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591  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: September 14, 2005 09:00:44 AM
night_owl -- It looks great!

mangosplash -- Let's see a picture of your "speed bump" toque!

As for the discussion about different length circulars, might I recommend Denise Interchangeable needles? They're amazing. And what seems like a large outlay of cash upfront ($48) turns out to be a real bargain, as you get sizes 5-15 and you get the following circular needle lengths: 17", 20", 22", 24", 26", 28", 33", 40", 50", 58". All in one kit. And of course you can use circular needles just as you would straight (I always do, in fact -- I never use straight needles). So it really ends up being a great deal. And it's a great product. I am *so* happy with mine. Read all about them here.

And finally... my scarf progress. Well, I'm sort of done knitting. I say "sort of" because I'm debating adding another 2 stripes. It seems too short right now (it's a little over 5 ft long... I was aiming for 6 ft). But before I do it, I'm going to have someone who is the same height as the scarf recipient try it on. She's about 5 inches shorter than I am, so what seems "too short" to me may be "just right" for her (even if it isn't ridiculously long as depicted in the movies). Once I find someone to try it on, I'll decide about the final stripes... after that, it's trimming ends, blocking, and adding fringe.

I do have a question though (for anyone still reading my super-long post)... I've never done fringe before. The pattern doesn't say anything about sewing up the ends before adding the fringe. Am I supposed to rely on the fringe to hold the ends together, or should I sew it up first? In typical stockinette fashion, my ends are (of course) curling up... I'm worried that the fringe alone will not contain that. Anyone fringe-masters out there? Got recommendations? Thanks!

Edited because night_owl posted her own pic. Yay!
592  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: September 06, 2005 01:40:22 PM
Congratulations, Steph!! I'm so jealous!!

I'm still plodding along... 5 stripes to go.

Plod... plod... plod...
593  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: September 03, 2005 03:02:03 PM
Geetar --

I'm no knitting pro, so maybe someone else can pipe up here to help you, but I'm online now, so I thought I'd try to give you a hand... (btw -- I totally understand your comment about it being "latin" -- patterns confuse the heck out of me!)

So I'm looking at the PoA pattern at atypically, and I see:

    Cast on 90 stitches in MC. Place marker. Knit into your first cast-on stitch to
    join the scarf, being sure not to twist the cast-on row around your needle.
    Knit around to the marker; this is one round.

In your post, you said that you "cast on 90 and transferred half to my other needle". There's no need to transfer half -- basically, once you cast on 90, start knitting into the first one you cast on (although there's some other good advice earlier in this scarf-along about making this a bit neater, this is a basic way you can do it).

The site mentioned earlier (www.knittinghelp.com) does have a video for this. Under "Advanced Techniques," the very first technique is "Large Diameter Circular Knitting." That's what you want. If you're still having trouble, post again and maybe one of the pros can help you out!

Mangosplash -- glad you liked the video. It's been working like a charm for me -- let me know how it goes for you!
594  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: September 02, 2005 03:44:25 PM
I've never scarfed along before -- I'm worried that I'm talking too much here... but I just have to share a new technique that I'm really excited about. And this one is definitely related to a HP scarf.

I checked out www.knittinghelp.com and there are some awesome videos there, including this sweet way to join two colors that eliminates the need to weave the ends in later. Yes, you read that right.

To view this (totally great) video:
- Go to the site www.knittinghelp.com
- Click on Basic Techniques > ...More
- Scroll down to "Joining a New Color Yarn." It's the one called "Double Knit-in Join."
- Watch video and be amazed. (Unless this technique is old hat to you and you're saying, "Duh..." In which case, well... I'm still happy to have found it!)

She says it's tricky and it takes practice... and she's right! But what better way to practice than a super-long extra-stripey scarf like this one?!

I've been trying it and I am sooo happy. I've been dreading weaving all the ends into this thing when I feel like I'm "finished" (but I'm really not -- still have to weave in the ends, sew up the bottoms, and attach the fringe). At least for the last half of the scarf, I won't have to weave in the ends. Yay!

If you're looking for a new way to join, check out this video. Thanks, Amy!
595  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: THE cutest baby booties EVER! NOW WITH HAT!!! on: September 02, 2005 10:12:16 AM
I know this post was started forever ago, but I just got around to watching this episode of Knitty Gritty (thank you, Tivo!) so I came on craftster to see if anyone had info about how much yarn these would actually use (and thank YOU cheekymamaof2 for that info -- I knew I could count on my fellow craftsters!)

I would have just left it at checking the info and leaving, *but*... something that knitchick2 made me laugh right out loud (literally -- exploding laughter) and I just had to respond. She wrote:

    I'm totally going to WIN that baby shower! 
    Oops...Um...I mean...babies are a blessing...or something...

