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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting with a 1lb. cone on: July 17, 2004 05:59:17 AM
Recently, I purchased 2 1 lb. cones of Brown Sheep Bulky for a sweater.  Are there any tips for knitting with this?  Do you keep it on the cone or wrap it off into separate balls? 
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon on: June 30, 2004 02:34:40 PM
I'm making a poncho out of Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon.  I love this yarn, but not sure if it was the right choice for the pattern.  I looked at the yarn recommended for the pattern and this one is pretty close.  I know it can't be blocked, but would it hurt to stretch the yarn (so the knots pull a bit) and iron it on a low setting?  I think that it's mostly acrylic with some nylon in it.
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Summer '04--Ballet Pullover on: May 26, 2004 07:22:41 PM
I've been so busy lately and want a quick project.  Something for myself (yes, call me selfish).  I love the Ballet Pullover from the latest Interweave, but uncertain on the yarn.  It calls for Plymouth Napa (85% acrylic, 15% rayon) which is a tubular ribbon with a binder.  The gauge is 12 sts & 16 rows = 4in with 2 strands of yarn tog.

The price is right for the yarn, but I don't care for any of the color options.  My main problem is the stretch of the sweater.  The 29 (chest) finished size will fit 36.  If I want to substitute a yarn, what do I look for?  I've searched for the blend of acrylic/rayon, but that doesn't help.  Do most ribbon yarns stretch?  Then with the gauge for 2 held tog, ugh!

Please help.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / The book: Simple Knits with a Twist on: May 09, 2004 07:57:30 AM
Has anyone made anything from this book? 

Simple Knits with a twist; Unique Projects for Creative Knitters
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1584793619/qid=1084114165/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1__i1_xgl14/103-3995356-0259061?v=glance&s=books

It's one of the most creative books I've seen.  It's filled with projects for the home.  She knits a tote out of old shopping bags!  She even covers a bucket chair with cables and bobbles.  Not sure about that one, but it's gorgeous.  The slippers on the front cover are made using ribbon, not ribbon yarn, but just plain old ribbon.  My fav is a kitschy poodle cover for a liquor bottle.

I just wanted anyone's input on the patterns!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Perfect Pie Shawl- Weekend knitting on: May 02, 2004 09:26:58 AM
Has anyone else worked on this project?  I've frogged a test section & I'm still not sure that I have it.  I wish they included larger pictures of the patten.  Wrapped around the woman doesn't help!

I get confused with the M1.  Which stitch do you make it in & do you knit into the back of the stitch?  The pattern says not to twist the stitch, & I think knitting into the back is the only way to no do so.  If so, why not just say that?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting horror stories on: April 27, 2004 11:12:28 AM
That's it, I've had it!  I think I'm going to break my needles.  But first, a little background.

I consider myself an okay knitter.  I just picked it up again.  I started knitting in grade school after learning how to crochet (Why not knit?), then again in college.  But after making 4 scarves in a row, it made me sea sick.  So, I stopped for years.  

Recently, I started to feel guilty about watching so much tv and thought, "Why not do something productive while watching some O.C."  Knitting came back very easily.  I made a sweater for my newest niece & started one for my nephew.  But I became really bored with the project.  It's a raglan sweater out of mercerized cotton.   Gauge was great.  Everything measured correctly, but the yarn and small stitches just irritated me.  So, I put it aside and finished a purse, clogs, Fuzzy feet, hats & some baby booties.  I knew I had to go back to the nephew's sweater some day.  I was dreading it!

So, I stitched up the sleeves.  Ugh, that cotton shows every tension problem, but it didn't look that bad.  Then I knit the neck band.  It just looks like a pile of poo.  I hate it.  The number of stitches matched up with the pattern, but not really with the neckband.  I needed like 20 more on each side of the neck to make it lay flat.  If I didn't pick up, it would have created a gathered look.  I just hate this sweater so much, I don't even want to frog it.  Just burn it.  All that's left is to finish the sides, but I can't bring myself to do it!  

I just wanted to vent.  Everyone on the boards seems to produce beautiful projects each time.  Does anyone else have knitting horror stories?  Projects that scream "fireplace"?  I know that there has to be some other frustrated people out there.  Or do these projects disappear with experience?  So share.  Please...  Make me feel a bit happier.  M/b I'll take the time to fix the sweater.

Doubt it.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Fuzzy Clogs on: April 21, 2004 08:11:45 PM
They're still a bit damp, but I wanted to share.  I am really happy with how easy they were.  I'm not a huge fan of how scratchy wool can be, so the clogs were a good alternative.
http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/swellgirl/DSCF0052.jpg
http://img44.photobucket.com/albums/v134/swellgirl/DSCF0053.jpg
I would have modeled them, but since I knew my sister also lurks on the board I opted for the floor only.  I just couldn't deal with her, "You've got big ankles" one more time...

I know a lot of people say that wet wool smells like wet dog, but I disagree.  All I smell is a home perm.  I think it's far worse than any poor dog could ever smell.  It just brings back bad memories.  Oh the burning.
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby Sweater Help on: February 24, 2004 07:18:58 PM
So, I'm making my first sweater for my soon-to-be-here neice. I found the pattern in FC Easy Knitting. I'm having a bit of a problem with the sleeve directions.  I'll write them out and then explain how I've done it.

After a 3/4 k1 p1, rib stitch, work in seed st, inc 1 st each side every 4th row 4 times, every 6th row 2 times-38 sts.  Work even until piece measures 6" from beg.  Bind off.

How I read it was: on every 4th row add 2 sts. (one towards the right side of the row and one on the left) & did the same for every 6th row.  So now I'm at row 16 and I was going to continue seed stitching on the 38 sts until it measures 6".   The bottom of the sleeve is pretty tapered.  Not too bad, but might be compared the the top once I've finished.

Or...should I have added a st on RS of row 4 and another st on the WS of row 4 (in my novice head, that's an extra st on row 4 and an extra st on row 5).  Are knitting patterns written with that in mind?  Each row consist of a WS & RS to form one complete row?  

So sorry if this has confused anyone, but both ways completely make sense in my crazy head.  The fronts and backs have turned out great.  Just need to figure these out.
19  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Stitch 'N Bitch 2? on: February 19, 2004 07:49:46 PM
Has this been asked yet (still a newbie), "Will there ever be a Stitch 'N Bitch 2 with more patterns?"  Can we only hope?

Not that I'm disatisfied or unfullfilled with the first. But I love it so much, that I'd be thrilled to see what else they could come up with next.

This entire site gives me so much inspiration, but it's so nice to have in a book.  Sitting on my lap so I can knit and watch tv!  Perfect hobby.

Just wondering...
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sex & the City Knit Hat on: February 18, 2004 06:43:12 AM
On Sunday's episode of Sex & the City, Carrie was wearing a knit hat while she was in Paris.  She had it on in a scene where she's watching 4 ladies talking.

It looks like a regular ribbed hat, but it has tiny sloping ear flaps.  I doubt they'd even cover the ears.  It fits really close to her head and does not have cords hanging from the ear flaps.

I can't find a picture anywhere, so I'm hoping someone remembers this hat!
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