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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern for Christina Aguilera's Sweater? on: August 24, 2007 05:03:28 PM
Habu has a kit that uses their superfine merino held together with silk-wrapped stainless steel that creates a felted jacket (kit 75 on their site), and that's what the cardi made me think of immediately.

Habu's kit is written for a large pre-felted knitted size that's seamed together first and then felted carefully to the correct size, which lets you customize how far it shrinks rather than being required to cut the fabric post-felting (which I think would change the hang of the garment in unpredictable ways).
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Having Trouble with Basic Rib Stitch on: August 05, 2007 09:27:30 PM
The other thing that really helps with ribbing is knowing how to read your stitches. With ribbing, you'll purl a stitch that shows as a purl and knit the ones that are knits.

Edge stitches are always hard to read, so go in 4 or 5 stitches and pick a stitch to look at. Pull the fabric down away from the needles and look at the yarn just under the stitch you've chosen. if there's a little bump that curves toward you, kinda like it's wrapped around the stitch from front left to back right, that's a purl. If you see a V shape right below the stitch, that's a knit stitch.

Find a few stitches that you recognize right next to each other so you can find your pattern, and then count back to the beginning of the row in pattern to figure out what your first stitch should be.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn for Nereides stole? on: August 02, 2007 05:55:11 PM
Tilli Tomas Disco Lights.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wrong side in 2x2 rib? on: July 20, 2007 01:17:27 PM
The other trick is to look for the knit stitch edges. 2x2 rib pieces are often cast on in a multiple of 4 PLUS 2 STS, which means both edges of the RS will have 2 knit sts.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attention all MALE KNITTERS!! (and any1 knitting for men) on: June 28, 2007 01:24:27 PM
Kristin Spurkland also has a new book called The Knitting Man(ual). I got the chance to see an advance copy, and there are some really great, classic-but-interesting projects that my husband liked (and he is seriously the pickiest guy on earth when it comes to clothes)

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Italian Speaking Knitters out there? on: April 11, 2007 02:04:27 PM
Parlo italiano!

PM me and I'll give you my email address.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit-for-hire fees on: February 01, 2007 10:49:59 AM
Our local emergency knitter charges $25 an hour with a minimum of $50. She's so booked with paying projects that she doesn't have time to knit for herself.

<soapbox>
Do not underestimate the worth of your own personal time. If people really want something, they will pay you fairly for it.

Knitting is a learned trade requiring considerable math and engineering skills, and we as a community need to value our time accordingly.
</soapbox>
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ssk's in entrelac on: November 18, 2006 11:24:01 AM
Usually, a loose, floppy SSK is because the slipped stitches get stretched out a little too much. There are a few alternatives that include only twisting the first stitch ( for instance, sl 1st st as if to K, sl 2nd st as if to P, insert into fronts of both sts, K), but if you want to use the standard SSK with both stitches twisted, just baby the slipped sts.

The other reason SSKs look sloppy in entrelac is that the second stitch that gets SSKd is a selvedge edge st, which for most knitters is looser than non-edge sts. To fix that, pull the first and last st of each square tighter, so that when you come back to that selvedge edge st to SSK it together with the next entrelac square, you'll be SSKing a st that's not already loose and floppy.

Those two things together should make a difference!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What have I gotten myself into? on: July 31, 2006 08:01:46 AM
moazogotl, your suggestion is just one tiny step away from being one of the smarty-pants knitting-purist bind-offs recommended for socks. Though it does require ripping back three rows and picking up a zillion stupid little stitches.... Cheesy

The sewn bind-off is a lovely thing. It's stretchy, it's easy (though a little more time-consuming) and makes an edge that doesn't flare but still fits around your heel.

Thread working yarn through darning/tapestry needle. Insert needle through first two stitches as if to purl & tighten yarn. Insert tapestry needle through first stitch only as if to knit, & tighten yarn. Slide first stitch off needle. Repeat. For in-the-round stuff like socks, leave the very first stitch of your round on the needle after the knit-wise needle insertion step, and work it again as the last stitch (so the real last st of the round becomes the second-to-last st).
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blocking Euroflax Linen on: June 26, 2006 10:49:25 AM
I'd run it through the washing machine, but then block it normally from there (pinning/stretching it into shape, and lay flat to dry). That oughta get the linen to soften up, but it'll also give you control over the shape in which the scarf dries, which is vital for getting the lace pattern to show properly.
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