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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock yarn sub. on: November 13, 2011 03:32:30 PM
My father in-law is the most impossible person to buy for and now it turns out he's impossible to craft for! So since he owns everything and wants to not I decide to make him a nice cozy pair of socks for Christmas. Finding a pattern is going to be hard enough but my big problem is that he hates the feeling of wool and can't stand to have it touching him. even my super soft merino sock yarn. I know I can make socks from cashmere or silk or something, but I want a fiber that will stand to wear and a few washes and that can preferable be washed in a machine. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend hours knitting a pair of socks he 1. won't wear or 2. won't last very long.

Thanks for your help!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bloody nails on: October 25, 2011 03:37:52 PM
My fh is being a doctor for Halloween and I decided to be a nurse to match. I only had a few problems, a regular nurse is boring and a sexy nurse is overdone. So I'll be a sexy (he picked the costume) nurse who's been bloodies up a bit.


To do these you pain your nails any base coat. I did white. then you dip a straw into the red nail polish and blow it out onto your nails. It makes a huge mess but looks awesome. Then add the top coat once it's dry so it'll last longer.These have lasted for over half a week now with only 2 chips but I think I'll re do them thursday for the Halloween party we're having Friday.
I'd love to see it if anyone else does these.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / First time spinning - Question on: October 23, 2011 09:00:42 PM
SiI got a bunch of roving and finally pulled out my top whorl drop spindle and just started spinning. I only did a little at first because after I started a worsted type weight single, I decided I want to do a fingering weight single to self dye and knit a shawl from it. So I wound my little bit of worsted into a hank and it looks like this:

I know I need to wash it in hot water to set the twist, but it looks a but too twisty to me. Is that the problem? Does it get less twisty and look more smooth and yarny after washing it? Or for my next one do I twist it less before wrapping it under the whorl?

Any tips and advice would be great. I can't wait to start my fingering weight, but want to know what I did wrong with this one first. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Itchy help on: October 20, 2011 09:59:48 PM
I'm knitting the burnished tunic (it's in the KAL) with Bernat Alpaca. It's 70% acrylic and 30% alpaca and I can only knit with it for a short amount of time because it starts to make my fingers itchy. I know I'm nor allergic to alpaca, I think it's just bothering me more because of my tension is tighter, but I'm wondering if it's itchy while knitting with it, is it going to be unbearably itchy to wear. If so, is there anything I can do to make it less itchy (besides adding fabric softener to the water when I wet block it)?

Thanks for the advice! I really won't want my first sweater to be too itchy to wear.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitting stitch counters and markers (Pic chubby) on: October 20, 2011 09:52:32 PM
So I decided to post this here instead of in the jewellery and trinkets section because they have to do with knitting and I'm looking for a knitters opinion on them.

I've seen these wonderful looking stitch counters on etsy and decided to make them myself instead. I'm a big fan and made 3 in one night The pink dragon one, green frog one, and a dark and light green one with a cat charm for my aunt. The counters are made of 10 hoops with a bead in-between the hoops and a charm at one end so you can know which end you started from. You basically put it on the needle at the first hoop and change to the next each round to count in multiples of 10, great for knitting in the round!

Since I had already made a mess and had left over supplies, I decided to make some stitch markers. First I made them out of some Alice in Wonderland inspired markers I had from one of my first swaps. I decided I liked the hoop instead of the clips for my knitting. Then I made a halloween set. Then I went overboard and decorated a clip with matching beads so I can keep the sets together and for the Halloween one I made an extra clip stitch marker for the end of the holder so I had 6 markers.

I love knitting with these, even though the counters are a bit fiddley (It sucks when it falls off the needle before you can go up or down a loop for the next row number)
(Please ignore the scratches in the leather couch from the cat)


Alice set is this, drink me, a cat, tea bag, cup of tea, mushroom, and an ace of hearts.

