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11  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Rogue along for FEB and beyond on: January 27, 2005 10:39:58 AM
How about Rogue?  I've had the yarn and pattern for months and I need a little ooph to get going...
12  UNITED STATES / Utah / yarn stores in SLC or Snowbird? on: January 25, 2005 02:14:52 PM
Hi,
I'm going to a conference in March in Salt Lake City and Snowbird.  In Salt Lake I'll be staying at the Hilton downtown (I guess near Temple Square).  Anyway, I'm sure there will be SOME downtime between talks, and I was wondering if there are any yarn stores or other neato places I should see that I can get to and from in under an hour with no car?
I realize that Snowbird is less likely, being a ski resort and all, but I still have hope.....
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Leftovers" vest from knitty (Winter 04) on: January 25, 2005 07:32:34 AM


I'm doing the TKGA Master Knitter program, and for level 2 you're required to knit a vest with picked up stitches around the neck and armholes.  I'm not too crazy about sweater vests, but I think this one turned out pretty ok looking. 

In the true 'leftovers' spirit I used 2 yarns from my stash - the dark purple is Cascade Lana d'Oro (50%wool, 50% alpaca, discontinued) the light is Briggs & Little Regal in 'Fundy Fog'.  I modified the pattern a little - I changed the shoulders to a 3 needle bindoff over 6 sts (so I skipped the final row of shaping) and I made the bottom ribbing shorter (because I was afraid I was going to run out of the dark purple yarn)
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted laptop case with initial and sublime stitching! on: October 30, 2004 08:38:05 PM

I basically used the Knit Wit pattern - I cast on the number of stitches for the larger case, and then knit plain (but with the intarsia C, and I knit it flat) stockinette, I did the flap in garter stitch.  I also made a pocket for the power supply.  Then I felted both pieces down.  I embroidered the kitty from Jenny Hart's Stitch-It Kit on the pocket, then sewed that pocket on.
It came out the right size for my cousin's iBook - which is not inside in this pic.  The felting makes it nice and cushy.

15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 color shaker rib tutorial -it's reversible! on: October 24, 2004 10:19:44 AM
Ok, here's something I just 'unvented'.  i know it already existed somewhere, but I couldn't find instructions for it. 
here's how it looks:

Notice the two sides are both two colors of verticle stripes, but the two sides look slightly different.  It's shaker rib, but with nifty striping.

it can be done in the round or flat, either way requires a circular needle.

In the round:
Color A: Cast on even number of stitches.  Join round, knit one round.  Attach color B
Round 1: With Color B, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 2: With Color A, * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 forever.

Flat is a little more complicated.  (and I haven't road tested it, so let me know if it doesn't work)
With color A, cast on even number of stitches on a circular needle. Do NOT join round.  Knit one row.  Attach color B
Row 1: With Color B, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of row.  Slide work back to other end of circ.  Pick up color A.  (A is at the opposite end of the row from B, which is why you did the slidey thing)
Row 2: With Color A,  * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of row.  Pick up color B. (A & B are on same end)
Row 3:  With Color B,  * P1 in row below, P1.  Repeat from * to end of row. Slide work back to other end of circ.  Pick up color A.  (A is at the opposite end of the row from B, which is why you did the slidey thing)
Row 4: With Color A, *K1, K1 in row below. Repeat from * to end of row.  Pick up color B. (A & B are on same end)
Repeat rows 1-4 forever.


Helpful hints:
once you've got the rib established (after a few rows/rounds) it gets really easy to keep track.  You always do the 'in the row below' stitch in a column whose color matches your working yarn.

When you're working into the stitch in the row below, you'll bemoving 2 loops of 2 different colors over your needle when you pull them off after working the stitch. 

If one of your colors is black, don't cast on with the black.  It's way too hard to see what you're doing on that first row of the other color. 

Knit into the row below:Purl into the row below:
Insert right needle into stitch below the next stitch on the left needle (which will be the color of your working yarn) and knit.  Notice that the column of stitches below this stitch are green, the color of the working yarnInsert right needle into stitch below the next stitch on the left needle (which will be the color of your working yarn) and purl.  Notice that the column of stitches below this stitch are black, the color of the working yarn.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 2 color shaker rib? on: October 23, 2004 02:53:01 PM
Does anyone know of a source for 2 color shaker rib (obviously, free is better)?  i saw it somewhere and can't remember where - it wasn't in one of my books though.  argh.  I really want to do a hat (so that the ribs are one color and the recesses are another) in this.  I guess I could just do corrugated ribbing, but as I understand it the 2 color shaker is reversible.  Which is cool.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seaming seed stitch on: October 18, 2004 01:03:32 PM
Ok, so I have to do an invisible seam (i.e. matress stitch) on seed stitch.  Has anyone done this?  Do you just do it like you do garter stitch?
I would really appreciate any pointers, especially to websites or books that I can reference (It's for the TKGA Master Hand Knit program - level 2!) I need to not only do it perfectly, but justify the way I did it.
Any and all help appreciated!
Thanks.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit Wit by Amy Singer - Book Review on: October 04, 2004 11:19:39 AM
I went to the book launch party on Saturday, so not only do I have this book, but it's signed!

Anyway, haven't done anything in it yet, but I've looked through it, so here's the rush review:
Nothing looks too hard, it's mostly easy projects
Some but certainly not all, of the projects are also on knitty.com.  Some of the book versions of knitty projects are slightly altered.
The form factor is great - it's really cute, and it's designed to stand up so you can knit and read the pattern at the same time.
There's a chapter on knitting with nontraditional stuff - leather cord, gimp, etc.
There's one really attractive guy's sweater in it that I just might brave The Curse for.
Each pattern also has a knitting tip from the pattern designer.
Some of the more unique patterns - watter bottle sling, laptop case, yoga mat bag, & ice cream cozy (but not as cute as this one)
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / super easy, super stylish railroad yarn scarf (pattern included) on: September 30, 2004 03:33:46 PM
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/railroad_scarf.jpg

Looks excellent as a stylish accesory with a black top.

1 skein railroad yarn (bernat matrix, berroco mosaic, whatever you can find)
Size 9 needles (5.5mm I think) or size needed to obtain neato texture

CO 12 sts.  Work in garter st (knit every row) until scarf measures about 45"
For fringe cut pieces 25" long, and loop through ends of scarf in groups of 3 strands. (makes about 12" fringe)
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / wraparound sweater from Fall 04 Vogue Knitting on: September 13, 2004 02:18:57 PM
It's design number 4, but I did it in lana d'oro instead of the fuzzy yarn they used.
http://psycserv.mcmaster.ca/~domingm/craft_pics/purplesweater2.jpg
Please ignore the deranged expression on my face - it was taking my boyfriend waaaay too long to take the picture.
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