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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stash busting ten stitch blanket... on: April 26, 2013 11:18:25 AM
Love it!  I've slowly been spinning batches of Romney from a breeder in Maryland and want to eventually make a blanket out of it.  This could be the pattern for me!  Thanks for sharing.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patons kroy socks NEED HELP on: October 06, 2012 05:06:30 AM
Sounds like you're turning the heel.  This is the bit that confused the heck out of me with my first sock.  It was about ten years ago and I couldn't find what it meant online.  I didn't realize that turning the heel literally meant turning the sock around like one does when knitting flat.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Entrelac help please! on: March 03, 2012 02:39:02 PM
Knitty Otter has an amazing entrelac scarf tutorial.  I've made a few scarves and a headband/ear-warmer thing using her guide as a template.  I have not used it to incorporate entrelac into other projects, but I imagine that it wouldn't be too hard.  I would recommend doing, if not a full scarf, a short bit of entrelac using her guide and see what you think.

The key for me was not to worry about anything except the step at hand.  When I looked at the full pattern as a whole, it was confusing, but taking it step by step as I knitted, no individual step was hard.

Here's the url

http://knittyotter.typepad.com/otterknits/2007/03/entrelac_scarf_.html
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How long will it take to knit a scarf? (Details Inside) on: February 09, 2012 07:58:16 AM
Not long, but without the rows per inch count, nobody can say for sure.  If you want a five foot scarf, that's is 60 inches.  Once you have a few inches done, measure how many rows are in an inch at a couple of different points.  Most people recommend measuring several inches and then dividing by however many inches you measured.  For instance, if you measure four inches and count six rows, your rows per inch would be calculated by dividing six by four, which gives you one and a half rows per inch.  Once you have that number, multiply it by 60 to get how many rows you'll need.  Subtract the number of rows you have done to see how many rows you have left and then multiply that by the three minutes it takes to do each row and you'll have the total number of minutes it'll take you to complete your scarf.  Divide that number by sixty if you want to know how many hours it'll take.

That might sound like a lot of math, so here's the break down with actual numbers.

Say you've done nine rows with an row and a half per inch.  To find out how many rows total you'll need, it's 1.5*60, which equals 90 rows.  You've already done nine rows though, so there are only 81 to go (90-9=81).  Since you take three minutes to do a row and you have 81 rows to go, you have 243 minutes left on the scarf (81*3=243).  Two-hundred, forty-three is equal to 4 hours and 3 minutes (243/60=4 with 3 left over), so that's how long it'll take you to complete the scarf.

It should be noted that life often gets in the way of living, so this will only be a rough estimate.  I know that I frequently get distracted and so my minutes per row count isn't not constant.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any hope on: January 14, 2012 07:03:53 PM
First, glad you're okay.  I was a bit concerned at first with the non-post and "Any hope" subject line.

Second, yes, there is hope!  Sheep-ish is a wool acrylic blend.  I haven't knitted with that exact yarn, but with similar blends I've had amazing luck with steam blocking.  I pin the knitted garment to my ironing board, heat up my iron, and steam away holding the iron itself about an inch away from the garment.  Here's my go-to link for blocking acrylic.  The before and after pics blow my mind every time.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Need measurements for taller man's sweater. on: January 06, 2012 07:09:19 PM
I love him a little bit right now.  I know a 92 year old woman in possession of a leprechaun green, wool, aran style sweater that she wears near daily year round, even in the high humidity, upper nineties, Virginia summers because she's always cold.  She would be cranky without it and I hope your uncle enjoys his sweater when you're done with it.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Need measurements for taller man's sweater. on: January 06, 2012 05:30:42 PM
It sounds like he knows you're knitting him a sweater and it isn't a surprise.  If that's the case, I would suggest having him measure a sweater that he already has and likes the fit of.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock knitting guides anyone? on: January 05, 2012 08:19:49 AM
Knitty has two great articles that helped me to understand sock knitting on a more fundamental level:

Socks 101
Socks 102

They also have a great guide to the kitchener stitch, which is a common way to seam up toes
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Christmas Present Yarn on: December 26, 2011 08:05:58 AM
One of my sisters (not the one I mentioned teaching to knit in a previous thread) put together a lovely gift basket for me with a six pack of my favorite beer and three skeins of yarn.  Her criteria for picking the yarn was that it matched the beer (gift baskets must be pretty!) and not cost twelve dollars a skein.  She wanted to get me non-acrylic yarns, but, as a non-knitter, the fact that nice yarn can be costly was a bit of a shock for her.

I love how much effort she put into this basket.  The description of her standing in the yarn aisle for twenty minutes feeling yarn was a gift all on its own.  How many times have I been in that exact same predicament!

She was so excited about the basket.  I really want to use all of the yarn, but, as you might imagine, not all of it is what I might have picked on my own.  Here's the info on my three skeins:

Patons Kroy Socks FX, Clover Colors (75% Wool, 25% Nylon, 166 yds with suggested needle size three)-I'm guessing on this oneone of my sister's cats got into the gift basket and thought that this skein was a fun toy for her; the yarn band is destroyed.

Lion Brand Home Spun, Wildfire (98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester, 185 yds with a suggested needle size ten)

Red Heart Shimmer, Lime (97% Acrylic, 3% Metallic Polyester, 240 yds with a  suggested needle size six)

I tend to knit primarily with animal fibers.  I find that my hands get sweaty with acrylic yarn and I reserve it for knitting for animals.  I think I may end up using the green Red Heart for toys for my sister's cat.  I could probably do a head band with the sock yarn or hunt down another skein, hope the dye lot is close enough, and make a pair of socks out of it too.  The very orange LB is throwing me though.  I understand that it feels nice in a skein, but I've knitted with it before and it just isn't my preference.  Any thoughts on what to do with a single skein of it?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Casting on X + Y help on: December 23, 2011 07:15:33 PM
It would be some multiple of 12, like 216, plus three more, so 219 all together.
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