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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Tatters? on: November 13, 2007 01:39:17 AM
An important thing to make sure of is that all your knots are forming over one thread, not snarling between the two, or alternating. As you make each knot see if you can get it to slide along the shuttle thread a little, and then open the ring out a bit (don't try and close it, just move it a few mm). If you can get the picot happening it sounds as though you have the flip down (where you move the knot between the threads) but perhaps subsequent knots don't flip.

It may also be a problem if you are using a textured thread to work with, or perhaps a really tight tension and a soft thread?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is Ravelry impacting your Craftster use? on: November 09, 2007 01:13:41 AM
I am spending a little less time on Craftster now that I'm on Ravelry, but craftster is still somewhere I check everyday, browse through the projects, get inspiration; I'm a multi craftster too, so Rav doesn't cover everything.

The major change I can think of is that I spend less time looking through the forums of crafts I don't do; by the time it got into the evening here I had alread read through all the forums and looked at the FO of the crafts which interested me, and it was a bit "hmm, need something new to look at, lets check out the glass forum!". I don't really get there anymore.

I also find that on Rav I can discuss things not related to my crafts. Don't get me wrong, I can go on for hours, but its also nice to have somewhere to discuss larger political and social issues, connect with people who share the same passions I do, and then have message boards for those groups.

Craftster still has a strong hold on my heart Wink. I'm in the craftster group on rav.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Recycled yarn and yardage: What can I make with this? on: November 05, 2007 12:13:11 AM
Sorry, I mean weighing 10 (unit of weight) rather than 10 (unit of measure).

Or, alternatively, if you can rig up a set distance (between 2 chairs...) and make a skein, you can count up how many loops you have * distance of the loop / weight, and then work out your yardage.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Recycled yarn and yardage: What can I make with this? on: November 04, 2007 02:31:23 PM
Also, your kitchen scale may round for you. Our kitchen scale goes by 2g increments, which is lots in fibre amounts. It is pretty old nowadays though, but check the packaging to see if it says something.

Perhaps instead of measuring a yard, you could weigh out 10g or so, and then measure it to see how much you have.

Good luck with your project, it is a very pretty colour.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock Yarn Question on: November 02, 2007 06:03:07 PM
I've had superwash (Lorna's Laces SS) full a little in areas where there is lots of wear- mostly the ball of my foot.

Unless you were doing some serious sweating and agitation, I can't imagine that it would get too bad- you may loose some stitch definition but it won't necessarily become like felt (though I have heard some types became uncomfortable with serious w&t). I have some non-superwash wool socks that are fulling a little at the heel and ball of my foot, but not enough that it is nflexible and uncomfortable.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn weights? Help for brits here.... on: October 25, 2007 04:59:03 PM
Also, lace is a 2-ply. sock= fingering= 4 ply.

10 ply seems to be way more popular in America than it is elsewhere so you will probably need to sub an 8 or a 12 ply, or double strand 4 or 5. I find that American patterns are knit at a tighter guage than I like, so I usually sub an 8 ply for more drape. You may have some luck finding American brands, or at least brands that use the American system at an LYS, but probably not at an all-purpose craft store.

Good luck Wink.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Outfitters scarf- deciphering the stitch pattern! on: October 24, 2007 02:41:31 AM
no worries, I've been there too.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Outfitters scarf- deciphering the stitch pattern! on: October 24, 2007 01:46:11 AM
Hardly; I'm a crocheter and I've worked that pattern before. I'm not one to dismiss the idea that something is crocheted just because I feel threatened by it.

Perhaps the fact that when I was working it, it was with a 2.5mm hook, but I am still not convinced that it is a star stitch, or at least, that it hasn't been modified. I'm happy to be proven wrong though, I can say I've learnt something.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Urban Outfitters scarf- deciphering the stitch pattern! on: October 23, 2007 08:49:45 PM
I'm almost certain it isn't crochet; there are purl bumps going on.

I think what might be happening is;
row one (ws); rib setup; k2,p4
row two (rs); continue purling as appropriate, but either cable 2front, or twist them somehow?
row 3; continue in the rib
row 4; shift the rib by p3, *k2, p4* k1. I think; so that the new 4 stitch part includes one stitch from each 2st part on either side, and the new 2 stich parts are the 2 middle stitches of the previous 4 stitch part.
then repeating the twists and ribs where appropriate.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Trouble with alpaca fiber on: October 23, 2007 08:33:29 PM
Also, if you are having trouble getting the stitches back on your needle, you can either downsize a couple to get them on easier, or else run a "lifeline" (not sure if it is exactly the same as an actual lifeline but...) through your stitchs a few rows or cm's down; thread a blunt yarn needle with a smooth yarn; cotton is good for this. Then, following the row, go underneath one of the legs of each stitch all the way around. Rip down to the row and all the stitches should be on there; slip them back onto your needle and either re-orient them as you are doing it or knit into the front/back of the loop as appropriate, depending on which leg you used.

If you find it awkward runnning up a dropped stitch with a needle you could also use a smallish crochet hook.

oops, great minds Caclark4
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