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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Very Tall Socks" Knitty Winter '04 on: February 09, 2005 12:55:15 PM
hehe - a couple weeks ago I took my knitting needle guage to the store with me  (them home depot guys think it's a bit wierd Wink ) and stuck dowels in holes till I was happy with the results Cheesy

LOL
OMG! I thought I was the only freak that did that. The guys in my local hardware store just chuckle anymore when I come walking in with my handy dandy guage chart.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fess up, who's got a knitting blog? on: February 08, 2005 10:38:14 AM
yay. Add me! Add me! lol

I don't post in it often but am trying to post more as interesting things come up. I started it not long after I started knitting so its pretty much a knitting blog with randomness in between.

http://irishwitch.blogspot.com/

Give me time to figure it out and learn how to read the language for editing since it is not the html used here and I will be making it more improved, with luck. Or maybe more chaotic, who knows.  Cool
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice for beginner? on: February 07, 2005 06:43:01 PM
Thanks so much!  I went straight to eBay and grabbed a copy with Buy-it-Now.  I guess I should grab some basic supplies, and I'll start toying with this thing.  My mom claims that knitting is easier than crocheting.  Any truth to that?

I have been crocheting since I was 15 and thought it was fairly easy to learn. The biggest asset was to always have a book on the stitches so I could check it if I was stumped. I started knitting a few months ago because I just felt the need to learn. I didn't even know there was a 'craze' going on in knitting. Ahh, the isolation of living in the boonies in the Midwest. Anyway, I did not take classes and just bought a 'learn how to knit' kit which had two sizes of ubercheap plastic needles, a few basics such as cable needles, stitch markers (which i hate beacuse they are seriously bulky), needle ends for storing your poject and a few other things, along with a really outdated book. Between the kit and the internet I taught myself how. Much of it deals with how easy you learn by looking at instructions. I felt crocheting was easier than knitting but that is probably because it was awkard for me since I had already been doing crocheting and it felt weird to have more than one stick. I think they are pretty equal as far as being learned, but they are two different skills so take a different mindset. I haven't crocheted anything since I started knitting and am half afraid to because I am now used to knitting. I know I won't have troubles, its all a mind thing with me.  As far as personal preference. I love knitting, love it, so probalby will knit more than crochet now, however when I want to make blankets, crocheting is the queen. I can't possibly try to stick with knittnig a large blanket, it would take me decades to finish.
I don't know if that helps you any but its what I have learned thus far.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Perfect Shrug?? on: February 07, 2005 07:13:20 AM
She gave the pattern to me to translate and its in a form I am not familiar with. There are several different forms, so I am trying to track down one of my friends who I think speaks this particular form of norsk (or fries, not sure which) and owe him a favor but he is either on holiday or with his mum because he isnt paying any mind to his email or calls. I wish this were dutch because I can translate that with ease, or irish (tho that isnt a language really used much anymore, sadly) or even german or french. Wasn't it mentioned it was in french too?

At this rate, I am betting Lothruin will finish her version before I get the silly thing translated.

Anyway, that is the update on my end.
25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty on: February 06, 2005 05:23:01 PM
Sooooooooo, I was thinking, maybe I could use the 8s, and make the XXL instead of XL.  My bust measurement was exactly between the 2, so I was going to make the XL, because of all the stretchiness.  But if I've got extra spi, wouldn't that make the sweater smaller?   So I could go up a size and get started on it RIGHT NOW!!!  Because I like to do everything RIGHT NOW!!!

The pattern is incredibly forgiving in my experience. I did a guage swatch (granted it was kinda hurried and smaller than normal because I was anxious to start my first sweater) and I was on target, but the sweater felt a lot larger when I was finished than I was expecting. The ribbiness of the sweater really allows for a lot of give and it is supposed to cling to curves so I think you can get by without trouble. Thats my vote anyway. Smiley
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Neckwarmer of Looooove on: February 05, 2005 01:27:21 PM
lol
ok, so have you ever had a problem where just nothing seems to work right? You knit, you frog, you knit you frog, you figure out the problem, you knit, you finish and once finished you realize that you have yet again misunderstood something?

