December 5th, 2006

Mostly Gone

plaited basket stitch...

Jeez. So, I decided to wait a little longer on the circular needle thing. (I think I did it OK, but the patterns are a little tricky with adding on the earflaps, & somebody offered this great flat pattern) so I tried doing this pattern: But first thing is first.. have to get the "plaited basket stitch" ... it seemed easy enough, but UGH! I can't do it! The closest I got was like some kind of diagnol stitch.. which was actually kinda cool, but i LOVE this stitch!

Can anybody help.. go more in depth (newbie friendly directions) or pictures or videos.. anything! I'm so frustrated. :P I wish I knew somebody that was good with knitting, so I could go to them with patterns and have them walk me through 'em, but I am trying to teach myself.. It's hard.. >.> So sorry, guys, if I start getting on your nerves. :P
the snake put it in front of me

FO: Lace skull scarf

I have a friend who looooves skulls (just in clothes and knick-knacks, no need to worry!), so I decided to make her a scarf for xmas. I wanted something that was still on the feminine side, though, so I found this lace skull pattern, and modified it by taking out the middle repeat, ignoring the X's, and adding some garter stitch. Collapse )

Need tips for felting in a front loading washer

Is it even possible?

I'm going to be felting a bag made from Patons SWS (soy wool). I've heard it felts very quickly and I'll need to check it often.

The problem is that the door locks after a few minutes on my front loading washer, and in order to open it, I would have to cancel the cycle completely, let it drain, open the door, and then start the process over again if it's not felted enough.

For that matter, does a front loader even agitate enough to felt?

Maybe I should just bite the bullet and take this to the laundromat.
Knittin' Again

FO: Felted Moebius Strap Bag

Pattern: Based loosely on a bag pattern from Cat Bordhi's Second Treasury of Magical Knitting
Yarn Used:  JJ's Handpainted Kaleidoscope (rainbow) and Galway Pure Wool Worsted Weight (purple)
Needles: US 11

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I love Cat's moebius knitting technique and have made a number of her projects.  Once you get the hang of the cast on, the patterns are quick and easy to knit up.
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Closing gaps between fingers in gloves.

I'm stuck.

I'm knitting Nicholas' fingerless gloves (PDF) and I've hit a snag. Here is the part in question:

Upper Hand: Put 34 hand sts back onto needles, dividing evenly.
Rnd 1: P1, [sl 1, k2, psso, p2] 3 times, k18, pick up and knit 2 sts to cover gap bet pinkie and ring finger. 36 sts.
Rnd 2: P1, [k1, yo, k1, p2] 3 times, k20.
Rnds 3 and 4: P1, [k3, p2] 3 times, k20.

Ring Finger: P1, sl 1, k2, psso, p1, put next 25 sts on waste yarn, pick up and knit 2 sts to cover gap bet ring and middle fingers, knit last 6 sts, CO 2 sts to cover gap bet pinkie and ring fingers - 15 sts for ring finger, counting [sl 1, k2, psso] as 3 sts.

I've bolded the part where I'm up to. The problem is, there isn't a gap to cover. The gap was a whole four rows down.

(I'm also a bit baffled as to how and why I would pick up stitches across the huge gap between the ring and future middle finger, wouldn't it make more sense to cast those two on?)
sheep egg

FO: Grumble Socks

My husband has HUGE feet. Size 12 feet, a whole foot long feet. I've been making dozens and dozens of socks for the kids in the neighborhood because they mostly take an evening to finish and they're done. But then I made the neighbor a pair of socks and his feet are nearly as big as my husband's. And my husband heard all the swearing I went through to make those, so he never asked for a pair, but by the time I'd made his mom a pair of socks and my mom a pair of socks I just had to do it.

When I asked him what he wanted in them, he said anything you want to do, I'd just be so grateful for a pair of socks I'll take anything. Awww...

So, I made him something and I swore over the first sock so much it as almost funny. Reminded me of the Yarn Harlot's husband asking her, as she's swearing and cursing her knitting, and he asks her why she likes knitting if it makes her do that? And she answers along the lines of I do NOT like knitting, I *love* knitting... wow... that really resounded with me.

So... onto the cursed but well received socks.

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A small FO: Judy Gibson's Seashell Bookmark

I made this as a gift for the very wonderful hazelstitch, using a 1.5mm Inox circular needle and a Slovak brand of mercerised crochet cotton which I can't remember. Because it was done in cotton, I had to starch it, using boiled regular cornstarch with a bit of rosemary oil to prevent mould.

Pattern here:

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1. Pre-blocking, I wasn't sure about the striping effect, but now I really like the way that it highlights the shapes of the shells.

2. I changed the double YOs into single twisted YOs because I didn't like the loopiness.

3. 1.5mm circular needles are a pain for knitting small flat objects, because of the big loop of cord, but I couldn't find DPNs or straights in that size.

4. This project looked terrible pre-blocking, like a sad little purple dishrag - worse than other unblocked lace I've seen.

using a stitchionary & amount of cast ons

I just bought myself a copy of Vogue Knitting Stitchionary:Volume One Knit & Purl.

I got some nice skiens of rowan & debbie bliss to try some of the different stitches with, mainly just repeat the ones I like and make into scarves & whatnot but there's one thing I'm confused about & my googling isn't helping, because I think I'm using the wrong terms.

