November 7th, 2006

Pineapple Afghan, yarn question

Have any of you used Caron's SimplySoft to make a blanket or afghan? How does it wash and wear over time?

My mom's asked me to make her a throw and I can't stand the thought of her accidently felting something that takes so much time to make. Caron's seems like a good (and affordable, which is important) alternative, but I haven't used it enough to know if it will pill or just get gross over time.

Thoughts? Thanks!

Oh, and while I'm at it, has anyone made the Pineapple Afghan? That's the one we're looking at right now. I started swatching the pineapple section last night and thought my brain was going to shrivel up at all the "cable 1's." Definitely gonna have to use the cable w/out a needle technique for this one.

banana yarn

hi all

i recently purchased some banana fiber yarn (from the hunger site)

it is pretty and fun to work with. but... how do i block it? wash it? anyone?
light, buddha

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I have a copyright question... and *please* don't jump down my throat...

I was looking through some Etsy shops the other day and I ran across a shop where the woman was selling a couple of hats that looked *very* similar to some hats that I had seen recently in a book I got from the library. Now maybe she used different yarn, and in most cases she changed some minor things like placing a knitted bow where the original pattern didn't call for one, but otherwise it still looked like the original. Doesn't this violate copyright? After doing some google research on copyright as far as knitting goes i think I'm more confused than ever! I've seen many different knitted things that look derived from a popular style and I wonder how they have gotten around the original artists copyright... does that make sense?

And then, how does one make a pattern their own? It can't be as simple as switching a stitch, or adding a bow?

I reallllly hope I haven't started something...but I sort of feel like I have a moral obligation to mention something to her. I don't think its fair.

Advice re: cap

Object: Dale of Norway "Aran" cap
Yarn: Mary Maxim "Aran Twist"
Problem: The directions in the pattern read thus for finishing the top of the cap: a line of basting sts around top of cap approx. 2 3/8" (6 cm) from top edge. Gather cap tightly along basting and fasten off.

Well, when I did that, this is what I got, a sort of flower-ish top on the cap:

side view

top view

Is that what it should look like? I am making this for a friend and would like for it to look right.

Thanks for any assistance...Blue
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One question, one request

Howdy folks!

My question:

I am knitting a teddy bear (Oliver, from Sandra Polley's book) and I decided to try a yarn experiment. I'm holding together one strand of Lion Brand Suede, with one strand of Lion Brand Tiffany (a soft eyelash). They're both the same color of light brown. It feels SO soft, and the slightly-sparse hairy look works great. My problem, is that the eyelash keeps getting caught in the stitches. I've brushed it some with a hair brush, and I've spent a while going through and carefully picking out the trapped strands wtih a yarn needle - but is there a faster and more efficient way to free them? I'll post photos once it's made up - I got about half the pieces done knitting in airports and on planes during my vacation last week (It was a gay RSVP cruise. Details and pictures of HOT MEN in my blog!).

My request:

I've been nominated for "Fiber Fellow of the Year" at the FiberFemmes website. I'd appreciate your vote here.

Sweater Stone

There has been some discussion about sweater stones and if they work or not on a knitting list I read. Since I recently finished a sweater that was pilling quite a bit I had ordered one to help keep it looking nice. After much Googling about them and how to use one, I still didn't know if it would work or if it would ruin the sweater.

My stone arrived yesterday so I tried it. I tried it on a wool/acrylic blend first, an older sweater that I knit years ago and didn't wear any more just in case. Well, after gently brushing the stone over a small area, there was a big improvement, so I tried it on my new sweater.

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I had to be more gentle on the 100% wool than on the blend but it was like brushing hair, just small gentle strokes all going in one direction and the pilling was removed.

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Hopefully you can see the difference. It worked really well in my opinion. So I think that it was a good investment as long as you are careful and use it gently and don't try it on the fabrics it tells you not too (silk, cashmere, and linen are some not to use it on).

Like I said its just like brushing hair don't pull to hard or press to hard and only go in one direction, don't rub it back and forth and it works great.

I hope this helps someone. I couldn't find too much about using a Sweater Stone on Google, just lots of places that sell them.

Help with loose slipped stitches

Hi ya'll,

I need help on a slip stitch sock heel. I have completed 2 pair of socks on circulars (size 1) one pair on DPN's (size 2). The problem occurs on both types of needles to the same degree.

