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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can anyone help me with Knitting Pure and Simple pattern? on: August 06, 2006 04:11:37 AM
I'm making pattern 241 (the top down v neck cardi), and I have a bit of an issue with the instructions.

I'm starting with 28 sts between two markers, and there is a set of 7 increase rows that I'm supposed to do till I get to 68 sts between markers.  I increase 8 times in the first repeat (2 sts every other row, starting increasing on row 1), then leave off the first row and increase 6 every repeat after that.  The instructions say to repeat 'rows 2 through 7' until I get to 68 sts, then work the 2nd row again, but I will get to that point in the middle of the repeats.

Just to prove the maths...
28 plus the first 8 increases=36
36 plus the set of 6 increases=42
42 plus the next 6=48
Then 54
Then 60
Then 66...
That means that I still have 4 rows left in the repeat.

I don't know about anyone else, but to me the instructions are a little open to interpretation...  Without the maths I would have read it as repeating the whole set and that I would have 68 sts at the end of row 7.  With the maths, I'm wondering whether I should just stop as soon as I have 68 sts and do row 2 and move on to the next instructions.

I feel really stupid about this - I'm definitely not a beginner knitter but I feel like it right now!  Keep in mind that I'm a Brit knitter though, and when I read Rowan patterns I find them written in a totally different way to US patterns.  I think there has been a discussion either here or on the Rowan members board that there is a big difference in the way they are written, and personally I find US patterns can be quite general compared to how explicit Rowan and other UK pattern writers are and sometimes need some more clarification with them, while I've seen some US knitters having difficulty interpreting UK patterns because of how over-complicated the instructions can get by being so explicit.  A UK pattern would be more likely to tell you which row to stop on for each sizing, hence I'm not used to having to use my brain for anything other than the stitch pattern and working out where I am!  Doing this one will do me good and stop me from being so lack-a-daisy over my knitting Wink

I'm currently inclined to go with the latter meaning, but if anyone has made this pattern themselves and can point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it!

Cheers
Bryony
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / [pic heavy] argyle socks without the fair isle. on: May 27, 2006 03:05:33 AM
I've been working on these for a while, using different yarns to try and bring out the pattern and get the stitch count right for the size...  A colleague at work brought me a Knit Picks catalogue her sister had sent her, and I saw their pattern for argyle style socks worked in a solid colour in knits and purls, and I though 'I can do that!'.  I wouldn't be able to order the pattern anyway, as I live in the UK, and it isn't worth the postage to get something like that sent over if I can write a pattern to do it myself Cheesy

And so I present my own version at last - hoorah!







It may not be all that much to write a sock pattern in the grand scheme of things, but to me, this is a big deal, because I worked it out from scratch, with my own chart, from my [comparatively limited when you look at people like Lolly] experience in sock knitting to make something I like and that fits.  So I'm pretty happy Cheesy  But I'm always willing to listen to constructive comments and feedback to improve on things, so comments are welcome!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / One Skein secret pal on: May 10, 2006 09:58:20 AM
Has anyone had their match sent yet?  We were supposed to hear by today, and I'm wondering whether hotmail has junked it  Undecided  There doesn't seem to be any update on the website, so just thought I'd check around here!

It is going to be rather good though Cheesy 
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Colour pooling in sock yarn on: January 20, 2006 01:36:58 PM
I'm knitting Jaywalkers in some handpainted yarn from a lovely company (Fyberspates) and the first sock came out beautifully with half-rows of pink blending with half-rows of green so that it is striping down the sock.  The second one has some severe pooling though.  The yarn is made up of pinks and greens, and at the moment, the green is on one side of the sock over two neighbouring needles, and the pink on the other side.  Now that I've started the main stitch pattern, it does seem to be varying slightly, with some striping on the edges of each colour block, and at the start during ribbing there was a slight move of colour in the direction of knitting, as if it would make a big long fat spiral round the leg and foot.

