November 10th, 2006

Rebellious Oak

Socks: FO and WIP

I finished this pair of socks last night. And of course wore them today! My feet were very happy all day.

The yarn is from our very own savvyminx and is 100% merino, machine washable which she hand dyed. The colorway is called "Green Phosphor" and there's also an "Amber Phosphor" in my stash, and is reminiscent of those old monochrome computer monitors from the last millenium. (You should check her out on Etsy to see the other cool colors she has.)

The yarn is yummy, knits up nicely on US #0 at 9sts/in to give a good firm fabric for socks. They should wear very well and last me a good long time.

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dave g

knitting needles in New York City

Hey everybody! I've Googled my heart out but have not had much luck, therefore I'm turning to any community members living in the New York City area to help me out...

I'm starting a knitting group at my school (Fordham University, if you're wondering...) and need to purchase some relatively cheap needles to give to people who'd like to learn.  Where in the city can I get come cheap Susan Bates needles, or any other non designer, non 7 dollars a pack needles? There aren't any chain craft stores in NYC, mostly high end knitting shops that, while beautiful, are out of my price range as far as bulk needle buying is concerned.

Thanks for your help!

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Hi, this is my first post here. I have been knitting a pair of socks for a friend. The first sock wound up being frogged because I misunderstood the pattern and a size 10 1/2 sock wound up 13" long :) Anyway, here is the finished pair, in Patons Classic Wool Merino (Deep Olive if anyone is interested). My next pair is going to be for me, made in their Retro color Classic Merino :)

I used the four stitch ribbing pattern with the garter rib for the leg pattern from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks and I did this on two size 3 circulars.

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Knitting ovaries...

I know that there have been posts about the knitted uterus, but I'm wondering about an ovary. This may seem weird, but my sister just had one of her ovaries removed due to a melon-sized cyst that was on it. I thought it would be good to knit her an ovary with the fallopian tube attached, like a weird flower. She thinks stuff like that is funny. :) Any ideas? I am not too sure how to make the ovary itself, but obviously a fallopian tube would just be an i-cord.

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I'll have to take a picture and post it, but I made the baby pea pod sweater recently. It was my first try at a real sweater/cardigan and it turned out WAY bigger than I meant it to. No, I didn't check gague. I hate the idea of wasting time doing that, and figured that any size would eventually fit a baby. I DO know that if I want to make something to fit me someday, I will just have to bite the bullet and check gague.

BUT, here's the weird thing. I think I knitted everything with the same amount of tension, but when it came to putting on the sleeves, the armholes were WAY bigger than the circumference of the sleeve. I just kind of forced them in there, which, as you can imagine, made for a sort of ugly result, wherein the seams around the sleeves are bumpy.

What do you think happened there?

I wanted to give this as a present, but I don't think it's good enough. BUMMER. Any suggestions for making the armholes match up with the circumference of the sewed up sleeve for next time, other than checking gague before I start?
Happy kitty

Sizing help needed for Arwen sweater from Winter IK

At some point after the holidays, I'm planning on attempting "A cardigan for Arwen" from the latest Interweave Knits, but I wanted to buy the yarn now (I'll be using Cascade 220) so I measured myself last night and my bust measurement came out to 46".  In the magazine, that falls near 2 sizes, 45 3/4" and 49". In the notes she says that this sweater is meant to fit loosely, so if you're in-between sizes, make the larger size...but doesn't an extra 4" seem like a lot of extra room?

To further complicate things, I'm 7 months pregnant, and I have no idea what my bust size will be after the baby is born. I know my chest has gotten a couple sizes larger since getting pregnant, but I don't know if it shrinks back down to size afterwards, or if I can expect them to get even bigger (please god no) since I'll be breastfeeding...So, if I measure 46" now, I don't know if I should go ahead and make the 45 3/4" size in anticipation of getting smaller once the baby is born and I'm done breastfeeding, or if I should make the bigger size just in case, and deal with it being really loose when I lose weight later...I've also never worked with Cascade so I don't know if I can expect it to grow with washing/blocking?

Any advice?

PS: If anyone else is interested in knitting this, Savannahchik Knits has organized a knit-a-long!

LYS info

I'm living in College Park, MD now going to school. I found the LYS in my hometown in southern maryland. There's one. That's really about it. There seem to be a lot in the surrounding area here in DC and the burbs though. I've looked up five online using the website and yellow pages and was wondering if anyone had heard anything or had any experience with any of them.