Dragon counter with pink dragon's eggs

Froggy counter

Part of my alice set

Halloween set

The witch one I made from earrings so I have a significantly different marker for the beginning of a round

Action shot of the counter.

Now these are simply to make, I love using them, and I enjoyed making them but I can't decide if I should put them in my etsy shop or not. I'm not trying to sell to anyone, I'm just asking opinions.

Is this something you would buy? Or would you just make it yourself or use standard ones? I was thinking I i do sell them they would be about $12 for a counter or a set of stitch markers. Any advice, comments, would be great!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twilight: My first pair of socks (they don't sparkle) on: October 10, 2011 08:20:02 PM
It took me about a month and 12-20 hours (I didn't count since they were knit on the bus and other odd places) I finished my first pair of socks! And I've been bitten by the socks knitting bug! I used the twilight pattern from the two-at-a-time socks book and I've learnt a few things. I now have my two skeins of yarn in a ziplock bag with two holes out the bottom. This way they can't roll around and get tangled which was the hardest part of knitting 2 socks at a time.

I also got stuck on the gusset decrease because I didn't read and wasn't sure which part of the sock was the instep so I had to put them down for a few days before I decided I should read the instructions. So I got that down and then it was all good. My favourite part was turning the heel though. It was like magic. I was just knitting along and BOOM! heel is done.

I made a few changes to the pattern. First, I shortened the ribbing because I got bored and wanted to get on with my socks. I also shortened the leg because I prefer ankle socks. But I knitted a medium size which turns out, is a size 10 mens and not a size 9 women's so I had to give them to my fiancee. Good thing I didn't knit my first pair in pink! Now I'm going to be knitting a second pair for my grandpa because he would really appreciate them. The stitch pattern is quite unisex, it really depends on the colour way you decide on and my fiancee thinks they're more fun than other boring men's socks and loves them! I guess I'll have to see how long they last since he goes through other socks quite quickly.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / K2TOG (knit 2 together decrease) *tutorial* on: October 02, 2011 09:54:18 PM
The knit two together is a right slanting decrease. It's super easy to work and is one of the more popular decreases.
Here's the set up. The stitches we'll be knitting together are the two on the left needle:

You're going to insert your right needle into the left side of the left most stitch on the left needle (lots of lefts right?? Tongue) Then you're going to knit. In other words, you're going to treat these two stitches as a single knit stitch.
In process shot:

And this is what it looks like when you're finished:

Yay! Now that you've handled all of those lefts you've got yourself a handy right slanting decrease.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / SSK (slip slip knit) *Tutorial* on: October 02, 2011 09:44:29 PM
The slip slip knit is a left slanting decrease. It's actually quite easy but I had a hard time understanding until I saw how it was done. So here it is!

Slip the first two stitches from your left needle to your right needle:


Then insert your left needle into the twi stitches on your right needle then wrap your yarn around your right needle as you would for knitting and knit the twi stitches together:


Ta Da! You're done. It's not all that confusing, right? Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Headband pattern help (it's for a swap partner!) on: October 01, 2011 08:31:23 PM
My partner really wants this knitted headband. And it looks simple enough but I have no clue what it's telling me to do!
It's free so here it is:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=86&d_id=10&lang=us

any help would be awesome as I really want to make this for her.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Right Slanting Cable *Tutorial* on: October 01, 2011 04:33:18 PM
Cabling with the cable needle in the back causes a right slanting cable. When used together with the left slanting cable you can create a variety of different cable patterns.
I will be C6B: Cabling 6 stitches with the cable needle in the back.
That is what it looks like before you begin:

Slip the first three stitches from your left needle onto the cable needle and hold it at the back of your work:

Knit the next three stitches from your left needle while ignoring the cable needle:

This is what it looks like after knitting your first three stitches:

Now knit the three stitches from the cable needle while ignoring your left needle:

This is what it looks like after knitting the 6 stitches and completing the C6B:

And when paired with the C6F you get this pattern. Simple chunky cable:


Hope this helps Smiley
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