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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The Knitting Pal on: December 01, 2007 04:47:27 PM
Hi everyone,

I have the opportunity to buy something called "The Knitting Pal" from someone, and I'm hoping that somebody might have some information for me on how this Knitting Pal works.
Apparently this item can speed up your knitting time dramatically, and you can use any type of yarn with it. It also come with a few patterns. I think she said 3 or 5 of them. It also comes with a few needles, clamps & 5 sections. I know of 1 person who used 1 of these in the past, and she completed a very large blanket within 3 weeks.
The person selling it is not a knitter so she can't answer any questions that I have about it.

Because I have never seen one in person, I have a few question in the hopes that somebody can help me out.
Oh, this is for the older red  one. Not the pink one apparently "As Seen On Tv".
I would greatly appreciate any input about this item if you know how it works. Or if you could explain the concept on how this all works and what it can do, that would be terrific.  Grin

# 1 - Can you use this item with any pattern?

# 2 - Do you have to use it clamped down to a table or can you use it for making smaller items, by putting it
        on your lap?

# 3 - Can I use it with all of the sections attached to one another for making wider items, by just putting it in
        my lap? Or, do I have to clamp it down?

# 4 - How do you use this to make large blankets when it only comes with 5 sections, and each section is 7
        1/2" wide? Or do I have to knit a certain width of a blanket the regular way, and then add width to it by
        using this item also?

Thanks so much for any help that you can give to me.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Best knitting book for toys? on: November 01, 2007 04:22:36 AM
Hi everyone,

I've recently opened an account at ebay and I've been scanning through all of the knitting books there. I've been searching for a good book that has a nice assortment of cute toy patterns in it.
I'd like to find a book that has regular sized toys, not the smaller ones.
And with patterns that aren't very difficult to do. The perfect scenario would be to find a great toy book where you don't have to knit the toys in pieces, with minimum sewing.
But that's not really necessary. Because if the toys are cute enough, the sewing is worth it.

Could anybody suggest a good toy pattern book?
There are probably quite a few good ones out there.
I'd like to find a good assortment of real cute ones, nothing outrageous or strange.
If you know of any like this, I'd appreciate it if you could tell me the name of the book or books. As some of you may have more than one favourite book for toys.
Thanks so much for any help that you can give me.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with patterns please. on: October 16, 2007 02:29:48 AM
Hi everyone,

Help with two patterns.

First:
I happened to find a free pattern online, that someone on here kindly mentioned. I'd be very interested in making these but, I think that I might need some help.

First of all is this: (I hope that the link works)http://www.lionbrand.com/archives/lbyarnblog4/2005/08/goodbye_yellow.html
It's for baby booties and, you might have to sign in first.
Row 8: This confuses me. As you'll see, row 7 ended with 36 stitches.
Is something wrong with row 8, or is it just me?
The numbers don't seem to jive with me.
Row 8 states: Knit 10, slip 10 stitches just worked onto one of the holders, bind off next 6 stitches, knit 3, slip 4 stitches just worked on second holder, etc....
How can I slip 4 stitches just worked on to second holder, when it says knit 3 just prior to that?
So should it say, knit 4 instead? And then, slip 4 stiches just worked on to second holder?

Or should it say, knit 3, slip 3 stitches just worked on second holder?


Ok for the same pattern farther down below T-Strap.
Near the end or Row 8, after K2 tog.
It says to, slip 1st stitch on RT needle over the last and off the needle.

Could someone kindly explain to me exactly what that means? Please?

Second:
Now for the other pattern. It was also kindly offered here on craftster. A free pattern that someone created.
Here's the link: (again, I hope it works)http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194286.0 (cabled coffee cozy)

I would like to make a few of these but, I need to make them an inch or two wider.
Rather than adding on to the edges, I much prefer to make the cables wider.
I've never done cables before so I would really appreciate any suggestions, on how I could alter the pattern for that.

Thanks so much everyone. You're all terrific!    Roll Eyes
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions for books of assorted stitch patterns? on: September 30, 2007 06:13:54 AM
Hi all,

I forgot to post this earlier, in my previous post.    Cheesy

I'm also searching for a good book, that has a lot of different stitch patterns in it.
A real good treasury book.
A book with coloured photos and, clear step-by-step instructions.
Something that will be easy to understand.
A good assortment of different stitches that, I'll be able to incorporate in to my knitting.
In other words, nice stitches that I'll probably be able to use fairly often.

If anybody could suggest a good book like that, I'd be so grateful.
Thanks to anyone who can help me out.   Grin
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where to get stitch marker rings &, a good tutorial on picking up stitches? on: September 30, 2007 05:31:43 AM
 Hello to all of you wonderful people, here at craftster.  I hope that you're all having a great day. Cheesy
I have a few questions and, I'm really hoping that you could help me out.

