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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Traveling Woman ~ shawl ~ free pattern on: September 23, 2010 08:09:49 AM
I actually just finished this shawl a week or so ago. i really liked how it turned out
and just to chime in on the ravelry issue, i haven't noticed much talk about politics/religion/etc at all though i'm 100% sure i could find it if i wanted without much trouble at all. Though like others have said i can definitely agree with you in not wanting more things to do online. The good part about ravelry though is that you don't actually need to participate at all, i have a couple friends that just use it to keep track of their yarn or get patterns, i think they have forgotten by this point that there is even a forum and group section on the site at all. The biggest "flame war" i saw there is the epic, ongoing battle of magic loop vs. dpns vs 2 at a time vs whatever other circular knitting method there is.

in other good news the patter, though being posted on ravelry is not a ravelry exclusive. it's actually located here http://feministy.com/traveling-woman/
not sure if you were actually interested in obtaining the pattern but at least now you can if you'd like without having to sign up for another social/crafting website.

(i happened to vote McCain in the last election.Smiley)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I learned how to knit this evening! on: September 22, 2010 02:35:26 PM
congrats to both of you.
and if you end up like me you won't need to cast off anyway, i get 1/2 way through something and generally stop it and start something else. though i have finished some stuff over the years i think i have about 4 DOZEN works in various states of progress and another dozen in a box waiting to get frogged out and made into something different. haha

nice work and again congrats to both of you.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding off something circular, help please. on: September 22, 2010 12:51:41 PM
i just usually use an extra needle (or 2) when i cast on or bind off for something like that. i tried doing the one linked with yarnovers but i didn't want the frillyish edge on that project. if i'm using dpn's i'll just cast off onto 2 or 3 of them, if i'm using circs or straights i'll get a needle or two in a similar size and cast off onto that instead. Using a larger needle to cast off onto definitely works but when i work with 13's or up i don't have a needle big enough to cast onto to make the difference, even 17's won't quite do it, so instead i just use the 13 (or whatever) and put a size 10 or so next to it and cast off onto those.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knit picture afghan on: September 22, 2010 12:31:52 PM
knitpro compensates for that. you have to check the radio button for knit portrait or landscape, if you leave it on the default "needlepoint, cross stitch, crochet (1:1)" the boxes are square but if you use the option of "knit portrait (5:7)" or "knit landscape (7:5)" it makes the graph with rectangles to represent each stitch to more accurately simulate what it would look like knitted.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitted Dalek on: September 17, 2010 10:05:00 AM
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Set of DPNs definition on: March 29, 2010 08:31:16 AM
yeah i feel like mostly the 5th dpn in a set is a sort of spare in case one breaks (wood or bamboo) or you lose one. I have used all 5 a couple times, but generally only for making something fairly large like a hat with bulky yarn or something. As far as how many to use though, you really can use however many you want. I'm most comfortable using 4, so even if a pattern calls for 3 i may still use 4 if there are enough stitches to make it easier for me. Though sometimes the pattern calling for a certain number does make it easier because decreases won't be spanning 2 different needles, if you either use a different number of dpns or distribute the stitches different than suggested you may have to transfer a stitch from one needle to another so you can make a decrease stitch, not a big deal but it's nice when you don't have to do that.
And as it's been mentioned, you can definitely use circulars instead, once there are less than 30 or so stitches though i prefer dpns to using magic loop, it's just easier and quicker for me, but as with pretty much everything in knitting it all comes down to personal preference.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Quite Quick Baby Blanket on: March 24, 2010 05:45:56 AM
I figured any kid named Sean needs a green blanket.

i had to read this sentence over a few times for a giggle...my boyfriend's name is shawn, and for xmas my sister gave him a second hand bowling ball that said sean, and i've been making a helluva lot of throw blankets for him lately....including a green one!  Cheesy lolololol

and this really is a cute blanket!

