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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: A good first sock? on: July 27, 2007 06:10:51 AM
I'd have to recommend Monkey, too. It was such an easy pattern to follow, very easy to remember.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bad baby hat! on: July 26, 2007 06:04:25 PM
OH!!! I think Paton's Grace comes in a pure white! Of all the places, darn it, I never even thought to check Michael's. I might look there.
I think that's what is making this hat look even worse, it's a dull loosely spun cotton, so it looks old and a little too 'homemade'. My husband said, "It IS homemade," and I told him I think there is a difference between looking homemade and looking handknit.  Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bad baby hat! on: July 26, 2007 01:09:41 PM
I am making a baby hat for a friend's little one to wear home from the hospital. Mom to be requested pure white, which is making it really, really difficult. It is hard to find pure bright white in the yarns I want to use- I really wanted a beautiful cashmere or something, but it's all off white at best. At my LYS, the worker told me not to use wool or anything like that b/c of babies and allergies. That left me with not much other than cotton- and I am learning I HATE knitting with 100% cotton, especially pure white!
I've knit the hat twice and it just looks like crap, frankly. I'm knitting two needle sizes lower than I would normally, and I'm following the directions to a T and instead of a nice rounded top on the beanie, I'm getting a strange little point. It HAS to be the yarn, I've made the hat before. It was a nice cotton, too, Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton.

I'm so frustrated, I've had a bad run of projects lately and put down my needles for a while. I figured what would make it easier to pick them up again but a simple white baby hat. NOPE!

What do you think, should I really forgo the wool? At this point I don't have time to order anything online, I need to be able to find it here. There are several stores near me that carry a pretty wide range of stuff, so hopefully I can get almost anything.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How does she do this? on: March 19, 2007 12:05:27 PM
I think you're fastest at whatever you're most comfortable doing. I hold my knitting close to the tips and I'm a thrower, but I think I'm pretty fast!  Like another poster said, it comes with practice!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wheelie sub yarn on: March 19, 2007 12:02:32 PM
Wheelie is made with Fixation, right? Not 220.
The best sub I know of for Fixation is Elann's brand, Esprit. Of course, that's not available anywhere in stores either, so you will probably have to order whichever you choose online.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: new anthropologie cardigan stitch question on: March 16, 2007 06:52:13 PM
I'm not sure if I see garter stitch. I'm not generally an expert at that, but it doesn't look like garter stitch to me. It almost looks like mistake ribbing (where you slip every other st on the wrong side), but it gets so fuzzy when I zoom it's hard to tell.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: winter headband- any ideas? on: March 12, 2007 11:26:20 AM
It sounds a lot like Knitty's Calorimetry. I know a lot of people made that this winter, there was a big knitalong. I never got around to it, but it was really cute!
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTcalorimetry.html
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: whats better for a beginner? Toe up or Cuff down socks on: March 09, 2007 12:58:29 PM
I have tried short rows before, necessary for toe up, and I just can't get it in my head. I will try again and am sure that one day it will click, but for now, I stick to top down.
When I made my first sock, I was clueless, so confused! None of it made sense to me. THIS is a great tutorial, though, and it helped me understand everything!
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Intro.htm
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock advice on: March 04, 2007 10:16:21 AM
Yeah, I've done that (use a size 1 on the ribbing cuff and then go to a 2). It holds up on my leg fine, but it still bags around the ankle.
I'll have to look into the elastic- I'd like to save my Monkeys.  Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock advice on: March 04, 2007 07:12:45 AM
I have some questions! I am starting a pair of socks in a lace pattern that I adapted from a few different patterns. and not sure what to do.
I made a pair of Monkeys on size 2s with Lornas Laces. They fit great at first but they sagged around the ankles after a few wears. 
On this pair, I went down to a size 1 needle, and the darn sock was so tight there was no way I could wear it.

I have a few options and I'm not sure which to try.
I can:
use size 1s for the leg portion and switch to 2s for the foot (so the top won't sag and the foot will fit)

OR

use size 1s but add another pattern repeat. This would be okay, except it's a 10 st pattern repeat- that's quite a few stitches to add.

What would you recommend?
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