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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dumb cast-on question on: January 30, 2008 04:34:18 PM
Thanks...but now I have another question!  Does the twisted german cast-on create the first row of stitches like long tail does?  And if so, does it look weird if you're doing a hat pattern that goes straight into ribbing? 

Thanks again!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Dumb cast-on question on: January 30, 2008 02:17:03 PM
Hi all!  I'm about to knit my first hat, and I think I've managed to psych myself out about casting on.  I pretty much use cable cast on for everything, but I'm reading conflicting info about whether it's good for things like hats.  Some people seem to find it very stretchy, others find it too firm.

Thoughts?  I don't know how to long tail cast on, so it's pretty much between cable cast on and perhaps knit cast on.

Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Oops! Earflap Hat on: January 28, 2008 03:06:55 PM
I love it!  My ears are always cold too...do you have a pattern for this? 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can't seem to get ribbing right on: January 13, 2008 07:40:32 AM
Yup, that did the trick!  Thanks!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can't seem to get ribbing right on: January 11, 2008 08:37:35 PM
I'm trying to knit a Calorimetry, but I'm having trouble getting it to turn out ribbed -- I keep ending up with some sort of strange seed stitch variant.  It's not until I get to the 2nd set of short rows that the ribbing shows up.  I have NO idea what I'm doing wrong.  I've done ribbing before, but no matter what I seem to do, I keep getting this strange stitch instead of ribbing.

I've tried casting on 88 & 90 stitches, thinking that maybe when I turn the work, that's causing me to go off pattern, but neither has worked.  I've now frogged this 4 times, and I'm super frustrated.

Any tips?  This project is going to drive me insane!

Thanks.
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Great Knit Cloth-along of 2008 on: January 08, 2008 08:31:21 AM
I'm in!  I've already done 2 this year, but both were really basic, so I'm hoping to push myself more.

Dulcinea, that's a great idea for a gift -- I've been wanting to try soapmaking for a while.  kbauer, I hope your carpal tunnel isn't as serious as it sounds...I hope you're pain free soon!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I got a Ravelry! on: January 05, 2008 06:38:11 PM
I just got my invitation a couple of days ago, and am likewise friendless!  I'm Bustergordon over there...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: my hubby want's to learn to knit. here's why! on: January 04, 2008 03:58:19 PM
My husband saw all the stuff I knitted for Christmas this year and said to me last weekend that he wanted to learn.  I was so pleased!  I'm hitting the Michael's sale this evening to buy him some inexpensive yarn to practice on.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS etiquette on: January 04, 2008 03:56:22 PM
I'm jealous of you guys with your good LYSs!  I have a shop that's right around the corner from my office, but it's mostly older ladies that both work there and shop there and they aren't terribly friendly.  I even tried to go to a "drop-in" where you pay them $20 and they will help you, but they weren't terribly helpful.  They don't even really want to help you by looking in the back if there aren't enough skeins of a particular color!

Luckily, I found another shop that's further away that's full of younger people and where the employees are super friendly.  It's tougher because when I get stuck on something, I have to wait & plan a trip, but the shop just has a friendlier "vibe" and they're much more willing to encourage and help newbies like me.

I started knitting in London, and the local department store had a Rowan rep who would do free drop-ins and free classes all the time with zero pressure to buy.  I got really dependent on those and totally miss that environment!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you store your stash & supplies in? on: December 27, 2007 09:07:56 AM
Lots of good ideas here...thanks!  I have a storage chest that unbelievably is empty right now...I may claim it before hubby realizes what is going on. 
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