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1  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.
2  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?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pickerington, OH yarn market question! on: March 01, 2007 10:16:46 AM
I have seen this mentioned a few times in this forum, I live about an hour from there.  I'd like to go, it sounds like a fun trip, but I'm wondering about the pricing. Is the benefit of the trip just the sheer volume of what they offer, or is it discounted in any way?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Do you ever get in a slump? on: February 14, 2007 01:39:40 PM
It started by my doing a lot of yarn buying, but not a lot of knitting, I couldn't find any great patterns I was really into.
Then, I worked on three or four different projects that just went nowhere- a sock with a lace pattern that might have killed me if I didn't quit, then a sock that I finished and realized was only going to fit a midget, and then a million false starts making silly mistakes- bad counting at cast on, horribly loose looking 1x1 rib, it was a mess!
I think I'm in a slump! I HATE to frog, I know it comes with the territory, but it irks me, and I'll avoid it at all costs.  Having to frog about 5 of my last 6 knits and then all my little mishaps, I want to scream and kick my needles across the floor.  Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cascade Fixation help on: February 14, 2007 01:35:36 PM
I have one ball that I intended to use for socks for my 4 year old daughter, then decided maybe anklets for me.... however, I had a few false starts, and I'm finding it really hard to get used to!
The label says best knit while yarn is relaxed, but I am a tight knitter, and that is really hard for me. It was very difficult to keep an even tension, something that isn't normally something I struggle with.  Once I worked that out well enough, I got through the heel flap and gusset, and got HORRIBLE ladders along the top of the decrease line on the gusset!  I have had ladder issues at times, but these are HUGE holes (not where I'd picked up stitches, but just between needles).

I got so frustrated, I frogged and quit. Is there a trick, or some tips to knitting with this yarn? I thought it was actually very forgiving, but I think it hates me!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone seen Cotton Ease in stores? on: February 01, 2007 05:36:55 PM
I know it's back, but I can't find it. I know I can order online, but I have sort of an aversion to online shopping, I need that immediate gratification. I know that makes no sense because I could have ordered and received about five online orders in the time I've been trying to track it down (like three weeks  Grin ) but there must be something in the hunt, I dunno!

Anyway, just wondering what, if any, stores you have seen it in. Michael's and Hobby Lobby have both been big NOs, I haven't checked Joanns or Hancock, wondering if it's worth a trip.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Possible suggestions for switching the Rusted Root lace pattern? on: January 26, 2007 11:42:43 AM
I have the yarn to start Zephyrstyle's Rusted Root, but I'm not sure if I'm up for the lace.  I'm a mindless knitter, and I know I *can* do it, but I also know I'll spend so much time knitting while I daydream and watch Friends, I'll have about a hundred mistakes at the end. 
I know I could probably just leave it out entirely, but I thought there might be an idea out there for something I could switch it up for? I thought about a cable detail or some other kind of decorative pattern.
It's a 15 st repeat.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / bernet Cool Crochet - will this yarn work for socks? on: January 26, 2007 11:25:22 AM
I was in a JoAnn's Etc the other day, and was blown away by their selection!  It was huge!
I found this Bernat Cool Crochet yarn, it says sportweight, but looks like fingering to me. It's 70% cotton, 30% nylon.
Two questions- why does it say crochet?  Is there a reason I can't knit with it?Huh
And would this work for socks?  Is that enough nylon to make it stretch, or no?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do you make sleeves like this? on: January 17, 2007 05:34:38 AM
Anyone know?

I would probably do this top down, so I'm thinking I can just knit straight and then when I get to the ribbing, change needle size and knit the ribbing- but do I need to do some decreases where it meets? What if I just k2tog all the way around and then did ribbing?
Anyone have any ideas or seen similar projects?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Am I doing something wrong? Sock care question on: January 16, 2007 08:22:49 PM
I've made two pair of socks, one for my little girl and one for myself. I LOVE them dearly, and am now addicted.
My problem is that my daughter's got very icky and stretched out looking, but I accidentally washed them- they were Artyarns sock yarn, hand wash. I figured that was the problem, but my pair is Lorna's Laces Superwash, and same deal. They are kind of saggy around the leg and cuff, and just don't look as fabulous as that first time. Sad  They're so pretty, too... why?  Do handknit socks just have a bit of a tendency to sag? It's a bummer if that's the case, because they're soooo comfy.
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