I'm speaking of the heel where you slip the first stitch of every row. One row is a slip 1 knit 1 across. The next row is slip 1 purl across the row.

My problem is when I slip on the row to start knitting the slip stitches are too loose. I find this out when I pick up stitches for the gusset.

On one side (the side where I slip and begin purling) is nice and tight when picked up. On the other side, the too loose slipped stitches "lift" and the result is "a missing tooth" look to each and every stitch up that side when picked up.

So, I end up bastardizing the technique on the next sock... I pick up stitches one row "in" (to the inside of the slipped stitches) to get that nice tight look on both sides. It works, but the inside of the sock tells the true story.

I would like any and all opinions on what I can to correct this problem.... correctly.

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Okay, this is more of a vent than anything, but comments are welcome.

Omg, my circular is making me cry. For TWO days I've been trying to start this *(#$*@#$ hat for my sister, and the circular is kicking my poor ass. I don't know, it's probably because I'm just new to the whole thing, but for the love of !! And then I'm supposed to transfer the hat to dpn's? Riiiiight. Maybe if I can get more than 1 round in without becoming a needle-throwing, tantrum-having freak. (Ask my mother. I think I scared her this afternoon during soap opera time) That and I'm so far completely in love with aluminum needles (call me a freak), but I can't find a sz 7 (or 8 for that matter) in a 16" diameter in anything but bamboo or plastic (which I've tried both of on this project and have cried equally hard with both). The smallest diameter I'm seeing is a 29" in those sizes in aluminum.

Is it really stupid to just make the hat on straight needles and then seam up the back? I know there are patterns that are written for that, but if it's written for in-the-round knitting, can I just follow it on straights in stockinette?

The edge seems to get all wonky on me after round one, and in one case I got half the way around to realise my ends weren't connected somehow. Even mom gave me a "wtf" look on that one. That was actually the last straw. Haha.

(I haven't given up completely on in-the-round knitting, it's just obviously not gonna happen anytime soon)

Thanks for any advice/comments/tips on hanging myself with a 16" circular needle. ;)
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Pattern help - Father & Son Socks

I'm working on the Father & Son socks from Interweave Knits (fall 06 issue) as my first socks ever (if you don't count the one that was way too small and I couldn't get on so I never knit the second one). Most of the leg part went fine, but I'm supposed to do set up rows for the heel and I'm stumped. Please help me dechifer the following:

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Thanks in advance.


Hello~ I just joined.. quite literally, haha. I realized a few minutes ago that I need some help and I wasn't in any knitting communities! I'm glad to have found this one :]

So, I'm currently working on a sweater for my boyfriend. It's my first big project/first thing I'm using a pattern for. Really, all I've made before are a few very very basic scarves, but I decided that the best way to learn is to just jump in and challenge myself!

It's from the original Stitch 'n Bitch, the "manly sweater" (although I'm doubting if my boy is TOUGH ENOUGH for something with "manly" in the title, ehehe) if you were curious!

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So the problem (or rather "question," I'm not sure if it's a problem!) is.. I don't know if I'm supposed to keep binding off that section in the holder? Should I just leave it like that? I've read the pattern a few times over, and I'm not sure if it might mention it somewhere further along. Although I really haven't mastered the art of reading patterns yet :[ Maybe I'm just missing something? It would very explicitly tell me if I'm supposed to bind that off now, right? Here's an excerpt from what I just did:

"Shape Neck and Shoulders

Right side: *BO 7 sts, work 25 sts, turn. Place rem sts on a holder. Dec 1 st from the neck edge every row 4 times; at the same time, BO 7 sts from shoulder edge 3 times. Break off yarn.

Left side: With WS facing, join yarn to shoulder edge. Work as for left side from * --23 sts rem on holder for back neck."

It would be fabulous if someone here's already made one and could offer me some guidance :]

Alright, I think that's all~ I'd best be off now! Happy knitting!

Fiber Trend's Felt Clogs

I recently completed a pair of felted slippers.

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This was a very fast and easy knit, although it required plenty of counting. I finished the knitting in two weekends and felted them this morning. They dried very quickly sitting atop my forced hot air vent (good for this purpose, bad for everything else). This was my first felted object. The pattern is extremely detailed, and the only error I made (and subsequently fixed) was a result of not reading exactly what the pattern was telling me to do. The shaping is very clever and employs short rows. The slipper is knit almost entirely in one piece; there is a second sole on each for extra cushioning which is knit separately, however, the only seams are straight down the center of each sole.

