November 25th, 2006


one-stop knitting news?

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.


"Collar Me"

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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FO: Aibhlinn Cowl

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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mug and books

FO: baby cardigan

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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Eva tired

Yarn substitution

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. (

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!!)
Zombie Bunnies

Yarn Search

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, 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?

My first FO

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.

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