November 17th, 2006

Fun Mitten Gift Idea

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These mittens were made as gifts for friends who are teachers - and will be given along with the book, "The Mitten" by Jan Brett.

I used the pattern by Kate Gilbert

A post way back in July inspired me to make these (I'm a long-time reader of this site and finally am attempting my first post).

I followed the directions for the child's medium size to make the regular mittens and then used the same directions but a size 15 needle for the LARGE mittens. I used "fluffy" and "plain" acrylic yarn for both sets. The big, fluffy mitten measures 14 inches tall by 8 in. wide and the big, non-fluffy mitten measures 12 inches tall by 5&1/2 in. wide. They were quick, easy and fun to make.
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My very first sweater

Hey, it's my first sweater ever! Started just about a year ago, finished just now.

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Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed
Pattern: custom-made crew-neck pullover pattern from The Yarn Co.
Needles: US 8 for the body, US 6 for the ribbing

I've got to say, I'm not entirely satisfied with how it came out. When I went into the store, I asked them to make me a pattern that would be form-fitting. They based the pattern on both a swatch I made of the yarn and on measurements from my body. Given all that, you'd think this thing would fit perfectly, but it doesn't. To make it form-fitting, they added in waist shaping -- except as the sweater came out, all that the shaping seems to do is add hips that I don't have. I'm hoping that blocking will help -- and even if it doesn't, I'll still love it forever as the first sweater I ever made, and wear it with pride -- but please do let me know if you have any other suggestions.
Through the looking glass


This just confounds me. Argyle is one of the most recognized patterns in knited garments, but I can't find a pattern to make it online. I FINALLY found a book at the local library that shows the charted pattern but no clear instructions on how to do it.

Has anyone here made an argyle vest or sweater and how do you do the color changes in the middle of the pattern?

Thanks for the help!

Pattern Question

Can someone please explain this to me?
I have 4 stitches on the needle now (working a shoulder on the wrong side)
"Work each side of neck separately.
Cast off 2 srs at beg. of next row.
cast of rem. 2 sts."
Now does that mean cast off 2 at the beg. continue with the row? and cast off the other 2 after I turn?
Or does it mean cast all off on the ws?
The next line reads "with RS facing rejoin yarn to rem sts, cast of centre 7, K to end.
Complete to match first side, reversing shapings."
the reverse shapings also confuses me a bit, I am used to reading patterns that explain each side independantly.
Thanks in advance!

yarn sub and questions

When I saw Coco in Magknits, I thought it would be perfect to knit for my co-workers. But after looking up the recommended yarn Hipknits Aran Weight Silk, I see that the company is in the UK so I'm worried about the yarn shipping in time. I'm also confsed by their website. There seems to be one "Buy Now" button that doesn't ask me what color yarn I want and they said they sell by 100g not by hank, so do I have to tell them how much I want? Has anyone in the states had experience ordering from them and can tell me how the ordering process works and how long shipping took? If not, has anyone worked on this and found a good yarn sub? I'm wondering if I can use a wool/silk blend instead of 100% silk. Thanks!
Matt Bomer

Victorian Lace Today

I just got hold of my copy of "Victorian Lace Today" by Jane Sowerby and Alexis Xenakis. Unfortunately I am stuck at work, and it is sitting in my bag under my desk, taunting me! So I haven't gone through it with a fine-tooth comb yet, but a quick peek through the pictures says, "OH MY GOSH!!" It really looks fabulous - not just shawls but also lots of really pretty scarves for us newer-to-lace folks, and a few fichus (like mini-capes or collars) - and absoltely gorgeous photos.

If anyone else has it yet, tell us what you think of it!

Linda B.
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kinky cashmere

I have a request for advice.
I got a 100% cashmere sweater at Goodwill, and I took it apart without too much trouble. My problem is that now have four of Collapse ) sitting around and I cannot knit with them from this state. I tried steaming one, but it did not make any difference. I have heard that wetting the yarn and letting gravity unkink it as it dries might work, but I am afraid of hurting the yarn. I was wondering if anyone has advice as to how I should proceed to unkink the yarn without damaging it.

sock pattern for small feet?

i've been googling for a sock pattern that would fit my small, women's feet.. but can't seem to find one that calls for my preferred needle sizes.

so if anyone knows of a (relatively easy, please :p) sock pattern that calls for US size 6, 7 or 8 needles & small feet - please lmk :) of course i'd prefer a free pattern.
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Knitpicks Customer Service

I don't post here often; in fact, I believe this may be my first post other than a few comments. But I know a few people here have had some problems with Knitpicks and have been less than impressed with their customer service, so I had to speak up and share my own (good) experience with them.

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All in all, both customer service representatives I spoke to were surprisingly friendly and helpful. I would have been happy to contact the USPS about my package before asking Knitpicks to ship the order a second time, but customer service told me it was not necessary to go out of my way. They made things right without giving me any problems and were willing to work with me to get the order to me as quickly as possible, even upgrading my shipping from free standard shipping to Priority.

I was impressed. After hearing some of the stories on here, I was a little nervous, but I've had a very good experience.
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Shout out for an awesome pattern...

A looooooong time ago, I asked in this community about good knitting patterns to make for babies and someone pointed me to the stay on baby booties pattern (here and several other sites). I've made a few pairs and they have gotten universally GREAT review from moms. In fact I'm knitting up another few pairs a little larger for our receptionist at work because her daughter outgrew the first pair, but they're the only socks/booties that will actually stay on her feet. :-) I gotta do my part to keep those cute little baby toes warm!

Anyway, I highly recommend that pattern (and the various cuff and color variations I've seen), it's fast, easy and apparently they really do stay on!