My only modification to the pattern was to use one strand of bulky yarn instead of two strands of worsted. I used almost entirely one skein of Aubergine (brown) and 1 1/2 of Oregano (green). Each of these skeins is 125 yards. The yarn felted nicely. I was originally going to attempt handfelting, as the thought of using so many quarters in my apartment building's expensive washer was painful. I set up a hot soapy tub and a sink of ice water, put on some rubber gloves and started scrubbing, but after a half an hour, I was tired and sweaty and one slipper was just starting to felt. My time was worth more than the quarters, so I hauled the dripping wool downstairs in a pillowcase with an old pair of jeans and a little detergent and threw them it. It took exactly two wash cycles, but this may be because these washers have extremely short wash cycles. It's only 22 minutes long with 10 minutes of hot water agitation before going into a cold rinse and spin cycles. I took them out prior to the cold rinse, so machine felting took only twenty minutes.

They fit well, although they're slightly wider on my feet than I would have liked. I do have very narrow feet, however. I originally entertained thoughts of attaching a rubber sole of sorts to them to wear them outside, but that's not going to happen. They're definitely house slippers, although that's just fine by me. They're quite soft on my bare feet. They could use a bit of a shave, which reminds me that I forgot to pick up disposable razors for that purpose when I went to CVS this afternoon. Oh well. I like them a whole lot.

There are a couple extra pictures posted in my blog.
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Finished Object: "Election Day" Sweater

I've been having fits trying to post this all afternoon. Curse you, LJ scrapbook! Maybe I'll have better luck with photobucket.

I'm calling this my Election Day sweater, because I finished it today, and wore it to go cast my vote against the incumbents. :)

The pattern is the Rollover Pullover from Hip to Knit.

The yarn is Caron Jewel Box (not the nice Tahki Cotton Tweed the pattern calls for by a long shot, but $1 a skein at the neighborhood Big Lots. At that price I was willing to take a risk on my first adult sweater.)

Skills learned:

- Three-needle bind off, which almost got away from me, but some wrestling with it and cursing like a sailor got it all back under control.
- Picking up stitches with a crochet hook for the neckline. Why didn't I ever think of that before? So much easier.
- Adult sweater construction and some better seaming techniques than I have used before.

Mistake made:

- Somehow, I got the stockinette backward on the rolled neck, so it curls inward, but I actually like the way it looks, so it's not a problem for me.

General comments:

I made the next to largest size using the recommended needles, but the yarn is smaller weight than called for and I knit very tightly, so I was hoping it would work out to fit me. It was a close call, because I've lost about 25 pounds since I started knitting it, but it's supposed to be a relaxed fit and so it is. Almost....too....relaxed, but I still like it and there's room to wear it over another shirt, which is nice in the winter.

I would love to have this sweater in a nicer yarn and a smaller size, but I am unlikely to make it again because it's miles and miles of very boring stockinette. Maybe if I came up with a motif to make the knitting more interesting, I'd do it again, otherwise no way. Still, it was a satisfying project and I'll enjoy wearing it.

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Detective Goren

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Okay, so..I'm trying to knit a baby blanket for one of my friends.
The pattern I'm using calls for Size 15 circular needles, but I'm using size 15 straight needles. It doesn't talk about joining the rows so I'm pretty sure it's just being knit straight on circular needles.

The thing is, I'm concerned that my blanket isn't going to be wide enough. I followed the pattern with 60 stitches but I really don't think that's wide enough. Do any of you have any thoughts? I'm trying to make it for a 1yold toddler, so..

I'm just very confused =(
mother douchebag

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Just a general question...

I want to knit something special for my favorite professor. He's a Classics professor, mostly dealing with things of Roman or Etruscan origin, and I'd like to knit him a scarf or something that is at least reminiscient of those kinds of classical motifs. Does anyone know of any classical-inspired patterns? I figure I could design something with pretty intarsia, but I figured I'd ask on the off chance that someone happened to know of something that would fit what I was looking for...

Me: Sharon Gutowski

Feather and Fan

As many of you are, I'm working on my Christmas gifts. I'm making my Grandma a scarf, and I'm thinking of using the Feather and Fan stitch. We live in Michigan, and winter's long and cold. Will this stitch keep her warm? I'm using Wool of the Andes yarn. Thanks for any input!
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