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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simple Scarf - Please help!!! on: January 17, 2009 04:29:06 PM
Many patterns will have what I call a 'recovery row' after a 'lace row'.  It will be straight knit or purl all the way across, making all of the stitches look and act normally again.  This one doesn't.

What this means for you is that you will have to be careful with your yarn-overs.  They can be tricky.  Watch that you don't accidentally drop one or otherwise lose one somewhere in the row.

If you are gaining a single stitch per row, it is probably the first stitch.  A loose last stitch from the previous row can appear as two stitches when you turn it to start the next row.  If this is what you are doing, be sure to give a down-and-towards-the-back tug on your working yarn to get that first stitch to behave.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / question Ashford Drum Carder on: November 26, 2008 02:37:07 PM
Hi all.

We just bought a slightly used Ashford Drum Carder.  It looks to be in great shape.  However, the drums seems closer together than what I remember they should be. But, it's been a long time since I used a drum carder. They slightly rake against each other and make a slight scratchy noise when operated while empty.

Is this normal?  Is there a way to change the 'gap' between the drums?

Thanks, Jill Huh
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Combining sewing and knitting? on: January 21, 2008 09:13:05 AM
I've been saving my skinny scraps to knit with (eventually).
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: circles are for squares! on: January 19, 2008 08:25:04 PM
Is the piece knit in the round?  If so, just add 1 or 2 stitches to either end for seams.  Or, you could knit it on DPs.

It's really not a big deal to switch straighte patterns to circ ones and vice versa.  If it's complicated stitch, write it down.  Otherwise, you should be fine.

I'd be happy to answer ny questions if needed.

Good luck!  Jill
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday 01-18-2008 on: January 18, 2008 02:21:32 PM
Star 217 - Beautiful!  what does fulling do the final texture of the yarn?

Isamax - I love the green monster yarn!
Garyling Your colors perfectly matched my mood today blue and gray and dark with little bright spots.

Lufah I love your combinations.  When I Navajo ply I get those weird little nubs, too.  But theyre kind of cute, and theyre usually soft.   I have a ribbed brown hat I knit out of some yarn that I Navajo plied, posted on my blog.

Luxx I like the cuff!  Can you use your bits to needle felt little pices that you could then spin into your yarn or use to adorn other pieces?

Cottondeer- I love what you did with sea juice!  That must have taken a lot of time.

Edna I love the colors in your sampler yarn!


Yeay for Fiber Friday!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: sticky needles? on: January 17, 2008 04:47:59 PM
Just regular hand lotion?  Doe sit ever make your yarn greasy?

Should we be treating our needles like old wooden furniture?  I have some orange oil/beeswax rub for antique wood.  I wonder if that would work.

It certainly can't hurt, b/c if I can't get them in better shape than this, I'm just going to toss them.

Jill
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / sticky needles? on: January 15, 2008 06:15:09 PM
I hope someone can give me advise.  I recently bought a 4 piece set of bamboo circs.  When they arrived, they have some sort of finish on them.  They feel smooth, but when I tried to knit, the yarn would not slide on the needles for anything.

What should I do?  sand? wax? oil?  I don't know what would be best, but I think they are salvageable.  Any suggestions, or has anyone 'modified' their needles before?

thnx, Jill
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: naughty knits *adults only* on: January 15, 2008 06:12:49 PM
I think there's a book called Intimate Knits, or something like that.  Maybe someone here has it?
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fiber of the Month Clubs on: January 15, 2008 06:07:16 PM
Thanks for starting this thread.  I've been wanting to join a FOTM club.  Thanks to all you responders, too.  -Jill
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help, I'm snagging my yarn on: January 05, 2008 02:02:13 PM
No matter what I do, in the winter my hands get so dry that when I try to spin something really soft, I don't want to feel it/work with it, because it finds every little dry cuticle or dry spot and hang up on it.  (I do a lot of outdoor activities and 'work' outside.)  I use lotions, creams, and a twice weekly vaseline with gloves on at night.

Do any of you other spinners have this problem?  Does anyone have a 'miracle' cream or solution? 

Let's discuss:
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