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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Measuring arm holes on: December 15, 2005 02:53:29 PM
For the sweater I'm working on (sesame from magknits)  the backpiece has me working from 5 cast off stitches until the armhole measures 7.75 inches.  How do I measure this?  Do I measure from the cast off stitches straight up to the needle, or do I measure following the curve of the armhole? 

Thanks!
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re-poofing merino yarn? on: December 12, 2005 07:47:46 AM
I was knitting a sweater in merino style from knitpicks and halfway though the back I realized it was too small for me.  I'm a tight knitter and I waited a month before I frogged it, and now I've got a skein and a half of yarn that's a lot thinner than the rest - it's lost its "poof".  Is there any way to fluff it up again?

Thanks.
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / hat pattern? on: November 20, 2005 06:22:01 PM
I want a cable knit hat, and I want to make it out of 1 skein of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande (it's a pretty chunky yarn, recommended 10.5 needles). 

Unfortunately, I can't find a hat pattern anywhere that's for both chunky yarn AND has cables.  I can come up with a lot of patterns for things on my own, but hats just aren't my thing. 

My cold head thanks anyone who can point me to a nifty pattern Smiley
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Water Bottle Cozy? on: November 12, 2005 09:21:13 PM
Alright, I'm an idiot and didn't stick this pattern into my favorites and now I need it and can't find it.

What I'm looking for is a water bottle cozy, like for an Ice Mountain bottle, not the popular unbreakable ones.  I saw a free pattern out there somewhere, and it was in a varigated yarn, I believe in reds.  There was no strap, it was just to keep the bottle cool, and it was fitted, like the top had decreases to match the taper of the bottle.  If it helps, I think the pic was on the right side of the page (I can see the page in my head, it was pretty plain, white background, etc, which is why I can't find it since I don't think there were any identifying graphics). 

Thank you so much if you know where this pattern is.  Smiley
45  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking Question on: November 07, 2005 01:46:18 PM
Ok, so I decided to make my aunt a scarf out of baby alpaca D.K. weight yarn.  I didn't have a pattern for it first and now that I'm almost at the end of my skeins, I realize I don't have enough yarn to make it long enough.  I cannot for the life of me find it online except in bags of 10 for $70, and the LYS I got it from is 40 minutes away (it was a weekend shopping trip).  I'm doing Knitty's Branching Out.  My question is, I've never really blocked anything before, so would I be able to stretch the scarf lengthwise and have it come out longer without looking really weird or horrible?  If all else fails I'll just frog it and use smaller needles and not have it as wide, but it's not something I'm looking forward to. 

ETA-Never mind, I tried stretching it and no matter what it'll be too short.  Guess I'll be frogging. 
46  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is Cotton Warm? on: November 05, 2005 07:42:04 AM
It looks like I way overestimated how much yarn I needed to make this shawl, so I'm gonna have a bunch of 100% cotton yarn left over.  I was wondering, is 100% cotton pretty warm, like, would it make a good scarf? 
47  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Most of my FO's (pic heavy) on: October 31, 2005 08:46:20 AM
I started knitting in July and here's some of my FO's.  I've also made a sweater out of polarspun and a couple mp3 player cozies, but I forgot to take pics of them when I had access to a good camera.

SnB's Windy City Scarf, out of Paton's Be Mine:




Purse, my own pattern.  You can't see the pocket on the front really well, but it buttons closed and the main pocket zips shut.  Felted, in Cascade 220.






My pasha, she has some issues but my mom likes her Smiley




Fingerless gloves, I used Magknit's Urban for the hands and kinda made up the cap as I went.  Ignore the unweaved end Smiley  In knitpick's Elegance and some black TLC (I ran out of elegance and didn't want to pay $5 + shipping for 1/3 skein of knitting)






Dog sweater for my Whimsy, I made it up as I went Smiley  She's a miniature dachshund and when she gets cold she shivers.  My mom put ground beef wrappers in the trash, that's why she's trying to get in it Smiley  It's in Lionbrand's Jiffy, can't beat a dog sweater for less than $1.50.








48  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting in the comics! on: October 24, 2005 06:25:17 AM
Today's Lucky Cow comic strip has knitting!  And it looks like the artist even knits or knows someone who knits cause they mention debbie bliss!

http://www.ucomics.com/luckycow/2005/10/24/
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The noise is driving me insane! Please help! on: October 22, 2005 02:13:51 PM
Since I didn't know where to put this, I'm putting it here.  It's not entirely crafty, but I don't have any way of fixing this so I need a crafty fix fast. 

I'm living in the dorm (which is why I can't just tear down the wall) and the wall by my heater makes this grinding vibrating noise.  It's something behind the wall, because the wall is actually vibrating (it's like, not a real wall, it's flexible and can press inwards a little, but it's still very strong)  and when I hit the wall really really hard it stops for a minute or so.  It sounds almost like if you got two serated (sp?) heavy steel objects and rubbed them together once every second at an even tempo.  The noise is literally driving me insane, and of course when I call matenance, by the time they get here it's stopped.  And it'll do that, stop for a day or so, but then it'll start up again.   

Anyway, it's taking more and more strength to make this wall stop making the noise, and I've nearly broken my wrists a couple times hitting it.  I've tried rolling up duct tape and squeezing it in between the wall and this pole part to make it stop vibrating, but that didn't work.  I've tried a hammer, but that just nicked the wall.  I've tried filled water bottles, which worked for a while. Then I tried stretching duct tape across the water bottles to try to press them into the wall harder, but that didn't work.  I tried hitting the water bottles into the wall with the hammer which worked great the first two times but not anymore.   I tried to soundproof the area with a cardboard box and 5 thick towels, but it was still loud enough to hear over my TV. 

I need help.  Please.  Or I actually will put a hole in the wall and rip whatever it is out.  What I need, is either what the problem might be so I can make matenance fix it (It's not the heater, the heater isn't on, and there's no gas to the building.  could it be a water pipe or something?), OR a referal to a different forum somewhere where someone might help me OR something to get rid of the freaking noise.  Would styrofoam work?  Or is there such thing as soundproof panelling at home depot that I can just get a foot of?  Or something that presses, like a wrench but that I could anchor on my heater and have the other end just constantly press hard on the wall?  I used to have a large rock that I could press into the wall and it wouldn't move but I left it at home and there aren't any here. 

I took a picture so you can kinda see what I'm talking about.



thank you for any help.
50  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace knitting question on: October 15, 2005 06:27:57 PM
You guys are so great for putting up with newbies like me asking tons of questions, thank you so much.   That said, I've got another question.  I'm gonna make my aunt Lion Brand's Diamond Knit Shawl ( http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-diam.html ).  I decided to make sure I could pull it off before I buy the yarn, and I was soclose.  I got to row 19, and I'm hung up on this:

sl2kwise-k1-p2sso

I know what the abbreviation means, but I don't know how to do it.  I've been to knittinghelp and stitchguide but they don't have all this put together.  So I slip two stitches knitwise, then I get stuck.  Do I knit a stitch on the right needle that I just slipped or do I knit a stitch on the left needle?  And then what?  I pass the two slipped stitches over, but do I put them back on the left needle or do I let them fall? 

Thank you so much to anyone who can help me figure this out, cause it took me ages to find a shawl in my aunt's style that didn't involve a crochet needle.
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