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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can I make with Sock Yarn besides socks??? on: May 14, 2010 01:20:09 PM
Definitely sign up for ravelry, you can search patterns based on yardage and yarn weight, as well as see what other people have made with that exact yarn. It's great for when you spur of the moment buy some yarn without plans for it and work backwards to find a pattern.
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3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitter Wish List? on: May 10, 2010 11:12:58 AM
Elizabeth Zimmerman has good books,  they tend to be about design and customization. You might want a stitch dictionary. You could also ask for some sort of yarn that you don't have easy access to, like cotton or silk.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tension - Is There A Wrong Way? on: May 10, 2010 11:11:12 AM
I think as long as you are pretty consistent, it shouldn't matter how tightly you knit because you can take it into account when you check gauge. As long as you can do the stitches, it's preference.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitter Wish List? on: May 05, 2010 07:42:54 AM
I would suggest a set of interchangeable circular needles, so you easily get every combo you might need, and most of the sets have end caps so you can use them as straight needles too. If you plan on either doing garments or lace, a blocking board/set might be nice too. Nice scissors, a tapestry needle or two, and a quality tape measure are pretty important. I've told my husband that for my upcoming birthday, the best thing would be to look at my Ravelry queue and see which patterns need to be purchased; as I'm less likely to buy them for myself than I am to buy yarn.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn Storage Woes on: April 26, 2010 06:30:54 AM
This might not be helpful, but I put (some of) my stash in a large tupperware container and then cover it with a tablecloth and use it as a night stand. This way it is out of the way and doesn't look messy, but as a nightstand, I'm ensuring that the only things on it are my alarm clock and maybe a book, so it's always easy to get into the container.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stash-busting first afghan with LOTS of personality on: April 08, 2010 05:23:14 AM
You chose yarns that look amazing together, and made smart choices about which colors to go next to  each other. This looks really planned, not a stash buster at all. Success!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on a knitted teddy bear pattern on: April 07, 2010 07:47:01 AM
No problem. It is "6 foll 6th" rows that is the problem. A lot of knitting patterns have shorthand like this, or they ask you to do two or three things at the same time, and I've found that I can wrap my brain around it best if I sit down and write it all out longhand, no matter how annoying and boring it is.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stuck on a knitted teddy bear pattern on: April 07, 2010 06:06:32 AM
you knit 10 rounds, then you do the next instructions all the while keeping it in garter stitch. Since this is flat knitting, garter stitch is knitting every row.
the instructions expanded are:

knit the 10 rows.
Row 11: knit the stitches, increase at end of row.

Row 12,13,14,15,16: knit
Row 17: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end
row 18,19,20,21,22: knit
row 23: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end
Row 24-28: knit
Row 29: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end
Row 30-34: knit
Row 35: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end
Row 36-40: knit
Row 41: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end
Row 42-46: knit
Row 47: knit the stitches and increase 1 at end

Now you should have 36 stitches on the needle, and something that is beggining to look like a bear tummy.
Knit seven more rows in garter, no increasing or anything
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie stuck at first slipper on: April 07, 2010 05:58:43 AM
They're telling you how to arrange the stitches on the needles. It may end up being easier to increase and/or decrease this way, it looks like you could use markers to separate groups of stitches if you wanted to follow it exactly but it probably wouldn't matter if you ignored them, either.
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