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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finally finished Demi on: August 18, 2006 10:36:46 AM
I started this sweater at the end of last winter and then stopped working on it because it'd be a while before I could wear it.  Since Fall is a coming, I broke it out and worked on it hard to clear it off my list. 
Here's Demi from Vintage Knits.

Pictures aren't the best since the yarn is a dark chocolate color, but here's a shot of the center panel.

After finishing it, I've decided that I'll never use a cable needle again.  It was a lot faster to just throw the needle out the window.
There's a couple more photos, specifics and pattern issues on our blog.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Issues with Betty from Rowan #38 on: August 09, 2006 11:00:35 AM
I'm having a slight problem with Betty from Rowan #38.  To form the sweater you create a rib, like this:

Row 1 (RS): inc 1 st in ea st, to end of row.
Row 2: K2tog, P2tog to end of row.

I started increasing by ktbl of each stitch, but then thought maybe I should be ptbl of the previous row's P2tog. 

What do you think Rowan wants you to do with these instructions? 

Check out the blog for more info!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Issues with Betty from Rowan #38 on: August 09, 2006 10:56:57 AM
I'm having a slight problem with Betty from Rowan #38.  To form the sweater you create a rib, like this:

Row 1 (RS): inc 1 st in ea st, to end of row.
Row 2: K2tog, P2tog to end of row.

I started increasing by ktbl of each stitch, but then thought maybe I should be ptbl of the previous row's P2tog. 

What do you think Rowan to do with these instructions? 

Check out the blog for more info!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Finishing Knits on Sewing Machine? on: November 17, 2005 07:06:51 AM
My mother started knitting again after watching my sister & I pick up the habit.  She's been a seamstress for as long as I can remember.  When she finished knitting her first sweater, she said she was going to seam it with the sewing machine.  I remember thinking, "You can't do that!"  Obviously, it turned out fine and she didn't have the stress of mattress stitching the entire thing (something we both hate).  Now I'm wondering if that would be easier and less stressful.  I just finished a cabled cardigan for my son and I'm thinking about hitting the sewing machine for this one.

Anyone else do their finishing with a sewing machine or is it a big knitting No-No?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / In-Between Needle Sizes for Gauge on: March 16, 2005 08:17:35 PM
I tried to do a search to see if anyone had asked this before, but just couldn't find the answer.  If there's one, please point me in the right direction.

I want to make a sweater with a different type of yarn.  The pattern calls for a gauge of 17 sts to 4 inches with a US 8 needle using a light worsted weight yarn. 

Using Paton's Classic Merino, I get 16 sts with a US 7 and 18 sts with US 6.  I blocked both swatches, so now what should I do?   

Is it the yarn's fault?  Or should I go with US 7 and just decrease the sweater size?  Per inch, I'm missing a .25 of a stitch.  Will that .25 of an inch make a big difference in the long run?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Simple Socks-Priscilla Gibson Roberts on: January 06, 2005 06:24:11 PM
I have no problem with top-down socks & I've been wanting to try toe-up.  So I've been trying to knit the toe-up crew socks from PGR's Simple Socks, but I can't get it right.  The toe shaping has a lot of holes in the side & I'm not sure if it's how I'm doing it or just the technique.

I'll break down what I've done so far:
Invisible cast with 30 sts.  Knit until last st then turn.  YO and purl to last st, turn.  YO knit, knit to one less stitch than before (up to paired stitch/yo of the previous row).  YO purl, purl to etc. Do this until 12 sts remain between YOs.

Next row, YO and knit to first available YO. reverse the stitch and turn.

YO, purl until first YO, slip the st and place it back on the left needle.  Join this YO with the next st with an SSP.
YO, knit until first YO, slip next 2 sts as to purl, place back on left needle and k3tog.
YO, purl until first YO, slip next 3 sts as to knit, place back on left needle and SSSP from the back.

This is where the holes come in.  I'm slipping & returning all sts separately.  I purl into the back of the 3 purl sts, but knit in the front of the k3tog.  Maybe the problem is what I consider the YO.  Currently, I'm slipping the pair of sts the make of the YO and then the first st after the gap.  Or should I knit the first st of that pair and then slip the YO, slip next st after the gap and following YO?

Help please, I don't want to frog this for the 5th time.  Thanks.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 100% Cotton yarn on: December 24, 2004 06:54:36 AM
Will all 100% cotton shrink when I'm finished knitting?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rowan Denim People? on: November 27, 2004 06:56:08 PM
I need some help with this one.  I love the sweater Raspy from Denim People, but not real sure on the rest of the patterns or the fact that they size for shrinkage.  I'm getting tired of buying an entire book for maybe (maybe) 3 patterns.  Right now, Raspy's the only one I could imagine knitting.  I also have to factor in that I'd pretty much have to use the recommended yarn.  Unless they give the finished sizes too...  Is this book worth it? 

Or another question, what do you guys do when only one pattern stands out in an entire book?  I want this sweater, but probably not the book.  Usually, I can get away with a trip to my library.  It's the holidays and I'm starting to feel guilty about spending.  I'd even swap a pattern.  Is that bad?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Crazy Critters from Rebecca? on: November 10, 2004 07:16:36 AM
I'm trying to find those tiny critters that I you could knit from Rebecca.  They might not even be from the magazine.  But it seemed like every time I went to their site, I'd get a pop-up that I could send out postcards featuring these things.  I say critters because I don't know what else to call them.  Didn't look like any animal I've seen before.  Some looked like little balls of yarn with some eyes glued on.  Or antennas sticking out.  After a bad Google search, I'm counting on you guys.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Southwest Bamboo? Cry for help! on: July 31, 2004 07:05:39 AM
Recently, I purchased 1000 yards of Southwest Trading Co. 100% Bamboo in Tequila:
http://www.soysilk.com/Bamboo.html

I was going to make a shawl, but the gauge was really off.  I love this yarn!  But I'm having a hard time figuring what to use it for.  Currently, I'm swatching for the Merino T- Shirt from IK Winter 2003.  But I've already gone up two needle sizes, & I doubt the 9 will reach it.  Any larger, I'll be showing my bits & that isn't the look I'm going for.

Any suggestions on what to use the lovely yarn for?  The website shows a skirt pattern, but I'm ruling that out!  I can't bear to look at the yarn sitting in my basket for unused.
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