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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: August 10, 2007 07:15:10 AM
Quote from: KristinMarie l
I do wonder, though, if they're really inviting about 1200 this week.  On Monday morning I was #1990 and this morning I am #1546.[/quote

It's a little slower than that. On July 30th I had 1200-and-a-bit of people ahead of me. Today (11 days later) there are less than 200 people ahead of me. I don't think Ravelry invites people every single day - it happens in chunks.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vanna's Choice Yarn. on: August 05, 2007 11:18:48 AM
I saw and felt this yarn first-hand while I was at Michael's yesterday. The colors are very pretty up close, and I liked how the variegated and striped yarns coordinated with the solid yarns.

However, it seemed to be a little rough, and the plies were already splitting on the skein. I have used much softer acrylic yarns, like Caron Simply Soft.
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My first men's sweater!! on: August 05, 2007 06:58:59 AM
Wow that looks so professional! I love the wide rib - so masculine.
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: PLEASE HELP modify pattern for circs on: August 04, 2007 04:30:18 PM
When converting from flat knitting to circular knitting, any "wrong side" purls become knits and any "wrong side" knits become purls. So it would be:

Row 1: p2, k9, p2
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Decreasing on 1x1 ribbing on: August 03, 2007 09:35:40 AM
Can you read charts? I made this chart (which essentially shows what wootwoot is describing and what they did in the hat).



This shows just the left half of a small hat, knit in the round. You'd have to repeat this pattern one time to make a full hat.

Row 1: normal k1, p1 repeating
Row 2: When you get to the side seam, you see a (p1, k1) that you have to decrease, so you use a ssp, paired with a k2tog.
Row 3: normal
Row 4: This time, when you get to the seam stitches, you'll see a (k1, p1), so you do the opposite of in Row 2 - you ssk, followed by a p2tog.
...(and so on)

In the chart, you can see that the purl stitches are all stacked on top of each other and the knit stitches are all stacked on top of each other, so it'll look nice. In the real hat, the columns of stitches will actually point towards the peak of the hat in a chevron shape, but that's hard to show!

In this pattern, you'll be decreasing 4 stitches every second row. You can decrease more gradually by decreasing 4 stitches every 3 rows; or you can decrease more quickly by decreasing 8 stitches every 2 rows (repeating this pattern 4 times, essentially making 4 seams).
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vanna's Choice Yarn. on: August 03, 2007 06:46:08 AM
Here it is. Lionbrand just sent me a notice about it. I think the color choices are lovely and it looks like it would be easy to pick 2 or 3 complimenting colors.

Here are some free patterns for it, too.

(Vanna White is a noted crochet-er, didja know?)
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skp? What is it? on: August 02, 2007 01:58:43 PM
It's "slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over". It's called a "decrease", which means that where there used to be two stitches now there's only one.

I suppose it is a little bit like binding off, except when binding off you go "knit 2, pass first stitch over second". The difference is that in skp, the knit stitch is one row above the passed over stitch, so that it looks more like a triangle. When binding off, the passed-over knit stitches make more of a line. They would look weird in the middle of a knit pattern.

Lucia wrote a pretty in-depth blog post that describes an skp in detail, as well as a related decrease: ssk.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you wish people had told you before you started knitting? on: August 02, 2007 01:21:42 PM
If you have a non-crafty Significant Other, he or she may start to get a little jealous and attention starved if you knit in your free time.

It's best to put the needles down and snuggle with them for a bit, until they get distracted and you can return to your precious kitting!
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ack my stitches keep falling off my needles! Socks issues on: August 02, 2007 07:50:15 AM
Are they coming off the business end (coming off while you're knitting) or off the other end? (coming off needles you're not using)

If it's the second, then make sure you're centering the stitches on the needle after you're done with it. That way they won't slip off. You could also try either longer needles or "stickier" needles. I'm using aluminum needles right now, and they're really slippery - stitches can slide right off the back end if I'm not careful. Wood or plastic needles are usually much rougher, and the stitches sort of stick to them a bit.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ravelry! Extra invites... on: July 30, 2007 12:33:07 PM
Also, in a blog post (check out the ravelry blogs, dudes), one of the creators said that they're currently accepting 1200 people per week! And it'll only get faster.
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