December 21st, 2006

Orange knitting

FO: Clapotis scarf

I finally finished my first Clapotis (and my largest project to date) last night.  I'm so much so that I had to take pictures before I washed/blocked it.

I did it in Bamboo by Southwest Trading Company.  The color is "electric blue" and looks a bit more electric than any of the pictures show.  I used the size needles the pattern suggested; I have no idea if it is to gauge or not, and I don't care.  It's a reasonable size, and I think that's all that matters.

Unfortunately, this is for my friend's birthday, which was 11/9, so it's late.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

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A question

Ok, I'm starting to think about post-Christmas knitting and it occurred to me that my grandfather will be turning 80 in January and I should make him something he'll love. The thing that comes to mind is cowboy boots... he LOVES cowboy boots, so I was thinking if I could come up with a knitted version he could wear as slippers that might be just the thing. But I have yet to find a pattern I can use as a jumping off point for this. Any suggestions?

Problems problems problems...

Hey guys!
I've posted here before (about this very same project, I think), and everyone was amazingly helpful, so I figured I'd check in again for help!
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Long story short, any body got any inspiration for 600 meters of pink yarn and 600 meters of green yarn, 100% cotton recommended needle size 3-4?

Thanks a bajillion.

Microwaving wool knits

Does anyone know if it is okay to microwave wool knits? I would like to make rice filled heat pads using some felted sweaters I have but I'm not sure whether or not wool will be okay in the microwave (I don't want it to catch on fire or anything else terrible). Thoughts?

Recent knitting

Here are three recent projects.

Click here for pictures and details of the projects.

Only one more knitted present to go. Finishing of a jesters cap for a friend's daughter. Just have to bind off the top, put bobbles or tassels on and wash it. No problem! Plenty of time!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Eris help

hi all

i am knitting Eris (from and i have two questions

1 - when the pattern tells me to place a marker after a certain row, it is a row marker correct, for picking stitches up later?

2 - anyone who has made this pattern - i am using Elann waterspun, and i am only getting gauge on size 3(!!)needles. the yarn says size 7, the pattern says 3-8 for gauge. did anyone else have this problem?

Pattern Request

My best friend, a non-knitter, gave me two balls of Bernat Eye Lash in Black as a Christmas present. As a self-proclaimed yarn snob I wouldn’t normally want to use novelty yarn like this but I am just so touched that my friend bought me yarn. I’m hoping for suggestions of patterns which would use 140m of this eyelash yarn, preferably combined with another yarn. (I’ve got so many hats and scarves that I really need to grow another neck and head to make the most of them so suggestions of other types of patterns would be best.)
Thanks and happy holidays!

Latvian knitting

I was sure someone here had posted not terribly long ago something about Latvian knitting, but I've searched and can't find it so it must have been somewhere else. But where? No idea. So, going along with the idea that anyone asking about Latvian knitting somewhere I would have seen it is probably also reading this community, I thought I'd share this:

Pretty neat! Apparently they got 265 women (and 3 men) to collaborate on this project to make 4500 pairs of mittens. They're all so stunning, too!
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Felted Moebius basket!

On advice from all you helpful internet knitters, I recently bought myself Cat Bordhi's Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. I'm extremely pleased with this book. For those who haven't heard of it, it's based around the idea of the Moebius strip -- that confusing little single-twist strip that looks pretty normal until you trace its surface and discover that you can trace both sides of it without ever picking up your finger. (Almost) all of the patterns in the book start with a crazy Moebius cast-on that pretty much blew my mind when I first tried it, and end up producing a container that has only one surface. It's nuts. I highly recommend it.

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Pattern: Felted Moebius Basket from the abovementioned book
Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed
Felted: By hand, baby! I discovered with this project that the felting process is enormously accelerated by liberal use of dish soap.
Comments:The pattern is very well-crafted, and the author paid attention to a lot of little details that really improved the finished object: an applied i-cord edging, a textured handle, and very nice shaping in the basket part. My one complaint is that the simplicity of the finished piece, with its one little unobtrusive twist, belies the incredible method of its construction.

I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos, but (partly due to the fact that I was running out of yarn) I made the creative decision to switch shades of green about halfway down the basket part of the container. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. The yarns I used were the leftovers from the sweater seen in this post -- I thought it was interesting to see the vast difference between the two objects it produced. Whereas the sweater felt tough and sort of scratchy, the yarn produced a very nice, soft, delicate-feeling felt.