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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color Stranding Help on: August 24, 2007 03:23:21 PM
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000?!?!?!?!

"...repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, I should really just relax!"
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color Stranding Help on: August 24, 2007 12:18:48 PM
here's a question though - how do i add in the contrasting color after the 8 or 9 rows of black?
Well, I just sort of start knitting with the new color. So when I come to the black stitch that needs a green stitch on top of it, I stick my needle in as if to knit, but loop some green yarn over the top instead of looping black yarn, and pull it through. Then, I weave in the end through the wrong side of the work.  Also, when you come to the boundary between two yarn colors, you should "twist" the yarns together, meaning that you just wrap one yarn ball over the other before you start knitting again, so that the two strands are locked together.

I made this diagram:

(ugh, sorry it's smooshed. Click here to see a bigger version.

I tried to number each section in the order that you'd start that mini-ball of yarn, although I didn't really take in to account the direction of the rows. So you start with Ball 1 for a few rows, then on row 9 you add ball 2 for one stitch, then start ball 3 (same color as ball 1, but different section of the pattern), switch to green with Ball 4, then back to black with ball 5, and so on.

On row 14, for example, you'll knit with the strand from Ball 1, then drop it and knit with the strand from ball 2, then Ball 3, then 7, then 6, then 4, then 5.  If there's just a few stitches of one color in the middle of another, you can just use one strand for a few stitches without having to start and stop another ball.

KnittingHelp.com has a video about intarsia - I haven't watched it yet, but I'm sure it's excellent.

You might want to start with a smaller intarsia project first, until you get the hang of visualizing the different blocks of color. (of course, I can't really FIND any patterns right now! gah.)
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Color Stranding Help on: August 24, 2007 11:21:19 AM
Wow, that's a complicated pattern to start out with! Kudos to you for your bravery!

Intarsia knitting is usually done so that each color has it's own "block" with its own yarn. It's the style used when you see a row of hearts on a sweater, for example. Each "heart" gets its own bit of a ball of yarn (separate from the other bits) - you just pick up that strand when you get to it as you're knitting back and forth.

Stranded colorwork (fair isle is a particular subset of stranded work) is suitable for rows where you've got a lot of different color changes all in a row. Each color is carried along and knit in to the fabric on each row. A rule of thumb is that you don't want to "carry" a strand for more than 5 stitches, or the "float" (as its called) could catch or warp the fabric.

(This write-up explains more about the difference between the two)

For your blanket, you'll probably want to do mostly intarsia knitting with a little bit of stranded on the detailed parts like hands and snouts. The first 8 or 9 rows are all-black, so it doesn't make any sense to carry the other color, then each color is pretty segregated into blocks. I'm working on a diagram to show you what I mean.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hey, I learned to Knit! on: August 16, 2007 12:09:19 PM
Wow, your stitches look so even! I've been knitting of 8 months and my tension is STILL so variable! Good job!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newspaper article on: August 16, 2007 11:04:12 AM
Oh jeez, I just saw this (slightly related): LOLVogue.
16  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: San Antonio crafters??? on: August 16, 2007 08:41:43 AM
Hey SA Craftster!

I'm sort of new to the San Antonio area (well, I moved here about a year ago), and I'm looking for some thrifty buddies to go to yard sales, estate sales, and thrifts shops on Saturday mornings with me. (My boyfriend likes to sleep in all weekend, while I want to get things done!).

I live in NW San Antonio, and I've got a car. I'm primarily a knitter, but I'm interested in other crafts as well. Send me an email (sthomson06 AT gmail DOT com) if anyone is interested in starting some sort of Yard Sale caravan group.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newspaper article on: August 16, 2007 08:15:03 AM
Wowie, those are some SERIOUSLY chunky sweaters.

Edited to add: and scarves!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Obtaining Materials for my Project on: August 14, 2007 05:16:45 AM
I wouldn't knit a tube scarf on a circular needle - I'd knit it on a straight needle using the double-knitting method (which is super-simple, and probably just as quick). Also, with a scarf "gauge" really isn't that important. If you've got size 10 needles, and you don't want to buy size 8 needles, then by all means just use the size 10. It'll make the scarf go faster. You could substitute bulkier yarn if you wanted to, so the scarf isn't too open.

To make a tube that's open on the bottom, just cast on with two different strands of yarn, then break one off and follow the technique linked to above with the other one.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: August 11, 2007 10:01:08 PM
OMG, I just got the invitation email! But I can't do anything tonight because I've got guests over!! What timing. My username is the same as here, if anyone cares.

To all the people on the waiting list: I think signed up on June 12, so it took about two months to make it through the list. It might be going a bit faster now. If you've just signed up, then PLEASE don't obsessively check your position in line, like I did (up to two times a day near the end). It made me crazy!
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Fall Bag on: August 10, 2007 08:26:20 AM
Very cute! I really like the subtle stripes. I've been thinking that I need a cute felted bag. How stiff is the material after felting? Is it big enough to hold a wallet and a can of coke?
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