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3681  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Use What You Have Month on: April 20, 2006 03:08:22 PM
OOO OOO I'm IN! Hehe. I just bought 24 balls of sugar N cream for a blanket I'm working on for my 2 boys but even before that I had an ungodly amount of yarn so I'm gonna do a bunch of side projects while knitting the blanket. I'm starting off (after the idea from loisgriffinwannabe) doing a clapotis scarf with Black Simply Soft. I have 2 - 6 oz. skeins of it which is 660 yards so I should have enough to do a full Clapotis but #1 I don't want to chance it and #2 I'm only 4'11 so I don't want something that will be over powering on me (most patterns like this seem to be made for women 5'4 or taller! Thanks for the idea!

I used 1 skein of SS on 10.5/6.5mm needles and got a Clapotis of about 15"x70". So you'll have more than enough, even if you're using smaller needles. Just start in and see where you get to.

sue

Oh thanks for the tidbit! I figured I would try that!

BTW, just remembered that skeins are not always equal. I meant the larger 6oz one, not the 3 oz....

sue
3682  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Use What You Have Month on: April 20, 2006 02:24:45 PM
OOO OOO I'm IN! Hehe. I just bought 24 balls of sugar N cream for a blanket I'm working on for my 2 boys but even before that I had an ungodly amount of yarn so I'm gonna do a bunch of side projects while knitting the blanket. I'm starting off (after the idea from loisgriffinwannabe) doing a clapotis scarf with Black Simply Soft. I have 2 - 6 oz. skeins of it which is 660 yards so I should have enough to do a full Clapotis but #1 I don't want to chance it and #2 I'm only 4'11 so I don't want something that will be over powering on me (most patterns like this seem to be made for women 5'4 or taller! Thanks for the idea!

I used 1 skein of SS on 10.5/6.5mm needles and got a Clapotis of about 15"x70". So you'll have more than enough, even if you're using smaller needles. Just start in and see where you get to.

sue
3683  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embarrassing yarn question on: April 19, 2006 06:33:55 PM
Wool is sometimes used as a generic term for yarn (as in `wool forward'), so if you want to use acrylic for practice in a new technique, seems like you could. Is there a way to contact the people who sent you the supply list to clarify?

sue
3684  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: So mad at my yarn choice! on: April 19, 2006 11:42:53 AM
I don't understand about not getting a consistent gauge in acrylic. I've not had that problem, and if it's a bit uneven, it will even out after it's washed anyway.

sue
3685  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you use different yarns?? on: April 18, 2006 08:19:26 PM
If you're looking for a cheap alternative to expensive yarn, Knitpicks has very nice yarn. It feels so much nicer than either Red Heart or Simply Soft. They (Knitpicks) have at least two nice double-knit weight yarns (Merino Style, which is merino, and Shine, which is cotton). I don't think either is much more than $2 a skein.

Merino style *is* very nice; I have two sweaters OTN right now with it. However, their skeins at $2.29 for 123 yards is still a little more than Simply Soft for $2-2.50 for over 300 yards. Most of Caron's yarn, even the ultra cheap One Pound and the Perfect Match is much softer feeling than most Red Heart yarns. The SS feels softer than Merino Style and has a shimmer to it. I like both - depends on the project.

sue
3686  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you use different yarns?? on: April 18, 2006 07:41:21 PM
The knitting garden says that Wool Cotton is DK weight, which is, I think two sport weights, less than worsted, though. So, you might have to do some serious math if you are substituting a worsted, unless you can get it to guage right, you will have to make a guage swatch and use different needles, though. Lion says Microspun is DK, but I strongly advise you not to get it. I tried to use it on a bikini top, I only got one triangle done because the splitting frustrated me so much, it had broken and tangled pieces in the middle of the ball ugh. Babysoft might work, I haven't tried it, and it depends on how much you like pastels. Why does it seem like if you find stuff that thin, its always in pastels?

Good luck with whatever you find works for you.

I've used Simply Soft and think it's closer to DK than worsted, so that would be good to substitute. And it's reeeeeeallllyy nice and soft!

sue
3687  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: April 18, 2006 04:35:32 AM
Well just as I was resizing the pics to come post them I decided to try and coax it a little bit and like magic it worked...my stitch didnt want to just fall down the ladder I had to push it down each and every one but it's resting peacefully in that nice little yarn over slot. hehehe

They can be stubborn sometimes. I knit several from SS and didn't have a problem dropping stitches, but ya never know...

sue
3688  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: April 17, 2006 06:46:57 PM
[quote author=soozeq link=topic=25312.msg855289#msg855289

i'll take a picture of it this evening. I dropped the right stitch as I can follow down where it's supposed to go and it should end up at the yarn over but it's just refusing to go. Like its stuck

Maybe you crossed it somehow... I'll take a look at the picture.

sue
3689  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: April 17, 2006 05:15:36 PM
[quote author=RandomCrafter link=topic=25312.msg855025#msg855025

Now that that's taken care of....SOMEONE HELP!!! I got to my first drop stitch and for some reason it's refusing to drop down. I've kinda coaxed it down about 3 bars but it's not going any lower than that. Is there something I can do or will it just work down on it's own?
[/quote]

Hmmmm, did it go down to the yo stitch at the edge? If not, then maybe you dropped the wrong stitch.

sue
3690  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Interweave Knits Summer 2006 Preview Is Up on: April 16, 2006 05:05:56 AM
I think the Lotus Blossom top looks a little like Leelah, with a bit of Tubey for the straps.  Cheesy   Basically the Leelah (lace pattern is different) with straps and not so snug under the bust.

sue
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