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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tension issues on: September 10, 2007 09:26:38 PM
Hi, sorry for all the questions but I'm a big beginner with crochet, despite having taken to knitting like a duck to water. For some reason I'm just not picking up the crochet as fast.
Anyhoo... I've finally gotten my basic stitches down and am feeling more confident about being able to read my crochet. The main issue I'm having now is keeping my tension even. I keep getting some V's much looser than other and I seem to have a loose gauge in general, which I also find to be the case when I knit but I don't have a problem with my knit stitches looking even.
I've found one way of keeping things more even but I it seems to tighten things up a little too much and makes my hands cramp.
I've tried different ways of holding the yarn and I really don't think that's where the problem is. I think the problem is my right hand.
Are there any crochet videos I can find online?

How much can blocking actually even out crochet? What about acrylic? Any hope there?

Thanks again!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Hook size for edging? on: September 10, 2007 09:18:39 PM
I'm making a super simple square/rectangular baby blanket that's basicly just stripes and a row of sc, a row of dc, alternating.
I want to put a little simple edging on it. Should I use the same size hook or go up one? I'm using Caron Simply Soft and a G hook, I believe. Should I do the edging with an H?

Any suggestions for a  cute but very simple border I can do rather than just sc?

Thanks!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Color bleed and Malabrigo on: September 04, 2007 11:55:27 PM
I'm planning to make a scarf out of Malabrigo using three colors: Roanoke (a medium brown w/ pink tones), Tuareg (a deep aqua blue), and Natural (very light cream).
Has anyone had any problems with Malabrigo colors bleeding? I've wound all three into balls and I'm ready to go on the scarf but it just occurred to me that the blue or brown might come off on the cream in the wash. Should I re-skein them and give them a wash or soak?
I guess I'll end up doing a little swatching and washing to be safe but I still thought I'd see if anyone else has had any experience with Malabrigo colors bleeding into one another or any experiences where it definitely didn't come off on a lighter color.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / choosing lace patterns for EZ's Pi Are Squared shawl on: July 11, 2007 07:30:21 PM
I want to make the shawl from Knitting Around and I'm thinking about using a lace pattern rather than plain garter stitch. What guidelines do I need to follow to make the pattern work? ie. What stitch count repeat should my lace pattern be? 
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting one handed? on: May 26, 2007 10:01:33 AM
I broke my left hand in two places this week and it's making me crazy that I have all this time to sit around and I can't knit!!
I know it's a longshot but has anyone found a workaround to allow you to knit in spite of an injured hand? I don't wanna put any undue stress on my healing hand but I have to do something!
I'm right-handed and a thrower if that helps.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / what yarn weight is Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply? on: May 21, 2007 06:41:42 PM
I've been searching around online and I've seen it called laceweight some places and fingering weight other places. Help? I'm looking to substitute another yarn and I need to know which weight to look for!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lacy fingerless gloves/mits springtime handwear patterns? on: May 17, 2007 06:16:00 AM
I'm looking for a pattern for light/openwork/lacy/etc fingerless gloves. My mom is in love with the Knucks and Fetchings I made her this past Fall/Winter and now she wants a springtime pair.
I know I saw a pattern for something like this a while back but I can't for the life of me remember where! Sad
Help?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / guitar/bass playing knitters on: March 15, 2007 10:29:59 AM
I just started playing guitar and bass again after a year long hiatus. Obviously, I have no calouses anymore (and boy are my fingers sore Tongue). I have naturally soft hands so it takes a while to build up a decent resistence.
Anyway, anyone who plays a similar instrument and knits... do you find that your left hand catches on soft yarn more and such? I'm slightly concerned about how reviving my old hobby will affect my newer hobby.
Thoughts on how to build up enough finger toughness to make guitar playing comfortable while still keeping fingers smooth enough for knitting?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sweater sizing (should I keep going or start over?) pretty pretty please HELP! on: February 08, 2007 02:27:55 PM
I started my first sweater not too long ago and I'm almost halfway through the back. It's the Donna sweater from MagKnits:
http://www.magknits.com/chilly04/patterns/donna.htm

I'm currently about a 42" bust so I'm already on the smaller side for this one-size pattern. I'm also seriously hitting the gym now and I'm afraid that by the time I finish the sweater, it'll be too large! Especially with the side ribbing, which I would prefer to be a tad stretched rather than hang totally limp. I'm sure I won't be a whole lot smaller but it's reasonable to expect 40" in the near future.

Should I rip this out and find a new pattern? I really like the look of this sweater but there's no instructions for making it smaller. If I just worked it over fewer stitches, I am not sure how that would affect the raglan shaping.
Has anyone made this sweater smaller?
Any comprable pattern suggestions? I have 8 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca so I think I have enough yardage for just about anything.
I don't want any cables and I'd like a nice v-neck. Other than that I'm flexible. I'd prefer it was kida fitted, but only if the pattern has built in stretch like this one has the side ribbing. I don't wanna do ribbing all over though.

I was planning to finish the back and try to judge for that. Think I'm just wasting my time there?
I'm not sure where to go from here. I'm at the end of the first skein so I'm kinda at a turning point, debating starting the next one or starting over. Tongue
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / squeaky Denises?? on: January 04, 2007 02:28:23 PM
I got a set of Denise Interchangables a few weeks ago and I'm using them on their first project. Yesterday I noticed that sometimes they seem to squeak/creak at the joins! Is this something fairly normal or should I trade my set back in for another one?
I'm pretty pleased with the needles but I'm really irritated by the noises.
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