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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Tidbit of Lace on: December 02, 2006 08:33:26 PM
This is just a small bite of what I've been working on lately... I figured it's been way too long since I've last posted a finished object, but I can't post my mounds of knitting until Christmas is done with!! So without further hesitation, here is my Nona's new doily (do you actually know anyone besides Grandmothers that use them??):



Pattern: Free knitting pattern from this tag: http://www.suite101.com/external_link.cfm?elink=http://www.knitlacepatterns.com/
Yarn: unknown weight crochet cotton
Needles: Cheap boye size 1 dpns
Changes to the pattern: I used smaller needles, and had a little oopsies in the fourth row that gave me 10 pattern repeats rather than 8. But I had fun!
It took about a week, and is about 12 inches wide side to side.
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Hand Dyeing Yarn- Color Uniformity- HELP!! on: November 05, 2006 06:09:24 PM
I recently "acquired" 8 huge skeins of knit picks merino bare to dye a bright red-orange. I don't have a huge microwave or a pot big enough to dye more than one or two skeins at once, and after dyeing 2 skeins, I realized that- the colors don't match exactly! I should have thought of this in the first place, but after getting the yarn and the dye, I was way too eager to get started!

The remaining un-dyed skeins are more than enough to make myself a sweater- should I just knit the sweater and dye afterwards?

OR

Should I do two or three rows, alternating each skein? Would that adequately conceal a slight color variation, or just make it look kind of stripe-y?

OR

Is there a way to dye with Wilton's icing dyes that would allow me to do the whole she-bang at one time without having a professional grade kitchen? Please HELP! I'm itching to be knitting asap.... Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knit Picks' Bare Merino on: October 30, 2006 07:42:14 PM
I have a slight dilemma- I'm looking for soft yarn in fingering weight that is a very cream-y color (like the wool of the andes- 'natural' color, I believe) for a cabled hat for my guy's aunt. However, I've been having a tough time finding some that are reasonably priced...

...For those of you who have used knit picks' bare merino yarn, is it more of a cream color or white? I was thinking I could simply use this yarn if it was a cream color, and get by with spending even less money!

So- what do you say?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help!! Desperate to figure out this lace! on: October 24, 2006 08:36:54 PM
It's not an actual pattern, but I saw the cardigan on this page and I have to get a handle on it!

http://www.us.redoute.com/laredoute/product/product.asp?referer=1&pf_id=88948&deptid=4681&affiliate_id=017&affiliate_location_id=01&wt.mc_id=k40132
(you can zoom in on the lace, even though it's still a little blurry)

I've searched high and low for a possible lace pattern that looks atleast somewhat like this lace, but with no luck.

Can any of you talented girls (guys too!) help me out?! I'm pulling my hair out here!  Undecided
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new to color working- need lots of help with technique on: October 14, 2006 10:13:43 PM
I'm making a beanie for my boyfriend for his birthday, and he's absolutely in love with the Gators (UF College ball, #2 ranked team). I'm hoping to knit something such as this gator logo or just their insignia on the front of the beanie- but how?



Would it even be possible to do either of these in a pattern? And how do I create a chart? What would be the best way to knit these- by carrying the strands (even though they'll only be knit on the front of the beanie, which I'll be knitting in the round), or using intarsia?

Like I said in the subject, I'm completely new to colorwork, so I'm at a loss for where to start. I need the help of all you knitting divas to get me through this!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Andean Silk= heaven! on: October 09, 2006 07:39:31 PM
I recently bought some Andean Silk yarn from knitpicks, and I thought it was pretty nice. Good hand, very soft, nice sheen...you know, the usual.

However, when I blocked my first few sweater pieces, I had my doubts- first of all, it smelled like a barn (alpaca/silk/wool blend), and second, the yarn felt so stiff! I thought for sure it would dry horribly and all of my hard knitting work would be wasted on it, but...

...This is the best yarn I have ever worked with! I'm not sure if I chose the right pattern for it, but I'm so pleased with the way the blocking changed the fibers. The drape of this yarn is unbelievable- and it truly does feel like silk against the skin. (And best of all? The smell went away!)

Has anyone else had the same results, and if so, what did you use the yarn for? I'm making the cropped shrug/hoodie from rtrgrrl, and I'm not sure if drape is really a great quality for this piece. I'm looking for back-up options just in case I have to frog it  Lips sealed
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Using live stitches for a hood? on: October 06, 2006 09:50:08 AM
In rtrgrrl's cropped shrug/hoodie pattern http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109542.0, would it be ok if I kept the live stitches at the top of each piece and just used them (after seaming the body parts) to make the hood? I would prefer not to bind off and pick up stitches if at all possible, but then again, I'm not even sure about the raglan-type construction.

Are the sleeves inset, or do the front panels and back panels actually rest on the sleeves (like, without touching each other)? I'm having a hard time envisioning it!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first socks! img heavy on: September 23, 2006 10:37:40 PM
I'm so excited about these socks... They're my second finished knit project and my first socks- and I just had to hurry up and post them (even before I weave in the ends and block- do you have to block socks though?).

Let's see- they're a modified hedera from knitty. I made them ankle height because that's how I wear them mostly. Looking back, i probably should have started on the heel straight from the ribbing to avoid the little "hump" in the back, but I still think they're great. I knit these in elann.com's peruvian baby silk in pink (seashell pink?). It's so wonderful to knit with and is so absolutely soft and warm because of the baby alpaca.

The first sock took me two months to finish, the result of a new kitten in the home that turned my ball of yarn into a tangled, felted pile of fuzz, but the second sock took me a total of 2 days. And now, the pictures:





9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Just one of those days... on: August 15, 2006 11:40:00 PM
Do you guys ever have a day of knitting where you're making great progress, and everything is turning out beautifully... and then you take a a really good look at everything- and you realize your pattern is just slightly off? Well, I did that today on my lace cardigan pattern! I was finished with the front when I looked at the whole thing (instead of just the top few rows) and noticed that the repetition in the pattern was all wonky. Nothing that anybody else would notice right away, but enough to make me cringe and swear like a sailor. Take a look for yourselves:

So, on to my question: What would you all do in this situation? Rip out half of your work (that you spent hours on), or just let it be and do the same "mistake" on the other side? I'm debating... but I think I'm going to frog it (so frustrating!!).
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lace Cardigan SOS (my first post!)...please? on: August 12, 2006 10:50:11 PM
I've been lurking on craftster for quite some time, and I saw a pattern posted that I just couldn't resist, the lace cardigan from lana grossa: http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/04_2006/index.html.
Only one problem... I can't even manage the first row on the left front! I must admit, this is the first chart I've even looked twice at, and I've only knit a few socks (one hedera easy lace from knitty, yes one. It's a WIP), a cabled baby blanket and a scarf before. After knitting, frogging and re-knitting these 45 stitches about ten individual times (why? I'm not sure. I believe I was waiting for a miracle), I came up with two extra stitches on the end. How did that happen?? I cast on 45, knit the edge stitch (pattern 2), then pattern 1, repeating the center 12 stitches twice and then all the way through pattern 1, and I have a pair of stitches left that just won't work. What am I doing wrong?

Also, what do I do on the wrong side of the knit? The chart only has instructions for the right side, and to purl yarn overs on the wrong side (If I take that right- instead of doing another yo, I just purl over them?)... what do I do about all the other stitches, like the k2tog, ssk and k? Grrr... just so frustrating that I can't figure this out!! Please, Please help before I pull out all my hair. I think I still have a few clumps left.  Grin
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