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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need a good beginner yarn. on: April 22, 2004 09:49:13 AM
I am a big fan of size 10.5 needles.  They are big enough to make the project go at a decent speed, without feeling too bulky in your hands.

I'd second this.  I recently made a scarf on size 15 needles, and while it did go very quickly, I found the huge needles incredibly awkward to use, and I can't imagine trying to learn on them.  Maybe I just have smaller than average hands, but 10.5 seems like a good, middle-of-the-road size.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Weaving in ends... on: February 18, 2004 11:51:03 AM
This topic came up on the Knitty.com boards and someone there suggested the Russian Join -- basically, you graft two pieces of yarn together before you knit it.  Instructions here: http://www.geocities.com/mama_bear_007/Russian_Join.html

I haven't tried it yet, but I hate weaving in ends, too, so I'm planning to!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Looking for Mini Terra Cotta Pots on: February 03, 2004 03:17:37 PM
I work at a Michaels, and they're all over the mini terra cotta pots.  There's no Michaels store in Manhattan, but a several in Staten Island, LI, Jersey... Check out Michaels.com -- they have a store locator and a page where you can check out the weekly flyer online -- those mini pots go on sale regularly.

/shameless big-box store plug  Tongue
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re:a cross between mittens and armwarmers on: January 15, 2004 11:09:00 AM
I recently made this hat: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kwe-ellensHat.html as my first knitting-in-the-round project.  I chose the pattern specifically because I wanted to learn to knit on circulars & with double point needles, and it made a good first project because you work your way up from a circular needle to double points.  I really enjoyed the challenge of knitting in the round and now find myself a little bored as I finish up my very-belated holiday gift rectangular scarves  Wink
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re:post your favorite gift foods here! on: December 17, 2003 02:00:33 PM
I made the cream cheese mints last week for a holiday party and can vouch for their yumminess  Wink  Thanks for posting the recipe!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:scarves for toddlers? on: December 09, 2003 11:20:20 AM
The new issue of Knitty (http://www.knitty.com) has a pattern for a toddler scarf with a keyhole, if you're still interested in exploring that idea.  
7  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re:Western Massachusetts knitting? on: December 01, 2003 02:02:12 PM

I didn't realize Noho Wools had expanded!  I was just there a month or so ago and it was just its usual small self.

That might be because they didn't knock down a wall or anything, just took over the shop next door.  The new part is called Northampton Wools Too & according to their radio ads has a lot of kids' yarns, patterns, etc.

I've been living in the Happy Valley for years and I still haven't been to WEBS - I usually end up at The Creative Needle here in Amherst, even if it is kind of small, when I want "good yarn".  

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:Where to buy yarn online on: November 24, 2003 11:46:49 AM

I wouldn't go with the Lion Brand online order-- I think they are terribly overpriced. I do like the Lion Brand yarns, but I'd go down to Hobby Lobby or some such and get them. Or maybe someone knows a discounted place to buy them online.

Smileys (mentioned above) has a lot of Lion Brand yarns for really good prices -- much better place to get them than directly from Lion Brand, especially if you need a lot and aren't too particular about the color you're looking for.  Wink
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re:getting started on: November 24, 2003 11:32:20 AM
Are you using a worsted weight yarn now or something thinner?  I agree that a smooth yarn is key -- you might want to try something like Lion Brand's CottonEase, which doesn't seem to fray very much when you're working with it.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of on: October 14, 2003 11:28:48 AM
My mom taught me to knit when I was a child, and then I taught myself to crochet when I was 19 or 20 -- I think the basics of knitting are easier to pick up than crochet, but knitting gives you less room to fudge things if you make a mistake.  It is useful to know both, though.
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