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ankhet
knitting
ankhet
So this may be a dumb question, but I'm hoping not.

Does anyone know if there's a one-stop online knitting news source, like a podcast (like slashcast for slash fans) or LJ community (again, like Slashcast's LJ or the Daily Snitch)? It'd be nice to have a place to get all the knitting news, like when there's a new pattern up on one of the more popular knitting blogs (like Euny Knits or Hello Yarn); when there's a new issue of Knitty, MagKnits, or Interweave; when there's a new challenge out there to the knitting community like Sock Wars (or, apparently, Hat...wars?); when and where there's a convention like Stitches; when there's a new knitting book out (maybe); or for new bits of knitting in the media.

...anyone?
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tess_la_coil
I came across this pattern on MagKnits for this sort of scarf collar thing, and I absolutely love it. HOWEVER - they say to use a circular needle, but it doesn't look like it was knit in the round. I imagine it would be because there are so many stitches, but how do I knit a flat scarf on a circular needle?

EDIT: Started the pattern last night and I am now a circular needle convert!

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9 stitches made | Knit 1
oakenking
knitting
oakenking
I finished the brown teddy bear for Chris's niece. I'm pretty pleased with it overall, although as always there are a couple of lessons learned for next time.

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gilneas
knitting
gilneas
When I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, I fell in love with some yarn from Briar Rose Fibers. It was the first place that we went to, and I wanted everything in the tent. I picked up a skein of 'Grandma's Blessing,' a sport-weight merino superwash in beautiful blues and greens and a bit of orange.

I took a break from my holiday knitting to make Aibhlinn from Winter 2004 Knitty with it. I thought it would be a great way to show off the color of the yarn, as well as take advantage of the yarn's softness and weight.

I made a few modifications, and it took me about a week of commuter knitting. Sadly, it's a little too cold now to wear it (as it doesn't really go with my winter coat), but there's always the spring!

Pattern: Aibhlinn, a cowl from Knitty
Yarn: Grandma's Blessing by Briar Rose Fibers
Needle: US6 24" circs
Modifications: I used a lighter weight yarn and a smaller needle than called for in the pattern, but still cast on the same number of stitches. I'm happy with the circumfrence. I also made it about 16" long instead of 24" in the pattern. I'm still happy with the result.

I think the swirling rib really shows off the yarn well, and it was fun to knit as well. I almost left the bobbles off, but left them on, and I'm happy I did. I think they're fun. Even though I'm not a big bobble person.

I also really like that the pattern used is completely reversible. Which is nice in a piece like this, because it doesn't always stay exactly on the right side.

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21 stitches made | Knit 1
wordbox
knitting
wordbox
Pattern: "Baby Cardigan" (Here's the link. It's a top-down, raglan cardigan sweater)

Yarn: just over one skein of Plymouth Encore (75% acrylic, 25% wool; worsted weight, color #9621/English Purple)

Needles: Clover bamboo, sizes 5 and 7

Notes: This was my first sweater, and I found it to be easy and fun. It took me about a week, and I'll be giving it to my niece for Christmas. I made the 12 month size. The only change I made was to make the button holes a little bit bigger. I think my favorite part is my button choice; they have paw prints on them and my whole family is full of dog lovers. I sewed them on using dental floss (to be safe), and since they are shank buttons I also used some small off-white buttons on the backside of the seed stitch band. I really like using Encore for baby stuff (I've made a few baby items with it so far, like a blanket and a hat). It washes up nicely and is easy to care for, and the added wool makes for a nice fabric. I might make my niece a matching hat with the leftover yarn.

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13 stitches made | Knit 1
phobiaofshae
knitting
phobiaofshae
A project I want to start calls for the yarn Cicco by the manufacturer Gedifra. From what I can tell this is a Canadian company and isn't available in stores in the US. I could order it online, but I have a nice 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon that expires soon, and I'd like to use it.

According to a website I found, the yarn is Polar weight and fancy yarn. It says its 56% wool, 35% nylon, and 9% acrylic. (http://www.diamondyarn.com/cat.php?yarnID=839)

I'm not sure how to go about looking for a substitute yarn for this.. Does anyone know of any yarns that would be a good substitute for this? Or just even suggestions of what I should avoid. I don't want to risk guessing at a yarn and then having my project go kaput.

(Also, as a side note, I'd just like to thank all of you for being so extra helpful. This community has made knitting so much less frightening for me. Thank you all!!)
6 stitches made | Knit 1
midnightfae
knitting
midnightfae
I'm looking for an angora or angora blend yarn, worsted or thicker, in a verigated colorway. I realize this will likely entail a handspun product, and that's fine.

However, I can't seem to find any sellers/retailers who have what I'm looking for. There are a few possible leads on etsy.com, but I'm always a little nervous about using etsy if I don't have a recommendation or two about the quality of the product beforehand.

Anyonw have any reccomendations or know someone who'd be interested?
12 stitches made | Knit 1
katrushkita
knitting
katrushkita
I have been busy knitting the We call them pirates hat. I made a few changes - most obviously the colours. I knit it up with some unknown wool (just labeled 100% wool, cashmire) that I bought at my LYS. It knit up fairly easily, and this was my first detailed project and I am happy with the results I am usually not so good at following patterns.

 I did the entire thing on dpn's. I followed the instructions although mine turned out a bit smaller due to different yarn. I also modified the brim of the hat.

 

Current Location: Zelenograd, Russia
Current Music: 2001 a space oddysey in background

33 stitches made | Knit 1
gerbilicious85
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gerbilicious85
I posted the other day about making handwarmers. Now they are finished, so I'm showing them off along with some illusion knitting wristbands.

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8 stitches made | Knit 1