So, can I fix this pooling, or do I have to take it as inevitable in the nature of handpainted yarns?  Can I change the pattern of colour by casting on from a different point on the yarn?  As I said, the nature of the pattern encourages a little colour variation and striping because of the increasing and decreasing, but is this likely to help the colour move along in order to stripe more?

Any advice is greatly appreciated, as usual!

Cheers
Bryony
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The new Spun is up! on: December 30, 2005 05:46:45 AM
At last Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone used Knitpicks Sierra? on: December 05, 2005 12:08:09 AM
If you have, how does it wear?  Does it shed or pill much?  I'm thinking of getting a friend to purchase some for me for another lace leaf pullover because the Polar I used is pilling horrendously...
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for silk yarn on: November 25, 2005 11:23:07 AM
I bought 200g of aran/worsted weight variegated pink silk yarn from Hip Knits a while ago to make a OSW for a particular event, made it, and found that I'd not done the sleeves right.  It was too late to fix my mistakes before the event, so I just left it, and unravelled the yarn just now.  This stuff really is gorgeous - soft to the touch and lovely drape, so I'd love to make something to give it justice, but I need a free pattern really if possible.  I suppose the best idea for what to make would be a scarf given the amount of yarn I have, but I'm not sure what kind of style, etc.  Any ideas at all, even non scarves, would be much appreciated!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Minneapolis rocks! on: November 10, 2005 06:18:52 AM
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who made recommendations for what to do in Minneapolis and St Paul.  I'm still there - I have a couple of days left, but DB has finished the conference now, so I get to spend more time with him.  We are heading to the Childrens' Museum today to see the Japanese exhibit with Totoro and the Catbus Cheesy  I've been to the Walker Art Center, which was just stunning.  I feel so lucky to have seen some of Rothko's works (and actually the more I think about it the more I'd like to make a throw like one of his paintings).  The sculpture garden was cool too.  And Loring Park - DB and I have been several times to feed the squirrels, and have some really good pics Cheesy  I've also visited the Science Museum, which was fab - we don't have anything as interactive as that in the UK, or if we do it is for little kids, but this was excellent.  I liked the way the displays talked across to you, so worked for any age.

As for yarn shopping, I've visited Depth of Field, which I wish I could take back home with me so that they can set up a store there Wink  Bought some gorgeous stuff and spent way too much, but you can't get any of the things I bought at home, so I think I'm allowed it Cheesy  Got 3 balls of Diakeito Diamusee, 3 of Artful Yarns Candy, and 3 of these big chunky super soft 100% wool yarns, that I can't remember the name of, but are lovely soft pink.  And some needles to knit the yarn with.  And a needle felting kit.  And some magazines.  And Socks Soar on Two Needles.  Yay!  So far, despite best intentions, I've only played with what I bought, and have managed to knit the chunky stuff into a loop using two circs, and I never realised how easy it would be.  Yay!  But I love all of these.

Then I went to Crafty Planet yesterday, despite feeling like I was in the wrong place (but it was good to see some of America's suburbia, and it is lovely).  I am in love with this shop too.  The guy there says they can do mail order to the UK, which is cool (and he also helped me find bus times back to Downtown when he realised I may have missed the bus I caught there).  I bought some very very cool fabric with teeth on (sounds mad, but it is very cute, and rather funny Cheesy), an Amy Butler messenger bag pattern to use the fabric on, a skirt pattern, 4 balls of Lionbrand Landscapes in Rose Garden (I've wanted some of this for a while, but there is only one stockist in the UK, and they charge the same in dollars as in pounds, so it is much cheaper to buy here - try one dollar is 1.70 and work it out!), and a gauge counter/needle sizer.  I think that might be it...  I've heard mixed news on the Landscapes as to whether it felts or not, but I love the colour of it, so one way or another I'll find something to make out of it Smiley

