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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Christmas Present Yarn on: December 26, 2011 10:27:27 AM
One skein of sock yarn should be enough for a pair of fingerless mitts. A Ravelry search for 0-150 yards of sock yarn found several patterns (41 pages of patterns in all categories actually, but some were a case of :the smallest size takes 150 yards).

Depending on your foot size you might be able to get a pair of footie socks out of 150 yards, particularly a low vamp style like these. Of course if you pick up a coordinating solid you can do something larger such as a "fakeisle" style colorwork hat or socks with a solid foot and colorwork leg (or if you match one of the colors, a solid foot and a variegated leg).

If you have any teenagers (or adults with an adventurous fashion sense) in your circle of family and friends that shimmer lime could make arm warmers or a shawlette or other accessory.

I'm rather stuck on the homespun though. Maybe a bandana cowl? It's very basic knitting, so the texture of the yarn has nothing to fight. Or a basic teapot cozy?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping track of where you are... Tips? on: December 14, 2011 08:11:55 AM
For keeping track of shaping, such as armholes, get yourself a whole bunch of removable stitch markers. They don't have to be "formal" stitch markers, paper clips, safety pins, or bits of scrap yarn in a contrasting color will work. Every time you make a decrease/increase put a marker in the last stitch of the row. That way it's really easy to see if you need to work shaping again (such as every 4th row) or if you have done enough of them yet. If you have enough markers to leave them in when you are knitting other pieces it can also help you match up the shaping later when you seam things.

Oooh! I'm definitely going to try that. I'll save my scrap yarn to mark stitches. Thanks!

For paired shaping you want to mark the first and last stitch of course. It was late when I posted and I only said last stitch. Smiley It's very, very handy to have them all marked up like that. I also feel like I've actually made progress in my knitting that way, sometimes it seems I've knit and knit for ages and not added any length to things. I tend to do the markers in the row ends thing on long stretches of straight knitting too, every 10 rows or so, so that I'm sure the parts are the same length. (Though more often i just knit the parts at the same time on the same long circular, so for me the every 10 rows thing is more "yes, I really have been knitting on this and gremlins have not been frogging it when I've been sleeping".)
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Keeping track of where you are... Tips? on: December 13, 2011 05:17:04 PM
Thanks, folks! I have been doing the hash marks and I think I'm getting better at "reading" my knitting. I also write myself notes on where I am. I just didn't know if there was something extra that I should be doing. If I start doing color patterns I will probably do the graph paper. Mostly I was struggling with having to stop part way through shaping. I guess that's what I get for trying to make a sweater for my second ever project.

For keeping track of shaping, such as armholes, get yourself a whole bunch of removable stitch markers. They don't have to be "formal" stitch markers, paper clips, safety pins, or bits of scrap yarn in a contrasting color will work. Every time you make a decrease/increase put a marker in the last stitch of the row. That way it's really easy to see if you need to work shaping again (such as every 4th row) or if you have done enough of them yet. If you have enough markers to leave them in when you are knitting other pieces it can also help you match up the shaping later when you seam things.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me out with the thumb hole please? on: December 05, 2011 10:36:02 PM
Thanks. That's what I thought, but then wouldn't the thumb hole side be longer than the rest of it all? And then make it uneven?

No, because you're still knitting across all the stitches, you just aren't joining the last stitch to the first like you do in the round. If you take a piece of paper and roll it so the sides meet to make a tube and then tape the sides together from the bottom up and the top down leaving a space with no tape between them, you'll have the same structure as the mitts in this pattern.
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me out with the thumb hole please? on: December 05, 2011 09:37:59 PM
When you get to the thumb you switch from knitting in the round to knitting flat for a bit. So when you get to the thumb you turn your work so you are looking at the inside of the tube and then slip the first stitch and purl all the way around until you get to the slipped stitch. Then you just turn the work again, slip one, and knit all the way around to the slipped stitch again. Repeat until the thumb hole is long enough, on the next knit row you start knitting in the round again by not turning at the end and rejoining the two sides of the knitting into a tube.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mario's hat? on: December 04, 2011 12:59:36 PM
Assuming you want a hat in the style that Mario wears, I'd suggest looking at Topi. In the more profile shots of Mario that seems to be the shape of his hat.

Also try searching for "engineer's cap" and see what turns up.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting a hat with 29" circular needles? on: November 24, 2011 05:01:08 PM
I know I could definitely restart the hat with the size 9 DPNs, but if there is a way to use the 29" circs, that would be even better. Any ideas?

Thanks! Smiley

Try the variation of Magic Loop that is usually called Traveling Loop. Smiley
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Alternative to Red Heart Sashay yarn? on: November 13, 2011 07:38:20 PM
Well Berroco Lacey might do, but it's 60% acrylic, 15% nylon, and only 25% wool. I suspect that you aren't going to find a 100% natural fiber in a novelty yarn like this.
29  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Made Shoes on: November 09, 2011 12:31:49 PM
Those shoes look great. May I ask where you finally found instruction? I haven't been looking too hard lately because there was no way I could afford the few classes I did find (especially when I considered travel expenses on top of the cost of the course) but I still have hope that I might someday get the stars to align in such a way that I could afford it, somehow.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Aeolain Shawl - problem with edge set up chart on: November 02, 2011 11:02:38 AM
On the right side of the repeat ln21 is 70, 4k, ssk, yo for 6sts before moving into the main repeat.  Line 23 goes yo, k6, yo for 8 sts.  Then line 25 goes yo, k7, yo for 10 sts.  But on both of the these lines with out a decrease I have an extra sts after on my needle after the 2nd yo.  Does that extra sts jump the marker to be taken up in S2KP (double centered decrease)?

There will be one stitch left after the yarn over before the repeat, it gets used in the s2kp that is immediately after the start of the repeat. This situation will continue through the main edge chart as well.
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