For instance, I want to do pattern 101, seafoam pattern, on pg.69. It says to cast on a multiple of 10 sts plus 6. I know that if I want the pattern to repeat 3 times, I can cast on 30 stitches! But what about those remaining 6, do I cast on 36 or 48 (48 being the 30 stitches for the pattern, plus the 6 for each ten)?

This is something I feel like I'm REALLY confused about but feel rather silly asking!

Thanks in advance!
Mostly Gone

Yarn Bee - Frosting Yarn from Hobby Lobby

Are you guys sick of me yet? (:

I have another questions. Hopefully this will be the last for a while. I got some yarn from Hobby Lobby.. it's called "Frosting".. It's like a pink string with like short yarn coming out of it. Kind of like eyelash yarn of types.

Any tips on knitting with this stuff? I tried a little practice run and it just turned into a tangled mess that i wound up cutting. I'm probably biting off more than I can chew, here. It was just too pretty to resist.

Provisional Cast-On

I'm working on Coronet (the temperature dropped a lot in a little time) and I've hadtorip out the cabled band twice already because I can't seem to get the provisional cast-on.  I tried doing a long-tail cast-on with waste yarn and adding my yarn as if it were a new color, I've tried this method with a crochet hook, but every time when I  go to pull it out at the end I find my stitches all looped and stretched and every-which-way, and it'sdriving me crazy.  Is there some secret to provisional cast-ons that I don't know?  How can I make this technique work?
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To Clapotis or not

Here I am, late as usual on the bandwagon. Months ago, I purchased 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden on sale when my beloved LYS went out of business - with the intention of making a small, rectangular wrap, maybe with some fringe of matching ribbon yarn. After messing around with 8 or 9 different lacier patterns, I finally settled on a plain, diagonally knit, garter stitch "thing" on size 11 needles, maybe 20" wide. 3 skeins into the "thing," although the colors are beautiful (I'm using the cobalt blue, purple, teal combination) I'm feeling distinctly underwhelmed. Thoughts of Clapotis are sneaking in. I went so far as to print out the pattern. I see that it can be adapted to fit various yarns and sizes. It's Tuesday evening where I am, and I want to wear my wrap on Saturday night. Hmm - carry on with the thing of thingness, or rip it out (again) and ride on the tail end of Clapotis fever? What do you good gentlefolk think? Is it even doable in so little time if I really go at it?
flower, rome

Have a scarfy Christmas

My mom's two sisters wanted me to knit them scarves (well, one did, then the other whined that the first one got all the hand-made stuff and how come she never got anything), and today they are finally done and blocking festively. Now if they would only take themselves to the post office....

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Hopefully the aunties will be happy. :)
Me: Sharon Gutowski

Felted squid pattern

This post by shimmy9 is awesome and I want one. The problem is that the pattern is no longer there. The website (found here) is just a domain page.

Does anyone have this pattern? I will love you forever if you can send me a link with it. I have smaller squid patterns, but this is the one I'm really looking for. Thanks in advance!
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(?!!?) Help Needed Converting a Pattern (?!!?)

Hey everybody!

I'd really appreciate some help in trying to figure out how to convert the following flat slip stitch pattern for knitting in the round:

Row 1 (and all odd rows): K3, *sl 1 (purlwise) with yarn in front, K3*, rep * to *
Row 2 (and all even rows): K1, *sl 1 (purlwise) with yarn in front, K3*, rep * to *, end with: sl 1 (purlwise) with yarn in front, K1

It's my friend's favorite scarf pattern and I want to make her a matching hat....

Thanks in advance for your time!
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Hooray for Me gloves

Hi all!

This may be a really dumb question. I'm interested in knitting Marnie MacLean's Hooray For Me Gloves, but don't really like the fingerless gloves part. Would anyone be able to help me with the finishing the fingers? Is there a specific ratio to decrease to? Any help would be greatly appreciated. And, mods, if this is in the memories, please delete it and refer me to the link? Thanks in advance for your help!
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So I've never used a super bulky weight yarn before, but this: was on sale and the lime/fuschia/olive colorway had me captivated.

I can hold my own with needles and can do all of the basics. So here is my beginner question: Is there anything I should know about using super-bulky yarn, that you wished you knew before you started using it?

In terms of what to do with it, is there anything I should stay away from pattern-wise? I'm assuming the super bulky might make me look super-bulky if I don't chose wisely. Would mittens be ridiculous is something this chunky?

(I have about 220 yrds of it, but there's plenty so I could go back for more easily. It's been at the store for a loooong loooong time and I don't see it going anywhere in the next couple of days.)

Any favorite patters for this weight yarn? I've found a couple of decent patterns but I trust you guys more than I trust random google.


Finally! An FO for Me

I spent last winter making mittens for other people. I kept saying that I wanted to knit a pair for myself, and never got around to it. Well, this year, I sucked it up and here is the first of 2 pair that will be for moi. I used this Website .

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I had a little trouble adding the flap but overall I think they came out ok. I used about 1 1/3 skeins of Lion Wool in black. I still need to block these babies, but that'll have to wait until tomorrow after work.
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