I've also been impressed with how lovely the residents are, and how friendly they've been towards me, whether they realised I was a tourist or not.  I heard residents were rather reserved, and indeed someone else on DB's conference complained about the attitudes of the people here, but I've experienced nothing but warmth, politeness and chatty people.  Maybe that's because I'm english - we don't like people to be too friendly!  But when I was out yesterday going to Crafty Planet, it was really windy, and a sweet little old lady was at a crossing in Downtown with me, and made a joke about getting blown away to me Smiley  Then when I was in the suburbs having made my purchases, a lady walking her dog came up and said 'Ah, so you've been yarn shopping then!' and we started chatting about the shop and how we hoped they'd make a good go of the business (they better do - I want to order things in future from them!).  I've also been told in the Science Museum that my scarf (a mongolian woolly thing) was beautiful, had a political conversation with a barman who was just the funniest guy when he got going and was happy for us to take the mickey out of each other's political systems Smiley and had a conversation with a cashier in Target about the kind of bread I was buying (honey white if you are interested!).  Which reminds me.  Target is fab, but it was a bit surreal to be a bit jet lagged and see the British Aisle in the cosmetics section.  Boots stuff is a staple in the UK, and the prices are pretty good here, so I recommend it to you all.  Particularly the No 7 foundation (one of which is rather similar to a Clinique one but much cheaper - the one that compensates for dryness AND oiliness)...  Shame I missed the cheap yarn tho Sad

Anyway, I've already wittered on lot, but thank you everyone who contributed to my post for all your help and hints and tips.  I feel very at home here, but I couldn't have done half of it without you lot.  And if you are interested, DB has some pics up on www.daveyp.com/gallery.  Mostly squirrels at the mo, and an absolutely horrendous shot of us after we got in from 18 hours of travelling and felt very very very jetlagged...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Brit visits US shock - anyone from Minneapolis here? on: September 27, 2005 01:11:34 PM
Hoorah!  DB is attending a conference in Minneapolis at the beginning of November, and I am going with him.  There will be 3 or 4 days out of 7 where I may be on my own, and as I have only been abroad once (to Prague), I intend to take advantage of my free time, and do all the things he would never want to do (look round art galleries and museums, shop etc).  I also plan to invest in all the US yarns I've been lusting after for forever Cheesy

Does anyone who knows the city have any tips for my yarn shopping, or on anything else for that matter?  I know that we are staying at the Hilton, so I don't know if that makes a difference for me getting anywhere in the city easily, or even how big the city is!

And the subject?  That is because it will be only the second time I have flown anywhere, the second time I've been any further than Ireland to travel across water, and anywhere further than the UK basically (and I'm 28, so apparently I haven't lived all that much!  We never had holidays abroad when I was a kid, and then I never had the money once I moved out, or the time because I've always been studying when the cash has been around).  I am very very VERY excited about it all Grin

Yay!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for a throw/lap blanket on: August 19, 2005 11:35:26 PM
I have a couple of kilos of lovely, VERY cheap black 100% wool superchunky yarn, which I bought to make a throw for the bed or for when it is vvv cold (stupid northern england weather).  I bought black thinking that using it would mean that I could use it anywhere in the house, and as we redecorate, it would still go with everything (I may not have been a goth in my teens, but near as damn it Cheesy).  Problem is that, now it comes to it, I'm not sure what to do for knitting interest.  I originally fell in love with a plain garter stitch throw made in a plain colour of collinette Point 5, but that was too expensive for me - I resent paying a fortune for it when I can get something very similar and equally yummy for much less.  I thought of making squares with different stitch patterns, and then remembered that black yarn is rubbish for showing stitches.  Then I thought of doing straight forward st st squares against garter stitch squares - you see a variation in texture, but don't miss any major stitch patterns in the colour.  Maybe it would be a good way of practicing the continental method.  But that could also be really really dull.  Still at the mo it is my favourite option.

So before I take the plunge and start a neverending pile of squares (at least it is superchunky yarn, so will be a bit quicker to knit up each square!), does anyone have any better ideas?  The weather is definitely turning here - even though it was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and very hot during the day, we still needed the central heating on in the late evening - if anyone decides to take a holiday to this area, remember to bring bikinis and big jumpers at the same time...
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