Thanks very much, yeah the Sean/Shawn thing messes me up sometimes. i luckily don't have a name that people confuse often, though some people on the phone think my name is Karl. I did meet one person though, a friend from school, who spells it Cyle instead of Kyle, aside from him though I've never seen it spelled any other way. I'm not sure if it would bother me if people always misspelled my name or used an alternative spelling.
anyway thanks again Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: First Time Knitter!!! Very excited!! on: March 23, 2010 07:27:38 AM
very excellent. i know i wasn't getting projects done that quickly when i started, i rarely finish a scarf in 5 days now haha.
anyway, nice work!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Quite Quick Baby Blanket on: March 18, 2010 12:38:32 PM
I'd love to see the pattern!!  What kind of yarn did you use?

OK i had some time to write it out so here it is (i proof read it quickly, i'll recheck it tonight and fix any errors that may be there):
Yarn: Pentex Monster Ball Worsted. Any worsted weight though should get the job done.
Gauge 4 sts per in. in stockinette

CO 123
Row 1-8 K
Row  9: K10, P103, K10
Row  10- K (from here on all even rows or right side rows are K)
Row 11,13,15,17: K10, P103, K10
Row 19,21,23,25: K10, P5, K93, P5, K10
Row 27,29,31,33: K10, P5, K10, P73, K10, P5, K10
Row 35,37,39,41: K10, P5, K10, P5, K63, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 43,45,47,49: K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P43, K10, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 51,53,55,57: K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P5, K33, P5 K10, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 59,61,63,65,67,69,71: K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P13, K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 73,75,77,79: K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P5, K33, P5 K10, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 81,83,85,87: K10, P5, K10, P5, K10, P43, K10, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 89,91,93,95: K10, P5, K10, P5, K63, P5, K10, P5, K10
Row 97,99,101,103: K10, P5, K10, P73, K10, P5, K10
Row 105,107,109,111: K10, P5, K93, P5, K10
Row 113,115,117,119: K10, P103, K10
Row 120-127 K
Bind off.

I Used long tail CO and a Knit BO, so that adds 2 rows of knit, 1 at each end.

It isn't the most readable thing i know, if you put it into Microsoft or Open Office or whatever office suite you use, Word document and double space it, it looks like it'd be easier to see and keep track, but for the sake of space in this post i tried to take that out.  Same reason i didn't write in all the even rows since they're all knit rows anyway. Some things to consider, this pattern is how it should be, if you look at the actual blanket i made (you might be able to see in the pics, there are some errors), i didn't write the errors into the pattern for obvious reasons. Also if i could do it over again like i said i would've probably some some cables in it and made the center "block" a bit less simple, nothing crazy though because a lot of the reason i like it is because it's simple (and therefore really quick and easy). Also i would've only cast on 120 stitches and then the center block would've been 10 sts across, it isn't a big deal at this point but in the future that's how I'll do it, as well as probably changing other things so it's all in increments of 5 or 10.  Aside from that i like it and like i said i used the Pentex monster ball, i can make at least another one from the same skein, maybe even 2 more blankets, it's good for inexpensive acrylic, has a decent drape and feel, no problem with yarn barf(i think people will know what i mean?), and i since it's acrylic i don't have to worry about giving it to a baby with allergies nearly as much, plus it's machine wash and dry-able.

well that's the first pattern I've ever written and shared with people. enjoy it, and if you use it (especially if you modify it) please post photos of your work! I'd love to see that.

(feel free anyone to use, reproduce, etc this pattern, if you knit something from it feel free to give it away, keep it, sell it, etc. I don't mind at all, and even if I did care the chances of me finding out are slim and even if i did somehow find out there really isn't anything i can do about it anyway so have a blast. happy knitting to everyone.)
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Quite Quick Baby Blanket on: March 18, 2010 06:57:48 AM
I'd love to see the pattern!!  What kind of yarn did you use?

It was the Phentex Monster Ball in Forrest Green. Cheap yarn but it actually wasn't too bad, and i tend to hate acrylic yarns. The whole blanket used maybe 1/3-1/2 of the entire ball so it's kind of nice to still have that much left over, there's actually a pattern on the label for a whole large afghan from one ball.
Anyway, long story short, in some St. Patty's day ridiculousness my friends dog big my finger and it's making it hard to type, I'll be sure to post the pattern as soon as i can, but it might just be a few days (this post took me about an 20 minutes.) So yeah, sorry for any future delay but i'll get around to writing down what i did as soon as i can.
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