January 12th, 2007


new member, WIP: socks

*waves hello* been lurking around here for a while, finally decided to dive in :)

WIP: first pair of handknitted socks
Yarn: Cascade Fixation (98.3% cotton, 1.7% elastic) colour no. 9989
Pattern: Sirdar #8489 (cuff-down socks) with minor modifications, largest size
Needles: 4DPN, Aero 3.25mm

Photo Essay: Lament for a Sock (I have to rip a 90% finished one back and start over)

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cross-posted to my own journal
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Americo yarn - pattern ideas?

I went to Americo in downtown Toronto last weekend after reading about it in Amy Singer's blog.
It was everything she said and more...
Americo is a store the specializes in yarn, knitwear, needles and trimmings imported from South America.  I was expecting a lot of finished items and a little bit of yarn but there was tonnes of gorgeous, unique yarn - two large walls full! 
Choosing was really difficult - I was trying to find yarn to make myself a funky yet warm scarf to go with a green winter coat that I have.
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WIP issues, yarn love, and washability

I started winging a top down raglan cardigan for a 12 month old with some lovely Malabrigo yarn this week and had planned on making the button placket a contrast color and in seed stitch, because I love seed stitch and I thought that a lovely pink or purple would make the spring green (Vetiver #607) I was using resemble a lily or some other such lovely growing thing.  I found some on sale in this shade of orchid - which appeared to be a fairly solid color. They all have a hand dyed shading, but I thought it would work nicely.

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A question...

How much do you guys spend per skein on Brown Sheep Burly Spun? I visited my lys this afternoon and purchased a bunch of Brown Sheep (mostly lambs pride bulky) but I saw a beautiful purple shade in Burly Spun. The owner (who is a bit scatterbrained) couldn't remember the price and then couldn't find any order sheets or pricing at all. She charged me 6.50 for one skein. I feel that I was undercharged (normally I wouldn't complain) and am not sure if I should go back and try to pay more for it or just keep my big mouth shut.


If this isn't kosher to post this please delete :)

Thanks everyone!
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Hi guys I am looking for the perfect knitting bag. I would need room for a small project like socks and a big one like a sweater. Anyone have any recommendation I am open to making one or buying one.
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Endpaper Mitts to Endpaper Ipod Sock! (Fair Isle)

Okay, I fibbed. It's for my Toshiba Gigabeat, but "ipod sock" is more catchy than "gigabeat sock".
I loved the look of Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts, but I couldn't wrap my mind around the functionality of fingerless mittens (Also, size 0 needles are scary). So I used two repeats of her diamond pattern to make a cozy sock for my mp3 player. I wanted the fair isle to be more traditional, so I added corrugated ribbing and whatever that checkerboard type thing is called. I also added one of those seam stripes down the side, because they're nifty.
I knit it top down with worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, and ended it with a three needle bind off.
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Interweave Knits Spring 1997 Pattern?

I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a copy of Interweave Knits Spring 1997 Pattern? I tried ebay and some used bookstores with no luck, and the Inrerweave website only offers back issues until 1998 :( . I am looking to make a baby blanket from this book.. any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Teaching people to knit socks

In a fit of enthusiasm, I volunteered to teach a few friends at graduate school how to knit socks. These girls can already knit-- one of them just finished a sweater. I've got quite a few socks under my belt, so I'm comfortable with the material, but I'm not sure where to start. I'd like to get the best bang for my buck out of an afternoon lesson, since I don't know when I'll be able to teach these people again.

So what's the best way to teach them, and what SHOULD I teach them? I can't decide between toe-up or top down, short row heel (which I know best) or heel flap, how to do the toes, little circular needles (my preferred method) or DPNS... I don't know magic loop, unfortunately.

Any advice would be appreciated-- How have you taught people to knit socks?