Fashionably Yours in Silver Spring, MD
Fran's Knitting Botique in Laurel, MD
Knit and Stitch = Bliss in Bethesda, MD (I've heard good things about this store and know that there are a couple of them, one of which in Georgetown DC)
Inez's Stitchery in Kensington, MD
Yarn and Company Inc in Upper Marlboro

Anything would be helpful. I put them in order of how close they are to where I live exactly. I may end up eventually checking them all out but I'd like to formulate a plan of attack for this afternoon :)

Thanks in advance for your help!
Shut up and Knit!

FO: Faux Russian Stole

Pattern: Faux Russian Stole by Katie Nagorney and Ann Swanson, from A Gathering of Lace
Size: I only measured that it was 17" across before blocking; it came to the reccomended 24" x 72" after blocking.
Yarn: Lane Borgosesia (by Zegna Baruffa) "Hilton Tweed," the color a sky-blue tweed. Yet again, I think my yard-sale-augmented stash hit me with a discontinued yarn. The pattern called for Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight Shetland, and this yarn mached the specifics of the J&S (as given on Yarndex almost exactly.
Needles: US #6 Addi Turbo, 32".
Date Started: Sometime in early September, I think the 3d.
Date Completed: I finished the knitting portion on October 21. I wove in the (two!) loose ends and blocked it the next weekend, took out the pins and flaunted it around on October 29, 2006.
Modifications: Aside from changing the yarn, none. I followed the pattern as told.

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Hallo, knitters.

I'm trying to design an Apple logo illusion scarf. Alas, I can't seem to find a grid to make the pattern. Does someone know of a grid I could use? I tried making my own, but I couldn't get the right amount of boxes all set out. Or would graph paper work just as well?

Thanks all around.
dream, time

Flaming Opera gloves

Hey there,

I'm trying to chart out opera length gloves with flames running up them (for preforming uses). So far I have the yarn, the solid glove patter and some idea on how the flames should look (I dream this so I'm trying to stay true to the dream image). The hand (distal third) of the glove will be mostly black with one flame continuing up the the thumb. The forearm (medial third) will be the flames tapering off.

The last section I would love some advise. This section will be mostly solid flame color, but I want some wisps of flame-y-ness leading up the the forearm section.

Ok so I'm debating between
-black outlines of flames with cabling
-out lines of solid black flames
-solid black sections of the space between the flames
-stop thinking about it and make this section solid (I'd rather not tho...)

I'm trying them all out with swatching, but would love some advise on which people think will work best.

Thank you for pulling up with my obsessive nit-picking of what flames should look like
knitting spock

A bit of advice?

I'm being utterly pwned by dpns.  I just started on my first project with them, and I watched the video on, so I know how to use them and I feel comfortable with the technique.

But that doesn't mean I can do it in practice.  They get in my way, they slide out of my stitches, they poke me, and I can never remember which one to move to next.  They're fiddly and annoying.  Is there anything I can do, any special way I should hold them, to prevent this?  Or does it just get easier as I go along?
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flower, rome

Pre-beaded yarn?

Does anyone know of a pre-beaded yarn that's not the Tilli Tomas silk kind? Nothing against TT, I just don't like to knit with silk. I Googled around, but almost everything was at these random stores or EBay or Etsy shops, which I'm not against in theory, but it would be nice to get some feedback from people who have seen something like this in real life.


Felting a sweater

I have some Joseph Galler Peruvian Tweed, a superfine DK alpaca yarn in slate/brown that I want to make into a sweater, but I am a hardy guy and I don't want a delicate item.

My all-time favorite sweater (pictured here) I discovered in a free box and wore everywhere. It was a bit loose, but not oversized, was v-necked, and had "accidentally" been felted in the way that happens when folks throw their store-bought wool items in the washing machine instead of hand-washing.

The fact that this sweater was felted made it all the better because it kept the wind out better (I go to school in SF CA USA and the wind blows right through me).

Has anyone here ever felted a sweater or vest? Do you have any tips? This is a really nice fiber and I don't want to waste it, but it could turn out awesome, right?. I haven't felted a swatch yet because I'm still exploring my options, but if you have worked with a similar fiber or weight, I'd love to hear about your experiences.

My main concerns are: (1) will it come out too thick w/ DK weight and (2) how to get the sizing right with a fitted garment.

A couple of sites mention felting garments, but then don't go into detail.

