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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Is a merino/nylon blend yarn OK for a shawl? on: March 05, 2012 02:36:22 PM
Is it wise to use an 80/20 merino/nylon blend sock yarn to make a lace shawl? I've seen some gorgeous hand-dyed yarn on etsy that I would love to make one of these shawls with:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/harmony-shawl-2
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clover-honey-shawlette

I'm concerned that the nylon would cause the shawl to stretch. Is this a valid concern?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Vest on: March 05, 2012 12:15:14 PM
Looks very nice!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Forest Ridge Lace Shawl on: March 05, 2012 12:08:19 PM
This is beautiful! I like it much better than the others I have seen. It would look lovely over a dress on chilly nights or to dress up a simple outfit.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Left Handed Knitters?? on: July 25, 2009 01:54:56 PM
First of all, I'm right handed, so I won't blame you for not taking my advice.  Wink

Secondly, I agree with Aislynn. In crochet, there's a pretty big difference between working lefty and righty, but in knitting, things are a lot more equal. I use my left hand almost as much as I do my right throughout the a knitting project, even though it's not my dominant hand. Because of this, I've never really seen knitting as being greatly affected by whether you're left or right handed. The one exception I can see is the way you hold the yarn. So if you haven't already, look into continental knitting (where you hold the yarn in your left hand). It's supposedly a faster way of knitting and creates more even stitches (not sure if that's true or not), but it's also probably easier for lefties. Knittinghelp.com has some really good vids that explain it really well. It's probably a good place to start.

I hope this helps!

~Melanie
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Seeking Yarn Suggestions! on: May 20, 2009 09:38:13 PM
I'm not certain what fiber content or weight/thickness you're looking for, but how about something basic, like Red Heart Soft or Vanna's Choice (also Vanna's Choice Baby). These have rather nice color selections and are reasonably priced.

As far as knitting goes, have you tried using the videos on knittinghelp.com? They really helped me once I got started!

Best of luck with the ami project (and knitting!)!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I have a really dumb question to ask! on: May 19, 2009 08:09:27 PM
10 rows total.

Have you tried using knittinghelp.com? It has really great videos!

Best of luck learning! I taught myself a couple years ago, using a bunch of random websites and books. That was kind of a pain, but definitely worth it! Knittinghelp.com was by far the best resource I came across.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarn for Afghan -- HELP! on: May 18, 2009 06:49:36 PM
I'd go with a similar yarn weight, also.

You might want to move this to the Discussion board. You'll probably get more responses that way!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue for a girl? on: May 17, 2009 08:36:40 PM
As for color choices it wasn't until WWII ended that pink was for girls and blue for boys... before that the opposite was true. I don't know the reason for the flip, but flip it did! Fashion history is so strange.

I was told by one of my history-savy friends that originally pink was used for boys because it was a pale red (more manly, I suppose) and light blues, I assume, were more feminine due to their relationship with royal purples and blues.

The Cardi is gorgeous! Very cute!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creative Gift Box for Giving Afghans???? on: May 16, 2009 09:29:27 PM
Well, with baby blankets and lapghans, I usually fold/roll them really nicely (kinda like a sleeping bag) and tie a matching ribbon around the middle to hold it in place. Then I place some tissue paper in a simple gift bag and nestle the blanket in that. For larger blankets, I usually fold it into a square and tie 2 ribbons around it (as though it were a box or "traditional" christmas present). I either place that into a gift bag or box. I've been known to simply attach a gift tag onto the ribbon and hand it to the person also.  Cheesy
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Eco-ways? on: May 15, 2009 07:59:09 PM
Thanks! I tried a couple swatches with 10 1/2s, but they didn't want to lay quite right. So I found a nice lacy crochet pattern that lends itself to the material better.

Thanks everyone!!
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