And I just wanted to say that yes, I also get way-too-excited about giving a kick-ass gift (knitted or otherwise, really). And I was wondering -- did you "win" the baby shower with your booties? (Cause I totally want to win mine!!)
596  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: September 01, 2005 02:15:27 PM
I'm exactly halfway there! I'd post a photo, but... gosh... it's the same as the one on page 4, but with a couple more stripes. Really. (have I mentioned before how boring this thing is?) (It's really inspiring me to branch out in other knitting, though!)

I'm a bit concerned now about how *heavy* this scarf is getting. I've never done a "double sided" scarf before. I guess I never thought "Wow! The weight of 8 balls of yarn is going to be a lot of weight around someone's *neck*!" But now I am.

Does anyone find that their scarf is too heavy? I wanted to make it nice and long, but now that I'm worrying about the weight, perhaps I should end it sooner (If I make it full-length, it's going to end up using 8 balls that are 50 grams each... plus fringe).

597  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Scarf-along Road Bump on: August 31, 2005 09:10:52 AM
This has absolutely nothing to do with Harry Potter scarves except that the boredom of working on mine drove me to make something else. I thought I'd share my little "road bump" in my scarf-along.

How this happened:
Early in The Scarf, my bf couldn't see how it would be a scarf (I'm knitting in the round, so it looked like a short tube). He picked it up and said, "Is it a hat?" As he sort of put it on like a hat. I said, "No... but I guess it could be." This prompted the request, "Will you make me a hat? Or is that a no-no because of the 'Boyfriend Curse?'"

I told him it was a no-no... as far I can tell, all knitted items are included (he was hoping it was just sweaters) but then... I got so bored working on HP and I've never made a hat before, and gosh, they seem so easy now (I've always been afraid of hats... not sure why now). Plus, I had that extra skein of Barn Red in Andean Silk that turned out to be too brown for The Scarf, so... I made him a hat:

So the boredom of the HP scarf led me to make my first hat (yay!) but also to risk the Breakup Curse (boo!) (BTW -- I'm joking about the curse. The hat took about 2 nights to make... that's nothing compared to the full-sized quilt I made him last year!) And he totally loves the hat (yay!)

In scarf news, I've added 2 more stripes since my last photo. Perhaps I'll post photos of *that* soon.
598  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: August 27, 2005 04:29:24 PM
It's the price, certainly -- at least, for those of us in the US. Good prices on good quality yarns, plus free (US) shipping on orders over $25. Of course, given your location, it may not be a better price (for you) than you could find locally. But, for instance, I'm using a really nice alpaca/silk combo yarn here that I bought for about $4/skein. That's a pretty good deal on this fiber.

There was a Knitter's Review article covering much of the line. Read it here for more info on the KP yarns and prices.

Quote from the review:
"Suddenly a merino afghan can be yours for under $30. A woman's merino jacket for under $15. An alpaca lace shawl for as low as $8."

That's pretty cool.
599  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? on: August 26, 2005 05:01:35 PM
I am so happy to find this "scarf-along" (Thanks for that name, super geek -- it cracks me up!) because making this scarf is sooo boring. I'm hoping that watching other people's progress will help keep me motivated!

I am working on a Gryffindor CoS scarf for my best friend's birthday (deadline: mid-October). I am using the pattern from atypically.net, so I'm working it in the round. Right now, it looks pretty lumpy, but I've been assured that blocking when finished will help. Here's my WiP:

Gosh, I'm kind of bored just looking at that photo. It's funny how there's nothing boring about Harry Potter and it's going to be fantastic to give this scarf to her because I know she'll be so happy, but this process is painfully slow... round n' round n' round...

Facts about what the heck I'm doing: I'm using 6's, which is unheard of for me (I like big, quick knitting that provides near-instant gratification. 6's do not provide this) and a couple of Knit Picks yarns. I'm mixing yarns because they didn't have 2 of the same kind that I wanted in the same color. I'm using Andean Silk in Mustard and Elegance in Barn Red. The Andean Silk also comes in Barn Red, but it's more of a brown than a red and definitely did not look "Gryffindor-ish." I was afraid of mixing yarns (one is 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk and the other is 55% Super Fine Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool) but the gauge came out the same, so I decided to go with it. I'm happy with how it's going so far and this yarn is very soft (especially for the price -- yay, Knit Picks!)

populuxa -- I noticed that on page 3 you said you ordered "pumpkin and cranberry" (I suddenly have a craving for turkey... hmmm...) from Knit Picks. I'm assuming you got the Wool of the Andes? I'm curious to hear how you like it. I was worried that it might be scratchy, but I've also heard really good things about it, so I'm looking forward to hearing/seeing what you make.

All right! Back to it!
600  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Decorative Boxes for your home! on: August 24, 2005 10:27:59 AM
These are terrific. I *love* that pumpkin!

PS -- Do you also put bologna in your left pocket? Wink
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