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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Gretel beret, anyone? on: September 18, 2007 01:26:57 PM
I just started Ysolda's Gretel beret, which can be found here:
http://ysolda.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3

It's so lovely! I'm obsessed with berets and slouchy hats right now. I'm knitting the slouchy version in purple Malabrigo, hopefully my one skein will be enough for the whole hat. Anyone want to join me in knitting this gorgeous hat?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Boye Interchangeable needle replacements? on: April 21, 2007 11:03:49 PM
A weird thing just happened. I picked up my wip, and the Boye Interchangeable I was using had somehow snapped! The part where it screws onto the needle is broken from the cord. What can I do? Do they sell replacements? Does anyone know how to contact the makers? I have never experienced any problems with these needles, nor can I find any contact information online. Argh!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Seen this pattern? on: April 14, 2007 03:18:59 PM
I saved this picture on my computer awhile back, but now I have no idea where it's from! I normally save picture with their info, but the filename I gave it makes no sense to me.



I would really appreciate it if anyone can tell me where it can be found. I think have the perfect yarn for it now, and absolutely MUST make it!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gatsby Girl sweater on: April 01, 2007 06:34:35 PM
Finally! I finished my Gatsby Girl sweater today.

The pattern is from Interweave Knits Fall 2006. I used Rowan Felted Tweed and lengthened the sleeves.



More details and pics at my blog:
http://cnp71203.blogspot.com/2007/04/about-time-gatsby-girl-fo.html
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Rapunzel from Rowan 34? on: March 12, 2007 05:06:10 PM
Has anyone knit Rapunzel?

http://www.theknittinggarden.com/patterns/romag34/rapunzel.htm

I'm swatching for it, and I cannot seem to get gauge! The recommended gauge is 20 st/30 rows in moss stitch. On size 6 needles (at least, I think they are size 6, they aren't labeled though, and I thought they were 7s when I started), I got 19 st./28 rows, on size 5s I get 19 st/34.5 rows. I'm worried about going with the size 6s because I think that will make it too large, correct? I'm looking for my size 7s to swatch with, but it doesn't seem like they will work for the row gauge, and on this sweater, I think row gauge actually matters - it looks like the whole thing is charted. I'm using S. Charles Merino Cable, which according to all of the websites I've looked on, is a worsted weight yarn. I normally have no trouble getting gauge, and this is driving me nuts!! Any advice?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Shaping a shawl collar? on: February 22, 2007 09:08:00 PM
I found this sweater I'd love to try to copy, and I think I've got a good idea of how to do it, but it has a shawl collar and I am not sure how to go about it. Can anyone give me an idea of how they are shaped? Thanks!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Searching for free pattern - simple gloves in fingering weight on: February 08, 2007 11:01:50 PM
I'm looking for a free pattern for just some simple gloves or fingerless gloves knit in a fingering weight yarn. The yarn I want to use is Lorna's Laces in mardi gras, and I have really small hands. Please help!
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Lana Grossa Lacy Wrap Sweater? on: January 23, 2007 09:30:36 PM
I just started the sweater here:

http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/08_2005/index.html

Anyone want to knit along with me? I already have a question!

These instructions are pretty confusing.

Left front: cast on 51 sts using size 6 mm needles and P 1 return row, cont in basic patt: edge st, start at arrow A, rep patt g 3 times, end at arrow B, edge st. After 2 rows bind off for neck shaping at left edge 1 st on every alt row twice, then 1 st alt on every 2nd and 4th row 16 times. When work measures 9 cm or 3 1/2" from beginning inc for side shaping at right edge 1 st on every 6th row 5 times. When work measures 25 cm or 9 7/8" from beginning bind off for armhole at right edge on every alt row 3 sts once, 2 sts twice and 1 st 3 times. When work measures 41 cm or 16 1/8" from beginning bind off rem 13 sts.

Ok, I did the purl row, the first row of lace, and the purl row after that. But now I'm supposed to bind off for neck shaping - do I include an edge stitch at that? Also, do I keep reading the chart from point A instead of from the beginning of the chart?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lacey Ballet Wrap Sweater pattern? on: January 21, 2007 06:07:16 PM
I know I've seen one somewhere... a lacey, ballet wrap sweater pattern that is knit in either DK or worsted weight. I've run across ones for fingering, but my yarn is too think for that. Can anyone point me to a few patterns? Thanks!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Searching for a sweater/cardi pattern, and pattern organization? on: January 20, 2007 05:58:04 PM
I'm looking for a simple, elegant cardigan or pullover that is knit in a DK weight, and is mostly st. st., maybe with some ribbing. I think a V-neck would be preferable, but I'm open to others, too. Something that can be worn with nearly anything. I know this sounds like something I could just come up with on my own, but thus far, my luck with free handing has been really bad. I am very nervous to try it, since the yarn I want to use seems quite delicate.

Also, I have a TON of patterns, mostly things I've found free online, but also have quite a few magazines, and a couple of books. I'd like to organize my patterns so that when I'm looking for something like, say a specific but simple cardigan pattern, I won't have to dig through every single pattern I have. I already have a binder that I've separated by item, but it's gotten pretty fat, and that's still not acknowledging my magazine/book patterns, and ideas for projects in the future. How do you organize? I am probably one of the most disorganized people in the world, and it's gotten really annoying. I could definitely use some tips! I don't have a lot of space or time, but I really want to get in order.

Finally, after I finish a project, I usually keep the leftover yarn for mending purposes. But for some of those projects, it's nearly an entire ball left over. I don't want to end up with a ton of leftover yarn that is just taking up space and waiting for a day I hope will never come! Does anyone else save yarn for mending? What do you do? How much do you normally save? I'd like to just get enough, store it in a baggie with a note saying what it's for, and then be able to use the rest.
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