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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have oil. . . need advice on: October 07, 2008 12:43:33 AM
Do you have a manual for your machine? Mine tells me exactly where to oil it (but doesn't specify "regularly" either).

My mother's machine has red dots marking the places that need to be oiled. I think all the parts where metal moves against metal need to be oiled, with one or two drops.

Maybe someone who actually knows what they're talking about will chime in and give you better advice.  Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 15, 2006 01:09:46 AM
I hear you all on the ageism thing! I mean, I don't feel all that young any more at 30, and I have 20 years of knitting experience, but try to explain that to some of my 40-60 year-old LYS-customers.  Roll Eyes I work at a yarn store, they didn't hire me because of my pretty smile, goddamnit!

But that's not LYS-specific, as others have already pointed out. When I used to work at the bookstore, people would never believe what I said, but if my manager repeated the exact same thing to them, they would accept it without discussion. *sigh*

I'd also recommend speaking up when you are treated badly by a LYS employee. I bet some of them don't even realize they come off as patronizing snobs, and the rest of them need to be told it's not okay to treat customers like that.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 12, 2006 08:04:30 AM
Annkari, does your shop have website?

Yes, it does, but unfortunately, the English version doesn't work yet. The German website can be found here:

www.wolle-lueschen.de

I'm surprised to read so many bad experiences with LYSs. How do these people stay in business if they alienate a large part of their customer base by making them feel uncomfortable? No wonder lots of people order their yarn online nowadays.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 12, 2006 12:45:18 AM
Yupp, all LYS owners and employees are arrogant yarn snobs with no interest in helping beginners whatsoever.

That was the answer to "ideally tell you you're not alone." But seriously, if it were true, I doubt that very many LYSs would manage to stay in business for long. If you don't help novice knitters in the early stages of their knitting career, make them feel welcome and show them how much fun knitting can be (no matter what yarn or pattern you use), where will the next generation of customers come from?

I'd recommend the LYS I work at, but I guess you won't be in Germany any time soon. Cheesy Wherever you live, there is bound to be a LYS with a nice and understanding staff who will be more than willing to help you find what you need. And just because they are more experienced than you and have developed different yarn preferences, doesn't mean they're snobs and out to make you feel bad about your knitting. Maybe, just maybe, they want to help you learn something about the craft we all love.

But of course there's nothing wrong with buying from the discount bin at all. If you're happy with the yarn you can get there, and your projects turn out the way you want them to, and you're having fun with sticks and needles, everything is a-ok. No need for shame.  Smiley
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Candle Flame Shawl & Another Lady Eleanor on: October 24, 2006 03:15:53 AM
The link works for me:

Candle Flame Shawl

Yours looks gorgeous!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: length for back of size large knitted vest? on: January 14, 2006 11:43:01 AM
You're asking about width, not length, right? Your subject line is a tad confusing.  Wink

What does the pattern specify for size L? Surely it gives you the finished measurements for the vest? If you're getting the correct gauge, and cast on the correct number of stitches, you should be fine. And 25" does not sound "incredibly wide" for a size L to me. Seems like you're underestimating the measurements of us fatties.  Grin
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is the difference between ssk & k2tog? on: December 16, 2005 02:43:46 AM
Here's a great website that explains the different decreases and shows you what they look like:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/decrease.php
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: November 04, 2005 04:00:25 PM
The only time I knit for other people is when I make surprise gifts. It usually takes me a long time to finish a project because I'm always working on several of them, so I don't want anyone who is waiting for an item breathing down my neck.

When I'm asked to knit something, I tell people that I charge double the material costs. The next question is usually how much that would be, and the answer tends to shut people up.  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Branching Out scarf knit-along on: October 30, 2005 09:16:33 AM
I cast on for this scarf yesterday evening and have spent most of today knitting it. I've done eight pattern repeats so far, and I love this pattern! The yarn I'm using is New Kid by Lana Grossa (50% mohair, 50% microfibre) in a dark green.

Here's a picture of the first few inches:



I love seeing everyone else's versions of this scarf!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: problem with 2x2 ribbing on dpn on: October 24, 2005 02:37:36 AM
I'm starting to think that i just shouldn't knit in the round...i've never heard of anyone else having this problem!!

No! Don't give up yet!  Smiley

When you do 2x2 ribbing with flat knitting, you follow this pattern:

cast on a multiple of 4 stitches
row 1: * knit two stitches, purl two stitches, repeat from *
row 2: * knit two stitches, purl two stitches, repeat from *

So the stitches that you knit in row 1 are purled in row 2, and vice versa.

Now, when knitting in the round, you are always working on the right side (or outside). Therefore you have to knit the same stitches in row 2 that you knit in row 1.

To do that, you can follow the exact same pattern as above. Just make sure to cast on a multiple of four stitches. Then the first two stitches of every round will be knit stitches, and the last two will be purl stitches, and you'll get a nice 2x2 ribbing pattern.

If it still doesn't work out for you, maybe you could post a picture of your knitting? Sometimes it's easier to see what went wrong than to find out through explanations.
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