December 20th, 2006

kenya tiger

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is it true? could it be? it is!! I am finally to the point of finishing my socks that I started as my first knitting project on size 1 1/2 DPN (I know, I know...but it was so PURDY that thin little yarn..)

so whats your favorite stretchy bindoff?

I did a standard bindoff and its not stretchy enough. I see a grafting method out there... what do you guys think?


also, I'm hoping that I can undo the bindoff I did and if I nned a lnger tail, I can just tie one on, I hope? (its either that or undo a row or two so that I have a long enough tail that way)


input is apprecoiated! I'm really new at this :)

thanks, oh great Knitting community hive mind!


Pattern help - Geisha Socks

I'm in the process of knitting my first pair of socks [Yaay!] using this pattern. I've re-established the round and I'm now decreasing. Well, I would decrease except the pattern has me confused. The pattern instructs to:
"*»Needle 2: Knit all stitches
*»Needle 3: K1, ssk, knit to end.
*»Alternate even rounds and decrease rounds until Needles 1 and 3 each have 15 stitches."
I'm confused about what the heck to do with needle one when decreasing. Before decreasing needles one and three have twenty one stitches. If I'm to end up with fifteen stitches on one and three..then I should be decreasing on both needles, ja? For needle one would I knit until I had three stitches left, ssk, and then knit the last one?
Much thanks to those who can enlighten me. : ]
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Zimmerman Saddle Shoulder

I'm doing it- I'm actually knitting a sweater and it's coming along splendidly. Much better than I could have imagined actually. Except at some vital parts, it's about the opposite of what I could have wanted. The problem? Holes.. lots of holes.

My questions then:

1. When knitting a seamless saddle shoulder sweater from Knitting Without Tears and it says to "turn", should I be wrapping and turning like I do when knitting socks? So basically I would ssk or k2tog a saddle stitch with a body stitch and then wrap and turn the next body stitch? Thus when I return to it (and here's where it gets tricky), would I slip the saddle stitch, pick up the wrap and put it together with the body stitch, then slip the saddle stitch and knit those together? Or do some great tricky move where I pass the wrap over the k2tog and ssk?

2. If I rip back from the neck to the body and add short rows to the back of the body, will it still add length to the body? I know you usually add the short rows towards the bottom but it shouldn't be bad at the top either, right?

It's a lot but thanks so much for any advice. Please let me know if I need to clarify or put this behind a cut

EDIT: Removed previous second question- it didn't make sense.

Eyelash? Boa? Thingy?

So I'm trying to figure out how to make a particular scarf that has been all over the trendy retail botiques for teens for the last few winters, but I don't know what it's called to even search for a pattern. (See my hip pop-culture awareness?)

It's those weird, eyelashy, brightly coloured things that look like a boa but seem to be knit in the round, so that when you pull the edges apart they sort of squish into a gator thing, and then stretch right back out into a boa. Am I making any sense, and does any kind soul have any idea in which direction to point me? A free pattern would be great, or even just telling me how they did that (I'm a rank beginner to this knitting thing, but it looks pretty simple?)

Or even just what the heck is that thing called?

Thanks in advance!


Yesterday, I came across this picture of a design by Teva Durham. Apparently the pattern was in an issue of Interweave back in 2002, but I have checked their site, and the back-issue in question isn't available.

Does anyone know how/where I can obtain said pattern? The easier to ship to Australia the better...

I've been posting alot, I know!

What is your favorite resource for fair isle patterns? And by patterns I mean non garment but "stitch" dictionary sort. I know of a decent amount in Alice Starmore's books, but they are quite pricey to own, and I would like something that I could keep. However, I would settle for a website with a large library. I have been searching the internet, amazon, and my LYS but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. Perhaps you can help! Thanks everyone!
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dye question

about a month or so ago i dyed some delicious-feeling malabrigo yarn with wilton's icing dye. everything about the dye process went swimmingly, i zapped the dyed yarn in my microwave at two minute intervals until the dyebath was used up and then rinsed the yarn in cool water until it ran clear. now i'm knitting with the yarn i dyed and it appears that the dye hasn't completely set. it's stained the tips of my bamboo needles and also stains the tips of my fingers when i'm knitting with it.

my question is, what do i need to do to make this not happen? the yarn is being used for a scarf that's going to be a christmas present and i don't want my co-worker's neck turning blue whenever she wears it!

convert aran chart to instructions?

I'm going to knit an aran sweater (Liam by Wendy Johnson, to be specific) for my fiance, but I have never used a chart before and, frankly, I'm terrified. Could someone explain to me how to convert a chart to written instructions? Or direct me to a useful website or book? I searched through the archive, but didn't find anything. I do want to learn to use a chart, but it might be easier for me to wrap my head around if I have both in front of me at the same time, at least for a little while until I get it straight. Or if some kind soul has purchased this pattern, and can or has converted it to instructions, possibly they could share? I can send you my receipt for purchase of the pattern.

Thanks all in advance for taking the time to help out.
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sleeve cap help

so, I've been working on Annie Modesitt's Bi-Colored Cables, from Interweave winter 2005. Anyway, I'm on my first sleeve, and I'm a bit puzzled.

here's what the directions say:
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so the question is, am I right in thinking that the next section for me to do is doing exactly the same thing I have been? Is there a reason she wouldn't have put it all together? What am I missing?
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Two Questions: Yarn Substitution and Cables

1) I've been wanting to knit the Wool Peddler's Shawl from Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle for just about forever.  The trouble is, I'm not sure I can afford to buy 7 skeins of Creative Yarns International Superkid Luxe (118 yds/108 m per 1 and 3/4 oz.), which is the recommended yarn. I went to my LYS yesterday, and the only yarn they recommended to me was Lana Grossa's Babykid (second yarn in the top row), which had comparable yardage, and had enough in one ball that I would only have to buy four to make the shawl. However,  their Babykid is selling for just about $13 US a ball - not really a feasable option for me (a poor student).

So , my question for you, lovely members of Knitting, is: can you recommend another yarn to me - something that's relatively cheap - that I would be able to make my shawl with?

Much thanks in advance, I have faith in you guys. :-)

2) An easier request - I'm making my brother a hat and cabled scarf. What are your favorite cable patterns? I'm pretty confient with cabling, and I'm looking for something fun.

Thanks again!

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(poor?) choice of yarn?

A couple of months ago I ventured to my LYS to buy yarn to make mittens for my kids.  I told her I wanted something machine washable (for obvious reasons), and with her help I ended up picking Plymouth Encore, which is a worsted 75% acrylic, 25% wool.

I didn't realize at the time I was getting so much acrylic.  I didn't really know what I was looking for, only that I knew there was such a thing as washable wool. I think I wanted superwash (superwash can be machine-washed, right?), but didn't know that's what it was called at the time.

Anyway, I'm ok with using this yarn, but what I'm wondering is if it will be comfortable enough for mittens (and what about for a hat?  I want to make earflap hats, too).  It does feel reasonably soft to me, and we live in Phoenix, so it's not like I'm worried about protecting them from sub-zero temperatures and frigid winds.  I just need something to block the chill in the mornings.

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Looking for a particular yarn

The yarn I am seeking was mentioned on knitting at least a year to 18 months ago. I don't remember the fiber content. It was sold in "lots" of one color. Number of skeins varied but the entire lot was graduated in one shade. So a lot would go from very dark to very pale of one color.

Does anyone remember this yarn?