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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: ZOMG My first sweater! *happy dance* on: March 01, 2011 09:05:14 AM
Ooooh! This looks so flattering on you also! I can't wait to do my first garment! You did a great job and yes, the colorway looks awesome! Is that a Boucle you used? Gorgeous!
What an awesome accomplishment!
~Luv
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Longcat + Angelic Pretty cat scarf for a toddler, :-) on: March 01, 2011 09:01:19 AM
Awww ficklephonebug- Such a sweet project and so sad she lost it... Maybe her mom can help her retrace her steps and find where they were when it became missing... check the lost and found departments...
Love the "stole" look of the scarf though and it inspires many other type projects...
My daughter is a puppy  gal so I think I will attempt this one with changing a bit for one of her fav breeds. A dauchsund scarf would be so cute... LOL
Also, think about a long flat knit Gumby scarf for the boys or other character type... Just got my creative juices working overtime! LOL
~Luv
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S.....EEEEEEEEE on: March 01, 2011 08:51:05 AM
Thx PTC! Yes- Youtube has become my friend! LOL
I am also somewhat intrigued by the Continental method which I did not learn by... It looks to be much easier on my hands so I am trying to get it down with a smooth flow and hope to start using continental as my "knitting style" full time. We will see.
Great job again and I see no "mistakes" - I think the overall "awe" of your Disney blanket by far surpasses any small discrepencies you may know about while you were creating it! Keep up the awesome work!
~Luv
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! No gauge listed- need to adjust for needle size... on: February 28, 2011 08:09:45 PM
Thx guys! I have started in and Yes, there are measurements for the finished product. It appears that I am on so that is great but, also, yes- I realize since it is a bag/purse that gauge is not exactly as important... another reason why this is good for me and I figure best to get me started again... I will definitely get swatches done on any garments I plan to do and I hope that I don't run into any "just have to do" patterns for garments w/o gauge measurements.
I ended up altering a bit more than the above "possibilities" I listed. I actually did a chart for the original pattern and anothert chart with alternate added stitches so I would not lose the integrity of the pattern on the purse. So far I am happy. It will be a cute little purse to use for church, going to the movies, a fair or such... Not a medium or large purse at all but perfect for getting me started... (I said that- LOL)
Thx again!
~Luv
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! No gauge listed- need to adjust for needle size... on: February 25, 2011 08:26:31 PM
Soozeq,
Thx so much! LOL- I figured if I went with my 10's (my bamboo pair)- I could knit a bit tighter as well- LOL
I know it will change the integrity of the pattern a bit but I have been searching long and hard for a beginner pattern with "a little more" that can just get my "needles wet" so to speak and that is not a scarf or using dpn's or circ's (which I have only tried once in the very long ago past).
This is a pattern that me and/or my daughter will actually use/show-off and then I can actually start on a "fishtail scarf" pattern I found at Knitpicks... (a little bit of laciness look to it) so I can wear over the Spring in the evening- and THEN- I want to try my hand at a couple actual garments that are still classified in the "Easy" category but gives me some "hands-on" with other techniques, color switching, and a taste of circ's and dpn's... I want to learn fully and slowly so it sticks with me! I have saved so many pattern files I am surprised I actually have a plan now as to which project next...
Oooh! Also, I have found a local knitters group in my area AND a LYS! I am so excited for that! I will be going to the Monday night knit first! They meet 3 times a week in various places on a regular basis and ever so often in between for special occassions.
Thx again for the reply!
~Luv
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to Knit from the "Beginning"- Advice, Suggestions needed on: February 25, 2011 10:57:18 AM
Hilarei,

Thx so much! Last night I actually did look up Youtube vids and found about 4 different "channels" that I liked in way of showing technique and such- Cyberseams was one of them and I did subscribe! For some of these techniques I do find it easier to see someone doing it and then I can understand what type of execution I need to do as well.
It is helping and actually making me feel like "Why did I feel so intimidated by..." LOL So, thx a lot! I will keep looking and watching the youtubers as I get to a point I am not sure in what to do next...

I plan on picking up a couple sizes of dpn's and a pair or two of circ's my next craft store trip! Hope I get brave enough to actually put yarn on them soon! LOL
In the meantime, I do have a very older publication book by Bantam
Step by Step book of Needlecraft
It has knit, crochet, macrame, embroidery, tat, etc- The few projects are not so much to my taste but the pics and explanations as well as the many different stitches shown are great! I hope to be knitting a pattern or two I found at DROPS by the Summer! We will see...
~Luv
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! No gauge listed- need to adjust for needle size... on: February 25, 2011 09:59:55 AM
Okay, I have found a pretty basic but very nice purse pattern that I am going to try out as a "beginner" project...
I know basics but need to get comfortable with adding techniques in gradually so I can feel confident to move towards more patterns, dpn's, and circular needles...

Now, the pattern I found is at Midnight Knitter-
It calls for a size 9 needle which I don't have- I have 8's and 10's- (I will buy size 9 eventually now but would rather start this project today than wait)
The pattern calls for casting on 26 stitches and is worked in a pattern of K & P...
I figured if I counted stitches from center out and then added a knit to each side of center in the pattern I could use my size 8 needles to obtain the size of the finished product...
Any advice on how many stitches to add or how to find a gauge where a gauge is not given so I can calculate this better?

i.e.- one line in the pattern after casting on 26

k4, p1, k1, p1, k5, p2, k5, p1, k1, p1, k4

If I do a k5, p1, k1, p1, k7, p2, k7, p1, k1, p1, k5  .... and keep the extra knits added consistent through the pattern I could still possibly come out with the pattern on the purse being intact but also get the approxiamate dimensions?...

It doesn't have to be exact measurements although I don't want it too small but I definitely would like to keep the pattern that makes up the purse intact...

Thoughts, advice suggestions?
I don't know if I am allowed to link the pattern here so it is at MidnightKnitter.com and at the top click on "older Free Patterns" it is the pic of the purse that appears to be a lime green color (Via mala rectangle purse)-
Thx for any help...
~Luv
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S.....EEEEEEEEE on: February 24, 2011 09:38:31 PM
This is too awesome! I am a Disney Freak! We also go to Fla about twice a year or more if we can to visit my main mouse! LOL
Also, I had to comment that for your first Intarsia it is amazing! I have not knit in so long I am just picking it up again and I actually am feeling intimidated by a lot of things I am not overly familiar with... dpn's, intarsia, faggoting, and more... I guess I should also just jump in and take the plunge on a challenging project and see how I do after all this time!
Thx for the chart link btw! I saved to my fav's!
~Luv
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: I wanna put on...mah mah mah mah mah boogie earbuds! on: February 24, 2011 09:10:01 PM
I am so late here! Love your earbud cord covers... I tried to leave a post at your blog but it wouldn't work...??- Loved your wine fiasco at Target! LMAO as I read it & I loved your "captions" - LOL
At any rate, great featured project and I know many teens that would love their earbuds hyped up like this! One day I will get the hang of learning to do the small things.
~Luv
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Assorted Free Pattern Links on: February 22, 2011 12:02:29 PM
After reading through this entire thread and skimming many great "new-to-me" pattern sites,
I didn't see this one listed here

http://www.knitrowan.com/free-projects.aspx

Great site! Lots of free patterns!
~Luv
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