Maybe it's the "should have been in bed six hours ago" talking, but I just had to share this pretty photo I snapped of a WIP while I was trying to come up with a clear enough closeup of how my hand-dyes knit up to use as an avatar for the Etsy I'm setting up for the stuff (halftoneyarn, coming... um... early 2007... I think...):
Don'tcha just love how two-at-once toe-ups look like little ear-bras for a cat? :) (And no, I'm not entirely happy with the avatar yet at the size Etsy wants it, but I can't find the sock I really want to use -- I hope it's in the hamper, darn it... :( )
The other day someone posted a link to some free Star Wars fairisle charts over at "knitting-and.com." I bookmarked the page (URL: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/starwars.htm), but now it is throwing a 404 error.
I was wondering if anyone had saved them and would be willing to email me copies of the charts? My husband is a Star Wars fanatic and I'd love to use them to make him something. My email address is fred_chan at adelphia dot net.
I have a bunch of unidentified circular needles that I am trying to organize. When measuring the circular needle length, do you only count the cord or the needle also? *Update: Looks like the concensus is tip to tip! Thanks for your help!
I taught my mother to knit a few years back, and she's always wanting to do quick projects in huge bulky yarns. She's knit herself slippers (basically socks in bulky- I was so proud when she did the second one without me!), and five million scarves, and tries to do bigger projects, but while she wants to break out and do her own thing, she doesn't have the principles down pat enough to successfully make stuff without having a pattern. For Christmas, I'd like to buy her a book of knitting patterns for bulky yarn (heavier than worsted). However, I'm more of a sport/dk person, so I have no idea what book would be the best for a 50-something woman-- not too trendy, but lots of colorful photos and a variety of projects including shawls, ponchos, bags, socks and sweaters that are VERY clearly explained. Use of novelty yarns not a problem. I know that I can find books on Amazon, but I'm most interested in peoples' experiences-- it's hard to judge a knitting book from a cover photo and a blub.
Also, does anybody have any good ideas for how to really make clear the 'big yarn needs big needles, small yarn needs small needles, the fabric you make depends on the needle/yarn size ratio' lesson? Because she WILL try to make a bag out of dk weight yarn and size 13 needles and then be disappointed that it's so loose everything falls out of it, or she'll knit bulky weight on size five needles and be frustrated with how stiff the fabric is, and nothing I say seems to resolve her confusion.
Also, recommendations for peoples' favorite color and knitting books, and knitted bag books, would be greatly appreciated. Is Folk Bags still the gold standard?
I have a quick opinion question for you. If you were given the choice of using, for a cabled sweater, either KnitPicks Swish (merino superwash) or Debbie Bliss Merino Aran (merino superwash), which would you select?
And is ir naive of me to think a soft merino wool would hold up to cables and use well?
Thanks so much for your help.
ETA: I have searched LJ, and have been reading opinions about the best yarns for cabling, which I realize are often firmer, coarser yarns, which is why I asked the last question.
I'm teaching someone to knit next week and it's been a LONG time since I taught anyone. Last time was before I learned to knit continentally... which, as someone who's been knitting for six years or so, I found to be a lot quicker and easier, but I don't know if a beginner would feel the same way, so I'm not sure whether to teach "picking" or "throwing".
I'm leaning towards "throwing"... I used to teach people when I was in college, and they seemed to learn well with that method.
and yeah I clicked on the "teaching" tag but didn't see anything on this particular issue. If I missed it, just point me to it and I'll go *facepalm* and go about my business.
I haven't seen anything in the Lion Brand Yarns site, but found this. I am glad to see it back, as it was a great economical substitute for Rowan All Seasons Cotton. Maybe people will stop bidding up Cotton-Ease on eBay now ...
Knitters I have a question. I want to make this (along with almost all of the other projects in this issue!). BUT I would have to substitute for the wool as I have a contact allergy to it. Itchy swollen fingers just don't make for good knitting. I know that alpaca fulls/felts, and I would like to use it. I don't know if it would make the right kind of fabric for this project, though. So I defer to the wisdom of knitters who have gone before me: Could I do this project in an alpaca yarn, or would I end up with an ugly sack of not quite what I wanted and dashed dreams?
I'm trying to find a free pattern of a toy owl online somewhere. I want to knit my boyfriends mom an owl cause she's obsessed with them. I've seen the ones on Knitting pattern central but was wondering if there are anymore out there. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks in advance!
Okay, so a couple of quick and somewhat random questions.
What's a good size for an afghan? I want it to be pretty big, one I can snuggle up in, but I'm not sure of what that means in terms of numbers. Any insight?
Does anyone know if Lion Brand Wool-Ease felts well? I've used it for a couple non-felted projects and like it very much, and I know it's 100% wool and everything, but I was wondering if maybe it's over-processed...or something...
And thanks for everyone's input on my WoW hat idea! I'm planning to do it as soon as I'm done with giftmas presents. (Ha, right, that'll be sometime in February.) Anyway I will definitely post pictures...