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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 3 skeins of Lang Silk Dream. Project ideas? on: December 13, 2006 03:07:43 PM
I got this yarn (in a lovely blue color) from my Secret Pal.  I have no idea what to make with it, but I'm looking for ideas.  I live in a warm climate.

Thoughts?

~amey
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ISO your favorite sock patterns for variagated or self striping yarn on: September 22, 2006 09:15:21 PM
That pretty much sums it up.  I ahve some Opal Rainforest and some Kroy (Paintbox)... looking for neat stitch patterns that work well with the mixed up yarn.

Thanks!

~amey
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simply Lovely Lace SOcks help? on: August 16, 2006 12:20:04 AM
I'm in the gusset section.  I've worked the first 4 rounds as written (where she holds your hand thru each round.  Here's my problem:

The instep pattern is 4 rounds worth, but the instructions now say to repeat rounds 3 & 4 until I've decreased down enough (round 3 is a decrease round, 4 is plain knitting with regard to the heel).  If I JUST repeat rounds 3&4, then the lace bit on the instep is going to look wonky (I would think).  This leaves me wondering which of the following options might be most correct (or something else altogether):

A. accept pattern as written, repeat 3&4 over and over
B.  continue to knit in blocks of 4, still decreasing on round 3, but knitting rounds 1,2 & 4 (again this mainly concerns the heel, since the instep will have the lace pattern)
C. continue to knit in blocks of 4 - instep pattern as written, but doing the decrease round on 1 & 3, with plain knitting on 2 & 4.
D. something else

I has assumed C, but I don't know if that decreases too fast? 

Help a girl out, please?

~amey
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Fight Club inspired scarf? on: February 13, 2006 08:49:07 AM
I've promised my brother a scarf (for next winter, but living in NYC I'm sure he could use it now Wink ).  I've recently found out he is a HUGE Fight Club fan, so I was thinking that might be the way to do.  My original thought was to do shadow knitting with the phrase "the first rule of fight club..." but I haven't tried charting it (the idea hit me this morning in the shower, and then family obligations took over), so I have no idea if that's too long for a 6 foot scarf. 

Knowing you all are fantastically creative, I thought I'd see if you had any suggestions (beyond mine).  I've only seen the movie once, so I can't use that for personal inspiration.  I'm going to see if the library has the book.

Thanks!

~amey
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 2 socks using magic loop? Top down? on: December 04, 2005 08:30:17 PM
Help a girl out. 

I want to make a pair of basic, top down socks for a baby.  I've knit a pair already (one on DPN and one with ML and you can tell the difference).  I'd like to make another, but I'd really rather do both at the same time.  And, I have this pattern already, for worsted weight yarn, yada yada yada....

Is it possible to knit 2 socks, with magic loop, and no extra needle?  The only real directions I've found online have involved the use of an extra needle when picking up stitches at the heel.  I'm willing to do it that way, but I wondered if maybe there was something else to do.

I have a 2 socks on 2 circs book that also helps with ML, but they're toe up, and my book is on loan to a friend in another state.

Thanks!

~amey
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Michael's has knitting note cards in the clearance bins on: September 11, 2005 03:41:15 PM
They were $1 or 50c each depending.  Several were a color line drawing type picture of a knitted iitem still attached to the yarn ball.

Just FYI!

~amey (who, if we want to play the game that we played with the Target stuff, found them at the Michael's at 27th Ave and 101 in North Phoenix, but heard about them from someone in another state)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I need a little help with the Lion Brand basic sock pattern please? on: June 12, 2005 03:57:29 PM
Okay.  I'm using this pattern that came with the yarn:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kmstripe-socks.html  I'm at the end of turning the heel and have (I think) followed their directions starting at "pick up sts for heel gusset."

Here's the catch - I now have stitches on 5 needles.  What do I knit with?  I know KZ says I can use another needle of one size difference (since I don't have 6 of the same size), but I don't think that's what's supposed to happen.

What the directions say is this (I had 18 sts from the heel on one needle  and then 28 sts on a holder for the instep):

Pick up sts for heel gussets as follows: Knit 9 sts; place marker (this is now the end of rnd marker); with another needle, knit 9 sts, pick up 19 sts along edge of heel flap, place marker, (with another needle, knit 14 sts of instep) twice; place marker, with another needle, pick up 19 sts along edge of heel flap, knit rem 9 sts 84 sts.

So, what I have currently is this:

Needle 1: 9 sts (from heel flap)
Needle 2: 28 sts (9 from heel flap +19 picked up)
Needle 3: 14
Needle 4: 14 (needles 3 and 4 hold the sts that moments ago were on a holder as the instep sts)
Needle 5: 19 sts (picked up along the heel flap)

I don't know what to do about that last line to "knit 9 remaining sts" since I don't have 9 more anywhere, and those 5 needles total 84.

Also, to just whine for a moment - why do they tell you to put a marker at the end of a row with DPN?  I'm forever droppign markers and losing them in the couch this way... Grr.

So, can anyone tell me what I'm supposed to do next?

The next directions, if you don't want to go look are:

Gusset
Rnd 1 Knit.
Rnd 2 Knit to 3 sts before first marker, k2tog, k1, slip marker, knit to second marker, slip marker, k1, ssk, knit to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 56 sts remain.
Note Keep markers in place for toe shaping.

But, as I said above - I have no needle to use.

If this is a crappy pattern, I'm sorry - just help me get thru this sock (and I'm guessing I'll have to make the other to match?).

Thanks.

~amey
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting cables in the round? on: February 12, 2005 11:53:52 AM
I want to start (very late) cabled scarves for my dad and step mom.  Is there anything special I need to know about knitting cables in the round?  I am, generally speaking, a pattern/rule follower, and am scared to go it alone.  Is there an easy pattern to follow, or could I just "double" an existing pattern (so that I would be, in essence, knitting the same pattern twice)?  Say using this pattern someone posted below?  http://www.yarnagogo.com/good_ole_cabled_scarf/ 

I want to knit the scarves in the round and seam the ends so that they end up double thick - they're EMTs in rural upstate NY and would appreciate the warmth.

Thanks!

~amey
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