Crochet - Babyghan

Newbie Question -- Circular Needles Bind-Off

I am finishing my first project (the Roller Girl legwarmers from S-n-B) but am traveling and don't have the book with me -- so... Hopefully this isn't the dumbest question in the world.

I'm not quite sure how to bind off in the round... Do I just bind off with circular needles the same way I would with straight needles (i.e., just do it the way says to bind off for straight needles?)

Thanks so much!

Gloves and Mittens

I am looking for a resource (book, pamphlet, website) that has a wide variety of generic glove and mitten patterns. One that I could essentially take whatever yarn I want and knit a variety of mittens/gloves with different thumb gussets. Kind of like Sensational Knitted Socks. I went to the book store to look over Ann Budd's Knitters Handy Book of Patterns but was really disappointed. It didn't go into great detail about different thumb gussets or the actual construction of a mitten/glove. Thanks for you input!

hopelessly tangled yarn help?

Hi all,
I bought a gorgeous hank of silk yarn (VERY fine, almost like very thick thread) and made the mistake of putting it in my suitcase on a cross-country flight. Something really weird must have happened in transit, because now it is tangled. Extremely tangled. I was really looking forward to using it, but it's borderline useless now. Can anything be done to fix this? I bought it at an independent local store (2400 miles away) for about $30, otherwise I'd just get more.

Unisex Gloves

I am working on the "Unisex Gloves" from One Skein, and I am having trouble understanding the directions for the pinky finger. They read: 
Little Finger: K5, place next 29 sts onto holder or waste yarn, use the backward loop method to co 1 st over gap, knit rem 5 sts of rnd - 11 little finger stitches.

I have no problem with any of the directions, except when co over the gap I'm knitting backwards (by which I mean I'll be going back and knitting the first five stitches I just knitted, rather than the second set of five). That is contrary to the pattern, and though I have tried the pattern as written, something is just not working out correctly. I've looked at a couple of other glove patterns as well, but I still don't know what I am doing wrong, and I don't know how to correct it. Is anyone able to help?  There is no errata for this pattern.

Thank you.

harvest moon cow

FO - Backyard Leaves

My scarf is finished!
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I really enjoyed doing this pattern. The lace was easy but not boring. Each row was something different which helped to keep my interest. Plus, working with worsted weight yarn after using a thinner weight yarn was a nice change of pace.

Name: Backyard Leaves
From: Interweave Knits - Holiday Gifts - Holiday 2006. Also available in Scarf Styles
Yarn: ashford tekapo - 100% pure new zealand wool - Dark green colour

The pattern for this is completely based off a chart. This was my first time ever working completely off a chart. Despite a few mistakes, I think it all turned out well.

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House sock sole reinforcement tips?

Does anyone have suggestions for reinforcing the soles of house socks? By "house socks" I mean socks that you'd wear around in the house without shoes. Sort of like slippers... but socks. I'm planning to start knitting them tonight (or tomorrow morning if I have to buy needles to produce a satisfactorily dense fabric) from some heavy worsted 100% wool yarn at a very tight gauge, sort of designing them as I go along. Ordinarily, I'd just keep trying stuff until something worked out, but winter is fast approaching, and I have recently moved to a very old house with very cold floors!

Ideas I have had so far:

  • Knitting and then fulling a sole, then picking up stitches around it and knitting a sock top (a la Elizabeth Zimmermann's re-soleable Moccasin Sock), but thought that might be more work than required.
  • Using a slip stitch pattern for the sole like I would to reinforce a heel (i.e. one row sl1 k1 alternated with a knit row).
  • Using double knitting to produce a double-thickness sole.
  • Knitting tabi-style toes (also known as mitten socks or ninja socks) so that I can wear them with flip flops.

I was definitely going to do a reinforced afterthought heel (for easy replacement) and use slip stitch to reinforce the ball and heel of the foot. I might do the tabi-style toe just to make them more durable for going out on the porch for the mail or into the dirty/partially-outdoor laundry room.

Other ideas?
mick eye

lace scarf pattern

Disclaimer: I have never written a pattern before, and I'm not an experienced lace knitter. I tried very hard to get all the necessary information in here, but I'm not that familiar with formats and usual things that go in a pattern. If I need to clarify anything, please let me know.

I posted about the scarf a couple days ago, here.

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If anyone knits this, I'd be tickled to see a picture. If there are errors I will try to fix them, or if the pattern is not clear I'll try to explain more.