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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Generations Purse pattern questions on: January 13, 2009 09:33:00 AM
Hi fellow knitters and Craftsters! I have a few questions about the Generations Purse pattern from Knitpicks. Link here: http://www.knitpicks.com/Generations+Purse_PD50553220.html where you can download the pdf for free. This will be my first lace project as well as first pattern following the chart (very excited about this!)

I want to be able to knit this in the round so since there is no seaming does that mean I would get rid of the first column on the left in the chart because it is a selvage stitch? I also want to have the lace both in the front and in the back (instead of a st st back): would I knit round 1 and then go back to the beginning of round 1 and repeat (and then move on to round 2)?

Thanks for your help, I want to keep my tinking and frogging to a minimum if I can help it!  Grin
32  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Peruvian Highland vs. Merino wool yarn on: November 25, 2008 12:27:34 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters! I just had a question that I couldn't really find a satisfactory answer through Google: is there a difference between Peruvian and Merino wool? I'm looking at this from the perspective of a knitter (that's why I didn't post in the Fiber arts boards). Is it just a difference for felting purposes? Is it the fleece itself used from different parts of a sheep? Is it just wool from different breeds of sheep? I feel really stupid for asking, but I'm really curious, especially if some knitters might use one type of wool, say for a hat and the other type of wool for a sweater.

Thank you very much  Smiley
33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Nintendo DS Cozy: Triforce from LoZ on: October 17, 2008 06:04:12 PM
This is my very first cozy (and you can probably tell, too!). I just knitted it up in Stockinette stitch with a garter stitch border... I don't think I did enough edging so it's still curling...oh well.  This was also the first thing I really had to seam too. The Triforce looks a bit...wide...because I only had so many stitches to work with. But that's ok, the bigger the better Smiley

I used leftover Vanna's choice (linen color) from a scarf I made and I bought some Caron's Simply Soft for the Triforce using duplicate stitch (also my first attempt at that, and it was SUPER EASY and I will definitely be doing that again!) I also used size 8 needles.

I was inspired by Okia419 (thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=273371.0). Okia was also the one who mentioned duplicate stitching to me as well. She was very inspiring and I am very thankful!  Grin)

One of these days I will be able to shed my newbie knitter status Wink

Anywho on with the pics..

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First *finished* project: Garter stitch scarf! on: October 01, 2008 01:02:19 PM
This is technically my 2nd knitting project, but it is the first one I've finished. I'm not gonna lie: I'm pretty proud of it, I think it came out great! I actually made it for my fiance, and he seems to like it as well (which is what really matters to me).

I used the "Perfectly Pink Scarf" pattern in my Learn to Knit book. It called for size 8 needles, which I think are a perfect fit for my small hands. I decided to get bamboo ones to try them out, and I think I'm pretty much sold on these. I ended up using Lion Brand Vanna's choice in olive green, espresso (it looks blue in these pictures) and ivory!

The garter stitch got to be a little tedious, but it felt like I could get a lot done in one sitting. The color changing was a great newbie experience for me! The only thing is, this was a pain in my rear end to finish: weaving all the ends in was soooooooooo annoying!!! I did end up carrying the brown yard with the ivory, but still there were like 2 yarn ends for each color change and then there were 7 sets of stripes on each side!

Well, anyways. Here are the pics. Thank you for looking! Comments and creative criticism are always welcome in my book! :-D

Pic 1: Modeling in my PJ's. This way you can see the length/width with perspective.

Pic 2: Close up. Sorry for the blurriness. Our digicam sucks. That is actually a dark brown color, not blue. The green was also a little darker than in the pic

Pic 3: Showing the scarf folded on the couch

Pic 4: Another showing, only you can see the horrible job I did weaving in the ends Smiley
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Project: Half a Pillow! on: September 06, 2008 08:37:25 PM
Hello fellow Craftsters! This is my very first project, a Chunky Checks pillow! Technically it is only half of the pillow and there are several reasons why I only did half of the project which I will get into later in this post. The pattern I used was from Learn to Knit in Just One Day by the American School of Needlework. I bought this because not only did it have instructions to teach knitting but it also has a bunch of easy/beginner patterns to choose from! So without further ado, let me present the pictures!

I definitely like the wrong side pattern better than the right side of this. I'm pretty sure it is because of the thick yarn. If I had the right weight it would have looked better on the right side (which is the point, right?)

Here are the reasons why I did not actually finish the other half of the pillow:
1.) I ended up getting *too* bulky of a yarn. I got the brand and the color that the pattern used as their example,  but not the weight. It is way too big to be a pillow because of this (around 25" square!) I'm thinking of stuffing it to make a triangle-like pillow so it doesn't totally go to waste, but we will see.
2.) I didn't want to go buy more of the same bulky yarn to make the other half. I got the recommended amount of balls, but because the weight was too big, I would have had to buy more and since I wasn't going to have a pillow that big, I decided it was a waste of money. Besides, that money could be spent on new yarn for my next project! Smiley
3.) Now that autumn is approaching in New England, I really wanted to get going on one of the scarf or shawl patterns, considering heating the house is going to be a b*tch this winter.

So those are pretty much the reasons. Since this was my first knitting project, I feel like I should say what I learned.
1.) Check and double check the weight of the yarn when you are in the craft store
2.) Don't be lazy and do a gauge swatch (I really wanted to get started and because I'm REALLY slow, I was eager to see a finished project...but now I know better Smiley )
3.) Learned how to hold my hands and the yarn better as I went along. I think the technical term here is yarn tension (?)
4.) Learned how to change yarn

So all in all it was a good 1st project...if you can have a first project that isn't technically finished.

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