Seeking patterns for a "manly" hat for chemo patient

My best friend's husband was just diagnosed with lymphoma and is having his first chemo treatment on Thursday. He's not so concerned about losing his hair (a. he doesn't have much to begin with and b. he's the furthest thing from vain), but it's cold up here in the Northeast in the winter, and I want to be sure he has lots of warm SOFT hats for indoor and outdoor wear. He's definitely getting several Marsan Watchcaps (at least one of them in silk), and I'm going to do the Celtic Cap from The Girl From Auntie in Debbi Bliss Cashmerino, but does anyone have any other ideas for patterns? We've determined that they need to be terribly "manly" (please, no flames. That's HIS word for what he wants, not mine! lol) and I do want to make several that he can comfortably wear indoors when it's just a little chilly for a bare scalp. I'm going to shelve all my other projects and focus on this for the next week or so, so I should be able to make plenty of hats! :-)

Thanks in advance for all your help!
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clapotis problem


This happened last time I tried to make this pattern and it made me stop.

So I am in the straight rows and I dropped my first stitch. I get to the second stitch I am supposed to drop, so I drop it. I get to the end (what can I say, I can't just leave it and unravel them all at the end) and it is one stitch next to where the YO is at the end of one of the increase rows. So instead of staying nice and neat like my first dropped stitch, it leaves a hole. Like a big hold.

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Scarf FO + Question

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Pattern: My own... a celtic braid cable with ribbing on either side.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, in a beige/oatmeal heather color. I'm not sure of the color name/number, but I bought it several years ago so it was one of the originals. I think I used about 2 skeins.

This scarf took a long time. I've been working on it on and off since the beginning of summer. I think the only way that I got through it was because it was a gift for my boyfriend; if it was just for me, I probably would have lost interest after six inches or so.

It was a bit of a departure for me. I usually don't knit complicated patterns because I tend to prefer the look of simple stitches and I like being able to knit while I'm doing other activities (this means I've knit a lot of stockinette socks). I don't think I'll be knitting another uber-cabled design soon, but I won't shy away from them in the future!

I think that Silky Wool is a really great yarn. Prior to this, I'd knit a dressy cardigan from it, which came out beautifully. It's nice to see that it works in slightly more "rugged" designs as well. The colors are nice and slightly heathered, it's soft, it has great yardage, and it looks GREAT after blocking.

However, there is one problem with this scarf. After I washed it, it smelled a little bit weird and makes me feel like I'm going to sneeze if I smell it. I tried Febreze, rewashing it, soaking it a long time, and letting it air out, but it hasn't gone away. Any suggestions on how I can fix it? The recipient is getting anxious to finally wear it!

I also have a little destashing sale going on at my blog, with commercial and handspun yarn, for anyone who's interested.
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Felting With a KitchenAid?

Maybe someone here remembers?

I have a friend who would like to try felting very small items, but doesn't want to use the washer to do it. I told her I'd seen a post somewhere giving instructions on felting with your KitchenAid stand mixer... does anyone else remember this, or am I just crazy? I keep telling her I'll find her the post (she's not net savvy) but now that she's coming over tonight I can't find the damned post.

I did search the community, and I tried google, both regular and searching just blogs. I thank you all for your help, it's so frustrating when I don't just bookmark interesting things so I can actually find them later.
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Sugar 'n Cream

What can I knit with Sugar 'n Cream yarn besides dishcloths, washcloths and other various items of that nature? I have a ton of it from a sale earlier this autumn and I have no idea what to do with it...other than washy-type things.

Or rather, maybe a better way to put it would to ask what sort of objects knit up well with Sugar 'n Cream...since it's not exactly regarded as the highest quality cotton yarn. :)

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I am trying to make Mimi the pocket creature from knitty.com.
I need to make an I cord using 6 sts.
I know how to do it but I cant pull it tight enough.
I dont understand how you can pull it tight enough and knit the next sts.
Me--State Fair

partial blocking...

Well, I did the semi-lemming thing and made a Clapotis. I finished it tonight and will post pictures and a full report once I get this little bug worked out.

The corners where I started and finished it are rather stretched out and disproportinate. I don't want to totally block it--I like the gentle curling that it has and don't want to lose it--and I know I could do the spot blocking with a spray bottle and water, but how would I go about doing that? Spray around all the edges and block as such?

Also--it's superwash 100% wool. I shouldn't have any trouble blocking it, right?

I checked the tags and looked at the past entries--those who blocked on towels, how effective was the saran wrap between the towels and the blocked piece?

Other than that, I'm pretty pleased with how it all turned out.
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