This is the one for me. I love the neck warmer, its darling, i have muddled through it and finished it this morning. Excitement, hurray! Then before I go to block it I test it out and realize, after comparing mine to woolgathered's picture, that I misunderstood the pattern dealing with the lace. Its too long *sob*

But I am forcing you all to look at it anyway since I am still pleased even if i am pattern illiterate.

This is the whole thing, no, i am not going to try it on, at least not yet. Pictures of me before I have taken a shower are probably illegal in some country. I havent blocked it yet, so you will have to ignore the wriggly-ness of it. And I did not do the buttonholes the same way, and in retrospect did them too far in from the edge. Live and learn, I shall do better on the next one, honest.


I got some lame buttons, I live in the midwest, to get anything cool usually means either driving 6 or more hours or doing mail order and since I am wanting instant gratification, I figured to heck with it and bought some nifty heart buttons that I thought would suit the theme. Thankfully I am terribly easily amused, so simple cheapo buttons means hours of happy fun for this witch.


Many pardons for my ubercrappiness when it comes to taking pics. I am definitely not a photographer.

Anyway, hope you all like. It knits up pretty quick once you figure out the pattern and are not an idiot like me who cant read english with any sort of proficiency. Oh, and the yarn, I just went with some cascade 220 because I had it on hand and i actually like the feel of it.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner lace pattern? on: February 03, 2005 08:02:36 AM
woolgathered has a neckwarmer that incorporates fishtail lace. I haven't done anything as far as lace and am currently working that up. When I first started, the pattern was intimidating but it is really easy once you get going and it knits up prettily.
Its an excellent project for a first lace item because of the near instant gratification and I think you could probably, if you are like the rest of the resident pattern adjusting geniuses here, easily change the pattern to make it into a shrug. Just cast on more stitches (in groups of 11) till it is the width you like and work from there.

oh, i bet you would like the link to her pattern.  Grin
http://www.woolgathered.com/lovebite.html
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Perfect Shrug?? on: January 25, 2005 10:56:00 PM
If someone manages to get the Dutch pattern, I can translate it, however, since I live in the States and my Dutch friends are male, I cannot seem to convince them to buy the magazine for me so I can get the pattern. Something about being seen by their friends buying something in the crafting section is unheard of, apparently. Goofballs. That probably isnt much help, but the offer is there if someone manages to get the mag with the pattern in it. I love the shrug so am more than williing to aid. Tho, that said, I imagine I am treading on some sort of copywrite laws by stating that.
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Neckwarmer of Looooove on: January 25, 2005 10:47:46 PM
I love this, I do believe I am going to have to try it when I get the magknits shrug finished (husband has a cow if I have too many projects running and right now I have the shrug, a pair of lounge socks, and two crocheted blankets going, one more and he will be frothing at the mouth I do believe) I have just the yarn to use for it however so am already making plans. I love your imagination, it astounds me, the ideas you come up with. Keep up the good work. Smiley

i've been tempted to make one of these, but i'm worried that i'll feel choked off in it and never wear it. does anyone else have that problem with turtlenecks and heavy scarves and things?

karenie, I dislike having things tight at my throat, but I am going to try this, I am going to gauge it up and then adjust it some so it is lose enough that I am not spazzing at the choking feeling I get with high necked turtleneck sweaters. As long as I can move it around easily and get fingers comfortably between the yarn and my skin I think I will be fine. Not sure if I will ever wear it, but hell, its cool looking so who cares  Cheesy  Grin
30  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Tempting" knitalong - Winter Knitty on: January 24, 2005 09:25:31 PM
 Xanthia, that sweater looks excellent on you. I am jealous, now I wish I would have done mine in black or dark blue instead of broad stripes of pink.

All that stressing and you look beautiful in your newly made custom, one of a kind sweater. Smiley Congrats.
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