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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Takumi Bamboo Circ Needles on: June 28, 2007 07:03:31 PM
Dip the plastic cables ONLY (not the bamboo parts!) in boiling water for a few seconds to soften it up, and then hang it by one end of the needle (I used one of those pants hangers with the clips and just clipped one end) until it's cooled off. 

Worked for me!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flower Basket Shawl Help! on: June 28, 2007 06:59:36 PM
I did this pattern awhile back, so I will try my best.  I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but this is how I approached it:  You knit 2 sts, then follow the chart up to the red box, and then repeat the row within the box over and over until you no longer have enough stitches left for a FULL repeat before your first marker (the one before the center stitch).  Then, with the leftover stitches before your marker, you finish with what is left on the row AFTER the red box, slip the marker, knit 1, slip marker, and then repeat it on the other side (Knit up the red box, repeat the box until you can't do a full repeat, finish off the row, sl marker, knit 2).

What really helped me was the place a lifeline after each set of repeats so you can easily count how many repeats you have done, and also place a stitch marker between each horizontal repeats, so you can keep track of how many stitches are within each repeat.  Does that make any sense?  The whole thing went much faster after I implemented these tactics. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knit1's Human Heart Pillow *1 pic* on: June 23, 2007 11:12:33 AM
Wow, I'm in awe.  Did you do the all the coronary vessels too?

As a physician, I deal with people's guts wayyyy too much to think about knitting them.  Good job!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitpicks WotA vs Cascade 220: Which to use for the CPH? on: June 18, 2007 09:23:20 PM
Knitpicks' Swish Superwash is softer than either 220 or WOTA, IMO.  It's not very expensive either, and I wear it against my skin without a problem (and I usually have very sensitive skin).  Plus, it's superwash, so you can roll around in the dirt like fiber_freak's daughter.  It does pill a bit, but no more than 220.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock Weight Yarn Available at Hobby Lobby? on: June 18, 2007 01:39:54 PM
Not sure if it's available at Hobby Lobby, but Lion Brand Magic Stripes is sock weight.  I've seen it at Hancock before...
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a top down seamless v-neck cardigan pattern on: June 11, 2007 08:42:24 AM
Knitknitter,
 
Forgive me, but your original thread line did not provide any of these details, which is why I referred you back to the prior post.  And it looks like you've been getting pretty similar responses.  And I was not aware that v-neck cardigans were age-specific, children or no.  Regardless, there's also this book:
 http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Sweaters-Top-Down-Fabulous/dp/1579908586/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/102-0795154-7713734?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181576307&sr=1-2

And this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Top-Down-Sweaters-Knit-Bottom/dp/1564776972/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/102-0795154-7713734?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181576307&sr=1-3

Some of the designs are hideous, but easily adapted or toned down.  This lady self-publishes her patterns, and they are great.  I have the very last book, Sweaters for Everyone Kids to Adults, and it has really cute patterns:

http://onepieceknitting.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1



Thanks, Lana2. I actually read that post and my question was not answered, which is why I posted again.  Grin Grin Grin I actually Barbara Walker's Knitting from The Top, and, as I have mentioned in previous posts, her directions are not clear to me. The other patterns that were posted are not the type that I would wear myself. This poster was looking for a sweater for her mom, considering that I am not old enough to have a child that is old enough to knit, the style of sweater that I would be looking to make would mostly likely be different than the one that was mentioned in that thread. This is another reason, why I posted a seperate discussion.

If you are anyone else has further advice about the topic that I started it would be greatly appreciated. Grin

Someone just asked this a few days ago:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173057.0
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a top down seamless v-neck cardigan pattern on: June 10, 2007 10:56:12 AM
Someone just asked this a few days ago:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173057.0
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your favorite yarn? on: June 04, 2007 06:37:26 AM
Let's see:

Fave cheap(er) yarn:  Lion Brand Cashmere Blend, Lion Brand Cotton Fleece, Patons Classic Merino, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, Brown Sheep Wildfoote sock yarn, Patons Kroy sock yarn

Fave expensive stuff:  Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn, Malabrigo (of course), Koigu.  My new favorite find is this small company called Pear Tree Australia.  They only have about 6 colors, and they claim it's 100% merino, but I swear it's butter.  Pricey though - almost $10 for 50 g.  But sooooo yummy....
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Rusted Root on: May 28, 2007 09:04:22 PM
Hee, my mother saw mine and won't shut up about it. "How hard was it to make? How much did it cost? How long did it take?" "Mom, I'm not making you one." "Hmph."

(I learned the hard way not to knit for my mother. One scarf and the loss of my sanity later... never again.)

I'm with you on this one.  My mother would SO not appreciate it at all.   I shudder to think of the unkind comments she could come up with.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: top down raglan V neck cardi pattern? on: May 28, 2007 08:43:00 PM
I can't think of a v-neck one, the only top down one I know of is Knitting Pure and Simple's (#994 or #241): http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html

Here are some free crew-neck cardigans:
Knitty's Sitcom Chic:  http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTsitcomchic.html

Comsicpluto's has 2.  This one kind of has a v-neck, you could probably alter the pattern for your mom:  http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/?p=402

And this:  http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/?page_id=397
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