First of all, I bought some beads to make some stitch markers. Because the cheap Red Heart ones break on me and, the only ones available to me are in a small box with assorted sizes.
In order to get all of the sizes and number of stitch markers that I need, I'd have to buy a few boxes.
But, why bother if they're just going to keep breaking on me?

# 1 -Sorry I don't know the name of what I actually need to make my own stitch markers but, they're closed rings with smaller closed rings attached to it.
To the smaller attached closed ring, I attach my pins and beads.
BUT I need those closed rings with smaller closed attached rings, in different sizes. Mainly the most popular sizes.
As small as possible in case I want to knit up some socks, would be great.
 And in larger sizes, as well.
Definately, in the more popular sizes. Like 4 mm, 5 mm and 6 mm.
Hopefully in 1/2 sizes as well.
Would anybody happen to know of a good web site that would sell these closed rings, with the smaller closed rings attached to it?
So that I can make my own stitch markers.    Roll Eyes
And hopefully they'll also sell the pins too. Because the ones that I bought, I'm not sure if they're strong enough.
Hopefully a site that would also carry a good assortment of other knitting supplies, as well.  Possibly a good assortment of yarns and, maybe buttons too?

# 2 - Also, I'm in need of a good tutorial on how to pick up stitches.
Would anybody happen to know where I could find a good tutorial, about this?
One that shows step-by-step instructions and, has clear coloured photos?
One that is good for printing out. Very easy to understand.

# 3 - And one more thing that I was wondering about.
When it says in a pattern to pick up and knit stitches.
Do you just pick up a stitch or, do you in fact pick up the stitch and somehow knit it?
I would love a good explanation of this.   Undecided

Thank you very much everyone and I'd appreciate it if anyone could point me in the right direction, and help me out.   Grin
Have a wonderful day and, happy knitting all!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do you organize knitting magazines,pamphlets,binders, & books? on: September 20, 2007 04:44:51 AM
I have almost no storage space in our wee living room. Only 2 tiny doors on our tv cabinet. Needless to say, they're both stuffed.
I'd like to be able to keep my knitting magazines and pamphlets handy, yet organized in some way.
I would love to know how some of you, have found various ways of organizing them.  Roll Eyes

I also have some 2 inch binders, that I keep patterns in.
I'd like for all of these (as well as my knitting books), to be handy and close to my living room. Because, that is where I mostly knit.

I have a huge kitchen but hesitate to store the stuff there as, we've had problems with a leaky roof in there lately.
I do have a bit of storage space under the staircase but if anyone is sleeping, I can't access it because of the squeeky door hinge and the knob rattles.
Aha, a squirt of oil should fix the squeek.   Cheesy But, there's no light under there.  Embarrassed
I'd appreciate any suggestions that you might have, on how I could organize everything and yet still have my patterns nearby.

I really need to organize everything. I'm tired of searching all over, whenever I need a pattern. Right now I've got stuff all over the place and, I'm tired of it looking so messy.
Any suggestions?  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Free headband patterns, nice ones. on: September 18, 2007 05:42:38 AM
Hi all,
I've been searching for a nice headband pattern. I've made a couple of Panta's for the winter and now, I'd like to find a few nice headband patterns.
Not too thin but, not quite as wide as the Panta pattern.
If anybody knows of any nice and fairly easy headband patterns, I'd really appreciate any links to them.
It doesn't matter if they're a bit lacey or, seed stitch, whatever....as long as they look nice.
Thanks for helping.  Roll Eyes
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Sweet Baby Cap" pattern (link incl.) help, please. on: September 11, 2007 05:21:40 PM
Here's the link to the pattern, that I've had for quite some time now.
I've been wanting to try and knit this for my grandson but, it's quite confusing to me.
I'm hoping that somebody would be kind enough to help me out with the pattern, in a way that I can understand what they mean.
Especially when they say to do only the decreases every other round.  Roll Eyes

http://grosblog.wordpress.com/2007/05/16/sweet-baby-cap/

It states in the instructions to "Repeat these increases and decreases every other round for 8 (9) 10 more rounds.
The pattern is all one continuos line that I just don't understand.
#1 Is there a chance that someone could possibly let me know what round is what? As in: Round 1: is this.   Round 2: do that.

#2 What do I do on every other round, other than the increases, decreases? Straight stockinette stitch?

Then later in the pattern it states, "Then do only the decreases every other round until there are 7 (11) 11 stitches left.
#3 Which ones are the decrease rounds? As I mentioned before, the pattern is just one continuos line.

