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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Last Minute Knitted Gifts - Baby Denim Drawstring Pants on: March 11, 2005 03:48:33 PM
Has anyone made these?
I am trying but having trouble joining the legs.  The instructions seem simple enough (cable cast on 5 stitches in between legs on both sides) but it just doesn't seem to work well when I do it.  I have very blue hands (the colour really comes off the yarn a lot, hope it all comes out in first wash - a blue baby doesn't seem a great idea) from ripping it out again and again.

I am thinking there must be a better way, but I can't think what it is. 
Are you just supposed to end up with a hole that you sew up at the end?  Is the cable cast on somehow supposed to join the 2 sides together?  should the balls of yarn (one from each leg) be in a particular place when you start (like use one across the front, then one across the back).

Very puzzled and frustrated.  Loving the book though.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / losing heart in my knitting... on: September 09, 2004 07:46:06 PM
I have knitted a lot of scarves for myself and now 2 jerseys (salt peanuts and under the hoodie
see: www.knittingkiwi.bl ogspot.com)    The problem is I don't really like the things I have knitted for myself.  They don't seem to fit me well (usually too big) and after all the want and love and care put into them that's a bit depressing. 

I am not as bad with things I have knitted for others, although I can see all my errors in them.  I have taken to wearing the jersey I knitted for my partner and I like that more on me than the ones I did for myself.  I am quite puzzled and upset by this feeling.  As is my stash which was mostly bought with future jerseys for me in mind and may not see the light of day now.

I can only hope the new knitty, 'sitich and bitch nation' and 'knit wit' can snap me out of this.  But I am scared they could make me worse, coveting even more that will only end in tears.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Would love to knit Simply Marilyn but... on: September 01, 2004 10:01:40 PM
simply marilyn from interweave
http://www.interweave.com/knit/projects_articles.asp

Cannot begin to justify cost of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Super Chunky so was trying to find another way. 

I was wondering if anyone thought White Buffalo Unspun would work?
http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?name=White+Buffalo+Unspun

simply marilyn gauge is: Gauge 12 sts and 19 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st on larger needles
Needles Size 10 3⁄4 (7.5 mm) and size 10 1⁄2 (6.5 mm).

Gauge for White Buffalo is: 9-11 st/4 inches 7.5 - 9 mm (US 11-13)
That sounds kind of ok to me but I seem to have some daft mental block when it comes to gauge and am sure I am not thinking it thru properly.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Austermann Candy for Knitty Flick on: August 12, 2004 01:37:27 AM
I bought 5 balls of this from elann.com to knit Flick http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATTflick.html from summer knitty.
It was much cheaper than berocco suede, and I really thought I could do Flick with it, but now I think maybe there's a reason for it being cheaper...
I have tried to start Flick 3 times and had to rip it.  it's driving me mad and I really  can't see how it will work.
So, I wondered if anyone had any ideas or knew of patterns for Austermann Candy?
I may have to give in and buy some berocco suede, but that might have to wait a while while I suffer my mistake (and spending)
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Stitch and Bitch in Wellington? on: June 17, 2004 09:50:29 PM
I'd love to be able to get together with some like-minded knitters but I can't for the life of me figure how to get in touch with people here to do that.

I wondered about putting a flyer in knitworld but I am not sure if they would be overly enthused with that idea. 

Any knitters in Wellington interested?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting in Linen Stitch?? on: May 11, 2004 04:49:10 PM
I am not sure where I picked up the idea of doing this but I like the way it looks.  I tried what I thought was the correct way but ended up with a double sided piece (something I wanted to figure out anyway as I think that's what you do for the hoover blanket from knitty.com).

I have looked at instructions here: (knitting.about.com: Linen Stitch [Odd number of stitches.]
Row 1 (RS): K1, *slip 1 with yarn in front, k1; rep from *
Row 2: K1, p1, *slip 1 with yarn in back, p1; rep from *, end k1

and magknits: http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/frufru.pdf
Linen stitch pattern:
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1,* Sl 1 wyf, K1 repeat from *.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K2, *Sl 1 wyf, K1 repeat from *, end K1.
Row 5: Purl.
Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern.

Which one is correct?  I have found other variations of how it is done out there so am completly confused.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sheer poncho from Magknits site on: May 04, 2004 08:06:57 PM
I would love to knit this but I can't imagine how much it might cost me to try and source that yarn AND get it to New Zealand.  I find it really hard at times to determine what to substitute as the names/terms used are so different.

does anyone know if I could use Rowan Kidsilk Haze for that pattern?  that's also really expensive but I can buy it at my LYS.

magknits pattern: http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/
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