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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn substitution (lace) on: October 17, 2007 04:48:18 AM
So, I've been pondering about this for a while:

If there's a shawl pattern that calls for, say, 450 yds of lace weight yarn, how much worsted (or dk) weight yarn would I need for the same pattern? I know (and possibly want) that the shawl/stole will be bigger with a heavier yarn, but I'm thinking I'd need more yardage than called for in the lace weight....?

I'm just wondering about stash usage and want to sub some 'heavier' yarn for a few of patterns...
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sun Ray Shawl & Simple Knitted Bodice on: October 15, 2007 10:40:55 AM
Got 2 for ya today. They've been finished, but I didn't get to take pics until today.

Sun Ray shawl (elann), in Du Store Aplakka Faerytale

I'm very proud of this one, for 2 reasons; it's my first lace AND I didn't make any mistakes along the way (a miracle, if you ask me!)

Simple Knitted Bodice, in Tilli Tomas Aspen/Flurries (this yarn is as soft as cashmere!)


PLease excuse the pics - I don't have the technique down for taking pics of myself, as you can clearly see.... It's still un-blocked, but I'll get to that this weekend, I think.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need some pattern/chart help on: October 11, 2007 04:01:32 AM
So, I've found a few lacy stitch patterns I want to make into shawls/tops etc. My question is this;

If the pattern is say a multiple of 12 + 3 (or 11 + 7), how do I make that into a pattern for something? Often the +3 (or whichever number applies) sts are just knit sts (which makes it easier), but in some cases they're not (they're necessary). I guess this is where I have issues figuring it out.  Undecided  There's also one stitch explanation I need to look up and add here, because it didn't make sense to me  (kinda looks like an upside down k2tog/ssk  -/), otherwise, I'm thinking knittinghelp.com would have a double decrease on their list, right?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Opinions on yarn usage needed! on: October 08, 2007 05:25:06 PM
Ok, so I'm hoping I'm the only one who doesn't go crazy with the yarn buying, only to forget what I had planned for said yarn (stupid me for not writing it down!). So, I need some suggestions on what to make with yarn I have lots of (we're talking sweater amounts in each color). My stash is way too big and needs to be knit into something soon!

Cascade Eco Wool (2 sk ea color)
Cascade Sierra (5-7 sk ea color)
Valley Berkshire (5-14 sk ea color)
Rowan Calmer (10 sk ea color)
Malabrigo worsted (7 sk ea color)
Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (10 sk ea color)
Sugar n Cream - 3 huge balls of variegated color
Du Store Alpakka Faerytale (5 balls ea color - 192 yds per ball)

Oh, and would 600 yds worsted weight yarn be enough for a smaller shawl? I could always add edging in another yarn...right?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Elann's Luna Moth Shawl on: October 08, 2007 04:43:47 AM
I might have an aha-moment at some point, but I'm asking anyways:

When the pattern gets past the base rows (past row 34) it says to work the pattern repeat as many times as necessary. (you're supposed to repeat rows 15-34 5-6 more times). My question is how do I know when to work in those repeats? It may seem silly, but since there are several stitches both before and after the repeat itself, I'm currently at a loss as to how that repeat will fit in. Huh

http://elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=228024

Has anyone knitted this one (I didn't find it in the Knitalong section) and can clarify for me?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / To My fellow Knitters on: October 06, 2007 05:33:20 AM
I just have to say that you've become invaluable to me! I can't even begin to say how much I've learned since coming across Craftster, and how much inspiration we all provide here....LOVE it!  Kiss  It's so great to have a place like this to *run* to when I need help, since it's way too *dangerous* for me to run to my LYS...hehe. Tongue

Kudos to all (including Craftster itself, of course)! Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing questions for all you sewing gurus :) on: September 30, 2007 06:36:14 AM
Ok, so the sweing experience I have is from home ec classes in elementary school (about 15+ yrs ago). I did fairly well there, but after being bit by the knitting bug, I want to pick this sewing business back up, too. So here are my questions (and think of me as brand new to this, but I do learn quickly):

If I find that my sewing machine does NOT work, can I do the sewing by hand? Someone gave me the sewing machine, but I have yet to try it out.

Would it be immensly difficult for me to follow, say a Vogue pattern (e.g. a pattern bought at JoAnn)?

Would it be wishful thinking for me to think that I can alterate my existing clothing?

I'm probably more interested in making dresses and skirts in the beginning, but may branch out once I get the hang of it. And I do have a slight tendency for biting off more than I can chew - I'm working on that one, though.  Grin
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Questions for those who dye...cashmere! on: September 23, 2007 08:43:05 PM
1. What do you use to dye your yarn? (I've been reading about the koolaid)

2. Dare I dye my cashmere? It's a natural color (cream), and I'm not into white, which is why I can't remember why I got it in the first place. Oh wait, because it was ridiculously cheap (for cashmere, mind you), nevermind. hehe Cool

I just don't want to get all excited about dyeing with koolaid, until I can confirm that this is in fact possible (that it will take the dye well), etc. etc. Undecided  I was thinking maybe a red (black cherry koolaid) or purple (grape something)...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Give me ideas for this cashmere on: September 21, 2007 03:49:10 AM
So, I've had about 1200 yards of worsted weight casmere (natural cream color) in my stash for a while - and I don't know what to do with it. I'm kinda feeling it needs to be knit into someting special... Any ideas? (I don't want a hat or mittens out of this, but a garment). Huh Smiley
10  UNITED STATES / Virginia / Knitters (and craftsters) in NoVa? (Alexandria City) on: September 18, 2007 07:47:53 AM
Anyone? I'm unemployed and using it to knit like it's going outta style (so I can meet during work hours now), but when I get a job I'll have to meet on the weekends. Anyone up for it? (PM me in case I forget all about this post!) Tongue
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