It's not "wooly" enough for me, and the cabled nature puts me off a bit.  However, I'll only know after I've completed a project with the yarn.

I have discovered a *real* LYS...

...and I am beside myself with joy! I have been shopping at the local Micheal's, AC Moore and Joann's for a while now out of sheer desperation to feed my yarn addiction. Well, after some research I dragged convinced my husband to venture out with me in search of a *real* yarn shop.

Needless to say, I found one and was awestruck the second I walked in the door. My husband was more awestruck as we walked out, having realized how much I had just spent on yarn... The place was truly evil (and I mean that in the best possible way) and I will be going back on a regular basis.

I will be sure to post pics as soon as I finish something with the yarn!!!

I am giddy. Does anyone know... Is this normal after your first experience purchasing real yarn??? ;)
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Fish Afghan

I've recently started knitting fish for a fish afghan as a gift for my older brother. Although I am no where near ready to sew them together I was wondering the best way to go about doing this. Is it better to block the fish and then pin them or just go at it! Also, what's the best sewing method..any difficulties that I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance

Snag in the Pullover Family Takeover

I've been working on the "mama pullover" from the Lion Brand Hooded Knitted Sweater pattern for quite some time now. Things have been progressing smoothly as the sweater is composed mostly of vast swathes of stockinette. However, I have now hit a snag. I'm working on the sleeves, and what should something look like this:

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is instead looking like this:

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Please forgive the bad ascii, but I think you get the basic point. All of the increases are going on the same side. At first, I thought this might be correct, until I realized that it would need to be more symmetrical as it was going to be folded and then seamed. I know, it's a bit silly, but I've done hoods before with my daughter's hooded poncho, but I think this is my first sleeve. My problem is that from the directions, it seems like I'm doing this right. I've included the problem portion of the sleeve instructions below. What I have been doing is P,K,P,K(inc), P,K,P,K(inc). Is this not what the pattern is asking for? Please help me O Mighty LJ Knitters.

... Work in St st, inc 1 st each edge of second RS row, then every 4th row 9 (10, 10, 11); 12 (13, 13, 14, 15, 16)...