 #4And, do I just do a regular stockinette stitch as my every other round?

#5 Is there a way that this pattern can be adapted, for using worsted weight yarn? With worsted weight yarn, my gauge is usually 20 stitches = 4 inches. How could I adapt the pattern so that I can use my worsted weight yarn, to make a hat from this pattern? For all of the sizes listed as, these hats would make great gifts too.

I'd be so very grateful for any help that you could give to me. It's such a cute styled hat and, I'd really like to be able to make it for my grandson.   Smiley
Unfortunately, I don't understand it because of the way it's written up. I'd appreciate any help that you could give me, in order that I can understand it better. A step-by-step would be fantastic.   Cheesy

Thanks so much for your help on this and, happy knitting to all of you.  Grin
Sorry about the bold. I never know how to stop it. lol.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Saartje's Booties sizes, gauge, and using worsted weight? on: September 06, 2007 04:10:46 PM
Hi, to all of you great Craftster people.  Cheesy

I was wondering if anybody has figured out the exact sizing, for Saartje's Booties? Is the smaller size for a newborn and if so, do you have any idea on how long they could be worn for? Like, up to 3 months? Or, just for a couple of weeks? Or, are they super tiny?
Some babies have a large birthweight so maybe, they might not fit some newborns'?  Huh  Oh, and a gauge?

Secondly if anybody has made the larger sized ones' (it says 3 months?), do you have any idea on how long these will fit for? Up to 6 months? Or, just for a month?

Lastly, has anybody made these using a worsted weight yarn?
If so, would you mind sharing your gauge and finished size with me?  Smiley I'd appreciate that very much as, I prefer to knit with a worsted weight yarn.

Plus, I'd like the option of making these booties larger in size.
So if anyone has made these booties using ww yarn and got a larger finished size than in the pattern, I'd love it if you wouldn't mind sharing your info. with me.  Grin
The gauge, finished size (will fit from this age, to this age approx.).

Thanks so much, for any advice/help, that you could give to me. I'd love to have the option of making these adorable booties larger.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help please, with Elann's Pinwheel Sweater-Adult Version on: September 04, 2007 04:38:31 AM
Hi all,    Roll Eyes

I'm in the process of making Elann's Pinwheel Sweater. The adult version. I'm quite petite and I'm almost at the point where, I should be putting the holes for the sleeves. I'm on colour #4 now.
But before I get there (only a few more rounds to go), I had a few questions, in the hopes that somebody could help me out.   Smiley

(a-Was I supposed to change colours at the beginning of every 18th round? Or, at the end of every 18th round?
I changed colours at the beginning of every 18th round and yet, I'm not certain if my sleeve placements will end up being where they should be. At roughly 20 inches across.

b)-If I need to move my sleeve placement and continue to knit further along to get the right size, is that ok?
For example: I should be putting my sleeves at roughly 20 inches across the back. If where it says to place the sleeves and I'm not at 20 inches across yet, could I continue if I need to and place the sleeves at 31 sts. between increases if necessary? Or at 32 sts, or at 33 sts, as opposed to the suggested 30 sts between increases in the pattern?

c)-If I need to continue to knit further in order to get the 20 inches for my sleeve placement, won't this make larger sleeves? For example: If I need to use 31, 32 or, 33 sts between the yo's to get my 20 inches across the back, won't that make a much larger sleeve? Instead of the recommended 30 sts between each yo for each sleeve, I'd have more sts for each sleeve. That wouldn't be good for me because I'm so tiny.

d)-Is there a way to keep the sleeves the same size as in the original pattern (on the small side), if I need to continue and use 31 or more sts between yo's, to get my 20 inches across the back?

e)-When I'm ready to cast on 30 stitches (or more) using a provisional cast on for each sleeve, won't there be a couple of extra yo's left over from the previos round? If so, how do I incorporate them into the next round?  Huh It says to cast on 30 sts using a provisional cast on and yet, each previous round section is 31 sts.

f)-I will do the Provisional Cast On, using a crochet hook that's the same size as my knitting needle. How can I find out what crochet hook size I need, to match my knitting needle size 6mm? They're supposed to be of equal size.

I'm sorry to post so many questions but, this is my first piece of clothing that I'm knitting. Other than hats.  Cheesy
I'd really like to avoid what could end up being errors and nighmares for me, along the way.
Being kinda a newbie, I need all the help that I can get.  lol.
Thank you so much. I'd appreciate any help and/or advice from anybody who's made this sweater before.
Or even if you haven't, your advice could still be very helpful to me as, I don't have the experience that many of you do.   Grin

P.S.-I'm sorry that most of this showed up in bold. I don't know what I did wrong.  Undecided
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