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1  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Knitting faster? HOW? on: June 09, 2004 04:11:25 AM
Continental is rumored to be faster- but I read on another forum that the knitter who won the world's fastest knitting contest knit english (yarn in your right hand).

I knit english, and I am happy with how fast I knit. I do move my entire right hand, in a quick motion, around when I make a stitch. Continental is usually thought to be faster because the yarn is (held in the left hand) and "flicked" around the need with the left index finger. You can actually do the same "flick" with english in the right hand, and that would be a lot faster. That way, your right hand never leaves the right needle, only your index finger moves.

I've been trying that "flicking method" but can't seem to do it. But, I knit fast enough the way I do now. Practice and you will get faster. Make sure your hands are comfortable and relaxed too. I find circs faster than straight needles b/c they are easier on my wrists and hands and the wieght of my work is in my lap.
2  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: working on "under the hoodie"! on: June 09, 2004 03:44:24 AM
Strangelittlemama,

Honestly, I couldn't figure out about picking up the purl bumps. So, I just picked up stitches the way I usually do, from back to front. And then I think had to reattach the yarn so that it was on the right side- but I'm not a picky knitter so it worked for me!

thanks and I think that it would be awesome if we had a gallery!

 Smiley Wendy
3  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: working on "under the hoodie"! on: June 08, 2004 07:26:12 PM
strangelittlemama- I LOVE your colors!

I finished mine yesterday morning and then blocked it over night to make it a little longer. It turned out great. I am so in love with this sweater. it is 90 degrees here but yet I wore it around for a while anyway. Here's a picture and ignore how goofy and overheated I look!

It's been awesome working on this while having y'all to share it with!!  Grin Grin

4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: Non-animal yarn help on: June 04, 2004 04:41:19 AM
what an interesting topic! i am a vegetarian- not a vegan. But, I only eat diary products from small, local organic farms. all my vegetables also come from small, local, organic farms. I don't wear leather and it is very important to me to support local businesses.

i guess this would all depend on one's politics, but I won't use a lot of acrylic because of the chemical process of making the yarn and what that does to the environment. I generally think "plastic" when I feel it, so I never really want to knit with it. Also, most of the places you buy acrylic are chain stores (at least where I live) that I wouldn't support. I love knitting with organic cotton or wool- but only from small local sheep farms. A friend of mine is a spinner and sheers the few sheep she has every year. She loves the sheep and they are very affectionate animals. I helped her one year and it seemed like a natural and humane process, but I totally understand and respect if folks think that isn't kind to animals.

when i first started knitting i didn't know about some of the great, small farm yarns out there. i find it to be pretty much the same price as say, lion's brand homespun and actually I think it is cheaper a lot of the time. organic cotton is more expensive- I have yet to find some I can afford to make a whole project with. i love the feel and quality of small farm yarn. here's a couple places i've ordered from and both have great yarn (both in Maine- I grew up there so I am kinda bias): http://www.peacefleece.com and http://www.bartlettyarns.com/

just my 2 cents...
5  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: working on "under the hoodie"! on: June 04, 2004 04:13:39 AM
tns,

It sounds like the medium might be the best bet for you. The small fits me- but I wouldn't want it to be any tighter. When I block it I am going to stretch it out a bit.

wow- your gauge is 18 sts/4 inches on  US size 4 needles? Wow that is a tight gauge! What yarn are you using- the cascade 220? Isn't that worsted weight? My gauge was a little tight- about 4.5 stitches per inch on US 8 but everything worked out okay.

I'm currently adding a couple inches to the top of each sleeve, because now that I can pin everything together, I see that I want them longer. My arms are long so I should have anticipated I guess.

I'll post pics soon- hopefully today!!
6  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re: working on "under the hoodie"! on: May 31, 2004 07:30:41 PM
Hi!
I finished the sweater a while back, but I'm finally getting around to sending the picture. This was my first sweater ever! Yeah!

http://www.geocities.com/baconsuz/hoodie.html

WOW!! Your hoodie looks wonderful! And you look so happy wearing it!! I can't wait to finish mine. I almost done with the hood now. What kind of yarn did you use- it looks similar to how my yarn (Harrisville Designs) is knitting up.

I feel better about the size. I am going to add another inch or so to the top of each sleeve just to make sure they are long enough. I'll post a picture when I'm done!

7  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / what size did everyone make? on: May 29, 2004 07:46:14 AM
I just sewed up the shoulder seams of my hoodie and I am working on the hood now. But, as soon as I sewed the shoulders I slipped the sweater over my head to see how it looked on. I almost cried.

I didn't want it big and baggy, and my bust is like a 33 (and I'm pretty scrawny) so I made the small (with the 36 inch bust) because the woman at the yarn store told me to go by the bust measurements when sizing a sweater. Now I think maybe I should have made the medium (40 inch bust)... My gauge was right on- and I measured my pieces and they correspond to the measurements they are supposed to be. I made the body an inch longer and the sleeves an inch longer b/c I am taller than average.

Okay- it doesn't really seem too tight around. Just baggy enough to wear a shirt underneath. But, the shoulders don't hang as far down my arms as in the pictures- so when I hold my sleeves up, they seem way too short. Like a couple inches too short. Unless, after I finish the hood, the shoulders hang down more and then it might be okay. And in general, the length is fine- maybe a tad shorted than I wanted. But, the length I think I could fix with blocking a little (I used 100% wool).

This is my first sweater made in pieces and I am not sure if the sleeves will be long enough. Should I frog the bind off at the top of the sleeves and add another couple inches? Or should this all work out once I sew it up and block it. Help!! What size did everyone make?
8  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:working on "under the hoodie"! on: May 02, 2004 07:07:02 AM
ipurl- AMAZING looking hoodie!! It makes me want to finish mine so bad I can't stand it!

Okay--A question for everyone-
I cast off my sleeves and now I am worried they are too tight around my arms. They fit around my arms- just more tightly than I would have expected. I followed the medium pattern that's the size I usually take, and the finished bust measurements were correct (added a little length to sleeves and body b/c I am tall). I checked my gauge and stuff...

What size did y'all make? I can probably stretch the sleeve out a bit when I block (my yarn is 100% wool) but now I am worried that I LOVE this sweater more than anything else I ever knit, and that I picket the wrong size all along...

-Wendy
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:working on "under the hoodie"! on: April 29, 2004 11:20:20 AM
I've never used the yarn- but it looks beautiful! And the sale is really great (25 a bag!). I think it must be very soft so it should make a great hoodie! I always experiment with different yarns- so I would go for it!

What colors are you thinking?

-Wendy
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Re:working on "under the hoodie"! on: April 29, 2004 06:36:44 AM
I tried making both sleeves at once (to try get it over with) on circs. This made everything take more concentration- but I would do it again. Here are pics what I have so far. I still have a lot to finish, but with the seminar papers I have to write I don't think I'll finish anytime soon.

I used Harrisville yarn on mine- I am VERY happy with the color combination! There's a bit of curling going on- but that will end when I seam it up, I'm sure.

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