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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I make this scarf without DPNs? on: September 27, 2007 08:51:45 AM
You could use two circulars instead of DPNs to knit in the round.  That's how I knit socks and every other circular project.  It's super easy.
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: noro silk garden on: August 16, 2007 08:54:36 AM
I have found that both Noro Silk Garden and Kuryeon get softer with time.  One of my ultra-favorite winter scarves was made with a couple skeins of Kuryeon - alternating two different colorways every two rows using a  larger than recommended needle size.  I think I used 10 1/2.  It's soft and warm and, as I said, keeps getting softer.  I also made a vest from Knitty with two different colorways of Silk Garden.  Of course, I've never worn it next to my skin but it too is softening up wonderfully.  The little silk threads give it an interesting texture and shine.  Yeah, go to your LYS and take a look and a feel.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: question for the designers on: July 18, 2007 09:32:05 AM
You should buy or get a copy at the library of Stephanie Japel's "Fitted Knits".  It'll give you lots of ideas and clearly shows how to get your things to fit.  Plus which -- excellent patterns!!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rule for cable "shrinkage"? on: July 17, 2007 10:13:20 AM
I did exactly this - knit a top down turtleneck raglan sweater with a big cable down the front.  Here's a picture of it in progress:

I used Merino Chunky -- size 10.5 needles.  I did end up starting it, getting a couple repeats down the cable and realizing that the back was growing faster than the front.  Then I measured, ripped out and cast on again adding extra stitches in the front to compensate for the pull of the cable.  I wrote it down - it's somewhere at home but if you'd like me to search it out for you I'd be happy to.  I meant to put the pattern on my blog but never got around to it.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Silver Leaf Satchel on: July 03, 2007 09:34:01 AM
That really does look cool.  I have SOOOOO many WIPs going now, including a felted bag ..... I'm going to seriously think about it though.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 3 balls of Noro - now what?? on: May 31, 2007 09:03:51 AM
3 balls would make a good sized felted bag.  I use it frequently for that.  If you use 10 1/2 needles it shrinks about 2 inches around and 1 or so in height.  You can make the booga bag (http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html) or a variation of that.  Just Google free felted bag patterns and you'll come up with lots of ideas.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Have you felted Noro Silk Garden? on: May 14, 2007 10:17:43 AM
I've frogged a Kureyon sweater (really, it was just too colorful as a garment) and I'm making a felted bag.  I've also got some left over Silk Garden and thought I'd incorporate a row or two every now and again.  I've felted Kureyon before but never Silk Garden.  Has anyone out there done it and if so, is the finished felt similar to Kureyon?

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toe Up Socks on: April 13, 2007 09:15:52 AM
I do all my socks toe up on two circulars.  I have never been a fan of the turned heel nor the turned toe.  I use a Turkish cast on for the toe and a gusset for the heel, which makes it look more like a top down sock.  I found this pattern
http://www.needletrax.com/SimpleSox.pdf
that has a great gusset heel and so I just kind of fudge it around to make it work with my stitch count.  It looks great and it's super easy.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweater Wizard on: April 06, 2007 09:26:41 AM
I bought a program called Knitware that is a little less expensive.  You can download a free demo and you might want to try it.  Quite honestly I don't use it much.  I bought it when I was a new knitter and  what I find most useful about it now is the built in calculator for when you are instructed to decrease so many stitches evenly.  The calculator will tell you how to do that. 
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's alpaca like? on: March 13, 2007 10:23:55 AM
I'm not allergic to cats either but Alpaca, whether in a blend or not, makes me itch something awful!  I am 3/4 way through a "Ms Marigold" that I'm making out of Elann's Peruvian Quechua which is 65% Alpaca and 35% Tencel.  I figured the blend would make it less itchy.  It is gorgeous yarn - soft and lustrous.  BUT it seems to be as itchy as 100% alpaca to me.  Hopefully a wash will help but I don't think I'll be able to wear this without a heavy-ish T-shirt underneath.  I don't have delicate skin so I have no clue where this comes from.  But don't make the mistake I did and make a whole big sweater out of it before you've tested if you can wear it because it's annoying!!  I made the Loop-d-Loop asymmetrical pull-over with 100% alpaca and I can't wear it without something underneath.
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